Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Hirakud Industrial Works Workers Union (HIWWU) here on Thursday reiterated its demands that employees of erstwhile public sector Hirakud Industrial Works Limited and other units should be paid their dues pending for years.The union said about nine employees had lost their lives without getting their legitimate dues while total dues came to about Rs.25 crore only. “The wards of most of the employees have already discontinued their normal education and are now struggling for their survival. Many employees afraid financial constraint may force their children to join anti-social elements,” working president of core committee of union T. Mishra said.

He said now the government was fighting with Kolkata-based Varsha Fabric (P) Limited (VFPL) in the court to take back HIWL and IDCOL Rolling Mills Limited.

“It is quite unfortunate that innocent employees are suffering for a wrong and illegal disinvestments of these public sector units in 2006. The industries worth Rs. 200 crore were sold just for a token amount of Rs. 5.25 crore to VFPL,” Mr. Mishra alleged.

Despite several top government-level interventions, the situation had not changed for better, the Union leader said.

He said the government should spell out its stance regarding status of existing employees, because the delay in this process would just kill some more lives.