The re-structuring of Anglo French Textiles by streamlining the workforce has moved further with 146 workers attached to the A-unit opting for Voluntary Retirement Scheme.

The government on February 15 issued an order announcing VRS for workers in the A unit. A two-member committee appointed by the government had recommended to discontinue spinning and weaving operations in the A unit and shifting of processing from the A unit to B wing.

Consequent to the recommendation, the government gave VRS offer or the option of shifting to either B or C units. Of 1,200 workers in the A unit, 146 have opted for VRS and around 20 agreed to shift their work place to other units, a senior government official told The Hindu.

“We have extended the date for applying for VRS as we expect more workers to opt for the scheme,” he said. The government incurred an expenditure of Rs. 9 crore towards settling VRS and providing gratuity to them, he added.

As per the Government Order, the ex-gratia amount was calculated at the rate of 39 days of salary/wages for every completed year of service or an amount equal to the average monthly salary, preceding three months, at the time of VRS multiplied by the remaining months of service left before retirement, which ever is less subject to a ceiling of Rs. 4 lakh.

The official said that the government had not laid off the remaining workers of the A unit.

After the scheme was introduced, there was some resentment from the workers of B and C units during the initial period. The workers of these units for sometime refused to work saying that workers of A unit are getting salary without any work.

However, normality was restored after several rounds of talks with union leaders and letters written to family members of the workers by Special Secretary to Government G. Theva Neethi Dhas.

Mr. Dhas told The Hindu that in terms of production, there was marginal improvement in the last few days.

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