Hosiery owners told to issue ID cards to workers

TIRUPUR, MARCH 24 . As part of crime prevention measures, the Tirupur police today urged the hosiery and dyeing unit owners to issue identity cards to their employees and to create a fact sheet on workers embedded with their photographs.

"There are three lakh workers in Tirupur and none of them possess any identity card. The employers do not have records of their employees. The strange situation poses a big challenge in preventing crimes," says S. Maheswaran, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Tirupur.

Speaking at a meeting organised at the South India Hosiery Manufacturers Association (SIHMA), he urged the employers to issue identity cards and compile details such as name, permanent and temporary addresses, previous employer, educational qualification, reference, fingerprint and photograph.

"With the tremendous growth in export business, there is an increase in job opportunities. When thousands of people visit the town, there is a possibility of intrusion by criminals. No employer or house owner cares for the details of their employee or tenant. Workers roam the streets even after 1 am, without any identity proof, on their way home after finishing work. In this backdrop, it is difficult to identify criminals," he observed.

Lack of information

Referring to a murder that occurred in a dyeing unit last November, he said due to lack of information about the worker who committed the crime, the police were finding it very difficult to trace the culprit. The SIHMA president, Mohan P. Kandasamy and G. Karthikeyan, secretary, Tirupur Exporters Association, endorsed the suggestion to issue identity cards.

The Revenue Divisional Officer, Palanisamy, stressed that need for knowing the background of the employee as it was also important as their skills and experience. Security agencies should obtain no-objection certificate from the Superintendent of Police and get it registered with the Municipality.

The agencies must collect the photograph and fingerprint when it employs a new person, officials said.

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