Retrenched labourers stage protest demanding reinstatement to jobs in Paradip

Paradip: Retrenched labourers of Cargill India Company in Paradip today staged protest outside the company demanding reinstatement to their jobs.

As per reports, the Cargill refinery plant, which was set up in 2004, had employed hundreds of workers. However, the company shut down its operations in 2006 citing transport-related issues.

Though a few months back the Cargill refinery was taken over by Adani Wilmar Ltd, the retrenched workers were not reinstated. In the meantime, they lodged complaints before the Jagatsinghpur district collector and apprised company officials about the issue.

Despite repeated appeals no steps have been taken yet to reinstate their jobs, said sources.

As no one paid heeds to their demands, the workers staged protest despite prohibitory orders clamped under Section 144.

“We will continue to protest here along with our family members till our demands are not met,” one of the retrenched labourers Kedar Sethi said.

Keeping the tensed situation in view, the district administration has deployed five platoons of police at the spot.

On the other hand, company officials have not issued any official statement on the issue yet.