Staff puts second mill in Kanpur back on track

The 20-year-long wait for former employees of Juggilal Kamlapat Cotton Spinning and Weaving Mill is finally over as the management announced the re-opening of the unit on Monday.

Written by Kautilya Singh | Kanpur | Published: January 19, 2009 12:22 am

The 20-year-long wait for former employees of Juggilal Kamlapat Cotton Spinning and Weaving Mill (JKCSWM) is finally over as the management announced the re-opening of the unit on Monday. JKCSWM is the second major industrial unit in Kanpur being revived within a span of three months,largely through the efforts of management and the employees.

However,majority of the former employees will have to wait for a period of a month,as the management has decided to carry out cleanliness and maintenance drive during this period. In the initial phase,only minimal staff will be recruited for the cleanliness and maintenance work.

Due the large scale labour unrest in 1989,JK Group Management had to opt for a lock out,which left 4,200 employees jobless. Terming the lock out as illegal,the state Government intervened and the mill was sealed. For many years,several rounds of meetings and discussions with the mill management and employee union failed to arrive at a consensus. The employees then took the issue to the Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR). In 2008,BIFR approved the mill revival plan,following which both management and the employees speeded up their campaign to re-start the cotton mill. The State Government passed orders on October 24,2008 and cleared the way for the re-opening by lifting the seal.

Rajesh Agarwal,General Manager,JKCSWM,told The Indian Express,“At a time when global economic meltdown has cast its shadow over most countries,it is heartening to see the revival of two major industries in Kanpur.”

“During 20 years,some of the former employees have expired,whereas many have crossed the retirement age,therefore we have asked the former employees who are willing to work with us to submit a registration form,” added Agarwal. He said that fresh employees would be hired if required. Meanwhile,the management has applied for electricity connection,and is optimistic of getting the power supply in the next few weeks.

The employee unions too played an important role to help re-open the unit. “Old differences caused problems to both the management and the employees,therefore we decided that it would be wiser to make sincere efforts to re-start the unit,” said Keshari Narain Maurya Secretary of JK Cotton Sharmik Sangh.

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