Jamshedpur: The deputy head (Up Pramukh) of Jamshedpur block, Afzal Akhtar, met Chief Minister Raghubar Das at his Agrico residence on Monday to demand measures to prevent reported shifting of Tata-Hitachi Jamshedpur unit to Kharagpur (in West Bengal).
In a memorandum handed over to the CM, Akhtar said, “The company is being shifted to Kharagpur. The Kharagpur plant is being expanded and the manpower in Jamshedpur is being reduced.”
Akhtar, who also handed a memorandum addressed to the governor of Jharkhand to the deputy commissioner (DC) of East Singhbhum, Amit Kumar, said the shifting of the company would greatly affect the local workforce.
“If the Jamshedpur plant is shifted to West Bengal, the local employees will be pushed to the verge of starvation. There are a large number of people dependent on the company’s employment,” he said.
Akhtar said the situation was critical and that immediate measures are warranted to ameliorate it.
“Jharkhand government is implementing a number of schemes for attracting investors to the state. The government is committed to the cause of rapid industrial progress of the state and generation of employment for its people. These are indeed praiseworthy initiatives of the state government.
But shifting of an important company outside the CM’s own assembly constituency (Jamshedpur East) raises apprehensions about the future of government’s endeavours,” said Akhtar in a press statement issued today.
Akhtar said the CM should try his level best to make sure the company is not shifted outside the state. “When Tata Motors was facing tough times in 1995, Tata Hitachi’s excavator division had helped the company tide over the situation. Then the company had a manpower of 1300 which is 400 today,” he said.