Row between MSEZ, PDF youth comes to an end

Companies promise jobs to the members of Project Displaced Families

The decision was arrived at a closed-door meeting held at the DC’s office on Monday. The meeting was chaired by District-in-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar and was attended by MP Nalin Kumar Katil, Deputy Commissioner Dr Channappa Gowda, MSEZ representative Vidya Mallya, MRPL Managing Director U K Basu, PDF Committee President Bhujanga Shetty, youth who went on protest and others. During the meeting MSEZ authorities agreed to meet the demands of the youth who have undergone training at  Karnataka Polytechnic College, Mangalore.

 It was decided in the meeting to revise the government order issued earlier, which had laid several conditions and norms for recruiting the candidates.

Speaking to the media persons, following the meet, District-in-Charge Minister informed
that MRPL, OMPL, ISPRL and MSEZ have come to consensus to hire 1,063 job aspirants from Project Displaced Families directly, without imposing any prior condition. As agreed earlier, MRPL has to recruit 183 candidates out of which it has already provided jobs to 86 youth and it will hand over the job offer letters to remaining candidates within three months, he said.

“OMPL has to provide jobs to 302 candidates out of which it has already recruited three people. Among the rest 299 candidates, 143 youth will be recruited within next 18 months and the remaining 156 trained youth will be given job letters and hired later. Among 58 job aspirants, ISPRL will employ 14 candidates, while rest of the 44 candidates will be recruited in the later stage. Among the remaining 520 job aspirants to be recruited by MSEZ, four have been already given the job and rest 516 candidates will be hired in later,” informed Palemar.

Jobs within three years

He said that all the job aspirants will be recruited by the companies within three years and till then the unemployed trained youth will be given monthly stipend of Rs 10,000 each. The priority will be given to the first batch students who have undergone three year diploma training, followed by the next batch of students, he said.

MSEZ will form a trust including the District-in-Charge Minister, the MP, the DC and others to decide on the stipend details. He said, the revised government order will reach the PDFs within 15 days.

Waiting for minutes

Responding to the decision taken up in the meeting, R N Shetty Kalavar from Project Displaced Family’s Association informed that they would believe the decision only after he receives the minutes of the meeting. The minutes are expected to reach PDFs by Tuesday evening. With the Monday’s meeting, four month long conflict between the job aspirants and the MSEZ authorities seems to have come to an end. 

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