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Jute mill plea to MLAs

June 19: Government chief whip Sobhadeb Chattpopadhyay today urged party MLAs to play a proactive role in the affairs of jute mills in their constituencies.

At a meeting in the Assembly today, the veteran trade union leader said: “The MLAs must play a proactive role. MPs, too, will be asked to be involved in the affairs of the jute mills in their constituencies.”

The meeting was attended by INTTUC representatives from 52 jute mills across the state, ministers Amit Mitra, Madan Mitra and Purnendu Bose and 32 MLAs.

The jute industry has been witnessing unrest and shutdowns in the aftermath of the murder of Northbrook president H.K. Maheshwari, who was battered to death allegedly by a group of workers on Sunday.

“Such incidents cannot and will not be tolerated,” Chattopadhyay said today.

The Hooghly mill murder has prompted the government to ask district administrations to deploy police patrols near jute mills.

Today’s meeting was held in the run-up to a tripartite session on June 25 to discuss wages and working hours in jute mills. “The MLAs have been asked to play an active role in such dialogue,” Chattopadhyay said.