AJYCP dharna over workers' removal

AJYCP activists stage a demonstration in Duliajan on Wednesday. Picture by
Pradip Kumar Neog

Duliajan: Activists of the Duliajan unit of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) here on Wednesday morning staged a demonstration in front of the field headquarters of Oil India Ltd (OIL) in Duliajan in Upper Assam's Dibrugarh district, demanding immediate blacklisting of M/S Dhillon Engineering firm for allegedly terminating jobs of six local workers.

The AJYCP's Dibrugarh unit publicity secretary, Pranjal Rajkonwar said, "M/S Dhillon Engineering Firm recently terminated six local workers after getting a tender at the production department in the centrifugal pump station of Oil India Ltd. The workers had been serving since 2009 under a contract basis for the APL company. The firm was awarded the tender to supply labour in the production department of OIL. Citing various difficulties in running the firm, the management then terminated six local youths and is planning to recruit many youths from outside Assam."

During a two-hour protest from 10am, the protesters raised various slogans against the firm and demanded immediate blacklisting from OIL. The protesters alleged that the firm has completely violated the human rights, labour laws and directives of the ministry of labour and employment.

The organisation later submitted a memorandum to the deputy general manager of OIL (public relations), Dilip Bhuyan, addressed to resident chief executive of OIL.

They said if the management of OIL would not address the issue within a week, they would stage another demonstration on September 22 and launch an indefinite bandh on September 25.

The proprietor of M/S Dhillon Engineering, Sarabjit Dhillon, could not be contacted despite several attempts.


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