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Asian Paints factory shut in Mysuru by land seller farmers , seek jobs

 Jan, 18,2021 (UNI):Operations at an Asian Paints factory in Mysuru’s Nanjangud remained shut on Tuesday as protesting farmers blocked the gates of the factory stopping the entry and exit of workers for the second day. This step from the farmers came after their peaceful protests for more than 50 days were met allegedly yielded no results from the factory management. For close to two months, 95 farmers who were made to part away with their land in Immavu village for the construction of the factory in 2017 have been sitting in protests outside the factory. 

The farmers have been demanding that one family member of each family who lost their land be given a permanent job as agreed upon during the acquisition process. According to that agreement, 900 local residents other than the landowners were also supposed to get jobs in the factory. The family members of the land losers have also been joined by members of trade and farmer outfits like the All India United Trade Union Center (AIUTUC) and Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha who have lent support to their cause.

“Asian Paints is totally committed to the communities around its plant and works with several NGOs in the areas of health, water, hygiene and education.  We truly believe that strong communities are the necessary ingredients of economic success and the company has taken up various community development projects.  We are also supporting the youth of this region by offering them a Diploma in Engineering program through partnership with a local institute.”Management said in a statement.

“As a law-abiding company, Asian Paints has acted in line with the terms of conditions agreed upon with the Government of Karnataka. As per the land lease agreement signed by Asian Paints with the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB), and other terms & conditions mutually agreed with the land sellers, the company had offered jobs to all the eligible land sellers within the Mysuru region in a facility specifically setup to offer on-roll jobs to the land sellers. This has been done with an additional investment of Rs. 14 crores for the Health & Hygiene business of the company. The company has gone an extra mile, so that the organization honours all the commitments made to the Government and also contributes to the prosperity and progressiveness of the region.

The additional facility has been created specially to give on-roll permanent employment to all the land sellers since the existing paint facility is highly automated and given the qualification of the land sellers, they cannot work in the paint plant where there are automated systems which requires qualified engineers. The land sellers have been trained and paid stipend during their training period from June 2019 to August 2020. The situation has changed suddenly in the last 4-6 weeks, wherein land sellers are not ready to take the on-roll permanent jobs at the new facility especially built at an additional cost of Rs. 14 crores in alignment with the Government authorities. It is highly unfortunate that despite the company going out of the way to offer permanent jobs to land sellers, the gates of the Mysuru paint plant are blocked and demonstrations being held despite an injunction order from the Hon’ble Court. This has led to a shutdown of the Mysuru paint facility since last 2-3 days resulting into business loss. This shutdown of the plant and the current situation is not good for industries to put more investment in the region since it creates uncertainty on continuity and ease of doing business.” Statement said.