Nagpur: In an unprecedented move, over 200 employees of now defunct Khandelwal Tube Mill Company, who were demanding settlement of their payments, honorarium and other demands since the past 15 years, staged half-naked demonstration in front of Kanhan Nagar Parishad Office on Monday to draw attention of Government towards their ordeal. Going a step further for pressing their demands, the ‘depressed’ employees have petitioned the President of India seeking ‘self-death.’ The Kanhan Parisar Sangharsh Samiti, comprising family members of the employees among others, has come out in support of their demand.
According to the agitating employees, the Khandelwal Tube Mill Company was bundled out owing to different reasons. The closure of the company rendered over 200 employees jobless. Since then the employees have been fighting for their rights. However, the 15-year long fight failed to provide justice to the employees prompting them to petition the President with a demand for ‘self-death.’ The employees said that the company got closed down because of ‘political atmosphere’ and internal bickering. After the company was shut down, 272 workers were deprived of their salaries, gratuity, and other due payments.
Over the years, 72 employees have died. Now, the remaining 200 employees, to press their demands met several administration authorities and political leaders but to no avail. Dejected and depressed, the 200 employees, as a last resort, have not only petitioned the President Pranab Mukherjee but also the Chief Minister, Human Rights, Commissioner, Guardian Minister and District Collector seeking ‘self-death’.
The agitation was participated among others by Yogesh Wadibhasme, Sanjay Satyakar, Rikesh Chavre, Mahadeo Kirpan, Fulzele, Pardhi, Shankar Sirame, Dinkar Mhaske and several others.