Workers to get compensation for mill closed 11 years ago

September 13th, 2008 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Kannur (Kerala), Sep 13 (IANS) Workers of Thiruvepathi Textile Mills here, which was closed down 11 years back, will soon receive financial relief from the central government. The relief amount was handed over by a textile ministry official to Central Bank authorities, who will distribute it to workers at a function here Saturday. The 417 workers will receive a total of Rs.23.7 million as relief, the organisers of the function said.

The workers of the mill were living in penury for the last 11 years.

“The cheque for the amount was handed over by Muralikrishna, deputy director at the textile regional commissioner office, to the Central Bank authorities here. The relief will be distributed through the bank,” K. Surendran, general convenor of the function, told IANS.

The aid was provided under Textile Workers’ Rehabilitation Fund Scheme, which provides relief to workers rendered unemployed by the permanent closure of mills.

After the mill was closed, its land was purchased by the E.K. Nayanar Memorial Trust, controlled by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M). The trust reportedly paid Rs.65 million for the land.

Textile Minister Shankersinh Vaghela, who was expected to attend the function, could not reach Kannur as his helicopter developed a snag at Bangalore, organisers said.

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