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Fernandes remarks shock India Inc

Industry reacted with shock and horror over remarks by Oscar Fernandes that the lynching of Graziano Transmissioni’s CEO Lalit Kishore Choudhary should serve as a warning to managements.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2008 00:54 IST

Industry on Tuesday reacted with shock and horror over remarks by Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes that the lynching of Graziano Transmissioni’s CEO Lalit Kishore Choudhary should serve as a warning to managements.

“I am shocked over the minister’s comments,” FICCI President Rajeev Chadrashekar said reacting to Fernandes’ remarks that “simmering discontent among the workers” was a reason behind the killing of the CEO.

“Nobody has the blanket permit to take law and order into their hands, even going to the extent of murdering a person. Such acts need to be strongly condemned,” ASSOCHAM Secretary General D.S. Rawat said.

Infosys co-chairman Nandan Nilekani said the murder cannot be condoned. He said, “passing on the buck” and “giving a different spin” is totally not on.

“There is nothing in the world that can justify lynching of any person and no dispute can be settled by murdering an adversary,” CII Northern Region Head Salil Singhal said.

Fernandes in controversial remarks said, “This should serve as a warning for the managements. It is my appeal to the managements that the workers should be dealt with compassion.”

The minister said, “There are disparities in the wages of permanent employees and contract workers. The workers should not be pushed so hard that they resort to whatever happened in Noida.”

Fernandes said managements should not “push” the employees “so hard” that they resort to such an action.