Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das on Thursday issued a directive to the superintendents of police (SP) of East Singhbhum and Seraikela- Kharswan districts to maintain zero tolerance against those harassing industrialists and investors for vested interests. He told them to protect investors from unnecessary hassles and called for strict action against those impeding investments in the state.
“Anyone harassing investors and jeopardising the investor friendly atmosphere created by our government is a state enemy. His place should be behind bars,” Das told the SPs.
The chief minister personally phoned the SPs and passed on the directive after a delegation of Steel Strips Wheels Ltd, led by corporate and HR head DR Sharma brought to his notice the persistent problems they were facing by a select group of self-styled labour union leaders. Das, sources in the secretariat said, assured the company officials of all possible assistance in future.
Based out of Chandigarh, Steel Strips Wheels Ltd is one of the largest producers of steel wheels in the country.
On Thursday, soon after meeting Das, Sharma said, “It was a rare of a chief minister to act so proactively and swiftly. I am sure with this kind of response no one can stop Jharkhand from becoming a friendly investment hub.”
The company is enthused by the chief minister’s response and has announced more investments in the state.
Around a fortnight ago, a selfstyled trade union leader along with his accomplices took the company’s Govindpur plant hostage for at least two hours, vandalising its offices, burning t he company’s proper t y and obstructing the company work leading to heavy losses. With the local police station turning deaf ears to their complaints, the company knocked the doors of the chief minister and prime minister Narendra Modi, seeking their intervention.
A week later, Jamshedpur SP Anoop T Mathew personally took charge of the case and arrested the accused, who was identified as Rajiv Kumar Pandey. The accused had then claimed that the company was depriving workers of their genuine demands and he had gone there to initiate talks with the management when the guards thrashed him.
Jamshedpur and SeraikelaKharswan are the two major industrial towns in Jharkhand. The presence of steel major Tata Steel and automobile giant Tata Motors has led to creation of a huge ancillary hub in the twin-districts.
A few politicians and hoodlums have been harassing them for personal gains. Fed up, several companies have already shifted their expansion projects and investments to other states.