IT IS like a hide and seek game. The managing director of UP Handloom Corporation (UPHC) , who sent in his resignation on September 4 stating poor health, would continue in his post as the State authorities rejected his resignation.
The State authorities in a Fax sent on Thursday stated that the MD, Chandrika Prasad Tiwari, would discharge his duties till further order.
Sources in the Corporation said that the MD had offered to resign following annoyance with some employees’ leaders over payment of salary.
However, the confusion over the resignation ended when the State authorities turned down his request and asked him to continue till further order.
Meantime, some employees’ leaders sent a letter to the chief of the Hathkargha and Vastraudyog Nigam stating the reason following which the MD offered his resignation.
Talking to HT, they said that the Corporation employees had not received their salaries for the last few months and the issue was raised before the MD.
However, they expressed surprise over the behaviour of the MD and termed it ‘unfortunate’.
They said that when they approached him seeking payment of their salaries on August 28, he assured them of early payment.
They said when their salary was not released by September 4, general secretary of the UP Handloom Corporation Employees Association PC Bhanti contacted the MD.
Bhanti said the MD had assured him that the employees’ salary would be arranged in a month, but when the repeated request was made to him for early payment, he got agitated and said that he was holding the additional charge of the Corporation and if more pressure for payment was made, then he would resign from the post.
Bhanti said that the MD had said on a few occasion that the employee’s salary could not be made from the money released for the revival of the Corporation.
Bhanti said the then principal secretary Akhand Pratap Singh had accepted the payment of salary to be made from the fund released for revival of the Corporation before the court and submitted an affidavit to the court on September 15, 2003.
Even, the court had brought the fact in its interim order in 2003 that the then secretary of the Hathkargha and Vastraudyog Nigam Sri Deepak stated that this package even contained the payment of current salary, while mentioning about the ongoing revival efforts from the State and the Central governments for the Corporation, informed Bhanti.