THE RECENT order to carry out physical verification of clothes and stock of the UP Handloom Corporation Limited (UPHCL)’s which is not selling, has irked employee leaders of the Corporation.
Talking to the ‘Hindustan Times’ UPHCL Employees Association general secretary PC Bhanti said, “The auction worth Rs 2.25 crore of damaged clothes in all showrooms, was completed in September 2005. All regional marketing managers have confirmed that in their regions, no showroom has stock of damaged clothes. Then, why is the verification process being repeated in such a short time?”
Interestingly, Bhanti said that earlier too, attempts were made in June 2006 and then too, the Association had raised the issue. Thereafter, the order was withdrawn.
Association president PK Gupta said, Though the order for verification has been issued on the basis of the board of directors’ meeting on July 3, Gupta said that the directors meeting had stated to form a three-member committee to assess the stock of damaged clothes. However, the management detailed 57 employees (order no 4642-4793), who would go to various showrooms for physical inspection of clothes. The order is dated August 21.
The leaders alleged that according to the order, the final decision on the identification of clothes has been left with respective regional marketing managers. Therefore, they expressed doubts on the process and said that corruption may prevail during the whole process.
However, managing director Chandrika Prasad Tiwari said he has taken over the duties of MD recently and was informed by officials that damaged clothes worth Rs 4.25 crore are lying in showrooms.
He further said that during his recent visit to Mumbai, he too had observed damaged clothes in showrooms.
However, he said that a decision on the disposal of damaged clothes would be taken after a report is received from all showrooms. He also added that efforts would be made to get damaged clothes stored at the headquarters of all showrooms, barring a few, which are located at far off places.