The ex-workers of the now closed Hukumchand Mill have called off their programme to show black flags to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Gauri Nagar on Friday.
Instead, it has been decided that they are going to meet the chief minister in Bhopal on January 27 to discuss the state government’s stand on the Hukumchand Mill land. The local BJP MLA Ramesh Mendola is also expected to be part of the delegation.
According to Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) leader Harnam Singh Dhaliwal, additional district magistrate (ADM) Sudhir Kochar got them an appointment with the chief minister following which the agenda was called off.
The time has not been fixed, but Dhaliwal said that chief minister has apparently assured that he would ask report from the officials about the status of the mill land and what the government can do.
The mill workers are peeved by the state government’s appeal before the high court that the 42.49 acre of mill land belongs to the state government. The state government’s renewed claim (they lost the case in high court which had said the land belonged to Indore Municipal Corporation and have appealed against the decision) is seen as a set back to the debt recovery tribunal’s attempts to sell the mill land.