More than 250 former workers of the closed Hukumchand Textile Mill on Tuesday formed a human chain and marched to the Regal Square from the High Court and placed a memorandum of their grievances before the Gandhi statue in Indore.
The former mill workers, who are yet to receive their salary dues for the past 25 years, have decided to stage a demonstration in front of the venue of the two-day Global Investors’ Summit on October 23, said Harnam Singh Dhariwal, treasurer of Indore Mill Mazdoor Sangh. “While the chief minister has been assuring to compensate us all this while, the government is not taking the matter seriously,” he said
“If the government changes the use of the mill land from industrial to commercial, buyers will be interested to invest, but it is not doing so. A number of attempts to auction the land by the debt recovery tribunal have resulted in failure.”
Spread across 48.50 acre of land in central Indore, the mill stopped operation in 1991 without paying salaries and other dues to 5,895 workers.
The mill, owned by Sir Seth Hukumchand, stopped operations after running into losses. The high court ruled that the mill land be sold off to pay dues of the former workers.
The case is pending before the high court for the past six years.