Unemployed HCC workers to stage massive protest against Central Government on May 7

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New Delhi: The employees of Hindustan Construction Company Limited (HCC) are going to stage a protest against the wrong policies of the Central Government on May 7 at Delhi’s iconic Ramlila Maidan. Several opposition parties like Congress, Aam Admi Party (AAP), TMC, SP and other trade unions are going to join the protesters in their agitation against the Centre.

The chief secretary of the union has informed that Union Government has not cleared the dues which are in thousands of crores. As a result, several projects are on the verge of getting shut and nearly 10000 employees are staring at getting unemployed. If the government doesn’t clear the dues on time, then several projects will be shut and employees will be laid off. These employees who are facing job insecurity are finding it hard to run their families as well.

The national president of the union, Dipankar Mitra, informed that almost 90 percent of national projects, including hydropower projects, national highways, nuclear power projects, metro rail, thermal power plants, etc. are being undertaken by this company.

The general secretary of Federation of All India Hindustan Construction Workers Union, Sunil Sarkar Addressing the media said, “NHAI, NHPC, and several other Central Government undertakings have a total pending due of Rs 8943 crore. NHAI has to pay Rs 4157, while NHPC and other Central government undertakings are supposed to pay Rs 4786 crore. Despite the recommendations of mediation forum and court orders, the government hasn’t yet cleared the dues. Due to this, the HCC is facing an acute financial crisis”.

Union’s general secretary has informed that repeated requests to the PMO and Union Labour Ministry haven’t yielded any desirable results to the HCC. He further informed that the pace of projects on which HCC is looking after are either running at snail’s pace or have already been stopped due to delay in the payment.

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