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MRPL unlikely to hire polytechnic trainees

Staff Correspondent

They may have to be satisfied with lump-sum amount


Company had made the training a condition

for absorption

‘In refinery business, professional factor cannot be compromised'


MANGALORE: People displaced by Phase 3 of Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd., who are fighting for jobs in the facility, may have to be satisfied with a lump-sum amount instead of employment.

Speaking to presspersons at the end of the 22nd annual general meeting of MRPL on Saturday, its Chairman, R.S. Sharma, said that the agitation for jobs by those displaced by the project, who are undergoing training at the Karnataka Polytechnic, was discussed at a dinner meeting he held with Mangalore Special Economic Zone Ltd. officials on August 31 in Bangalore.

Expressing regret for not being able to absorb those undergoing training as promised, he said, “The refinery business is highly technical and the professional factor cannot be compromised while hiring people for technical jobs.”

Mr. Sharma termed “child-like” the demands of the employees' unions, which resulted in stoppage of work and strikes during the last fiscal. “We have to treat children's' demands like parents and not give into all of them,” he said. He, however, said that the company was “not oblivious to the aspirations” of the local population who sacrificed their land for the plant.

He said that he had been thoroughly updated about the series of accidents that occurred at the plant during last year, as reported exclusively by The Hindu.

Expressing concern over the mishaps, he said that efforts were on to revamp certain systems that had run their course.

He asked MRPL Managing Director U.K. Basu to share the details of the revamp with the press.

Mr. Basu, however, declined to go into details. He also declined to react to the ongoing imbroglio related to acquisition of land earmarked for horticulture for MRPL's retail outlet at Kadri.

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