Notwithstanding Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s request to keep the retrenchment of mining employees issue on hold till March 31, Sociedade de Fomento India Pvt Ltd, has moved to discontinue the services of more of its employees, in the wake of suspension of mining operations in Goa, since September.
The company, which initially discontinued services of 400 contract workers, has now asked its officer level employees to exhaust their leave or to take voluntary retirement. Interestingly, Fomento intends to start mining operation in Rajasthan and has asked workers’ consent if they wish to work in that state and instructed them to give their names by December 28.
Employee working on a Sattari mine said that Fomento management is deliberating on how to deal with the situation and reduce liability.
“Workers who are interested to get transferred outside the state, have been asked to submit their names,” the employee informed.
Since maximum employees are from Pissurlem-Sattari, they have expressed fear whether their jobs would be secured at Pissurlem firm if they do not choose to go to Rajasthan.
When contacted Sarpanch of Pissurlem village panchayat Vijay Parab confirmed to HERALD that notices have been issued to employees by Sociedade de Fomento asking their willingness to work in Rajasthan and added that jobs of workers who do not wish to go to Rajasthan, would be secured here at Pissurlem mine.
“Nobody from Pissurlem would like to work in Rajasthan. But if they do not go to Rajasthan I am sure that the jobs of workers working at Pissurlem firm, would be secured as per the promise made by the company" informed the sarpanch.
He, however, ruled out the possibility of shutting down of Pissurlem firm if the company starts mining operation at Rajasthan. Meanwhile, rumours are doing the round that machinery from Sociedade de Fomento is being shifted to Rajasthan and the company is all set to shutdown the firm at Pissurlem.
The attempts to contact Fomento Resources corporate Communication section were futile as its officer Vikant Sahay did not respond. [H]