Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) today blocked the main entrances of the Tata group of companies here, as well as the Tata-managed mines in the West Singhbhum district to protest the change of the head office of some companies of the Tata group, including Tata Cummins .
JMM MLA of Ghatsila, Ramdas Soren, who is also the president of the East Singhbhum district of JMM, as well as legislators Sanjeev Sardar (Potka) and Mangal Kalinidi (Jugsalai), led the ruling party activists in squatting in front of entrances, disrupting traffic for much of the working day.
Mr. Soren told PTI that they were protesting the relocation of the Tata firm’s headquarters out of Jharkhand and alleged that Tata Motors and Tata Cummins plan to move to Maharashtra.
However, Tata Motors already has its head office registered for many years in Mumbai, while Tata Cummins moved its head office to Pune almost three years ago.
Both companies have large production facilities in Jamshedpur and have shown no indication of moving them out of the industrial city of Jamshedpur.
“We have given them land, our people were displaced to allow the Tatas to establish their plants on our land here,” said Mr. Soren, who was leading party activists at the main gate of Tata Motors in the town of Telco here. , adding “Now, they want to move to Maharashtra. We cannot accept this.”
The JMM threatened to intensify the unrest, unless the proposal was withdrawn.
JMM leaders, including Deepak Birua, held similar sit-ins in front of the Tata mines in Noamundi, Badajamda, and loading sites in the West Singhbhum district.
In a statement, Tata Cummins Private Limited (TCPL), however, vehemently denied moving the Jamshedpur operations out of Jharkhand state.
“The process for the transfer of TCPL registered office from Jamshedpur to Pune was started a few years ago to facilitate administrative operations with the corporate office. The registered office change will not affect the income, employment and welfare opportunities of the Jharkhand state. or city of Jamshedpur. We continue to comply with all labor laws and other compliance, as applicable for the state of Jharkhand, “the company statement read.
Meanwhile, the Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI) strongly opposed the upheaval, stating that such acts by a ruling party would have an adverse impact on prospective investment opportunities in the state.
“We too wish the Tata companies headquarters to remain here in Jharkhand, but we certainly do not support such kind of turmoil, particularly when the problem could have been resolved through the table,” said Vijay Anand Moonka, SCCI president.
Tata Group sources said production and other activities at its plants were normal during the upheaval.
The chief minister, Hemant Soren, had previously participated in a road show in the national capital to attract investors to invest in Jharkhand.
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