By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: The Kharsang Circle Unemployed Youth Association, Tangsa Youth Association, All Changlang District Students Union, All Tangsa Students Union and the natives of Kharsang areas of the eastern Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district have imposed an indefinite bandh on the movement of bowsers (oil tankers) of the GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited allegedly for sacking 19 local employees.
Talking to Time8, Kharsang Circle Unemployed Youth Association president Munpong Khimhun highlighted that the indefinite bandh has been imposed since July 15, last.
“Even after several rounds of meetings and persuasions, with the intervention of the Sub-Divisional Officer, Kharsang, the authority of the GeoEnpro Petroleum Ltd was adamant on its stand. Therefore, the terminated employees, local residents and various indigenous organisations of the district were forced to impose restrictions on the movement of the company’s oil tankers indefinitely,” Khimhun said.
According to Khimhun, the GeoEnpro Petroleum Ltd terminated 16 contractual employees on June 10. Apparently, the company also pressed 3 regular staffs to tender resignation till August 31, citing down sliding financial position caused by the Coronavirus-induced market crisis.
“We shall never tolerate such an injustice wherein the sons of the soil are deprived of its basic rights and privileges. If the employees are not reinstated, the whole public of Kharsang will make sure that no oil tankers enter the vicinity of the area. The inhuman and arrogant attitude of the GeoEnpro Petroleum deeply hurt the sentiment of the local residents,” Khimhun said.
He told Time8 that all the 19 employees are local residents of Kharsang area. Khimhun also alleged that the local residents are also highly critical of the oil company for not adopting welfare schemes under corporate social responsibility.
Notably, the GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited, a registered Indian company and a 50:50 joint venture between Jubilant Enpro Pvt Ltd and Geopetrol Mauritus Ltd; is the operating company for the Kharsang Oil Field, Arunachal Pradesh. The company’s deputy general manager R Murali was not available for comment.