BREAKING: Tata’s Amalgamated Plantation to continue its Guwahati office
GUWAHATI: Tata’s Amalgamated Plantation Private Limited (APPL) on Saturday said that it would continue with its main operating office in Guwahati and asked Assam government to protect the interests of its facilities and employees in Assam.
Recently, it has come to fore that Tata Tea has issued a formal communication to all its employees to cooperate in shifting its offices from Assam to Kolkata by April 30.
Immediately, union minister of state for food processing industries Rameswar Teli urged Tata group chairman Ratan Tata not to shift the offices of Tata Tea out of Assam to Kolkata.
On Saturday in an official communiqué, the APPL said, “APPL would like to reiterate that it remains firmly committed to the state of Assam. The majority of our employees, 12,000 of whom are shareholders of our company, are from Assam. We continue to maintain our main operating office in Guwahati and have 21 tea estates operating units across Assam, employing almost 50,000 people (including seasonal workers).”
It added further that it has invested substantially in two tea processing units at Hattigor and Lattakoojan tea estates and in a spice processing centre near Misa.
In addition to business investments and employment opportunities, APPL said it has been running various community welfare initiatives for livelihood, education, skill development and healthcare, that have impacted the lives of about 2.5 latch people in the state over the last five years.
APPL statement said, “We are saddened by the recent allegations and their tonality, based on a misplaced understanding of our efforts in the state. We will seek the intervention of the appropriate authorities to protect the interests of our employees and facilities in Assam.”
Recently, the banned militant outfit of ULFA (Independent) asked APPL to immediately relocate its administrative offices to Assam and to recruit only indigenous people of Assam in various positions that open up in the company from now on.
The outfit said that the company’s head office was outside Assam where no indigenous personnel from Assam were in employment. Its liaison office was also not in Assam.
The outfit warned that if not adhered to the demands, ULFA (I) would stern action against the company including the closure of its gardens.