By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: A day after Time8 reported the arbitrary decision of sacking 19 employees and its consequent protests, the GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited, the operating company for the Kharsang Oil Field located in eastern Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district, on Tuesday decided to reinstate the sacked employees with immediate effect.
On Tuesday, local MLA and Arunachal Pradesh’s Urban Development Minister Kamlung Mosang said, “This morning I had a long discussion with the Chief Executive Officer of Geo-Enpro petroleum Ltd in connection the dismissal of it’s 19 employees and here I would like to share my joys with everyone particularly sacked employees, their family members and also the organisations who stood behind the dismissed employees that the company has agreed to reinstate them all.”
Mosang further said, “I expect all the employees who are joining back to their assigned works will perform their duties with utmost sincerity and dedication for which they are being paid by the company.”
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.
However, in protest against the arbitrary decision of the oil company, 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 had imposed an indefinite bandh on the movement of bowsers (oil tankers) of the GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited since July 15 and it continued till July 20.
Earlier, the organisations and natives of the Kharsang areas also condemned the GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited for its alleged arrogant attitude and said that the company undermined the sentiments of the local residents by ignoring their repeated persuasions for reinstating the sacked employees.
The company’s deputy general manager R Murali, posted at Kharsang, was not available for comment.