Kolkata: There is good news with the New Year for jute mills in Bengal. Jute, which was once known as the golden fibre, has been on a decline from past two decades. But there seems to be a gentle step towards a turnaround.
The demonetisation effect had compelled Hanuman jute mills to shut down in December due to non-payment of salaries to 2500 staff of the mill. It was the initiative of junior Sports Minister and local legislator Lakshmi Ratan Shukla that the mill reopened after a month and a half of efforts.
The union leaders decided to provide the workers with compensation and the mill reopened from today. The Hanuman jute mill was closed on December 6, 2016.
A meeting held between four labour unions and mill management lead to the mutual decision of reopening of the mill.
Shukla made sure that he was in constant contact with the mill management on this issue. After one and a half month of hard work, his efforts were appreciated.
The pay amount of the permanent labourers stays the same as Rs 450 per day as well as for the casual labourers ranging from Rs 320 – Rs 350 per day.