Shimla, Feb 14
Adani Cement company which is the wealthiest Corporate house of the country has proved hard bargainer as after holding dozens of talks between management and transporter unions, results remain inconclusive here again on Tuesday.
Ram Kishan Sharma, a member of the core committee of Darla truck operators said that the government has extended full cooperation to them for the last 62 days. He said that since government has stood by them but it was expected that a solution would be found through talks but it remained inconclusive.
Chief minster Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu had called the operators and CEO of Adani Group for talks at 11 am today. Different rounds of talks were held with the operators. The CEO was made to sit in the Chief Minister’s office and Industries Minister Harsh Vardhan Chauhan kept talking to the operators but a solution was not arrived added the truck operators unions leader.
According to Ram Krishan Sharma, today Adani Cement CEO refused to accept the freight operators’ demand and agreed to pay his new freight rates offer of Rs.8.50 for multi-axle trucks and Rs.10 for other trucks. Earlier Adani group had agreed to pay Rs.9 freight for multi axle trucks and Rs.10 for trucks. This is freight of multi axle trucks in 2012 whereas the real picture is something else.
People had given their lands. It is not profit but, their employment. The operators said that the freight rate in Barmana was 11.41 paise per ton per kilometer, but they were ready to come down from this freight rate and take 10 rupees 70 paise to end this dispute.
Truck operators said that they walked out of meeting today as it is useless to extend talk as management are proving hard bargainer. Ram Krishan Sharma said that operators are going to intensify the agitation.
He said that now the strategy of the agitation will be decided by uniting all the stakeholders and the Adani trucks which are in the state with loads exceeding the limit would be stopped by the government.
It is worthwhile to mention here that Adani Group and truck operators over Himachal Pradesh are engaged in Nation’s biggest industrial dispute. It has been 62 days as the Corporate house locked out the Ambuja cement plants in Darlaghat and ACC plants in Bharmana of Bilaspur.
It was on Monday, that the Chief Minister himself participated in a high level Meeting attended by the Adani Company management but despite expressing hope to end the impasse talks ended without moving an inch ahead.