Hyderabad: Around 2000 workers of Sirpur Paper Mills were allegedly forced to work today, inspite of 24 hour Janata Curfew declared in Telangana State.
The Sirpur Paper Mills located at Kagaznagar town of Asifabad district violated the Janata Curfew restrictions and asked around 2000 workers to report today.
Admist the outbreak of COVID-19, a crowd of 2000 workers in a paper mill is a risk to the health of them as well as others living in the town.
The workers apparently requested for a holiday today, but the paper mills management didn’t give a heed to their safety and asked them to report at the mill today, claimed the workers.
One of the workers speaking to media said, "Even big offices are closed, but this mill owners have forced us to come to work, I request police to take strict actions against them."
The management as told the workers that Telanagana Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Industry & Commerce, Information Technology KT Rama Rao and industries secretary Jayesh Ranjan have given them permission to keep the mill function on the Janata Curfew day.
The workers have asked the labour department to take necessary actions against the Paper Mill management.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 20 asked all the citizens to stay at home on Sunday by declaring a Janta Curfew, so that the local spreading of coronavirus is contained. Though Modi asked for a 14 hour curfew that is from 7am to 9pm on March 22, the Telangana government has declared a 24 hour long curfew from 6 pm today till 6 am on March 23.
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