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Naidu’s visit to Brandix a windfall to employees

The Chief Minister Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to the apparel park of Brandix India in Visakha-patnam last week showered a windfall for its employees. Mr Naidu’s first visit to the apparel park brought the employees, mostly women, an immediate interim hike in their wages, backed with a firm assurance that a wage board would be soon set up.
In appreciation of his first visit to the company’s apparel park, Brandix Chairman Mr Ashroff Omar on the spot announced an increase of Rs 1000 a month in the basic pay of its employees.
”This in an interim hike in a gesture of our appreciation of his (Mr Naidu’s) first visit to our apparel park,” he said.
Initially, Mr Omar said the salary hike will be implemented from August 1.  To this, Mr Naidu said: “Why August? We are still in July.”
Again, the Brandix chief positively responded to the Chief Minister. “We value the suggestions of the Chief Minister a great deal.  We announce that the hike will be with effect from July,” he said, amid loud clapping and cheering from the employees.
Brandix India Apparel City is a state-of-the-art, apparel-specific industrial park located in Visakhapatnam, the first of its kind in India.
Its promoters include Brandix (Sri Lanka), Brandot (Martin Trust – USA), Compagnie Mauricienne de Textiles (Mauritius), the Galleon Fund (USA), Pioneer Elastics (Hong Kong) and Quantum Clothing (United Kingdom).
Wage Board
Addressing the workers, Mr Naidu cautioned the employees against some trade union and political leaders, who only tried to mislead industrial workers by making hollow promises. “These people do not help you in any way and more often their action leads to closure of industrial units,” he said.
He reiterated that he would always support the workers.
In this context, he announced that he would constitute a wage board very soon to solve the problems of the employees. And Mr Omar responded positively.
Mr Naidu said presently the employee strength is about 20,000, but there is a potential to increase it to one lakh with overseas investments.
A wave of cheer from the employees greeted the announcements of Mr Naidu and Mr Omar.
CM chides trade unions, opposition
In an another meeting at Pudi, Mr Naidu chided a section of trade unions and the opposition, referring to the closure of some industries due to problems arising out of industrial relations. He said employees, trade unions and the opposition were all stake holders in the Indian economy and the corporate sector.
“Any incidents like strike in any company not only affected the company, but the image of our State takes a beating.  Do you know how many companies from all over the world are interested in investing in our State.  I go around the world not as a tourist, but to garner investments for our State so that it develops and creates employment for our people. And our State has positive image both in India and overseas for peaceful industrial climate. Such incidents (like strikes etc) only tend to discourage foreign investors from coming here. Please do not bring politics into factory workers issue, which will only disturb the peaceful environment that we can boast of,” he said, adding that “we all, including trade unions and all political leaders, have a role to play in bringing new industries here.”
Small industries
Mr Naidu announced development packages for villages surrounding industrial clusters.  These include Rs 20 crore for development of Achyutapuram, Rs 40 crore for development of Dupputur village and another Rs 23 crore for drinking water project at Rambilli village. Also, Mee Seva centres were being opened in all the panchayats in the State.
The Union MSME Minister Mr Kalraj Mishra said the NDA government has been encouraging small and medium industries as they played a greater role in the industrial development. He said the government had sanctioned 15 technology centres across the country to create skilled manpower and five centres have been completed so far.

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