Kochi: Industries Minister P Rajeev has said that although the industry department has not received any official complaints from Kitex, it will take the issues raised by them seriously. Rajeev said that it was learned that no inspections were carried out by the industries department in Kitex and other departments were also inspected.
There is an atmosphere of revival in the industrial sector. There must be a concerted effort by all concerned to make use of it. If there are any complaints, it is advisable to inform the department and seek redressal, he said. His response was via Facebook.
Kitex, an industry group, had yesterday announced that it was withdrawing from the Rs 3,500 crore investment plan signed with the state government at the ‘Ascend Kerala’ meeting in Kochi in January last year.
Kitex Garments chairman Sabu M said the move was in protest of ongoing inspections by various departments, including the industry ministry. Jacob had said. They also alleged that officials from various departments had raided the kite class units 11 times in the last one month. Industry Minister Rajeev is responding to this.
The full text of Rajeev’s response on Facebook …
Mr. Sabu Jacob, the chairman of Kitex, a leading industrial company, was directly involved in the incident after it came to attention on social media. Although the Industries Department has not received any official complaints
On June 28, Kitex was contacted to investigate the issue.
They said that no inspections led by the Industries Department had taken place in Kitex and that inspections had been carried out by some other departments and the Sector Magistrate. The Secretary of the Department of Industries was immediately instructed to look into the grievances raised by Kitex. The Secretary has also reported that no inspections have been carried out by the Industries Department in Kitex and no complaints have been received in this regard.
The issues raised now will be taken seriously. High level inspections will also be conducted in connection with other departments. The State Government will give full support to anyone who wants to start and run a business venture as per the law.
Within 10 days of taking over as Minister of Industry, he had met with representatives of industry organizations such as FICCI and CII and taken decisions. The meeting was also attended by Kitex representatives. It was not immediately clear if there were any issues or complaints. When there are many possibilities in a democratic system to solve such problems, it is advisable to inform the government directly. Ficci opined that Kerala’s one – stop business system is the best in South India. The first cabinet meeting of this government has decided to set up a legal backing mechanism for resolving industrial disputes.
There is an atmosphere of revival in the industrial sector. There must be a concerted effort by all concerned to make use of it. If there are any complaints, it is advisable to seek redressal from the department. We urge everyone to refrain from making public statements that could defame the state before seeking the possibility of it.