Uddhav Thackeray expresses concern for sacking workers by businessmen

CM Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: The state chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is not happy with the businessmen who have sacked their employees and slashed the salaries of the working class in Maharashtra.

While expressing his concern over the issue, the chief minister Thackeray on Monday said that several industries are sacking workers at a time when the state is allowing resumption of business activities. “It was not right,” he said.

Launching the state government’s MahaJobs portal on Monday, Thackeray said that aims to make available job opportunities to the ‘sons of the soil’ or domiciled persons. He observed that migrant workers, who went to their native states due to the lockdown, have started coming back to Maharashtra slowly after his government allowed resumption of business activities. Now the state has jobs available, but there are no workers. “Though this is the factual position, I noticed a strange scenario yesterday. Several industries have started slashing salaries of workers or are sacking them,” he rued.

Thackeray said that the issue needs to be discussed with industrialists as the state government is trying to resolve difficulties that they are facing. The MahaJobs portal is the need of the hour, he said, adding that the system works in a transparent manner.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on Monday revised its quarantine norms for people who are coming from Maharashtra to Karnataka. From now on those travelling to Karnataka from Maharashtra, like people coming from other states, will have to undergo 14 days of home quarantine.

The state government said that other conditions as specified in the earlier order and standard operating procedure issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare shall continue to be in force until further orders. Till now those coming from Maharashtra had to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine, followed by seven days of home quarantine. Changing its quarantine rules the government had recently exempted those travelling to the state from Tamil Nadu and Delhi from three days of institutional quarantine and had said they will have to go for 14 days home quarantine like those travelling from other states.