Govt. to take all steps to protect KMML: Minister

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Says contract labourers will be made permanent

Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan has said that the government will do everything possible to protect Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd (KMML), a public-sector unit that plays a crucial role in the development of the State.

“This natural wealth of mineral sand should be utilised for the people and KMML is an industry that promotes economic growth and employment generation. It is the policy of the LDF government to protect the public sector,” he said here on Monday after launching KMML’s new products — KEMOX RC 829 (universal grade) and KEMOX RC-800PG+.

Observing that that KMML has enormous possibilities, the Minister said the government was planning to explore that by steadily increasing the production capacity.

New projects

“Currently, work on six different projects are going on at KMML. After their completion, the production capacity of KMML will go up. The government has been taking steps in that direction by utilising all state-of-the-art technology,” he said.

Promising that the government is keen on solving all the labour issues, he added: “Currently, KMML has 410 vacancies, but still they are using contract labourers. The government has instructed the officials concerned to appoint them as permanent staff in all the available vacancies based on their service. Though there are technical issues, we are planning to make them permanent staff by March first week,” he said.

To check smuggling

Pointing out that KMML is providing livelihood to over 3,000 families, the Minister said that the government would take all measures to stop mineral sand smuggling. “

Along with that we will ensure the safety of all residents. Decisions will be taken only after consulting them. If their demand is rehabilitation, steps will be taken for that,” he said.

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