Asian Paints management faces farmers’ ire

Mysuru, November 3:- Farmers of Himmavru village in Nanjangud taluk are up in arms against the management of Asian Paints. The industry major had bought lands from farmers at a lower price after promising jobs for their family members. But the Asian Paints management, it is alleged, has gone back on its promise. Instead of hiring people from the village, they are getting people from outside.

The farmers, who were protesting near the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Tuesday (November 3), said the district administration has not bothered to take any action despite several complaints.

Talking on the occasion, farmer leader Hosakote Basavaraju said, “When the Asian Paints wanted to set up a factory here, they approached farmers and bought their land on the promise that their children would be given a job. After setting up the factory on a 175-acre land, the management is refusing to hire local people. They are not bothered to listen to the advice of the district administration. Many farmers’ unions have been protesting but in vain. The management is saying the farmers can’t be hired because they are not qualified. We are going to lay siege to the factory in the coming days. The district administration will be responsible for any eventuality.”

Hundreds of farmers took part in the protest. (MR/KS)


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