Electronic parts maker Foxconn is reportedly starting operations at its facility in neighboring Sriperumbudur and has been advised to improve basic infrastructure provided to employees, the Tamil Nadu government said on Saturday.
The government’s comments follow the use of an employee protest last week as food poisoning struck more than 100 of them after eating at a facility allegedly operated by their company.
In an official statement on Saturday, the government of Tamil Nadu said a meeting was held at which senior government officials, including labor commissioner Atul Anand, chief secretary of the industries department, S Krishnan, the Additional Director General of Police – Law and Order, Thamaraikannan and representatives of the Foxconn Group participated.
During the meeting, the Taiwan-based company was advised to improve the basic infrastructure provided to employees, such as adequate housing and rest rooms, among others.
“Hostels made available to employees should have a quality certificate issued by the collector and food should be prepared at the employees’ accommodation and it should be served to them on time,” the statement said.
The government has also ordered that employees requesting time off be granted immediately and that the company use the services of labor agencies on such occasions.
Representatives of Foxconn assured to implement the guidelines in accordance with government instructions, the statement said.
“Officials also ensured that quality food was provided to the more than 15,000 employees and added that they would begin production at the plant soon,” the statement said.
“The facility will be expanded and new jobs will be created at the unit,” the statement said, citing Foxconn officials.
Meanwhile, the government said, the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) was engaged in building hostels to accommodate 18,750 people at a cost of Rs 570 crore in Vallam Vadagal in Sriperumbudur.
Construction of the 11-story building, spread over 20 acres of land, is expected to be completed in 15 months, the statement added.
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