GUWAHATI, Aug 22 - In an ugly turn of events in the controversial Brahmaputra Ashok takeover move, the contractual staff of the hotel today claimed to have caught two persons who were trying to take away their job documents, which were in possession of the Head of the Personnel and Administrative department.
The hotel staff later lodged an FIR at the Panbazar police station over the incident.
The contractual staff, who are likely to lose their jobs once the hotel shuts down on August 31, had been demanding of the hotel management to provide them with their job documents like appointment letters and joining papers. But, the Personnel and Administrative department has been allegedly refusing to do so.
�To take legal recourse, we need the documents. But the management is not giving us. We have now filed an RTI,� said a staff member.
�This evening, we saw two boys at the lobby carrying a polythene bag with documents. When we inquired with the boys, we discovered that they were carrying our service records, personnel files, etc. They told us that the Head of the Personnel and Administrative department instructed them to carry away the documents. When we inquired with the Head of the Personnel and Administrative department, he hurled abusive words at us and threatened us with dire circumstances,� the staff said in the FIR. The documents are now in custody of police.
The two persons who were carrying the documents are employees of the Brahmaputra Enterprise located at Beltola. The contractual staff of the hotel are also under Brahmaputra Enterprise.
Police said Brahmaputra Enterprise officials claimed that the hotel staff were asking for their experience certificates. In order to issue the certificates, the company needed the certificate documents, police quoted the company officials as saying.
Earlier in the day, the ATDC management and the contractual staff were asked to appear before the Assistant Labour Commissioner, but no one from the ATDC turned up. The Labour Commissioner is likely to notify another date for hearing the petition of the contractual staff.
The ATDC plans to convert the hotel into a State Guest House, a move that will see over 100 employees lose their jobs. The 56 permanent staff have been offered a package of 33 months� salary. Nothing has been given to the 48 contractual appointees of the hotel that was under ITDC till June year.