The administration of the Statue of Unity (SoU), situated in Kevadia settlement of Narmada area, served a notification to its contracting organization Larsen and Tubro (L&T) on Friday, considering at any rate 400 laborers having fought the non-installment of their pay rates since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in March. Following the notification by the Chief Administrator of SoU, the organization is said to have immediately cleared the wages, authorities said.
On Friday morning, the SoU the executives in an announcement affirmed that L&T, which has developed the sculpture and is likewise liable for the upkeep of the site, had defaulted on the installment of wages to its re-appropriated representatives — generally the housekeeping staff and security faculty. The site prevalently utilizes nearby tribals who had sat in challenge the organization, requesting quick leeway of their pay rates that were held up for more than two months.
Chief Administrative officer and Deputy Collector of Narmada, Nilesh Dubey, said, “We issued the notice to L&T seeking an explanation for the delay. The company immediately made the payment this afternoon to all the employees. It has not yet given us any explanation for the delay, but we will levy a penalty for the default. It is very clear, even in the government guidelines, that salaries cannot be held up during the lockdown period.”