The State-owned Anglo-French Textile mills which was closed after Thane Cyclone was reopened on Wednesday with Chief Minister N Rangasamy inaugurating the work at the ‘C’ unit at Iyyankuttipalayam and ‘A’ unit on the main premises.
Interacting with newspersons after going for rounds at the mill, Rangasamy said that the AINRC government has been committed to reviving the sick mills since it came to power.
The government had emerged successful in reviving the SPINCO, Swadeshi and Jayaprakash Narayanan Mills and now initiative has been taken to revive the AFT mills. In spite of severe financial crisis, the mill was being revived to ensure the welfare of the workers, he said, and exhorted the workers to give their best for the smooth functioning of the mill.
The CM regretted that the Central government had failed to provide the fund (`500 crore) sought for the revival of the mill and also permission to sell the land owned by the mill at Pattanur to pay gratuity to the retired workers. He said he would take up the issue again with the Central government and request the officials concerned to release the funds for the purpose.
Full production in the mill is expected to resume only after two to three months.