CHENNAI: Chennai: Expressing concern over the future of thousands of workers and allied industries, AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam on Tuesday sought Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin's urgent intervention in the issue concerning the American auto major Ford Motor's decision to shut its operations and ensure the company's facility at Maraimalai Nagar is kept afloat. Panneerselvam has appealed to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin to intervene in the problem arising out of the car manufacturing company, Ford announcing to shut down its vehicle and engine assembling unit in Chennai.
In a statement on Tuesday, the former Chief Minister said that according to media reports, the shutting down of the Ford plant would harmfully affect a large number of workers who are directly and indirectly employed by the carmaker. Several MSMEs that were dependent on the car manufacturer is also facing issues due to the shutting down of the Ford plant, O. Panneerselvam mentioned in the letter.
The Ex-Chief Minister called upon MK Stalin to directly talk to the company management and the employees and try for the continued operation of the plant. He also said that the government should ensure that employees don't lose their jobs.
The Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) has said that the move of the Ford company would severely impact around 170 dealers of the company who had jointly invested around Rs 2,000 crore. About 40,000 people are employed in these 170 dealers, FADA has said in a statement.