Not Paying Employees = Slavery
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I got a degree in Computer Science from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in 2015. Like many of my classmates, I was fascinated by the idea of startups and wanted to work at one.
I joined a startup called Trestor Infotech Private Limited in summer of 2016. Since the company was suffering a financial crunch at the time, the founder and CEO, Mr. Kunal Dixit promised that he'll pay me whenever they have the funds. I believed him and left after working for 2 months. I did, however, take my relieving letter and a letter stating that the company owes me an amount of 2,40,000 INR (my salary for 2 months).
Now, it has been almost one year and I still haven't been paid. Mr. Kunal Dixit doesn't reply to my emails, anymore. Not being a person used to cribbing and inaction, I complained to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Chandigarh Administration, Member of Parliament Chandigarh, Administrator Chandigarh and Prime Minister's Office. The government intervened after several emails and tweets. Notices were sent to the company and the labor department summoned them, as well. But the company still doesn't pay up. I also know some of my colleagues who got post dated cheques from the company, which eventually bounced. His brother (Mr. Kabir Dixit) who was another Director in the company fled the country to Canada. This shows malafide intent and irresponsible behavior on the company's part.
What was shocking was, when I started an online campaign warning people about this company, I not only heard back from a lot of other people who were duped by the same company, we also discovered that Mr. Kunal Dixit has started another company (at the same location). Such blatant injustice with the public!
I also tried to contact several news media but none of them got back to me. One of my colleagues told me that this is a rampant and common occurrence in the 'startup' era. People open a startup, offer good packages to employees, if the company fails, they simply cite that they're unable to pay the employees and close shop. The employees don't know what to do, since there is no clear cut redressal mechanism for the employees to get their hard earned money. Even the ones who set out to do something about it often get nothing in return. I petitioned to several government bodies with nil result!
While, the government is going big on the startup initiative, I want the government to take steps to fix responsibility in these cases. With growing number of startups, this problem is only going to increase. The government needs to ensure there is a proper mechanism for employees to get their dues cleared and if the employer is not willing to do so, he should get appropriate punishment. Such people should also not be allowed to start another venture.
I wish to submit this petition to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Ministry of Labor & Employment. Please sign & show your support.
P.S. I am attaching a link to the folder which contains a copy of my joining letter, my relieving letter, a letter stating that the company owes me an amount of 2,40,000 INR, screenshot of my several emails to Mr. Kunal Dixit, emails to several government departments, MP Chandigarh (Ms. Kirron Kher). It can be found on: https://goo.gl/8b1PrD
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