Land losers who had been engaged as contract workers and subsequently retrenched launched a sit-in dharna in front of the IFFCO office here on Wednesday demanding reinstatement.

The workers belong to Santra, Chakradharpur of Jagatsinghpur district and Chanda of Kendrapara district and had given their land to erstwhile Oswal Chemical and Fertilizers Ltd and 73 of them were provided jobs in the company in 1988.

In 2005, Oswal was taken over by IFFCO, which in turn retrenched the workers. In July 2017, they had launched a protest and claimed that IFFCO had promised to provide jobs to them at a conciliatory meeting held by the Revenue Divisional Commissioner.

Then the RDC, central range, Cuttack, had discussed with the authorities and other higher officials of IFFCO to resolve these issues. On 5 September 2017, RDC directed the IFFCO authorities to give employment opportunity to nearly 73 retrenched workers within four months.

But four months have lapsed and they continue to remain jobless. Bhakat Bachala Swain, Tusar Nayak, Gopabandhu Mohapatra and others alleged that IFFCO had lost the trust of people by failing to meet its commitment.

They blamed the administration for remaining silent on the issue and said they had issued prior intimation of the protests.