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Worker Unions Oppose Coal Mining Relaxations

Coal News - Published on Mon, 18 May 2020

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Media reported that trade union leaders have vehemently opposed finance minister Mss Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement of allowing private firms to enter the coal sector. f Rashtriya Colliery Mazdoor Sangh general secretary Mr AK Jha said “This is the biggest blow to lakhs of workers in the coal sector because with the entry of private players, exploitation of workers increases manifold. Also, private firms damage the environment with irresponsible mining. We won’t let the government’s plan succeed.”

Dhanbad Coal Karamchari Sangh general secretary Mr KP Gupta said any attempt to privatise the coal sector would be opposed. He said “The Union government has been trying to introduce commercial mining since 2015, but has not succeeded because of opposition by all trade unions. Centre is trying to serve the cause of some capitalists.”

CITU-affiliated All India Coal Workers Federation National general secretary Mr DD Ramnandan said Sitharaman’s announcement is nothing but an attempt to deceive public in the name of relief packages in times of Covid-19. He said “The central government has allowed private players to mine coal by passing a law under the Coal Mines Special Provisions Act 2015, but no major players have come forward so far as coal mining involves problems of land acquisition and local disturbances and are not profitable propositions for private investors who look for quick money.”

Former general secretary of Citu Mr SK Baxi said “The coal industry is devastated after the BJP government’s announcement. Their aim is to benefit its capitalist friends.”

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh state general secretary Bindeshwari Prasad also condemned the decision.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 18 May 2020
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