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SCCL Miners Seek Halting of Mining Operations Fearing COVID-19

Coal News - Published on Thu, 26 Mar 2020

Image Source: SCCL Coronavirus Lockdown
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, workers of Telangana's Singareni Collieries Company Limited have urged authorities to confine coal mining operations to open casts. The employees alleged that they didn't have adequate masks to work in close contact with one another underground. Unions have demanded the shutdown of underground operations temporarily in view of the COVID-19 spread. Telangana Boggu Ganula Karmika Sangam President Venkat Rao has written to Chairman and Managing Director N Sridhar, asking him to shut down the underground mining operations for the time being.

STBGKS General Secretary Raji Reddy said, "There are not enough masks to protect workers from COVID-19 and 'social distancing' is impossible while working in the underground mines. We have sought the provision of sufficient safety masks and sanitisers and calling off the operations underground. They said that they will allocate funds for safety equipment immediately and provide all measures but halting of the operations inside the underground mines is not possible as the bigger units of Coal India are also going ahead with operations."

With over 46,000 employees, SCCL operates in three regions across the erstwhile four districts of Khammam, Karimnagar, Warangal and Adilabad in northern Telangana. Amid the nationwide lock down, SCCL is undertaking operations across three regions, in 27 underground mines and 18 open cast mines. However, attendance across sites appears to be a little over 50%.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 26 Mar 2020
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