Coal production stops in 45 coal mines owned by Singareni Collieries (SCCL) due to strike

The 3-day strike has been called by the trade unions of the SCCL to protest the Centre’s decision to auction four coal blocks in the State for commercial mining has impacted production at 45 coal mines.

Coal production in the government-owned Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL)’s 45 coal mines located across six districts came to a halt as the workers struck work from the first shift this morning in response to the 72-hour strike called by five Central trade unions and the TRS-affiliated Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangham (TBGKS).

The three-day strike has been called by the JAC of all the trade unions of the SCCL setting aside ideological affiliations to protest the Centre’s decision to auction four coal blocks in the State for commercial mining.

The SCCL, the only State-owned coal mining company in south India, with a manpower of around 43,000, is likely to suffer coal production loss to the tune of little over 4.50 lakh tonnes during the three-day strike.

The SCCL management tried to avert the strike, but in vain. The premier coal mining company operating in the coal-rich Pranahitha-Godavari valley of the State has set itself an ambitious target of enhancing coal production to 850 lakh tonnes per annum within three years. The SCCL’s coal output target for the current fiscal is 680 lakh tonnes.

In a show of unity, members owing allegiance to the major trade unions including INTUC, AITUC and CITU took out rallies in Ramagundam, Bellampalli, Kothagudem, Bhupalpally and other areas to press for their foremost demand to delist the four coal blocks Kalyan Khani Block-6, Koyagudem Block-III, Sattupalli Block-III and Shravanapalli in the state from the Union Coal Ministry’s auction list. Overburden removal works were also hit in several OCPs as the outsourcing/contract workers too stayed away from work in response to the JAC’s call for three-day strike christened “Save Singareni.”

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