Unrest in GKEL after Worker Dies in Mishap

Death of a worker on duty led to labour unrest in GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited (GKEL) here on Thursday.

Published: 20th December 2013 11:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st December 2013 01:24 PM   |  A+A-

Death of a worker on duty led to labour unrest in GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited (GKEL) here on Thursday.

According to sources, Alekh Behera, an electrician, was working at a height of 15 feet and fell down. While being taken to hospital, critically injured Behera succumbed. Soon after the incident, hundreds of labourers rushed to the spot and protested against lack of security measures.

They demanded adequate compensation and job to kin of the deceased along with improvement in safety measures in the plant. Behera belongs to Odapada block of the district. He was engaged by a sub-contract agency. Former Rajya Sabha member and BJP leader Rudra Narayan Pany has demanded compensation of ` 15 lakhs and job to a family member of the deceased.

Dhenkanal Sub-Collector AK Patnaik said ` two lakh was given to the victim’s family in cash while ` 13 lakhs will be deposited in his account through office of Assistant Labour Commissioner. A member of Behera’s family will be appointed by the company. The decision was taken in presence of the administration officials, GKEL’s Assistant Vice-president Nageswar Rao and labour union leaders.

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