HYDERABAD: Throwing their weight behind the striking workers of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), Congress Party, TDP and Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) headed by M Kodandaram, on Saturday demanded that the government restore the dependent jobs scheme to the kin of Singareni employees without further delay.
“The Hyderabad High Court never ordered the government to stop dependent jobs’ scheme. The Court directed the government to modify the guidelines with regard to the scheme. But the management of the SCCL has completely stopped the scheme using the Court’s directive as an excuse,” Kodandaram attacked, while addressing mediapersons at Peddapalli.
TJAC chairperson said that even though Singareni workers had been on a strike seeking immediate restoration of dependent jobs scheme to their kin, neither the management of the Singareni Collieries nor the State government were taking any steps to address their demands.
“Instead of looking into the just demands being made by the striking workers, the management of the SCCL is adopting repressive measures to quell their protests, which is not good in democracy,” he said. Earlier in the day, Congress backed the ongoing stir by the SCCL workers.
‘No effect on company’s coal production’
Hyderabad:Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) on Saturday said there was no effect on the company’s coal production or supply due to the strike announced by some workers’ unions of SCCL. The company said, in a press release, on third day of strike, which was Saturday, daily coal production was higher than the average value and in fact, “it is a record for this financial year till now.” The company said that against the average daily production of 1,52,186 tonnes of coal, the company on Saturday produced 1,76,195 tonnes of coal, which is a 21 per cent increase from the daily average. Meanwhile, the company said it has declared Sunday as a working day for all departments, mines and employees of the company so as the ensure no delays in supply of coal to power plants.