Hyderabad: In accordance with Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s promise, the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) issued orders amending rules to facilitate compassionate appointments to dependants of the employees in case of his/her death or medical invalidation.
The Chief Minister gave an assurance to change the nomenclature of dependant employment and termed it as compassionate employment scheme, ahead of SCCL Recognised Union election which was won by the TRS-affiliated Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangam (TBGKS).
As per the orders issued on Friday night, the SCCL officials took into consideration of the Hyderabad High Court orders and made amendments to the existing scheme with prospective effect. Accordingly, a compassionate appointment will be provided to the dependants of employees who become medically invalid as per rules apart from those who die while in service.
Further, ‘medical invalidation’ has been given a broader meaning indicating totally incapacitated where the staffer is unemployable becoming burden on the family.
Providing further relief to the employees’ families, the company expanded the eligibility criteria where besides spouse of the employee, unmarried daughter and son are eligible for compassionate appointment. Legally adopted sons, female dependants and differently-abled dependants who are employable also will be considered.
As per norms, brother, widowed daughter/widowed daughter-in-law or son-in-law residing with the deceased/employee and almost wholly dependant on the earnings of the employee also will be considered in the absence of direct dependant.
Officials said the depedants eligible under the scheme would be considered for the posts of Badli workers where male dependants would be posted in underground mines, while female and differently-abled dependants would be placed in surface duties. Efforts are also being made to increase the number of diseases to be considered for medical invalidation to enable a maximum number of employees to avail the compassionate employment scheme.
The orders were issued after the government consulted legal experts, including retired judges, on the issue of dependant jobs which was ruled out by the courts. The SCCL management changed its bylaws to facilitate the same which would benefit nearly 80 per cent of the employees’ families. In the case of dependents declining the job or not being eligible, the government will provide a one-time settlement of Rs 25 lakh or a monthly income of Rs 25,000 to the Singareni workers concerned or their families till his/her retirement age.