Hyderabad: Singareni workers can now get treated in 72 super-speciality hospitals in Hyderabad as well as other district headquarters after the Singareni management enhanced the number of super-speciality hospitals from 42 to 72 in the list of consultation hospitals. Further, it has been decided that the company medical board will meet twice or thrice a month to scrutinise medically unfit applications from the workers and consider their kin on the grounds of compassionate appointment.
At the 35th Joint Consultative Committee meeting held at the corporate office of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) in Hyderabad on Wednesday, the company Chairman and Managing Director N Sridhar said the process of compassionate appointments has been in progress where about 450 appointments were made to kin of Singareni employees, who were declared medically unfit. “We will take up the appointments on a monthly basis as per recommendations of the company’s medical board,” he added.
Sridhar said the SCCL spent Rs 10 crore to upgrade medical infrastructure in the company-owned hospitals, including six area hospitals, where a team of super specialitists from Hyderabad was providing medical services on every Sunday.
He said while construction of new residential quarters at Sattupalli at an estimated Rs 100 crore has begun as per the orders of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, construction of new quarters in other areas will be taken up shortly. He also assured AC connections to all residential quarters of Singareni employees in a phased manner.
The SCCL CMD pointed out that welfare of workers was directly proportionate to the company productivity and urged the workers’ trade unions to motivate their members to achieve the company targets. “This would result in good profits for the company which can in turn implement welfare measures for workers,” he said. He added that utmost care was being taken with regard to safety of workers and old machinery was being replaced in both underground and opencast mines.
He hoped that the company will find its place among the Navaratna companies of the country as it was aiming to increase its production from 64 million tonnes to 100 million tonnes.
SCCL directors, senior officials and representatives of recognised workers unions attended the meeting.
B Venkatrao and M Rajireddy of recognised workers union expressed their happiness over positive response from the SCCL management to their demands and assured to work in tandem for rapid growth of the company.