Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, equating the labour and sacrifice of workers excavating coal from the depths of the earth in Singareni Collieries with that of army jawans on the Border front, said the State Government, in recognition of their services, had decided to shower them with benefits.
“The coal workers’ sacrifice on the edge of death, commitment and awareness they have displayed can only be comparable to our brave jawans on the Borders,” the Chief Minister said in a statement in the State Assembly on Thursday.
Stating that Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) was the pride of Telangana, Rao pointed out that SCCL had registered 15 per cent growth after the formation of the Telangana State, while during the period 2009-14, the growth rate was a mere three per cent.
“Despite the fact that underground coal mining was an expensive affair running into losses, the Open Cast mines have been registering profits resulting in the company registering overall profit of Rs 1,066 crore in 2015-16 alone against its average profit earnings of about Rs 400 crore during the five year period beginning 2009,” he said, adding that this was mainly due to the government’s pro-workers policy.
Following the commitment shown by the workers, the Co the workers, the chief minister said. “For the first time in the annals of the country and SCCL history, 23 per cent of profits have been distributed among the workers which works out to a total of Rs 245 crore. On an average, each worker got Rs 54,000 as Deepavali bonus, and this cost the company an additional Rs 303 crore,” the chief minister said, adding that each worker was richer by Rs one to 1.25 lakh with Deepavali and Dussera bonuses put together.
“This brought a lot of cheer and happiness among the families of workers adding to festivities,” he said, adding that the rapid growth of the SCCL was mainly due to the efforts and commitment of the workforce.
Listing out the slew of pro-workers measure initiated by the government, Rao said the dependent job right was introduced after a gap of two decades, replacement of heavy-duty cap lamps with cap lamps weighing just 400 gms, man riding systems in the mines, gyms, new roads, swimming pools and drainage systems in workers colonies.