Peddapalli: Employees of Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) hailed the decision of the State-owned coal major to revive jobs on hereditary basis for the existing workers. Though the Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, announced his government’s decision to revive the hereditary job scheme before Dasara, the SCCL took the final decision in the company’s board of directors meeting held at Hyderabad on Saturday.
The scheme, which was discontinued by the Telugu Desam government in 2002, comes into existence with effect from October 11, 2016. According to new guidelines, the existing workers aged between 48 years and 59 years as on October 11, 2016, are eligible to avail the benefits under the scheme.
Moreover, they should have at least one year service. A son, son-in-law, or younger brother of the workers can apply for the job. Successors should be in the age group of 18 to 35 years.
About 50,000 employees are working in 32 underground and 15 opencast mines in five districts, including Peddapalli, Kothagudem, Bhupalapalli, Mancherial and Bellampalli. Of this, 2,700 workers are ineligible for the scheme since they do not have one year service.
While the workers are all praise for the government’s decision, opposition trade union leaders see it as a decision with an eye on the union elections. Elections to the recognized trade union are due since the term of the union controlled by the Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangham (TBGKS), backed by ruling TRS, expired in February this year. Though the date of the election is yet to be finalized, the management is contemplating conducting polls soon.
SCCL’s decision could help TBGKS win the election by overcoming internal bickering. A trade union leader on the condition of anonymity informed that even if it was an election boon, they were unable to criticize the scheme since it would benefit workers. They would lose faith among employees if they oppose the scheme. So, they were contemplating mounting pressure on the government to give an opportunity to 2,700 workers who do not have one year service.