Mancherial: The State government’s decision to increase upper age limit to 40 years from 35 years for providing jobs to dependents of employees of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) under hereditary employment policy, has cheered up the coal miners community of the district and elsewhere of the state. About 2,000 dependents will be able to secure employment with this decision, according to leaders of trade unions.
The workers were jubilant after learning the news through news channels. They celebrated the decision by busting crackers on the premises of underground and open cast mining projects spread across Mancherial and Kumram Bheem Asifabad districts. They thanked Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Kengerla Mallaiah, general secretary of Telangana Boggu Ghani Karmika Sangham, one of the major trade unions, termed the relaxation as historical decisions, made keeping in mind interests of miners’ community. Somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 dependents would benefit from the hereditary jobs scheme, he said.
Mallaiah expressed gratitude to Chief Minister for debating issues of coal miners in Legislative Assembly on January 5. “For the first time, Chandrasekhar Rao discussed problems of workers of SCCL in the Assembly. No other Chief Minister in the country has done this so far,” he said.
SCCL had announced the revival of jobs on heredity basis for existing workers aged between 48 years and 59 years as on October 11, 2016 so that any son, son-in-law or younger brother of theirs aged between 18 and 35 years could apply for employment.