Mancherial: The Telangana Boggu Ghani Karmika Sangham’s (TBGKS) day-long strike on Thursday opposing the Union government’s move to auction 41 coal blocks was successful in several parts of Mancherial district.
TBGKS leader Anugu Ravinder Reddy said employees of various departments including underground mines, open cast projects, coal handling plant and workshop from Srirampur Area did not attend duties since morning and expressed their solidarity with the strike. The protest evoked good response and I thank the employees for taking part in it,” he said.
Ravinder Reddy slammed the Union government for trying to auction the coal blocks and said it would lead to privatisation of Singareni Collieries Company Limited over a period of time, affecting the livelihood of thousands of employees. He said the trade union will oppose the Centre’s move to sell the coal wealth and protect the rights of coal miners.
Leaders of the trade union, an affiliate of TRS, monitored the strike by visiting underground and opencast projects. Heavy police force was deployed at the underground mines and opencast projects to prevent any untoward incident. Jaipur ACP Ravinder and Srirampur Inspector Koteshwar supervised the security measures.
Meanwhile, national trade unions INTUC, AITUC, HMS, BMS and CITU called for a three-day long strike opposing the Union government’s move to auction coal blocks.
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