Coal India Unions go on five day strike in Odisha , to hit power generation

Bhubaneswar,  Jan 06
B.Maharana
The five major  workers unions including the BJP backed Hind Mazdoor
Sabha Tuesday participated in the five day nation wide strike
affecting the operations in the Public Sector Coal India Limited mines
in Odisha. The strike would definitely hit the power generation in the
thermal power plants both in public and private sector in the state.
According to official sources, the workers belonging to five major
trade unions  – Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Indian National Trade
Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC),
Confederation of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and Hind Mazdoor Sangh had
joined the all India strike against the Union NDA Government’s
proposal to open the Coal Mines under CIL to private sector.
There was no production and dispatch of coal from any of the 15 open
cast and six underground mines  under Mahanandi Coal Fields , a CIL
subsidiary, official sources said.
With estimated daily production of 400,000 tonnes, the MCL supplies
coal to a number of power plants in south India and Odisha, including
the state power utility NTPC, Talcher Thermal Power Station and
aluminium-maker Nalco.

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