INMF to protest private commercial mining of coal

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Mar 2018 10:21:48


Business Bureau,

The recent decision of the Union Government to open up the coal sector for private entities for commercial mining appears to have been not going down well with the Indian National Mineworkers Federation (INMF) as the Working Committee of the INTUC-affiliated body called an emergency meeting on Monday at Asansol to discuss the issue.

The Working Committee members analysed the situation arising out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi -led Government decision taken on February 20, 2018 through Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA).
The meeting was presided over by Rajendra Prasad Singh, President of INMF (INTUC), other office-bearers, members, permanent invitees including Ramen Pandey, President of WBPNTUC.

The four CTUs, i.e. BMS, AITUC, CITU and HMS through their meeting at New Delhi on March 4, 2018 convened without consulting Rajendra Prasad Singh have issued a joint press statement to go for a one-day strike on April 16, 2018 in coal industry of the country.

Interestingly, the four CTUs have not issued any notice to the Government of India / MOC / CIL/so far. In the meanwhile, after deliberations, it has been unanimously decided by INMF (INTUC) Working Committee that INMF – INTUC not only condemned the decision but also said that the decision of nationalisation of coal mines in 1972 – 73 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was being reversed as CIL and SCCL would die in due course if cheap coal is mined by private companies through unsafe/slaughter mining through contractor labour with meagre wages and no social security safety net.

It also said that the affiliates/members of INMF (INTUC) will bear ‘Black Badge’ on April 16, 2018 as a mark of protest but attend their duties to produce coal to double the coal production. Further the Working Committee decided to constitute a Steering Committee of Federation which will apprise the INTUC leadership including its President Dr G Sanjeeva Reddy as BMS is not part of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of CTUs at national-level alleging that it always walks out from strike at the last moment.

The Steering Committee also decided to meet and appraise the Congress leadership particularly Sonia Gandhi and newly elected Congress President Rahul Gandhi to muster political support in and outside Parliament, both in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

After completing the exercises, an urgent meeting of INMF Steering Committee has been convened at INTUC Head Quarter at 4, Bhai Veer Singh Marg on April 19, 2018 at 11.30 am to discuss and decide future course of action. President Rajendra Prasad Singh, Secretary General, S Q Zama, General Secretary and others were present on the occasion.