K M Dayashankar
PEDDAPALLI: The 72-hour strike call given by all the trade unions of the Singareni collieries company limited in protest against the privatisation of the coal blocks had concluded on Saturday night.
Since Thursday, the coal miners were on strike in all the 23 underground mines and 19 open cast projects across north Telangana districts demanding the Union government to withdraw its proposed move to privatise four coal blocks in the Singareni. The coal production to the tune of six lakh metric tonnes was affected following the three-day strike call, which was given by TGBKS and five national trade unions viz AITUC, INTUC, CITU, HMS and BMS.
For the first time after several years, the strike was complete and total with the coal production coming to a grinding halt with the coal miners participating in the strike. The trade union leaders have decided to meet the representatives of the Union government and the Minister concerned in New Delhi on December 15 and 16 to exert pressurise to withdraw the proposed privatisation of four coal blocks of Singareni.