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Joins Telangana JAC

HYDERABAD: Telangana Singareni Employees' Association has joined the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Telangana Employees, Teachers and Workers to press its charter of 47 demands including implementation of GO 610.

G. Sudhakar, chairman of the committee, said at a press conference here on Saturday said the JAC leaders would meet Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and the Singareni management shortly with the charter. The committee would launch an agitation on behalf of Singareni staff, if they failed to act on the demands within a specified time.

The demands included scrapping the muster cut act, penal rent and income tax for those working in underground mines, doing away with mechanisation, increasing job opportunities for those from Telangana, lifting ceiling on bonus and reinstatement of over 9,000 sacked employees.

Cut in workforce

D. Muthaiah, president of the association, and Kodandaram, adviser, alleged that the management was implementing privatisation and mechanisation in the guise of reforms. It had also cut workforce from 1.10 lakh to 90,000 even while increasing the work load.

These measures resulted in two accidents in the collieries recently besides rising pollution.

The leaders alleged that the management had dismissed about 9,000 workmen during the last eight years citing indiscipline and ill-health.