ANDHRA PRADESH

Kin of deceased mining staff allege raw deal

CUDDAPAH, FEB. 26. Family members of deceased mining employees mobbed the Project Director of the Mangampet Barytes Project, H.D. Nagaraju, on Thursday alleging laxity in making compassionate appointments and rejecting the offer to pay ex gratia of Rs. 50,000 each to the families of deceased workers, Rs. 75,000 in case of ministerial employees and Rs. 1 lakh to deceased officials.

The kin of 22 employees of the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC), who died in service, rejected the corporation's offer and questioned the rationale behind paying an ex gratia of Rs. 10 lakhs and giving a job to the son of the slain APMDC Director, Kishanji. On the contrary, it was offering only a meagre monetary compensation of Rs. 50,000, in lieu of a job to the kin of deceased employees, they said.

The APMC Workers Union president, Ch. Chandrasekhar Reddy, the general secretary, D.R. Sreenivasa Rao, and the CITU district secretary, C.H. Chandrasekhar, alleged discrimination and demanded compassionate appointment or implementation of APMDC Board resolution No. 2 of 1997, to pay ex gratia ranging between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 2 lakhs in case of every employee who died in harness and between Rs. 2 lakhs and Rs. 3 lakhs to families of ministerial staff.

Meanwhile, the MBP employees, C. Subbarayudu and V. Anand Reddy, continued relay hunger strike for the 10th day on Thursday, in pursuance of the demand.