While all of Singareni’s workers’ unions on Thursday called a three-day strike to oppose the Union government’s decision to auction four blocks of coal, the chief minister wrote a letter to the Premier. minister asking him to stop the proposal.
In his letter, the CM said that the Singareni Collieries Company produces 65 million tons of coal annually and plays a key role in meeting the needs of thermal power plants in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and from Tamil Nadu.
He said that after the Andhra Pradesh bifurcation, the peak demand for electricity in Telangana was 5,661 MW in 2014 and that in March 2021 it increased to 13,688 MW and that it is essential to supply coal continuously for thermal electricity production.
Based on Singareni’s needs, the state government has issued several mining licenses, of which the Center is aware and the Union Coal Ministry has also given its green signal, wrote the CM and urged the Prime Minister to order the Ministry of Coal to stop the auction of JBROC-3, Sravanpally OC, Koya Gudem OC-3 and KK-6 UG Block under his trench 13, as this would negatively impact coal requirements under the jurisdiction of Singareni. He also urged the prime minister to allocate these blocks to the Singareni company.
The SCCL unions, affiliated with the five trade union centers INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS and BMS joined forces with Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangham (TBGKS) affiliated with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to go on strike on Thursday.
The five unions have called on the management of the state-owned SCCL to call a 72-hour strike to push for a 12-point charter of demands.
The TBGKS also sent a notice to management to strike for a five-point charter of demands, including the removal of four SCCL coal blocks from the Coal Ministry’s commercial coal mine auction list. .