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MCL, Jobs, CSR and R & R: Should follow CCL

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On the ongoing tussle to make MCK comply with R & R policies MP Dharmendar Pradhan has compared MCL’s hirings with other similar companies hirings. New Indian Express gives a report on this and we give some excerpts from that report.

The average annual production of coal in Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) is 30 million tonne with a workforce of 1.02 lakh; with 95,000 manpower, the annual production of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) is about 23 million tonne, and Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) has nearly 90,000 workforce to produce 32 million tonne.

Similarly, the Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) has about 70,000 employees with an annual production of 42 million tonne. The South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) is the largest producer of coal with annual production of 88 million tonne and has 80,000 workforce.

On the other hand, MCL, the second largest producer of coking grade coal in the country with average annual production of 80 million tonne, has given jobs to 20,591 people. The company has been facing resistance from the locals for its poor policy on resettlement and rehabilitation.

MCLs Chairman and Managing Director Aviram Sharma was caught on the wrong foot when Dharmendra Pradhan, MP, sought to know from him the manpower position in other subsidiaries of Coal India vis-a-vis their production at a high level meeting here on Thursday. The meeting was convened to discuss the contentious issue of R&R policy in MCL areas.

Pradhan told the meeting that there are nearly 5,000 rightful claimants for compensatory job in MCL. Besides, MCL is not doing a favour to them as they have already lost their land and livelihood, he argued.

Revenue Minister Manmohan Samal, who presided over the meeting, directed MCL and NTPC to implement the policy and report it every week on the progress.

Now, just because MCL employs less it does not become a bad guy. But, if must follow the R & R policies and also keep its promises. Moreover, it should consider the action by Central Coal Fields to set up an engineering college in Jharkhand. Following is an excerpt from the Business Standard article that reported on this.

The Jharkhand-based public sector Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) has established 68 schools in various parts of its working areas of different standards besides financial and other infrastructural help to 195 schools situated in and around CCL command area.

CCL has recently decided to establish on engineering college for the benefit of the people of Jharkhand.

CCL spent over Rs 1042 crore on social overhead onwards 1998. It had constructed over 160 km of heavy duty coal transportation roads. 300 km of approach road and equal length of colony roads, 6 major bridges on river Damodar, 59,455 permanent houses, 19 hospitals besides water supply schemes covering over a population of 5.02
lakh. CCL is also one of the major employers in Jharkhand.

It has 62,827 employees on the roll of which 35 per cent belonged to Schedules caste and Scheduled tribes.

The company is also one of the major contributors to state exchequer. The state has earned over Rs 2811.56 crore of royalty and other taxes from CCL?s mining activities after the constitution of Jharkhand state. …

In the financial year 2006-07, CCL has constructed/repaired 35 km new roads in nearby villages in its command area. Over and above, CCL is to organise 215 health camps for various specializations during this financial year.

Orissa government gets tough on MCL

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Statesman reports that the Orissa government has asked MCL to provide jobs to displaced people. Following are some excerpts from that report.

The state government today directed Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd to provide jobs to all those affected or displaced persons within four weeks and also asked other PSUs ~ NTPC and Nalco ~ to furnish weekly progress reports on rehabilitation measures. The decisions were taken at a high level meeting convened by revenue minister Mr Manmohan Samal here today. …

Mr Samal today directed that all categories of land losers and affected persons ought to be provided with employment within four weeks. Interestingly, he is also believed to have told the Central PSU that they should go by the Land Acquisition Act and not the Coal Bearing Act. The implementation of Coal Bearing Act had created problems since much of the land was notified but lying unacquired physically for several years. In the process, the land owner was unable to either sell or do anything with the land. With regards to employment of affected persons, it is learnt that the contentious issue relates to what is categorised as C type affected persons. These were people who had lost their land practically and not their homestead land.

Demand to legislate the R&R policy

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New Indian express reports that the Orissa krushak sangha demands that Orissa R&R policy is made as an legislation.

I welcome this as a good step. Also, this signifies that the orissa krsuhak sangha is supporting this policy. This is an encouraging sign. Possibly an indication of a partnership between farmers and industries.

Orissa Krushak Mahasangha has urged State Government to make rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) policy a law. Citing instance of Mahanadi Coalfields which is accused of not implementing R&R measures causing strong resentment among the oustees, chairman of the farmer outfit Bibhudendu Pratap Das said once it is made a legislation, no company would be able to violate it.

Violators would attract penal provision, he added.

He also demanded that special courts should be set up for such cases.

What is the public sector Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) up to?

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Last week transportation of coal from Mahanadi Coalfields Limited came to a grinding halt and NALCO and NTPC Talcher that depend on that coal got into a critical situation. Following are excerpts from a Newkerala news report that mentions why MCL got into that situation.

Sources said the land losers of Zillinda, Kandhal and Solod affected by Ananta and Bhubaneswari mines stopped Ananata, Jagananath and Bhubaneswari open cast mines and close down the concerned project officers’ offices since yesterday demanding the promised job to the oustees by Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL).

The villagers alleged that MCL authorities did not meet their commitments to provide 80 jobs to them till date forcing them to go for strike.

Similarly the land oustees of Kandhal marched to Lingaraj mine linked to NTPC-kaniha yesterday and stopped the output protesting the non-availability of employment to them as promised by Lingaraj authorities.

Coal transportation from Hngula and Balaram mines had been hit for the last four days due to the road blockade by Soloda villagers demanding jobs.

Angul Collector Girish S N said the authorities were monitoring the situation and senior officials dealing with land acquisition and rehabilitation had been rushed to troubled areas to negotiate with the agitating villagers.

Kalinga Times reported on a letter that CM Naveen Patnaik wrote to the PM on this issue. Following are some excerpts:

In a letter to Singh on Monday, the Chief Minister said that MCL should continue supplying coal to National Aluminium Company (NALCO) and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to help these industries continue uninterrupted power generation.

Blaming the MCL authorities for not extending the rehabilitation and resettlement benefits to the people affected by coal mining, Patnaik said the public sector undertaking should go as per the State’s R&R policy as the Centre was yet to adopt a new policy in this regard.

Extending R&R benefits to the families affected by the operations of MCL will go a long way in improving law and order situation in the region, Patnaik said.

In recent months there have been reports regarding how some R & R issues with respect to Hirakud dam oustees and SAIL Rourkela still remains unresolved after several decades. It seems that many public sector companies with their central government connections are arrogant and have not done R & R properly. As a result people do not trust R & R promises made by anyone (private or public companies) and as a result various projects that could help Orissa get out of the bottom, are getting inordinately delayed.

Collection of old links on investments and investment plans

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Following is somewhat of a dated collection on investments and investment plans in Orissa.