Villagers Demand Supervisor Jobs in Private Firms, Stop Rake Loading from Anant Siddings in Talcher

Sambalpur: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) incurred an estimated loss of Rs 2.5 crore till Tuesday evening after the illegal stoppage of supply of coal from Anant Railway Sidings Nos. 5 and 6 to the power plants by villagers of Kandaharbani in Talcher coalfields. Angul district of Odisha.
Anant Sidings no. The movement of coal rakes from 5 and 6 were forcibly stopped at 1500 hrs by residents of a village located between Kandaharbani, Bharatpur area and Hingula area of ??MCL, who were demanding the job of a supervisor in favor of one Mr. Babuli. Sahu in a private firm involved in MCL mining operations.
MCL’s coal supply operations from Anant Sidings Nos. 5 and 6, which supply at least 12 rakes of railways carrying around 42,000 tonnes of coal a day to power plants, have been completely paralyzed since noon.
The company had immediately lodged a complaint with the police seeking assistance to resume coal supply operations.
Sporadic incidents of the illegal stoppage by villagers in Talcher coalfields have adversely affected coal production from MCL. These illegal stoppages of the company’s operations not only adversely affect the country’s economy, but the local population is also being affected adversely.
Thousands of people engaged in different occupations connected to the coal mining industry are facing huge financial loss due to frequent protests in Talcher coalfields.
Being the top contributor to Odisha exchequer, MCL’s contribution to District Mineral Fund (DMF) in Angul, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh districts of Odisha was more than Rs 600 crore during the last fiscal 2018-19.

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