Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy accused Chief Minster K. Chandrasekhar Rao of never being sincere in fulfilling the dependent jobs commitment to Sinagreni workers. He said it has remained a dream even after three years of the TRS rule.
Mr. Reddy, who visited Godavarikhani on Thursday to interact with the Sinagreni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) workers on strike since June 15 demanding jobs for dependants, said it was not an ordinary strike but the future of over 55,000 coal miners was dependent on it. He was accompanied by senior leaders including MLA T. Jeevan Reedy, former MP Ponnam Prabhakar, former Minister D. Sridhar Babu, former Chief Whip Gandra Venkataramana Reddy and host of local Congress leaders.
Expressing his solidarity with the striking trade unions, Mr. Reddy also slammed the Chief Minister for not regularising the contract workers in SCCL, which he promised during elections. After winning 2014 polls, the Chief Minister even claimed in the Legislative Assembly that there were no contract workers in the SCCL, by openly cheating more than 25,000 contract workers of Singareni, he alleged.
The TPCC chief also condemned the TRS government for going back on its demand of banning open cast mining. After protesting against open cast mines during the Congress regime, the Chief Minister approved 16 open cast mines after coming to power in June 2014, he said.
He also asked why the TRS government failed to fulfil the promise of constructing permanent houses for Sinagreni workers. He reminded that nearly 60,000 workers who participated in Sakala Janula Samme during Telangana statehood agitation for 35 days were promised payment of wages for the strike period. However, nearly 10,000 workers who participated in the agitation, but retired later were denied payment.
The TPCC chief said that the TRS government had also failed to fulfil the promise of establishing a medical college and a NIMS-level super-specialty hospital for Singareni workers. He said the Congress would continue to support the SCCL workers just demands.