Odisha govt enforces ESMA in Talcher industrial belt
The Odisha government has enforced Odisha Essential Services (Maintenance) Act 1988 prohibiting any sort of strikes in the Talcher industrial area.
A notification to this effect has been issued by state home department on April 24 last which was received by district administration last week.
The act will be in force in Talcher for the period of six months with effect from April 24.
The notification said in the interest of public it is necessary to prohibit strike in MCL, Talcher area, connected with the production and transportation of coal to Nalco, NTPC-kaniha plant and Talcher Thermal power station and also to prohibit strikes in NTPC-Kaniha and TTPS areas.
It also further said for the purpose of keeping peaceful industrial environment and maintaining continuity in the generation and supply of coal and power in the state the agitation, blockades and strikes by workers and transporters engaged for coal transporters in Talcher coalfield areas will be prevented'.
"Talcher belt because of locations of coal mines and power plants carries immense importance as NTPC plant gives power 15 states including the state.
Any strike hampering the coal production and supply to power plant harms the interest of public, district collector Sachin Ramachandra Jadav said and further added that for the solution of villagers problems, the companies should sit with the people and solve their issues.
Talcher industrial belt particularly coal mining areas always witness frequent strikes and blockades by affected villagers for rehabilitations and resettlement issues, transporting workers for wages hike, local people for pollution and for host of other issues by different sections in the society.
In last November, the coal belt experienced a bloody battle between the supporting private transporting workers led by the then independent MLA Braja Kishore Pradhan (now BJD MLA ) and other groups led by a local transporting contractor.
Hundreds of vehicle and several offices of MCL were burnt, besides, paralsying the operation in all the eight mega coal mines that affected coal supply to power plants in and outside the country.
(Posted on 26-05-2014)