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‘UPA keen on allotting captive mines to RINL'

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INTUC chief to take it up with Manmohan


Collaboration among RINL, NMDC, and SAIL mooted

Regularising jobs of contract workers favoured, he says


VISAKHAPATNAM: INTUC president and Congress MP G. Sanjeeva Reddy on Saturday said the UPA Government at the Centre would take a decision soon on allotment of captive mines to the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited.

Addressing employees of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant here at Ukkunagaram, he said the discussion on the issue was at an advanced stage. To protect the interest of the RINL, the corporate entity of the VSP, two proposals had been made at various levels -- merger of the RINL and the National Mineral Development Corporation, and tripartite collaboration among the RINL, the NMDC, and the SAIL.

Mr. Reddy, who is a member of the Congress Working Committee, said they would talk to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the future of the RINL after the Parliament session.

After talks with the RINL management, he said, he insisted on providing jobs to those who had lost lands to the VSP expansion project.

On disparity between contract workers and permanent employees, he said a coordination committee formed by central trade union federations and headed by him was in favour of making the jobs of contract workers permanent and, till such time, giving them pay and perks on a par with permanent workers.

Seeking better coordination among rival trade unions over major issues, he said recognition was accorded to a union just for the sake of it.

Pension scheme

Stating that the employees' pension scheme offered through the provident fund organisation was not of much use, he said each industrial unit should introduce a pension scheme under which each employee got at least 30 per cent of basic besides DA. The INTUC was holding discussions with other unions for achieving a decent pension scheme for employees of the NTPC and the BHEL. Even if it was insurance linked, each worker, after retirement, should get a pension of Rs.5,000 to Rs. 7,000, at the least. INTUC district president K.S. Mohan Kumar, Visakha Steel Employees' Congress general secretary Mantri Rajasekhar, deputy general secretary N. Ramachandra Rao, and former MLA Tippala Gurumurthy Reddy were present.

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