RSP worker dies on duty

Rourkela: A worker in the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) here died while on duty early morning yesterday, plant officials said today.

The deceased, identified as senior technician Biswanth Mundari (43), was on duty in Calcening Plant-II in the night shift and was the shift in-charge at the S-11 level.

While Mundari was in the control room, his two subordinates went on routine check of the whole unit. It was about 3 am when one of them came back and found Mundari was lying unconscious after falling from his chair on the control panel. He was immediately taken for first aid where he was declared dead, the officials said.

The plant authorities, meanwhile, assured that someone from Mundari’s family will get a job after post-mortem reports are received.

Rourkela Shramik Sangh president Prasant Behera asserted, “The death was not due to any injury or accident.”

He said, “Mundari family may either accept the job where the wife will get a salary of around Rs 20,000 to Rs 22,000 and taken at the lowest level or she can accept the Employees’ Family Benefit Scheme (EFBS) and get the husband’s present salary which is to the tune of Rs 66,000 per month for the next 17 years, besides the accommodation.”

Family sources said Mundari was suffering from high blood pressure. He is survived by his wife Damayanti and two children.

Last week, Bijaya Bodra (56), a senior semi-skilled worker belonging to Traffic and Raw Materials department of the plant, died when he was crushed by a Poclain Crane.