‘Sukinda MLA’ behind labour union protest at IMFA’s chromite mine

Jajpur: MLA Pritiranjan Ghadai is behind the labour union protest at IMFA’s chromite mine in Sukinda of Jajpur district which has brought mining operations of the company to a grinding halt. According to the joint secretary of the union, Ghadai is supporting the cease-work protest by labourers over fulfillment of a two-point charter of demands.

According to sources, on October 31, two labourers sustained minor injuries while another was seriously injured after being trapped in a landslide while working in the underground mines. Following the incident, the labourers under the aegis of Sukinda Region Chromite Mines Mazdoor Sangh resorted to protests demanding proper air ventilation and drinking water facilities inside the underground mines.

The labour union joint secretary, Bharat Chandra Mohanta has informed that the protests will continue till the company fulfils the demands of the labourers. He further added that the decision has been taken by the president of the labour union Pritiranjan Ghadai.

On the other hand the IMFA (Mining) authorities have said that the labourers who were injured during the landslide accident are being treated at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar and the company is taking all steps as per the guidelines to prevent any such mishaps in future.

“The labourers were immediately rushed to Tata Memorial Hospital in Kalinganagar and then shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. We are ensuring to prevent any such mishaps in future,” said Sudhansu Patni, Vice President, IMFA (Mining).

Even after being contacted, comments could not be obtained from Ghadai.