Three killed in industrail accident Jindal Power Ltd (JPL) , Chhattisgarh


By Indo Asian News Service | IANS – Thu, Mar 7, 2013

Raipur, March 7 (IANS) At least three workers were
killed and two others critically injured in accident Thursday at a
captive power plant owned by the Jindal Power Ltd (JPL) in
Chhattisgarh‘s Raigarh district, police said.
“The tragedy occurred Dongamahua captive power plant when a few
workers were engaged in boiler maintenance work,”

Additional  Superintendent of Police Praful Thakur told IANS over phone.
“The death toll could rise. We have launched an initial probe, no one would be spared if found guilty,” Thakur added.
The deceased have been identified as Alikh Barik, 35, of Odisha, Ajay Gupta, 30, of Uttar Pradesh and Mitra Bhanu, 19, a local resident. The injured were taken to JPSL-managed O.P. Jindal Hospital in Raigarh.
According to sources, the company has announced a compensation amount of Rs.12 lakh for families of each of the three killed besides a
monthly pension of Rs.2,500.
The JPL mishap is the second such industrial tragedy in the state in
2013 after five workers were killed Jan 31 at Ambuja Cement Plant in
Bhatapara in Baloda Bazar district.

 

Displaced villagers lock Tata Kalinganagar Nagar plant gates


FRIDAY, 02 NOVEMBER 2012 18:56PNS | JAJPUR

At least 1,200 displaced villagers on Thursday forcibly locked all the three gates, including the main gate, of the Tata Steel plant at Kalinga Nagar in protest against the slipshod attitudes of the officials of the company in providing jobs and other facilities to them.

They demanded that the company implement the Odisha Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) Policy, 2006 in letter and spirit and also consider youth above 18 years of age as separate families.

“As per Section-2 of the R&R Policy, an 18-year-old male member is entitled to getting separate family status. A major son irrespective of his marital status, an unmarried daughter or sister of more than 30 years of age, a physically and mentally-challenged person irrespective of age and sex, a mentally challenged person suffering from more than 40 per cent permanent disability, a minor orphan who has lost both his or her parents and a widow or a woman divorcee are considered as separate families as per the policy. But the Tata company is yet to consider 18-year-old youth as separate families; as a result many youth are not getting jobs and other benefits,” said Ramachandra Badara, a displaced tribal.

When contacted, Senior Manager of Corporate Communication of the company JK Padhi said, “984 families were displaced in 2005 for the steel plant. We provide all types of helps to them. January 1, 2005 was the cutoff date to consider any displaced person as a family by the company. After 2005, the company cannot consider any person above 18 years of age as a separate family.”

Tatas claim that they have ‘purchased’ all the Adivasis of Kalinganagar. But listen to this news. For a history of the Kalinganagar struggle please see this