Eastern Coalfields Limited: Report of Mass Mobilization against Displacement and Illegal Activity

February 14, 2016

Some mass organizations, Trade Unions and Civil Rights Organizations of Asansol and Durgapur have taken a decision to organize a mass mobilization against Displacement and Illegal Activity of Eastern Coalfields Limited on 5th February, 2016 at Asansol. Near about 500 people of the effected villages, members of the 11 organizations and workers of Asansol-Raniganj, specially colliery workers have gathered  at B.N.R. more on 5th February morning. A rally has been conducted from BNR more of Asansol City to the  office of Additional District Magistrate, Asansol at 12 AM. Demonstration has been going on for one hour in front of the office of the ADM. The effected people of Samdi, Sanctoria, Kenda, Madhudanga, and colliery workers have joined the rally. Main slogans, shouting from the rally are the following.
1.   ধ্বস ও আগুনে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত মানুষকে অবিলম্বে পুনর্বাসনের ব্যাবস্থা করতে হবে।
[Immediate rehabilitation of the people of the unsafe village due to subsidence and fire]
2.      অবিল্মবে বেআইনি ব্লাস্টিং বন্ধ করতে হবে।[Stop illegal blasting activity]
3.      পুনর্বাসন না দিয়ে ধ্বস ও আগুনে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত এলাকায় কয়লা খনন বন্ধ করতে হবে। [Stop the working at the effected area due to subsidence and fire before giving proper rehabilitation .]
4.  মাটির তলার খনি বন্ধ করে সেখানে OCP করা চলবে না।[ stop diversion of underground colliery to open cast mine]
5.  কয়লা খননের জন্য ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত মানুষদের কর্মসংস্থানের ব্যবস্থা করতে হবে।[Give employment to the effected people]
ADM has received memorandum at about 13.00 hrs. the 10 nos. representative of the all organizations submitted a representation on  15/10/2015. On that day ADM did not attend us.on 5th Feb, 2016 the representative of the 11 organizations and representative from Samdi, Kenda and Madhudanga [the village will be displaced for mega open cast project Sonepur Bajari OCP] have present at the time of giving memorandum to the ADM. A discussion has been held with the representative and ADM. The Sub Divisional magistrate of Asansol has taken part in the discussion. ADM has given assurance to take up all the matter within his capacity and he has made commitment to take up the issue of illegal blasting at the subsidence and fire prone area with the ECL. The memorandum is attaching with the mail.
[Please see below for memorandum. The first memorandum of 15/10/2015 also is attached herewith.]
The participant organizations are the following.
Adhikar, ECL Colliery Sramik Union, ECL Thika Sramik Adhikar Union, Asansol Civil Rights Association, New Trade Union Initiative, AICCTU, Dalit O Sankhalaghu Gana Mancha, Disam Adibashi Gimut Ganota, All West Bengal Sales Representative Union, ICML Sramik Union, Gana Adhikar Mancha- Durgapur.
Sudipta and Sipra

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