History[ edit ] In the yearDr. William King of the Geological Survey of India discovered coal near Yellandu in Khammam district and one of the important coal seams bore his name. He named the upper seam of the coal as Queen seam and the lower seam as King seam.
Since the government on one hand and the so-called recognized trade unions on the other are dilly dallying and hoodwinking the coal mine workers, SIKASA gave a call to strike work for three days demanding the immediate launching of the 5th wage board.
The government and the entire police machinery took it as a challenge and did everything possible to Singereni coal mines the strike move at any cost. Even from 9th onwards Singareni miners area wore the look of a battlefield.
A very tense atmosphere was created seeking to create terror and panicky among the coalmines. Police pickets carried out open propaganda threatening workers of dire consequences and even encounter deaths if they ever participated in the strike called by SIKASA.
They tried every means to confuse the workers by spreading all sots of rumors. Despite all these hectic efforts and malicious propaganda the government and the police utterly failed to contain the strike.
Also the establishment trade unions could not foil the strike however much they wished. Their treacherous games were fully exposed among the workers.
Ever since SIKASA began organizing the coal workers in early 80s, the national level recognized trade unions became back numbers. The workers thoroughly disgusted with the revisionist methods of those organizations and with the behind-the-scenes compromises of their leaders who became hand in glove with the management.
Rattled by the growing militancy of the workers, the Singareni management introduced that horrible system of cutting eight musters for every one day of strike, i. While all the so-called recognized unions kept mum about this obnoxious practice, it is the SIKASA which led the historic 56 day strike and forced the management to scrap it Of the workers dragged into the mire of economism over long years, this was a resounding political victory in so-far it asserted their fundamental right of withholding their intensive forcing the settlement of their just demands.
So also in SIKASA led a marathon strike for 40 days, in which more than 70 thousand workers of Godavarikhani, Ramakrishnapur, Bellampalli and other divisions participated and brought the management to its knees.
The established unions were all part of that game. The 40 days strike of clinched the issue successfully. Similarly under the leadership of SIKASA the coal miners successfully fought many heroic battles and achieved several demands including their housing, educational facilities for children and amenities and safety precautions in the work place etc.
So from practical experience the workers know very well who actually represent their real interests.
That is why however much they tried the government, the police and the TUs failed in dissuading the workers from participation in the hour strike. As a result of the 3 day strike, in Adilabad division alone where 44 thousand workers took part in the strike, the loss of production was to a tune of about 25 thousand tonnes of coal i.
During the strike, not only the mines, but also even the office of the General Manager was completely deserted. Even when the police have driven some coal cutters and other workers to the pits by force, the mining, establishment and other trades men were not there to allot them work, and so they had to go back.
Thus all trades and grades of workers and those employed in key sectors actively participated and made the 3-day strike a big success.
Vanguard Magazine October-December The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) is a Government coal mining company jointly owned by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Government of India on a equity basis.
Singareni Coal Picking Belt, Photo Singareni is a village located in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, Telangana, India. Coal reserves in Telangana were found first in caninariojana.comct: Bhadradri Kothagudem district.
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hanumakonda has 2 jobs listed on their profile. See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover hanumakonda’s connections and jobs at similar companies. About Singareni in bhpl: The first observation of coal in this place has been found in by the boring department of Singareni Colleries Company Limited (SCCL) in .
Earlier this year, the coal company released its five-year action plan to start operations in 20 new opencast and 11 underground mines over the next five years with a target to produce lakh tonnes coal per year by Contrary to the general trend across the country, southern India headquartered Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) will not phase out underground mining operations, but in fact plans to.