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MCL to reinstate 122 sacked Odisha employees


Odisha Sun Times Bureau

New Delhi, July 23:

In what could be called a U-turn, Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, a CIL subsidiary, has agreed to recall all the 122 employees in Talcher area in Odisha sacked by it for not vacating the land for which they had been given employment.

mcl logoThe MCL, in a statement said, “As a goodwill gesture, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) has agreed to reinstate in service all the 122 Hensmul villagers without the precondition of submission of affidavit that that they will immediately vacate their dwellings”.

The statement said villagers will have to hand over their land and vacate their structures latest by October end.

Based on the recommendations of an Odisha government panel, the company had terminated the services of these 122 employees for “violating” the terms and conditions of employment.

The CIL subsidiary had alleged that these employees, who had been appointed in the company in lieu of their lands, were obstructing coal mining operations for their vested interests and were not vacating their lands at Hensmul and Jalinda villages. The company had acquired it long back and these persons were provided with jobs between 1995 and 2005.

The company had earlier said that it has provided about 11,292 jobs to the land losers till December, 2013 .

Mahanadi Coalfields is the youngest, but the second highest coal producing subsidiary of CIL. About 60 per cent of its production comes from the mines in the Talcher Coalfields, the largest coalfields in India.