On the verge of stopping the production in PEKB coal mine, the villagers are now in a mood of uproar for jobs.

Ambikapur. Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RRVUNL)’s Parsa East Kanta Basan (PEKB) coal mine located in Udaipur tehsil of the district is on the verge of stopping production. Due to this, the local villagers who are doing jobs and other jobs in the mines are once again worried about losing their jobs, for which they have made up their mind to start a movement.

Villagers of nine villages including village Parsa, Basan, Salhi, Fatehpur, Ghatbarra, Tara, Janardanpur gathered today at Salhi Mor and discussed the future strategy. He has demanded the government and the administration to keep the mine running, while he has also warned to intensify his movement if it is not completed.

The villagers said that for the last one year, we all have been pleading for help from the government and administration, including the Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, to provide the required land for the expansion of the PEKB mine, but it has not been heard yet. Is. As a result, now the crisis of job and employment has arisen in front of us.

Other villagers including Vinod Porte of village Janardanpur working in PEKB mine said that their contract companies have started shifting their machines. When there is no machine, then Vinod and his other colleagues will have to worry about continuing their jobs. Kashiram, who is living his life with his family by giving his land and working in the mine, has also started worrying about his job.

Kashiram says that I had given my land for this mine and in return I got a house in Basan and a job in the mine. The mine has to run for at least 30 years, now if the mine doesn’t run further then how will I take care of my family, I won’t even be able to do any other job now.

In fact, PEKB coal mine was allotted to RRVUNL of Rajasthan in Udaipur development block of Surguja district in Chhattisgarh in 2007. Coal is being produced in the mine for the last ten years. With the commencement of this mine, apart from the families affected by the mine, the livelihood of the local people goes on. At the same time, many types of developmental works are also being conducted for the necessary basic facilities in the area.

Despite this, due to personal interest and politicization of some or the other in the state, the desired land for the mine has not yet been made available by the administration. As a result of which now the Coal Mining Company has started retrenchment of employees along with the contract companies. The local people are suffering because of this.

Ramesh Yadav of Ghatbarra, who has been working in the mine for the last five years, said that land is required for the smooth operation and expansion of the mine, but some NGOs are trying to misinform us by bringing the media of the country and abroad here on the basis of money. Efforts are being made to stop this only project. While the truth is that if the land is not made available on time, the livelihood of thousands of people will be snatched away and the ongoing development works will also come to a standstill.

Shivratan Singh of village Tara said that due to the closure of the mine, all the free facilities provided by the company will stop, due to which our family will have to face problems like education, health and drinking water. That’s why all of us villagers have demanded from the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Pradesh and Rajasthan State to provide land immediately for the operation of Parsa East Kete Basen Coal Mine and to start Parsa Mine soon, so that our jobs can continue from the old mine. At the same time, the affected people of the new mine should get jobs as soon as possible.

It is worth noting that despite getting all the necessary permissions from the Center and the State Government for PEKB Coal Block of Rajasthan Government, the necessary land for the mine could not be made available by the State Forestry Department. Is the reason for this any compulsion of the state government or any strategy for the election year? But the villagers have now decided to fight all the way to save their jobs.

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