Workers of closed mines in Odisha protest

Over 10,000 workers have been retrenched in the mines of Barbil-Joda-Gandamardan mining belt in Keonjhar district of Odisha. The sword of retrenchment hangs heavy over the heads of another 10,000 workers at this time.

This region is rich in a variety of mineral wealth which is being ruthlessly mined by different companies, both with legal permits, as well as illegally, over the years. Chromite ore, Iron ore, Manganese, are amongst some of the minerals being mined. In recent months, there has been a hue and cry in the state following disclosure that the state government has been turning a blind eye to large scale illegal mining and loot of the mineral resources by the mining mafia. In response, the state government has ordered an enquiry into various illegal mines. Simultaneously it has ordered the closure of 10 leading mines in Keonjhar district alone. As a result of these closures, about 5000 transport workers are also out of work.

The workers have pointed out that the mines which were ordered closed had regular permits, and the renewal of these permits was due. Instead of ensuring that the proper norms were being followed in these mines and renewing permits, the government has ordered closure.

The Keonjhar Mines and Forest Workers Union organised a dharna for 4 days in front of the office of the Deputy Mining Director at Joda from December 8-11, and again on December 19. The workers demanded that the corrupt mine owners, mafia and officers involved in mining scam be punished, steps be taken to stop loot of mineral wealth, and legally open the closed mines.


 
Tag:   

Share Everywhere

Keonjhar    mines    legal    mineral    Manganese    Iron ore    Chromite ore    Feb 1-15 2010    Voice of Toilers and Tillers    Economy     Popular Movements     Rights    

PARTY DOCUMENTS

Election manifesto of a CGPI supported candidate for Lok Sabha

 

Parties of the capitalist class claim that there is no alternative to the program of globalisation,liberalisation and privatisation. The truth is that there IS an alternative.

The alternative is to reorient the economy to fulfil people’s needs instead of fulfilling capitalist greed. This is the program for the Navnirman of India.

Click on the thumbnail of the election manifesto of a CGPI supported candidate for Lok Sabha to download the PDF.

 

5th Congress DocumentThe Report to the Fifth Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the CGPI, on behalf of its Central Committee, was discussed and adopted by the Fifth Congress of the CGPI, held in November 2016. By decision of the Fifth Congress, this report has been edited for publication.

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

Click to Download PDFThe first part of this pamphlet is an analysis of facts and phenomena to identify and expose the real aims behind the Note Ban. The second part is devoted to a critical appraisal of the government’s claims that it will reduce inequality, corruption and terrorism. The third part is what Communist Ghadar Party believes is the real solution to these problems and the immediate program of action towards that solution.

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

These Elections are a FarceInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

Manifesto 2014There is growing realisation among workers, peasants and other self-employed people that the program of liberalisation and privatisation only serves to enrich an exploiting minority at their expense. Mass resistance is growing to this anti-worker, anti-peasant and anti-national program. However, the working class is being prevented from realizing its potential as the leader of all the exploited, and as the grave-digger of capitalism, by those in the communist movement who are spreading harmful illusions and compromising the class struggle.

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

Click to Download PDFInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India

by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)