Secy visits Kalakote Mines, addresses workers’ issues

Secy Mining Department, Amit Sharma and others during visit to Coal Mines in Kalakote area on Saturday.
Secy Mining Department, Amit Sharma and others during visit to Coal Mines in Kalakote area on Saturday.

Excelsior Correspondent

KALAKOTE (Rajouri), July 2: Secretary to Government of Mining Department, Amit Sharma and Director J&K Minerals Limited, Vikram Kumar Gupta conducted an extensive tour of Coal Mines, located at Moghla and Metka in Kalakote area, here today.
He was accompanied with ADC Kalakote, Krishan Lal, Manager Projects and Agent Coal Mines, Kirtan Singh, Manager Coal Mines Moghla, Jaymohan, Manager Metka Coal Mines, Rajesh Gupta, Police Chowki Officer Teryath, Raza Ali and others.
The Secretary took a detailed review of the functioning of these ‘Coal Mines’ of J&K which have been giving a consistent output of about 35-40 tonnes per day. Amit also conducted a personal visit inside the actual coal mining areas with concerned mining staff for getting firsthand account of the working conditions of the workers and also held an interactive session with the Coal Mine’s workers in the presence of BDC Chairperson Moghla Surekha Thakur and others wherein spot directions were given to resolve their genuine grievances.
The Secretary Mining further advised all local officers to conduct a monthly ‘Public Darbar’ in this area led by ADC Kalakote to redress genuine grievances of the workers. Moreover, he also directed the MD of the Corporation to place all genuine issues of the workers in the upcoming Board of Directors Meeting of the Corporation for consideration.
Amit Sharma also appreciated the efforts of coal mine workers in Kalakote where ‘Anthracite Coal’ is being extracted which is comparable with top quality coal being produced in Australia globally and locally in Assam. The directions were given to ensure safety of these workers working in tough conditions throughout the year and he announced qualitative measures for improving their living conditions.
The Secretary also planted a sapling within the Campus of Coal Mines and directed the MD and the operating team to convert this campus into a green field area having maximum green cover, fruit and related plantations in years to come for ensuring total ecological balancing in the years to come.