Opposition cautions govt over cash compensation to mining-affected people

Cautioning the government as regards to payment of cash compensation to the people who have been affected by the suspension of mining activities in the state, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Pratapsing Rane has claimed that the move could set a precedent and those affected by closures of other industries could also demand similar packages.

Participating in a discussion on motion of thanks to the Governor’s address delivered to the House on Monday, Mr Rane said that there were indications of retrenchment of staff by mining companies and that the government should seek assurance from these companies that whenever they restart the activities the same retrenched people should be re-employed. “How long are you going to pay them the compensation,” he asked.
Mr Rane also sought to know as to what happened to people arrested in an illegal mining case reported in Morlem village in his Poriem constituency. He also raised the issue of non-payment of salaries to the drivers and attendants employed as crew of Bal Raths for the last seven to eight months. [NT]