The Coal Production in Singareni Collieries Limited and schools and colleges in the Telangana region which were hit due to the ‘Sakalu Janula Samme’ (General Strike) in support of separate Telangana state, resumed its operations.
The workers in Singareni and the teachers decided to resume the duties after the latter said it had postponed its stir after getting concerned on the future of the students.
Coal workers in 50 mines spread over four districts of Telangana returned to work after unions decided to ‘temporarily’ call off their strike around midnight last night.
Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) convenor M Kodandaram announced an end to the strike after talking to the management of the company on behalf of the unions.
The management agreed to treat the strike period as special leave, pay festival advance and promised to take back cases registered against the strikers.
The resumption of coal production in Singareni after 35 days had come as a huge relief to six states, including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka, which were reeling under electricity shortage.
Andhra Pradesh and other states had imposed electricity cuts on domestic, industrial and agricultural sectors as electricity generation at thermal power stations was badly affected by the strike.
Sources in Singareni said about 22,000 workers reported for duty against the workforce of 40,000 for the first shift.
As the information about withdrawal of strike had not reached many employees, officials expected normalcy to be restored only from tomorrow.
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