HMS demands scrapping of National Mineral Policy 2008

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Rourkela, Jul 20 (UNI) The Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), one of the largest trade unions of the country, today demanded the scrapping of National Mineral Policy-2008.

The policy was placed in the Rajya Sabha in March last for approval.

HMS national vice-president Rajendra Prasad Singh told newspersons here that if the policy was approved as it was, it would adversely affect the industries as well as the labour force of the country.

Mr Singha said the policy was the result of a conspiracy by the multi-national mine owners to take over the mines but the HMS was determined to fight the lobby and the conspiracy.

He also demanded the Union Government and the governments of Orissa and Jharkhand to renew the lease agreements of SAIL for captive mines.

Mr Singha said 23 out of 27 lease agreements had not been renewed forcing SAIL not to go ahead with the modernisation programme.

The HMS leader demanded immediate steps for the merger of Nilachal Ispat Nigam Ltd, Bharat Refractory Ltd, Steel Complex Ltd, Orissa Mineral Development Corporation, Major Engineering Ltd, Hindustan Steel Construction Ltd and Biramitrapur Lime stone Ltd with SAIL.

Mr Singha also demanded for the completion of the Dolli-Rajhara, Roowghat-Jagadalpur, Paradeep-Haridaspur and Talcher-Bimalagarha railway lines and the immediate setting up of a fifth blast furnace in Rourkela Steel Plant under the expansion and modernisation programme.

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