(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 27, 2009
DISASTROUS BALCO ACCIDENT
CITU Demands Action against Management, Renationalisation
AT about 3:45 p m on September 23, a huge concrete chimney of nearly 200 metres height, being built at the site of the new power plant for Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), the aluminium plant run by the Sterlite company, came crashing down. More than a hundred workers, then working on the scaffoldings inside and outside the chimney wall and on the ground, had had no chance to escape and are feared to have perished.
to this tragedy through a statement issued
on September 24, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions said there was
doubt that the use of inferior quality construction material and
to technological discipline were the causes of the accident. There was
negligence on the part of the Sterlite management as well as the
company, Gannon Dunkerley, which resulted in such a massive loss of
life. The CITU
union in the BALCO, which is based at
The CITU has demanded that all the people responsible for this disaster must be brought to book, each victim�s family must be paid Rs 15 lakh as compensation, and jobs must be provided to dependents of the dead and disabled.
that the public sector BALCO was sold
out to a private player a few years back, in undue hurry and in a most
manner, the CITU has also demanded that the central government must
the BALCO in view of the mismanagement and illegal activities of the
As the centre still has 49 per cent of its shares, nationalisation of
within the right of the government of
Terming it as a man-made tragedy caused by mismanagement and indiscipline of the BALCO and Gannon managements, the CITU said they deserve severe punishment. It also stressed that the workers and people must remain vigilant to see that the Sterlite management is not able to cover up the number of casualties with the help of the Chhattisgarh state administration.