Ahead of Coal India Limited (CIL) meeting scheduled on September 27 to finalise the performance linked award (bonus) for the miners, the Indian National Mineworkers’ Federation (INTUC) gave a couple of suggestions on
the matter. In a letter sent to Chairman of CIL Promod Agrawal, the federation highlighted that the miners were given less Product Link Reward (bonus) despite increased profit of the company.
Praising the efforts of the miners during the corona phase, the federation further pointed out that the miners had played a vital role in ensuring the coal supply to the power genecos. “While doing so they face various challenges and thus the miners should get more than Rs 1 lakh bonus / ex-gratia each for the year 2021-22,” said the federation.
Commenting on the ceiling, the federation said that the criteria of the Productivity Link Award Scheme of Payment of bonus Act, 1965 has become very old and needs to be changed. General Secretary of the federation S Q Zama said coal production is dependent on various policies of the Government and efficiency of the management and not on the workers who honestly discharge their duties.
He also said that if the CIL workers can get the increased amount in the name of PLRS (ex-gratia), the same should also be given to the lakhs of the contract workers who contribute to more than 50 per cent of the CIL coal production.