Coal India: About 34000 personnel work in BCCL, a subsidiary of Coal India. Among them are such employees, to whom the company provides all the facilities including salary without taking any work. In the eyes of the company, these workers are surplus. The figures released by BCCL for the manpower budget for the financial year 2022-23 say that there are 9,827 employees surplus in the company. Meaning that at present, more personnel are employed than the sanctioned post.
700 crores spent annually on surplus employees
The company spends Rs 55-60 crore every month on these. This annual average expenditure is around Rs 700 crore. Let us tell you that in the 388th board meeting, BCCL had discussed reducing the surplus manpower working here. Apart from giving VRS to such employees, there was talk of transfer in subsidiaries of Coal India. If the company is to be believed, applications have been sought from employees willing to transfer in other companies including NCL, SECL and MCL. The process of making about 2000 personnel of the general working class as security guards is going on.
No work, sitting and raising salary
Of the surplus manpower, maximum 4,576 workers belong to the general working class. Except Barora area, general laborers are surplus in almost all the areas. According to the data of financial year 2022-23, BCCL has maximum 1952 surplus manpower in Katras area, while 1797 in Bastakola area, 1428 in PB area, 1182 in EJ area, 1147 in Kusunda area and 1127 in Lodna area. At the same time, 69 in the company headquarters Koyla Bhawan, 375 in Barora area, 193 in Block-Two area and 323 in WJ area are less than required.
How much manpower surplus in which financial year
Financial Year Surplus Manpower
How much surplus manpower in which area
Area Surplus Manpower
Washery Division 391
How many surplus general laborers in which area
Area Manpower Sanctioned Surplus
Barora 219 255 -36
Block-to 162 108 54
Govindpur 637 170 467
Katras 730 152 578
Sijua 330 123 207
Kusunda 645 135 510
PB 402 92 310
Bastakola 834 160 674
Lodna 697 127 570
ej 359 101 258
CV 505 122 383
WJ 212 137 75
Washery Division 197 77 120
HQ 638 232 406
Total 6567 1991 4576
who is responsible?
The employees are ready to work, but the management does not want to take the work. Underground mines were deliberately closed one after the other citing DGMS. This is the reason why the company has a manpower surplus.
Ramdhari, General Secretary, DCKS
Due to the policy of the present government, the employees in BCCL are being told as surplus, while the company needs more than one lakh employees. If the closed mines are opened then they will have to be restored.
AK Jha, Union Secretary, INTUC
Increase in outsourcing has resulted in manpower surplus. Employees are willing to work. Mines are being closed and outsourced. If resources are available, workers will produce more than outsourcing. Coal theft will also stop.
Arup Chatterjee, JBCCI Member cum General Secretary, BCKU