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Outsourcing gathers steam at Coal India

Trade unions say 52 per cent of output now mines by outsourced workers

Avishek Rakshit  |  Kolkata 

Coal India’s bid to cut down its expenses on wages and rationalise its manpower structure while pursuing the ministerial directive to produce 908 million tonnes (mt) of coal by 2020 has resulted in the company resorting to massive outsourcing of labourers. During the April-December 2015 period, the state-owned firm paid Rs 22,070 crore to its 326,032 direct employees, while Rs 3,853 crore was spent on wages to 65,000-odd mine workers and other staff who are under the payroll of contractors. Other contractual expenses accounted for another Rs 3,853 crore. The company ...

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First Published: Tue, February 16 2016. 23:47 IST
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