Contract workers protest at NTPC’s head office: Workers warn that they will gherao the PM’s house

More than 300 contract workers marched on 21st January 2019 from the Badarpur Thermal Power Station (BTPS) located in Delhi, past Humayun’s tomb in Nizammudin to the head office of NTPC. The rally was taken past the CGO complex and down Lodi Road before it turned into a demonstration in front of the NTPC headquarters.


The workers demanded that legal notice should be served to close down BTPS, that workers who have been terminated be given due compensation and rehabilitated at alternative jobs in the National Capital Region, that their wages and other pending dues be settled promptly and that contractual workers be given experience certificates.

The contract workers have been waging a struggle for these demands since the past three months. In fact, the workers had marched in the first instance on 8th November 2018 under the banner of Mazdoor Ekta Committee from Mandi House to Parliament Street. Following this, they took out a rally on 27th December from Nizammudin to the ILO office in Lodhi Road. These contract workers have been consistently waging their struggle.

The government closed down NTPC in October 2018 on the pretext of severe pollution in the capital. 600 contract workers had been working in the plant till 15th October 2018. Retaining only 70 contract workers to wind up the work, the remaining were dismissed. These workers had been working since the past several years, though their contractor changed every year. The contract workers were not given any notice before the plant was closed.

Addressing the meeting on 21st January, Birju Nayak of the Mazdoor Ekta Committee pointed out that the government was closing down public sector enterprises. It is giving away the valuable land and resources of these enterprises to big capitalists. BTPS was shut down in the name of pollution to enable these capitalists to appropriate its valuable land. Just like DCM was closed by saying that it was loss-making and today huge mansions are standing on its land.

Trade Union leader and advocate O.P. Gupta who has been leading the struggles of the contract workers of BTPS said that only contract workers were appointed in public sector enterprises in place of permanent workers on their retirement or death. Vacancies are filled only by contract workers. A full year’s work of BTPS was being carried out by contract workers. These workers are only paid minimum wages and are not given leave or any other benefits. The contractors and government are conniving to exploit these workers.

The protest was called off when NTPC’s Human Resources Manager and Secretary to the Chairman arrived at the demonstration and promised to consider the demands of the workers.

Pankaj Kumar, the leader of the workers, warned that if the NTPC management does not fulfil their demands in the coming days, the workers will gherao the Prime Minister’s house.


Share Everywhere

Feb 1-15 2019    Struggle for Rights    Rights     2019   


Election manifesto of a CGPI supported candidate for Lok Sabha


Parties of the capitalist class claim that there is no alternative to the program of globalisation,liberalisation and privatisation. The truth is that there IS an alternative.

The alternative is to reorient the economy to fulfil people’s needs instead of fulfilling capitalist greed. This is the program for the Navnirman of India.

Click on the thumbnail of the election manifesto of a CGPI supported candidate for Lok Sabha to download the PDF.


5th Congress DocumentThe Report to the Fifth Congress of the Communist Ghadar Party of India, presented by Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of the CGPI, on behalf of its Central Committee, was discussed and adopted by the Fifth Congress of the CGPI, held in November 2016. By decision of the Fifth Congress, this report has been edited for publication.

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

Click to Download PDFThe first part of this pamphlet is an analysis of facts and phenomena to identify and expose the real aims behind the Note Ban. The second part is devoted to a critical appraisal of the government’s claims that it will reduce inequality, corruption and terrorism. The third part is what Communist Ghadar Party believes is the real solution to these problems and the immediate program of action towards that solution.

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

These Elections are a FarceInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

Manifesto 2014There is growing realisation among workers, peasants and other self-employed people that the program of liberalisation and privatisation only serves to enrich an exploiting minority at their expense. Mass resistance is growing to this anti-worker, anti-peasant and anti-national program. However, the working class is being prevented from realizing its potential as the leader of all the exploited, and as the grave-digger of capitalism, by those in the communist movement who are spreading harmful illusions and compromising the class struggle.

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)

Click to Download PDFInterview with Comrade Lal Singh, General Secretary of Communist Ghadar Party of India

by Comrade Chandra Bhan, Editor of Mazdoor Ekta Lehar

(Click thumbnail to download PDF)