Historic Role of Coal Miners

Coal mine workers in our country are waging a determined struggle against privatisation and have called for a country-wide strike on 18th August.  In this context, it is worth recalling the historic role that coal miners of all countries have played in the development of modern industry and the international

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Real aim behind coal privatisation

When profitability of coal mining was low, state monopoly was established
Now when profitability is high, privatisation is being pursued

Coal mining is today an extremely profitable industry in India. It has been estimated that there will be an ever increasing demand for coal by different branches of industry. Metallurgical coal (Coking coal) is necessary to run the steel plants. Non coking coal is used by coal-based power plants and by the aluminum, cement and fertilizer industries.

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