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Coal India Unions go on 5-Day Stir against Centre Decision

New Delhi, Jan 06: The Five major trade unions began a five-day strike Limited, shutting down the production at all coalfields of Coal India Limited against the central government's decision to allow private firms to mine and sell coal.

The strike is likely to result in production loss of up to 1.5 million tonnes a day. The power supply across the country could be hit due to the stir.

On the other hand, the Coal India Management has appealed to the unions not to go on strike. If the coal is not transported to various power plants across the country, the power supply would be stopped. The CIL accounts for about 80% of the total output of the country, fuelling 60% of India's power production.

The workers' strike of CIL has already crippled the power plants, which have been facing fuel shortages.

It can be noted that CIL is supplying extra volumes of coal to the power plants and the Railways is fully cooperating with the Coal PSU, an official said.

The strike could be termed as the biggest industrial action for any sector since 1977. Meanwhile, electricity workers union Electricity Employees Federation of India or EEFI has extended its support to the strike.

"Electricity Employees Federation of India conveys solidarity to united struggle of coal workers to protect the interest of people of India as well coal workers," EEFI General Secretary Prasanta N Chowdhury said.

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