JHARSUGUDA, APRIL 20, 2022
The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) on Wednesday said that it would investigate into the matter related to atrocities against Scheduled tribes and safety negligence by the authorities of JSW Bhusan Steel & Power Pvt.Ltd because of which four contractual labourers sustained burn injuries while performing duty in the JSW BPSL plant on March 11, 2022.
Acting on the petition filed by Anjan Oram and others of Titeimal Village under Bhalaida Panchayat of Jharsuguda District, NCST Deputy Director S P Meena today sought detailed information and action taken report from the Odisha Chief Secretary and Director General of Police. The Commission has asked the Chief Secretary and the DGP to submit their reports within 15 days.
To recall, four labourers namely Karan Oram, Nilamani Oram, Anjan Oram and Ashok Dhurua, all residents of Titeimal Village under Bhalaida Panchayat of Jharsuguda District had gone to work at the JSW BPSL on March 11.
On the same night, there was a blast in the plant which inflicted burn injuries of varying degrees on the four workers. While one labourer had received 80 percent injury, another suffered 30 percent and two others had around 10 percent injury each. However, they were given threats and advised not to file any FIR on the incident.
After receiving primary treatment at the plant dispensary, two of them were sent to the Ispat General Hospital, Rourkela and the other two to the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla.
Recently, Odisha BJP Secretary Tankadhar Tripathy alleged that JSW BPSL have not yet provided any compensation to the four contractual labourers who have sustained burn injuries while performing duty in the plant on 11 March 2022.
Even after a month of the unfortunate incident, the District Administration has not taken any action. No FIR has yet been lodged with the police, alleged Tripathy.
In the process, whatever little savings the poor workers had with them, got exhausted in their treatment. The poor labourers are left with no money now for survival while the contractors who engaged them in the plant have done nothing for them so far.
Disappointed with the treatment meted out to them by the JSW Bhusan Steel & Power Pvt.Ltd authorities and the contractors, the contractual labourers knocked the doors of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes seeking justice.