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Job demand halts UCIL mining

Published by MAC on 2006-03-30

Job demand halts UCIL mining

The Telegraph (India), Jamshedpur

30th March 2006

Protests today marred the functioning of the Turamdih and Banduhurang mines, Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) properties, when a group of displaced people demanded employment in the company, reports our correspondent.

UCIL sources said villagers, who were displaced when the mines were started, gathered and started claiming that they were not given the promised compensatory job. Instead, they added, some other people were awarded this employment. One Anil Samant, under the banner of the Turamdih Visthapit Samiti, led the agitation.

But UCIL officials rubbished the claim and added that certain "outsiders have influenced" the villagers and are making them protest.

The mines were started last year.

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