Bhubaneswar: Operations at NALCO’s plants in Odisha were hit on Saturday as the employees, Labour Union & Contract Labour Union went for a 24-hour strike against the Union Government’s decision to disinvest 12.25 per cent of the Government’s shares from National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO), the only central public sector undertaking (PSU) in the State.
Hundreds of trade union activists and employees of National Aluminium Company Ltd (Nalco) staged a protest in front of the company headquarters and carried out a march shouting slogans against the central government.
Similar demonstrations were held at Nalco’s smelter and power complex in Angul and mines and refinery complex at Damanjodi in Koraput, sources said.
Earlier this move by the Central Government was criticized by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the State unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The ruling BJD had staged similar demonstrations at NALCO’s refinery and mining site at Damanjodi in Koraput, its smelter plant at Angul and the company’s corporate office in Bhubaneswar on September 24, 26 and 28 respectively.
The State unit of BJP had also staged similar protests at NALCO’s smelter plant at Angul on October 15. The BJP had also urged the State Government to convene a special session of the State Assembly to discuss on the matter.
Source: 360 NS