New Delhi: The All India Association of Coal Executives (AIACE) has once again urged the management of Coal India Limited (CIL) to hold inter-company transfer orders for promoted E5-E6 grade employees for a year in view of the second wave of COVID-19 infections. In a letter addressed to CIL Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Pramod Agrawal, AIACE principal general secretary PK Singh Rathor said, "… it is requested to review the transfer order and keep it in abeyance for one year to help fight Covid-19 pandemic in a more meaningful way and save them (Coal India employees) and their family members from any tragedy."
Earlier in April, the AIACE had first urged the CIL management to hold transfer orders for promoted employees in the backdrop of a surge in COVID-19 infections. In the interim period, at least 64 of the promoted employees have been retained their existent place of posting, while 13 have foregone their promotion. In the letter, Rathor said that around 49 CIL employees, many of whom are old, diabetic and have hypertension, have applied for a stay on their transfer orders.
In an order released on September 9, 2020, CIL had promoted E5 executives to E6 grade and had also announced their transfers. However, the transferred executives were allowed to join at their present place of posting in view of the COVID-19 situation and the management had said that the decision will be reviewed in March 2021. At a board meeting held on April 6, it was decided that Coal India and its subsidiaries will issue release orders for promoted employees within 10 days of an official order in this regard.
In line with this decision, an official order was issued on April 12, urging the management to arrange the release of executives on or before April 21 for joining at their transferred place of posting.
In the letter, Rathor pointed out that transferring employees in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19 infections would put CIL employees and their families at risk.
The news comes as a total of 2,67,334 new COVID-19 cases were registered in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. Ten states reported 74.46 percent of the new cases in the last 24 hours. Tamil Nadu has reported the highest daily new cases at 33,059, followed by Kerala with 31,337 new cases. India's total active caseload has decreased to 32,26,719 on Wednesday, said the Health Ministry. A net decline of 1,27,046 is witnessed in the last 24 hours, it added.
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