Search operation for missing 3 coal miners continues

Talcher: Search operation for missing three coal workers continues on the second day at Bharatpur open cast mine in Talcher Coalfields of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL). Yesterday the body of one Mr Pupun Biswal (Driver) of SICAL company (contractor) was recovered from the debris of landmass that broke loose after strata collapse late Tuesday night.

However, searches were on for locating three other workers of SICAL company, namely Mr Rashmi Ranjan Behera (Supervisor), Ramesh Dash (Security Guard) and Mr Raj Kishore Mohapatra (Pump Khalasi), who had gone missing after the accident.

The NDRF along with Mines Rescue team of MCL are conducting rescue operation.

While the search operation was suspended at 1430 hrs today due to heavy downpour, the same will resume after dewatering of area.

It has been decided to pay an ex-gratia amount of Rs five lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, along with full compensation (ranging from Rs 3,97,480 to Rs 9,14,160 calculated on the basis of the age of the deceased) as per Employees Compensation Act, gratuity amount of 15 days wage of the worker for each year of service completed, Provident Fund (PF), benefits under Coal Mines Pension Scheme and an employment in contractual establishment to a family member.

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