Hyderabad: Singareni workers have a big reason to rejoice after Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao announced to increase their retirement age to 61 years.

The CM instructed Singareni MD Sridhar to decide on the date for the implementation of the new retirement scheme. He asked him to take the decision in the next Board meeting scheduled on July 26.

KCR decided to enhance the age of workers at the request of Telangana Boggu Ghani Karmika Sangham and Coal Belt area MLAs.

With this decision, 43, 899 workers, employees, and officers of the Singareni will be benefitted.

The CM also decided to set up Singareni medical college in Ramagundam Assembly segment. Orders in this regard will be issued shortly.

The decisions were taken in a review meeting held here at Pragathi Bhavan on Tuesday. Ministers E Dayakar Rao, Satyavathi Rathod, Chennur MLA and Government Whip Balka Suman, Pinapaka MLA, and government Whip Rega Kantha Rao, Mancherial MLA Divakar Rao, Bhoopalpally MLA Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy, Kothagudem MLA Vanama Venkateswar Rao, Ramagundam MLA K Chander, Asifabad MLA Athram Sakku, Sirpur Kagaz Nagar MLA Koneru Konappa, and others participated in the meeting.

MLAs informed the CM about the problems in their respective constituencies. The CM responded immediately to the request made by MLAs about the plots be allotted to Singareni. The CM instructed the officials to implement it without any delay, as it would benefit 30,000 people.

In the Singareni opencast areas, coal mining, pollution, damage to the roads are the biggest problems. Against this backdrop, the CM instructed that funds created in the District Mineral Foundation Trust should now be handed over to the administration.

The CM said funds for DMFT would be released for the Constituencies under Adilabad, Mancherial, Pedapalli, Bhoopal Palli, Kothagudem, and Khammam districts.

KCR said Singareni ranks first in the Coal production Institutions across the country. He said the state government is implementing the welfare schemes for the Singareni workers and employees.

Singareni turnover has increased to Rs 27,000 crore from Rs 12,000 crore. The CM also positively responded to the MLAs' request for cash assistance to the poor and permission to construct houses under Indiramma and NTR schemes.

The CM suggested to the Coal Belt MLAs to implement Dalita Bandhu scheme. He said guidelines in this regard are being prepared. The CM explained to them how it would usher in a qualitative change in the lives of Dalits.

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