Mining operations and power generation in the Neyveli Lignite Corporation remained paralysed as the indefinite strike by its workers protesting the Centre's decision to disinvest 10 per cent shares in the public sector company entered the third day on Thursday.
Generation of 100 MW from one thermal unit to sustain supply to households and hospitals in Neyveli township was scaled down to 50 MW from Thursday, NLC Chief Manager Muthukumarasamy said.
This was decided at a meeting of workers' unions, management, police and revenue officials convened by Cuddalore District Collector Gagandeep Singh Bedi on Wednesday night after the unions called for picketing of the thermal unit on Thursday protesting generation of 100 MW as against the 50 MW agreed earlier.
Though the NLC management maintained that 50 MW was not sufficient for sustaining the essential supplies, it finally agreed to scale down the generation as the unions stuck to their stand.
Following this, the trade unions called off the picketing programme.