Territorial Army deployed to deal with oil strikeJanuary 9th, 2009 - 5:55 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) With the strike by employees of public sector oil companies crippling oil supply across the country, the Territorial Army Friday deployed three battalions at the Hazira terminal in Gujarat, Palam airport in Delhi and the Nawashava port in Mumbai.”On the request of the petroleum ministry, three battalions (nearly 3,000 men) of the Territorial Army were deployed at Hazira, Palam and Nawashava for assisting in non-technical jobs,” a senior defence ministry official said.
The Oil Sector Officers Association, an umbrella organisation of 45,000 employees, is demanding higher wages in 14 public sector undertakings.
“At Palam airport they are fuelling the aircraft. Four hundred flights took off after fuelling by them. At most airports, there is a problem for loading and offloading fuel and the Territorial Army personnel are assisting in it,” an officer said.
“The personnel are also helping in oil production in Hazira,” he said.