The 75th plenary session of the Indian National Congress ended after approving the decision of the leadership to postpone general elections by a year, prolong the Emergency and bring about changes in the Constitution. The session was notable for two important reasons. One, the prime minister brought to the notice of delegates that the threat to the country’s security from interventionist forces is rather serious. Two, delegates were assured the government was not departing from the left-of-centre path on the economic front. Indira Gandhi told delegates to mobilise farmers and agricultural labour behind the party by developing the Congress organisation in villages.
Fund For Miners
Union Deputy Minister for Energy Siddheshwar Prasad said that it had been proposed to create a permanent fund on
an all-India basis to provide relief in the wake of unforeseen accidents in coal mines. He said this was in addition to
the measures being taken at present to collect Rs 15 per head, representing the average daily wage of a miner, from three lakh miners on the rolls of subsidiary companies of Coal India Limited in Bihar for the benefit of families affected by the Chasnala tragedy. Prasad said that he hoped to collect a day’s salary from six lakh coal miners all over the country. According to Prasad, this fund could be utilised for providing amenities to workers and education for their children. Meanwhile, the water level at the flooded colliery receded by 7.23 feet, with 11 pumps discharging seven million gallons.
The Pakistani federal government dissolved the provincial ministry in Balochistan and temporarily suspended the provincial assembly. The announcement was made in a proclamation by Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Quetta.