10 million miners exposed to silica dust, 50% suffer from deadly silicosis, ministers told

counterview.net | Oct 10, 2019

By Our Representative
A recent seminar in Delhi, held in the presence of two Union ministers, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, has been told that a whopping 10 million workers working in the mining sector are exposed to silica dust, with 50% of them suffering from silicosis, a deadly incurable lungs disease.

Participants, who included representatives of top civil society groups mines, minerals & People (mm&P) and Samata, doctors, labour unions and silicosis affected workers, referred to radiological investigations conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research, which found that 56% of mine workers in Rajasthan are affected with silicosis or silica-tuberculosis. Read more

Rajasthan to create pneumoconiosis fund with DMF money

DTE | Chinmayi Shalya | 03 October 2019

The fund will be used to execute a comprehensive policy on the disease, which is widely prevalent in the mining state

Rajasthan has announced the creation of a Pneumoconiosis Fund, which will be majorly financed by money from the District Mineral Foundation (DMF). This Fund will be used to finance a comprehensive policy on the disease released by the Rajasthan government on October 3, 2019. Read more

AP govt cancels Bauxite mining in Visakhapatnam

livemint.com | Yunus Y. Lasania | 26 Sep 2019

The chief minister also took a serious view of the pollution levels in Visakhapatnam city
Reddy directed department officials to prepare a proposal within one month to promote protection of environment

HYDERABAD : The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday said that it would be collecting a ‘green tax’ besides imposing a ban on single use plastic. On the same day, it also cancelled the bauxite mining lease in about 1,520 hactares in Jarella of Chintapalli agency area in Visakhapatnam district, given to the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) for a period of 30 years. Read more

SC to Hear Final Arguments on FRA Case from November 26

News Click | Sep 13, 2019

Around 15 intervention applications have been accepted by the court and the hearing will be based on the constitutional validity of the Forest Rights Act.

The latest hearing of the Supreme Court comes as a ray of hope for over a million tribals and forest dwelling communities whose eviction was ordered in February earlier this year. Around 15 intervention applications have been accepted by the court and the hearing will be based on the constitutional validity of the Forest Rights Act.

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