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

counterview.net | Oct 05, 2019

Anand Yagnik speaking at the Gujarat consultation

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

Consultations in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi on impact of mining on livelihood, health

Counterview.org | Oct 04, 2019

A series of civil society consultations were held in Udaipur (Rajasthan), Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Dahanu (Maharshtra) and Constitution Club of India (New Delhi) on adverse impact of mining on people’s livelihood and health, especially vulnerable sections such as tribals, women and children, and how illegal mining has made things worse. Detailed notes of each of the consultations: Read more

Gehlot promises steps for sanitation workers’ safety


Jaipur: The state government will provide adequate equipment and make proper arrangements so that no sanitation worker has to enter the manhole for cleaning severs, announced chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday. Gehlot was addressing the Cleanliness Session at Birla Auditorium on the occasion of 150 Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The chief minister honoured the sanitation workers who have done remarkable work in cleanliness. Read more

Raj govt launches silicosis policy for mining workers



Chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday launched a scheme under which those suffering from silicosis, a lung disease, will be treated at par with differently abled persons and will get a monthly pension of up to Rs 1,250.

Mining and mineral processing industry is a major employer in 19 out of 33 districts in Rajasthan. However, mining workers run the risk of getting afflicted by silicosis by breathing in dust containing silica. Read more

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