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

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

Adivasis and the Indian State: Overcoming financial constraints, facing social hostility — what ‘education’ means for four tribal students

First Post | Sep 18, 2019

  • Roshan Oraon speaks about the financial challenges faced by tribal students and how he helps his community get better educational opportunities.
  • Irma Kerketta describes hostile attitudes of non-adivasi people towards adivasis, and the effect it had in her formative years.
  • Ritu Kongari rues the manner in which conventional education alienated her from her adivasi roots and language.
  • Abhishek Kindo speaks about the monopoly of knowledge with dominant sections of society.

Editor’s Note: In this eighteen-part series, we will attempt to address the tropes associated with the communities in question from an Adivasi perspective while also exploring the contemporary relationship of Adivasi citizens with the Indian government. This is the the second part of the sixteenth article of the series on Adivasi communities in peninsular India. Read more

Adivasis and the Indian State: How local self-governance in a Maharashtra gram panchayat is empowering tribal women

Firstpost | Pooja Kudal | Sep 04, 2019

  • The PESA Act in Scheduled Areas has been creating a platform for adivasi/tribal women to assert their agency.
  • This article intends to examine this aspect by tracing the life of an adivasi woman sarpanch belonging to the Mahadev Koli tribe.
  • Sarpanch Usha Supe ensures participation and the representation of adivasi women in the decision-making processes.

Editor’s Note: In this eighteen-part series, we will attempt to address the tropes associated with the communities in question from an adivasi perspective while also exploring the contemporary relationship of adivasi citizens with the Indian government. This is the eleventh article of the series on adivasi communities in peninsular India. Read more

AP govt orders probe into uranium mining pollution

Telangana Today | Aug 31, 2019

A committee of experts has been setup to study reports of ground water pollution from uranium mining

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Government has ordered a comprehensive inquiry into reports of pollution of ground water sources in and around Tummalapalle village in Kadapa district from uranium mining in the village.

The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board has set up a committee of experts to study reports of ground water pollution from uranium mining by Uranium Corporation of India Limited in Tummapalle in Vemula mandal of Kadapa district. Read more

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