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

‘My children won’t know about the forests’: The fight for Adivasi rights in Bandipur

The News Minute | Sibi Arasu | August 29, 2019

For the Adivasi people living outside the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, land and community rights is still a distant dream

Branching off the state highway that cuts through the Bandipur Tiger reserve is a single-lane road that leads to a cluster of villages which fall under the Mangala gram panchayat. Mangala is located on the northern fringes of the tiger reserve and more than 15 villages are part of this gram panchayat. Many of these are Adivasi settlements, where people belonging to the Soliga, Jenu Kuruba and Betta Kuruba tribes live. Read more

Part 3: Whither Justice, My Lord?

The Lede | Sandhya Ravishankar | August 28, 2019

The state of Telangana displaces tribals & courts fail to provide protection

There is a silent but ongoing state-sponsored attack on tribals and Dalits in Telangana.

In a three-part ground report, The Lede reveals how the lands of tribals and Dalits in Adilabad district are being indiscriminately snatched away by the Telangana government.

Worse, the state, in the form of its Forest Department, the police and local administration, is unleashing violence and harassment on poor tribals and Dalits who have cultivated their land for over three decades. Read more

Over 5,000 children abandon education in mica mining districts of Jharkhand, Bihar: survey

The Hindu | August 25, 2019

In its survey, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights said it has observed that a section of children in the mica mining areas are deprived of opportunities and have started working as labourers to supplement their family income

Over 5,000 children in the age group of six to 14 years have abandoned education in mica mining districts of Jharkhand and Bihar, and a section of them have started working as labourers to supplement their family income, according to a government survey. Read more

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