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Silicosis Victory

Published by MAC on 2006-05-26
Source: PRASAR

Silicosis victory

Statement by PRASAR, New Delhi

In our struggle for justice, we had two important achievements one by Delhi State Govt. for silicosis victims of Lal Kuan and another is the issue of notice by Supreme Court to Central & State Govt.

PRASAR is in struggle with Delhi State Govt. for the rehabilitation and compensation of silicosis affected community of stone quarry and crushers in Lal Kuan region for the last 7 years. In previous two decades many silicosis victims have died due to improper treatment and unavailability of medicines.

After a long fight with Delhi Govt., we have been successful in. getting rights for silicosis victims. After a meeting of PRASAR with Chief Minister of Delhi on 24-10-2005, Delhi Govt. issued an order in favour of affected community. In this order along with medical facility, Social Welfare Department were asked to cover the livelihood and pension issues of silicosis victims also.

PRASAR filed a case in the Supreme Court for the compensation and rehabilitation of silicosis victims of Lal Kuan Delhi and mining activities in other states. On 27th March,2006 Supreme Court issued an order to Ministry of Labour, Health, Company & law and State Govts. for formation of a Central Committee to formulate guidelines for the prevention of dust exposure in stone quarries and crushers allover the country. Copy of order is attached.

On the basis of Delhi Govt. order, you can pressurise your State Govt. for the rehabilitation and compensation of mining affected community.

There are several cases of occupational health problems in mining areas. We are collecting affected cases from all over country from mining areas & stone crushers, because through this we can raise our voice collectively to Supreme Court to benefit the affected community. And may yet succeed in forming a. bench through Supreme Court. Your cases will pictures the magnitude of occupational health problems in mining areas. So please send your cases though mail or e-mail.

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