Jaipur: Efforts of the Mine Labour Protection Campaign Trust (MLPC) finally benefitted victims of asbestosis victims on Friday when 14 of them were handed over a cheque of Rs one lakh each by the state government as compensation.
MLPC has been fighting for justice since 2007 and after three examinations by the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH) with intervention of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) besides confirmation of asbestosis among the former asbestos mine workers, Friday was a day to celebrate.
The state has also said those found to be suffering from any of these diseases will be given a relief amount of Rs1 lakh each. Those who have already succumbed to the disease, their widows will be given a relief amount of Rs 3lakh each. Of the 18 victims, one died waiting for the Pneumoconiosis Board to be set up, while one missed the re-exam. This is the first time in the country when asbestosis victims were given monetary relief by thestate government.
Courtesy: Times News Network