Taking up the most neglected and sensitive topic in the coal mining sector – safety of mine labours, the ministry of coal is working towards ‘zero harm’ policy and coal companies would increase revenue spend on it.

The plan also includes phasing out of all manual loading in underground coal mines within a year’s time. Most accidents in an underground coal mine happen due to land slide or gas leakage during extracting coal which is usually fatal.

In a representation made by labour unions, coal companies and ministry officials, the minister of coal Piyush Goyal emphasized on ‘zero tolerance’ for breach of workers’ safety and said that all efforts must be made to ensure that there would be no compromise on workers safety. Read more