Another silicosis patient dies without govt help

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JAIPUR: Sixty-six-year-old Baburam of Meghwalo ki Dhani in Dehra village in Balesar tehsil of Jodhpur had been certified as a patient of silicosis in August this year. When Rana Sengupta of Mine Labourers' Protection Campaign (MLPC) met him in early October, he could barely breathe. However, he had not yet received the Rs1 lakh that the state government has been offering as "relief" to patients of silicosis since 2013. He died on Saturday, still waiting in hope of aid from the

Baburam's two daughters are married. The widower leaves behind two sons too, one 25 and the other only 14 years old. His older son Suaram said his father had been examined by the Pneumoconiosis Board at Jodhpur on January 13 this year. It was months before the Board issued a certificate on August 2, indicating that he was indeed afflicted with silicosis. Read more

Courtesy: The Time of India

After SC ruling, DGMS to meet for silicosis survey

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JAIPUR: The directorate general of mines safety (DGMS) of the Government of India has decided to hold a meeting in New Delhi on September 29 to discuss the occupational health and safety survey that the Supreme Court sought in an interim ruling last month.

On August 23, the Supreme Court ordered 14 quartz factories in Gujarat to shut down because they were found responsible for causing silicosis among labourers who had migrated from Madhya Pradesh. Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Fali Nariman, hearing the public interest litigation, ordered the chairman of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board to file Action Taken Report (ATR) without delay on another 16 units in Panchmahal district found to be non-compliant on pollution standards of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The SC also sought a status report on all related factories in other states of Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Pondicherry, Haryana and Jharkhand, on similar grounds. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

SC directs State Pollution Control Boards to report on measures to tackle Silicosis

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The Supreme Court bench comprising justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Fali Nariman on August 23, directed State Pollution Control Boards in Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Pondicherry, Jharkhand and Delhi, to inspect the quartz-grinding units in their States within three weeks.

The SPCBs in these States have been especially asked to report on the deficiencies which the Central Pollution Control Board found in such units in Gujarat.

The SPCBs have been strictly told to close down units which have not complied with their directions. The chairpersons of these six SPCBs have been asked submit affidavits about the results of their inspections, and actions taken within 10 weeks. In the absence of such affidavits, the chairpersons have been asked to be personally present on their own expense on the next date of hearing. Read more


Rajasthan rights panel raps NIOH, Ahmedabad

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JAIPUR: Rajasthan Human Rights Commission took to task the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH) Ahmedabad for negligence in following up on cases of suspected asbestosis. This is a lung disease that afflicts those with long exposure to asbestos. The fibres of asbestos, which for long was used as a roofing material, can aggravate lung tissues and cause scarring. This leads to shortness of breath and a crackling sound while exhaling. Acute asbestosis could lead to a form of cancer called mesothelioma. Rajasthan banned mining of asbestos in 1986.

In 2007 and 2011, NIOH conducted tests on mine workers in Udaipur, and found several cases that were suspected to be asbestosis but did not pursue these cases to the logical conclusion to establish whether the workers were indeed afflicted or not.

The Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission, taking suo motu cognizance of a newspaper report in September 2012, registered a complaint in the matter of the asbestosis cases in Udaipur. Read more


सिलिकोसिस पीड़ितों को राहत दिलाने की शुरू हुई कवायद

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जिले के सिलिकोसिस प्रभावितों को राहत देने की शुरुआत से ग्रामीणों को राहत मिली है। दरअसल शासन के आदेश के बाद सभी प्रकार के सिलिकोसिस मरीजों को आर्थिक सहायता के एलान के बाद औद्योगिक एवं स्वास्थ्य विभाग द्वारा पीड़ितों के गांव पहुंचकर उनसे आवेदन लिया।

जिले में सर्वप्रथम 2013 में सिलिकोसिस से मौत की पुष्टि उस समय हुई जब एक संस्था ने मरीजों के चिता की राख का परीक्षण हैदराबाद की लैब में कराया। जिले में सिलिकोसिस की धमक को लेकर नईदुनिया ने प्रमुखता से खबर का प्रकाशन किया। नईदुनिया द्वारा सिलिकोसिस को लेकर लगातार खबरें प्रकाशन के बाद प्रशासन ने क्वाट्राइज्ड पत्थर घिसाई करने वाली एक फैक्ट्री को सील कर दिया जो आज भी बंद है। इसके बाद दूसरी फैक्ट्रियां जहां क्वाट्राइज्ड पत्थर की घिसाई होती है, वहां औद्योगिक स्वास्थ्य एवं सुरक्षा विभाग द्वारा लगातार कार्रवाई के बाद फैक्ट्री प्रबंधन काफी हद तक सुरक्षा मानकों का पालन करने लगे। लेकिन लगातार सिलिकोसिस मरीजों के सामने आने व मरने का सिलसिला नहीं थमा। 2013 से अब तक सिलिकोसिस पीड़ित 8 ग्रामीण महिला-पुरुषों की मौत हो चुकी है। वहीं औद्योगिक स्वास्थ्य एवं सुरक्षा विभाग द्वारा कराए गए परीक्षण में अब तक मात्र चार में ही सिलिकोसिस की पुष्टि हुई है। लेकिन जनचेतना की पहल पर सिलिकोसिस विशेषज्ञ डॉ. मुरलीधरन की 2015 की रिपोर्ट अनुसार 9 ग्रामीणों में सिलिकोसिस की पुष्टि हुई थी। विस्तार से देखें

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