Free health check-ups for mining workers by forest devp corp

NAINITAL: The Uttarakhand forest development corporation will organize regular medical camps at localities near Faila and other rivers in Kumaon division where mining workers stay during the season.

Over 10,000 workers, mostly migrant labourers from UP and Bihar, will get medical check ups and will be provided free medicines.

MPS Rawat, regional manager of the forest development corporation, said, “Camps will be organized at 11 gates of Gaula river on the weekend. We will encourage workers to get free check ups.”

The department provides the workers with safety kits which include gloves, masks, boots, ropes, a torch and various equipment to prevent injuries and diseases while mining river beds. The forest department also insures workers against accidents or physical injuries for up to Rs 1 lakh.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Three dead, two injured while conducting illegal mining in Kosi river

At least three laborers lost their lives and two were injured after being buried under soil while conducting an illegal mining in Kosi river in Uttarakhand’s Bazpur. Earlier, the Uttarakhand High Court directed the government to put an end to illegal mining in the Kosi river, however, there have been constant reports of such activities being conducted on the banks of the river.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Punjab and Haryana HC issues notice to Punjab govt, Mohali police on illegal mining

THE PUNJAB and Haryana High Court on Friday issued a notice to the Punjab government and Mohali police on a plea seeking directions to halt the alleged extensive illegal mining being carried out at Salempur Khurd and Siana Majra villages. The plea alleged the mining was being done in “collusion and connivance with the authorities”, including Mohali’s mining officer.

The plea filed by a resident of Mohali alleged that sarpanch of Salempur Khurd along with his associates has been doing illegal mining in the villages in about 100 acres of land and “are excavating minerals like sand, clay, earth, gravel, gataka, without any permission from the concerned authorities, and in violation of the provisions of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 and the Punjab Minor Mineral Rules, 2013”.

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Courtesy: The Indian Express

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