Mine Labour Protection Campaign

Posted on May 22, 2013 by

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Location: Jodhpur

About: India’s major quarries are spread over the states of Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Almost everywhere they are worked by internal migrant labour—people forced by poverty, drought, famine, or failed crops to take up this hardest possible employment opportunity. In Rajasthan alone, there are 2.5 million mine workers employed in over 30,000 small and large mines. Ninety-eight percent of this workforce is tribal or dalit (belonging to the ‘untouchable’ class), which places them among the most marginalized of India’s poor, systematically deprived of their proper wages and state-sponsored welfare and social security schemes. The state of deprivation of mineworkers is obvious from various statistic and social indicators. The people of the mining villages receive no benefits and extremely low wages, wages that do not even match the government-approved minimum wage. This salary is merely a fraction of the market cost of the minerals which the labours extract. An adult male worker only receives Rs.70-120 ($1.46-2.50) per day, depending upon his skill, after 8-10 hours of gruelling work. Comparatively, the daily wage for a woman is Rs. 45-55 ($0.94-1.14), and a child receives Rs. 30-40 ($0.62-0.83) a day. The workers have no holidays, no weekly days off, any medical leave, and no maternity leave.

Contact Person- Rana Sengupta,

E-mail: info@mlpc.in,

Phone- 0291- 2703160.

Information Courtesy:Shanya Ruhela

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