HEDCON in the News

February 27th, 2010 - Times of India, People's movement may halt illegal mining in state

"At first a group of people calling themselves Parvath Mitra at Sarnadunger, about 15 km from the capital decided to halt mining of the hills in these parts. Unregulated mining here for more than a decade is fast threatening eradicate in the village. Not only have the villagers lost their livestock as it feeds on limestone powder covered greens but the mining is threatening to dry up a naturally occurring water bodies here that sustains 12 villages."

March 12th, 2010-Hindustan Times, Mines of disease, HIV biggest threat

"A recent Jharkhand AIDS Control Society report revealed that mine workers were especially prone to AIDS as displacement and quick money lured girls to the sex-trade. The HAQ report said HIV and AIDS in mining areas were due to the low literacy rate and poor health facilities in these areas."

March 12th, 2010- Hindustan Times, TB mightiest killer in iron ore mines

"Higher levels of awareness are required to check human disaster. Majority of miners refuse to wear safely equipment, including masks, helmets and ear-plugs. Superintendent of Gua and Chiria SAIL hospital said, around 50 percent of patients coming to us suffer from either lung infection or stomach disorders, which are lethal killers These sources are the polluted air and water in the region"

March 30th, 2010- Hindustan Times, State-level discussion on child protection

"As ICPS is first state-level scheme, a discussion on its smooth implementation was held at the workshop. Rajasthan stands third in the list of states employing more number of children as labourers. Besides the problem of child labour, a low sex ratio too presents an alarming situation. Also 44 percent of children suffer from malnutrition."

May 1st, 2010 - Hindustan Times, Women miners exploited: Study

"Despite government claims to the contrary, more than 65,000 mine workers in Western Rajasthan like Rameshawari Devi are underpaid , work in miserable conditions and suffer from an assortment of ailments, a study has shown. Mahitosh Bagoria joint director of HEDCON said that most of the women work in these mines after their husbands' death or incapacitation of husbands from disease or accident"