Silicosis affects mine workers

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Silicosis is one of the most common diseases that affects Indian mine workers, parliament was informed Monday.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment K. Suresh said in the Lok Sabha that elaborate precautions were taken to control dust pollution and to provide adequate ventilation.

“These provisions are rigorously followed up during inspections and enquiries and corrective measures are initiated wherever required,” the minister said.

But he admitted that no specific study had been conducted regarding the health of the workers engaged in mining.

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