NHRC sends notice to Gujarat officials on silicosis deaths

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) The National Human Rights Commission today sought a report from the authorities concerned regarding the alleged death of tribals from Jhabua District of Madhya Pradesh, who worked as labourers in the quartz crushing factories of Godhra and Balasinor in Gujarat due to silicosis.

Taking cognisance of a newspaper report, titled 'Death Stalks Godhra again, in the form of silicon dust', the Commission directed the Chief Secretaries of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and also to the District Collectors of Panchmahal and Jhabua to submit a factual report within four weeks.

As per the report, these tribals of Alirajpur tehsil were exposed to Silica dust and no protection was given to them at their work place.

The report also said that about 200 tribals had died in the last four years.

Those labourers who returned to their villages in Jhabua and died of silico-tuberculosis in their villages were not getting any compensation or retribution as they did not have documentary proof to process compensation claims. Till date, transplantation of lungs is the only cure for silicosis, which is beyond the reach of poor labourers.


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