State labour department to take measures for miners’ safety

By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: Concerned over the frequent accidents in the coal mines of the State leading to death of coal labourers, the State Labour Department has decided to organise sensitization cum training programmes in East Jaintia Hills, where a large number of coal mines are located.

Coal labourers continue to perish in the coal mines of Meghalaya with many labourers having lost their lives in the ‘deadly’ coal mines across the State in the last one year.

According to East Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Bhagotia, the district administration is conducting inquiries into the recent incidents and the training programme is a long term measure of the Government to make mining safer.

Reacting to a query, he said that it is the domain of the labour department and they are in the best know of things by when the sensitization programme would be kicked off even as he said that it will be launched very soon. The labour department has also said that the Government will ensure recommendations of the State Mining Policy are implemented for the welfare of the labourers working in coal mines across the State.