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Concerns raised over safety of mines workers at BCCL

As the country battling coronavirus epidemic, concerns are being raised about well-being of underground mine workers at Coal India arm BCCL in the absence of adequate safety measures, multiple sources in the know said. Under essential services, these mines, as per information, were given permission to operate by the district administration under strict regulations that include mandatory social distancing of one metre but sources say norms are not being followed. However, as per the management, after initial teething trouble that included requirement of huge quantity of masks, things are being streamlined, while the employees are also donating their one day salary for the measures to battle the epidemic. The lives of workers at mines at Putki, Gopalichak, Lohapatti, Tetulmuri, Moonidih, Salanpur, Akshkinari besides other areas have been put at risk as leave apart basic hygiene issues, dust masks or sanitisers some of the mines even lack adequate water to wash hands. Neither regular .

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