Safety Of Mines, Mine Workers On High Court Radar

SRINAGAR — The J&K High Court on Tuesday granted four weeks’ to the government to supply the details regarding safety measures being taken for mines, mine workers and the mining property in the state.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench headed by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey observed that the state government was asked to file the affidavit with regard to implementation of existing safety measures as provided under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act and the Rules. 

The government filed an affidavit  but it did not disclose the safety measures as was directed but talks of the rules and the laws on the subject as it states that the State of Jammu and Kashmir is bound to ensure the safety of their Mines, Mine Workers and the Mining Property in accordance with the safety measures as are provided under these Rules/ Law, the court observed. 

“Thus the information sought by the Court is not furnished,” the division bench said.

Senior additional advocate general B. A. Dar sought four weeks’ time to supply the details with reference to the safety measures being taken for the safety of the Mines, Mine workers and the

Mining Property in the State.

The details in respect of the appointments made for different positions in the mining activities with particulars of their position and qualification have been furnished by the government and M I Qadiri, senior counsel representing petitioner sought and was granted time to respond to the affidavit.

In the PIL, the petitioner submits that the environment and the landscape are required to be maintained while extracting minerals in Jammu and Kashmir. 

The petitioner also seeks directions to the authorities to appoint sufficient number of managers, assistant managers, mining engineers and assistant mining engineers having requisite qualification.

“All required steps be taken to preserve and maintain deposits and health of mines as also environment, ecology, landscape and habitation around the mines be preserved”, pleads the petitioner in the litigation filed in the public interest.

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