Union Minister of State for Labour &
Employment (I/C) Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar inaugurated newly
constructed auditorium of Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) on the
occasion of 117th Foundation Day of DGMS at Dhanbad .
his happiness that he visited the coal capital of India i.e. Dhanbad and
understood the ground reality of mining by visiting the mines. He promised to
visit mines at frequent intervals unlike the situation wherein no Minister has visited
Dhanbad for past 17 yrs, says the official release.
He informed that 44 Labour Laws have been compiled and
only four Codes i.e. code on Wages, Code of Industrial relations, Code on
Social security and Code on Working condition and occupational Health and
Safety, have been framed for simplifying the complicated procedure.
On the occasion of Foundation Day Shri Gangwar
informed the gathering that he visited the Underground & Opencast mine
workings and understood the method of workings as well as the risk associated
with it. He praised DGMS for keeping constant vigil on the hazardous process of
mining and advising management to take safety measures for the benefit of
persons working in the mine.
While replying to a query raised by various trade
union leaders and Peoples representatives, relating to closure of
Dhanbad–Chandrapura Rly line, he urged that the matter has been decided by a
committee formed by HPCC and PMO is following it up. He categorically stated
that wherever public safety is involved, no chance would be taken even if there
is a risk of 0.1%.
Shri Gangwar met with mine workers, trade union
representatives and mine officials to understand mining culture, mining
methods, status of safety and the issues related to occupational health and
safety matters prevailing in the mine yesterday. He also visited Moonidih
Underground Coal Mine of M/s. Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) which is highly
gassy and mechanized underground Coal Mine. He inaugurated “Bolter Miner Machine”
which deals with coal cutting including roof bolting for roof support system in
belowground workings. He interacted with contractor’s workers while inspecting
While interacting with trade union
representatives, Minister stated categorically that “trade unions are our eyes”
who brings the real facts before the law enforcing agency for suitable action.
He expressed hope that DGMS will perform as a team and
work hard for the noble purpose of saving human lives and succeed in our
Shri Ravindra Kumar Pandey
and Shri Pashupati Nath Singh, Members of Parliament of Giridih and Dhanbad and
Senior officials of the Ministry and DGMS accompanied him during the two day