Jaipur: There are over 5,300 certified silicosis patients in the state. On Wednesday, a delegation from the Jawab Do dharna met secretary Deepak Upreti of the state mining department and other officials, and came away feeling that the fate of those afflicted by this lung condition could improve, as the state government is now acting with a sense of urgency.

Rajasthan is among the first states in the country to attempt to put in place proper relief measures for those suffering from silicosis, says Dr M K Devarajan of the state human rights commission. Next month, the national human rights commission has convened a meeting in Delhi of all states where mining has affected workers’ health. The measures taken in Rajasthan will be reported to officials from other states, so the learning can be shared. Read more