On the basis of the data provided by various State Governments to Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) under Ministry of Labour & Employment, 2.3 lakh people employed at various mine sites are estimated to be at the risk of contracting silicosis. Details of the same are at Annexure. There are 11935 mines covered as on date under the Shram Suvidha Portal of the Ministry of Labour & Employment.

Inspections of mines are carried out by DGMS to ascertain any violation in the Mines Act, 1952 and rules and regulations framed thereunder. During the year 2017, a total of 9711 inspections were done.

14,827 mines were inspected for Silicosis during the last five years. DGMS officers do random inspections to check the status of compliance of the statute. A special drive has been undertaken to complete the inspections of remaining mines with necessary assistance and help from the concerned state departments and district authorities. Read More