Jaipur: Basanti Saini, a 30-year-old widow in Sikandra, a small village in Rajasthan’s Dausa district, wakes up every morning with breathlessness and has a lump above her breast. She lost her husband to silicosis in 2017 and has been diagnosed with the same. Every day, she goes to the very death hole that gave her the disease to earn a livelihood. She continues to work at the stone factory because she has three children to feed.

“Since my husband died, I have been trying to get the money I am entitled to from the relief fund. but despite submitting several applications and paying a huge sum to the agents, I have not received the money,” Saini says, coughing as she speaks. Read More