ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Exports-The Figures Game

January 13, 1973 wages to the miners. But why blame the railways, the Reserve Bank or the commercial banks? What about the Ministry of Steel and Mines? The Ministry has invariably lent its support to the colliery-owners' demands for increases in coal prices; yet when it comes to implementation of the wage board award its helplessness has been near-total. The collieries depend on the Ministry's functionaries for a variety of permissions and clearances; yet none of this authority has been used to extract minimum wages for the coal miners out of the mine-owners. In fact, far from there being any improvement in their earnings, workers in the coal mines are apparently being condemned to work in increasingly dangerous conditions. The following report in the authoritative mining journal, New Sketch of Dhanbad, brings this out:

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