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

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Protect Dam Workers

On 14 February, six workers died and 16 were seriously injured in Kinnaur district (Himachal Pradesh) when stones and boulders, destabilised by the blasting work carried out for dam construction, fell on a temporary settlement of workers. This accident occurred at the 1,000 MW hydel project, Karcham Waangtu. Two workers tried to save themselves by jumping into the Sutlej river, but subsequently their whereabouts could not be ascertained.

The government later announced a paltry grant of Rs 10,000 each for the families of dead workers and Rs 5,000 each for injured workers. Some news reports said that the number of workers who died could be higher and it is difficult to get reliable information as job cards had not been prepared for most workers, violating labour laws. Several of the dead or injured were migrant workers.

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