Thursday, September 07, 2006

54 Miners Feared Dead - Who's Responsible?

Jharia (Dhanbad), Jharkhand - 54 miners trapped in a mine, and feared to be dead.

  • "This is an unprecedented situation and the chances of their survival are zero" Partha Bhattacharya, chairman of Bharat Coking Coal Limited.
  • The Union Minister of Coal, Shri Shibu Soren, ordered a departmental inquiry into the accident.
  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda visited the mine and announced a compensation of Rs one lakh for the families of the dead.

All the above are usual sound and action bytes, post accident.
Why shouldn't the people managing the mines be held responsible for this accident?

Mr Coal Minister (Shree Shibu Soren) - when will Safety Standards in indian mines upgraded? When will human life have a value?


Chief Minister (Shree Arjun Munda Jee) - you will not have to fight for your survival in Jharkhand; if you fight for survival of ordinary citizens. Do you even have time for your citizens?

Media - This clearly is NOT breaking news for the frivolous, sensation crazy media of our country. NOT a single print or television media ran this story prominently. As this unfortunate story unfolded, we had politician after politician espousing their new found nationalism in the national song; not one of them had anything to say on this issue?

Safety Statistics of COAL Mines in India: http://coal.nic.in/point18.html

Are we just keen on ensuring that there are no violations of safety standards as per regulations? Don't Administrators need to ACTIVELY do whatever it takes to ensure safety?

Isn't every situation unique. Not everything can ever be found in a rule book. We need to follow rules and laws in their SPIRIT as well, not just in LETTER.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/07/AR2006090700352.html

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/54-miners-trapped-in-dhanbad-mine/20843-3.html

2 Comments:

At 1:17 AM, Anonymous dvd said...

I guess we all are aware what the state of affairs are in India. Its time that we teach a lesson to our so called leaders. I along with few of my friends are trying to get voter ID cards for our colleagues. As expected there is a lot of hassle in getting a card or for that matter even get information from any govenment body but we are trying... I sincerely suggest and hope that every youth in all cities get their id cards done. So that we can vote and teach all the corrupt $%^^$## a lesson.

 
At 1:19 AM, Anonymous dvd said...

I guess we all are aware what the state of affairs are in India. Its time that we teach a lesson to our so called leaders. I along with few of my friends are trying to get voter ID cards for our colleagues. As expected there is a lot of hassle in getting a card or for that matter even get information from any govenment body but we are trying... I sincerely suggest and hope that every youth in all cities get their id cards done. So that we can vote and teach all the corrupt $%^^$## a lesson.

 

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