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?
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.