State labour minister Hasan Mushrif has assured stone quarry workers that 50 per cent of the states mining development fund will be used for uplift of quarry workers and their families,sources said adding that the assurance came in a meeting with city-based Bastu Rege who works for rights of stone quarry workers. The decision is likely to benefit more than 50 lakh stone quarry workers and their families. The meeting was held in Mumbai on Thursday,following an agitation by quarry workers under the aegis of Dagadkhan Kamgar Vikas Parishad (stone quarry workers foundation). Rege, who had partcipated in the agitation of quarry workers,at Azad Maidan in Mumbai from March 21, met Mushrif on Thursday. Rege handed over a list of 14 demands to the minister. The demands included construction of houses for workers in Mauje Mulshi,where land is allocated for them,free education for children of quarry workers till the age of 18,caste certificates to quarry workers after spot inspection,permission of resident schools facility for their children and pension scheme for workers after 45 years of age for women and 50 years for men,among others. Mushrif verbally agreed to talk to the chief minister to allocate 50 per cent of state mining development fund for quarry workers. Around 10 years ago,the state had earned 300 crore revenue from mining. We expect this amount has increased at least three times in the last decade considering the increase in number of mines, Rege said.
Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: March 30, 2012 1:57 am