A Critical Take On The Mines Act, 1952
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-13
The Mines Act, 1952 has incorporated many sections which were required to ensure that the working conditions of the miners are met with the proper safety and medical guidelines apt to their work environment, whilst setting a minimum benchmark for all the activities falling under the act. This is a very crucial piece of legislation owing to the absolutely horrendous conditions of mining workers on the ground level and hence needs proper legal dissection for a social change in the lives of the thousands of Indians working as miners.

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The Mines Act, 1952 is the law that comprehensively and exclusively deals with health, welfare and the safety of the workers employed in mining activity. The act talks about an array of related activities with respect to mining and safety of workers; ranging from

  • the kind of health services that should be provided to the workers,
  • the maximum hours of work that is permitted per individual taking into consideration the nature and intensity of their physical labour,
  • appointment of chief inspector in the nature of a vigilance officer who has been given the powers makes examination and inquiry as he thinks fit, in order to ascertain whether the provisions of this Act made thereunder are observed.

The act has incorporated many sections which were required to ensure that the working conditions of the miners are met with the proper safety and medical guidelines apt to their work environment, whilst setting a minimum benchmark for all the activities falling under the act.

Setting the Premise with respect to what is a 'Mine'

According to the Act, the term ‘mine’ means “any excavation where any operation for the purpose of searching for or obtaining minerals has been or is being carried on and includes all borings, bore holes, oil wells and accessory crude conditioning plants, shafts, opencast workings, conveyors or aerial ropeways, planes, machinery works, railways, tramways , slidings, workshops, power stations, etc. or any premises connected with mining operations and near or in the mining area”.

The Mines Act, 1952 has incorporated many sections which were required to ensure that the working conditions of the miners are met with the proper safety and medical guidelines apt to their work environment, whilst setting a minimum benchmark for all the activities falling under the act. This is a very crucial piece of legislation owing to the absolutely horrendous conditions of mining workers on the ground level and hence needs proper legal dissection for a social change in the lives of the thousands of Indians working as miners.

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