‘Govt. delaying compensation to families of silicosis victims’

August 14, 2015 in Latest News

Procedure can be initiated only when the ESI card photo copies, payment documents are submitted: West Bengal Govt.

Activists here have accused the State Government of resorting to delaying tactics to evade providing compensation to families of workers who died due to silicosis, a lung disease caused by inhalation of silica.

According to a recent report submitted by the State Government to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), it has come up that at least eight persons have died since 2012 because of silicosis. The workers, from the Minakhan block in North 24 Parganas district, were employees of stone-crushing factories in Bardhaman district who died of the lung disease.

In the report, the State Government admitted that compensation was yet to be provided in the case. Till date no compensation was known to have been disbursed by either by the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) or the State Government, the report stated. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu