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A Large Number of Children Aged Below 14 Are Working in Mines in Jharkhand

A Large Number of Children Aged Below 14 Are Working in Mines in Jharkhand

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Published by: Marudhupandi Veerapandi on Oct 15, 2011
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A large number of children aged below 14 are working in mines in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh district.

These mine workers are mostly from Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Assam. The way coal is mined is scary and complicated, that is iron rods are heated and then sharpened for digging. Every five minutes, a wooden bucket full with coal is heaved out of a burrow. The coal is dumped on the side of the quarry before loaded on to the waiting truck. Every day, a child mines 30-40 buckets. These mines are increasing in numbers, manned mostly by children ranging in age from 7 to 17. the labour law fixes the permissible age for employment at 14. The labourers start work at 5am in morning but the time they come out time late night. In that mines there are frequent deaths in incidents of mine cave-in, as the gaps are not properly filled after coal is extracted Child labour is high. The State government is aware of the difficulties of these children, but it is yet to ensure their rights.

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