New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said that safety of miners should be the top priority, while calling for a balance between productivity, profit margins and safety.
The President, who presented the National Safety Awards (Mines) for 2013 and 2014 at a function here, said India is endowed with impressive mineral wealth, and the sector contributes 2.6 per cent of country’s GDP and provides direct employment to over one million people on a daily average basis.
In recent decades, the Indian mining industry has progressed appreciably in production and productivity through intensive mechanisation and adoption of new technology, Kovind said.
“Never before in its long history has the Indian mining industry experienced such revolutionary change, at such an accelerated pace. The balance between greater productivity and profit margins and the safety of workers is vital. Human safety and lives must always come first. They are always the priority,” he said.
The President said he was confident that the awards will continue to be an excellent motivator for upholding safety and welfare standards in the mines in the country and that the safety practices of the award-winning mines should be case studies for students of mining engineering and management.
Stressing that the unique safety features introduced by the award-winning mines should be suitably adopted, he urged the mining companies to design “enlightened policies” to give back to workers and families of workers and to the society.
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