Plant bombs in the mountains for a daily salary of 500 rupees; Training Contractor Quickly places bombs in the mountains; Accepting less money, doing mining labor for children

21 minutes agoAuthor: Devanshu Tiwari

On June 10, CM Yogi suspended Divisional Minerals Officer Chitrakoot Saurabh Gupta giving a sudden notice. The reason was the continuous complaints of mining going on against Bundelkhand rules. After this action of Yogi, we reach the mining area of ​​Chitrakoot, where maximum mining is done. Here it was found that children also participate in this work.

In fact, in Bundelkhand, children below the age of 16 do not get early employment. Even if you get 200 rupees a day, but those who do mining in the mountains look for these children. They are installing explosives in the granite mines paying 500 rupees a day to 15-18 year old boys.

Let us take you to the mine itself and explain everything why this work is done by children…Before that, Bhaskar can participate in the survey.

More than 50 minor workers in 8 mines operating in Bharatkup
The villages of Gonda, Bhanwara, Naya Purva, Bajni and Korari are located at the foothills of Bharatkup Hills. Most of the workers who work in the mines are from these towns. Rinku, 16, a resident of Gonda village, started mining last year. Rinku said, “Bapu (father) used to work as a gunpowder in the mine. He died of a respiratory disease in March last year. After that, neighboring uncle Dharampal made us work here.”

A worker carrying iron bars to drill a hole in a mine in the Gonda mining area of ​​Bharatkup. This image is from 40 minutes before the explosion.

Rinku says, “If I had made the salary, I would have got 200 rupees, here I would get 500 rupees for 8 hours. In the whole of Bharatkup, more than 50 boys like me come to work every day in the 8 mines here.” Rinku does the job of setting the cell ie explosives before flying to the hill.

Explosives such as ammonium nitrate and Gillette are planted in children
Rinku said, “In the Bharatkup hills, more than 300 workers daily dig, plant pumps and transport the stones to the stone crushing plant. The stone breaking work is done from 6 am to 1 pm.”

We also talked to the mine supervisor about the explosives that the children use to work there. He said off-camera, “BEL-MX brand explosives are used here to break rocks. 25mm for small rocks and 200mm for big rocks, explosive rods are required. It contains explosives like ammonium nitrate and ice cream People here call them Cell, Rod, RDX and Dynamite.

Drilling holes in the mountains with rods, the workers put these white explosive sticks into them.

Drilling holes in the mountains with rods, the workers put these white explosive sticks into them.

The children are trained in everything from laying cables to planting explosives
Santosh, an 18-year-old laborer working at Bharatkup’s Bajni mine, said, “We have been working in the mine for three years.? How to connect one cable to another? All this has been taught to us by the contractor’s people .

Kesu, the other worker standing next to him, nodded yes. On asking the name of the contractors, Santosh took the names of Achhu, Ballu, Money in a muffled voice. He said these same people do the work here on contract basis.

Workers connecting the explosives to the mine's electrical cable.

Workers connecting the explosives to the mine’s electrical cable.

Mining work to children doing agility at a raw age
Dr. Bharatendu Prakash, a senior researcher at IIT Kanpur, has been working continuously in Bundelkhand since 1974. Bhartendu says, “The employment of children in mining activities is a clear violation of the Opencast Mines Act, 1952. The children are prepared to work for less money than adults. Less work like going into mines, setting explosives quickly. They are done on time. That is. why children are secretly brought to work.”

Why are children forced to do such dangerous things? To find out, we have reached 3 stone crushing plants. But the contractors at the three sites did not give us permission to enter the plant.

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You have even met the minor laborers who work in the mines. Now let’s go to the mountain We understand the entire process of placing a pump.

Hills assigned in the name of businessmen and politicians, so there is no investigation
Rajneesh Tiwari, senior reporter from Chitrakoot says, “Wherever mining is done in Chitrakoot, Mahoba and Banda. This mountain is reserved in the name of some big businessman or leader. Which white collar person should get the contract of mining lease in the mountains. Yes. , everything is decided beforehand.”

Mining has been done in the hills of Chitrakoot division to such an extent that water has come to the surface.

Mining has been done in the hills of Chitrakoot division to such an extent that water has come to the surface.

Why no action is taken against those who employ children?
On this question, Rajneesh says, “The mine owners have to meet the mineral officers sitting in the districts. Hence, the investigating officers also go less in the mining area. So who works in the mines? No you can tell.”

More than 50 stone crushing plants were closed in 1 year
Chitrakoot DM Shubhrant Kumar Shukla told Dainik Bhaskar about minors working in mining, “More than 50 stone crushing plants running against NGT norms in Bharatkup hills have been closed during the last year. Doing child labor is against the Actions will be taken soon after meeting officials of the concerned departments.”

Exploitation of more than 500 mines in Chitrakoot and Mahoba
According to the State Pollution Control Board, Bharatkup in Chitrakoot and Kabrai in Mahoba in Bundelkhand have the highest stone mining. There are a total of 358 stone crushers in Chitrakoot Dham Mandal namely Mahoba, Banda and Chitrakoot. Mahoba alone has a total of 330 mines, spread over 2500 hectares. So far, stone breaking work has been done in more than 250 mines of Chitrakoot, in which there are about 2200 hectares of land in the mining area.

Workers descending into the trench under the mountain with the help of a rope in the mines.  Some of these workers were also minors.

Workers descending into the trench under the mountain with the help of a rope in the mines. Some of these workers were also minors.

The green patches of Bundelkhand are rapidly diminishing due to mining in the mountains
Dr. Bharatendu says, “Before 1970, Mahoba and Chitrakoot hills used to be green. More than 400 types of grasses were found in these hills. But since 1980, when the first stone in Bharatkup hills Since the shredder was on, this forest wealth has been continuously decreasing.

Mining rules in the mountains

  • According to the Pollution Control Board guidelines, workers working in mines and crushers must be provided with fixed working hours, face masks, medical facilities and social security.
  • It is a crime to engage a minor in any kind of mining activity. If caught, the plant is said to be closed.
  • 100 m from an archaeological site. Mining is prohibited. 200m NOC from Archeology Department is required for mining and construction works till date.
  • Crusher-like activity is allowed at a distance of 500 meters from the railway track. A fountain of water must be run over the stones continuously so that dust does not fly from the stone crusher.
  • Trees should be planted around the area in proportion to the area of ​​the stone crusher. Crusher work 500 m from the national road. it should be at a distance.

Note: The names of all mine workers involved in the story have been changed in consideration of their social security and employment.

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