President of India Ram Nath Kovind has said that safety of people working in the mining industry should be a top priority.
The President said this in his speech after he presented the National Safety Awards (Mines) at a function held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
The President said that human safety and lives must always come first.
“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” President said.
The President said that India is endowed with an impressive mineral wealth.
The mineral sector contributes about 2.6 per cent of our national GDP and provides direct employment to over one million people on a daily average basis, and helps the lives of their families, said the President.
President Kovind also said that he was confident that the National Safety Awards in Mines will continue to be an excellent motivator for upholding safety and welfare standards in the mines of our country. The safety practices of the award winning mines should be case studies for students of mining engineering and management.
“Students should also visit such mines as part of their familiarization programs. Unique safety features introduced by the award winning mines should be highlighted by relevant authorities and universally adopted, as may be applicable,” Kovind said.
The President urged mining companies to design enlightened policies to give back to workers and families of workers, the local community and the larger society.