High Court to hear power employees’ health related case after two months

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 May 2017 11:30:53


Legal Correspondent,

IN THE matter related to enquire about two broad factual aspects related to health condition of workers in various thermal power plants, firstly whether there is adequate and effective health delivery system in the place, and second whether there is any evaluation of occupational health status of the workers, Advocate Swapnil Ganguly submitted before the High Court that the third survey is near to completion in respect to occupational diseases suffered by the workers in various thermal power stations in the State.


The division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla have heard the In Reference (Suo Motu) Case. After submission of Government’s reply, the division bench has listed the case for hearing after two months.


The division bench has taken cognisance against the Secretary, Ministry of Labour, New Delhi, Secretary Ministry of Environment, New Delhi, Secretary, Union of India, New Delhi, Chief Secretary, State of Madhya Pradesh, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Bhopal, State Pollution Control Board, Bhopal And Director, Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi.


Earlier, the division bench had said that based on the reference made by the Supreme Court, the primary question to be considered while monitoring this by court is to ensure that the units in question have adequate safety measure in accordance to statutory provisions. The Joint Director in this regard submitted a report, in specific terms dealing with the said question.


Division bench had directed Swapnil Ganguly, Deputy Government Advocate may file an affidavit of Joint Director indicating as to what are the safety measures to be taken in each unit separately, as per the statutory provisions, whether they are available in each of the unit or any upgradation and others is required to be undertaken. A report indicating these facts will be filed within three weeks. Measures available in the unit for taking care of medical health of workers along with all facilities available in each unit should also be indicated in the affidavit.