Udaipur : Under the aegis of Directorate General of Mines Safety, to discuss the safety & security systems & procedures in underground mines, and to minimize the risk of Silicosis, Hindustan Zinc hosted 1st All India Mines Safety, Cleanliness & Silicosis Awareness Week 2018 in December, 2018. The closing ceremony was held on 16thDecember, 2018 at Rajpura Dariba Complex, Rajsamand.
During the event, the Chief Guest, Mr. P.K. Sarkar – Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS) said that everyone is aware that the mineral resources are limited and non-renewable. It becomes imperative to make its best use and introduce scientific methods of mining along with highest safety standards. In order to minimise the risk of disease like Silicosis and to ensure safety of people working in mines, it is important that every individual takes the responsibility. We all need to work jointly towards achieving Zero Harm and Zero Tolerance towards accidents. The efforts made by Hindustan Zinc towards creating awareness on Safety, Cleanliness and Silicosis are commendable.
A large exhibition was also put-up by various partners of Hindustan Zinc who have been working with the company for many years and have been part of the success story of Hindustan Zinc.
During their visit, Mr. P.K. Sarkar – Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS ) and other mining professionals from across the country met Hindustan Zinc CEO Mr. Sunil Duggal and discussed about the issue and the way forward on safety standards, silicosis and cleanliness in mines in mining industry as a whole in India. CEO informed DGMS about how Hindustan Zinc is becoming a technology driven company and how innovation & technology will help drive next generation of production, cost optimization, safety and communication inside the mines.
On the occasion, Mr. Laxman Shekhawat – COO Mines, Hindustan Zinc informed mining experts, who had travelled from across India, that our country has over 40 mines operational and out of which only 20 mines are fully mechanized. It is important for all of us learn and implement each other’s best practices in their respective mines. We need to leverage the best technologies and innovation in operations while excelling in safety performance. Safety is most important and Hindustan Zinc never compromises with safety. Silicosis is a chronic disease and everyone should be aware of its prevention, symptoms and cure.
The event also recognized 150 mining professionals who had participated in a competition on mining and safety.
Dariba Complex Director and Site President, Mr. K.C. Meena thanked all dignitaries on the dais and apprised the gathering about the various safety initiatives being undertaken by Hindustan Zinc as well as Dariba Mining Complex.
From Hindustan Zinc Mr. Rajesh Kundu – Site President, Zawar Group of Mines – Mr. Pavan Kaushik – Vice President and Head Corporate Communication, – Mr. Praveen Jain, Vice President Business Development and Corporate Affairs, and senior management of Dariba Complex were present along with their family members.
Being the first of its kind event organized in India, host Hindustan Zinc will always remain as a milestone in the efforts towards safety standards and fighting silicosis in mining industry across India.