National Seminar Schedule

National Seminar on

The Unorganised Sector in India: Extending the Debate to Mining and Quarrying 

Date: 27-28 July, 2013 

Venue: Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Jaipur, India

Seminar Programme 

Day 1 Saturday, July 27, 2013

9:10 am Welcome AddressRana Sengupta, Managing Trustee and CEO, Mine Labour Protection Campaign (MLPC)
9:20 am About the SeminarDr. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Senior Fellow, Australian National University (ANU)
Session I Round Table by Experts
9.25 -9.40am Keynote AddressSharad C. Sinha, Member, National Human Rights Commission
9:40 am An overview of mining sector in RajasthanMr. Sudhansh Pant IAS, Principal Secretary Mining, Rajasthan
10.00 am Development Issues in mining and quarryingDr. Surjit Singh, Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
10:15 am Occupational Diseases among unorganised mine and quarry workersDr. Katoch IAS, Director, Indian Council of Medical Research
10.30am Safety of Unorganised Workers in mines & quarriesMr. Rahul Guha, Director General, Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Ministry of Labour and Employment
10.55am Mine workers and Mining – who takes Revenue, who takes ResponsibilityMr. Devarajan, Member, State Human Rights Commission
11.15 Open  Discussion
11:30 am Tea Break
Session II: Perspectives from Community – Chair Prof. Bipin Jojo, TISS
11.45 Voices from MaharashtraBastu Rege, Santulan
12.10 Voices from JharkhandGopal Krishna, BANI
12.30 Voices from OrissaDeme Kindo
12.50 Voices from JharkhandJustin Imam
1.00 Voices from RajasthanVikas Bharadwaj, Dang Vikas Sansthan
1.10 – 1.30 Open  Discussion
1.30 to 2.30 LUNCH
Session III: Academic and Industry Perspective on Unorganised Sector – Chair Dr. R. Sreedhar, Environics Trust
2.30pm Law and Unorganised workers in Mining and Quarrying of Minor MineralsProf. Babu Mathews, National Law University, Delhi
3 pm Unorganised mine workers and welfare measuresMr. R.P. Parikh, Joint Secretary, Rajasthan Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board
3.30 Issues of Labour among unorganised mine workersProf. Sharit  Bhowmick, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
4 pm Trade unions among unorganised mine workersMr. Ashim Roy, NTUI (New Trade Union Initiative)
4:30 pm Open  Discussion
4.40 Tea Break
Session IV: Presentation of Papers – Chair Dr. Surjit Singh, Director, IDS
4:50 pm The insecurities among unorganised workers:  A study of construction workers   in Aravali range of NCR Gurgaon regionBalaji Rao & Prof. SP Singh, Dept. Of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Roorkee
5:00 pm Migrant Labour In The Unorganized Sector: A Case Study In DelhiPooja Singh, Assistant Professor,  IIMT & School of Law, GGSIPU, Delhi
5.10 pm Social Security and Livelihood of Migrant Workers – Experience from Un-organized Sectors of OdishaDr. Pradip Kumar Parida, Dr. Pranaya Kumar Parida & Dr Smita Raut, IIPA
5.20 pm Open  Discussion
5.30pm Closing of the Day – Ashim Roy, NTUI

Day 2 Sunday, July 28, 2013


Welcome – Dr. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Session V: Occupational Health of Unorganised Mine workers – Chair Dr. Sunil Kumar, Director, NIOH
9.30 am Occupational Health Concerns among MineworkersDr. Sunil Kumar, Director,  National Institute of Occupational Health
9.55am Occupational Diseases among Mine workers – Diagnosis and Aftercare
Dr. Abhijeet Jadhav, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
10.10 Status of Women participation, Socio-economic Stress and Occupational Health & Safety in Mining Sector- A Case Study from Southern Rajasthan.Dr. Vinod Agrawal, Professor & Head, Department of Geology, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur
10.25 Assessment of health issues among unorganized sector of miningAbsar Ahmed and Manoj Alagarajan, IIPS, Mumbai
10.35 Can New Media Address the Health and Safety Issues in Unorganized Mines?Dr. Dharmesh Pushpa Dhawankar, Nagpur University, Nagpur
10.45am Open  Discussion
11am Tea Break
Session VI Issues within Mining and Quarrying in India – Chair Dr. Parasuraman, Director, TISS
11.15 Mining and Quarrying over the decadeProf. Parasuraman, Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
11.45 Transitions from Skilled Cultivators to Industrial Labourers: Employment Promises and Realities in the Mining/Metals IndustryDr. Felix Padel, Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex
12 pm Reimagining capital and labourDr. Arup Sen, West Bengal
12.10 Caste Exploitation in Mining and QuarryingSiddaramu B & Gautama Buddha, Delhi University
12.20 Open  Discussion
Session VII Mining and quarrying – issues of livelihood – Chair Prof. Vinod  Aggrawal
12.35  Official statistics and Indian mining industryDr .Molly Chattopadhyay, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta
12.45 Livelihoods in artisanal gold mining in South IndiaAmalendu Jyotishi, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Priya Gupta, Tamil Nadu
12.55 Mumbai Contract labour in unorganised sector in IndiaProf. Shyam Sundar, Head, Department of Economics, Mumbai University
1.10 pm Open  Discussion
1.15pm LUNCH
Session VIII Human Rights Violations in Mining and Quarrying in India – Chair Prof. Babu Mathews , National Law University
2.15 pm Human rights and mine workersMr. Devarajan, Member, State Human Rights Commission
2.45pm Export of stones, exploitation of labour: Supply chain liabilitiesKrishnendu Mukherji, Barrister, United Kingdom & Bombay High Court Advocate, India
2.55pm Plenary – Dr. Yogesh Dube, Member and Chairperson of working committee on Child labour in Mining, National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
3.15pm Tea Break
Conclusion: Way forward – Chair Mr. Devarajan and Dr. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
3.30-4pm Open Discussion
MLPC Media Awards – Chair Rana Sengupta
4pm-4.45 pm Ms. Tania Cass, Oxfam Australia; Mr. Devarajan; Dr. Dube ; Dr. Surjit Singh;Dr. Parasuraman
4.45 – 5pm Vote of Thanks Dr. Bipin Jojo, Trustee, Mine Labour Protection Campaign Trust