The provisions of Mines
Act, 1952, Subordinate Rules and Regulations made thereunder are being
administered for ensuring the safety in coal mines by Directorate
General of Mines Safety (DGMS). Coalmine owners are responsible for
implementing these provisions. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal,
Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and
Mines in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. The
Minister further stated that these provisions are reviewed from time to
time by DGMS taking inputs from experience of officials of DGMS,
industry & academic institutions and the recommendations of the
To check the recurrence of such incidents in future the Minister said
that the following steps have been taken by the Government:
(i) Safety audit of all the coalmines has been taken up.
(ii) Strengthening of Internal Safety Organisations (ISO) in
(iii) To promote and propagate safety awareness in mines, National
Safety Awards (Mines), National Conference on Safety in Mines is
organized by DGMS. The recommendations of National Conference on Safety
in Mines is very helpful in suggesting measures required for safety of
(iv) Workers participation and sensitization in matters of safety are
ensured through training in safety and by initiatives like celebration
of safety week and safety campaigns, etc.
(v) Safety training programmes are organized for Managers and
Supervisors for improving safety standards in mines.
(vi) CIL has taken up a training programme with “Safety in Mines Testing
and Research Station (SIMTARS)”, Govt of Queensland, Australia for
training of trainers.
(vii) DGMS facilitates introduction of Risk Assessment Techniques aimed
at elimination of risks and to ensure safety of workmen.
(viii) DGMS facilitates introduction of standard operating procedures to
avoid unsafe practices in mines.
(ix) A special safety awareness campaign has been launched to increase
awareness of mine workers with the motto: ‘Safety is My Responsibility’.
(x) From time to time, DGMS issues guidelines for safer operations in
identified thrust areas.
(xi) Risk based inspection system through Shram Suvidha Portal has been
implemented for coal mines.
(xii) Adoption of online safety monitoring systems, establishment of
geo-technical cells, installation of gas chromatographs for monitoring
and analysing underground mine gases, installation of proximity warning
devices to avoid collision of heavy earth moving machinery,
environmental tele-monitoring systems in all degree-III gassy mines,
slope monitoring systems for overburden benches and OB dumps etc. are
some of the other important steps taken by coal companies for improving
safety of miners and mining operations in the coal mines.