The Indian Government is proposing to amend the 1952 Mines Act to regulate working conditions of miners and provide them with increased safety and welfare measures.

The union cabinet has approved the introduction of a bill in Parliament for the proposed amendment, which will make the law more stringent for mine owners by enhancing penalties by 100 times.

Labour Secretary Prabhat Chaturvedi said the government felt the need to realign the act in line with the present realities – rapid developments in the area of technology, scale of operations and working environment – in the mining industry.

“This will ensure safety and welfare of all those who work in exploration activities in deep sea as the jurisdiction will now be extended to 200 nautical miles in the Continental Waters,” Chaturvedi said.