Safety Measures

How many times this newspaper carried the stories of such horrible incidents where a lineman, while doing his duties, becomes a victim of a live, high voltage wire.

GKNN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 13 2018 10:42PM | Updated Date: Nov 13 2018 10:42PM

In any civilised society, and a responsible state, it would cause an uproar. May be people responsible would get chargesheeted, and penalised severely. But here we read it and then move on, as if just an autumn leaf rustled under the foot of a pedestrian. We are such an unfortunate people that even death doesn't move us. An apathy, rather criminality of high order, doesn't ring any bells. It is not for the first time that a poor lineman in the Power Development Department, engaged on temporary basis, becomes the stuff of a heart rending newspaper story. How many times this newspaper carried the stories of such horrible incidents where a lineman, while doing his duties, becomes a victim of a live, high voltage wire. Some times it results in instant death, some other times severe injuries resulting in amputations. And then these poor fellows have neither the resources to treat, nor any government securities to take care of the themselves, and their families. They are left to fend for themselves. These harrowing stories are not infrequent. Had it been the case of a high level official facing such an unfortunate thing while performing his duties what would be the response of the concerned department. And then if a risk is always around, and you have to every time negotiate with that, would you not take precautionary measures. Would there still be no safety measures? Would there be no securities for the families of the affected? There certainly would have been. But since it is a poor-man's case, who is temporarily engaged by the department; who cares!

It is a matter of grave concern for any responsible state. If these linemen are asked to perform risky jobs, they need to be provided with the required safety stuff. If there is a chance of any mishap, there lives need to be insured. If there is a chance of them getting permanently disabled, there families cannot be ignored. The civil society formations, legal bodies, and most importantly our judiciary can play a lead role in getting these poor and hapless people the much needed justice. After all it is a question of human life, a question of poor families. How can we look the other way.

 

 

 

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