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After a three hour shift crushing bauxite, Adivasi (tribal) Baiga casual day-wage workers on their way home to the village of Kukra Pani village 8km away from the Bodhi Daldali Bauxite mine. Day-wage work at the mine will earn these men Rs.125 (bauxite fetches Rs.600-700 per ton). Located in the Maikal hill range, the 668 hectare Bodhi Daldali Bauxite mine, run by Balco & Vedanta (Vedanta is a UK headquartered company), has been operational since 2003. Many Baiga families living on the site of the mine were relocated to make way for the mine. Enticed by compensation and often empty promises of employment and health and education services, most relocated people have regretted moving from their ancestral lands. The mine directly employs just 70 people. 750 contractors, most of them casual day-wage workers, provide the labour without which the mine would not function.

Photo: Tom Pietrasik
Kawardha District, Chhattisgarh. India
February 20th 2011
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After a three hour shift crushing bauxite, Adivasi (tribal) Baiga casual day-wage workers on their way home to the village of Kukra Pani village 8km away from the Bodhi Daldali Bauxite mine. Day-wage work at the mine will earn these men Rs.125 (bauxite fetches Rs.600-700 per ton). Located in the Maikal hill range, the 668 hectare Bodhi Daldali Bauxite mine, run by Balco & Vedanta (Vedanta is a UK headquartered company), has been operational since 2003. Many Baiga families living on the site of the mine were relocated to make way for the mine. Enticed by compensation and often empty promises of employment and health and education services, most relocated people have regretted moving from their ancestral lands. The mine directly employs just 70 people. 750 contractors, most of them casual day-wage workers, provide the labour without which the mine would not function. <br />
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Photo: Tom Pietrasik<br />
Kawardha District, Chhattisgarh. India<br />
February 20th 2011