The first month of 2017 was the best of the year.
That is, until the Government of India decided to give employers a pay rise of 5% in December 2017.
The decision is yet to be approved by the Parliament.
If it is approved, the pay rise would be effective from July 1, 2018.
But the Government has asked that employers give their employees the choice to opt out of the increase in pay, which could mean that some of them will not get the raise.
A lot of people in the mining sector, especially in the South and West, are unhappy about the decision.
Some employers have been demanding that the government allow them to pay their employees a salary increase.
It is estimated that there are about 12 lakh mine workers in the country.