District Level Consultation – Khanvel, Dadra & Nagar Haveli

In the District Level Consultation at Khanvel, Dadra and Nagar Haveli there were discussions on the overview of mining throughout the country, various stages of mining, illegal mining, Samata Judgement, situation of children in the mining areas and consequences on their education, health due to air and water pollution, malnutrition issues etc., and the need for lobbying at National Level regarding Child Rights as they are being violated. There were sessions on Mining Rules & Law Amendments, DMF Structure, Set up & present status, Cooperative mining – shareholding for the tribals, Silicosis, lack of implementation of FRA, Labour Act, Displacement, Communities command over natural resources, Future Generation Fund (model of Goa), Women & Mining etc.

A short documentary film “Falling through the cracks – Children and Mining” was screened and followed by a detailed session on the plight of children in mining areas by the Secretary General of mm&P. A Participatory approach was followed in sensitizing the people on the violation of child rights in the context of Children in mining areas.

There were elaborative discussions on Industrial Corridors especially the Delhi- Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) which is a dedicated corridor spread across the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

There was sharing on the issues of Bullet train, National Expressways, Delhi- Mumbai Flight Corridor in the context of land acquisition, Emergence of Tribals, Challenges faced by them, Tribal Identity – Governance in schedule areas, Tribal Advisory Council, Schedule V & Schedule VI of the Constitution and Migration.