Several civil rights organizations of Gujarat and Maharashtra, including Khedut Samaj Gujarat, mines, minerals & People, Adivasi Ekta Parishad, Bhoomi Sena and Kashtkari Samgathan, took out a huge rally in Talasari in Maharashtra on August 9, which also happens to be the World Indigenous People’s day. Memorandum sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the end of the rally:
We, the farmers, tribals, fisherfolks, labourers and citizens men and women of Gujarat and Maharashtra have gathered here today at Talasari (Maharashtra) under the common banner of ‘Bhoomi Putra Bachao Andolan’, on the occasion of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples and Kranti Divas, to highlight our fears and apprehensions on account of the proposed and planned Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Read more
New Delhi: More than 96,000 cases of illegal mining for major and minor minerals were reported in various states, including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, in 2016-17, Parliament was informed today.
The number of such cases was 1,10,476 in 2015-16. Read more
अवैध खनन को लेकर सामाजिक संगठन के प्रतिनिधि मंत्री पीयूष गोयल से मिले – विस्तार से पढ़ें
Will the Modi government oblige Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram, who assured a civil rights group of “protect” tribal rights in mining areas by forming an all-party tribal MPs’ committee to look into why India-wide implementation of the Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA, 1996)?
PESA gives full powers to gram sabhas to people living in scheduled areas, mainly tribals, full rights to decide on how to utilize natural resources. Read more
Mines, Minerals and People (MM&P), and other organisations, will meet members of Parliament in New Delhi on July 26 to prevail upon them to pressure the government on the establishing of Future Generation Funds in all States for the welfare of the children, curbing of illegal mining, the proper utilisation of funds collected under District Mineral Foundation, and ensuring that mining leases are given only after the prior approval of the gram sabhas. Read more