Mining in Jharkhand threatens locals in their own land

Down To Earth | Srestha Banerjee, Rajeev Ranjan | 10 April 2019

Residents of the state’s mining areas are unemployed and are threatened of being jailed when they ask for work

Our car stopped at the bent of narrow roads through Chotanagra panchayat. As we walked down, a group of 15 people was waiting in Dhobil village gathered by Lakhan Soren, a community volunteer who works for community rights and empowerment in the area. “More will join us soon,” said Soren as we were there to find out the state of mining-affected communities in the area. He pointed towards Dhobil iron ore mines, a little more than a kilometre away where some of the people were working. Read more

Dhanbad DMF funds city infrastructure projects, neglecting mining-affected people

Down to Earth || Chinmayi Shalya, Rajeev Ranjan || 03 April 2019

The district’s latest Rs 307 crore sanctions fail issues of livelihood and healthcare, which are longstanding challenges for the worst-affected mining areas

LED street lighting, renovation of town hall and a multi-crore flyover is most of what Dhanbad district has invested in through a fund meant for mining-affected people and areas.

The latest investments made by Dhanbad under District Mineral Foundation (DMF) show that about 86 per cent of the Rs 307 crore-plus sanctions are for physical infrastructure in the town, having no bearing on the pressing needs of the mining-affected people. This includes a Rs 256 crore flyover, Rs 4 crore for LED street lighting and another Rs 5 crore town hall renovation, as per details available from the state mines department. Read more

Rs 43 billion collected by District Mineral Foundations in Odisha till April 2018, only 11% (Rs 4.8 billion) utilized || April 4, 2019

Bhubaneswar: -TERI’s Resource Efficiency and Governance division has been working on an important emerging issue of equitable sharing of mining benefits with communities in mineral-rich states. With a multi-disciplinary team of experts, the division has been instrumental in providing research-based innovative solutions for the socio-economic development of communities affected by mining operations as well as policy inputs to assist the goals of the government.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India’s leading think tank, has done a critical review of District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) which are local institutions established in mining regions across the country for the socio-economic development of communities affected by mining operations. The title of the discussion paper is, “Benefit sharing in the mining sector: An analysis of the role of District Mineral Foundations.” Read more

On poll trail, Shah trains gun on Naveen

Express News Service || 02nd April 2019

The BJP president calls upon people to overthrow BJD Government from State

PARALAKHEMUNDI/NABARANGPUR   : Hitting the campaign trail in Odisha, BJP president Amit Shah came out all guns blazing against Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik at separate public meetings in Gajapati and Umerkote on Monday.At Sidhamadanga in Gajapati’s Kasinagar block, Shah took a dig at Naveen and said the State is currently being ruled by an ‘English Babu’ who does not know Odia. He urged people to dislodge the Naveen-led BJD Government in the polls as it has failed to develop Odisha despite allocation of crores of rupees by the Centre under various schemes. Read more

Long road ahead: Odisha’s DMF funds to improve livelihood

Down to Earth || Chinmayi Shalya || 02 April 2019

The state has amended its DMF Rules and is also investing in projects to improve the lives of its mining-affected people; whether DMF lives up to its promised potential is yet to be seen

Gangaram Munda of Kasira village in the Koida region of Odisha’s Sundargarh district, is now 40. He remembers working in an iron ore mine until 15 years ago before the companies started getting labour from outside and mining became increasingly mechanised. Read more

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