From Coal to Solar or Wind

The Break Through | Dec, 20, 2022

Employment and the clean energy transition in India’s coal-producing states.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world will have to reduce its coal use by 73% to 97% by 2050 to be able to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Taken at face value, reducing coal use immediately, irrespective of the costs, may seem like a no-brainer. But given the huge number of people and regions dependent on coal, the reality is more complicated. Take India, for example. A transition of this magnitude in that country would likely eliminate most coal mining jobs—a sector that provided 8.4 million jobs in India and elsewhere in 2021.

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Cancel permission to hydro power projects: Former Union secy to govt

The New Indian Express | Dec 19, 2022

Sarma said the government seems to have not taken nod from the National Commission for STs before taking the decision on the projects.

VISAKHAPATNAM: Former Union Energy secretary EAS Sarma has said the consent given by the State Cabinet for hydro-pumped storage projects at Kurukutti and Karrivalasa in Parvathipuram Manyam and at Yerravaram in Alluri Sitarama Raju district is in ‘gross violation’ of the Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act and the Forest Rights Act.

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Jamshedpur: DMFT approves several development projects in mining-affected areas

News Desk | 12 December 2022

Jamshedpur, Dec 12: East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner (DC) Vijaya Jadhav convened a meeting of District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) on Monday and discussed various issues ranging from health and education to minor irrigation and livelihood in mining affected areas.

The meeting was also attended by Ghatsila MLA Ramdas Soren, Baharagora MLA Samir Mohanty, Potka MLA Sanjeev Sardar, Zila Parishad chairperson Bari Murmu, DRDA Director Saurabh Sinha, NEP Director Jyotsna Singh, District Planning Officer Arun Dwivedi, District Mining Officer Sanjay Sharma and the officials of all technical departments.

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Modi Govt to Reduce Penalty for Late Payment of Coal Royalties, Forest Diversion Rules Diluted

News Click | Ayaskant Das | 29 Jul 2022

Penalties for delayed payment of royalties will be halved; new rules allow bypassing Gram Sabhas before diverting forest lands.

New Delhi: Even as big corporate entities have queued up to acquire mining rights over coal blocks from which they can sell the extracted minerals at the highest prices, the Modi government has proposed to halve the penalty rate that is binding upon leaseholders for failing to pay their royalties in time. The existing rate of 24% interest against delay in payments of royalties or rents to the Central government against minerals extracted from coal mines will be reduced to 12%.

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