Mining sector: Civil society bodies “support” Modi’s Make in India if it’s not for export, locals are trained in new skills

In what may be interpreted as a controversial move, at least two prominent civil rights organisations, Mines, Minerals and People (MM&P) and Goa Foundation, even as talking of mining rights of the local people, especially tribals, have said that they are ready to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India thrust, provided that locals are “involved” in a reasonable way. Read more

Courtesy: Counterview

Clean India campaign on wrong track

UNDERLINING waste problem as a “serious public health threat”, Niti Aayog’s Draft Three-Year Action Agenda of April 2017, plans to set up 100 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants to deal with 1,70,000 tons per day of municipal solid waste for some 7,935 urban centres. It draws on the May 2014 report of the Planning Commission’s Task Force on WTE and recommendations in the October 2015 report of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Clean India Mission, which recommended WTE plants for bigger municipalities and clusters of municipalities. The Action Agenda states “Incineration or ‘waste to energy’ is the best option” even as Annexure A of the Kyoto Protocol marks out waste incineration as a source of greenhouse gases. This Protocol remains relevant because the Paris Agreement on climate crisis will come into operation only from 2021. Read more

Courtesy: The Tribune

Mining children are nobody’s baby in Govt of India, ministry and laws are quiet on child rights, says representation

Raising a major policy issue, a top advocacy group, Mines, Minerals and People (MM&P) has regretted that the plight of the “mining children” is not the responsibility of the Ministry of Mines, Government of India, which looks after all the mines in India, and the result is a strange “mess”: the lives of children as a result of mining has to be addressed by other departments like child welfare, education, tribal welfare, labour, environment and others. Read more

Courtesy: Counterview

Deep pits found, illegal mining of red sand alleged

With construction activity picking up across the district and new roads being laid, the menace of illegal sand mining has once again reared its head.

Months after The Hindu reported about illegal mining at Cheryal, similar allegations have surfaced at Dasugadd Tanda, barely 15 km from the district headquarters.

Just about a kilometre from Sangareddy-Narsapur road, one has to take a left turn and travel for some distance to see new chasms that run so deep that two-storey buildings could be buried in them. Digging of red sand, a crucial component in construction, has been taking place over past few months, but officials are allegedly looking the other way. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

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