Protecting the rights of tribals

Recently, Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA), an Emirati investor, initiated an investment treaty arbitration (ITA) claim against India under the India-UAE Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), seeking compensation of $44.71 million. This claim arose after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Andhra Pradesh and RAKIA to supply bauxite to Anrak Aluminum Limited, in which RAKIA has 13% shareholding, was cancelled, allegedly due to the concerns of the tribal population in those areas. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

Much-needed respite for granite industry

Ongole: The decision of government of Andhra Pradesh to reduce the rate of collection of district mineral fund from 30 percent to 12.5 percent is going to help the galaxy granite industry which is facing a hard time in the state for the past few months.

It is a regular practice to the government to revise the royalty for the minerals for every three years. In September 2015, the government enhanced the royalty for granite for 25 percent, which became a burden for the granite industry.

At the same time, the central government proposed all the states to constitute District Mineral Foundation to take up various programs for overall development of the persons and the area whose ecology has been degraded by the rampant mining. Read More

Courtesy: The Hans India

पारंपरिक हथियारों के साथ ग्रामीणों का प्रदर्शन

रांची : अनुसूचित क्षेत्रों में फर्जी ग्राम सभा द्वारा जमीन अधिग्रहण किए जाने के खिलाफ रविवार को बिरसा चौक के पास आदिवासी बुद्धिजीवी मंच के नेतृत्व में ग्राम प्रधानों ने धरना दिया। धरने में ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों से काफी लोग पारंपरिक हथियारों के साथ आए।

ग्रामीणों ने केंद्रीय कानून पी-पेसा 1996 की धारा 4 एम के आलोक में अनुसूचित क्षेत्रों में अपवादों और उपांतरणों के अधीन कुल सात शक्तियों के साथ विशेष ग्राम सभा स्थापित करने व सुप्रीम कोर्ट के द्वारा पारित समता जजमेंट 1997 के अनुसार आगामी ग्लोबल समिट का आयोजन अनुसूचित जनजातियों के हित में नहीं करने की मांग की।वक्ताओं ने कहा कि अनुसूचित क्षेत्रों में फर्जी ग्राम सभा के द्वारा अनुसूचित जन जातियों की जमीन का अधिग्रहण कर पूंजीपतियों और उद्योगपतियों को हस्तांतरित किया जा रहा है, जबकि पी-पेसा कानून के तहत आज तक ग्राम सभा की स्थापना आज तक नहीं हुई। साथ ही पी-पेसा कानून 1996 और समता जजमेंट 1997 के प्रावधानों का भी उल्लघंन है। फिर भी दोनों कानूनों के प्रावधानों में झारखंड विधानसभा में संशोधन कर दिया गया। जिसके कारण पूरे राज्य में अशांति और सामाजिक आक्रोश उत्पन्न हो गया है। मौके पर मंच के अध्यक्ष पीसी मुर्मू, वाल्टर भेंगरा, हिलारियुस सहित लातेहार, हजारीबाग, खूंटी, सिमडेगा, गुमला, तमाड़, बंदगांव, बेड़ो, कोलेबिरा, तोरपा सहित अन्य क्षेत्रों से आए ग्रामीण सैकड़ों की संख्या में उपस्थित थे।

Courtesy: Dainik Jagran

Govt committed to social, eco equality for deprived: President

The government is committed to social and economic equality for the “deprived and disempowered” sections as enshrined in the Constitution, President Pranab Mukherjee said while asserting that all its schemes are for the poor, deprived and underprivileged.

In his address to the joint sitting of Parliament, Mukherjee spoke about a host of government schemes and initiatives covering aspects like housing, LPG connections, electrification, healthcare, education, farmers’ welfare, welfare of the specially-abled, rural development and urban development.

“All the schemes of my government are for the poor, deprived and underprivileged,” he said. Read more

Courtesy: Business Standard

Vedanta moves Delhi HC against retrospective contributions to DMF

Vedanta Limited moved the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, against an August 31, 2016 notification made by the Ministry of Coal, amending the Mines and Mineral (Contribution to District Mineral Foundation) Rules 2015 with retrospective effect from January 12, 2015.

Pursuant to the introduction of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act 2015, the Ministry of Coal had on September 16, 2015 notified various District Mineral Foundations (DMFs), which were deemed to have come into effect on January 12, 2015. The rules for contributions to these foundations were subsequently framed for ‘non-fuel’ and ‘fuel’ minerals in September and October 2016, respectively. According to the rules, contributions to the DMFs were to be made from January 12, 2015 for ‘non-fuel’ minerals and October 20, 2015 for ‘fuel’ minerals. Read More

Courtesy: Business Standard

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