Will Govt of India ministers be allowed to stand by assurances on tribal rights given to them, wonder senior activists

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

‘District Mineral Foundation funds being used for infrastructure’

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

CM reviews development works done through DMF

the pioneer Saturday, 08 July 2017 | Staff Reporter | Naya Raipur

Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday chaired a meeting of District Mineral Foundation at the Mantralaya here.

The Chief Minister reviewed the development works underway in various districts from the funds utilised from DMF.

Chhattisgarh collected Rs 712.04 crores under ‘District Mineral Foundations’(DMFs) from all the 27 districts of the State where the Foundation had been established, the Central Government had informed last year. Read more

Niti Aayog and health ministry prepare model contract for privatising urban health care

Niti Aayog and the Union ministry for health and family welfare have proposed a model contract to increase the role of private hospitals in treating non-communicable diseases in urban India. The agreement, which has been been shared with states for their comments, allows private hospitals to bid for 30-year leases over parts of district hospital buildings and land to set up 50- or 100-bed hospitals in towns other than India’s eight largest metropolises.

According to the model contact, the district hospitals will need to share their back-end services such as blood banks and ambulance services with the private players. The state government could also provide part of the funds needed by these private players to set up the new hospitals. The district health administration will ensure referrals for treatment from primary health centres, community health centres, disease screening centres and other government health programmes and ventures are made to these private hospitals.

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Courtesy: Scroll.in

Green protest against Wakkerstroom mine

Environmentalists yesterday staged a protest outside the High Court in Pretoria in support of an application to stop coal mining activities inside the Mabola Protected Environment, near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga.

Eight civil society and community organisations, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, brought an urgent application to stop Indian-owned mining company Atha-Africa Ventures from commencing with any mining and related activities without environmental authorisation and local planning approval.

The application was postponed until today for a possible settlement agreement.

The coalition consists of groundWork, the Mining and Environmental Justice Community Network of SA, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, Birdlife SA, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Federation for a Sustainable Environment, Association for Water and Rural Development and the Bench Marks Foundation.

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Courtesy: The Citizen

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