Apex court transfers FIMI plea on DMF to itself

In a matter related to the levy of additional royalty under the amended Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed proceedings before various high courts on the issue. It also transferred to itself a petition filed by the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) challenging the central government notification asking the miners to contribute to the District Mineral Foundation (DMF).

A bench headed by justice Dipak Misra said that the interested parties can approach it after transfer of the case from the Delhi High Court.

The Union mines ministry had come out with a notification in September 2015 asking the miners to pay their contribution to the DMF with retrospective effect from January 12, 2015, when the new MMDR Act was enforced. Read more

Courtesy: Financial Express

States can join Ujjwala Yojana but with riders: Oil Ministry

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is open to let the State government schemes become part of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. But, with a caveat that the State schemes will be subsumed under the Ujjwala brand.

Already, Chhattisgarh has decided to be part of the scheme which would mean Ujjwala beneficiaries can get LPG connections at only Rs.200.

“If they (state governments) can join the scheme, then I don’t have an issue. However, Ujjwala will remain the branding. It will be open for all but the Ujjwala brand will not be diluted,” Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas told BusinessLine.

Under Ujjwala, the Centre has decided to bear Rs.1,600 out of the total cost of Rs.3,200 for LPG connections. This scheme is only for the women members of below poverty line families. Read more

Courtesy: Business Line

Can India benefit from a human rights framework for business?

On 26 June 2014, the government made a commitment at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), when it voted in favour of a resolution to establish an open-ended inter-governmental working group to negotiate a legally binding international treaty to impose human rights obligations on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises.

Even as the second anniversary of the date approaches, India is yet to put in place a human rights framework for businesses at home. Read more

Courtesy: live mint

Move over, Bihar. There’s a jungle raj in Goa that not too many talk about

There are endless debates about the jungle raj, or the apparent lawlessness, in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. But strikingly, no one discuss the jungle raj raging in India’s mineral-rich states. Similarly, Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha often makes headlines, but the violence in Goa, with its greenery and silvery beaches, never makes it to news reports outside the state. Read more

Courtesy: Scroll.in

Property under socialism

Tensions over the right to property and distribution of land have resulted in a large number of legislations and judgments. But historical analyses of their impact on law and society are few and far between. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

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