These are India’s richest lands inhabited by some of the most deprived people

More than three years after the Centre rolled out the District Mineral Foundation (DMF)—an institution set up to benefit India’s mining-affected people—life remains a daily struggle for Jhinki, a resident of Chhattisgarh’s tribal Korba district. The irony is that despite having an impressive Rs 674 crore, the DMF fund in Korba has done little to provide Jhinki and others in the district access to clean water, healthcare, nutrition, education or livelihood options. The plight of Jhinki is shared by many more people in India’s mining areas, even though the country has collected over Rs 19,400 crore under DMF. Read more

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India’s mining-based development: Economic prosperity hasn’t percolated to local people

A joint delegation of civil rights organizations, Samata and mines, minerals & People (mm&P) led by mm&P chairperson Rebbapragada Ravi and general secretary Ashok Shrimali met MPs of several political parties and minister of state of state for coal and mines Haribhai Chaudhary to apprise them of issues faced by the people in the mining areas. Text of the memorandum submitted by them:

India currently produces 89 minerals out of which four are fuel minerals, 11 metallic, 52 non- metallic and 22 minor minerals. Mining for fuel, metallic and non-metallic industrial minerals is currently undertaken in almost half of India’s districts. Post-Independence, mining has been considered as one of the main industries that generate high revenues considering that India is significantly endowed with mineral resources. In our country mining based development is considered to be directly proportional to economic prosperity at all levels — be it national or local. But that has not been the case! Read more

Courtesy: Counterview.org

Assembly resolution on mining against SC order: Panel to MPs

Panaji: A delegation of Mines, Minerals and People met MPs across party lines in New Delhi and explained how the private member resolution passed in the Goa assembly will handover mining leases to the same leaseholders, who had carried out illegal mining till the Supreme court intervened.

The body is an alliance of organisations, groups and individuals which has a network in 26 states. Delegation member Ravindra Velip said the delegation explained how the proposed amendments will bypass Supreme Court’s two judgments and only benefit the miners, who carried out illegal mining.

The Goa assembly unanimously passed resolution on August 3 to restart mining activities, which came to an halt on March 15.

Ravindra Velip, member of MM&P said the delegation made the MPs aware about resolution passed in the Goa assembly to amend mining laws so that the earlier leaseholders, who were stopped from carrying out illegal mining, get to continue mining.

He said the delegation explained how the proposed amendments will bypass Supreme Court judgments and only benefit companies who carried out illegal mining. “The MPs were briefed on how a people-oriented policy can lead to sustainable mining. We requested the MPs to raise a demand in Parliament that revenue lost due to illegal mining in Goa be recovered from the leaseholders,” he said.

Courtesy: The Times of India

कुपोषण ‘ गटक’ गया अरबों रुपए, दूर नहीं हुआ कुपोषित बच्चों के सामने आने का दंश

उदयपुर. अरबों रुपए फूंकने के बाद भी अपने माथे पर लगा कुपोषण का दाग सरकार नहीं धो पाई। हालात देख यह कहने से गुरेज नहीं किया जा सकता है कि ये मोटी रकम भी कुपोषित हो गई। प्रदेश का एक भी जिला ऐसा नहीं है, जहां कुपोषित बच्चों की बड़ी संख्या सामने नहीं आ रही हो। पांच वर्ष तक के वह बच्चे जो कमजोरी के कारण कुपोषण के शिकार हो रहे हैं। सभी आंगनबाडी केन्‍द्रों पर इच्‍छुक लाभान्वि‍तों को पूरक पोषाहार का वितरण किया जा रहा है। अति कुपोषित लाभान्वितों को सामान्‍य लाभान्वितों की तुलना में अतिरिक्‍त मात्रा में पूरक पोषाहार उपलब्‍ध करवाया जा रहा है।

चिकित्‍सा विभाग के अन्‍तर्गत जटिल बीमारियों से ग्रसित अतिगंभीर कुपोषित बच्‍चों की पहचान कर इनका कुपोषण उपचार केन्‍द्रों पर भर्ती कर उपचार किया जाता है। उपचार के दौरान बच्‍चों को थेरेपेटिक फूड दिया जाता है। इसके अतिरिक्‍त इन बच्‍चों को स्थिति के अनुसार माईक्रो न्‍युट्रिएन्‍ट दिये जाते है, जिससे की बच्‍चा जल्‍दी ठीक हो सकें ।

समेकित बाल विकास परियोजनान्‍तर्गत राज्‍य के समस्‍त जिलों में लाभान्वितों को पूरक पोषाहार उपलब्‍ध करवाया जा रहा है।

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In Kerala’s Adivasi belt, women are protesting to save a project for the poor that transformed lives

Adivasi women in Attappady tribal block in Kerala’s Palakkad district are protesting against what they view as attempts by the state government to scuttle a poverty alleviation programme that was launched in 2014 with financial assistance from the National Rural Livelihood Mission.

Since July 2, braving heavy rain and inclement weather, women have been assembling at a spot in Agali town both day and night to protest against any move to bring the Attappady Comprehensive Tribal and Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups Development Project under the control of gram panchayats by delinking it from the National Rural Livelihood Mission. Read more

Courtesy: Scroll.in

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