‘Law has failed to curb child labour in mining’

Activists and academics at the State-level Consultation on Children in Mining Area held here on Monday rued that not a single person had been convicted under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016.

“There is no data on the rehabilitation provided to the children rescued from child labour and not one employer has been punished for employing children. The legislation has been ineffective and has failed to stop child labour,” said Joseph Victor Raj, Director, Hope India. Read more

‘Economists should understand ecosystems’

Warning that mankind is in a dangerous situation where all profits come from extracting things from nature, Felix Padel, research associate, Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex, on Monday said that most economists are not trained to understand the pressure put on ecosystems by many projects for increasing profits. Read more

Local tribals, farmers, fisherfolk and other sections are up in arms against the proposed DMIC

Several civil rights organizations of Gujarat and Maharashtra, including Khedut Samaj Gujarat, mines, minerals & People, Adivasi Ekta Parishad, Bhoomi Sena and Kashtkari Samgathan, took out a huge rally in Talasari in Maharashtra on August 9, which also happens to be the World Indigenous People’s day. Memorandum sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the end of the rally:

We, the farmers, tribals, fisherfolks, labourers and citizens men and women of Gujarat and Maharashtra have gathered here today at Talasari (Maharashtra) under the common banner of ‘Bhoomi Putra Bachao Andolan’, on the occasion of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples and Kranti Divas, to highlight our fears and apprehensions on account of the proposed and planned Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Read more

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