Silicosis, a death sentence for mine workers

Business Line | Taru Bahl | July 12, 2019

Rajasthan’s mining industry is far from the modernised operation one expects it to be
Taru BahlWhen one enters a fancy resort and glides through hallways that glisten with polished marble, sandstone and granite floors, does the mind ever wander towards the countless deaths that are unofficially recorded in the stone quarrying and mining villages from where the impeccably cut and polished stone slabs are sourced?

Rajasthan attracts over 45 million tourists every year, with many undertaking road journeys across the towns of Bundi, Tonk, Jhalawar, Karauli and Bijola. Wide, four-lane, metalled roads allow smooth travel but piles of stone slabs stacked along the routes, many from illegal mining, hide the killer mines and “widow villages” they shield in the vicinity. Read more

NGO takes up tourist guides’ issue with Collector

The Hindu | July 13, 2019

‘They are neither regularised nor given share in income’

Rebbapragada Ravi, founder of Samata, an NGO, met District Collector Vinay Chand on Friday and represented the long-pending case of the tourist guides of Borra Caves.

The tourist guides at the million-year-old Borra Caves, which is one among the most sought after tourist destinations, are in dire straits. They have been fighting a battle with the authorities concerned over regularisation of their employment, since last two decades. Read more

Dantewada’s organic farming model promising for sustainable livelihood

Down to Earth | July 11, 2019

The district also plans to support forest-based livelihood through DMF in the coming months

Ramjatan is happy and surprised with the improvement in his finger millet crop productivity this season. He is one of the many farmers in Behnar village (Nerli Gram Panchayat) of Dantewada district and other nearby villages who adopted the Sri Vidhi technique to grow millets this year. This is an initiative by Bhoomgadi Organic Farmers Producer Company (FPC), which was established by the district administration in 2016 using District Mineral Foundation (DMF) trust funds. Read more

PESA committees to empower tribals

The Hindu | July 12, 2019

Within the next 10 days or so, tribal people in as many as 567 villages in Adilabad and Kumram Bheem Asifabad district will be empowered to take decisions with regard to development and use of natural resources in respective place.

All these villages, forming part of 406 gram panchayats in Scheduled Areas, will have elected vice-presidents and secretaries to gram sabha committees by July 18. Read more

Orissa HC: Police cannot register case under Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act

The New Indian Express | July 12, 2019

As per records, a case related to seizure of iron ore lumps was registered at Koira police station under Section 21 of the MMDR Act and Section 379 of the IPC in June, 2010.

CUTTACK: In a significant judgement, the Orissa High Court has ruled that police can only register a case of mineral theft under relevant Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections and not under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act (MMDR). Read more

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