Maharashtra Guv Bhagat Singh Koshyari modifies Scheduled Tribes and Forest Dwellers Act

The Free Press Journal | May 27, 2020

According to the modification, a provision has been incorporated enabling rightful claimants of the forest rights to appeal against the Order of the District Level Committee.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has made certain modifications in the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, in its application to Scheduled Area of the State of Maharashtra. Read more

Trees Cut In 16 Hectare Untouched Land In Elephant Reserve To Make Way For Coal Mining: RTI

The Logical Indian Crew | May 26, 2020

The revelations came after an eastern Assam-based environmental activist Rohit Choudhury filed a Righ To Information application into the Tikok coal mining project in the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve.

A Right to Information (RTI) application into the Tikok coal mining project in Dehing Patkai Elephant reserve in eastern Assam has revealed that a substantial chunk of “unbroken” forest land has already been mined and cleared. According to a report by The Hindu, the Standing Committee of the Environment Ministry’s National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) had held a discussion on April 7 regarding a proposal for transferring 98.59 hectares of land from the Saleki Proposed Reserve Forest (PRF) for an open-cast coal mining project by North-Easter Coal Field (NECL) which is a unit of Coal India Limited. The meeting was chaired by Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate change Prakash Javadekar through a video conference due to the nationwide lockdown. Read more

Low mining activity to hit tax kitty

The Telegraph | May 24, 2020

Overall losses incurred by all state govts combined is estimated to be Rs 4,500-5,000 crore: KPMG

State and central government exchequers are expected to take a hit as lower volume of mineral production would mean lower statutory levy and tax collection.

According to estimates of KPMG, the overall losses incurred by all state governments combined is estimated to be Rs 4,500-5,000 crore and the overall loss for the central government could be around Rs 1,800-2,000 crore. Read more

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