Implement Forest Rights Act in state, say residents

The Tribune | Feb 15, 2020

Say govt must protect interests of forest-dependent communities

Demand for effective implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) on ground is gaining momentum in the Saraj valley of Mandi district.

A public meeting was organised in Thunag over the issue yesterday, where panchayat representatives, gram sabha members, forest rights committee representatives and women from the Saraj block marked their participation. Read more

कर्नाटक: अवैध खनन एवं वन अपराधों के 15 मामलों के आरोपी को बनाया गया वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्री

The Wire Hindi | Feb 13, 2020

लौह अयस्क समृद्ध बेल्लारी जिले से चार बार के विधायक आनंद सिंह को सोमवार को कर्नाटक की बीएस येदियुरप्पा के नेतृत्व वाली भाजपा सरकार में खाद्य एवं नागरिक आपूर्ति मंत्री बनाया गया था लेकिन पोर्टफोलियों में बदलाव की मांग के एक दिन बाद ही उन्हें वन, पर्यावरण एवं पारिस्थितिकी मंत्री बना दिया गया.

बेंगलुरु: कर्नाटक की बीएस येदियुरप्पा के नेतृत्व वाली भाजपा सरकार ने लौह अयस्क समृद्ध बेल्लारी जिले से चार बार के विधायक आनंद सिंह को वन, पर्यावरण एवं पारिस्थितिकी मंत्री बनाया है. सिंह पर साल 2012 से अवैध खनन और वन अपराधों के 15 मामले दर्ज हैं. Read more

Why no Haryana-type welfare plan for silicosis victims of Gujarat? NGO asks govt

Counterview.net | Feb 12, 2020

Regretting that the Gujarat government has still not taken any policy decision to pay assistance for the welfare of those suffering from silicosis, a fatal occupational disease, the health rights NGO People’s Training and Research (PTRC), has wondered why is this happening even though there exists a government resolution (GR) of 2014 to offer Rs 1 lakh to the unorganized sector workers who die an unnatural death. Read more

Uttarakhand govt eases commercial mining on private land, empowers district magistrates to give permission

Hindustan Times | Feb 13, 2020

Earlier, the patta holder had to seek the permission from state government for mining of river bed material.

In a major move, the Uttarakhand government empowered district magistrates to permit commercial mining on private land in the state. Earlier, the permission was given by the state government itself.

The decision was taken by the government during its cabinet meeting led by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat at state secretariat on Wednesday. There were 13 proposals which were discussed; out of these, 10 were approved while remaining three were kept for further discussion in the next cabinet meeting. Read more

Maha: Rs 89 Cr Fine Imposed On 140 Polluting Cos In Aurangabad

Republic live | Feb 12, 2020

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has issued notices to 140 companies in Aurangabad industrial area for pollution and imposed a fine on them.

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has issued notices to 140 companies in Aurangabad industrial area for pollution and imposed a fine of Rs 89 crore on them, an official said on Wednesday. The move is aimed at curbing the pollution level, Divisional officer of MPCB Dilip Khedkar said. “Out of 1,496 red and orange category companies, 140 were served notices a week back. The MPCB has slapped a penalty of Rs 89.25 crore on them and they have been given 15 days to pay the penalty,” he said. Read more

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