Centre wakes up to unspent funds under MSP, orders review of scheme

By Nidhi Sharma ET Bureau| Feb 01, 2019, 07.20 AM IST

The scheme, which was launched by Congress-led UPA government in 2013-14 financial year, involves fixing MSP for identified minor forest produce, which are collected by tribals in remote areas. These tribals then sell MFPs in village haats. If the market prices fall below MSP, the state government agencies move in to procure the minor forest produce. The scheme also involved setting up of value addition centres at district levels so that tribals can get better rates for the produce collected. Read more

Rio Tinto diamond mining set for revival

THE ASIAN AGE. | RABINDRA NATH CHOUDHURY | Published : Feb 2, 2019, 1:49 am IST

Bhopal: In a significant development, Madhya Pradesh government has initiated a move to revive the Bunder Diamond project, which was shelved after the British mining behemoth Rio Tinto withdrew from it three years ago.

The state government has proposed the Centre to grant fresh mining lease for Bakshawaha diamond block in Chhatarpur district under backward region of Bundelkhand in MP to facilitate revival of the abandoned Bunder Diamond project.

“A three-member official team constituted by the state government has recommended for granting of mining lease for Bakshawaha diamond block to revive the abandoned Bunder diamond mining project. Read more

Labour min decides to allow women to work in underground coal mines

January 30, 2019, 08:29 IST || Energy World

Present rules do not allow women to work in underground mines. This provision of allowing them to work in underground coal mines is expected to bring more employment opportunities for them.

New Delhi: The Labour Ministry has decided to amend rules for allowing women to work in underground coal mines during day time and in open cast mines round the clock, for the first time, in a bid to bring gender equity and generate job opportunities.

“The ministry has decided to extend the timing of women workers in coal mines initially and would be extended in other such mining sectors on the basis of the initiative. A notification in the regard has already been sent for publication and it would be enforced in next couple of days,” a senior official said. Read more

This UN report shows green laws remain in books

By Kiran Pandey
Thursday 31 January 2019 || Down To Earth

Poor implementation of environmental laws is now a global problem, says the report that demystifies the reasons behind the failure

The world fares poorly on implementation of environmental laws and regulations despite the fact that 38 times more green laws have been framed and approved in the last four decades, says the United Nations (UN) in its first ever global assessment of environmental laws. India serves as a perfect example to this issue.

India’s people and the environment have been paying the price for its lethargic and poor state of environmental governance. This is reiterated by a high-level committee set up the environment ministry in 2014. Like the Water Act, which was implemented in 1974, a number of laws and regulations have been existing for more than four decades now, but are proving to be ineffective. Read more

Illegal mining continues unabated in Mohali district

Jan 31, 2019, 09:23 IST

MOHALI: Despite tall claims by Mohali administration, the mining mafia is still busy in digging in the district. In a fresh case of illegal mining, Mohali police recently raided illegal mining sites and seized a tractor trolley laden with sand.

The accused was digging and loading sand into the tractor trolley from a river in Mullanpur when police raided the spot. The driver of the vehicle. however, managed to escape from the spot. Read more

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