New mining bill dangerous, says Brinda Karat

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New mining bill dangerous, says Brinda Karat
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The new mining bill is dangerous and against the interests of both the country and tribal communities, according to CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat.

The new mining bill is dangerous and against the interests of both the country and tribal communities, according to CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat.

Addressing a convention on the new mining policy organised by AP Girijan Employees’ Welfare Association here on Wednesday, she said the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Bill 2011 proposed to further privatise the entire mining sector and give mining leases to more private companies with no room for tribal rights violating the UN Convention.

The bill was introduced, and now it was before a Standing Committee. And if it was passed, it would obliterate the rights of tribal people, Ms. Karat said. Elaborating on the main features, she said, land for exploration up to 5,000 sq km would be given to find out whether of minerals were available.

During the period, tribal people would get some compensation equal to that of 100 days of wages under employment guarantee programme.

After the exploration, if minerals were available, a minimum of 100 sq km would be given on lease.

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