Why the new mining Bill needs a relook

Ideas to improve environmental and social performance of the sector have been thrown out of the window   Amidst protests by the Opposition, the Lok Sabha, on March 3, passed the Mines and Minerals (Development…

Governance failure

Mining in India is regulated by multiple institutions functioning at multiple levels to provide checks and balances. In Bellary, however, every department and agency supposed to regulate and control mining simply collapsed under the weight…

New mineral policy pushes privatization at people’s cost

India announced a new National Mineral Policy (for non-coal and non-fuel minerals) in early April, after two-and-a-half years of wrangling between mineral-rich states and the central government, between steel-makers, iron ore miners and exporters. The…

Making India’s mining sector socially and environmentally viable

I learnt an important lesson on my travels in Orissa’s Sundergarh and Keonjhar districts. One, the people of one of the most resource-rich areas of the country were also some of its poorest; and, two,…