January 17, 2018

S. Vijay Kumar, ex Mines Secretary and Distinguished Fellow at TERI says "Minerals are the property of the States, yet, currently, it is the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) that is functioning as the sectoral regulator. The misalignment and capacity shortcomings of regula...

January 3, 2018

Anuj Srivas at The Wire speculates that the Dr. K. R. Rao Committee is still considering the views of the Environment and Panchayat Raj ministries and that of Niti Aayog as well.

October 30, 2017

Minerals are the natural resources most easily converted to cash. This drives rent seeking, illegal mining, bending of rules, turning a blind eye to violations, under and over invoicing and a variety of other malpractices that are widespread. This has been well documen...

October 25, 2017

While illegal mining is worrying, what is little understood is the enormous loot that is taking place legally. Mineral owners sometimes receive less than 5% of the value of minerals.


October 24, 2017

While the draft does include new paragraphs on illegal mining and sustainable development, experts question whether it will be, as the Supreme Court recently put it, “effective, meaningful and implementable”.


Governments should change the way they account for minerals receipts to get a true picture of the revenue they bring in, says Rahul Basu and Daryl DaCosta from the Goa Foundation. 


October 9, 2017

The Ministry of Mines has recently set up the K R Rao Committee in response to a Supreme Court directive. This was contained in a Court judgement pertaining to illegal mining in Odisha (Common Cause vs Union of India & Ors).

The Committee’s professed purpose is to take...

September 29, 2017

On August 2, 2017, the Supreme Court (SC) of India delivered a judgement imposing a 100% penalty on illegal mining in Odisha, India and asked the Government to review the National Mineral Policy (2008). The court also called for an expert committee to be setup to ident...

September 28, 2017

The K.R. Rao committee has only recently taken on board the views of civil society stakeholders, raising questions as to whether illegal mining and environmental issues will be properly addressed.


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