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...

October 5, 2017

The KR Rao Committee requested all participants to send their views in the form of changes to the existing policy. Goa Foundation sent a detailed covering letter, as well as its draft of the policy with a track change version as well.

Goa Foundation detailed letter: htt...

October 3, 2017

Press Conference Note


Goa Foundation (GF), mines, minerals & People (mm&P), Common Cause and the Goenchi Mati Movement (GMM) jointly launch The Future We Need Campaign.

Following  the directions of the Supreme Court, the Dr. KR Rao Committee has been ent...

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.

September 26, 2017

Press Conference Note

The 2015 Amendments to the Mining Regulations (MMDR Act) continue to facilitate the single largest transfer of wealth from the general public to the rich folks of this country. The new Mineral Policy should treat minerals as family gold and the Rao...

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