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Recommendations of Kalyan Banerjee headed Parliamentary Committee Mines & Minerals Bill for benefit sharing with local people welcomed

Written By Gopal Krishna on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | 4:58 AM

But TWA seeks 'consent' of local people instead of ‘effective consultation’ as recommended by PSC 
ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA) welcomes the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill 2011 (MMDR Bill) which has been presented to both the Houses of Parliament wherein it suggests adoption of the principle of sharing of benefits of mining with the local people. TWA urges all the parliamentarians to support the inclusion of its recommendations in the next session of the Parliament.
In its 165 page report, the PSC has suggested a model of a sharing a certain percentage of royalty with the local people instead of 26 per cent of profit as proposed by the government in the Bill.
TWA holds that the composition of the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) proposed in the Bill is not suitable for local people.
In keeping with the principle of benefit sharing, the PSC's recommendation on making the shares inheritable appears a step in the right direction.
TWA disagrees with Committee's recommendation for ‘effective consultation’ instead of 'consent'.
The text of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011 is available here:
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