• Mines & Minerals Bill 2015: Disempowering the Community?

    The Bill provides a legal framework to regulate the mining sector. A host of unaddressed concerns in the Bill question the government’s intent of protecting the interests of the indigenous populations.

For over five years now, the central government has been in the process of framing and enacting a new legislation todevelop and regulate India’s mines and minerals. However, in a short span of less than two months, the NDA government promulgated an Ordinance, introduced and passed a new version of a Bill in both the houses of Parliament. The Bill provides a legal framework to regulate the mining sector. A host of unaddressed concerns in the Bill question the government’s intent of protecting the interests of the indigenous populations.

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