New Delhi Miners’ riches will soon have to be shared with the people affected by their activity. The Cabinet on Friday gave its approval to a Bill which proposes to make it mandatory for mining companies to compensate the local population impacted by mining operations. The Bill will be introduced in Parliament in the winter session.

New Delhi:The Union Cabinet is set to approve a law that will provide more rights to tribals for the beginning and end of mining activity besides providing Rs 10,000 crore annually to 60 tribal-dom

The Union Cabinet is set to clear a slew of important legislation and amendments on Friday. On the agenda is the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulatory (MMDR) Bill, 2010, amendment to the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010, amendment to the Press and Registration of Books and Publishing Act, 2010, and the LIC (amendment) Bill, 2009, among others.

This is the note for Carbinet on Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011. A Bill to consolidate and amend the law relating to the scientific development and regulation of mines and minerals under the control of the Union.

This report gives insights into the issues faced by the mining sector in India, and suggests the way forward for the industry.

The special report  by Down To Earth on the Lokayukta’s exhaustive report on illegal mining in Bellary says that this is also a governance failure and should be viewed more seriously than all illegalities and environmental degradation.

The new Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation (MMDR) Bill, 2011 will ensure that the industry shares its profits with affected people. This is a special report by Down To Earth on this bill that will make mining companies shell out Rs 10,500 crore a year for affected people.

The Supreme Court has been moved for a direction to the Union and Karnataka governments to recover the value of minerals excavated through illegal mining, approximately valued at Rs. 1,50,000 crore, with penalty and interest, from all those indicted by the Lokayukta.

Sustainable mining is an oxymoron. Environmentalists will tell you this. Mining – from coal to limestone – destroys forests, devastates mountains and leaves the land pock-marked.

The new mining law being framed by the government is a hotbed of controversy in more ways than one.