Hubballi: The Samaja Parivartana Samudaya (SPS) Founder-President S R Hiremath has suggested reconstituting the committee formed by the Union Ministry of Mines for reviewing the National Mineral Policy 2008.
Addressing media persons in Hubballi, Hiremath said that there were glaring deficiencies in the formation of the committee. It comprises 29 members—25 government officials and four representatives from the industrial sector.
He took exception for not considering representatives of organisations who fought against illegal mining, its adverse effects on common people, environmental degradation and labour and others in the committee.
“The committee has been constituted to review the National Mineral Policy 2008 and suggest a new policy taking into account the measures already taken and those that may be needed for bringing in further transparency, balance social and economic growth, including sustainability of the mining industry. How is it possible to achieve this end without including representatives of all the stakeholders?”, he asked.
“The Supreme Court has set a deadline of December 2017 for the committee to submit the report. However, the committee has not done serious ground work. So far it has held three meetings, all in air-conditioned suites. To understand reality, the committee should conduct field visits and interact with the people affected by the adversities of mining. The committee will fail to achieve its objectives if it is not reconstituted and made to function in an objective manner,” Hiremath said.