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Chhattisgarh Government Halts Iron Ore Mining In Bailadila

Mining News - Published on Wed, 12 Jun 2019

Image Source: New Indian Express
The groundswell of protests by adivasis in Dantewada against a contract awarded to Adani Enterprises Ltd to mine iron ore deposits in a hill in the Bailadila range, has prompted the Chhattisgarh government to halt all work for now, and review various permissions granted to the project.

At the NMDC Ltd complex in Kirandul, the site of the protest, thousands of adivasis from Dantewada, Sukma and Bijapur districts have gathered over the last six days under the banner of the Sanyukt Panchayat Jan Sangharsh Samiti. Some came from areas close by, others walked over 60 kilometres to participate. Each family came with ration for at least a week, ready for the long haul.

On Tuesday, after meeting a delegation led by Congress’s Bastar Member of Parliament Deepak Baij, former Union Minister Arvind Netam, Congress MLAs and members of the Sarva Adivasi Samaj, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said, “We have decided to investigate the Gram Sabha clearance (in July 2014). All activity will immediately be put on hold.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 12 Jun 2019
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