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Mining Overview

Mining is a contentious subject. It generates almost as many viewpoints and positions as the number of its contestants. It is, unarguably, a core industrial sector and crucial for India’s economic growth. It is growing at a rapid pace – between 1993 and 2005, the mining sector showed a compound annual growth rate of 10.7 per cent. It is likely to grow at a much faster rate in coming years. Post-liberalisation, mining is being done not only to satisfy India’s domestic requirements, but also to meet the growing international demand. China, in particular, has emerged as a major market for Indian minerals.

Rich Lands Poor People: Is 'Sustainable' Mining Possible?

This book is an attempt to document all the complexities of mining. While, it is true that mining is essential, it is not a simple 'dig and sell' proposition for a country like India.

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Rich lands poor people: Is 'sustainable' mining possible?

 
Outlines the immense challenges facing the mining sector in India: how to ensure ecological security together with inclusive development. Includes detailed maps, data tables and in-depth case studies of mineral-rich states.

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Rich lands, Poor People - Is sustainable Mining Possible?

Outlines the immense challenges facing the mining sector in India: how to ensure ecological security together with inclusive development. Includes detailed maps, data tables and in-depth case studies of mineral-rich states.
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CSE’s report on mining – Rich Lands Poor People – released in Rajasthan

Unregulated legal mining and rampant illegal mining in Rajasthan has systematically destroyed forests, devastated the Aravallis, and played havoc with the water resources of the state, says Centre for Science and Environment’s Sixth State of India’s Environment report, “Rich Lands, Poor People” – Is sustainable mining possible?

Meghalaya Governor releases CSE’s study on mining, people and environment

Shillong, October 20, 2008: The hands-off approach of the Meghalaya government towards the state’s rat-hole coal mines is fuelling destruction of forests, farmlands and water sources in the state: say the writers of Rich Lands, Poor People -- Is Sustainable Mining Possible?.

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CSE report says Karnataka gains little from mining

Bangalore, Karnataka, August 4, 2008: India’s richest lands – with minerals, forests, wildlife and water sources – are home to its poorest people. Mining in India has, contrary to government’s claims, done little for the development of the mineral-bearing regions of the country.

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“We stand by our report”: CSE responds to Chhattisgarh government’s criticism

The CSE report was released in Raipur on May 20, 2008 by the governor of Chhattisgarh, E S L Narsimhan. The report’s contents had forced the state government to issue a 12-page comment, which claimed that the book contained “a large number of factual inaccuracies, sweeping remarks and unfounded criticism of the state government based on conjectures and surmises”.

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