ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mining in 'Schedule V' Areas

The Andhra Pradesh (AP) government’s desperate bid to mine bauxite in Galikonda, Raktakonda, Chittamgondi, Sapparla, Gudem, Jerrala (all come under the Schedule V area category) by circumventing the law is an example of how the trustee of the natural resources of our land is acting like a front company for industrial houses. According to the Samata judgment of the Supreme Court in 1997, no private company can hold or take lease of the lands which fall under “scheduled area” for the purpose of mining and industry. To get around this hurdle, the state government roped in the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation, a public undertaking, which will mine bauxite in the Eastern Ghats, an area with green forests, waterfalls and a large number of traditional tribal inhabitants.

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