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Scrap the GO on bauxite mining, says Congress

Our Bureau Visakhapatnam | Updated on January 22, 2018 Published on December 07, 2015


The AP unit of the Congress Party has demanded the TDP Government to scrap the GO 97 permitting bauxite mining in Visakhapatnam district and said keeping it in abeyance is not enough.

At a press meet here on Monday, N. Raghuvira Reddy, the president of the state unit, said the so-called white paper issued by the State Government on the bauxite issue was in fact "a black paper, full of lies." To set the record straight, he said, the state unit of the Congress was releasing a factual sheet on the issue.

Admitting that the Rajasekhara Reddy Government had signed agreements with two companies for undertaking bauxite mining through the AP Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) and providing the ore to them for refining it and making aluminium, he said, however, that as the process was being rolled out it was realised that bauxite mining would pose a grave threat to the livelihood of tribals and the environment. "Therefore, the then Union Tribal Affairs Minister, K.C Deo, had written to the State Governor about the inviolable rights of tribals in Schedule Five areas under the Constitution. Thereafter, the Congress Government did not pursue it. We opposed mining then and we are opposing it now," he said.

He charged the Chief Minister with exerting pressure on the Union Government for getting environmental clearance for bauxite mining. He warned the State Government that the Congress party would launch an agitation, if it revived the proposal.

sarma.rs@thehindu.co.in

Published on December 07, 2015
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