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  • 04th National Coal & Thermal Power Gathering, Chhattisgarh, 29-31 July 2016

Community Issues in Coal Belts

A short descriptive report on Barddhaman District outlining areas of public health and indicators of health, nutrition and environmental pollution, MDGs. A blog alongtheburntcoalcorridor.wordpress.com elaborates more on specific issues of health and education. Read more

District Mineral Foundation

District Mineral Foundation (DMF) as an institution for the welfare of people, under MMDR (Amendment) Act 2015 came into being which under which the miners have to contribute 10% of proportionate royalty in addition to the royalty on minerals for leases issued after 12.1.2015 and those which were issued before 12.1.2015 should be depositing 30% equivalent of royalty to this fund. Read more

Himalayan Communities Join the Global Civil Society ​in the ​Call ​for equity and fairshare in Global Climate Action

Himalayan Communities join​ed​ the call for equity and fair share in global climate action and warn the global community of the irreparable damage that will be caused if the Himalayan ecosystems are disturbed. Read more

Establishing Rights over Community Forest Resources in Himachal Pradesh

Establishing Community Forest Rights has been taken up as a process which makes communities understand the importance and collective assessment of their dependence on resources surrounding them. Read more

Community Issues in Coal Belts

A short descriptive report on Barddhaman District outlining areas of public health and indicators of health, nutrition and environmental pollution, MDGs. A blog www.alongtheburntcoalcorridor.wordpress.com elaborates more on specific issues of health and education.

1. Introduction and Background to the Region

Barddhaman District of West Bengal bordering Jharkhand State’s Dhanbad District forms a contiguous industrial and coal mining belt. As history records it, it was in the late 18th Century, that the first contours of extracting coal from Raniganj coalfields emerged during the British rule, even today the history parallels the present. India has several energy hubs in the country producing energy from coal extraction and has given rise to associated industries like steel plants, metallurgical industries, thermal power plants, manufacturing and many more.

The Damodar valley Corporation was first ever attempt to harness energy from the Damodar river which used to flood parts of Jharkhand and West Bengal, DVC was created through an Act of Parliament in 1948. It was during the mid 20th Century and alongside the freedom gained by Indian Republic that industrialization began in this valley, SAIL established Durgapur Steel Plant and it was also the beginning of several energy generation projects from the Damodar valley which is rich in thermal grade coal. DVC has an installed capacity of nearly 6400 MW, largely from coal.

Jharia coalfield has deep seated coal seams with availability of quality coking coal whereas Raniganj coalfields have largely non-coking coal. In post reform era, several attempts to attract foreign investments and recently auctioning of minerals took a centre stage and new laws were framed, these however, didn’t created a space for communities to strengthen their demand for redressing externalities and impacts that mining has caused over the years. Read more

Participative research has been the hallmark of processes which enables documentation of existing conditions and the changes aspired that in an attempt to reach.  Read more

Community Based Action is the next step on the ladder to demonstrate the possibility of transforming innovations into a physical and social reality. Read more

Enterprise Development and Servicing is to respond to the current reality of the economic world and identify sustainable entrepreneurial and occupational niches. Read more

Communication to interface with a larger universe to mutually learn and contribute. Read more