Top India court orders policy changes to stop ‘rapacious’ mining

MUMBAI • India’s top court has directed the government to revise the National Mineral Policy by December at the latest to more effectively regulate the mining industry and stop illegal activity.

A two-judge Supreme Court panel said the policy effective from 2008 “seems to be only on paper and is not being enforced perhaps due to the involvement of very powerful vested interests or a failure of nerve”.

The national mineral policy “is almost a decade old and a variety of changes have taken place since then,” the court said, including “the advent of rapacious mining in several parts of the country”.

“At present, keeping in mind the indiscriminate mining operations in Odisha, it does appear that there is no effective check on mining operations, nor is there any effective mining policy,” the court said. — Bloomberg