Chaibasa (West Singhbhum): Demanding the Union government to reconsider the Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation (MMDR) Bill, which was recently approved by the Cabinet, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Sunday raised question on the predictability of state development with the implementation of new bill.

New Mines Bill that provides sharing of profit and royalty with project affected people was cleared by the Cabinet, Mines Minister Danish Patel. MMDR Bill 2011 has provision of 26 percent of profit sharing by coal miners and amount equivalent to royalty by others with project affected people. The Bill will be tabled in winter session of the Parliament.

Munda said from past 40 years mining companies are running under loss and it is difficult to predict that if these companies earn benefits with the implementation of the new Bill, it would lead to development of that particular region and state.

Laying stress on the people affected by the mining projects, Munda said, “Instead of focusing on the profit or loss earned by the mining companies, the government shall ensure that tribal community is not affected by it."

JPN/Bureau