29 September, 2020

‘I’m Not Against Mining, Big Projects, But Displacement Should Be Minimal’

Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram on how he supports mining but wants minimum displacement of tribals.

Jitender Gupta
‘I’m Not Against Mining, Big Projects, But Displacement Should Be Minimal’
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Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram, 54, calls himself an accidental politician. Of late, he has been engaged in a very public turf war with Union environment minister Prakash Jav­adekar on easing the rules for having large-scale industrial projects in tribal areas. For the moment, the law ministry has backed Oram on the Forest Rights Act, saying that only the tribal affairs ministry can make changes to affect development in tribal areas. On the eve of the monsoon session of Parliament, the four-time MP from Sundargarh in Orissa tells Bula Devi that he is in favour of mining and big industrial groups setting up shop in tribal areas. He says he batted for the land acquisition bill. Excerpts from an interview:

Are you in favour of mining and big corporates setting up industrial projects in tribal areas?

I am not against big projects or mining. Shying away from mining to extract minerals and leaving rich minerals under the soil unutilised is not good for the country. However, there should be minimum...

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