Posco & Vedanta violates Forest Rights Act: Govt

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Jairam Ramesh
New Delhi, Aug 2: The government on Monday, Aug 2, said it is investigating violations of the Forest Rights Act and environmental norms by mining company Vedanta Resources and steel-maker Posco in Orissa and would take a decision on the 2 projects once it gets the report.

"Once I receive the report from the experts, I will take a final decision, any violation of the Forest Act will not be spared," said Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh to the Rajya Sabha.

"A panel is investigating use of forest land and the potential effect of mining on tribes and wildlife in Orissa. It would offer findings within 30 days," later he added.

Jairam Ramesh said the issue of stopping mining of minor minerals is complicated as it has huge economic implications.

Posco is alleged to have violated the forest act while acquiring land for a steel project near Paradip and where as Vedanta is battling criticism from environmental groups over plans to extract bauxite in Niyamgiri hills in the state's Kalahandi district.

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