The Tribune Dated 29th June, 2020
Comments by Simranjit Singh Mann: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) states that we would also ask the Union Government why it has auctioned 41 coal mining blocks in ‘no-go’ areas of rich biodiversity and cultural heritage. Coal mining in these areas will disturb the habitat of the Tiger in Tadoba tiger reserve and the habitat of the elephant in Hasdeo Arand, one of the largest contiguous areas of forest in India.
This is also home to the Gond indigenous group who oppose the sale of forests and mining in these Tribal areas of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bengal, Maharashtra are already subject to coercion, land grabs and destruction of lives at the hand of big businesses, supported by the paramilitary forces. Do we have no respect or consideration for these original inhabitants of the Indian sub – continent or do we act on the demands of the money bags that control the Union Government of the BJP – RSS?
The production of coal will also increase carbon emissions. At a time when the Ministry of Earth Sciences has warned that surface temperature over the Hindu Kush Himalaya will increase by about 5.2 degree centigrade by the end of the 21st century – why is Premier Modi accelerating climate change at a national level threatening the existence of our future generations, whilst at the same time making promises to lead climate action at the global level?
Simranjit Singh Mānn
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar),
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