Prime minister Manmohan Singh has decided not to allow  mining of the bauxite reserves in the Agency areas of Visakhapatnam since the MoUs signed by the state government with private companies are unconstitutional,  Union minister of tribal welfare and panchayat raj V Kishore Chandra Deo has said.

Participating in a public meeting here on Sunday along with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, he said the agreements had been cancelled under Article 244 of the Constitution. In 2007 the state government  signed two MoUs with AnRak and Jindal Aluminium on bauxite-mining in Chintapalle and Araku areas. The Union tribal welfare ministry objected to the MoUs and asked the state government to cancel them.

Backing his colleague in the Union ministry, Union minister of environment and forest Jairam Ramesh asked the chief minister not to think of bauxite-mining in the next 20 years. Bauxite-mining in  agency areas in collaboration with private companies was illegal, he declared.

Courtesy: The New Indian Express

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