- Oct 9, 2020
Calm down , lets not make it a issue .That's like opening the pandora's box.
What about crude producing states like Assam, Rajasthan, Gujarat?
The state of Assam -
Assam government was to get a total of Rs 13,042.60 crore from OIL and ONGC as royalty and interest for crude between April 2008 and July 2016.energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Iron ore, coal and other mineral producing states?
Most mineral producing states get nothing in return other than scorched earth and loss of habitat.
2014 - maochut districts impacted = 161 2019 - maochut districts impacted = 44 There has been improvement but unless completely eradicated such events will occur even if the impacted district count goes down. There is lot of road works etc. happening in these places & these parasites are...defenceforumindia.com
What about tax revenue from IT/ITES exports? Won't they also make similar demands?
Who enjoys most from the crude produced in Assam? Does IOCL pay spot price to the state? Have you seen the lavish lives these blokes lead? The pilferage, corruption etc runs into a few 100 crores easily. The local population forms a fairly small part of the workforce. Most of the executive level posts are cornered by people from different parts of India, including people from Bihar. If we apply your logic here, Assam has a fit case to secede no? Same with Rajasthan or other mineral rich states of India.
We export iron ore for crumbs to China but Indian steel companies are denied access to captive mines within the country.
OTOH, several thermal captive power plants came up in Sundargarh district of Orissa. The place which was once verdant and serene is now pockmarked with mining and captive power plants. The air is smoggy. The coal reserves in that region are said to be the largest in all of Asia and only a fraction of it has been tapped. Good quality coal is available at depths of 10-15 feet. You see truck/tractor loads of coal being illegally mined every day but forest officials have to look the other way because the trucks belong to the forest minister or someone from his party. But the same forest guards must stop a tribal or a villager from carrying a block of coal for his daily use.
Same in Bengal. Free/subsidized electricity has resulted in most coal mines running at huge losses because the state electricity boards don't have any money to pay them.
Then you have yes men paying crores as bribe to be appointed as Chairman/MD of these PSUs.
Have displaced tribals or rural poor got their due from the Govt in the past? In most cases, no.
Public or private, either way, there's loot. You just have to look the other way because if you decide to fight against this injustice, you will be branded a Maoist or a naxal. As there is some generation of taxes for the Govt., they let this continue but how much of it trickles down to the real inhabitants of the affected region?
Coal India hasn't ever paid for the land it took from Jharkhand for the mines, says the province's top bureaucrat in charge of revenuewww.livemint.com
It is only in the recent past that CIL has offered to pay a respectable sum to Jharkhand Govt.
Corporates(Govt or Private) will simply pillage the land for free, give little to nothing in return and pack off when its time to down the shutters.
End it here.