mmp/xd Gandarmardhan/rtz rpt April 01
Therefore this claim of
‘working closely with the local communities to keep themaware of the work’
is a myth. Regarding ‘
use their service where possible’
unlessthey mean the contract workers employed by labour supply contractor paying wagesfar below the minimum wages, I could not find a single person in the villages I visitednor in the Town among the civil society groups including the lawyers who were ever contacted by the Company or had any firm information about the company.A Mining Company in normal circumstances pays heavy emphasis and budgets for Public Relations. I found no trace of this. The only conclusion I could reach was thatit is the company’s policy to maintain a low profile, while issuing statements fromtheir London office about ‘
good, long-term and transparent communityrelationships’
.6&7) Regarding these two statements of RTZ it is very important to note that since theyhave no information about displacement or the number of people and villages to beaffected it would mean that since 1995, and now after six years of their involvement inthe area, the issue of the affect of the mines on the people is not a conscious concern. Itwould also reflect that RTOML’s feasibility study does not have the ‘social impact’ of their mines as a component of the terms of reference.In the extracts from the Board policies, they have been careful to mention that thefollowing policies are ‘
’ to long term success:1)Mutual Respect.2)Active Partnership3)Long term commitment
Therefore if the social impact assessment is not fundamental to their ‘feasibility study’,how can it be fundamental in their Board’s policy statement?
We can only logically and rationally conclude that the ‘profitably’ of the mines isfundamental. Once this is established the Mines will be operational come what may.Besides the information above the points below will be of interest.
Keonjhar & Metals:
Today Koenjhar has one of the highest concentrations of mining operations in thecountry. The Gandarmardhan mountain range (3,479-ft) a miscellaneous forest area witha rich bio-diversity, is the southern part of the Bonai range of mountains having reservesof 8000 million tons of untapped iron ore reserves spreading from the District of Singhbhum in Jharkhand to the District of Sunderghar in Orissa. Chromium andManganese are the other minerals being mined here. This whole region was and today ishome to the homelands of the Bhuiyan
, the later migrants inthe 18
Century were the Ho, Santal, Munda, Kharia, Ghonds, and other tribalcommunities.