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The Dolomite Minefield

On January 22, the Madhya Pradesh government notified an amendment to the Madhya Pradesh Minor Mineral Rules, 1996. The amendment tweaks the procedure for issuing permits to quarry ‘minor minerals’ like dolomite, used in the state’s steel and other industries. On January 30, Harshika Singh, the district magistrate of Mandla district, wrote to the sub-divisional magistrates, the CEOs of district panchayats and the divisional forest officers of the district to solicit opinions—and objections—of the local gram sabhas on a proposal to

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