Topics Covered:Conservation related issues.
Sustainable Development Cell for Environmental Mitigation Measures
What to study?
For Prelims: Composition and objectives of the cell.
For Mains: Implications and significance of the establishment of the cell.
Context: The Ministry of Coal has decided to establish a ‘Sustainable Development Cell’.
About the cell:
Objective: To promote environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country and address environmental concerns during the decommissioning or closure of mines.
Roles and functions:
- Advise, mentor, plan and monitor the mitigation measures taken by the coal companies for maximising the utilisation of available resources in a sustainable way.
- Act as nodal point at Ministry of Coal level in this matter. Formulate the future policy framework for the environmental mitigation measures including the Mine closure Fund.
This move gains significance as the new private entities are now going to form a significant part of the future, a set of guidelines for proper rehabilitation of mines need to be evolved in tune with global best practices.