Apart from the four main themes, Manthan also looks at several other related issues that deal with the broader context of just, sustainable and equitable development. These include issues like environmental governance, regulation, land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, energy policy and so on.

Reports and Articles in this Theme.

Comments on the Framework for Regulatory Control through Use of Continuous Real Time Effluent Quality & Air Emission Monitoring Data

Letter sent to Central Pollution Control Board of Government of India. This letter includes comments on the “Framework for Regulatory Control through Use of Continuous Real Time Effluent Quality & Air Emission Monitoring Data”.

Submission, sent on 2 Jan 2017.

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Full report of MoEF’s committee to review Environmental Laws confirms Initial Apprehensions: recipe for dilution of environmental protection regime

Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has recently made public the report of the “High-Level Committee constituted for review of Environment and Forests Laws” (the TSR Subramanian committee). The full report confirms and strengthens the initial apprehensions that had been built up from a reading of the leaked executive summary. Blog post by Shripad Dharmadhikary.

Posted on 12 Dec 2014.

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Interview on India Water Portal related to TSR Subramanian Committee report

The environmental regulation system will be more authoritative and bureaucratic, if the TSR Committee’s suggestions are implemented, says Shripad Dharmadhikary in an interview with India Water Portal.

Interview, published 11 Dec 2014.

Read full interview here.


New Land Acquisition Act – rules for Social Impact Assessments and Consent Provisions notified (Relative Progressive Rules – can also be a useful guide for EIA Processes)

The NDA government – amidst speculations that it is set to dilute important provisions of the new land acquisition act – has recently notified the Rules for two of its most important and progressive sections, those pertaining to the Social Impact Assessments and the Consent provisions. These Rules, notified on 8th Aug 2014 detail out how to implement these two provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 which is the full and formal name of the new Land Acquisition Act( referred to hereinafter as Act).

Posted on 22 Sept 2014.

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What bankers don’t tell you about their bad loansLavasa1

Non-performing assets in public sector banks have shot up by more than 400 per cent in the last five years, hitting Rs 164000 crore! Shripad Dharmadhikary summarises findings of a research report that unearths the real reasons underlying these bad loans. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 6 March 2014.

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Presentation in Marathi on Land Acquisition Act

Presented on 18th Dec 2013.

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One hand gives, the other takes away!

The new Land Acquisition law passed recently by the government had several promising provisions, most of which have unfortunately been nullified either by diluting conditions or other loopholes in the act. Shripad Dharmadhikary  looks at all that has made this a lost opportunity. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 23 Sept 2013.

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Old trick, new attack

The MoEF’s decision to have one committee examine the recommendations of another with respect to the protection of the eco-sensitive Western Ghats has resulted in needless contradiction and defeat of the core environmental objective. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 25 May 2013.

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Corporate interests rise above alleco-power

Despite privatisation in the power sector, consumer interests are professed to be safeguarded through competitive processes and independent regulatory authorities, but a recent order in favour of Adani Power Ltd. dents such assertions. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 6 May 2013

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Long road to justice

With most political parties having set their sights on the 2014 national elections, the Congress-led UPA government is surely hoping for a repeat of the 2009 miracle. A good part of the credit for the 2009 victory has been given to progressive legislation like the employment guarantee Act. It is no surprise then that the Congress is looking at more such pieces of legislation before the country goes to the polls. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in Down to Earth.

Article, published 15 Feb 2013.

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कायदा होईल, न्याय कधी?

नवे जमीन संपादन विधेयक हे संसदेने २०१२ मध्ये अनिर्णीत राहू दिलेले आणि २०१३ मध्ये तरी कायद्यात रूपांतर होणे अपेक्षित असलेले महत्त्वाचे विधेयक. त्याची माहिती घेतानाच, विस्थापितांना गरिबीतच ठेवण्याचे सरकारचे इरादे उघड करणारा हा लेख. श्रीपाद धर्माधिकारी.

Article, published 1 Jan 2013.

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