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OECD to consider Survival Intl. complaint against Vedanta regarding plans to mine on tribal lands in Orissa, India

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30 March 2009

Troubles mount for Vedanta – OECD accepts Survival complaint as chairman faces fraud inquiry

Author: Survival International

UK mining giant Vedanta Resources was dealt a double blow today as the OECD agreed that all the complaints made by Survival about the company’s planned bauxite mine in Orissa merit further consideration, and Indian police investigate fraud allegations against the company’s billionaire chairman Anil Agarwal…Survival has submitted a complaint that Vedanta is pushing ahead with a massive bauxite mine in Orissa on the land of the remote Dongria Kondh tribe even though they have never been consulted, and will be destroyed by it. Vedanta sought to have the complaint thrown out, but the OECD’s ‘UK National Contact Point’ has now accepted that there is a case to answer.

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27 March 2009

[DOC] Initial Assessment by the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Survival International and Vedanta Resources plc

Author: UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The UK NCP has decided that all the issues raised in the Survival International submissions merit further consideration and has decided to accept the specific instance. This does not mean that the NCP considers Vedanta Resources plc to have operated inconsistently with the Guidelines. The reasons for the decision are explained below. [also described "Next steps"]

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Company response
20 August 2008

Vedanta response to Survival International media statement

Author: Vedanta Resources

Vedanta has, on several occasions, offered Survival the opportunity to discuss the project with us...Survival has so far not chosen to do so. The Lanjigarh bauxite mining project was thoroughly studied by the Central Government of India as well as the State Government of Orissa. All issues concerning this project were thoroughly reviewed by expert bodies appointed with the concurrence of the Supreme Court of India. There are no outstanding issues and the bauxite mining project has now been approved by the Supreme Court of India. Vedanta is pleased that the project has been approved and is committed to implementing it in accordance with the guidelines and safeguards laid down by the Supreme Court of India.

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