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UK reprimands Vedanta over Orissa mining project

Author: S.Kalyana Ramanathan, Business Standard [India], Published on: 13 October 2009

The UK government today pulled up metals major Vedanta Resources over its controversial mining project in Orissa, stating that “a change in the company’s behaviour is essential”. The UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises upheld Survival International’s allegation…that Vedanta failed to put in place an adequate and timely consultation mechanism to engage the Dongria Kondh, an indigenous community whose health and environment would be directly affected by the company’s plans…and it did not consider the impact of the construction of the mine on the rights and freedom of the community…Vedanta Resources did not answer the queries raised by Business Standard following the UK government’s statement.

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