Since election results were announced on May 15, Karnataka has been in news due to jostling among political parties to form the government. One major issue that was raised during pre-election rallies was illegal mining in the state.
Niti Aayog has also proposed that the Central government should have powers to exempt any drug from price control if there is “sufficient competition” in the market. However, it has not defined “sufficient competition” in its proposal.
While the task of “village electrification” may have been accomplished, an estimated 3.14 crore rural households are still without any access to electricity — about 17 per cent of the total 17.99 crore rural households.
The exploration for any mineral deposit involves four stages: reconnaissance survey (G4), preliminary exploration (G3), general exploration (G2) and detailed exploration (G1). G2-level exploration’s objective is to establish the main geological features of a deposit and provide an initial estimate of size, shape, structure and grade of the mineral in the mine.
After the incident, NTPC Ltd has also started a permit to work (PTW) system, under which there are “checklists and formats”, which have to be “strictly” followed, for all kind of maintenance jobs” that are done at power plants.