Indian Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan and Tribal Affairs Minister Kishore Chandra Deo both reportedly plan to oppose any dilution of tribal rights in forest areas. This, despite the fact that their respective secretaries have signed on to a deal with the Prime Minister’s Office last month agreeing to such a dilution. This would have an impact on the operations of London-listed companies such as Essar, Rio Tinto and Vedanta, and their subsidiaries.