Odisha’s revenue jumps by 33%

Mining royalty, vehicle taxes show highest increase till July end this fiscal
Odisha’s revenue collection has jumped by 33% to Rs.13,015 crore till July end this fiscal compared to Rs.9,807 crore during the corresponding period last year.

The revenue from the State’s own tax sources during the current fiscal has grown by 27% with total collection of Rs.9,536 crore, and the revenue from non-tax sources has grown by 51% with a total collection of Rs.3,479 crore, according to a statement issued by the State government. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

Odisha to auction 17 mining blocks during 2018-19 financial year

BHUBANESWAR: Union mines secretary Anil G Mukim on Friday stressed on auction of more mining blocks in Odisha.

Briefing reporters after a meeting with chief minister Naveen Patnaik here, the Union mines secretary said he was informed by the state government officials that around 17 to 18 mining blocks including iron ore blocks will be put for auction during the current financial year.

Odisha is the mining capital of the country. It contributes in a very substantive manner to the mining activity of the country. The state government is very proactive in mining auction process,” said Mukim. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

60 per cent fund of DMF to be spent in high priority areas: government

NEW DELHI: At least 60 per cent funds of the District Mineral Foundation (DMF), which are being spent for benefit of people affected by mining-related operations, will be utilized in high priority areas like drinking water and pollution control, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said.

Tomar said in Lok Sabha today that to facilitate synergy in the implementation of DMF across states, the central government has launched the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana with the objective of welfare of areas and people affected by mining-related operations.

At least 60 per cent of funds will be utilized in high priority areas like drinking water supply, environment preservation, pollution control measures, health care and education, he said during Question Hour. Read more

Courtesy: The New Indian Express

States utilising District Mineral Foundation fund fail to identify beneficiaries, finds CSE study

NEW DELHI: Even as a whopping Rs 18,467 crore has been collected from 20 minerals bearing States of the country under the most ambitious District Mineral Foundation (DMF) scheme till May this year, not a single trust that is constituted at the district level has so far identified its beneficiaries, the mining affected people.

The latest study on mining States conducted by New Delhi based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) found that Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have collected over 72 per cent of the total DMF fund. Odisha topped the list with Rs 4,453 crore, followed by Chhattisgarh with the collection of Rs 2,746 crore, Jharkhand Rs 2,696 crore, Rajasthan Rs 1,782 crore and Madhya Pradesh Rs 1,610 crore. Read more

Courtesy: The New Indian Express

CSE releases detailed assessment of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) scheme

New Delhi, July 31, 2018:“The District Mineral Foundation (DMF) scheme is a people-centric vision of natural resource governance where people’s right to benefit has been put at the forefront. If developed and implemented well, DMFs not only have a huge potential for improving the lives and livelihoods of some of the poorest communities, they could also be a model for inclusive governance,” Sunita Narain, director general of Centre for Science and Environment(CSE), said while releasing CSE’s 2018 assessment report on the scheme here today.

People First: District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Status Report, 2018, as the assessment is titled, comes as the DMF scheme enters the fourth year of its functioning. CSE has assessed its effectiveness through an analysis of DMF administration in 12 mining states in the country. An in-depthanalysis has been done of the investments in 13 districts in the five top mining states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. These five states account for more than 72 per cent of the total DMF accrual in the country. Read more

Courtesy: CSE

 

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