Telangana’s revised District Mineral Foundation Rules to increase political interference

The Telangana government has recently revised its District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Rules, making the institution dominated by politicians, and ousting provisions for any peoples’ involvement, including of the Gram Sabha.

The Rules, which were amended in May-end (and made public in June), have included only Members of Parliament (MP), members of the state legislative assembly (MLA) and legislative council (MLC), in the DMF body.

DMF has been instituted under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act or the MMDR Act, 2015. It has been set up in all mining districts across the country as a non-profit Trust. Its purpose has been clearly spelt under the MMDR Act as “to work for the benefit of people and areas affected by mining-related operations.” The body has a two-tier administrative structure to guide its operation and management, namely the Governing Council and the Managing Committee.  Further, the engagement of people has been insisted upon through Gram Sabhas, which should be made part of identifying DMF beneficiaries, approve works to be done through DMF, and also review work progress.

Telangana is one among the top six states in India with regard to DMF collection, with a total amount of Rs 1,620 crore collected so far. Read more

Courtesy: Down to earth

Pauri DM asks officers to deposit royalty amount in Trust’s account

Pauri District Magistrate Sushil Kumar while chairing a meet of the District Mineral Foundation Trust in Pauri on Thursday asked the officers of the public works department and those of health, irrigation, education, communication and minor irrigation departments to deposit the amount of royalty in the account of the trust. He regretted over the low deposit volume in the trust which stands at Rs 74 lakh.

The District Magistrate stressed that the works related to health, education, communication, roads and drinking water supply near the mining areas should be done by the amount being deposited in the account of the trust. The District Magistrate also directed

the officers concerned to submit work proposals following physical inspection of the areas. Read more

Courtesy: the pioneer

Expedite Keonjhar projects, urges Chief Secretary

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi Tuesday asked officials to ensure timely completion of all projects under District Mineral Foundation (DMF) and Odisha Mineral Bearing Area Development Corporation (OMBADC) fund in Keonjhar district.

Reviewing the progress of projects funded from the above mentioned corpuses, Padhi directed the district administration to take up drinking water projects on saturation mode; meeting requirements of all the villages.

Further, he advised to plan such projects which will add to the quality of service delivery particularly, in the sectors of health, skill development, additional nutrition to the women and children, and quality education at primary level.

According to sources, in addition to the ongoing projects and programmes financed from budgetary sources, 564 projects have been envisaged for the district from the DMF and OMBADC funds.

Keonjhar Collector Ashish Kumar Thakare appraised that as of now 551 projects worth `1,017 crore have been sanctioned under DMF, of which, 120 projects have been completed and others are in various stages of implementation.

OMBADC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Uma Nanduri said 13 projects, estimated to be around `2,500 crore, have been proposed for the district and are under consideration of government. The projects will be sanctioned soon for implementation in the district in the current year, she added.

Source: Orissa Post

Applications invited for works under mining fund

PANAJI; The directorate of mines and geology has invited applications from mining dependent people to take up works under the Goa District Mineral oundation (GDMF). A total of Rs 180 crore has been collected under the fund, out of which Rs 93 crore is from North Goa and Rs 86 crore from South Goa.

The directorate has assumed an active role on this matter after a sharp rap by the high court of Bombay at Goa, which expressed shock and concern over the state’s non-utilization of mining funds. It then asked panchayats to create awareness about the district mineral foundation fund (DMFF) so that appropriate projects can be taken up. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Punjab Cabinet approves formulation of the Punjab District Mineral foundation rules 2017

Punjab News Express || August 24, 2017 08:54 PM

CHANDIGARH : The Punjab cabinet on Thursday took a series of important decisions, including formulation of the District Mineral Foundation Rules to ensure implementation of development programmes in the areas affected by mining in the state.

The cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to issue appointment letters to 1337 candidates out of the existing merit list in the unemployed qualified Teacher Eligibility Test namely PSTET-2. De-reservation of posts in certain categories in the Department of Defence Welfare, approval to the Guardians of Governance scheme and extension, till June 30 next year, to service providers in the Veterinary Department are other key decisions taken by the cabinet meeting held here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Read more

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