On poll trail, Shah trains gun on Naveen

Express News Service || 02nd April 2019

The BJP president calls upon people to overthrow BJD Government from State

PARALAKHEMUNDI/NABARANGPUR   : Hitting the campaign trail in Odisha, BJP president Amit Shah came out all guns blazing against Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik at separate public meetings in Gajapati and Umerkote on Monday.At Sidhamadanga in Gajapati’s Kasinagar block, Shah took a dig at Naveen and said the State is currently being ruled by an ‘English Babu’ who does not know Odia. He urged people to dislodge the Naveen-led BJD Government in the polls as it has failed to develop Odisha despite allocation of crores of rupees by the Centre under various schemes. Read more

Long road ahead: Odisha’s DMF funds to improve livelihood

Down to Earth || Chinmayi Shalya || 02 April 2019

The state has amended its DMF Rules and is also investing in projects to improve the lives of its mining-affected people; whether DMF lives up to its promised potential is yet to be seen

Gangaram Munda of Kasira village in the Koida region of Odisha’s Sundargarh district, is now 40. He remembers working in an iron ore mine until 15 years ago before the companies started getting labour from outside and mining became increasingly mechanised. Read more

Miners flourish, electorate live in misery

Manish Kumar, Orissa Post || March 20th, 2019

Keonjhar: A recent study by the New Delhi-based think tank, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), claims that Keonjhar has bagged the lion’s share – 43 per cent – of Odisha’s total District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds, collected from miners but the constituency evinces no sign of development commensurate with the funds allocated to the mineral-rich district.

With the ‘go-ahead’ from the state government several miners had undertaken large-scale exploration of mineral resources in the area in the last 20-years and garnered profits but a large number of the electorate in the district still live in penury thanks to the administrative apathy of the authorities. Read more

Raman Singh government diverted welfare funds to Ujjwala

Nidhi Sharma, ET Bureau|| March 06, 2019

Chhattisgarh government’s records reveal that the Raman Singh-led BJP government had made a budget provision of Rs 55 crore for the Ujjwala scheme.

New Delhi: The newly-elected Congress government in Chhattisgarh has found that funds from several social welfare schemes, including District Mineral Foundation and Compensatory Afforestation, were diverted by its predecessor to fund the Centre’s flagship initiative Ujjwala scheme, which provides free LPG cylinders to below poverty line families.

Chhattisgarh government’s records reveal that the Raman Singh-led BJP government had made a budget provision of Rs 55 crore for the Ujjwala scheme. However, it diverted finances from other schemes, including Rs 29 crore from a labour department scheme, Rs 212.90 crore from environment cess, Rs 47.08 crore from Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) and Rs 162.38 crore from District Mineral Foundation (DMF). CAMPA oversees compensatory afforestation which needs to be done in lieu of diversion of forest land for non-forestry use. As per the guidelines, CAMPA funds cannot be diverted for any other purpose. Read more

Chhattisgarh govt revises District Mineral Foundation Trust composition

Down To Earth || Srestha Banerjee, Prashanth S Chinnappanavar || 05 March 2019

The new Congress-led government in Chhattisgarh has revised the composition of the governing council of District Mineral Foundation Trusts (DMFTs), and placed the minister in-charge of the respective districts at the head of the governing bodies.

Earlier, these were headed by the District Collector (DC). The change has been brought about by introducing amendments to the Chhattisgarh District Mineral Foundation Trust Rules (2015), through a notification dated February 26, 2019. Read more

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