India’s mining-based development: Economic prosperity hasn’t percolated to local people

A joint delegation of civil rights organizations, Samata and mines, minerals & People (mm&P) led by mm&P chairperson Rebbapragada Ravi and general secretary Ashok Shrimali met MPs of several political parties and minister of state of state for coal and mines Haribhai Chaudhary to apprise them of issues faced by the people in the mining areas. Text of the memorandum submitted by them:

India currently produces 89 minerals out of which four are fuel minerals, 11 metallic, 52 non- metallic and 22 minor minerals. Mining for fuel, metallic and non-metallic industrial minerals is currently undertaken in almost half of India’s districts. Post-Independence, mining has been considered as one of the main industries that generate high revenues considering that India is significantly endowed with mineral resources. In our country mining based development is considered to be directly proportional to economic prosperity at all levels — be it national or local. But that has not been the case! Read more

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CM Raman elaborates on how District Mineral Funds utilization in Cgarh

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that on Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s initiative more than 30 thousand works worth more than Rs 3600 crore have been sanctioned from District Mineral Fund (DMF) in mineral-rich districts of Chhattisgarh.

These works have been sanctioned on the basis of action plan recommended by governing councils. Chief Minister provided this information to listeners in the 36th episode of ‘Raman Ke Goth’ radio programme aired from Raipur centre of Akashwani. Read more

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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

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