IIT Kanpur signs Mou with District Mineral Foundation Trust to develop water and land restoration plan

Times Now || June 26, 2022

IIT Kanpur signed an MoU with District Mineral Foundation Trust, DMFT to start a water and land restoration plan on June 26, 2022 to help the district of Odisha, Angul. As per the press release, this memorandum of understanding has been signed between IIT Kanpur and DMFT as a large project and will use the institute’s technology expertise in assisting the restoration plan

Recently, IIT Kanpur, one of the prestigious and reputed institutions in the country, is known as a learning centre in engineering, science and several other subjects signed a memorandum of understanding with District Mineral Foundation Trust, DMFT.
Both have come together in order to develop a water and land restoration plan for the Angul district of Odisha which has been affected by mining. As per the press release which was released today on June 26, 2022, this is a project which will use assistance and expertise from the technology field and it will use landscape approach to achieve the goals to restore the plan.

The district, Angul which is in Odisha is known for its wide range of minerals like coal, graphite, China clay and various other precious and semi-precious stones. Due to the rise of mining operations in the district it has affected the biodiversity and water bodies getting harmful. It has even led to drainage issues as mentioned in the press release.
The press release mentioned that the project which is led by Professor Rajiv Sinha, will utilize all the modern technologies to develop solutions for the restoration plan. This project will also develop a comprehensive water platform which will be to observe using IoT sensors and the platform will also help in gathering data.
As per the press release, the water and land restoration plan project will be completed in two years’ time and will cost about 10 crores which will be given by DMFT Angul under Circular Economy initiatives of Angul District and United Nations Environment Program

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugrates ESIC hospital with 100 beds at Odisha’s Angul

The New Indian Express | June 16, 2022
Pradhan said that the hospital is a ‘Raja’ gift from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the working class people of the State.

ANGUL/JHARSUGUDA: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday inaugurated the 100-bed Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospital at Balaram Prasad in Angul district in presence of Union Minister of State for Labour Rameswar Teli.

Addressing the event, Pradhan said that the hospital is a ‘Raja’ gift from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the working class people of the State. The hospital acted like a ‘Sanjeevani’ for the people of Odisha during the COVID-19 pandemic by saving many valuable lives, he said.

The ESIC hospital has been built over 4.8 acre of land at a cost of Rs 65 crore. The Union Minister further said Angul and Jharsguda districts produced 150 MT of the total 600 MT coal produced in India.

A modern hospital was needed for the people engaged in the coal mines. “There are thousands of workers working in coal, aluminium, steel, power and other sectors in both the districts. The Narendra Modi-led government is trying its best to help the workers across the State by bringing them under various social security schemes,” Pradhan said.

Highlighting the initiatives of the Centre, Pradhan said the Union government introduced the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund to help people in the mining affected districts of the country. Every year, Angul district gets Rs 250 crore from the DMF.

On the occasion, Teli said three new ESIC hospitals will be set up at Bhubaneswar, Jajpur and Paradip in the State. “Twenty districts in Odisha are covered by the ESIC and more than 13 lakh labourers are being benefited. The labour force is the backbone of the nation’s development and the Government of India is taking steps to ensure their holistic development,” he said.

The Union Minister informed that the 100-bed hospital will provide advanced healthcare to over 75,000 workers of Angul and its neighbouring districts. On the day, the Union Ministers also virtually inaugurated the sub-regional office of ESIC at Jharsuguda which will cater to the needs of around 1.75 lakh registered workers and their families in 13 districts of western Odisha.

Among others, Dhenkanal MP Mahesh Sahoo, his Bargarh counterpart Suresh Pujari Odisha Labour Minister Srikanta Sahoo, Director General of ESIC Mukhamit S Bhatia and Angul Collector Sidhartha Shankar Swain were present.

Complete projects within limited time framework: DC

The Pioneer | June 08, 2022

A review meeting was conducted at the district level of District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner Nancy Sahay. In the meeting the deputy commissioner has instructed all departments to prepare the plan according to the demand of the public.

She instructed all the block level and district level officers to complete every plan within the time framework, which is prescribed by the state Government. This is the basic duty of the concerned department to take the administrative sanction for the further action.

She further said that the departments must prepare the plan on health, education, drinking water and social welfare with the consultation of the

concerned block and panchayat and must be passed by the villagers general meeting.

Sahay said that the plan should be implemented after 15 days in each and every block. Those blocks which are affected by the mining must be put on top priority. She has instructed the engineers of every department they must be honest in the completion of the projects. If any negative report will come to headquarters then strict action will be taken on the concerned engineer.

She told the child development officers to select 200 Anganwadi Kendra and their diet chart as early as possible and send it to the district headquarter.

In the meeting civil surgeon, district panchayat raj officer, executive officer of district board, rural development building division engineers were present.

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