Can’t provide free water to Sonshi locals, govt tells HC

The Times of India || Updated 04 March 2019

PANAJI: The directorate of mines and geology has stated that it will not be economically viable or practically advisable to provide water free of cost to mining affected villagers of Sonshi. Instead, it has proposed that meter charges be waived for those in the village who state they cannot afford to pay it.

The money will be reimbursed to the public works department (PWD) by the district mineral foundation, it has proposed.

“Drinking water is a limited resource and the same is already heavily subsidised for the Goan public. Hence, it will not be economically viable or practically advisable to provide water free of cost as whenever anything is provided free, it is not valued and there is a chance of wastage,” deputy director of mines Neha Panvelkar informed the high court in response to demands by Goa Foundation and Sonshi residents to release water free of charge since they are mining affected persons.

PWD stated that pipelines/distribution network for drinking water in Sonshi had been laid and that the residents of Sonshi have to apply for water connection before the same can be released to the households.

Advocate Norma Alvares representing Goa Foundation told the division bench of the high court that despite efforts of the government, 70 wells continue to run in the mining affected village. When wells in other areas are filled with water during the monsoon, those in Sonshi just have a meter of water, she said. She said the wells aren’t recharging because perhaps the water is accumulating in the mining pits as mining companies dug below the water table level.

Rs 1.1 crore disbursed to mining dependants till date

The Navhind Times || March 01, 2019

The Goa District Mineral Foundation (Trust) has disbursed funds to the tune of Rs 1.1 crore towards schemes for benefit of residents in mining belt, as on February 28, 2019.

Of the disbursals, Rs 50.3 lakh was to mining affected people in the north district and Rs 49.7 lakh to mining affected residents of south district.

A north Goa DMF meeting was held on Thursday wherein members considered proposals for funding two school buses in Pissurlem and Honda for transportation of school children in the two villages. Read more

Keonjhar with Rs 2,500 crore in DMF funds holds enormous potential to improve human development indicators and create livelihood security for the mining-affected people, says CSE report

CSE || FEBRUARY 28, 2019

CSE has analyzed the gaps in socio-economic and human development parameters in mining-affected areas of Keonjhar district and has proposed an outcome-oriented model plan for the DMFT.

Keonjhar is the top mining district in India in terms of DMFT collection, total funds in DMFT is more the Rs.2,600 crore. This is about 43% of Odisha’s DMFT collection, The state has a total of Rs. 6,100 crore in DMFT combining all mining districts. Read more

DMF fund: Chhattisgarh puts a brake on misplaced priorities, no more non-mining urban areas

The New Indian Express || Published: 25th February 2019

The Bhupesh Baghel government gave a strong missive to the collectors to ensure effective utilisation of funds but no construction activities out of it in the urban areas.

RAIPUR: A query by the Chhattisgarh chief minister to all collectors apparently left the officials poker-faced and tongue-tied adding strength to the contention on how the funds released under the district mineral foundation (DMF) scheme actually didn’t reach the people affected by various mining activities in the state. Read more

DMF Trust offices to be set up at district level

TEAM HERALD || February 23, 2019

PANJIM: For better coordination, planning and monitoring, Government has decided to set up District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Trusts office at the district level-North and South.
After being pulled up by the Bombay High Court at Goa over constitution of DMF, the State Government has notified it as a trust, which would be headed by District Collectors.
Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) in January notified the Goa District Mineral Foundation (Trust) Rules, 2018. Read more

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