The Telegraph || Correspondent in Daltonganj || Published 22.02.19
Cash-rich Palamau District Mineral Foundation Trust (PDMFT) will now sponsor from its royalty infrastructure water supply to 54 villages impacted by mining, revamp of anganwadis, advanced training of auxiliary nurses-cum-midwives, among others.
This was decided at a meeting of the mineral foundation trust in the office of Palamau DC Shantanu Kumar Agrahari, who also happens to be the trust chairman, on Wednesday evening. Chhatarpur BJP MLA Radha Krishan Kishore, vice-chairman of Palamau zilla parishad Sanjay Singh, district mining officer Manoj Toppo, several pramukhs and up-pramukhs were among those who attended the meeting. Read more
The state government has submitted draft of Goa District Mineral Foundation (Trust) Rules 2018, before the High Court of Bombay at Goa.
The High Court has allowed the petitioner NGO to make submissions over the draft rules. The High Court by its order in October 2018 had barred office bearers of District Mineral Foundations of both North and South Goa districts from taking any financial decision or dealing with amounts of Foundations. Read more
The state mineral resources department exhibited scant commitment to assess the impacts of sand mining activities on the environment, observed the CAG
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has indicted the Madhya Pradesh mineral resources department for the “half-hearted implementation” of District Mineral Foundation (DMF), in a report on revenue receipts, tabled in the state assembly on January 10, 2019.
The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, as amended in 2015, asked the state governments to prescribe the contribution amount to be paid by concession holders of minor minerals to the DMF. But, auditors observed that the state government had not shown any enthusiasm in implementing this provision of the amended Act. Read more
- Mechanism to carry out social audit
- As DMF is registered as a trust it should identify beneficiaries of the trust and maintain a list.
- Gram Sabha may be included from the project planning stage itself for greater people participation.
- Need for a strong grievance redressal mechanism
- Need for time bound projects which are regularly monitored by state level monitoring committees
- Each DMF trust should prepare annual report which is to be laid before the state Legislative Assembly.
- 5% of DMF fund for creating a DMF office and an administrative setup.
Report on DMF link Report on DMF
Ministry of Mines organized the 1st National level workshop on District Mineral Foundation (DMF)/ PradhanMantriKhetriyaKhanijKalyanYojna on 18.01.2019 in New Delhi. District Collectors/District Magistrate/ CEOs/ ZilaParishad, officials from State Mining departments, senior officials of other central ministries including Health, Women and Child dev., Rural Development and others participated. The main objective of the workshop was to discuss various issues to expedite implementation of DMF and developing strategies to address the challenges in DMF implementation, audit and reconciliation, improving PMKKKY guidelines, criteria for identification of affected people and areas, etc. Read more