PM Modi Criticises Odisha Govt Over Utilisation Of DMF

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a “Swabhiman Samavesh” of the BJP in Bolangir, paid tribute to Achyutananda Sahu, the Doordarshan cameraman who was martyred in Dantewada Naxal Attack in Chhattisgarh on October last year.

While addressing a public meeting at the Patharachepa Ground in Bolangir, Modi slammed the ruling BJD for not being able to spend the District Mineral Fund for the welfare of tribals. Read more

Mining, real lobbies, tourism projects are seeking to destroy areas where tribal communities live in Goa

Civil rights organization of Goa, Gawada Kunbi Velip & Dhangar Federation, has represented to the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes chairperson on the behalf tribes of Goa, highlighting tribal issues which need urgent attention. Text of the memorandum, submitted by the organization’s general secretary Rupesh Soiru Velip:

The Gakuved federation is an organization registered which was registered in 1981 under the Societies registration Act, 1860. Since then the Gakuved has been actively involved to address the tribal issues before the authorities. The effort of Gakuved federation led to inclusion of Gawada, Kunbi and Velip tribes in the list of Scheduled Tribe’s and the notification of this was issued in the year 2003.

The Gakuved urge the NCST to look into the following issues which needs urgent attention: Read more

A long road to clean energy for rural women in Chhattisgarh

  • More than two years after the government’s scheme to provide clean cooking fuel, women in Chhattisgarh are switching back to cooking on firewood.
  • With a lack of financial support for refilling cylinders, limited information and easy access to firewood, sustainability of the scheme is posing a challenge.
  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana was launched in 2016, with the objective to improve women’s health by providing clean cooking fuel and to reduce the drudgery involved in collection of firewood and dung cakes.

The Indian government’s scheme to improve rural women’s health by providing clean cooking fuel started off well-intended in 2016. However, over two years later, in the primarily rural state of Chhattisgarh, the scheme’s attempt to switch from firewood to clean fuel is slowly fizzling out.

About 2.5 million families in Chhattisgarh were targetted for receiving LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). But over time, the chinks in the armour have come to the fore. A lack of financial support for refilling cylinders, no easy access to information or training from gas agencies and the easy, cost-free availability of firewood has made the scheme unsustainable in the state. Read more

Odisha: Over Rs 6,000 crore in District Mineral Foundation kitty, only Rs 1,100 crore utilised

Even as the State has the highest collection of funds under District Mineral Foundation (DMF), it is seriously lagging in timely implementation of the projects.

BHUBANESWAR: Even as the State has the highest collection of funds under District Mineral Foundation (DMF), it is seriously lagging in timely implementation of the projects.
While major mineral bearing districts have taken up 11,434 projects estimated at Rs 6438.23 crore by end of December, 2018, fund utilisation is around Rs 1,100 crore. This is despite State Government’s instruction to districts to prepare shelf of projects in advance and timely utilisation of funds sanctioned by Board of Trustees of the DMF.

A review on the progress of implementation of sanctioned projects by Chief Secretary A P Padhi revealed a majority of the projects taken up by the districts have remained incomplete. Read more

Should district mineral foundations be with state mining departments?

DownToEarth ||Srestha Banerjee || Thursday 10 January 2019

Recent plan to move Odisha DMF from the state planning and convergence department to the mines department raises several questions

The Odisha government is planning to move its district mineral foundations (DMF) to its steel and mines department from the planning and convergence department. A proposal is pending with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s office, a source said.

The eastern state is the only one in India the planning department is the nodal authority for DMFs. Elsewhere, they are under respective mines departments, as money for them is generated from mining companies operating in affected districts. The amount is determined on the basis of the royalty that companies pay to mines departments. Read more

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