Authorities shutter illegal mines

Nearly 30 illegal gold mining operations have been shuttered in Mondolkiri province over the past week as officials with Mines and Environment ministries continue a compliance push in the wake of a poisoning case that killed 13 villagers downstream in Kratie province.

Leat Limkun, chief of Keo Seima district’s Chong Phlas commune, said yesterday that joint forces from the national and provincial levels shut down 29 anarchic gold mining operations in Chong Phlas commune over the past week. Read more

Courtesy: Khmer Times

Expedite Keonjhar projects, urges Chief Secretary

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi Tuesday asked officials to ensure timely completion of all projects under District Mineral Foundation (DMF) and Odisha Mineral Bearing Area Development Corporation (OMBADC) fund in Keonjhar district.

Reviewing the progress of projects funded from the above mentioned corpuses, Padhi directed the district administration to take up drinking water projects on saturation mode; meeting requirements of all the villages.

Further, he advised to plan such projects which will add to the quality of service delivery particularly, in the sectors of health, skill development, additional nutrition to the women and children, and quality education at primary level.

According to sources, in addition to the ongoing projects and programmes financed from budgetary sources, 564 projects have been envisaged for the district from the DMF and OMBADC funds.

Keonjhar Collector Ashish Kumar Thakare appraised that as of now 551 projects worth `1,017 crore have been sanctioned under DMF, of which, 120 projects have been completed and others are in various stages of implementation.

OMBADC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Uma Nanduri said 13 projects, estimated to be around `2,500 crore, have been proposed for the district and are under consideration of government. The projects will be sanctioned soon for implementation in the district in the current year, she added.

Source: Orissa Post

Saikia seeks funds release

Guwahati: Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia has urged Assam’s minister for mines and minerals, Sum Ronghang, to ensure the expedited collection and utilisation of funds for the District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) for the welfare of people living in the vicinity of mining sites.

In a recent letter to Ronghang, Saikia said the setting up of the foundations in all districts of Assam had been notified in 2016 in accordance with the Mines and Minerals (Contribution to District Minerals Foundation) Rules, 2015, promulgated by the Centre.

However, not a single penny of the trust funds had been released or utilised for the benefit of the people of Sivasagar district where mining of petroleum and natural gas, stone and sand is undertaken on a sizeable scale, he alleged.

The Opposition leader pointed out that lease holders are supposed to pay a levy over and above royalty to compensate for the adverse fallout of mining activities, such as air and water pollution, along with loss of valuable naturals resources.

Saikia said the intention behind imposing levy ranging from 2 per cent to 30 per cent of the relevant royalty would stand defeated if funds were not regularly collected and spent through the foundation trusts for the benefit of those who suffered the most owing to mining.

Source: The Telegraph

पत्थलगड़ी आंदोलन का उभार राजभवनों की निष्क्रियता का परिणाम है

कुछेक अपवाद छोड़ दिए जाएं तो संविधान लागू होने के बाद से आज तक किसी भी राज्य के राज्यपाल ने पांचवीं अनुसूची के तहत मिले अपने अधिकारों और दायित्वों का निर्वहन आदिवासियों के पक्ष में करने में कोई रुचि नहीं दिखाई है.

झारखंड के ‘खूंटी क्षेत्र’ से मोदी युग की मीडिया में सुर्खियों में आया पत्थलगड़ी का आंदोलन पांचवीं अनुसूची यानी आदिवासी बाहुल्य क्षेत्रों में तेजी से पनप रही परिघटना है. इसके ऐतिहासिक संदर्भ और अलग-अलग तरह के सांस्कृतिक आयाम हैं जिन पर बात किए बगैर आज के संदर्भों में इसे समझना मुश्किल होगा. Read more

Courtesy: The Wire

Applications invited for works under mining fund

PANAJI; The directorate of mines and geology has invited applications from mining dependent people to take up works under the Goa District Mineral oundation (GDMF). A total of Rs 180 crore has been collected under the fund, out of which Rs 93 crore is from North Goa and Rs 86 crore from South Goa.

The directorate has assumed an active role on this matter after a sharp rap by the high court of Bombay at Goa, which expressed shock and concern over the state’s non-utilization of mining funds. It then asked panchayats to create awareness about the district mineral foundation fund (DMFF) so that appropriate projects can be taken up. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

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