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District mineral foundations

Topics Covered:

  1. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  2. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

 

District mineral foundations

 

What to Study?

For Prelims: About DMFs, composition, funds and jurisdiction, about PMKKKY, pneumoconiosis.

For Mains: reforms needed.

 

Context: Rajasthan to create pneumoconiosis fund with DMF money.

The fund will be used to execute a comprehensive policy on the disease, which is widely prevalent in the mining state.

 

Background:

Pneumoconiosis, a lung disease, mostly affects workers who work in the mining and construction sectors and deal with soil, silica, coal dust and asbestos. The disease includes asbestosis, silicosis and coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.

 

About DMFs:

DMFs were instituted under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Amendment Act 2015.

They are non-profit trusts to work for the interest and benefit of persons and areas affected by mining-related operations.

Objective: to work for the interest of the benefit of the persons and areas affected mining related operations in such manner as may be prescribed by the State Government.

Jurisdiction: Its manner of operation comes under the jurisdiction of the relevant State Government.

 

The various state DMF rules and the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Khestra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) guidelines stipulate some “high priority” issues for DMFs, including:

  1. Drinking water.
  2. Health
  3. Women and child welfare.
  4. Education
  5. Livelihood and skill development.
  6. Welfare of aged and disabled.
  7. Sanitation.

 

Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY):

The programme is meant to provide for the welfare of areas and people affected by mining related operations, using the funds generated by District Mineral Foundations (DMFs).

 

Objectives of the scheme:

  1. To implement various developmental and welfare projects/programs in mining affected areas that complement the existing ongoing schemes/projects of State and Central Government.
  2. To minimize/mitigate the adverse impacts, during and after mining, on the environment, health and socio-economics of people in mining districts.
  3. To ensure long-term sustainable livelihoods for the affected people in mining areas.

 

Sources: DowntoEarth.

 

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