Odisha drags feet on DMF funds use, ranks 7th on project implementation

Odisha despite boasting of the highest fund accruals under the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) has turned to be a laggard state in implementing the projects.

Figures sourced from the Union mines ministry place Odisha at the top of the heap in DMF collection with the state mopping up Rs 53.64 billion (as on March 30, 2018). But in terms of implementation of projects under DMF, Odisha ranks seventh, with a utilisation rate of 15 per cent. Of the total funds accruing to DMF in Odisha, Rs 39.22 billion has been sanctioned. However, only Rs 8.16 billion of the overall proceeds has been utilized. Read more

Courtesy: Business standard

11 people get life sentence for burning Dalit man alive in Gujarat

A court in Gir-Somnath district of Gujarat on Thursday sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment till death for burning a Dalit man alive six years ago.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 54,500 on each of the accused, who were found guilty of killing Lalji Sarvaiya, a Dalit youth of Ankolali village in Una taluka in September 2012. Read more

Courtesy: Hindustan times

In Madhya Pradesh’s energy hub Singrauli, residents felt powerless before the elections

A coal mining project in Singrauli, home to India’s power industry, has dimmed the lights on a teenage girl’s dream to study.

Angira Kewat, a resident of Muher village in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh, was orced to abandon her dream of studying further after a coal mine started next to her village and rendered the access road to the nearest high school hard to navigate for her. Read more

Courtesy: Scroll.in

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