Officials yet to decide on spending 5.5-crore fund

The Times of India | Dec 08, 2019

Nashik: The District Mineral Foundation is yet to conduct a meeting on how to utilise the corpus of Rs 5.5 crore that has been left for works pending for a very long time.

It may be noted that 60% of the funds have to be spent on high priority works like drinking water supply, environment preservation and pollution control measures, health care, education, agriculture and allied activities, welfare of women and children, welfare of aged and specially abled people, skill development, employment and sanitation. Read more

Shaala Sangwari: Killing two birds with one stone

Down to Earth | Prashanth S Chinnappanavar | Nov 29, 2019

The ‘Shaala Sangwari’ project in Chhattisgarh’s Kabirdham district aims to employ educated Baiga tribal youth by making them teach their community’s children in primary and middle schools. The project is financed by DMF funds

Sonraj, a Baiga tribal who has been educated till high school, is a resident of Pandariya block in Chhattisgarh’s Kabirdham district. He travels everyday to the nearby Polmi gram panchayat to teach students in Chindidih government primary school. Read more

Jharkhand has Rs 4,718 crore fund for mining-affected communities. But, more than half the money is unspent. | Nidhi Jamwal | Nov 25, 2019

Of the total Rs 32,550 crore mining fund — officially known as the District Mineral Foundation — collected by all the mining states in the country, Jharkhand has the second highest. But, almost 55 per cent of the sanctioned fund remains unutilised in the state.

Squatting inside a 10-feet deep ditch, Chutki Bisra of Teesro village is busy scraping the ground. It is late afternoon and the Santhal tribe woman’s small cane basket is barely half-full with mica scrap, locally known as dhibra. “I earn Rs 5 per kilo of dhibra. I should at least collect one basket [fetches her Rs 20-30 a day] to feed my family,” she told Gaon Connection. Read more

Can a mining fund provide relief to Rajasthan’s silicosis widows?

Down to Earth | Nov 22, 2019

The disease is leaving a trail of young widows across Bhilwara, who are now the main bread earners of their families, often with two or more children to fend for

Sitting on the edge of a stone slab, Bhagwani points to her place of work — a sandstone mine located adjacent to her village Jaleri in the Bijoliya tehsil of Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district.

She is breathless from the walk, but quips to add that it is nothing compared to what her husband went through. Working as a stone driller since adolescence at mining sites, her husband started showing symptoms of silicosis five years ago. Read more

Ten years after Shivraj Singh Chouhan govt rejected recommendation, MP to give eggs to children from next year

The Economic Times | Vasudha Venugopal | Nov 23, 2019

According to official records, the proposal to give eggs to children was first suggested to the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led MP government in 2009 as part of formulating the Atal Bihari Vajpayee child health and nutrition mission to address the issue..

NEW DELHI: Ten years after the BJP government of Madhya Pradesh first rejected a proposal to give eggs to children to address the alarming levels of malnutrition in children, and followed it up with many rejections of the same proposal in the subsequent years, the Congress-led MP government now has now decided to launch the scheme not just for children, but also for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Read more

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