Use DMF funds effectively to fight hunger and child nutrition

Down to Earth | Oct 18, 2019

The money provides enormous scope to scale up intervention and meet national and SDG targets at the time of a slipping hunger index

The recently released global hunger index (GHI) 2019 has once again made India confront an uncomfortable reality. At a time when we are aspiring to be a five-trillion dollar economy and touching some of the heights in science and education, our country is crippled with high under-five mortality, severe undernourishment and pervasive symptoms of malnutrition such as wasting and stunted growth among children. India’s 102 ranking in the GHI table (out of 117 nations) simply is an antithesis of our aspirations. Read more

DMF funds for mineral-rich states grossly underutilised

Financial Express | Oct 18, 2019

Of the DMF collections, states have approved Rs 22,999 crore towards various projects, categorised as ‘priority areas’ like drinking water supply, education and healthcare and ‘other priority areas’ like developing physical infrastructure.

Mineral-rich states have utilised only 22% of the Rs 31,833 crore accrued to the district mineral foundations (DMF), a facility meant for the development of mine-affected areas and its people, mostly tribals. In contrast, the annual budget for the tribal affairs ministry for the 2019-20 fiscal stands at just Rs 6,895 crore.
Mining royalty is earned by the respective states where the leases are located. Read more

10 million miners exposed to silica dust, 50% suffer from deadly silicosis, ministers told | Oct 10, 2019

By Our Representative
A recent seminar in Delhi, held in the presence of two Union ministers, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, has been told that a whopping 10 million workers working in the mining sector are exposed to silica dust, with 50% of them suffering from silicosis, a deadly incurable lungs disease.

Participants, who included representatives of top civil society groups mines, minerals & People (mm&P) and Samata, doctors, labour unions and silicosis affected workers, referred to radiological investigations conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research, which found that 56% of mine workers in Rajasthan are affected with silicosis or silica-tuberculosis. Read more

DH Exclusive: Karnataka lags in mineral fund use

Deccan Herald | Mahesh Kulkarni, DHNS, Bengaluru, OCT 06 2019

Karnataka lags among other mineral-bearing states in the implementation of socio-economic development and welfare projects in the mining-affected districts, for which Rs 1,652 crore funds have been collected under the District Mineral Fund (DMF).

The state government has spent just 9.5% of the funds so far at Rs 157 crore out of a total of Rs 1,652 crore collected from mining companies in the last three years.
“The political instability and frequent change in the district in-charge ministers who head the district level DMF Trusts, has resulted in a tardy implementation of various welfare schemes,” a Federation Indian of Mineral Industries (FIMI) told DH. Read more

Consultations in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi on impact of mining on livelihood, health | Oct 04, 2019

A series of civil society consultations were held in Udaipur (Rajasthan), Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Dahanu (Maharshtra) and Constitution Club of India (New Delhi) on adverse impact of mining on people’s livelihood and health, especially vulnerable sections such as tribals, women and children, and how illegal mining has made things worse. Detailed notes of each of the consultations: Read more

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