Mining, real lobbies, tourism projects are seeking to destroy areas where tribal communities live in Goa

Civil rights organization of Goa, Gawada Kunbi Velip & Dhangar Federation, has represented to the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes chairperson on the behalf tribes of Goa, highlighting tribal issues which need urgent attention. Text of the memorandum, submitted by the organization’s general secretary Rupesh Soiru Velip:

The Gakuved federation is an organization registered which was registered in 1981 under the Societies registration Act, 1860. Since then the Gakuved has been actively involved to address the tribal issues before the authorities. The effort of Gakuved federation led to inclusion of Gawada, Kunbi and Velip tribes in the list of Scheduled Tribe’s and the notification of this was issued in the year 2003.

The Gakuved urge the NCST to look into the following issues which needs urgent attention: Read more

A long road to clean energy for rural women in Chhattisgarh

  • More than two years after the government’s scheme to provide clean cooking fuel, women in Chhattisgarh are switching back to cooking on firewood.
  • With a lack of financial support for refilling cylinders, limited information and easy access to firewood, sustainability of the scheme is posing a challenge.
  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana was launched in 2016, with the objective to improve women’s health by providing clean cooking fuel and to reduce the drudgery involved in collection of firewood and dung cakes.

The Indian government’s scheme to improve rural women’s health by providing clean cooking fuel started off well-intended in 2016. However, over two years later, in the primarily rural state of Chhattisgarh, the scheme’s attempt to switch from firewood to clean fuel is slowly fizzling out.

About 2.5 million families in Chhattisgarh were targetted for receiving LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). But over time, the chinks in the armour have come to the fore. A lack of financial support for refilling cylinders, no easy access to information or training from gas agencies and the easy, cost-free availability of firewood has made the scheme unsustainable in the state. Read more

Odisha: Over Rs 6,000 crore in District Mineral Foundation kitty, only Rs 1,100 crore utilised

Even as the State has the highest collection of funds under District Mineral Foundation (DMF), it is seriously lagging in timely implementation of the projects.

BHUBANESWAR: Even as the State has the highest collection of funds under District Mineral Foundation (DMF), it is seriously lagging in timely implementation of the projects.
While major mineral bearing districts have taken up 11,434 projects estimated at Rs 6438.23 crore by end of December, 2018, fund utilisation is around Rs 1,100 crore. This is despite State Government’s instruction to districts to prepare shelf of projects in advance and timely utilisation of funds sanctioned by Board of Trustees of the DMF.

A review on the progress of implementation of sanctioned projects by Chief Secretary A P Padhi revealed a majority of the projects taken up by the districts have remained incomplete. Read more

Why are PSUs spending 80% of CSR funds in mining areas?

Noting that over INR 15,500 crore was disbursed to states for projects under District Mineral Foundation (DMF), a parliamentary panel has asked the government to review mandatory provision of spending 80% of CSR funds by companies in mining areas to avoid overlapping.

DMF has been set up in states under a mining Act to implement welfare projects from a portion of royalty of mining leases while PSUs are also mandated to spend 80 per cent of corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds in mining areas.

“Till August 2018, INR 15,547.83 crore has been collected and disbursed to states to implement welfare schemes under PMKKKY. Read more

Mineral fund “fails to benefit” people living in deep poverty in India’s mining districts

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Coal and Steel in its Forty-Seventh Report (Sixteenth Lok Sabha) on “Implementation of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) and Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY)”, relating to the Ministry of Mines, has regretted that out of of 81,624 projects sanctioned under the DMF, only 22,026 projects worth Rs 4,888 crore have been completed since 2015.
Set up in 2015, DMF is meant to benefit millions of mining affected people living below poverty line, the Committee, Submitted in Parliament on December 27, 2018, notes in its report, but regrets, “Even after a lapse of more than three and a half year of its implementation, there has been a lack of transparency and public accountability in implementation of various schemes under PMKKKY financed by DMF budgets.”  Read more

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