Tussle over utilisation of Rs 23,000 crores of district mineral foundation fund towards Covid-19 relief aid

The Economic Times | April 19, 2020

“A corpus of Rs. 23510 crores of unutilized DMF fund is available which if liquidated can bring great relief to the people in mineral states at a time of a national crisis,” said PRAHAAR in a statement.

Delhi-based non-governmental organization, Prahar (public response against helplessness and action for redressal) on Sunday, urged the government to use the unutilised amount of Rs 23,510 crores from the state-owned district mineral foundation fund as part of relief aid to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, while Goa Foundation, an NGO based in Goa has opposed the idea. Read more

Can the Executive Divert District Mineral Foundation Funds to Fight the Pandemic?

The Wire | April 17, 2020

There was no reason to divert a special fund meant for people affected by mining unless the already existing state fiscal repositories had been exhausted and accounted for.

In wake of the unprecedented times and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Union finance minister, on March 26, while announcing several measures to combat the public health and the economic crisis in the nation, directed the states to use the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds to fight the pandemic.

The direction by the Centre to the states permitting the diversion of such special funds specifically meant for a targeted group of people who are affected by mining operations, again brings to fore the issues surrounding the legitimacy and propriety of such a move by the executive. Read more

DMF best practices: Are DMFs actually functioning to their potential and promise?

Down to Earth | April 14, 2020

The answer is no for the most part, according to a new report of the Centre for Science and Environment

*This is the second section in a multi-part series

District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) leave a lot to be desired according to a new report by Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

The document, DMF: Implementation Status and Emerging Best Practices, was released by CSE on its website on April 10, 2020.

DMF Trusts have been set up across mining districts in India since 2015, since the amendment of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act in that year. Read more

DMF best practices: CSE studies how district mineral funds help

Down to Earth | April 10, 2020

CSE reviewed key mining districts that are focussing on sectors such as livelihood, healthcare, education, nutrition and drinking water

Emerging good practices from across India’s key mining districts and positive use of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds have been documented in a new report by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a Delhi-based think tank. Read more

Utilising District Mineral Foundation funds to fight the COVID-19 crisis in India: Current and future opportunities

Brookings | Srestha Banerjee | April 6, 2020

In wake the of the growing COVID-19 crisis and the strain on healthcare resources, India’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26 announced that District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds can be used by state governments to augment healthcare. This includes supplementing healthcare facilities, screening and testing requirements, and any other support that might be required. Read more

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