Chief Minister gives information in ‘Raman Ke Goth’ programme
Rs 110 crore sanctioned from DMF to 100 model villages of the state
Raipur, 14 August 2018
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that on Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s initiative more than 30 thousand works worth more than Rs 3600 crore have been sanctioned from District Mineral Fund (DMF) in mineral-rich districts of Chhattisgarh. These works have meen sanctioned on the basis of action plan recommended by governing councils. Chief Minister provided this information to listeners in the 36th episode of ‘Raman Ke Goth’ radio programme aired from Raipur centre of Akashwani. He told radio listeners that works worth more than Rs 110 crore has been sanctioned from DMF to 100 model villages of 14 districts in state. It has been decided that in next two-three years, Rs five crores will be spent on each model village.
Dr Singh said- 60% of the DMF amount is utilized for providing facilities of drinking water supply, pollution control, health, agriculture, education, skill development and employment, cleanliness and also for senior citizen and disable welfare works in areas affected by mining procedure. Along with infrastructure, irrigation, electricity etc have also been included as top priorities. Chief Minister said- in the meeting of NITI Ayog, Prime Minister Mr. Modi had praised the utilization of DMF in Chhattisgarh and considered it to a model for other states. He said- Chhattisgarh is counted among major mineral-rich states of the country. Minerals found here are of high quality and are available in abundant quantity. After almost six and a half decade of Independence, when Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi took charge of Central Government, he took note of the areas affected by mining processes and difficulties faced by the people there. On Mr. Modi’s initiative provision of forming DMF for such areas was included in Mineral Law. Under this, more than 30 thousand works worth Rs 3600 crore have been sanctioned in Chhattisgarh based on the action plan recommended by governing council. To encourage public participation in DMF scheme, Sarpanch of two Gram Panchayats and three public representatives along with three representatives of mineral ‘patta’ holders have been included in the governing council of DMF. There is a provision that social audit of the works done under DMF should be done in Gram Sabhas. Disha committee chaired by respective MPs monitors the works being done under DMF. Chief Minister informed that every year accountants recognized by Government of India’s Controller and Accountant General are doing auditing of DMF and audit report is being uploaded on the website.