ONI Bureau: “Odisha’s performance in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalayan Yojana (District Mineral Foundation-DMF) is found best among all States”, informed by the Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha on Wednesday after reviewing progress of the programme in different states over a video conferencing today morning.
It was known from the review that Govt of India would put in place a central web-portal for monitoring progress of the scheme. It was said by a senior officer from the Ministry that Odisha’s Portal would be taken as a model portal in development of the central portal.ay
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Development Commissioner R.Balakrishnan and Principal Secretary Steel & Mines Raj Kumar Sharma represented Odisha in this video conferencing.
Chief Secretary Padhi appraised that Odisha had applied a good and successful IT monitoring system for mine and minerals. The learning and experiences from that was further developed and applied in designing of the web-portal for DMF. Further, Sri Padhi added that very shortly this portal would also be made transaction based.
Appraising about implementation of the Scheme, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi said that District Mineral Foundations had been constituted in all 30 districts of the state. A total amount of around Rs.3,737 cr was collected till 3oth November, 2017 out of which around Rs1369 cr came from coal & lignite, Rs. 2351 cr came from major mineral other than coal and Rs.17 cr came from minor minerals. The projects were sanctioned under two broad heads viz. “ High Priority” and “ Other Priority” projects.
The high priority areas included the projects like housing, drinking water, health, sanitation, roads, welfare of women & children and skill development.
The projects of worth Rs.1200cr. have been sanctioned in these areas. Besides, projects of worth Rs.707 cr. has been sanctioned for other priority areas like connectivity, public facility energy, irrigation afforestation etc. In total around Rs1907 Cr has been allotted to different districts against 5886 sanctioned projects. Development Commissioner Balakrishnan said the sanctioned projects would touch Rs.6000 cr by end of January, 2018.