Ranchi, July 13: Residents of state’s mining areas will get drinking water, sanitation, health and education, chief minister Raghubar Das said today during a review meeting at Project Building.

Chairing the meeting, Das sounded out focus areas for the district mineral foundation (DMF) trusts in mining districts, which are supposed to use funds of an extra 30 per cent levied on mining royalties to implement projects under the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana.

Development commissioner Amit Khare, after today’s meeting, told The Telegraph that DMF funds would be used in project-affected mining areas, with drinking water, health and schools and sanitation being priorities.

According to DMF provisions, mining firms will pay 30 per cent of its royalty sum extra from January 12, 2015, which will go to the trust of respective districts. For every Rs 100 a mining district gets, it will get Rs 30 over and above it to spend on work under DMF. Read More