People from various mines-bearing districts attending a meeting here have opposed utilisation of the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) money for regular plan works. While more than Rs1,600 crore has already been collected from the mining companies, utilisation of funds have been started for plan works, which should be taken up under various State and Central schemes.

“What District Mineral Foundations bring to the people is not a grant or a donation, but their unassailable right to benefit from the resources they live on. DMF therefore is a vehicle through which the socioeconomic status of the mining-affected regions can be changed for the better,” said Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) deputy director general Chandra Bhushan, speaking at a meeting of civil society groups organised by the CSE to discuss DMFs in the State here.

The meeting was attended by NGOs, activists and mediapersons from key mining districts in the State, working on crucial development issues like health, nutrition, livelihoods, environment and education etc. Read More