Odisha receives Rs 3,548 cr under DMF trust fund

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has received Rs 3,548 crore under District Mineral Foundation (DMF) trust fund to carry out development works in mineral bearing areas, said an official on Saturday.

Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi, who reviewed the status of DMF in the state, said the total contribution received in the DMF Trust Fund till October this year is Rs 3,548 crore.

The total amount allocated for projects, schemes and works sanctioned for funding out of DMF is Rs 1,862 crore.

Padhi directed the officials to identify and build up a shelf of projects at least three times of the annual accrual in the DMF Fund under high priority and other priority areas indicated in the Odisha District Mineral Foundation Trust Rules.

The high priority items include drinking water, health, education, women and child welfare, and nutrition while the other priority items include infrastructure, electricity and irrigation.

These projects are to be forwarded to the respective DMF Trust Boards through Planning and Convergence Department for their consideration, said the official.

The Chief Secretary further directed the Line Departments to strengthen their field formations by redeployment for faster implementation of the DMF sponsored projects. (IANS)

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