Reflection from few major mining states
Some 6 years ago, when communities heard that they will be shareholders and they can carry forward their ruined lives with some strength, they realised later they were day dreaming. The Government under pressure from several quarters withdrew from such a provision, stating that it is practically not feasible. While introducing District Mineral Foundation (DMF) as an institution at district level for the welfare of people, a fund proposed under MMMDR (Amendment) Act 2015 came into being which whitewashed the earlier proposed provision of 100% equivalent of royalty. Now the miners have to contribute 10% of proportionate royalty in addition to the royalty on minerals for leases issued after 12.1.2015 and those which were issued before 12.1.2015 should be depositing 30% equivalent of royalty to this fund. What a slide? The States are bound by the Scheme announced by Central Government i.e. PMKKKY to be followed in formulating rules, procedures and choosing activities! Act Now to atleast make DMF a working reality for affected. Just don’t leave it to the Bureaucratic control?