Goa yet to utilise ₹187 crore under District Mineral Fund

Although the Goa government has collected ₹187 crore under the District Mineral Fund, no project has been undertaken by the state so far. Goa is also among four states that have not started any project under the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY), which is being implemented by the District Mineral Fund of respective districts of the states. According to the Union Ministry of Mines, the states that have not started any projects are Goa, Bihar, Kerala and Meghalaya, while the states that have not started the data entry into the portal include Chhattisgarh, Goa, Rajasthan, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala and Meghalaya.The PMKKKY was launched in the national interest so that the DMFs should implement a development programme for the mining-affected areas that include a certain minimum provision for the social and infrastructure needs. The PMKKKY has mandated 60 per cent of the funds to be utilised for high priority areas and 40 per cent of the funds to be utilised for infrastructure.

Also, the total 184 mining leases stand valid up to 2020 in Goa and out of it, 60 mining leases fall in protected areas like national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and within buffer zone which cannot be taken up for mining. Out of 184 mining leases, 77 have never worked, 47 leases have worked occasionally, only five mining leases have worked between 2007 and 2012 and only one lease worked in a period from 2015 to 2018, says a report

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