Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) is being implemented through the funds collected under District Mineral Foundation – DMF. Till September this year, Rs. 63534.07 crore stands allocated and Rs. 37422.94 crore has been spent. Out of 2,52995 projects sanctioned under the Yojana 1,33144 projects have been completed so far. has been spent. Out of 2,52995 projects sanctioned under the Yojana 1,33144 projects have been completed so far.
According to the report, the Ministry of Mines, District Mineral Foundation has been founded in 622 Districts spread across 23 States of India. The concept of DMF was introduced through an amendment in Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) MMDR Act, 1957. The objective is to work for the interest and benefit of people and areas affected by mining.
Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana
Notably, The Central Government today announced the launch of the PMKKKY. This is a new programme meant to provide for the welfare of areas and people affected by mining linked operations, using the funds generated by District Mineral Foundations (DMFs).
The objective of PMKKKY scheme will be–
(a) to implement various developmental and welfare projects or programs in mining-affected areas that complement the existing ongoing schemes or projects of State and Central Government;
(b) to minimize/mitigate the adverse impacts, during and after mining, on the environment, health and socio-economics of people in mining districts; and
(c) to ensure long-term sustainable livelihoods for the affected people in mining areas.
Care has been taken to include all aspects of living, to ensure substantial improvement in the quality of life. High priority areas like drinking water supply, health care, sanitation, education, skill development, women and child care, welfare of aged and disabled people, skill development and environment conservation will get at least 60 % share of the funds. For creating a supportive and conducive living environment, balance funds will be spent on making roads, bridges, railways, waterways projects, irrigation and alternative energy sources.
This way, the government is facilitating mainstreaming of the people from lower strata of society, tribals and forest-dwellers who have no wherewithal and are affected the most from mining activities.