Projects worth Rs 6438 Cr taken up under District Mineral Fund: Chief Secy

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has taken up 11,434 projects estimated at the cost of Rs 6438.23 cr under District Mineral Fund (DMF) in various districts by end of December 2018.

This was known from a high-level review committee held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi in the State secretariat conference hall here today.

Reviewing the progress, Padhi directed concerned departments to keep tab of the projects under DMF and tune them with the departmental projects so as to avoid any duplication and augment the outcomes for the people.

Development Commissioner Asit Kumar has also asked the departments to provide necessary technical assistance to the districts for early completion of the projects and keep ready more numbers of projects in the priority sector.

The review showed that a total of 11434 projects with an estimated cost of Rs 6438.23 cr have been taken up under district mineral foundations of several districts. From among these, 9044 projects are in high priority sectors like drinking water, education, environment preservation, pollution control, health and sanitation, skill development and livelihood activities.

The balance 2378 projects are in other priority sectors like the development of physical infrastructure, irrigation, watershed, energy and afforestation etc.

District wise review of the programmes revealed that the districts of Angul, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Koraput, Mayurbhanj and Rayagada are the top-eight position in the maters of DMF collection and allocation.

Out of total 11434 projects, these 8 districts have 11254 projects. Angul district has 2214 number of projects, Jajpur 75, Jharsuguda 508, Keonjhar 771, Sundargarh 4631, Koraput 801, Mayurbhanj 77 and Rayagada has 377 numbers of projects.

Development Commissioner Asit Kumar Tripathy, Additional Chief Secretary, Steel & Mines Raj Kumar Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment Suresh Chandra Mohapatra along with Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and senior officers of the concerned departments participated in the review.

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