Action Plan On DMF

A total 12,649 projects, estimated at around Rs. 8074 crore were taken up under District Mineral Fund (DMF) in various districts by end of July, 2019.

This was revealed at a high level review committee meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy here on Tuesday.
Reviewing the progress of the projects, Mr.Tripathy directed the concerned departments to prepare a five year perspective action plan indicating the projects under DMF and advise the district Trusts to prioritize the works as per their local need.
Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary Rural Development Pradeep Kumar Jena, Principal Secretary Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary Housing & Urban
Development G Mathivathanan,  Secretary Water Resources Vishal Gagan, Secretary Works Krishan Kumar, MD, OLIC Archana Patnaik  along with senior officers of the concerned departments participated in the review. 
Development Commissioner, Mr.Mohapatra advised the departments to identify the critical gaps in ongoing programmes and plans and reflect those in the perspective plan.
Further, Mr.Tripathy directed the departments of Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Rural Development, Water Resources and Works to deploy more technical manpower at the ground level through outsourcing for expeditious implementation of the projects.
Notably, majority of the projects sanctioned under DMF are within the orbit of these departments.
The Chief Secretary directed these departments to enhance the financial sanctioning power of the Superintending Engineers from Rs. 4 crore to Rs.10 crore for quick sanction of the projects.
According to officials, it was decided in the meeting that the  progress of the projects at ground level would be regularly reviewed over video conferencing with the Collectors in each month.
Mr.Tripathy asked the Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of the departments having DMF projects to take a meeting of the district level officers of their respective departments and orient them towards timely completion of the projects.
He said that the district level and department officers should have a clear cut vision of the projects.
The Departments were advised to keep tab of the projects for avoiding any possible duplication of allocations and maximize their outcomes.
District wise review of the programmes showed that Angul, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, were the top-five districts in the matters of DMF collection and allocation.
According to the officials, out of total 12, 649 projects in different districts, these five districts have 11,126 projects.
Angul district has 2918 number of projects estimated around Rs.1097 crore, Jajpur has 2691 projects worth Rs.1125 crore, Jharsuguda has 638 projects worth Rs.1125 crore, Keonjhar 854 projects worth Rs.2488 crore and Sundargarh 4025 projects estimated at around Rs.2025 crore, the officials said.
Joint Secretary Planning and Convergence, PK Mahakud informed that as of now around Rs.7600 crore has been collected by various districts under DMF.
Out of this around Rs.807 crore has been allocated against different projects by the respective district trusts.
The base works of the projects like survey, foundation, ground work etc have been completed with utilization of around Rs.1900 crore, he said.
Since the projects have reached the takeoff phase, the expenditure under this head would go up in coming months, he said.

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