Bhubaneswar:30/7/17:With rich mineral resources, and revolutionary schemes like Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana and setting up of District Mineral Foundations, our mining sectors in the country are all set to address the developmental issues of the mining areas and people living around these areas. However, success to these schemes is yet to be achieved due to lack of effective implementation. With a fund allocation figure under District Mineral Foundation for Odisha, hovering around 1233 crore (for 2016-17), the expenditures so far is mere 22 crores.
“To address the roadblocks, we need to make structural changes and develop a precise delivery system that is flexible with low cost operation and should be professional in approach”, said Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, while addressing as chief guest at the inaugural session of state –level workshop on theme – Understanding District Mineral Foundation & its Role, organised today at Bhubaneswar.Citing the example of Nalco Foundation – the CSR arm of the company, Dr. Chand shared his views that as an independent body, the Foundation has been effective only due to its flexible & professional approach.
Among others, K V Singhdeo, Honl’ble MLA (Patnagarh) and Dr. Siddartha Sankar Dash, former Professor, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmadabad, were notably present on the occasion. The workshop is being organised by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Societies (CSCS). On the CSCS newsletter ‘Anwesha’ was also released by the distinguished guests.