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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has emerged top among all states in raising and utilising funds under District Mineral Foundation (DMF), said Chief Secretary AP Padhi today.

According to Padhi, the Union Cabinet Secretary who held a review meeting with all chief secretaries via video conference hailed Odisha's performance.

"He appreciated our collection mechanism and asked other States to follow Odisha’s path. He termed Odisha as a model State. The State has raised Rs 3,600 crore and projects of Rs 1,800 crore have been sanctioned. More projects worth Rs 6,000 crore will be sanctioned in next one and a half month. Our annual collection is around Rs 1,800 crore," Padhi said.

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The funds are being spent on healthcare, education, transport and communication, sanitation, child and women welfare programmes in the areas affected by mining in different parts of State. 

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