Next step after getting Central guidelines: Mines minister on PMKKKY

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Steel and Mines minister Prafulla Mallick on Sunday said the State government will take its next step after getting a Central guideline on the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY).

For welfare of people in the mining affected zones, the Central government has launched the PMKKKY scheme this month. The scheme will be funded through contribution made by the miners to district mineral foundations (DMFs) in these areas.

At least 60 per cent of the money in each DMF would be used for drinking water supply, health care, sanitation, education, skill development, women and child care, welfare of aged and disabled people, skill development and environment conservation.

The DMFs are to be created in all mining impacted districts across the country by the respective state governments for alleviating the miseries faced by locals in those areas.

The remaining money would be utilised to create a supportive and conducive living environment, making roads, bridges,
railways, waterways projects, irrigation and encouraging alternative energy sources.