Pulwama, Oct 10: Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar today convened a meeting to discuss the modalities for the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) in the district.
PMKKKY is a new programme meant to provide for the welfare of areas and people affected by mining-related operations, using the funds generated by District Mineral Foundations (DMFs).
The objective of PMKKKY scheme is to implement various developmental and welfare projects/programs in mining-affected areas that complement the existing ongoing schemes/projects of State and Central Government to minimize/mitigate the adverse impacts, during and after mining, on the environment, health and socio-economics of people in mining districts and to ensure long-term sustainable livelihoods for the affected people in mining areas. Care has been taken to include all aspects of living, to ensure substantial improvement in the quality of life. High priority areas like drinking water supply, health care, sanitation, education, skill development, women and child care, welfare of aged and disabled people, skill development and environment conservation will get at least 60 % share of the funds.
The Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Amendment Act, 2015, mandated the setting up of DMFs in all districts in the country affected by mining related operations. In case of all mining leases executed before 12th January, 2015 (the date of coming into force of the Amendment Act) miners will have to contribute an amount equal to 30% of the royalty payable by them to the DMFs. Where mining leases are granted after 12 January 2015, the rate of contribution would be 10% of the royalty payable. Using the funds generated by this contribution, the DMFs are expected to implement the PMKKKY.
The meeting was informed that District Mineral Foundation Pulwama has collected Rs 1,22,78,819 as royalty from various miners across the District while as Rs 176.26 lac royalty is anticipated by the end of the financial year
Speaking on the occasion, the DDC said that PMKKKY is a revolutionary and unprecedented scheme of its kind, which will transform the lives of people living in areas which are affected directly or indirectly by mining.
Besides, Chief Planning Officer, Assistant Commissioner Development, Chief Agriculture Officer, District Mineral Officer, Block Medical Office Pampore, District Social Welfare Officer and other concerned officers were also present in the meeting.