Odisha: 12,649 Projects Worth Rs 8,074 Cr Taken Up Under DMF

10 September 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: A total number of 12,649 projects estimated around Rs 8,074 crore have been taken up under district mineral fund (DMF) in various districts by the end of July 2019. This was revealed during a high level review meeting held here on Tuesday.

Reviewing the projects Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed departments to prepare a five year perspective action plan indicating  the projects under DMF and advise the district Trusts to prioritise the works as per their local need.

Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra advised the departments to identify the critical gaps in ongoing programmes and plans and reflect those in the perspective plan.

Tripathy directed the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water, Rural Development, Water Resources and Works Departments to deploy more technical manpower at the ground level through outsourcing for expeditious implementation of the projects.

Majority of the projects sanctioned under DMF are within the ambit of these departments. Chief Secretary asked to enhance financial sanctioning power of the Superintending Engineers from Rs 4 crore to 10 crore for quick sanction of the projects.

It was decided in the meeting that the progress of the projects at the ground level would be reviewed regularly over video conferencing with the Collectors every month.

Departments were advised o keep tab of the projects for avoiding any possible duplication of allocations and maximise their outcomes. "The district level officers including the department officers should have a clear cut vision of the projects," said Tripathy.

District wise review of the programmes showed that the Angul, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Sundergarh, are the top-five districts in the the matters of DMF collection and allocation. Out of total 12,649 projects in different district, these five districts have 11,126 projects. Angul-2918, Jajpur-2691, Jharsuguda-638, Keonjhar-854 and Sundergarh-4025 projects.

Joint Secretary Planning and Convergance Department PK Mahakud said, "As of now around Rs 7,600 crore has been collected by various districts under DMF. Out of this around Rs 807 crore has been allocated for different projects by the respective district trusts. The base works of the projects like survey, foundation, ground work have been completed with utilisaion of around Rs 1,900 crore."