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District Mineral Foundation

  • Published
    16th Sep, 2021

GS-II: Polity & Governance

  • Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-judicial Bodies.
Context

The Union Government has recently exempted 165 District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Trusts from Income Tax Payment as well as interest incurred by these DMFs.

  • The decision would result in more fund availability with the trust and ensure better implementation and outcome-oriented activities for the welfare of mining affected people.

Prelims question:

Consider the following statements:

  1. District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) are statutory bodies established in all the districts in the country affected by mining.
  2. DMF funds are collected at state level but used at district level.
  3. DMF funds cannot be used for any purpose other than for the welfare of areas and people affected by mining related operations.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

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  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Mains Question:

What are District Mineral Foundations (DMFs)? Critically analyze the impact brought by DMFs in mining-affected districts. (150 Words)

Approach:

  • In the introduction, give a brief overview of DMFs like the Act under which they are formed, etc.
  • Briefly state the mandate of DMFs
  • Enumerate the positive impacts brought by DMFs
  • Enumerate the bottlenecks faced by DMFs in utilizing their full capacity
  • Way Forward and Conclusion

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