Goa’s District Mineral Foundation Rules have been notified by the government. Unfortunately, the Goa DMFs do not comply with the mining laws, in particular the PMKKKY (Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana).
Already over Rs. 30 crores have been collected. However, a recent legislative assembly question disclosed that no plans have been drawn up to utilize the funds, as required by the notified DMFs scheme.
The Centre for Science and Environment recently conducted a consultation on the make up of the DMFs in Odisha, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. Perhaps it is time the mining affected of Goa got together to influence the DMFs.