Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday said an amount of Rs 135.08 crore has been received by the State government under the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) since implementation till date..
Replying in the Assembly, Sangma said Rs 9,67 crore was received under the scheme for the year 2022-2023.
According to him, the schemes implemented under the PMKKKY in Sohra area include improvement of water supply of circuit house, Sohra civil sub-division to take up a new pumping water supply scheme from a nearby spring source known as Um Them Circuit amounting to Rs 21,80,600 and construction of rain water harvesting for circuit house, Sohra civil sub-division amounting to Rs 31,65,000.
On the issue related to the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund, UDP MLA from Shella Balajied Synrem sought to know whether mining affected areas are taken up as primary concern while utilizing the fund.
The chief minister said that as per guidelines, the identification of affected areas have to be looked into.
“As the name suggest this is a district mining fund, this is basically a trust which is then taken up at the level of the district and deputy commissioner is the chairman for screening and sanctioning of projects and the state government does not interfere in the process of such selection and sanctioning of funds,” he added.