Herald: Collectors to now head DMF trust

Collectors to now head DMF trust

16 Jan 2019 06:02am IST

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16 Jan 2019 06:02am IST

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This move comes after the High Court of Bombay in Goa slammed the government and questioned the sanctity of the foundation

PANJIM: After being slammed by the High Court of Bombay at Goa that questioned the sanctity of the District Mineral Foundation, the Goa government has notified fresh rules forming the DMF Trust which will now be headed by district collectors. 

The rules called as Goa District Mineral Foundation (Trust) Rules, 2018 will work for the interests, benefits and sustainable development of persons and areas affected by mining or mining related operations in the district. The notification of the government that its objective will also include utilizing the funds accumulated in the DMF Trust in an effective, transparent and accountable manner and at the same time ensuring the benefit of the funds is enjoyed not only by the present generation but the future generation to come. 

The notification comes after the High Court, which is hearing a PIL by NGO Goa Foundation, had pulled up the government for failing to register the DMF as a Trust and directed the District Collectors of both North and South Goa to forthwith take charge of Rs 180 crore funds of the DMF in their respective jurisdictions.

The 16-member governing council headed by District Collectors as the Chairperson/Trustee will also comprise of representatives of the MLA from the concerned district, deputy director (Mines), PWD Executive Engineer/Assistant Engineer, Deputy Director of Health Services, Deputy Director (Education) of any officer not below the rank of deputy director/assistant director and representatives from various other departments.  

The notification further states the management of the Trust shall vest in the Governing Council which shall consist of Ex officio and nominated trustees while the day to day management will be by the Managing Committee as defined under Rule 9.

A long list of powers and functions of the governing council including laying down the broad policy frame work and approving the procedure for functioning of the trust and review the working of the trust from time to time.

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