By Odisha Story Bureau, Bhubaneswar, June 23, 2018:
There are allegations about misappropriation of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds odisha. Only 10% of DMF Funds was spent in last three years. The DMFs in the State have collected Rs 4,075 crore in the last three years and 90 per cent of the fund lies unutilized.
But the tribal infested Keojhar district came up with an innovative idea to spend the DMF fund for the betterment of the public.
Keonjhar Collector has decided to use the funds to transform healthcare in the district. District administration now inviting applications from doctors passionate about serving rural people. Thus they will fill up the vacant posts of Doctors in District Headquarters Hospital (DHH), Sub-Divisional Hospitals (SDHs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs) in the district. The doctors will be paid from DMF Funds.
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant appreciated the step taken by Keonjhar Administration.
My congratulations to District Collector, Keonjhar, Odisha for extremely innovative use of District Mineral Funds to fill up the vacant posts of Doctors. Gr8 example of using flexible funds to transform health outcomes. pic.twitter.com/2Gpcq6HzHE
— Amitabh Kant (@amitabhk87) June 23, 2018
Keonjhar & Sundergarh in Odisha stand out as major recipients of contribution in DMF from minerals other than coal & lignite.