Mining and mineral potential in Odisha
I meet a wonderful person today. He is 89 having a sharp memory.He is Professor Dr. Prafulla Kumar Jena, Padmashree awardee. Spoke on Mining and mineral potential in Odisha and why our people are still backward. Due to lack of proper knowledge about District Mineral Fund the tribal people of the mining are not getting it’s benefit. Not only the tribals, District Collectors and intellectuals of those areas are ignorant about DMF and it’s utilization. So, thousands of crores lying with the State Government unutilized or unspent. Around six thousand crores rupees lying with the state govt can be utilized for the purpose of education, health and other development work of the mining area people, most of them are poor tribals and living in poor condition without proper infrastructure. While our Central and State Government playing politics in the name of DMF, the elites of those area are ignorant. So everything is messy, Dr. Jena said while talking with me.