In Today’s News:
- ASI puts up a barricade in Hampi chariot.
- PM Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana.
1. ASI puts up a barricade in Hampi chariot
The Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) has put up a barricade in Hampi chariot, a UNESCO World Heritage site to prevent the people from damaging the chariot.
Prelims GS – Governance
- The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is under the Ministry of Culture.
- It is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation.
- Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the ASI.
- Besides it regulate all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.
- It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
2. PM Khanij Kalyan Kshetra Yojana
Rat-hole mining in Meghalaya is a very common scene. But after the reforms made by the National Green Tribunal(NGT), Moolamylliang village in Meghalaya which was once polluted is now returning back to a clean area.
(Note: Here a scheme related to Mining has been elaborated.)
Prelims GS – Economic Development/Governance
PM Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana:
The Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) is a scheme by the Ministry of Mines, Government of India for the welfare of people & affected areas by using the funds accrued under District Mineral Foundation (DMF).
Overall Objective of PMKKKY:
- To implement various developmental and welfare projects/programs in mining-affected areas that complement the existing ongoing schemes/projects of State and Central Government.
- To minimize/mitigate the adverse impacts, during and after mining, on the environment, health, and socio-economics of people in mining districts
- To ensure long-term sustainable livelihoods for the affected people in mining areas.
Implementation of PMKKKY:
- It will be implemented by the funds generated by District Mineral Foundations.
- At least 60% of the fund will be utilized for “High Priority Areas” like:
- Drinking water supply
- Environment preservation & pollution control measure
- Health care
- The welfare of women and children
- The welfare of aged & disabled people
- Skill development
- The rest of the fund will be utilized for “Other Priority Areas”
- Physical infrastructure,
- Energy & watershed development
- Measures for enhancing environmental quality
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