UPSC General Studies Solved Paper - General Studies-2016

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    What is/are the purpose/purposes of 'District Mineral Foundations' in India?
    1. Promoting mineral exploration activities in mineral-rich districts.
    2. Protecting the interests of the persons affected by mining operations.
    3. Authorising State Governments to issue licences tor mineral exploration.
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below

    A)  1 and 2

    B)         Only 2   

    C)  1 and 3

    D)         1, 2 and 3

    Correct Answer: B

    Solution :

    Exp. [b] Establishment Each District Mineral Foundation is established by the State Governments by notification as a trust or non-profit body in the mining operation affected districts. Objectives The objective of District Mineral Foundation is to work for the interest of the benefit of the persons and areas affected mining related operations in such manner as may be prescribed by the State Government. Composition and Functions Composition and functions of the DMF are prescribed by the State Governments taking guidelines from Article 244 of Indian Constitution, Fifth and Sixth Schedules, Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 and the Scheduled Tribes and Others Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. Funds Every mining lease holder will pay a fraction of royalty, not exceeding one-third of the royalty, to the DMF as prescribed by Central Government. This fund will be used for welfare of the people affected in the mining affected areas. 

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