Conservation Programme Current Affairs - 2020

What are DMF Funds that are to be used by the states to combat COVID-19?

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman recently instructed the state governments to use DMF (District Mineral Foundation) funds to fight against COVID-19. This is being done to supplement medical facilities that will help fight against Corona Virus.

What are DMF Funds?

The District Mineral Foundation is a non-profit body. It was set up in those districts that were affected by mining works. The Foundation works towards the benefit and interest of the persons affected due to the mining activity. The Funds are allocated according to the rules of MMDR act.

Legislation

The DMF funds were set up under Section 9B of Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) MMDR amendment act. The act says that every mine holder has to contribute 10% of their loyalty towards the funds.

Pradhan Mantri Khanij Khsetra Kalyana Yojana

The DMF funds are used to implement the scheme. The scheme focuses on safeguarding environment, health and economic conditions of the tribal people. This is because, most of the productive mines in the country are located in the tribal areas.

DMF Funds

The DMF funds so far were used for drinking water supply, health care, environment preservation, women welfare, education, sanitation and skill development.

GoI launches Saksham, a mega campaign on fuel conservation

The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) operating under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas will launch fuel conservation campaign on January 16, 2020.

Highlights

The campaign will create awareness among public about fuel conservation. PCRA has been conducting Saksham campaigns in different parts of the country. This year, the campaign will create awareness about the following

  • PCRA has developed energy efficient burners for gas stoves.
  • It will provide messages on “Pollution ka Solution”.
  • In collaboration with NCERT, PCRA has prepared a comic book on the theme, “Fuel Conservation”. The books are to be distributed at the campaigns. The books are also available in E-Pathshala.

Previous Achievements of PCRA campaigns

The most successful Saksha campaign of PCRA was recently conducted on switching off of engines at red light in traffic signals. This helped to reduce fuel losses by 22% before and after the campaign.

PCRA

PCRA is engaged in promotion of energy efficient programmes in different sectors of the country. It sponsors R&D activities to develop fuel efficient equipment. The major aim of the agency is to make oil conservation a national movement.

PCRA is a Government think tank that proposes strategies and policies on petroleum conservation and environment protection. This is to reduce the country’s dependence on oil.