District Mineral Foundation | Centre for Science and Environment

The right of the people of the mining-affected areas to benefit from the mineral-rich lands they live on
The lopsided equation of poverty and social benefits have ailed some of India's richest mining districts for decades. Mining has benefitted mining companies, individual miners and governments, not the communities living there. After years of deliberations and negotiations in 2015, the country's central mining law, the the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act (MMDR) of 1957 was amended and District Mineral Foundation (DMF) was instituted. The DMF is a non-profit statutory 'Trust' for every Indian district affected by mining-related operations, which should "work for the interest and benefit of persons, and areas affected by mining-related operations".
Latest Releases
DMF Status Report 2017
Meetings & Media
Bhubaneshwar | DMF Meeting
DMF Regional Meeting, Bhubaneshwar, July 28th, 2017
Odisha | DMF Meeting
Delhi-based research body Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organises meeting of community groups in Bhubaneswar on District Mineral Foundations (DMF)
Chhattisgarh| DMF Meeting
State-Level Workshop on 'Operationalising District Mineral Foundations (DMFs)'
Jharkhand | DMF Meeting
CSE-hosted meeting in Jharkhand discusses how District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) can work towards social and environmental justice


  • Losing Solid Ground: MMDR Amendment Act, 2015 and the state of the mining sector in India
  • Sharing the Wealth of Minerals A report on Profit Sharing with local communities
  • Rich Lands Poor People: Is 'Sustainable' Mining Possible? 


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    Contact: Srestha Banerjee  at: srestha@cseindia.org    Contact no.: 9958550622
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