5. Application of proceeds of duty of excise.-
(1) An amount equivalent to the proceeds of the duty of excise levied under this Act, reduced by the cost of collection as determined by the Central Government, together with any income from investment of the said amount and any other moneys received by the Central Government for the purposes of this Act, shall, after due appropriation made by Parliament by law, be paid to the credit of a fund to be called the Limestone and Dolomite Labour Welfare Fund (hereinafter referred to as the Fund).
(2) The Fund shall be applied by the Central Government to meet the expenditure incurred in connection with measures which, in the opinion of that Government, are necessary or expedient to promote the welfare of persons employed in the limestone or dolomite mines; and in particular-
(a) to defray the cost of measures for the benefit of persons employed in the limestone or dolomite mines directed towards-
(i) the improvement of public health and sanitation, the prevention of disease and the provision and improvement of medical facilities;
(ii) the provision and improvement of water supplies and facilities for washing;
(iii) the provision and improvement of educational facilities; 4***
(iv) the improvement of standards of living including housing and nutrition, the amelioration of social conditions and the provision of recreational facilities;
1[(v) the provision of family welfare, including family planning education and services;]
(b) to grant loan or subsidy to a State Government, a local authority or the owner of a limestone or dolomite mine, in aid of any scheme approved by the Central Government for any purpose connected with the welfare of persons employed in limestone or dolomite mines;
(c) to pay annually grants-in-aid to such of the owners of limestone or dolomite mines who provide to the satisfaction of the Central Government welfare facilities of the prescribed standard for the benefit of person employed in their mines, so, however, that the amount payable as grants-in-aid to any such owner shall not exceed-
(i) the amount spent by him in the provision of welfare facilities as determined by the Central Government or any person specified by it in this behalf, or
(ii) such amount as may be prescribed, whichever is less: Provided that no grant-in-aid shall be payable in respect of any welfare facilities provided by the owner of a limestone or dolomite mine where the amount spent thereon determined as aforesaid is less than the amount prescribed in this behalf;
(d) to meet the allowances, if any, of the members of the Advisory Committees and the Central Advisory Committee constituted under sections 6 and 7 respectively and the salaries and allowances, if any, of persons appointed under section 8;
(e) any other expenditure which the Central Government may direct to be defrayed from the Fund.
1. Subs. by Act 70 of 1982, s. 3, for "iron or steel" (w.e.f. 13-11-1982).
2. Subs. by s. 3, ibid., for "cement, iron or steel" (w.e.f. 13-11-1982).
3. Subs. by s. 4, ibid., for "cement, iron or steel" (w.e.f. 13-11-1982).
4. The word "and" omitted by Act 15 of 1987, s. 3 (w.e.f. 22-5-1987).