Rajya Sabha MP Sh.Tarun Vijay calls on Union Tourism Minister




The Member of Rajya Sabha, Shri Tarun Vijay meeting the Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in New Delhi on January 05, 2015. The Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Ravindra Singh and the Secretary Ministry of Tourism, Dr. Lalit K. Panwar are also seen.


Rajya Sabha MP Sh.Tarun Vijay calls on Union Tourism Minister

The Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha, Sh.TarunVijay calledon the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi today. In the meeting, he requested the Minister for getting the statue of Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar at Kanyakumari connected with a bridge to the main land. In his representation, Shri Tarun Vijay said that Thiruvalluvar is India’s symbol of culture, philosophy and civilization and millions of tourists have to reach the grand statue after crossing the rough sea. Constructing the bridge will be a significant contribution for India’s culture and especially for the great Tamil society, he said. Shri Tarun Vijay also invited the Minister to visit the Thiruvalluvar Statue on 11th Jan, 2015 to pay homage to the great saint and join the ThiruvalluvarThiruPayanam.


Secretary Culture, Shri Ravindra Singh and Secretary Tourism, Shri Lalit Panwar were also present during the meeting.

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Dividend cheque of Rs 3.73 crpresented to Union Tourism Minister by ITDC

The Chairman & Managing Director of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) Shri Girish Shankar, on behalf of ITDC handed over a cheque for Rs. 3.73 crore to Minister of State of Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma today, towards 5% interim dividend payment to the Government of India for the year 2013-14. Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Dr. Lalit K. Panwar, Additional Secretary& Financial Advisor, Ministry of Tourism Dr. (Ms.) T. Kumar and other senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism & ITDC were present on the occasion.

The decision for the payment of Dividend was taken during 49th Annual General meeting of ITDC .The Corporation has closed the year with an all round increase in the performance as compared to the previous financial years. The turnover of the corporation has increased by 6.57% to Rs. 470 crore approximately. The net profit before tax increased by 118% to Rs. 11.93 crore while profit after tax increased by 214% to Rs. 9.42 crore.

The corporation has also declared a dividend of 5% amounting to Rs. 4.29 crore approximately 45.5% of net profit which is as recommended by the Board in the meeting held earlier last year.

ITDC was incorporated in 1966 with a mandate to develop and expand tourism infrastructure in the country. Today, the Corporation offers a bouquet of services with its business activities ranging from Hotel Accommodation, Catering, Transport, Travel Agency, Consultancy, Manpower Training, Duty Free shops and event Management to allied activities such as execution of tourism and engineering projects, promotion of tourism via sound and light shows amongst others.

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The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu nominating the Brand Ambassadors for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan from the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, in Hyderabad on January 05, 2015.

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu insists on regulatory bodies for pricing of urban utilities like water, power  

Suggests Development Authorities for all district head quarters for long term planning 

Shri Naidu urges municipal commissioners to rise to the task of urban challenges 

Cricketer Lakshman says Swachh Bharat Mission launch has been a great success


Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today urged the municipal commissioners to rise to the task of effectively managing the growing urban challenges through effective governance and resource management. He has outlined the urban challenges and the approached required at a Consultative Workshop of Municipal Commissioners from five southern states and Puducherry at Hyderabad .

The challenges in urban areas outlined by Shri Naidu include: Ensuring 100% household water supply connections as against the present 50%, Ensuring normative water supply of 135 litres per capita per day as against the present 73 litres, 100% sewerage treatment as against the present 16%, Enhancing efficiency of solid waste collection from 23% to 100%, Achieving 80% segregation of waste at source as against the present 18%, Recycling of 80% of waste as against the current 10%, Reliable power supply, Improving physical and social infrastructure and urban governance and meeting the urban housing shortage etc.

Referring to the need for massive investments to convert the rapid urbanization into an opportunity, Shri Naidu stressed on the need for effective recovery of costs of utilities like water and power in urban areas. He said, ‘to begin with at least O&M (Operation & Maintenance) costs need to be recovered by putting in place necessary mechanisms. This is needed to invite large scale private sector participation in urban sector. One certain way of doing it is to set up Regulatory Bodies for deciding on the prices of urban utilities.’

Elaborating on the pace of urbanization in the country, Shri Venkaiah Naidu suggested Development Authorities for each of the district headquarter towns for comprehensive long term planning for an area of 25 km. radius. He also stressed on the need for modification of building bye-laws at the level of urban local bodies to meet the growing aspirations of urban population. The Minister laid special emphasis on ensuring accountability and transparency by improving urban governance through adoption of appropriate technologies. He noted that ‘smart leadership’ capable of taking right decisions at the level of urban local bodies is the need of the hour.

About 70 municipal commissioners from the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana besides the Union Territory of Puducherry participated in the Workshop organized to sensitize them to implementation issues pertaining to the central government’s initiatives like Swachh Bharat Mission, Development of 500 cities/towns, Housing for All by 2022, Skill Development and Self-employment, Capacity Building of Urban Local Bodies etc.

The Municipal Commissioners welcomed the initiative of Shri Venkaiah Naidu to interact with them ahead of the launch of major urban sector initiatives. While agreeing with the concerns voiced by Shri Naidu, they said, under JNNURM, projects were proposed and approved without appreciating the limitations of urban local bodies as a result of which most of them remained unfinished. Suggestions made by them include: reducing the gap between centre’s assistance to toilet construction in urban and rural areas, funding renovation of existing public toilets, assistance for meeting O&M costs for a longer period, flexibility to states in respect of size and cost of housing for urban poor, capacity building of urban local bodies etc. Shri Naidu said, the suggestions will be given due consideration.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu, on this occasion, nominated 18 distinguished persons as Swachh Bharat Ambassodors for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Sixteen of them attended the programme and in their acceptance speeches have lauded the initiative. Cricketer Shri V V S Lakshman said that the launch of the Mission has been a huge success as it has caught the imagination of the people across the country and his little children were also aware of it. The nonminees said that they would strive sincerely to mobilise peeople’s participation in the cleanliness campaign in both the states.

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Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on January 01, 2015

The Water Storage available in 85 important reservoirs of the country as on January 01, 2015 was 89.947 BCM which is 58% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 85% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 100% of storage of average of last ten years.  The present storage position during current year is less than the storage position of last year but is equal to the storage of average of last ten years.
Central Water Commission monitors live storage status of 85 important reservoirs of the country on weekly basis. These reservoirs include 37 reservoirs having hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW. The total storage capacity of these reservoirs is 155.046 BCM which is about 61% of the storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country.

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS :

NORTHERN REGION
The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 8.88 BCM which is 49% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 63% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 54% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

EASTERN REGION
The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total  storage available in these reservoirs is 13.61 BCM which is 72% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 86% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 68% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year but better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

WESTERN REGION
The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 22 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 24.54 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 14.48 BCM which is 59% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 75% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 66% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years.

CENTRAL REGION
The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 42.30BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 28.64 BCM which is 68% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 74% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 48% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year but better than the average storage of last ten years.

SOUTHERN REGION
The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 30 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 51.37 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 24.35 BCM which is 47% of total  storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 56% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 61% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

             States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having equal storage than last year for corresponding period is Uttarakhand. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh.

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Department of Sports decides to recommend Saina Nehwal’s name for Padma Bhushan

On 1st May, 2014, the Ministry of Home Affairs invited nominations for Padma Awards. Last date for forwarding nominations to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was 15.09.2014.

The Department of Sports circulated the MHA’s letter to all the National Sports Federations / Sports Control Boards for sending the nominations of sportspersons and coaches to the Department of Sports by 20.08.2014. Based on the nominations received from the Federations etc., the Departments of Sports recommended the name of Shri Sushil Kumar (wrestling) for Padma Bhushan. The recommendation was sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs on 15.09.2014.

Shri Sushil Kumar’s recommendation for Padma Bhushan Award was made after taking into consideration his achievements, viz. Bronze Medal in Beijing Olympic Games-2008; Gold medal in Commonwealth Games-2010; Gold Medal in Senior World Wrestling Championship-2010; Silver Medal in London Olympic Games-2012; Gold Medal in Commonwealth Games-2014; and several other achievements at national and international level.

The Ministry had not received nomination in respect of Ms. Saina Nehwal from Badminton Association of India or any other agency, for Padma Bhushan for 2014.

It is also clarified that Ministry had not received any nomination in respect of Ms. Saina Nehwal last year either. So the question of Department of Sports intimating Ms. Saina Nehwal that her nomination for Padma Bhushan was not recommended to the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2013, as there has to be a gap of 5 years between two Padma Awards, does not arise.


The Ministry has since received the nomination of Ms. Saina Nehwal for Padma Bhushan on 3rd January, 2015 from Badminton Association of India. In view of the achievements of Ms. Saina Nehwal, the Department of Sports has decided to recommend her case for Padma Bhushan to the Ministry of Home Affairs as a special case although the last date for making the recommendation is long over.
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