Committee to Review Traffic Growth in Both Passenger and Freight of Railways Constituted



Committee to Review Traffic Growth in Both Passenger and Freight of Railways Constituted


The Ministry of Railways has decided to constitute an eight member Committee headed by Shri Mohd. Jamshed, Additional Member (C$IS), Railway Board, to identify factors and issues affecting growth of traffic (Freight & Passenger) and suggest a plan of action for Traffic Optimization in short term (during 2015-16) and long term (during 2018-19). The Members of the Committee are; i) Shri Mohd. Jamshed, AM(C&IS), Chairman, ii) Shri Rinkesh Roy, CFTM, East Coast Railways, Member, iii) Ms Sarla Balagopal, CCM, Southern Railway, Member iv) Shri Prabhakar Prania, CPTM, Western Railway, Member, v) Shri Mukul Jain, CPTM, South Eastern Railway, Member, vi) Shri H.D. Gujrati, Director/DFCCI,  Member vii) Shri A.K. Gupta, MD/CONCOR, Member and viii) Shri V. Shanker, CFTM/Northern Railway, Member Secretary.

The Committee will review the traffic growth both passenger and freight from 2010-11 to 2014-15 & constraints in achieving higher growth during this period; b) to identify bottlenecks which can be removed in short term (during 2015-16) and long run term upto 2018-19) for capacity augmentation; c) to suggest innovative measures to enhance through put to achieve traffic growth of up 15 per cent on short and long term periods; d) to develop a brief action plan for implementation by Zonal Railways during 2015-16 towards optimization of traffic output; and d) to suggest policy changes required to be undertaken by Railway Board to enable achieving higher traffic (Freight & Passenger ) output.
The Committee will submit its report within a period of six weeks from the date of its constitution.

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Suresh Prabhu Expresses His Profound Grief Over the Loss of Innocent Lives in Train Accident Near Hosur in Karanatka

Nine Dead and 19 Injured in Derailment of Bangalore-Ernakulam Intecity Express Train

Enhanced Amount of Ex-Gratia of Rs. 2 Lakh to the Next Kin of the Dead Announced

In Karnataka, while train No.12677 Bangalore-Ernakulam Intercity Express was on run in section between Anekal Road and Hosur section in Bangalore Division of South Western Railway, its locomotive and ten coaches were derailed at around 7.40 AM today morning near Hosur. As a result, Nine persons lost their lives, ten persons were grievously injured and nine persons suffered simple injuries Some grievously injured passengers have been admitted to nearby Sparsh hospital, Anekal general Hospital and Narayan Hridalaya Hospital. Senior doctors from Railways are monitoring their status and progress by visiting all hospitals.

The Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A.K.Mital, Director General, Railway Health Services, Dr..M.K.Budhalakoti and senior officials from Railway Board rushed to the accident site immediately. Senior railway officials from South Western Railways were also immediately reached at the accident site to ensure speedy rescue and relief operation. Prima-facie cause of the derailment was a boulder on the track. Shri Suresh Prabhu has expressed his profound grief over the loss of innocent lives. He has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2/- lakh to the next kin of the dead, Rs. 50,000/- each to grievously injured passengers and Rs. 20,000 to those who sustained simple injuries. Shri Suresh Prabhu has given instructions to Railway officials to ensure effective and best medical treatment of the injured passengers.

Relief arrangements were quickly initiated and an Accident Relief Medical Van/Bangalore was ordered at 07.45 A.M. and reached at site at 9.08 A.M. The second Accident Relief Medical Van/Erode ordered at 8.00 A.M and reached at the site at 9.20 A.M.

Helpline numbers are - at site 0948090599, & 08022371166, 09731666751 at Bangalore for information and assistance.

An inquiry has been ordered by Railways under Commissioner Railway Safety, Sothern Circle, to ascertain the cause of the accident.

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Centre approves revised Guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana

The model villages adopted by the Members of Parliament under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) will now get rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) on priority basis. Similarly, in these model villages, rural roads constructed or upgraded under PMGSY would have to be maintained by the State Governments up to prescribed standards and even beyond the built in period of first five years. A decision to issue these amended guidelines was taken in a meeting chaired by Union Minister for Rural Development. This is in accordance with the Cabinet decision wherein all Ministries/Departments of the Central Government have been asked to take necessary action to make suitable changes in the guidelines of their respective Central sector and Centrally Sponsored schemes/programmes to enable priority to be given to the Gram Panchayats selected under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

The Centre has approved amendments in the PMGSY Guidelines to accord priority in the selection of roads for new connectivity as well as upgradation, leading to the eligible habitations in the Gram Panchayats identified by the Members of Parliament under SAGY. As per the amended Guidelines, the State Governments shall give priority to all roads leading to the Gram Panchayats identified under SAGY irrespective of Comprehensive New Connectivity Priority List (CNCPL) to include all eligible unconnected habitations in the selected Gram Panchayats. In case of upgradation of roads, priority shall be given to the roads which have Pavement Condition Index (PCI) Value-I & II in the Gram Panchayats identified under SAGY. However, the length required for upgradation of these roads should be within the overall target allocated to various States under PMGSY-I and PMGSY-II. Moreover, in case of roads already built under PMGSY, in the Gram Panchayats identified under SAGY, State should carry out maintenance as per the activities suggested in the Operations Manuals and Rural Roads Manual (SP – 20.02.2002), even if the maintenance period of 5 years is over. The State Governments must ensure PCI of not less than four for all such roads at all times. Adequate funds for this purpose will be provided by State Governments.


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General (dr.) V. K. Singh calls upon Statisticians to Collect Data in an Inclusive Manner

            The Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation General (Dr.) V. K. Singh has said that statisticians should analyse better for giving right pointers to decision makers. He was delivering the key note address on the occasion of the foundation day of National Statistical Systems Training Academy (NSSTA) today. He asked statisticians to take care that their data is inclusive as the conditions in our country are very diverse. He called upon them to be innovative in their approach to give better indicators from their analysis.

Later technical sessions were held on two following important themes.

a.       Transforming India: Governance Challenges: Data and Information demands and capacity building for the purpose.

b.      Post 2015 ‘Development Agenda’ and associated statistical challenges.

            Several subject matter experts from specialized agencies and institutions made their presentation on these themes during the technical sessions.

             Experts from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of  Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie; Dr. Marri Chenna Reddy Human Resources Development (MCR HRD) Institute, Hyderabad; National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), New Delhi; Centre for good Governance, (CGG) Hyderabad; the training division of the DoPT   and senior officials from various central training institutions attended the programme.

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Shipping Ministry Eliminates Requirement of Registration of SRUs

To promote ease of doing business in the ship repair sector, the Ministry of Shipping has simplified the procedure and eliminated the requirement of registration of Ship Repair Units (SRUs) with Directoraate General (Shipping). Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Commerce & Industry have been informed to extend concessions and facilities to SRUs without insisting on the requirement of registration with DG (Shipping).

The concessions and facilities extended to Ship Repair Units include provision of bond facilities, duty free import of components, raw materials, consumables and capital goods; and exemption of Central Excise duty on locally available components and raw materials by the Department of Revenue. For grant of such concessions or facilities, the SRUs were required to be registered with DG (Shipping). DG Shipping was procedurally required to consult Ministries of Commerce, Company Affairs, Finance (Revenue & DEA), Planning Commission, Ministry of Shipping etc. before grant of registration. This procedure was time consuming and cumbersome.

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National Tribal Festival Will be an Annual Feature- Jual Oram Week Long National Tribal Festival- Vanaj Begins

The week long the first National Tribal Festival “VANAJ” today got a colorful kick start with Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram inaugurating it at Central Park Connaught Place, New Delhi amid folk lore’s from artistes coming from the far flung areas of our country. On this occasion the minister announced that this festival will now be an annual feature.

This Festival marks active participation by the artistes from across the length and breadth of the country. It is also a part of the vision of the Prime Minister for uplifting the quality of Tribal lives and will provide an opportunity to the residents of the national capital to enjoy and appreciate the rich tribal culture and heritage.

The opening ceremony saw Dance performances by the tribal artists from four States. The dances were by Kutia Kondh, Dhemsa and Munda Tribes from Odisha be followed by Dobru and Flute Instrument performance from Gujrat, dance-Toda and Kaniyan from Tamil Nadu and Pandvani gayan and Gond style Karma dance from Madhya Pradesh. In addition the East Zone Cultural Centre presented marvelous performance by the artistes hailing from the north eastern states of our country -Manipur, Meghalaya and Sikkim north eastern states of our country which receive loud cheering from the spectators irrespective of language barriers.

Approximately 900 participants from Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal would be participating. While this would help advertise our diversity, it also helps in national integration. The festival is also intended to conserve and promote the distinctive cultures by providing them a national platform amongst other things

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“Vanaj”- National Tribal Festival- 2015

The first National Tribal Festival “VANAJ”-2015  to witness a new stage Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram when at the  Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram will  inaugurating  its  new pack of activities at the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA) tomorrow.

Under it Documentary Films  titled  “Lodha  –  A  Sylvan  Community”  and  “Prakriti Ki Santan – Mising Tribe” will be screened at the IGNCA auditorium from 3pm to 5.30 pm. Also there is a seminar being organized from  3.30  p.m  to  5.00  p.m where‐in  eminent  panelists  will  deliberate on the topic ‘Traditional  Tribal  Knowledge,  Wisdom  and  Skills’.

These activities are a part of the week long Festival and are intended to show case the rich diversity of Tribal culture, art, painting, music, dance, tribal medicine, tribal food, and a special attraction- tribal cuisine.

 For venue wise details of events visitors are requested to visit www.tribal.nic.in and www.tribal.gov.in

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Near Total Financial Delegation in CPWD to Speed Up Project Implementation

Financial Power of Regional Offices Enhanced from Rs.30 Cr to Rs.200 Cr

99 % of Tenders to be Finalized at Regional Level

In a major decentralization initiative, the power of accepting and approving tenders have been delegated to Regional Offices of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to speed up implementation of projects. After an extensive review of factors resulting in delayed implementation of projects by CPWD, the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has delegated to Regional Work Boards financial powers to accept and approve tenders up to a value of Rs.200 cr. This amounts to substantial decentralization given that the existing power of Regional Offices is to approve tenders up to only Rs.30 cr. Further to this delegation, only less than 1% of project proposals would come to the Central Works Board of CPWD.

CPWD is currently processing a total of 3,832 proposals for finalization of tenders. Of these 99% would now be decided at regional level instead of coming to CPWD Hqrs in New Delhi. Of the 1,928 works in progress currently costing a total of Rs.20,370 cr, only 16 tenders were of the value of more than Rs.200 cr each, giving an indication of the impact of financial delegation approved by the Minister.

While addressing the over 30,000 employees of CPWD through video conferencing on 9.9.2014, Shri Venkaiah Naidu desired that most of the decision making and financial approvals should be at the level of Regional Offices of CPWD for speedy execution of works. The latest financial delegation comes in pursuance of this direction of the Minister of Urban Development.

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Sarbanand Sonowal wishes Indian Cricket Team All Success at World Cup

Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has wished all success to Indian Cricket team taking part in the World Cup 2015, currently underway in Australia after formal opening ceremony. In a message the Minister has said that best wishes of billions of Indians are with the Team India and he is confident that M.S. Dhoni and his team mates would lift the Trophy to bring laurels to Country.
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