Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon calls on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Bilateral cooperation reviewed



Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon calls on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Bilateral cooperation reviewed

A five-member Israeli delegation led by Defence Minister Mr. Moshe Ya’alon called on the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh here today.


The Union Home Minister identified Cyber Security including Cyber Forensics, and Joint Development of technology as thrust areas for cooperation in the areas of Homeland Security. “Our cooperation in Homeland Security is a reflection of our shared security needs,” said Shri Rajnath Singh.

The four India-Israel Working groups on Homeland Security are due to hold their first meeting in India next month.

The Union Home Minister mentioned the strong bilateral ties in the Defence Sector and said that we need to carry this collaboration forward. The Union Home Minister asked Israel to take advantage of India’s raising FDI ceiling in Defence Sector to 49 percent and reiterated Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s priority to promote manufacturing in India. Recalling his visit to Israel in November last year, Shri Rajnath Singh said, “Israel had expressed its desire to share cutting-edge weapons technologies with India. Both the countries are willing to move forward.”

Noting that non-military bilateral trade crossed $4 billion last year during the period Jan-Nov, 2014, Shri Rajnath Singh said that India’s interest in a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Israel was particularly in the Services Sector. “We would need a good offer in Services to make the FTA attractive for the Indian industry,” he said.

The visiting Minister said that there are challenges in the field of Internal Security and Counter-Terrorism for the two countries. He mentioned that the two countries have capabilities and potential for cooperation in the field of Research & Development and Science & Technology. The Israeli Defence Minister also emphasised for enhanced cooperation and Joint Ventures under a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries which will allow more cooperation.

The Union Home Minister mentioned that the two countries have mutual respect for each other and assured full cooperation to the Israeli delegation.

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Shri Bandaru Dattatreya Launches Online Helpdesk for Settlement of Inoperative Accounts


 In accordance with the Prime Minister’s directions on the occasion of the ‘Shrameva Jayate’ programme regarding the settlement of EPF Inoperative Accounts having Rs. 27,000 crores as balance, EPFO has launched an action programme for realizing the same. The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya last evening inaugurated an EPFO Inoperative Account online helpdesk to assist the holders of Inoperative Accounts to trace out their accounts and effect settlement or transfer of the same to their present account.

The online helpdesk can be accessed through EPFO’s website. The member shall be prompted to provide the known details of his/her employment in a specially designed proforma including establishment code, PF account no. address, State, City, date of joining etc. Likewise, personal information is also to be provided like name, mobile number, Date of Birth, Name of Father / Husband, e-mail Id, contact address, Aadhar number, Bank A/c No. etc.  The members are expected to provide the information to the extent available with them.  Thereafter, a reference ID is created for future reference and tracking. Based on the reference ID generated, the field office concerned (where the member held his PF account) shall contact the member and guide him for getting the settlement or effecting the transfer as the case may be.

The introduction of Universal Account Number (UAN) is expected to greatly facilitate the above initiative as UAN would enable consolidation of multiple previous PF account numbers with the present one.  In addition to this, the recent e-governance initiative of EPFO such as Online Transfer Claim portal (OTCP), the introduction of batch processing software for updating the annual accounts of the subscribers have helped the organization to zero-in on the Inoperative Accounts and take necessary corrective action.

In addition to the above, EPFO has issued directions to the field formations to organize camps, to identify and facilitate settlement of Inoperative Accounts and ensure that the money goes to the rightful claimant. The participation of employers covered under the Act in this initiative has been sought and all efforts are being taken to ascertain the present status of the beneficiaries including the current address, current employment, whether the member is a UAN allottee, the bank account details and Aadhar details of the member.


Recent e-governance initiative of EPFO

Inoperative Accounts helpdesk 18/02/2015
New passbook (UAN based)       October 2014
SMS to member & employers for monthly transactions October 2014
Universal Account Number programme October 2014
Online Registration of establishment (OLRE portal) June 2014
Centralized monitoring of the compliance related functions March 2014
Electronic-return for exempted establishment January 2014
Online transfer claim portal October 2013
Auto crediting of annual interest (Batch wise) August 2013
Certificate of coverage for International Workers August 2013
Electronic return to collect missing details of members August 2013


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Silver Jubilee of Institute of Legislative Drafting and Research (ILDR) Celebrated

Union Law & Justice Minister Shri D.V.Sadananda Gowda today inaugurated the silver jubilee celebrations of the  Institute of Legislative Drafting and Research (ILDR) here in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion the Minister said the role of Institute of Legislative Drafting and Research (ILDR) under his ministry is significant as it is they who draft the bills that are tabled in Parliament for making laws.

Shri Sadananda Gowda said in a democratic set up the delivery system and the legal system are interconnected and hence the drafting of appropriate laws attains importance and this task requires a kind of specialized skill. The minister emphasized that ILDR needs to work in such a way that its drafting could not be challenged anywhere across the country. He said role of ILDR during the last quarter century and its working on 24X7 basis  is  appreciable. This needs some favorable push. The minister assured all possible consideration to the demands of institute

Welcoming the Minister Dr. Sanjay Singh, Secretary, Legislative Department   said that the Institute of Legislative Drafting and Research (ILDR)was established as a Wing of Legislative Department in January, 1989 to impart training (theoretical and practical) in Legislative Drafting to the officers of the Central/State Governments and Union territory Administrations. Till 2013, ILDR had been organising One Basic Course and One Appreciation Course in Legislative Drafting every year. Basic Course is of 3 months’ duration and meant for the middle level officers of the States / Union territory Administrations/State Public Sector Undertakings, statutory bodies, etc. Appreciation Course is of 15 days’ duration for middle level officers of Central Ministries/Departments/Attached/Subordinate Offices and Central Public Sector Undertakings. ILDR also offers on-the-job practical training to the foreign trainee officers who undergo legislative drafting training at the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST) under the Lok Sabha Secretariat.
Dr. Sanjay Singh informed that so far the ILDR has conducted 18 Appreciation Courses and 26 Basic Courses. In 2014, for the first time the ILDR conducted Legislative Drafting Training in Hindi from 10-11-2014 to 10-12-2014 for the benefit of Law Officers from the State Government/Union territory Administrations. This one months’ course was aimed at training officers from various State Governments and Union territory Administrations, where legislative drafting is undertaken in Hindi. Officers from the States of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and the Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands participated and successfully completed this Course. Recently, ILDR has started a Voluntary Internship Programme for law students, thereby giving them ample opportunity to know about the law making process.

Consequent upon the commitment given by Legislative Department to the Cabinet Secretariat to make ILDR ISO compliant, it was awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certification on 2nd December, 2013 as per the Quality Management System that is being implemented in ILDR. This is a significant achievement of the Legislative Department while ILDR is completing 25 years of imparting training.      

 Dr. Sanjay Singh said this year we are in the process of organizing a Refresher Course meant for the law officers from State Governments/Union territory Administrations, who had already undergone Basic Course at ILDR. This would help them to recapitulate what they had already learnt at ILDR in the past. He also  informed   that the ILDR has received a request from the Rajya Sabha Secretariat to organize a training course for the officers working in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

 So far, a total of 232 officers from the Central Government/Union territory Administrations/ Central Public Sector Undertakings, etc., have been trained by ILDR in the Appreciation Courses. A total number of 261 officers from the State Governments/State Public Sector Undertakings etc.; have undergone training in Basic Courses including training in Hindi. Further, 450 foreign trainee officers who underwent training at BPST have been provided on-the job practical training by ILDR.

Shri P.K. Malhotra, Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs also spoke on occasion highlighted the importance of the job performed by the ILDR and emphasized on full filling the requirements of the institute for future growth.
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Suresh Prabhu gives away Awards to RPF Officers and Jawans on the Occasion of Investiture Day Parade of RPF

Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu honoured 49 RPF officers and Jawans by presenting Gallantry Medals and Prestigious Police Medals on the occasion of Investiture day Parade of RPF on at 6th BN RPSF, Dayabasti, Delhi 19th February, 2015. These medals to RPF officers and Jawans were awarded by the President of India on the occasion of Independence Day 2010, 2012, & 2013 and Republic Day 2012 & 2013. The Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha, Board Members, officers of RPF and media were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that security of passengers is one of the key issues for Indian Railways. Everyone among us strives hard to ensure that our passengers travel in a secured environment. Shri Prabhu said that there are many agencies which work to ensure security of people in the country which include Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces and State Polices. Everybody contributes in its own way. Referring to the role of Railway Protection Force, Railway Minister said that RPF is also playing a big role in providing security to the Railway property and also to the travelling passengers. It is big service to the nation. Referring to women security, the railway Minister said that security of women passengers has been a high priority for us and there is a need to focus on this issue. He expresses happiness that the recruitment process for 1056 lady constable has been initiated. He also said that he is hopeful that very soon we will obtain the requisite concurrence from the Ministry of Finance for our proposal to recruit additional lady constables. He added that there is an urgent need to construct barracks for 12 new mahila companies of RPF. Railway Minister announced the sanction of a sum of Rs. 48 crores for construction of these 12 new barracks for lady constables. The railway Minister said that Mobile Apps for women security launched by RPF in Mumbai is a good initiative and also be extended to other places as well.

Railway Minister said that Railway Ministry is actively working on setting up a training centre for the commando forces of RPF so as to prepare them to meet new security challenges like Naxalism and terrorism etc. We have also initiated training programme for those RPF personnel who have to deal with the public. He said Railway is increasing security escort teams in sensitive trains. We have also started doing videography so as to capture any miscreant activities. We are using CCTV cameras to keep check on the crime on Railways. We are also coordinating with State Governments and their forensic labs to compile the profile of criminal elements with a view to arrest them at the earliest. He said that Ministry of Railways is committed to the security and shortage of money will not be allowed to come in the way of strengthening security set up of Ministry of Railways.

Appreciating the glorious parade put up by RPF, the Minister said that Parades instill a sense of pride in the force and are an integral part of disciplined life.

The Minister also inaugurated a new Train No. 17623/17624 from HUZUR SAHIB NANDED to BIKANER through remote control from the Parade ground itself.

In the welcome address, Inspector General, RPF, Shri P.S Rawal said that Railway Protection Force is one of the oldest security forces in India. The force has the mandate of safeguarding railway’s property and ensuring safety of passengers, the duty which it has performed with distinction in the last many years. Recounting the achievement of RPF last year Shri Rawal said that RPF functioning under the legal powers of RP(UP)Act ,had arrested 5987 offenders and confiscated railway property worth Rs.3 crore. Likewise under the power of the Railway Act, total 20 lakh offenders were arrested and a fine of Rs. 56 crore was collected. Referring to the women security, Shri Rawal said that the railways is fully committed toward ensuring safety of women passengers and informed that RPF conducted special drives in ‘Sub urban trains’ and ‘Mail Express’ trains in which 134253 male passengers were prosecuted for travelling in ladies coaches during the year 2014. Shri Rawal said that the force has been performing its duties with full dedication but suffers from some legal limitations which need to be done away with to ensure that the force is able to play a meaningful in ensuring the safety of passengers and prevention of Railway related crimes. Talking about the efforts aimed at improving the performance of the force Shri Rawal said that presently around 16000 constable recruits are undergoing training. RPF conducted three day workshops across the country for gender sensitization so that the officers and jawans can inculcate these values in their behavior and work culture. In this series, 16000 recruits were also trained and educated on the issues of human rights, in collaboration with NHRC. Pointing out about Rail Mitra Yojna, Shri Rawal said that the RPF is fully committed towards establishing an active dialogue with Rail Mitra.

Presently RPF escorts around 1300 trains on daily basis and force aims to escort 2500 trains on daily basis very soon. In the last four years 73 jawans and officers of RPF gave their supreme sacrifices for the country while performing their duties. So far a total of 795 medals have been awarded to RPF personnel.


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Six laning of Chakeri-Allahabad section of National Highway – 2 in Uttar Pradesh

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the six laning of the Chakeri-Allahabad section of National Highway – 2 in Uttar Pradesh.

This work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V. The approval is in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis.

The cost is estimated to be Rs. 1999.85 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 145 kms.

The main objective of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in the state of Uttar Pradesh and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Çhakeri – Allahabad. The project on National Highway -2 is a part of the Golden Quadrilateral between Delhi-Kolkata. This stretch will also help uplift the socio-economic condition of entire state of Uttar Pradesh. It will also increase the employment potential to the local labourers for the project activities.

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Six laning of Baleshwar-Chandikhole section of National Highway – 5 in Odisha

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the six laning of the Baleshwar-Chandikhole section of National Highway – 5 in Odisha.

This work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V. The approval is in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis.

The cost is estimated to be Rs. 2296.82 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 137 kms.

The main objective of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in the state of Uttar Pradesh and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Baleshwar – Chandikhole. The project on National Highway -5 is a part of the Golden Quadrilateral between Chennai-Kolkata. This stretch will also help uplift the socio-economic condition of entire state of Odisha. It will also increase the employment potential to the local labourers for the project activities.


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Six laning of Handia-Varanasi section of National Highway – 2 in Uttar Pradesh

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the six laning of the Handia-Varanasi section of National Highway – 2 in Uttar Pradesh.

This work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-V. The approval is in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis.

The cost is estimated to be Rs. 2378.59 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 72.4 kms.

The main objective of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in the state of Uttar Pradesh and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Handia – Varanasi. The National Highway -2 is an important link connecting Allahabad, Handia, Varanasi and other towns in south-eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. It will also increase the employment potential to the local labourers for the project activities.


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Four/Six laning of Raipur-Bilaspur section of National Highway – 30/NH-130 in Chhatisgarh

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for development of the Four/Six laning of the Raipur-Bilaspur section of National Highway – 30/NH-130 (old NH-200) in Chhatisgarh.

This work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-IV. The approval is in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (BOT/DBFOT) basis.

The cost is estimated to be Rs. 1963.88 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 127 kms.

The main objective of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in the State of Chhattisgarh and also in reducing the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying through Raipur, Simga and Bilaspur. The project road also caters to the major traffic leading towards industrial area in the Raipur-Bilaspur. It will also increase the employment potential for the local labourers for project activities.

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Small watershed schemes key to rural prosperity-Birender Singh

The Minister for Rural Development Shri Birender Singh has called for small watershed schemes across the country to promote a variety of economic activities including agriculture. Delivering a keynote address here at a function titled Abhinav, the Minister said, effective implementation of the watershed schemes has the big potential to fight poverty and reduce the imbalances between the poor and the rich. He said, Centre and States should join hands to promote water conservation programmes in an honest fashion and address the credibility crisis, if any. Shri Singh stressed on development of rainfed areas which is the prime concern of the present Government and suggested for increased investments and use of advanced technologies like Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems in watershed management. He urged to enhance community participation at every stage of project implementation and maintenance of assets created. The Minister emphasized on de-silting of water harvesting structures as preparations in advance for Monsoon 2015 in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of “Har Khet ko Pani”.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Rural Development Shri Sudarshan Bhagat said, extensive community participation particularly of Women and weaker sections should become an integral part of the water conservation schemes. Apart from maintenance of traditional water bodies, he also laid stress on storage of water in mining pits for irrigation and drinking purposes. The Minister emphasized on convergence of programmes of other Ministries/ Departments with Integrated Watershed Management Programme for obtaining maximum impact for the communities.

Secretary, Department of Land Resources , Smt Vandana Kumari Jena said as the programme is outcome oriented, the Ministry will monitor the schemes thoroughly with the help of the people through mobile application called Drishti, which was launched by the Minister. She said that setting benchmarks for watershed outcomes will encourage the States for better performance.

During the function, jingle, Logo, Name and Tagline of IWMP were launched for wider publicity. The selected unique name for the IWMP now is “Jal Sadhana” and the tagline is “Conserve water, Conserve life”. Earlier, 12 states and three Institutions were presented awards for various innovations in Integrated Watershed Management Programme.

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