Meeting of the National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language (Ncpsl) Held



Meeting of the National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language (Ncpsl) Held

Ministry of Human Resource Development Underlines Tasks for Promotion of Sindhi Language

The first meeting of the newly reconstituted Governing Council of National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language (NCPSL) was held recently in New Delhi under the Chairpersonship of Human Resource Development Minister, Smt Smriti Irani.  The meeting was attended by 21 members who are eminent scholars of Sindhi language and culture from across the country.

The Minister in her capacity as Chairperson, NCPSL, has taken several important decisions in the Council meeting including

1)      Increasing the Award money from Rs. One Lakh to Rs. Five Lakh for Lifetime Achievement Award (Sahityakar Samman) presented to Sindhi writers for his/her outstanding lifetime contribution in the Sindhi literature;
2)      Increasing the Award money from Rs. One Lakh to Rs. Five Lakh for Lifetime Achievement Award (Sahitya Rachna Samman); and
3)      Increasing the Award money from Rs. 50,000/ to Rs. One Lakh for 10 numbers of Literary Awards presented to eminent writers in recognition for their contribution in the field of Sindhi Literature. The increase in Award money in all the cases will be effective w.e.f. 2014-15.

It was also decided in the Meeting to provide Rs.1.00 crore for the establishment of Sindhi Chair in Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer.

The Human Resource Development Minister also suggested many activities which will be undertaken for the promotion and development of Sindhi Language. (i) E-learning curriculum in Sindhi Language will be developed under which foundation course of Sindhi language will be provided free of cost; (ii) Young and upcoming Sindhi writers shall be associated with promotion of the language and their books will be published by the National Book Trust. The books of new writers will be exhibited in the next World Book Fair; (iii) A competition amongst young Sindhi knowing students will be conducted and the top three winners will be sent on Shodh Yatra accompanied by a writer and a historian in the Asian continent to study the roots of Sindhi language, culture and its civilization. Their experiences in the form of books will also be published by the Government of India; (iv) One Cultural Club in major clusters of Sindhi speaking people will be made functional in which the younger Sindhi generation shall participate in the activities like drama, poetry, writing, acting, plays, music and performing arts etc. A National level competition will be held for these activities and an award of Rs. One Lakh has been earmarked for the competition; and (v) It has also been decided to upload rare books of Sindhi language under the National E-Library and such rare books will also be published by the National Book Trust for circulation.

The task of standardization of prescribed text books for schools in Sindhi language using Devanagari script will also be undertaken by Central Institute of Indian Langauges (CIIL).

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Commodity-Wise Freight Revenue Earnings of Railways goes up by 12.43 Per Cent During
April 2014-January 2015

The Indian Railways has generated Rs. 86009.27 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during April 2014-January 2015 as compared to Rs. 76501.01 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 12.43 per cent. Railways carried 906.36 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during April 2014-January 2015 as compared to 866.14 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 4.64 per cent.

During the month of January 2015, Railways generated Rs. 10023.71 crore as compared to Rs. 8795.90 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 13.96 per cent. Out of which, Rs. 4728.91 crore came from transportation of 48.93 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 877.41 crore from 9.95 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 739.06 crore from 10.10 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 768.11 crore from 4.82 million tonnes of food grains, Rs. 495.99 crore from 3.55 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 582.31 crore from 3.46 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 540.27 crore from 4.41 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 190.10 crore from 1.75 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 446.05 crore from 4.07 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 655.50 crore from 6.75 million tonnes of other goods.

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Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu to review progress of urban schemes in North-East every quarter

MoS for Home Shri Kiren Rijuju holds detailed talks with Shri Naidu on N-E development

Meghalaya CM Dr.Mukul Sangma also discusses state related issues with Shri Naidu

Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu will review progress of schemes pertaining to his ministries in the North-Eastern states. This assurance was given to the Minister of State for Home Shri Kiren Rijuju who met Shri Naidu today for discussion on speedy and effective implementation of various central government initiatives in the region.

The two ministers decided on close monitoring of the implementation of various schemes to enable speedy development of North-Eastern states in the context of Prime Minister’s special focus on the region. They also discussed the prospective benefits to the region under various new initiatives like building of Smart Cities, New Mission for 500 cities and towns, Housing for All, Skill Development of Urban Poor etc.

Shri Kiren Rijuju requested Shri Naidu to look after the interests of all North-Eastern states under Smart Cities and other programmes. He also discussed funding of projects in Arunachal Pradesh including development of road networks in the towns of Changlang, Miao, Jairampur, Basar and Wokha, Solid Waste Management Project in Ziro etc.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr.Mukul Sangma discussed with Shri Venkaiah Naidu the issues relating to funding of Storm Water Drainage Master Plan for Shilling, Augmentation of Water Supply in Shillong, Williamnagar Town and Resubelpara besides development of Tura, the second largest town of the state.

Dr.Sangma requested Shri Naidu for a special dispensation under housing scheme for Meghalaya keeping in view the tribal ethos and culture, land ownership and land tenure system and topography. Shri Naidu assured the Chief Minister that these concerns would be addressed to a large context under the new Housing for All scheme to be launched soon.


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Centre urges states to promote ‘citizen participation’ in urban planning and development

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu releases new urban and regional development planning guidelines

Seeks attention to investment planning, local and area development planning

States asked to create exclusive funds for city infrastructure development

States also asked to enable building approvals in 30 days to promote ease of doing business

            Seeking a paradigm shift in urban development planning, the central government has urged the states and urban local bodies to identify urban development needs and priorities through ‘citizen  participation’ in decision making. This was the thrust of the new ‘Urban and Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation Guidelines’ released today by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu here today. These Guidelines were finalized and released after six months of consultations with states and other stakeholders by the Ministry of Urban Development and its Town and Country Planning Organisation.

            Speaking on the occasion, Shri Naidu invited the attention of the states to the Prime Minister’s assertion on promoting citizen participation in taking forward new urban initiatives like building Smart Cities, New Mission for 500 Cities, Housing for All etc.

            Shri Venkaiah Naidu stressed that ‘top-down’ approach so far adopted for urban development schemes have not yielded desired results and hence, his Ministry has undertaken extensive stakeholder consultations with states, urban local bodies and others to promote a ‘bottom-up’ approach through their involvement in designing of urban development schemes right from conceptualization onwards.

            The new urban planning guidelines seek to promote local and area level planning, investment planning, special purpose planning like in the case of city sanitation and mobility plans. Referring to the guidelines, Shri Naidu has urged the states to set up City Infrastructure Funds exclusively for promotion of infrastructure.

            Expressing concern over very low ranking of India regarding ‘ease of doing construction  business  in urban areas’ Shri Naidu has urged the states to enable approvals for construction projects in a maximum period of 30 days. Stating that at present it takes 90 to 600 days for obtaining such approvals, Shri Naidu said that it has been agreed in an Inter-ministerial meeting held recently, to simplify and rationalize the number of clearences required to sanction approvals in a maximum period of 30 days.

            Shri Venkaiah Naidu urged the states to modify Building Bye-Laws to enable effective use of diminishing land resource, promote ease of doing business, encourage green construction practices, use of solar power, rainwater harvesting, zero waste discharge and enable cities to mitigate and effectively face natural disasters.

            Shri Venkaiah Naidu announced that simplified Delhi Building Bye-Laws will soon be notified which will address the obstacles being faced in the context of rapid urbanization.

            The Minister while underscoring the importance of GIS and Remote Sensing based Master Plans urged the states to ensure such Plans for all urban areas within one year.

            Town Planners, Experts, Academicians and Professionals from the States and Union Territories and other stakeholder organisations will deliberate today on Model Building Bye-Laws.
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