Shri Madhusudhan Prasad takes over as new Urban Development Secretary



Shri Madhusudhan Prasad takes over as new Urban Development Secretary

Shri Madhusudhan Prasad has taken over as new Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development. An IAS Officer of 1981 batch belonging to Haryana cadre was Special Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce before moving over to new ministry.


Shri Prasad held the posts of Collector of Sirsa district and Principal Secretary (Power) in the Government of Haryana before he moved over to the Government of India. He was Director and Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs and Additional Secretary and Special Secretary(Commerce).

Shri Madhusudhan Prasad also served as Economic Counsellor in the Indian Embassy in Washington, USA.

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Shri Venkaiah Naidu seeks conversion of municipal waste into energy, fuel, fertilizer, irrigation water

Voices concern over landfilling of 72% of solid waste, disposal of 61% untreated sewage

UD Ministry empanelling municipal waste solution providers

Shri Naidu asks corporates to ‘walk the talk’ in partnering clean and modern urban India

Throwing light on the challenges of urban waste management and opportunities there of, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has urged the corporates and industrial and trade bodies to ‘walk the talk’ in respect of ensuring cleanliness and waste management in urban areas. He shared his concerns while addressing the ‘Waste to Energy’ Conference organized by the ASSOCHAM here today.

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has called for a concerted action to recycle urban solid waste and sewage for converting them into energy, fuel, fertilizers and irrigation water. He stressed on ‘reduction, recycling and reuse’ of solid waste and sewage . He has said that his ministry is identifying domestic and foreign companies who can provide cost effective solutions for solid waste and sewage management through reduction, recycling and reuse. The minister has underlined that these two issues have been accorded priority under all new urban development initiatives like Swachh Bharat Mission, Smart Cities, Infrastructure development in 500 citites, Heritage City Development etc.

Shri M.Venkiah Naidu informed that 1,33,000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste is being generated every day in Class-I and II cities out of which 32% is being littered. Of the total waste being collected, 72% (6,55,000 metric tonnes) is being landfilled. He further said that through proper collection and reuse and recycling of solid waste, 440 MW of power can be generated every year and consumption of chemical fertilizers can be reduced by 30% by using compost made out of solid waste from urban areas. Further elaborating on the ‘cash value of trash’, Shri Naidu said that Refused Derived Fuel is another potential solution for treatment of solid waste which is comparable to coal in terms of costs and calorific value.

Stating that about 38,500 million litres of sewage is being generated per day by Class-I and II cities, Shri Naidu said effective recycling of it would help in irrigating about one to three lakh hectares depending on the crop. He expressed concern over discharge of about 61% of sewage without being treated.

Welcoming trade and industrial bodies like ASSOCHAM organizing seminars and conferences on urban challenges, Shri Naidu urged them and their members to ‘walk the talk’ by effectively partnering in initiatives like Swachh Bharat Mission, Municipal Waste Management, Housing for All and urban infrastructure development by making a success of PPP model.

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Uma Bharti & Raghubar Das Discusses Issues of Irrigation, Flood Control and Pollution Control in River Ganga & its Tributaries in Jharkhand

Union Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Ms. Uma Bharti and Jharkhand Chief Minister Shri Raghubar Das today discussed in the state Capital Ranchi the details of issues related with Irrigation, Flood Control and Pollution Control in River Ganga & its tributaries in Jharkhand. Senior officers from the Ministry of Water Resources and concerned officers of State Government were also present on this occasion.

It was decided in the meeting that the multi-purpose Suvarnrekha project will be reviewed and completed in a time bound manner. Centre will support fully in this regard and will allocate required funds for his purpose.

The state will send the remedial plan for the embankment cutting by river Ganga in the state to the Central Water Resources Ministry and the same will be taken up in the Ministries flood control programme.

The Union Minister also assured that for the study of the adverse effects of Arsenic in the reverse flowing in the state she will sent a team of National Institute Hydrology and appropriate steps will be taken after its report.

The Damodar River in the state is highly polluted as the effluents from the Steal and Coal industry have put a severe threat on the existence of river. The Central Government will fully support to make this river pollution free.

Ms. Uma Bharti also gave her consent to a Jharkhand Government request of developing the flow of River Ganga as a model in the state.

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The Prime Minister to Interact with Economists at NITI Aayog and seek their suggestions for forthcoming budget

The Prime Minister & Chairman of the newly constituted National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), Shri Narendra Modi has convened a meeting of eminent experts on 6th February at NITI Aayog for interaction on the subject of the state of economy and for inviting suggestions on the forthcoming budget. The Honourable Finance Minister would conduct this meeting.

Eminent experts and economists invited for the meeting include Ashok Gulati, Bimal Jalan, G. N. Bajpai, Mukesh Butani, Nitin Desai, Parthasarathi Shome, Pulapare Balakrishnan, Rajiv Lall, R. Vaidyanathan, Rajiv Kumar Shankar Acharya, Subir Gokarn, Swaminathan Aiyer, T.N. Ninan, Vijay Kelkar and Dr. Y.V. Reddy. The meeting will also be attended by Vice Chairman, NITI Dr. Arvind Panagariya and full time Members of NITI Dr. Bibek Debroy and Dr. V.K. Saraswat. MoS (Planning) Rao Indrajit Singh and MoS(Finance) Sri Jayant Sinha would also attend this meeting. In addition, senior officials from PMO, Ministry of Finance and Niti Aayog. The meeting would also be attended by the Chief Economic Adviser Dr. Arvind Subramanian to the Government.

First Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog

Another important meeting scheduled is the first meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI, which has been convened by the Prime Minister on Feb. 8, 2015 in New Delhi. The Government of India Resolution Dated January 1, 2015 through which NITI has been set up provides for a Governing Council comprising the Chief Ministers of all States and Lt. Governors of Union Territories.

It may be mentioned that a core objective of NITI is to strengthen cooperative federalism. Hence the consultative meeting with the CMs of States and Lt. Governors of UT which was convened by the Prime Minister on December, 7, 2014 has played an important role in shaping its objectives, functions and Structure of the NITI.

The first meeting of the Governing Council is expected to provide further suggestions on setting efficient processes and mechanism of interactions between Centre and States and also between NITI and other stakeholders so that synergy may be ensured between the efforts of different levels of Government and a shared national development framework emerges. The States have also been requested to give their valuable suggestion to make new initiatives of Government of India like Swachh Mission, Make in India campaign, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Smart Cities, Housing for All by 2022, Digital India, Skill India, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana etc. - a success.
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