Bengaluru blast


The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh discussed the Bengaluru blast situation with the Union Minister for Law & Justice, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Ananthkumar, in New Delhi on December 29, 2014.


Bengaluru blast: Union Home Minister says Intelligence Agencies working on the case, NIA probe may be ordered if required 

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh met with the Union Minister for Law and Justice Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Ananthkumar here today and discussed the situation in the aftermath of the blast in Bengaluru last night. 

Shri Rajnath Singh said the Centre is waiting for details about the incident from the State Government and informed the media that the Intelligence Agencies are working on this case. He added that if required, the case could be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). 


Earlier, Shri Rajnath Singh reviewed the Bengaluru blast situation with the Heads of Security and Intelligence Agencies and Senior Officials of MHA. 

The Union Home Minister last night spoke with the Karnataka Chief Minister Shri S. Siddaramaiah immediately after the Bengaluru blast and was apprised of the situation. Shri Rajnath Singh offered Shri Siddaramaiah that the Centre is ready to provide all help. The Union Home Minister said the Centre has suggested to the State Government that CCTV cameras should be installed at public places in Bengaluru and other main cities. 
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Achievements and Initiatives of Ministry of Mines 

YEAR END REVIEW 2014

           

Rule 24A(6) of Mineral Concession Rules (MCR), 1960 was amended to restrict the provision of deemed extension to two years for mining leases whose applications are pending for first renewals only. The provision of deemed extension has not been extended to cases of mining leases whose second/subsequent renewals are pending. The amendment was notified vide GSR 510(E) dated 18.7.2014.

            The Second Schedule and Third Schedule to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 which prescribe the rates of royalty for major minerals (excluding coal, lignite and sand for stowing) and dead rent respectively, have been amended revising the rates of royalty and dead rent. The amendment has been notified vide GSR 630 (E) and 631 (E) dated 01.9.2014.

            Rule 24A (1), Rule 33 and Form K of MCR, 1960 has been amended to: (i) allow for making an application for renewal 24 months before the mining lease is due to expiry; (ii) make survey and demarcation of the mining lease area through Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS); and (iii) erection and maintenance of boundary pillars at a distance of not more than 50 meters etc. The amendment was notified vide GSR 710(E) dated 8.10.2014.

MINERAL EXPLORATION CORPORATION LIMITED (MECL)

The performance of the Mineral Exploration Corporation Ltd.(MECL) in all spheres has been higher than performance of previous years. The achievement in exploratory drilling has shown an increasing trend year after year and has been highest in the year 2013-14 during last 23 years while the gross revenue & net profit has been highest since inception of the company.
Dividend to Government of India: With continuous improvement in the financial performance, the company has paid a dividend of Rs. 4.13 crores to Govt. of India for the year 2012-13 after a gap of 33 years
Mineral Reserves: During the year 2013-14, a total of 26 exploration reports for different minerals like Coal, Lignite, Copper and limestone etc. have been submitted. A total of 1143 Million Tonnes of reserves of various minerals were added to the National Mineral Inventory during the year.
Drilling: A total of 346553 meters of drilling was carried out.
Net Profit: The net profit of the company has been Rs.25.46 crores registering an increase of 23% of Rs. 20.66 crores over same period of previous year.



HINDUSTAN COPPER LIMITED (HCL)
1.        Ore & MIC production of the financial year concluded in March 2014  was highest in last 15 years and 12 years respectively. The ore & MIC production achieved was 38.26 lakh tonnes and 32,276 MT respectively.

2.        As a steps towards “Make in India”, the Company has initiated steps to manufacture value added products of copper like contact wire for Railways, copper foils, sheet, tubes, bus bars, profiles etc. in Joint Venture with Private player.

3.        The Company is actively participating in the Swachha Vidyalaya Abhiyan  and has committed expenditure for construction/repair of 207 toilets covering 140 schools.

4.        HCL has been conferred the prestigious SKOCH “Order of Merit ‘2014” for CSR project namely ‘Systematic Rice Intensification’ and has been selected as amongst the best projects in the Country.

NATIONAL ALUMINIUM COMPANY LIMITED (NALCO)

1.        NALCO achieved highest Alumina export of 13.09 lakh MT and highest export earnings of Rs. 3,719 crore. The Company achieved sales turnover of Rs. 7024 crore and net profit of Rs. 642 crore. The Company paid 30% dividend for FY13-14 amounting to Rs. 386.59 crore. NALCO has been rated “Excellent” in Corporate Governance by DPE for FY 2013-14. For the year 2014-15, sales turnover, net profit & Export earnings are Rs. 3852 crore, Rs. 613 crore and Rs. 1677 crore respectively till H1.

2.        During the year 2013-14, Bauxite Mines and Alumina Refinery have achieved highest ever production since inception with bauxite transportation of 62.93 lakh MT and Alumina Hydrate production of 19.25 lakh MT respectively. Aluminium Smelter achieved cast metal production of 3.16 lakh MT and CPP achieved ‘Net Power Generation’ of 4,989 MU. In the year, 150MU of wind power was generated by the Company.

3.        The 2nd Wind Power Plant of 47.6MW in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan was commissioned in January, 2014. 

4.        32,77,000 shares of NALCO has been sold to the employees of NALCO through employee offer scheme in June 2014, post disinvestment of 6.09% of shares through offer for sale (OFS) route in March, 2013. Govt. of India presently holds 80.93% of NALCO’s share.

5.        Aluminium Smelter was certified to ISO 50001 Energy Management System in August, 2014.

6.        Responding to the call of Hon’ble Prime Minister, NALCO has committed to construct toilets in 160 schools in Odisha under “Swachh Bharat-Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan” at an approx. Cost of Rs. 5 crore.

7.        NALCO has decided to extend rehabilitation benefits to substantially affected persons of Mines & Refinery Complex, Damanjodi over and above the Land Displaced Persons (LDPs) in line with Rehabilitation benefits extended at S&P Complex, Angul.






INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
1.         In compliance with the Work Programme decided during the 8th meeting of JWG on Mining and Minerals held with Australia on 12 June, 2013 at New Delhi, three geologists  from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) were got trained during  1st June 2014 to 31st October 2014 by the Geoscience Australia, Government of Australia, for skill up gradation and capacity building on exploration techniques for deep seated mining.

2.         In compliance with the decision taken in the 7th Meeting of the JWG on Geology and Mineral Resources between India and Ontario Province, Canada held on 7th March, 2014 at Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, five persons were trained by the mining experts  of the  Ontario province of Canada in Sudbury  from 27th September to 4thOctober, 2014 for the purpose of capacity building relating to mine closure measures, reclamation and rehabilitation process.

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Achievements and Initiatives of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation 

Year End Review
                                                                                                                  


Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation works with three-pronged objectives to ensure effective use of Water Resources, inclusiveness and sustainability. The new NDA Government at the centre, immediately after its taking over re-orgranized the Ministry of Water Resources. River development and Ganga rejuvenation were added to it and the Ministry was re-named as Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The main thrust of the Ministry during the year 2014 has been on rejuvenation on river ganga, inter-linking of rivers and ghat development and beautification of river front besides other issues.

REJUVENATION OF RIVER GANGA

The work of Ganga Rejuvenation has been transferred to this Ministry vide Gazette notification dated 1.8.2014. Ganga and its tributaries have been brought under one umbrella. Rejuvenation of Ganga has been prioritised as “restoration of its wholesomeness by ensuring ‘aviral dhara’ and ‘nirmal dhara’ as also its ecological and geological integrity. The Union Budget 2014-15 has set up an Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission namely “Namami Gange” with an allocation of Rs. 2037 crore for Ganga Rejuvenation. The plan formulated for Ganga Rejuvenation provides for ‘Short-term’, ‘Medium-term’, and a ‘Long-term’ action plan, incorporating the projects already sanctioned by National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBP). Presently, a World Bank assisted National Ganga River Basin Project (NGRBP) for Rs 7000 crore and a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted Project at Varanasi for Rs. 496.90 crore are under implementation. 

National Ganga Monitoring Centre (NGMC) is conceptualized as a Nodal Centre for monitoring the critical aspects of Ganga rejuvenation, such as water and effluent quality at identified suitable locations throughout Ganga, using IT enabled systems, etc. 

The Government proposes to free all villages along the banks of the river from open defecation under Namami Gange project. 

Following major initiatives have been taken to rejuvenate Ganga:

§   National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) has been expanded by including Minister (WR, RD and GR) as vice-chairman and also other Ministers concerned with wholesome development of Ganga.

§   Improved coordination among various ministries through Group of Secretaries (GoS) setup on 6.6.2014; The GoS has held 10 meetings and submitted its report on 28.08.2014.

§   The First National Dialogue i.e ‘Ganga Manthan’ was held on 7th of July 2014; more than 500 spiritual leaders of all beliefs, academicians & technocrats, NGOs & Environmentalists, and Policy makers & implementers actively participated in the deliberations. To facilitate inflow of ideas, suggestions and involvement of people, a website of NMCG has been launched on 12th of September 2014.

§   A committee of Additional Secretaries of Mo(WR, RD&GR) and MoEF&CC constituted to recommend on provisional environmental flow.

§   A Committee constituted to revise existing guidelines on sand mining by MoEF&CC.

§   Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun has been requested to prepare a plan for afforestation and  Conservation of Flora.

§   In collaboration with National Medicinal Plants Board a strategy is being finalized for conservation of medicinal plants in the upper reaches of Ganga.

§   A project has been undertaken for identification of special properties of Ganga Jal, water quality monitoring and sediment analysis through National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.

§   A three member technical committee comprising Director, NEERI, Secretary CPCB and Prof. Vinod Tare, IIT, Kanpur constituted to study and recommend suitable technologies for pollution abatement in river Ganga.



INTER-LINKING OF RIVERS ( ILR)

As per the National Perspective Plan of ILR, it would give additional benefits of 35 million hect. of irrigation (25 million hect. of irrigation from surface waters and 10 million hect. by increased use of ground waters) raising the ultimate irrigation potential from 140 million hect. to 175 million hect. and generation of 34000 MW of power, apart from the benefits of flood control, navigation, water supply, fisheries, salinity and pollution control etc. The ILR is a project of national importance and its purpose is to provide equitable distribution of water in the country which will specially benefit flood and drought prone areas.  National Water Development Agency (NWDA) has identified 30 links, 16 under Peninsular Component and 14 under Himalayan Component for preparation of Feasibility Reports. Out of this, feasibility reports of 14 links of peninsular component and two links (Indian portion) of Himalayan component have been prepared. Surveys and investigation in respect of seven other links is also complete and their draft feasibility reports have been compiled.

            In 2014, first ILR project of Ken-Betwa has been initiated.  The Ken – Betwa link project would have a dam on river Ken along with 221 Km Link Canal, provide annual irrigation to 6.35 Lakh Hectare, supply drinking water to 13.42 lakh people and generate 78 MW hydropower in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

A Special Committee on ILR, under the chairpersonship of Union Minister (WR) has been constituted, to oversee the work of ILR.


TECHNOLOGY UPGRADATION

The management of river water system is being modernised with the use of latest technology. Hydrology Project-III is being launched with World Bank Assistance for developing Decision Support System for modernisation of Ganga and Brahmaputra Basins, as well as other uncovered parts of the country, at a cost of Rs. 3,000 crore.

An ambitious National Aquifer Mapping and Management Programme (NAQUIM) has been launched entailing mapping of aquifers in an area of 8.89 lakh sq. km of the country on a scale of 1:50,000 and in 3-D. Six  pilot projects of Aquifer mapping have been carried out in six areas of five States namely Maharashtra (part of Nagpur district), Rajasthan (parts of Dausa and Jaisalmer districts), Bihar (part of Patna district), Karnataka (part of Tumkur district) and Tamilnadu (part of Cuddalore district)    using advanced techniques including heliborne Transient Electromagnetic surveys for faster and accurate mapping of aquifers. The data acquisition has been completed and final details will emerge after analysis of data in conjunction with other relevant scientific data to test the efficacy of technologies in mapping of aquifers in different hydro-geological terrains including identification of potential for groundwater resources. The total outlay for the XII Plan for Aquifer Mapping, a fully funded Scheme of this Ministry is Rs. 2051 crore. This will help in managing Aquifer recharge, river bank filtration and identification of critically stressed blocks as well as identification of contaminated blocks.

 A World Bank aided project viz. Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) is in operation. Under the project, advanced materials and simulation techniques and guidelines are being brought/evolved in the country to ensure dam safety.

The implementation of Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) is reviewed on a quarterly basis by the Technical Committee headed by Member (Design and Research), Central Water Commission (CWC). World Bank also reviews the progress of DRIP by conducting half-yearly review missions. So far 9 meetings of the Technical Committee and 5 Review Missions of the World Bank have been conducted.
      The Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) initially targeted rehabilitation of 223 large dams in four states, namely Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The project became effective on 18th April, 2014. Later due to addition/deletion of some of the projects by the states, total number of dams under DRIP have reduced to 190 (Kerala-28, Madhya Pradesh-29, Odisha-26 and Tamil Nadu-107). State Project Management Unit (SPMU) has been created in each of the four states and Central Project Management Unit (CPMU) has been set up in CWC. CWC has also hired the services of an international Engineering and Management Consultant for assisting in the project implementation. Consultant’s sub units have also been set up in the four DRIP States to facilitate the coordination between CPMU and SPMU.
To empower communities through well informed water related database for better research, planning, development, management in the area of water resources, under Development of Water Resources Information System (DWRIS)-a Web enabled Water Resources Information System’ named as IndiaWRIS, has been undertaken. It will add 800 new hydrological observation sites and expand monitoring of major reservoirs to 120 reservoirs.

CLEANING OF YAMUNA RIVER 
          Government of India has sanctioned Yamuna Action Plant (YAP)-I and YAP-II schemes for river Yamuna in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and YAP-III in Delhi under financial assistance from Japan International Coorperation Agency (JICA) for taking up works for sewerage/interception and diversion of drains, Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), low cost sanitation/community toilet complexes, electric/ improved wood crematoria, etc. An expenditure of Rs. 1514.42 crore (including state share) has been incurred on YAP-I and YAP-II while YAP-III has been sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs. 1656.00 crore.
         Government of India has also sanctioned two projects for Rs. 217.87 crore for pollution abatement of river Yamuna in towns of Sonepat and Panipat in Haryana.
     The timeframe for completion of YAP-III scheme, being funded by JICA for Delhi, is December, 2018 and for interceptor sewer project is June, 2015. 

120 SPECIAL TEAMS START WORKING ON GANGA, YAMUNA AND RAMGANGA

    Special teams set up by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation have started submitting their reports. 120 such teams were constituted to study various aspects of 118 places along the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Ramganga. 
    These places were located in Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar and West Bengal. These teams were asked to find out the latest position of sewage treatment plants located at these places and the types of plantation required along the rivers. The teams were also directed to find out the latest available techniques to modernize these treatment plants to obtain quicker results. Old and nonfunctional treatment plants will be replaced by new ones. These teams will also recommend necessary measures to be taken immediately to contain pollution in these rivers to Central Pollution Control Board.



JAL MANTHAN
     A three day national conference on issues for optimal use of water resources called “Jal Manthan” was held at New Delhi from 20 to November 22, 2014. The three day event was  organized by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation      to take up wide ranging consultations with the state irrigation ministers, Secretaries for Water Resources and a range of other stakeholders. The focus was on refining policies of the Ministry to make them more people friendly and responsive to the needs of the states.

OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE AND E-BOOK OF MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES LAUNCHED
       In its efforts to reach to social media, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has launched its official facebook page and e-book.

EXPERT ADVISORY GROUP CONSTITUTED TO RENDER ASSISTANCE TO MATTERS PERTAINING TO WATER SECTOR 
    An Expert Advisory Group under the Chairmanship of Shri BN Navalawala, Ex-Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, as Chief Adviser has been constituted to render assistance to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in matters pertaining to water sector.
   The Expert Advisory Group will have two other members as Advisers appointed from time to time. The other members would be appointed in consultation with the Chief Adviser. The group may co-opt any other experts for a specific purpose and specified period with the prior approval of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. 
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Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on December 24, 2014 

The Water Storage available in 85 important reservoirs of the country as on December 24, 2014 was 92.977 BCM which is 60% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 85% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 98% of storage of average of last ten years. The present storage position during current year is less than the storage position of last year and also less than 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 9.49 BCM which is 53% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 66% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 58% 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 13.95 BCM which is 74% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 88% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 70% 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 storage capacity of 24.54 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 14.85 BCM which is 61% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 76% 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 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 29.13 BCM which is 69% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 76% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 50% of 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 storage capacity of 51.37 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 25.55 BCM which is 50% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 59% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 64% 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 lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh. 

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