Clarification from Ministry of Human Resource Development with regard to resignation of IIT-Delhi Director

Clarification from Ministry of Human Resource Development with regard to resignation of IIT-Delhi Director

A wide section of media has carried a news itemthat IIT-Delhi Director has resigned resisting government pressure. The Ministry of HRD has given the following clarification in this regard.

The news item reported in the media is factually inaccurate and incorrect and unnecessarily drags the Ministry into issues where no direction has been issued by the Ministry.

There is neither any request from Sachin Tendulkar for the ground of IIT for running a Cricket Academy nor any instruction from Ministry of HRD to provide the same.

Ministry of HRD has neither forwarded Mr.Swamy’s request to IIT-Delhi nor given any direction to make payment of arrears to Mr.Swamy. Views of DoPT and Finance Ministry have been sought on the matter.

Chairman, IIT-Delhi has forwarded Director’s resignation letter on 26th December evening for Appointing Authority’s decision following due process. Resignation can only be accepted by the Appointing Authority. It will have to go to the President for his approval as the Visitor of IIT-Delhi.

Achievements and Initiatives of Ministry of Labour and Employment

Year End Review 2014

          The Ministry of Labour & Employment is committed towards good governance by bringing transparency and accountability in enforcement of labour laws. Below mentioned are initiatives by the Ministry in this direction.

Governance reforms through use of Technology:

Shram Suvidha Portal: The Ministry of Labour & Employment has developed a unified Web Portal ‘Shram Suvidha Portal’. There are 4 main features of this Portal:

(i)                Unique labour identification number (LIN) will be allotted to Units to facilitate online registration.
(ii)             Filing of self-certified and simplified Single Online Return by the industry instead of filing 16 separate Returns. Amendments to 10 Rules has been taken up.
(iii)           Computerized inspection Reports within 72 hours by the Labour inspectors.
(iv)           Timely redressal of grievances.
The unique Labour Identification Number (LIN) has been issued to 7,40,850 Units as on 23.12.2014.

          Transparent Labour Inspection Scheme in Central Sphere for random selection of Units for Inspection:

(i)                A computerized list of inspections to be generated randomly based on risk based algorithm.
(ii)             Complaints based inspections to be determined centrally after examination based on data and evidence.
(iii)           19,389 inspections have been generated as on 23.12.2014 since the launch of the Labour Inspection Scheme of which 15,892 have already been uploaded on Shram Suvidha Portal.

Initiatives in Progress:

(i)                Common Registration between PAN/CIN/LIN.
(ii)             Common Registration and Reporting between 5 acts namely  The EPF & MP Act, 1952, The ESIC Act, 1948, The BOCW(RECS) Act, 1996, The CL(R&A) Act, 1970, and The Inter-State Migrant Workmen(RECS) Act, 1979.

(iii)           10 states have shown interest in joining the portal.

Portability through Universal Account Number (UAN) for Employees Provident Fund:
(i)                Digitization of complete database of  4,22,99,883  EPF subscribers and allotment of UAN to each of them.
(ii)             UAN is being seeded with Bank account and Aadhar Card and other KYC details for financial inclusion.
(iii)           EPF account of employee to be updated monthly and at the same time he will be informed through SMS.
(iv)           Direct access to their EPF accounts and will also enable them to consolidate all their previous accounts.

Initiatives in Progress:

(i)                Special drive is being taken up for enrolling contract and construction workers. This will bring this huge Unorganized Workforce into mainstream by bringing them under the formal social security cover. Details of contract workers will also be linked to Shram Suvidha Portal.

(ii)             ESIC is to seed UAN mandatorily.

 New Initiatives in Demand Responsive Vocational Training, Career Servies and Quality Apprenticeship:

      India is one of the youngest countries in the world. 58% our population is below 29 years of age.  That is why job creation particularly youth employment is focus area of our employment policy. The generation of the quality jobs means better skill alignment of workforce through Demand Responsive Vocation Training and quality apprenticeship so that the employment and employability of our workforce could be enhanced. It will also act as a bridge to realize the vision of the PM on Make In India, Skill India etc. Below mentioned are initiatives by the Ministry in this direction:

1.   Amendments in Apprentices Act:

(i)             A comprehensive Amendment Bill to the Apprentices Act, 1961 that has been passed by the parliament by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
(ii)          Trade-wise regulation of seats is to be replaced by a minimum and maximum percentage the total strength of the workers. Within this band, apprentices can be engaged in any trade.
(iii)        Industry can also engage apprentices in optional trades which are not designated, with the discretion of entry level qualification and syllabus.
(iv)        Scope being extended also to non-engineering occupations at diploma and degree level.
(v)          Penalties in the form of fine only.
(vi)        Permission to outsource basic training in an institute of their choice.
(vii)     Apprentices could also be from other states.

2. Launch of Apprentice Protsahan Yojna

(i)             Launched on 16th October, 2014.
(ii)          With an outlay of Rs.346 crores, Government will support one lakh apprentices in next two and a half years by sharing the 50 % of the stipend.
(iii)        A vision to have more than 20 lakh apprentices in next few years against present number of 2.9 lakh.
(iv)        Enhanced rates of stipend have been notified for trade apprentices. The minimum rate of stipend per month payable has been indexed to minimum wage of semi-skilled worker.

3.   Model Career Centres:

(i)             Outlay of the National Career Service (NCS) Project enhanced from Rs.148 crore to Rs.292 crores.
(ii)          NCS portal to be launched by March, 2015.
(iii)        100 Model Career Centres to be developed.
(iv)        To provide training in Last Mile Employability skills, a module has been finalized by Maruti.

4.   Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for construction sector:

(i)             More than 4.2 crore workers with low skill level.
(ii)          RPL Scheme started to give 15 day gap training at site for NCVT certificate.
(iii)        To be funded from Cess funds collected from Construction projects.
(iv)        Provision of wage compensation to worker at Rs.35 per hour.

5.  Revamp of training curricula on industry recommendations:

(i)             Sector-wise Mentor Councils under the leadership of industry.
(ii)          Revised curricula implemented from August, 2014 session in manufacturing as well as services sectors.
(iii)        Integral component of soft skills included.

6.  Training of ITI instructors through distance learning technology:

(i)             Model ITIs to be set up in every state to set benchmark for quality vocational training and to establish demand centres for industries.
(ii)          1000 government Principals given training in leadership skills.
(iii)        To prepare trainers according to revised curricula.
(iv)        So far 8000 instructors trained.
(v)          Taking inputs from Germany.

7.  National Brand Ambassadors of Vocational Training:

(i)             First time initiative to enhance dignity of vocational training.
(ii)          25 successful professional and entrepreneurs honoured by the Prime Minister on 16th October, 2014.
(iii)        Their success stories are being disseminated through TV and Radio.

8.  Incubation Centres and Chairs in IITs to promote innovation and excellence:

(i)             Academia experts in Indian Institute of Technology being selected for chair position to guide Mentor Councils and innovators.
(ii)          ITI students/pass outs to work with IIT students in incubation centres.

9.   Eight new RVTIs for Women Training:

(i)             Outlay of Rs.200 crores for additional annual capacity of 3840 women.
(ii)          To be set up in 8 states which are un-served so far Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tripura, Goa and Tamil Nadu.
(iii)        Depending upon the land availability from the state, to be functional by 2017.

10.                     Flexi MoU with industry:

(i)             Policy to encourage industry customized high potential NCVT training courses.
(ii)          Several MoUs signed including Maruti Suzuki, TATA Motors, Flipkart, Raymonds and several more proposed such as ILFS, Apparel Training and Development Centre.

11.                     New Advanced Training Institutes for training of trainers:

(i)             To address the shortage of trainers.
(ii)          12 institutes in PPP mode with capacity of 9200 with investment of Rs.20 crores.
(iii)        RFQ issued.

12.                     NCVT-MIS Portal:

(i)             To enforce academic calendar in vocational training institutions
(ii)          Portal to go live from December 2014.
(iii)        Facility of E-certification to pass outs for eliminating delays and seamless verification.

13.                     Revamped SDI portal:

(i)             Provision of biometric attendance and tracking of placement to be launched by January 2015.
(ii)          Several other user friendly facilities by March 2015.

Legislative initiatives:

Amendment to Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by certain Establishments) Act

The Principal Act of 1988 provides for simplified procedure for returns and registers under 9 Labour Acts for the establishments employing upto 19 workers. The Amendment Bill, 2011 has been passed by Rajya Sabha on 25.11.2014 and Lok Sabha on 28.11.2014.  The Amendment Bill now provides to include 7 more Labour Acts under the purview of the Principal Act.  Also, the coverage of Principal Act has been expanded from the establishments employing upto 19 workers to 40 workers. The Amendment Bill also gives an option to maintain the registers electronically and to file the returns electronically. These amendments will extend the benefit of simplified procedure to more number of establishments for larger number of labour acts. Further, it will reduce the tendency of establishments to restrict the number of workers to 19. It will also lead to ease of compliance as well as better enforcement of the labour laws.


Landmark Initiatives Towards Achieving 24x7 Power for All 

With an objective to provide 24x7 power across the country by 2019, the government has taken several landmark decisions for generation of power, strengthening of transmission and distribution, separation of feeder and metering of power to consumers. Special focus was given to north east by giving approval to the north eastern power system improvement project and comprehensive scheme for strengthening of transmission and distribution in the north eastern states. In the reform and restructuring front, various amendments are being brought in the Electricity Act and Tariff policy. For the power sector, the methodology for e-auction of coal blocks will be completely transparent , encourages greater competition and efficiency and optimizes power tariffs.
      Comprehensive state-specific action plans for 24x7 power to all homes is being prepared in partnership with respective states, encompassing generation, transmission and distribution. The power ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Andhra Pradesh government under its `Power for all` initiative that aims to cover the entire state by October 2016. Plans for Delhi & Rajasthan are already complete and ready for implementation. For other states are being readied.

The commissioning of one 765kV Raichur-Solapur transmission line by POWERGRID in December,2013 and synchronous interconnection of Southern Regional (SR) grid with the rest  of the grid was achieved, accomplishing the long cherished dream of ‘One Nation-One Grid-One Frequency’. The second circuit of 765kV Raichur – Solapur transmission line implemented through Private Sector Participation has been completed on 30th  June 2014 with active  guidance from POWERGRID. With both the 765 kV transmission lines now in operation, the interconnection has helped achieving a pan-India synchronous grid of 249GW and one of the largest synchronous operating grids in the world.

A National Smart Grid Mission is going to be launched to address key issues of Smart Grid Initiatives on a large scale in the country and to make the Indian Power infrastructure cost effective, responsive and reliable. A 20 year Prespective Plan for integrated inter-regional , inter-state and intra-state transmission network for the country as whole has been formulated. This will be a crucial backbone for the vision of 24x7 power for all homes in India.
The details of the major initiatives of Ministry of Power to achieve “24 x7 Power for all”  in the country are as follows:
1.   Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana:

Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), announced in the budget 2014-15 envisages feeder separation, strengthening of sub-transmission & distribution network including metering at all levels for the rural areas. The major components of the scheme are : feeder separation ,strengthening of sub-transmission and  distribution network, metering at all levels, including input points, feeders and distribution transformers, micro grid and off grid distribution network and rural electrification to complete already sanctioned projects. This scheme will help in round the clock power to rural households and adequate power to agricultural consumers. The estimated cost of the scheme is Rs.43, 033 crore which includes the requirement of budgetary support of Rs 33,453 crore from GOI over the entire implementation period.
2.   Integrated Power Development Scheme :

The integrated power development scheme envisages strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network including metering at all levels in the urban areas. The major components of the project include strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network, metering, IT application-ERP and customer care services, provisioning of solar panels and completion of the ongoing works of the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms programme (R-APDRP). The estimated cost of the project is Rs 32,612 crore .

3. North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project:
The North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSlP) is for the six States of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland for strengthening of the Intra State Transmission and Distribution System at an estimated cost of Rs.5111.33 crore including capacity building expenditure of Rs.89 crore. The scheme is to be implemented with the assistance of World Bank loan and the budget of MoP. Implementation of this project will create a reliable State power grid and improve its connectivity to the upcoming load centres, and thus extend the benefits of the grid connected power to all the consumers. This project is a major step towards meeting the national objective of "Power to All" through enhancement in access of consumers to grid connected power supply through improving its availability and reliability, thereby facilitating inclusive growth. This shall also increase the per capita power consumption of these States, which is lagging behind the average national consumption and shall contribute to the economic development of the North-Eastern Region. 

         Another major decision taken by the government was the “Comprehensive Scheme for Strengthening of Transmission & Distribution System in Arunachal Pradesh & Sikkim”. Presently, only 5 out of 20 districts of Arunachal Pradesh are connected to transmission network at 132/220 KV. The project is to be implemented within 48 months from the first fund release to PGCIL. 
4.Regulatory Reforms:

The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was introduced in the Lok Sabha  by the Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New& Renewable Energy Shri. Piyush Goyal on the 19th December ,2014.  The proposed amendments in the Electricity Act ,2003 will usher in much needed further reforms in the power sector. The amendments will also promote competition, efficiency in operations and improvement in quality of supply of electricity in the country resulting in capacity addition and ultimate benefit to the consumers. 

5.         Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal & New Renewable Energy:

The Advisory Group has presented its final report, which covers contemporary issues and challenges in respect of the Ministries of Power, Coal & New & Renewable Energy.

6.      Independent Company for Power Reforms (POSOCO)

      The government has decided to set up of Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) as an Independent Government Company. In the process, the institutional framework for an independent, secure and reliable power system operation entity at the national level has been put in place as mandated under the Electricity Act 2003. POSOCO operates the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) and Regional Load Despatch Centres (RLDCs) which are also responsible for operating the vibrant electricity market working in the country. POSOCO is also designated as the nodal agency for major reforms in the power sector such as the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Mechanism, transmission pricing, short term open access in transmission, Deviation Settlement Mechanism, Power System Development Fund (PSDF), etc.

7.            Rs 200 crore  for strengthening power transmission system in Delhi:

The Government has approved a Scheme and sanctioned an amount of Rs. 200 crore  for the power transmission system strengthening in Delhi during 2014-15. The implementation of the scheme will enhance the reliability of power supply to Consumers in Delhi areas.
8.   Important projects - dedicated to Nation or foundation stone laid  by Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modi :
·                   240 MW URI-II Power Station of NHPC located in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is  a run of the river scheme on the Jhelum River built at a cost of around Rs. 2300 crore

·                      44 MW Chutak hydroelectric Project located in Kargil District of Jammu & Kashmir. The project is a run-off-river scheme on the river Suru, to generate 216 MU.

·                        45 MW Nimoo-Bazgo Hydro electric Project. This project is a Run of the River scheme to harness the potential of river Indus in Leh district of Ladakh region. The project is designed to generate 239 MUs of energy.

·                     Laid foundation stone for the first power transmission line from Leh to Kargil and Kargil to Srinagar. This 375 KM transmission line with four 220/33kV Sub-stations at Drass, Kargil, Leh and Khalsti will connect Leh/ Kargil area in Ladakh with Northern Region Grid at 220kV level. 

·                  Raichur-Sholapur 765 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Maharashtra. This transmission line has established the infrastructure for transfer of power from the regional grids of Northern, Eastern, Western and North-eastern regions to Southern region .

·                     Mouda Super Thermal Power Project Stage-I (1000 MW) situated in Nagpur Distt. of Maharashtra. The project will have ultimate capacity of 2320 MW on completion of 1320 MW ( 2X660MW) Stage-II.

·                     765 kV Ranchi-Dharamjaygarh-Sipat transmission line in Jharkhand and initiated the commencement of work on 3x660 MW North Karanpura Super Thermal Power Project.  This line is the first 765kV inter-regional link between Eastern Region and Western Region.

·                     The 110 MW unit II of Muzzafarpur Thermal Power station (Stage I ) of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited and the first 660 MW unit of NTPC`s Barh Super Thermal Power Station commenced commercial generation with the declaration of Commercial Operation by Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State ( IC) for Power, Coal, New& Renewable Energy, in Bihar.  The project has 2 X 195 MW capacity under construction at present. Bihar will get 484MW from the project (220 MW from stage-I and 264 MW from stage II) which is 80% of the project capacity. 

9.    Transmission :
·                     Ministry of Environment and Forests modified the guidelines for laying of transmission lines enabling all private transmission developers to be treated at par with the public sector developers in respect of compensatory afforestation. 

·                     Nine Transmission schemes worth Rs.12,272 crore have been approved to be implemented under Tariff Based competitive bidding.

·                     Operationalization of Power System Development Fund (PSDF) of around Rs.7,500 crore for installation of protection systems in the power grid. 

10.  Electricity Distribution:
A National Smart Grid Mission is going to be launched to address key issues of Smart Grid Initiatives on a large scale in the country and to make the Indian Power infrastructure cost effective, responsive and reliable.

11 .  Energy Efficiency:

·            Government has approved the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) in August 2014 with an outlay of Rs.775 crore. NMEEE covers - Perform, Achieve and Trade framework for energy efficiency in industrial units; Venture Capital Fund and Partial Risk Guarantee Fund for funding energy efficiency projects; and Super Efficient Electrical Appliances (SEEP).

·            Guidelines for Energy Efficient Residential Apartments issued in August 2014.

·              Energy Efficiency Rating Programme for Diesel Generator sets and hospital buildings notified in August 2014.

12.  LED Replacement:
All the Ministries/Departments of Government of India, including attached/subordinated office have been requested to replace CFL/Incandescent bulls with LED bulbs. Ministry of Finance has been requested to issue directives to all departments of the Government to procure LED bulbs instead of CFLs/ICLs for their procurements. Similarly, DGS&D has also been requested to include LED bulbs on their stock so as to ensure availability for Government procurement. After the recent devastating Hudhud cyclone in Vizakhapattanam,  Energy Efficiency Services Limited  has replaced 91,000 street lights with LED lights.
13. Approval for signing of "SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation :
The agreement was signed among the SAARC Member States during the 18th SAARC Summit held at Kathmandu, Nepal on 26-27 November, 2014.  The Agreement is expected to improve the power availability in the entire SAARC region. It would facilitate integrated operation of the regional power grid.
14. Signing of pact with Nepal:
          An Agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Government of the Republic of India on “Electric Power Trade Cross – Border Transmission Interconnection and Grid connectivity” was signed by the Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Government of Nepal and Secretary (Power) Government of India on 21.10.2014 at Kathmandu in Nepal.
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