Highlights of Events in Department of Atomic Energy in 2014



Highlights of Events in Department of Atomic Energy in 2014 

Year End Review 2014



Following is the chronology of events held in Deptt. of Atomic Energy during 2014: 

Foundation Stone of 2800 MW Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana (Nuclear Power Project) laid

Dr. Manmohan Singh, the then Prime Minister  laid  Foundation Stone of 2800 MW Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana (Nuclear Power Project) on 13th January, 2014 .On this occasion he said this Nuclear Power Plant will Usher in Opening of New Vista’s of Development. 


Gorakhpur Anu Vidyut Pariyajana (GHAVP-1 to 4) is an ambitious initiative of The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, A Govt. of India Enterprise. Being built at an estimated cost of Rs. 20,594 Crore, this will be the 1st Nuclear Power Plant of Haryana and will be 21st in the country. For it the Haryana State Government has provided 1319 Acre ( 534 Hectare) land for the project and neqrly 186 acre (75 Hectare) for the housing colonies of plant personnel and CISF personnel. 

The proposed 700 MWe PHWR rectors are indigenous and similar o the ones currently under construction in Gujrat State (KAPP-3 &$) and Rajasthan state (RAPP-7 & 8). Also, the reactor size and the design features of 700 MWe are similar to that of 540 MWe of TAPP 3 &4 Units, except that partial boiling of the coolant upto about 3% (nominal ) at the coolant channel exit has been allowed. 

Agreement for Establishing Nuclear Power Stations 

A General Framework Agreement (GFA) was signed between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and the Joint Stock Company atomstroy export of the Russian Federation in April 2014 for establishing Kudankulam nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) units 3&4. An Early Works Agreement has also been concluded by NPCIL with M/s Westinghouse Electric Company for obtaining technical information about AP-1000 reactors. 

The NPCIL is engaged in techno-commercial discussions with M/s Areva, France, General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy International (GEH) and Westinghouse Electric Company (WEC) of the USA to arrive at project proposals for construction of Nuclear Power Plants. Conclusion of agreements with these companies will be subject to the techno-commercial proposals being satisfactory and viable. 

Incubation of Technology for “Biodegradable and Edible Films for Food and Pharmaceuticals Packaging 

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) under the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India through its Centre for Incubation of Technologies (BARCIT) has signed a MoU with M/s Veena Industries, Nagpur for incubation of technology for “Biodegradable and Edible films for Food and Pharmaceuticals Packaging” today at Trombay, Mumbai in May 2014. 

The biodegradable edible films for food and pharmaceutical packaging from natural resources have been developed by BARC for overcoming the disadvantages of plastic packaging materials. The films have comparable mechanical and barrier properties to commercially used PVC cling films. 



Commissioning of Fast Breeder Reactor 

  The 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) under construction  at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu was at an advanced stage of construction and commissioning as on 7th August 2014.  Erection of all major components of the reactor were  completed on time. Commissioning of auxiliary systems such as water system, ventilation, electrical and gas systems have been completed. The next stage in commissioning is preheating and filling of sodium into secondary and primary systems.  The project achieved overall physical progress of 97.6% on 30.06.2014.  The approved date for criticality of PFBR was in September, 2014.  However, being the first of its kind reactor being built completely indigenously in our country, some delays on account of the requirement of rigorous testing and qualification of all major equipment and sub-systems are anticipated.

   Most of the support systems commissioned are  under operation. Following are some of the major supporting systems which are commissioned:

 Safety service water system and associated raw water system; Emergency service water system and associated raw water system; De-mineralizer plant; Fire alarm system; Nitrogen generation system; 220 kV Switchyard;   6.6 kV switch gear and  Emergency Diesel Generator system


Trailblazing Performance of 765 Days of Continuous Run Yielded Second Place for RAPS-5 Globally  Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Dae Marked the Feet Achievements 

RAPS-5, the unit-5 of Rawatbhata Rajasthan Site (RR Site) on6th September 2014  recorded safe reactor operation of 765 days. Thus it had a trailblazing Performance that has earned second position Globally for the Unit.This prestigious moment was observed in the august presence of Department of Atomic Energy Secretary and Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Dr. R.K. Sinha and Chief Managing Director of NPCIL Shri K.C.Purohit at a function held in Rawatbhata (Chittourgarh) Rajasthan. 

So far only 10 rectors in the world have accomplished uninterrupted production for more than 500 days and of which India has 03 such reactors. the remaining 02 are from Canada and rest five are from USA, Dr. Sinha added. 

RAPS-5, an indigenously designed Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) of 220 MW is fuelled with natural Uranium and moderated and cooled by Heavy water. It was first synchronized to grid on December 22, 2009 and began its commercial operation on February 04, 2010.The unit has generated about 8663 Million Units of electricity till today to Northern grid since its commercial operation, benefitting Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Uttrakhand. 

RR Site is the harbinger of PHWRs in India. The site also has a special place in the history of Rawatbhata Rajasthan Site hosts eight PHWRs, of which two 700-MW PHWRs are under construction, making RR site India`s first and largest nuclear park in terms of number of reactors hosted at a site. Indian nuclear power programme for being the home to the first and latest PHWRs. Of the 1080 MW capacity in operation currently, about Fifty Percent of the Power generated at the site is supplied to Rajasthan State. 
The expansion plans for the upcoming unit 7 and 8 of RAPS which are under construction. They will produce700 MW power seperately.

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The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati releasing the publication at the inauguration of the Implementation of ‘e-office’ in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and ‘e-Clearance (Communication Mast)’ - Single Window Clearance to Communication Masts through SACFA – NOCAS Integration, in New Delhi on December 25, 2014.

Civil Aviation Minister Inaugurates e-office of the Ministry 

Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju today inaugurated the e-office governance in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India’s Single Window Clearance to Communication Masts through SACFA – NOCAS Integration. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the importance of e-governance and elaborated upon the arrangements made in the Ministry of Civil Aviation under this programme. He particularly highlighted the importance of transparency and accountability through which both efficiency and effectiveness are derived. The salient features of the e-office are as under: 

Single instance has been created for MoCA, BCAS, DGCA, CRS and IGRUA with URL as follows : ca.eoffice.gov.in 

All new files will be generated electronically, for which Training and Hand Holding on e- office has been provided to all users of the Ministry of Civil Aviation including Data Entry Operators/Consultants. 

90 Digital Signature Certificates (DSCs) have been installed and bound with e- office Application out of 137. 

All identified Employee Master Database (EMD) managers/Master Trainer identified by the Department have also been trained on e-office Admn modules. 

Shri V. Somasundaran, Secretary, Civil Aviation gave a detailed account of the e-office programme which was followed by a presentation and as part of the live demonstration an active file was forwarded by the Secretary to the Minister which was cleared by the Minister online. 

The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati inaugurating the Implementation of ‘e-office’ in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and ‘e-Clearance (Communication Mast)’ - Single Window Clearance to Communication Masts through SACFA – NOCAS Integration, in New Delhi on December 25, 2014.

As part of the e-governance implementation, in the offices under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, AAI’s initiative of e-clerance (communication mast) was also launched. Shri S. Raheja, Chairman, AAI gave details of the project and immediately after the presentation, height clearance of one of the active case was granted online. The salient points are as follows: 

Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocation (SACFA) is responsible for Frequency allocation and mast (fixed wireless) clearance to telecom Operators, based on AAI’s No Objection Certificate (NOC). 

The applicants were required to file an additional online application at NOC Application System (NOCAS), AAI for NOC for height clearance. 

Integration of SACFA and NOCAS servers will benefit the Telecom Operators in many ways: 

No duplicate application; Data will be fetched from SACFA server to populate the NOCAS application. 

No document (hard copy) is required by the AAI either from the applicant or SACFA. The system has become paperless. 

NOC letter is sent to SACFA electronically. The individual SACFA application is automatically updated with height clearance data. 

Effective Single Window clearance to Telecom Operators. 

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The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal addressing at the launch of the portal for e-auction of coal mines, in New Delhi on December 25, 2014.

Shri Piyush Goyal Formally Launches Portal for E-Auction of Coal Mines 

Shri Piyush Goyal , Minister of State ( IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy has formally launched the portal for e-auction of 24 coal mines here today . (www.mstcecommerce.com/auctionhome/coalblock) .With this , the registration process has been started and interested bidders with end use plants could visit MSTC website for the purpose. The registration process will be as per KYC norms and will be available on MSTC website. 

While speaking on the occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal said that entire auction process will be transparent, efficient and conducted online only. However, 2 documents the Bank Guarantee comprising the bid security and an Undertaking stating that all information submitted is true and correct shall be received in hard copy. The auction process will comprise (i) Techno–commercial bid for qualification and (ii) Financial bid (e-auction) for selection of successful bidder. Only 50% of the qualified bidders from technical stage (subject to a minimum of 5 bidders) will be allowed to participate in the e-auction process. 

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal launching the portal for e-auction of coal mines, in New Delhi on December 25, 2014.

Mines set aside for iron & steel, cement and CPPs will be auctioned through ‘Ascending Forward Auction’, where qualified bidders will quote incremental bids above the pre-determined floor price. Mines to be allocated for power sector will be auctioned through ‘Descending Reverse Auction’ to minimise impact on power tariffs of end use plants. Last date for receiving technical bids will be January 31, 2015 and list of qualified bidders will be placed on MSTC website on February 12, 2015. 

E-auction of coal mines for qualified bidders will be held from February14, 2015 to February 22, 2015.The entire mine allocation process for Schedule II coal mines will be completed by March 23, 2015 with the signing of Coal Mine Development & Production Agreement and the Vesting Order. 

The second phase of auction for 32 Schedule III coal mines will commence soon. 
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The Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad releasing the ‘India post pocket book’, on the occasion of Good Governance Day, in New Delhi on December 25, 2014.

Department of Posts Launches Some More IT Based Services on Good Governance Day 

On the occasion of Good Governance day today, the Department of Posts- “India Post” showcased some of the web based services which would be beneficial to the citizens of India. 

It participated in the exhibition organized by the Ministry of Communications & Information technology. The “India Post” pavilion showcased following initiatives: 

(i) The usage of hand held device which would be used by village Postmaster. All types of transactions related to the services of Post will be offered through the wireless hand held device in rural post offices under the ongoing IT project. 

(ii) My Stamp counter was set up where any individual who desires, can get customized stamp made which could also be used as postage. 

(iii) The monitoring of mail transmission under MNOP (Mail Network Optimisation Project) and of Project Arrow Offices through web based tools was displayed. 

(iv) The functioning of e-Post Office- a virtual Post Office where an individual can do postal transaction was also on display. 

(v) A pilot connecting weavers of Varanasi with e-commerce was started today at Varanasi and its portal was displayed in the exhibition in Delhi. Under the Pilot, Department of Posts and M/s Snapdeal, under the existing agreement of cooperation, will do hand holding of domestic manufacturers by helping them through post office in putting their products on the e-commerce platform. An ecommerce desk is set up in Varanasi Head Post Office where registration of weavers etc and uploading of their products would be facilitated. Management of orders received, payment processing, returns management would be done by Snapdeal. Packaging, if required, booking of articles and final delivery to online buyer would be undertaken by Department of Posts. 

To mark the occasion the Minster of Communications &Information Technology Shri Ravi Shanker Prasad launched an e-Book and a pocket book on products and services of Department of Posts. He also announced the enhancement of maximum sum assured limit in Postal Life Insurance from 20 to 50 lakh rupees. Details are: 

e-Book 

As part of the agenda to promote good governance through e-initiatives in the Department of Posts, an e-Book is being launched. This e-Book can be accessed directly on the India Post official website or by scanning a Quick Response (QR) Code Printed on a card. Details of the new initiatives of the Department of Posts, along with existing services are available on the e-Book. 

e-Pocket Book 

In order to provide an easy to carry reference book containing the details of all products and services of the Department of Posts in hard form, a Pocket Book is also being launched. This would be available in all post offices and shall promote Good Governance by making details of services and their rates available to the common man, in a simple, reader friendly and pocket sized format. 

Postal Life Insurance:

The present maximum sum assured limit in Postal Life Insurance is Rs. 20 lakh per individual. In order to give benefit of greater insurance to the customers, upper insurance limit has been enhanced from Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 50 lakh. 

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E Governance Through Information Technology for Good Governance 

Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), today organized a mega event and an exhibition in New Delhi to celebrate the Good Governance Day. 

The event was inaugurated by the Minister of Communications & Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, and was attended by officials of central government and its agencies, industry partners, interested netizens, and media personnel. 

In his keynote address at the event, the Minister said, that on the pillars of participation, accountability, transparency, responsiveness and efficiency, Good Governance can be effectively achieved through the vision of Digital India. The Minister emphasized that simple and inclusive technology has transformative power and is the source of good Governance. 

“In the last six months, Government of India has taken a number of landmark initiatives. The Digital India programme, unveiled by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, is committed to take the cause of Good Governance forward in letter and spirit”, the Minister added. 

The Minister in his concluding remarks directed all the officials of the Ministry of Communications and IT that they must ensure that the vision of Digital India becomes a reality! (Digital India Karna Hai). 

Shri RS Sharma, Secretary, DeitY said, “The department has taken a number of initiatives like MyGov(Citizen participation platform) , Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System, Jeevan Pramaan, e-Greetings, e-Sampark, National Digital Literacy Mission, e-Governance Competency Framework etc. to promote Good Governance in the country,” as well as to give impetus to the Digital India programme. 

“Government officials at all levels should contribute to this cause by ensuring effective planning and implementation of various e-Governance programmes. To make it happen, all government officials need to develop a positive mindset for e-Governance and other Information and communication technology (ICT) programmes. They also need to update their ICT skills on a regular basis”, he emphasized. 

The Minister launched a number of Good Governance projects initiated by Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Department of Telecommunication, Department of Posts and their organizations. 

Some of the key projects launched at the event were Time Stamping of Digital Signature, Integrated Indian Languages Virtual Keyboard for Android, PARAM Shavak (Super computer in box solution), .bharat domain in Gujarati and Bangla, e-launch of Support International Patent Protection in Electronics & IT scheme (SIP-EIT), Disbursements under Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme(M-SIPS), Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) disbursement, Gyansetu – an internet based real time ICT system to provide e-Services to the rural population of India, MTNL Apps for Android smart phones and e-Governance Competency Framework (e-GCF). 

Additionally e-Books were launched by the three departments namely Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Department of Telecommunications and Department of Posts. Department of Posts also launched a pocket book. 

Deity also organized an exhibition for which invitation to general public was done through an online registration process which was set up on National e-Governance Plan website. The event saw a huge participation from about 50 Government and private organisations like National Informatics Centre (NIC), Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) , Ministry of Panchayati Raj, IBM, CISCO, Oracle, Infosys etc. The exhibition offered a glimpse of various projects in the areas of software and hardware development, Networking, Services, Mobile, Geographic information system (GIS), Security and health, which were contributing to the cause of ICT enabled Good Governance. 

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Communication Technologies for Good Governance 

The foundation of a strong, prosperous nation is built on the quality of governance that it provides to its citizens. Information and Communications Technology is an important tool through which Good Governance can be structured. The power of Information Technology can be harnessed to deliver a wide range of services to citizens at their doorstep. The vision of Digital India is to employ its strengths in the I.T. field through its youth to lead India towards an era of Good Governance. 

Today, while celebrating Good Governance Day, the Minister of Communications & IT Shri Ravi Shanker Prasad renewed the commitment of the Department of Telecommunications to deliver good governance through the vision of Digital India. He launched new products and technologies by different agencies of Department of Telecommunications such as Gyansetu – an internet based real time Information and Communications Technology (ICT) system designed by C-DoT primarily to provide e-services to the under-privileged rural population of India, C-DOT‘s Next Generation Solution “MAX-NG”- a cost effective and smooth migration path to Internet Protocol Multimedia Systems (IMS), and new plans of MTNL for its customers. MAX NG will enable smooth transition from Plain Old Telephone System to Voice over Internet protocol, enabling consumers to enjoy voice, data and video services on existing landlines at affordable cost. 

The focus of the Department of Telecommunications is to create the communication infrastructure for enabling e-services like e-banking, e-commerce, e-education, e-governance, e-entertainment, e-health etc. across the country which is expected to give a new fillip to the inclusive growth of Indian economy. Presently, the telecom sector’s growth is on the upswing. This growth has to be carried forward with renewed vigour in a sustainable way. 

Government is committed to improve tele-density, voice and broadband penetration and ensure quality of services to both rural and urban areas to achieve the vision of Digital India. To bridge the rural coverage gap both for voice and broadband penetration, Government has planned to make significant investment for establishing the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) and Government User Network (GUN) to overlay NOFN. The project will connect 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats with 100 mbps speed, provide broadband connectivity to Gram Panchayats, primary schools and health centres and provide community Wi-Fi services at Gram Panchayat level. NOFN will support e-governance services, telemedicine, tele-education, financial services, e-commerce and e-entertainment. Tenders for trenching and pipe laying have been finalized in more than 25% Blocks and Gram Panchayats. About 4,300 Gram Panchayats have been connected and the pace of implementation has been accelerated in recent months. 

Government has planned to cover about 55,669 villages as yet uncovered by mobile connectivity all over India in a phased manner by March 2019. The major focus of the new Government is to reach remote areas such as North-Eastern States, Himalayan States, Border States and Islands and more importantly the Left Wing Extremism affected Areas in the country. A comprehensive plan to provide mobile connectivity in the North Eastern Region has been approved by the Government on 10th September, 2014 at a cost of Rs.5336.18 crore. Government has also decided to install and operate 2199 mobile towers to connect key locations in the States affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) with voice connectivity, at a project cost of Rs.3567.58 crore by September 2015. Provision of secure, reliable, robust, and affordable telecom facilities in Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) and Lakshadweep is of utmost importance for the people living in these islands and from a strategic point of view to the whole country. Telecom Commission has given ‘in principle’ approval on 07.11.2014 for Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands with the total estimated investment of Rs. 221.05 crore. 

Government is committed to expeditiously facilitate provision of Wi-Fi hotspots in all the cities with a population of more than 1 million, important tourist and pilgrimage places in the country. 

While Government is making efforts to bridge the urban rural divide for broadband penetration, it is conscious of the low penetration and poor quality of services of broadband in the urban areas as well and is also taking a comprehensive review of regulatory aspects to take care of these concerns. 

Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) play an important role in the growth of telecom sector since their outreach is to the remotest areas across the length and breadth of the country. Conscious of the strategic national importance of BSNL, Government is committed to the revival of BSNL and is drawing a plan for its revival that would aim to restore its position as a national telecommunications solutions provider in the years ahead. Similarly, the financial position of MTNL has suffered in recent years impinging on its capacity to invest and consequent impact on quality of service delivered. Government is committed to improving the financial position of MTNL and is taking several steps for its revival. 

Government has decided to extend mobile number portability across States. Service providers has been given time till Apr-May 2015 to implement Full Mobile Number Portability, which will benefit the consumers of telecom services by allowing them freedom to change their operator without changing their mobile numbers throughout the length and breadth of the country. 

To create a level playing field for the domestic manufacturers, who suffer severe disability due to poor infrastructure and inverted duty structure and to give fillip to domestic telecom electronic manufacturing, the Government has imposed a basic Customs Duty of 10% on these products which are not covered under Information Technology Agreement-1 (ITA-1) of World Trade Organisation (WTO) in the Union Budget 2014-15. 

Government is considering several policy initiatives in the telecommunications sector with the aim of creating a stable, growth-oriented policy structure. The Government is confident that these initiatives will lead to transformation of India as a modern technology driven nation through Good Governance initiatives. 

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MTNL Launches New Schemes on Good Governance Day 

On the occasion of ‘Good Governance” Day, Minister of Communications & Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched three new schemes and services for the customers of MTNL. These schemes and services of MTNL are expected to deliver better services to its customers and will synergize with the initiatives being taken to achieve “Good Governance”. The salient features of these schemes / services are: 

1. Make Jodi: 

In this plan, MTNL Prepaid Mobile Subscriber can make Jodi (Pair) with another MTNL mobile or land line number. The calls to the paired number will be charged @ 20 paise per minute whereas the calls to other local network and STD calls will be charged @ 40 paise per minute and 50 paise per minute respectively. This tariff plan is very competitive. Apart from this package, during the first month of activation, 100 minutes local calls on MTNL network and 200 MB data download will be free. However, the paired number should be from MTNL and the same city. 

2. Waiver of one month Rent:

MTNL in its endeavor to provide affordable and customer friendly services, has launched a scheme in which the subscriber who books Broadband connection or Combo Plan (Landline +Broadband) between Good Governance Day ( 25.12.2014) and 66th Republic Day (26.01.2015) will get waiver for fixed charges i.e. one month Rental only upto Rs.999/-. The moto of this scheme is also to expand broadband internet services to the customers of both Delhi and Mumbai and to contribute in Digital India and Good Governance initiatives of Govt. 

3. MTNL App:

By going with Government’s initiative to bring “Good Governance”, MTNL launched an application. By installing this application in his/her Android Mobile Phone, one can use certain MTNL services without visiting any of its offices. Through this application, subscriber can book new connection, make complaint for faulty telecom services, can view telephone bills and make payment and get e-receipt for payments made. Subscriber can also get registered for getting telephone bills on e-mail. “MTNL Self Care” application for MTNL Mumbai and “My MTNL” application for MTNL Delhi can be downloaded from Google Play Store. 

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