Nomination to Delhi Development Authority




Nomination to Delhi Development Authority 

The Government has nominated Shri Vijender Gupta s/o Late Sh M.P.Gupta as member of Delhi Development Authority with immediate effect. The nomination is done by the Central Government in exercise of the powers conferred by Sub-section (1), read with clause (g) of sub-section (3) of Section 3 of Delhi Development Act, 1957. 


Further, the Government has issued the roster for appointment of two members of MCDs in Delhi Development Authority under Section 3(3)(e) of Delhi Development Act, 1957. As per the roster, two positions are to be filled by a representative of South Delhi Municipal Corporation and North Delhi Municipal Corporation each, starting from 1.1.2015. 
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Inauguration of Sarita Vihar Underpass in Delhi by the Union Urban Development Minister 

The Union Urban Development Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today inaugurated the Underpass at Sarita Vihar here today. This underpass connects Noida to Okhla, thereby reducing commuting time between Noida, Sarita Viha, Okhla and the city. The Underpass has been constructed by the Delhi Development Authority(DDA) and the Indian Railways. The 1.09 kilometer underpass has been constructed at the cost of Rs 260 crore. A number of slip roads have also been provided, while cycle track and footpath are being constructed. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Naidu said the Government is working to reduce traffic congestion in the national capital, in a holistic manner, by increasing the coverage through metro, roads and railway, and constructing the flyovers and bridges. He said special attention is being made to expeditiously complete the projects pending for a long time. Shri Naidu said that Delhi has a mixed population, and people from all states and all strata of society live here, and the government is trying to provide services and facilities to all. He said that the slum dwellers will not be displaced. The Minister said the Government has already got a Bill passed in the Lok Sabha, to protect the unauthorized constructions upto June, 2014, from demolition and sealing. 
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Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on December 18, 2014 

The Water Storage available in 85 important reservoirs of the country as on December 18, 2014 was 95.081 BCM which is 61% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 84% 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 9.82 BCM which is 55% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 69% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 60% 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 14.25 BCM which is 76% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 89% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 71% 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 15.02 BCM which is 61% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 78% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was70% 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 29.75 BCM which is 70% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 78% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 51% 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 26.25 BCM which is 51% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 61% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 66% 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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Complaints of Sexual harassment of women at workplace show an increase 

The number of complaints of sexual harassment of women at work place registered with National Commission for Women (NCW) during the last two years and current years shows an increasing trend. The no. of such complaints during the last three years and the current year is 170 in 2011, 167 in 2012, 249 in 2013 and 336 in 2014 upto (12/12/2014). 

Safety of women in the country is of utmost priority for the Government. The Government is endeavouring to put in place effective mechanisms to provide safe environment for women. The Criminal Law (Amendment), Act 2013 has been enacted for making the punishment more stringent for offences like rape. Provision for increased penalty for gang rape and causing serious injury to the victim resulting her to remain in a vegetative state have been made. New offences like acid attack, sexual harassment, voyeurism and stalking, disrobing a woman have been incorporated in the Indian Penal Code. Certain changes have also been introduced in the Code Of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) and the Indian Evidence Act, like the recording of statement of the victim of rape and sexual assault by a woman police officer and provisions to ensure that the victims ( below the age of eighteen) is not confronted by the accused at the time of trial. 

The Ministry of Women And Child Development has enacted the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 which covers all women, irrespective of their age or employment status and protect them against sexual harassment at workplace both in public and private sector, whether organized or unorganized. 

The Ministry recognizes that incidence of crime against women cannot be controlled unless mindsets of people, in general, are made to change. The Government including NCW regularly conducts awareness creation among men and women in the society through workshops, seminars, street plays, Nariki Chaupals, Beti Janmotshav at the district level. In collaboration with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Special (Mahila) Gram Sabhas have also been conducted. Further, advertisements in the press and electronic media educating people about issues of domestic violence, child sex ratio and child marriage etc also are being taken up. Platforms such as the International Women’s Day and the National Girl Child Day are used to create awareness on issues related to women and to bring to the centre stage issues such as sex selective abortions and child marriage. Through Sabla programme of this Ministry, adolescent girls in the age group of 11 to 18 years are imparted knowledge about their rights. Government has recently introduced the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme addressing the issue of declining child sex ratio and discriminatory social construct against women. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in reply to a starred question in the Lok Sabha today. 
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Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 deals with sexual offences against persons below 18 years of age, who are deemed as children. The Act for the first time, defines “penetrative sexual assault”, “sexual assault” and “sexual harassment”. The offence is considered graver if it is committed by a police officer, public servant, any member of the staff at a remand home, protection or observation home, jail, hospital or educational institution, or by a member of the armed or security forces. 

The Act has come into force on the 14th of November, 2012, along with the rules framed thereunder. The Act is a comprehensive law to provide for the protection of children from the offences of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography, while safeguarding the interests of the child at every stage of the judicial process by incorporating child-friendly mechanisms for reporting, recording of evidence, investigation and speedy trial of offences through appointment of Special Public Prosecutors and designated Special Courts. The Act incorporates child friendly procedures for reporting, recording, investigation and trial offences. The Act provides for stringent punishments which have been graded as per the gravity of offence. 

Section 39 of the POCSO Act requires the State Governments to prepare guidelines for use of NGOs, professional and experts or persons to be associated with the pre-trial and trial stage to assist the child. On request from several State Governments, Model Guidelines were developed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and sent to all the State Governments/UT Administrations in September, 2013, which can be adopted or adapted by them for better implementation of the said Act. Further, as per the report of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), seven States/Union Territories (excluding Uttarakhand) have confirmed formulation/acceptance of guidelines for various stakeholders. 

Section 44 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 empowers the NCPCR and State Commission for Protection of Child Rights for monitoring the implementation of the provisions of this Act in such manner as may be prescribed. In discharge of its duties NCPCR has been taking up the matter with regard to implementation of the POCSO Act in respect of following aspects:- 

(i) Designation of Special Courts; 

(ii) Appointment of Special Public Prosecutors; 

(iii) Formulation of Guidelines u/s 39 of POCSO Act for various stakeholders; 

(iv) Designation and implementation of modules for training of various stakeholders; 

(v) Steps taken for spreading the awareness on the provisions of the POCSO Act; 

(vi) Setting up of child Welfare Committees (CWCs), District Child Protection Units (DCPUs) and Special Juvenile Police Units (SJPUs); 

(vii) The number of FIRs filed under the Act, cases in which charge-sheet filed, compensation awarded to the victims, number of cases in which accused convicted/acquitted, number of cases in which witness turned hostile, cases in which appeal has been filed etc. 

(vii) Number of trial of sexual abuse cases which have been pending with Special/Session Court for more than a period of one year; 

(ix) Number of applications for compensation received by District Legal Services Authority, number of cases compensation awarded by the Special Court, number of cases pending for receiving the amount of compensation for more than 30 days etc. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today. 
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Drug and Substance abuse among children 

The study report of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) titled “Assessment of pattern, profile and correlates of Substance use among children in India” indicates that 40 to 70 percent of street children in different cities of India are vulnerable to some type of substance abuse. The report also indicates that out of 4024 children surveyed in 135 cities, 22 percent were street children who were victims of substance abuse. As per the report, the health, physical, social effects on the victims include physical violence, life threatening situation, impaired performance, sadness/anxiety, etc. 

Government of India is implementing the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003whichprohibits selling of tobacco products to person below the age of 18 years and in places within 100 metres radius from the outer boundary of an institution of education, which includes school colleges and institutions of higher learning established or recognized by an appropriate authority. Also the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act, 1985 lays down that a controlled substance shall be sold after the buyer establishes his identity and upon a declaration made about the purpose for which the controlled substance is being purchased. 

The Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, namely, Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) from 2009-10 for children in difficult circumstances including children who are victims of substance abuse. Under ICPS, financial assistance is provided to State Governments/UT Administrations, inter-alia, for setting up and maintenance of various types of Homes, including, Shelter Homes, Open shelters etc. These Homes provide inter-alia, shelter, food, education, medical attention, vocational training, counselling, etc. to such children so that they can ultimately reintegrate into the mainstream society. 

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is implementing “Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse” which provides financial assistance to eligible Non-Governmental Organisations, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Urban Local Bodies etc. for running Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCAs) to provide composite/integrated services for the rehabilitation of addicts which is inclusive for all sections of the society. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today. 
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289 Projects sanctioned by the Government under ‘Ujjawala’ Scheme 

The Government is implementing ‘Ujjawala’ – a comprehensive scheme for prevention of trafficking and rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation since 04th December, 2007. The scheme is envisaged for women and children who are vulnerable to trafficking and those who are victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation. However, sex workers who are voluntarily in the trade and wish to be rehabilitated, can also avail of rehabilitation services provided under the Ujjawala Scheme. 

As on date, 289 projects including 165 Protective and Rehabilitative Homes have been sanctioned under the Scheme. These rehabilitation centres are given financial support for providing shelter and basic amenities such as food, clothing, medical care, legal aid, education in case the victims are children, as well as for undertaking vocational training and income generation activities to provide the victims with alternate livelihood option. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today. 

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