Shri Nitin Gadkari releases E-Books of Ministries of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping

The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari addressing at the launch of the e-book on Good Governance: Initiatives of the Ministries of Road Transport & Highways, and Shipping, in New Delhi on December 24, 2014. The Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Vijay Chibber and the Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Shri Rajive Kumar are also seen.

Shri Nitin Gadkari releases E-Books of Ministries of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping 

The Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, today released two E-Books on various developmental activities, fresh initiatives and major achievements of his ministries in the last six months of the Narendra Modi Government.  The E-books were launched at a function in New Delhi to mark “Good Governance Day” on the 90th birthday of former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari launching the e-book on Good Governance: Initiatives of the Ministries of Road Transport & Highways, and Shipping, in New Delhi on December 24, 2014. The Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Vijay Chibber is also seen.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the road transport and shipping are very important sectors for the development of the country. He said the challenge is to reduce the cost while enhancing the quality of road construction. Shri Gadkari said that the Government is giving priority to solving bottlenecks coming in the way of development of roads particularly land acquisition, and many such cases have been resolved. He said the target is to construct 30 kms of roads per day. He enumerated steps taken for construction of cement-concrete roads, development of toll plazas, electronic toll collection, road side amenities etc.

Shri Gadkari said that due priority needs to be given to development of inland waterways as it is much cheaper mode of transport.  He also said that the Government will promote biofuels in public transport.

The Ministries of Road Transport, Highways & shipping have undertaken several comprehensive initiatives in different sectors as summarised below:

The initiatives in the Road Transport and Highways Sector include:

·        Policy initiatives covering encouragement to investment in PPP projects, mode of delivery of projects, increased threshold for project approval, enhanced inter-ministerial coordination, fast track dispute resolution, amendments to the Model Concession Agreement, current focus on EPC, Project packaging, Electronic Toll Collection(ETC).

·        Initiatives in Road Transport sector including New Road Transport and Safety Bill, According High priority to Road safety, constitution of National Road Safety & Management Board, New National Permit Policy for passenger Vehicles is being finalised, development of wayside amenities.

·        Restructuring of the Cancelled Projects, Reviving of Stalled Projects, Integrating Border Check posts with Toll Plazas, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Road Side Amenities.

·        Fostering regional connectivity amongst neighbouring countries.

·        Focus on streamlining of office procedure like speedy redressal of public grievances, simplification of forms, digitisation of records and recording and weeding out of files.

·        E-Governance initiatives covering e-tendering, Security of Women in Public Road Transport , Nirbhaya Fund Scheme, Integrated Vehicle Registration and driving licensing system, etc.

The initiatives in the Shipping Sector include:

·        One time general trade license for Indian ships.

·        Simplification of procedure to determine light dues for container ships

·        E-payment of light dues from 1st April 2015

·        e-payment of fees for all ship licensing services has been operationalised, with paperless transactions

·        ERP system implemented in Cochin Shipyard and implementation of ERP to be complete in all major ports by December 2015

·        Procedures for grant of permission for India-Bangladesh protocol vessels electronically enabled.

·        Online examination and online counselling for common. Entrance test for maritime courses by Indian maritime university

·        New scheme to part fund green initiatives of major ports

·        Solar energy & wind energy to power lighthouses

·        All major ports to prepare environmental management plan and endeavour to became green ports

The above E-books can be accessed at  for Ministry of Road Transport Highways and  for Ministry of Shipping


Proposal for improved Voluntary Retirement Scheme for Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited employees 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for an improved Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) for the employees of Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited (CIWTC) and disinvestment of CIWTC thereafter. The VRS currently in vogue in CIWTC is under the existing Central DA 1996/ Industrial DA 1997 is not attractive to employees and therefore does not evince much interest from the existing workforce of CIWTC. 

The VRS benefit would be computed on 2006 pay scale for the employees covered under Central DA. For other category of employees, it would be based on 2007 Industrial DA linked pay scale. The improved VRS scheme would be opened for a period of three months from the date of its offer with a provision of extension by another one month. Necessary Grant-in-Aid from Government of India under Non-Plan would be given for this purpose. 

Implementation of the improved VRS package would offer a better severance package to the employees of CIWTC. This would improve the prospects of finding an investor to either take over the assets or ensure viable commercial use of assets. 

Rural Development Ministry to introduce Mobile Monitoring System in MGNREGA to bring Transparency 

Year end Review -2014-15



The Ministry of Rural Development is likely to introduce Mobile Monitoring System for effective implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, MGNREGA. The Monitoring System will be introduced on a pilot basis to allow real time monitoring of all works, workers attendance and work site measurement. The move is likely to plug leakages in the rural job scheme. Moreover, the Centre has recently sanctioned 147 crore rupees to the States to strengthen the social audit structures. Social Audit ensures comprehensive public scrutiny of records and accounts with a view to enhance transparency and accountability. The additional grant was sanctioned as States were finding it difficult to put the necessary institutional structures for social audit within the overall 6 percent administrative cost.

To devise a better mechanism to improve the quality and durability of assets created under MGNREGS, Schedule I to the MGNREG Act, 2005 has been modified to provide that at least 60% of the works being taken in a district in terms of cost shall be for creation of productive assets directly linked to agriculture and allied activities through development of land, water and trees.  It has also been notified that the 60:40 ratio of labour to material component will be maintained at the district level (instead of Block level) for the works to be executed by implementing agencies other than Gram Panchayats. Detailed labour budget guidelines for 2015-16 were issued in July, 2014 introducing an Intensive Participatory Planning Exercise(IPPE) in 2500 backward blocks to bring greater participation and scientific methods in planning of works and to give due emphasis on convergence with a view to creating sustainable assets and providing focussed wage employment. Guidelines have been issued for watershed management works taken up independently under MGNREGS or in convergence with Integrated Watershed Management Project, IWMP.

The Ministry has also prepared a proposal last month for extension of provision of bank loan for women Self Help Groups, SHGs at 4% in 100 additional districts. To suggest whether a statutory institution like NABARD or any other institutional mechanism is required to facilitate flow of credit to women SHGs, an expert group was constituted under Mrs Usha Thorat, former Deputy Governor of RBI. The report of the group has been received and further action is being taken. Action Plan to achieve credit targets for SHGs was discussed in the Central Level Coordination Committee meeting on September 10, 2014. For comprehensive monitoring of SHGs, public sector banks and private sector banks have been advised to share the data on a monthly basis to National Rural Livelihoods Mission, NRLM web portal. Given the top priority of the Government on skill development, it is being proposed that the present provision whereby the outlay for Aajeevika skills cannot be more than 25% of the total NRLM allocation will be removed and it will be made demand based.

The PMGSY guidelines have been amended for inclusion of Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) in transact walk to fix the alignment of PMGSY roads to address gender concerns. A pilot has been initiated on community based maintenance as well as performance based contracting of rural roads. An Action Plan for road side plantation alongside PMGSY roads under MGNREGA was issued on July, 2014. It is a matter of satisfaction that against a target of 5 lakh plants in 2014-15, 1.02 crore plants have already been planted so far. The Ministry has issued a circular on 16.10.2014 wherein the States have been permitted to design the bridges so as to serve as Bridge-cum-Bandhara for conserving the rain water and ensuring recharge of underground water table.

NRRDA in collaboration with Public Affairs Centre (PAC) is facilitating citizen’s monitoring of rural road construction under PMGSY   in three States viz. Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Rajasthan. The state projects for sanction of roads under PMGSY are considered by an inter-Ministerial Empowered Committee.

Indira Aawas Yojana, IAY, guidelines have been amended to give flexibility to States and Union Territories to decide the number of instalments and quantum (or) proportion of such instalments to be given to the IAY beneficiaries, subject to maximum of four instalments. States were also advised to undertake an immediate drive to get Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana accounts opened for all those IAY beneficiaries who do not have a bank account in a nearby bank branch.

Skilling programme for poor rural youth was refocused and re-prioritised as Pandit Deen Dayal Updhyaya Grameen Koushalya Yojana(DDU-GKY) to build the capacity of rural poor youth to address the needs of both national and global skill requirements.  Priority will be given to champion employers who can guarantee training and placement of minimum 10,000 rural youth in two years.  In this regard, the Ministry has signed MoU for “Champion Employer” with three Institutes. The Prime Minster’s Make in India campaign would be promoted through intervention of industry internships supported through joint partnerships between industry and DDU-GKY.  Eligibility norms for coverage of rural youth have been expanded.

A new scheme Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana has been approved and launched on October 11, 2014 focussing on integrated, convergent and holistic development of villages.  The guidelines for the Scheme have been also issued.  So far, 586 MPs have identified their Gram Panchayats. 

A Bank of Ideas and Innovations (BII) has been launched on 14/08/2014 to promote innovations across the country.  The objective is to create an eco-system to enable grassroots innovations to be identified and evaluated/tested, and successful innovations to be scaled up.  This will essentially lead to improving the pace and quality of design/implementation of rural development schemes.

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