21St Meeting of Eastern Zonal Council Held in Patna

The Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Jitan Ram Manjhi greeting the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh at the 21st Meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council, in Patna on January 16, 2015.
21St Meeting of Eastern Zonal Council Held in Patna, Centre Ready to Provide All Necessary Assistance to Boost up Internal Security Scenario in Four Eastern States 

Union Home minister Shri Rajnath Singh has assured all possible assistance to four eastern states – Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal for strengthening the internal security. Presiding over the 21st meeting of ‘Eastern Zonal Council’ today at Patna (Bihar), Shri Singh emphasised the need for better coordination between state and central agencies, particularly in combating naxalism. On the issue of fund requirements for modernization of state police, Shri Rajnath Singh said that centre would consider it on merit. He also assured to consider the demand of deployment of additional central forces in the naxal dominated ‘Red Zone’ areas of these four states. 

Bihar chief minister Shri Jitan Ram Manjhi and Jharkhand chief minister Shri Raghubar Das and representatives of Orissa and West Bengal were also present on the occasion. During the meeting various issues such as naxalism, police modernisation, border dispute, road connectivity, railway projects, water management, flood control, food problem, rural housing and more central allocation for developmental activities were discussed. 

The Council met after a gap of two years also reviewed the progress of the implementation of the recommendations made at the last meeting of the Council held in Calcutta in 2013. The Council also took up issues relating to release of water by West Bengal for upper Mahananda irrigation project in Bihar, allocation of additional rice to the State, modernization of State Police, maternal and child nutrition for addressing malnutrition, measures for Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India ( BGREI) and governance issues in relation to States for export promotion, Issues relating to Geological Survey of India (GSI) concerning States of Eastern Zone, implementation of India Statistical Strengthening Project (ISSP) in the States of the eastern zone. 

The meeting decided to increase the cross border coordination and emphasized on timely sharing of information. The issues relating to disaster management and curbing of drugs trafficking in the Eastern Zone were also discussed. 

The Eastern Zonal Council also undertook items suggested by the Inter-State Council in relation to amendments in the EZC rules and in relation to holding meeting of the Council as well as of the Standing Committee regularly. 

In the meeting Bihar raised the demand for grant of special status to the state. Further, issues of power shortage, management of river water for draught & flood control were also primarily raised by Bihar during the meeting. Whereas, Jharkhand put forth its concern about pending railway projects, need of better road connectivity for development besides other issues. 

The next meeting of the Council would be held at Ranchi later this year. 


Conduct of FM Phase-Ill auctions and migration (renewal) of Private FM Radio licenses from Phase-II to Phase-Ill 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for conduct of FM Phase-Ill auctions and migration (renewal) of Private FM Radio licenses from Phase-II to Phase-Ill in 69 existing cities for 135 channels. This will be on an ascending e-auction basis. Approval was also given to migration (renewal) of private FM Radio licenses from Phase-II to Phase-Ill on payment of migration fee according to TRAI recommendations. 

As of now, with the implementation of two phases of private FM Radio, namely Phase I (1999-2000) and Phase II (2005-06), there are 243 private FM channels in operation in 86 cities of the country, spanning 26 States and 3 Union Territories. 

The auction process will add an estimated revenue of over Rs. 550 crore to the National Exchequer on successful auctions of all proposed channels. Besides, it will beget the amount realized through the migration process which is dependent on the TRAI recommended formula, where migration fee is linked with the discovery of market prices through the FM Radio Phase III auction. 

Roll out of the first batch of FM Radio Phase III auction will provide more channels to listeners with richer content in 69 existing cities. 


Minister for MSME inaugurates Vocational Training & Incubation Centre at Kigali, Rawanda 

Shri Kalraj Mishra Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises inaugurated a Vocational Training & Incubation Centre at Kigali, Rawanda here today. 

Congratulating people of Rawanda on the occasion, Shri Mishra said that India is happy to share its experience with Rwanda in developing skills, technology and products for the development of small and medium enterprises. 

He said that the Incubator envisage transformation of an unemployed youth into budding entrepreneur in just few months’ time. This Incubator shall also provide an opportunity for first generation entrepreneurs to acquire skill on basic technical trades and gain exposure in all areas of business operation such as business skill development, identification of appropriate technology, hands on experience on 17 working projects and vocational trades, project / product selection, opportunity guidance including commercial aspects of business etc. 

The Vocational Training Centre in Kigali would incubate unemployed youths into budding micro and small entrepreneurs. The Incubation programme of this centre shall provide on- the-job training to the prospective entrepreneurs. 

The selection of technologies and trades in the Incubation Centre includes the sectors like food and agro processing, light engineering, vocational trades and other stand-alone small scale manufacturing projects etc. These technologies are easy to run, easy to maintain and easy to source and therefore most appropriate for developing countries like Rwanda. I am quite optimistic that this effort of Government of India will help significantly in bridging the gap of required skilled work force as well as foster the growth of new enterprises in Rwanda and neighboring countries. 

He said that in India Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector has emerged as a highly vibrant and dynamic sector of the Indian economy over the last five decades. It has been playing an important role in socio economic development of India. This sector contributes around 8% of GDP. MSME sector accounts for around 40% of the total exports and around 45% of the manufacturing output. As per the Fourth All India Census of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, total number of Enterprises of the MSME sector in India is 44 million. The sector provides employment to 80 million persons. 

With the spectacular growth being maintained by MSME sector in the overall manufacturing output of the country, we are focusing on maintaining the growth of this sector which is a very important constituent of Indian economy. MSMEs will play an important role in realizing Prime Ministers vision of “Make in India” i.e. to make India a manufacturing hub with Zero Defect and Zero Effect policy -Zero Defect is for global quality standards and Zero Effect means environment-friendly and sustainable products. 

Emphasizing on adequate flow of credit from financial institutions/ banks; support for technology up-gradation and modernization; creating integrated infrastructural facilities; entrepreneurship development and skill up-gradation through appropriate training facilities; providing support for product development, design intervention and packaging; assistance for better access to domestic and export markets are some of the initiatives taken by my Ministry to assist MSMEs to compete in the global market. 

We understand that Rwanda`s economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture and its manufacturing sector is dominated by the production of import substitutes for internal consumption. Government of Rwanda is in the process of establishing small enterprises in the country. 

In this reference, let me here reiterate Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi’s Slogan “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” i.e. “Participation of all for development of all.” 

I have been told that NSIC is already extending such knowledge sharing with other African Countries. NSIC reach knowledge and experience in such consultancy services could be availed on mutually agreed terms. 


Yemen delegation visits India next week 

A delegation from Yemen led by Head of the Supreme National Authority for Combating Corruption (SNACC), Ms. Afrah Saleh Mohammed Badwilan will meet the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh on Monday, January 19, 2015. The 15-member Yemeni delegation will be on a 5-day visit to India from January 19-23, 2015. 

Besides holding talks with the Minister, the delegation will visit the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) office and CBI Headquarters during their stay in New Delhi. They will also visit the CBI Academy in Ghaziabad and acquaint themselves with its training procedures. The Yemeni delegation, which includes members of the Yemeni American Coalition for Change (YACC), is visiting India to study the corruption-fighting authorities of India, public prosecution and national integrity system in fighting corruption. 


Direct sale of bio-diesel by manufacturers/suppliers other than OMCs 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for amending the Motor Spirit (MS) and High Speed Diesel (HSD) control order for Regulation of Supply, Distribution and Prevention of Malpractices dated 19.12.2005. The amendment will allow private biodiesel manufacturers, their authorised dealers and Joint Ventures (JVs) of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) authorized by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoP&NG) as dealers and give marketing/ distribution functions to them for the limited purpose of supply of bio-diesel to consumers. Further, the investment and production conditions (as applicable) specified in the Marketing Resolution dated 08.03.2002 of MoP&NG will also be relaxed and a new clause added to give marketing rights for Bio-diesel (B100) to the private biodiesel manufacturers, their authorised dealers and JVs of OMCs authorized by the MoP&NG for direct sales to consumers. 

The Cabinet has also decided to suitably amend Para 5.11 and 5.12 of the National Policy on Bio-fuels for facilitating consumers of diesel in procuring bio-diesel directly from private bio-diesel manufacturers, their authorized dealers and JVs of OMCs authorized by the MoP&NG. This decision will encourage the production and use of bio-diesel in the country. 

Background MoP&NG announced a Bio-diesel Purchase Policy, effective from 1.1.2006, to encourage production of bio-diesel in the country for blending it with diesel with the objective of increasing energy security and meeting other emission and environment objectives. Under this Policy, OMCs are to buy Bio-diesel (B100), meeting fuel quality standard prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), at a uniform price, as decided by the OMCs from time to time, for blending with HSD to the extent of five percent, at identified purchase centres across the country. 

PSU OMCs under the MoP&NG have been actively pursuing the bio-diesel programme and entered into MoUs and formed JVs for cultivation of bio-fuels species on revenue wasteland and degraded lands in the State. These JV companies have been formed with the objective of increasing production and marketing of Bio-diesel in the country. They have sought permission to undertake activities like sourcing, trading, supply, distribution, marketing etc. of Bio-diesel to consumers. 

As the price of diesel is already deregulated and determined by the market, there is no economic justification in preventing private biodiesel manufacturers, their authorised dealers and JVs of OMCs authorized by the MoP&NG from selling biodiesel directly to consumers subject to their product meeting prescribed BIS standards. 
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