Nitin Gadkari to Launch Initiative to ease Movement of Heavy Transport

Nitin Gadkari to Launch Initiative to ease Movement of Heavy Transport 

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari will launch a web portal for online approval of movement of Over Dimensional (OD) and Over Weight Cargo (OWC) here on January 6. It will be a path - breaking initiative to mark a new era for heavy transport in India by ensuring digitalization in the sector. The launch will be accompanied by a day-long seminar on “Heavy Transport in India: Entering a New Era Through Digitalization”. 

The event will see 200-250 major stakeholders like heavy equipment manufacturers, project owners, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) companies along with various research and academic institutions from across the country come together and discuss and lay the roadmap for future plans in the transport and road infrastructure development sector. 

The new Government at the centre has been working towards undertaking landmark initiatives to digitalize India and this initiative will be in line with the government’s “Make in India and Digital India” vision. It will offer an opportunity to save time and avoid transit delays in movement of equipment of national importance by Modular Hydraulic Axle Trailers. 


Full Powers Delegated to General Managers for Acceptance of Works & Stores Tenders 

The Ministry of Railways has decided that all the cases for acceptance of Works and Stores tenders, which as per extant delegations are to be referred to Railway Board by Zonal Railways and Production Units, will now be dealt with and finalized by Zonal Railways and Production Units. Full powers have been delegated to General Manages and Director Generals as tender authority in this regard. 

In respect of Stores and Works tenders which are to be invited solely by Railway Board, it has been decided that for tenders upto Rs. 500 crore, Tender Committee will consist of concerned Executive Directors and will be accepted at the level of concerned Additional Members who will be the Tender Accepting Authority. For tenders valuing more than Rs. 500 crore, Tender Committee will be at Additional Member level and Tender Accepting Authority will be the concerned Board Member. 

For the tenders being accepted at the level of Executive Directors and below the existing practice will continue. 


Shri Narendra Modi to Inaugurate 102nd Indian Science Congress 2015 Tomorrow 

The 102nd session of Indian Science Congress at Mumbai University (Maharashtra) will commence from tomorrow (3rd January, 2015) after its formal inauguration by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The 05 day event will see deliberations and presentation of papers by the Scientific fraternity from across the globe. 

Evidently this is 45 years after that the Science Congress is returning to Mumbai. Hence the emphasis will be on showcasing Mumbai as a science city as well besides being the financial capital of India”. Mumbai has world renowned institutes like Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bhabha Atomic research Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Tata Memorial Centre among others . All these institutes are actively participating in the Science Congress. 

There are now fourteen sections namely Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences, Anthropological and Behavioral Sciences (including Archaeology and Psychology and Educational Sciences), Chemical Sciences, Earth System Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Information and Communication Science and Technology (including Computer Sciences), Material Sciences, Mathematical Sciences (including Statistics), Medical Sciences (including Physiology), New Biology (including Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology), Physical Sciences, Plant Sciences and one Committee Science and Society. 

The Congress Session will bring together Eminent Scientists, Research Scholars to popularize science and foster a scientific temperament among the Scientists and Researchers. The theme for 102nd ISC is "Science and Technology for Human Development”. It is expected that the plenary sessions, symposia, sessions in different sections will be very enriching and fruitful. Several symposia on relevant themes - Women’s Science Congress, Children Science Congress, Science Exhibition, etc will be organized during the session. 

More than 12,000 delegates from all over the country are expected to participate in the ISC 2015. Few Nobel Laureates, a number of eminent scientists and Resource Persons from India and abroad are being invited to participate in the Science Congress. 

Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr.Harshvardhan, Union Human Resource Minister, Ms. Smriti Irani. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devenra Fadanwis and Governor of Maharashtra Shri Vidyasagar Rao will be the other dignitaries to become part of this moment. 

The Five days the ISC 29015 will witness Public, Plenary, Special Sessions Sectional Programmes. Under it Panel Discussion on subjects like Role of Science, Technology And Innovation in Ensuring Sustainable Inclusive Development will take place. 

On day 02 Children Science Congress and Rural Innovator’s exhibition along with Science Communicators Meet will be inaugurated. The day 03 will witness Inauguration of Women’s Science Congress and its different meetings associated by the culmination of Science Communicators meet. The valedictory sessions for the Women’s Science Congress and the Children Science will be the events for Day 4th. Day 05 will see the General Body Meeting of ISCA and the closing function for the 102nd Indian Science Congress. 

`The Science and Technology for Women Development`. Women Science congress, a part of 102nd Indian Science Congress, will be inaugurated by the Hon`ble Minister DST Dr. Harshavardhana on 4th January in kalina Campus and chief guest. Dr. Shashi Ahuja Advisor DST will be the guest of honour, The Whole session is stressed to showcase the contribution of women in Science and Technology and renowned women Scientist will be delivering the lectures in this session. Ten key note speakers will share their research in the these two days with the audience which include prof. Rohini Godbole from center for high energy Physics, Bangluru who has worked on Higggs particles along with the Nobel Lauriat. The Indian diplomat appealed to the society for the greater involvement of women in the social sphere of life. "No society can claim to be a part of modern civilisation unless it provides an enabling environment for empowering women and give them equal opportunity. Science and Technology for inclusive innovation, Role of Women, it would arrive at meaningful conclusion which could provide appropraite knowledge for human progress. 

A large science exhibition is being organized at the MMRDA Grounds in nearby Bandra-Kurla Complex, which will showcase various science & technology innovations by Indian firms and organizations. ISRO and DRDO will also be participating in this mega exhibition. 

The Congress sessions will bring together eminent scientists, research scholars to popularize science and foster a scientific temperament. The sessions will cover a wide variety of topics like agriculture and forestry, veterinary science, earth science, environment, engineering, information & communication, computer sciences, mathematics, medicine, biology, physics and plant sciences among others. Other themes of interest include –science & technology in SAARC countries, biodiversity conservation, space application, GM crops and the use of modern biotechnology in agriculture , clean energy systems for the future. 

One of the plenary session will be dedicated to ‘innovation and Make In India’ initiative. A session on ‘ancient Indian sciences’ will be attended by Union Minister for Environment, Prakash Javadekar. 

2001 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine Paul Nurse from London, 2002 Chemistry Nobel Prize winner Kurt Wuthrich from Switzerland, 2009 Chemistry Nobel laureate Ada E Yonath from Israel, 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, Randy Schekman of University of California, Berkeley are notable among the celebrity guests. 

2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh will also be present. 

Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary M/o Earth Sciences and currently Chairman ISRO, 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, Randy Schekman of University of California, Berkeley, DG, Indian Council of Medical Research, V M Katoch, eminent nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar are some of the other big names attending the ISC 2015. 

University of Mumbai has made arrangements to web-cast some of the key sessions of the Indian Science Congress. A daily web-bulletin covering various aspects of the Congress will be compiled and published by the students of University’s Mass Communication Department. 

Ministry of Shipping: Sailing to New Possibilities 

Year Ender 2014/ Ministry of Shipping                                              

Several new initiatives were taken by the Ministry of Shipping during the year 2014 including the launching of India – Myanmar Shipping Service, formulation of Sagarmala Project, delegation of power for registration of fishing boats to states, issuing one time general trade licence for Indian ships and simplification of procedures to determine light dues for container ships. The highlights of the achievements are as follows:

India-Myanmar service (IMS) launched: Shipping service has been started between India (Chennai) and Myanmar (Yangon) in October, 2014. This service will boost the bilateral trade relations between the two countries by providing immense opportunities for manufacturers, Importers and Exporters in these countries.

Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT): Foundation stone has been laid for SEZ in JNPT. The project would cost in phase-l Rs. 4000 crore. Project planning and execution has commenced. The project has the potential of generating over 1.5 Lakh direct and indirect jobs. This will develop free trade warehousing zones, engineering goods sector, textile and other sectors.

Sagarmala Project formulated: Sagarmala project has been formulated to promote port led development of hinterland along with integrated development of port connectivity through Road, Rail, Inland Waterways and Coastal Shipping. The project envisages developing India’s ports to levels comparable with the best ports across the globe in terms of infrastructure, efficiency and quality of service.

Registration power delegated to States: The government has taken a decision to delegate the powers of registration, survey and certification of Indian fishing boats, irrespective of their size or length, to states and union territories. India fishing boats can now be registered at the ports or places in India as specified in the gazette notification.

Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 amended: Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 has been amended recently to guarantee rights of Seafarers (Maritime Labour Convention) and to protect Marine Environment (Anti Fouling Convention).

One time general trade licence for Indian ships: Ministry of Shipping has decided to issue life time licenses to Indian ships and any other ship charted by an Indian citizen or an Indian company instead of renewing such licenses every year. These licenses will now be issued with a life time fee. This will help the sea going Indian vessels as well as other vessels engaged in coastal trading as the process is decentralised and liberalised.

Simplification of procedures to determine light dues for container ships: The Ministry of Shipping has adopted a new mechanism for collection of light dues for container ships. It has now simplified the process of collection of light dues for container vessels by adopting the unit of collection on TEU (Twenty feet Equivalent Unit) basis instead of net tonnage in respect of container ships. Further, SBI has now been accredited to collect the light dues through online banking. This will facilitate faster clearance of ships and reduce detention time of vessels for payment of light dues.

Integrated National Waters Transportation Grid: An Integrated National Water Transportation Grid is proposed to be set up to develop 4503 km of National Waterways and establish effective connectivity of river terminals with road, rail and ports. An estimated 159 million tonnes of cargo will be diverted to Inland Waterways from road and rail with the completion of the project.

Other major initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Shipping include:

·         Trans loading Zone notified at Konica sands to overcome draft restrictions at Kolkata Port.

·         Outer Harbour Project at VOC Port, Tuticorin announced; to be established at an initial cost of Rs. 11,650 crores.

·         Feasibility studies in progress to set up dry ports at Wardha, Jalna and Belgaum.

·         New SPV to be formed; will focus on last mile Rail connectivity to ports.

·         New scheme to incentivize and promote modal shift of cargo from roads/rail to coastal route.

·         Green channel clearance system for coastal cargo in major ports.

·         Customs & Excise duties exempted on bunker fuels used by Indian Flag vessels transporting EXlM and empty containers to promote trans-shipment hubs in India.

·         Indian Shipping Company allowed to flag ships abroad.

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

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

·         15 projects of existing Ports awarded against the target of 26 (58% achievement); remaining projects to be awarded by March, 2015.

·         16 projects at Ports completed as against annual target of 19 (84% achievement); rest to be completed by March, 2015.


CPWD comes out with ‘Maintenance Charter’ for the first time to enhance service delivery 

Commits to time frames to attend to complaints in 53 cities 

Emergency and minor complaints to be attended to within 6 hours to 3 days 

            Seeking to enhance client satisfaction in respect of maintenance services across the country, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has come out with a ‘Maintenance Charter’ specifying time frames for attending to different types of complaints. Introduced for the first time, this Charter has been approved by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu. This comes further to the Ministry’s efforts to streamline functioning of the public sector construction major, CPWD.

            CPWD undertakes maintenance services in respect of 1,76,000 houses under General Pool Residential Accommodation in 53 cities across the country. In addition, CPWD is also responsible for maintaining office area of a total 22,60,000 sq.mts. There are other residential and non-residential building, including some well known monumental and prestigious buildings like the President’s Estate, Parliament House, Supreme Court, hospitals, colleges, sports complexes etc., whose maintenance is looked after by CPWD.

            Under the Maintenance Charter, CPWD is required to inform the public, the time frames for attending to different complaints. The details are as below:

  CPWD had earlier introduced two toll free phone lines -18002664499 and 1899114499 for lodging maintenance complaints from any of the 53 cities across the country. Action taken would be informed to the complaints on their mobile phone numbers.

            A provisions of Rs.1,202 cr has been made for maintenance works to be undertaken by CPWD for the year 2014-15.

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