National Standards in road sector should align with Global Standards, says Nitin Gadkari

National Standards in road sector should align with Global Standards, says Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari has suggested that the national standards for design, construction, maintenance and operation of roads, bridges and flyovers should align with the global standards to bring down the cost of construction while maintaining high standards of quality. He was speaking at the inaugural session of a workshop cum exhibition on ‘adoption of innovative technologies and materials for road construction in India’ organized by Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE) and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in association with the World Bank at Noida near Delhi today.

The Minister said that an appropriate scientific approach towards quality construction, time bound solutions and road safety would certainly lower the number of road accidents. “Engineering and research part of our planning should be inclusive of all types of new and innovative technologies”, he added. He further added that as the priority of the Government lies in the development of infrastructure, an in-depth study of the gaps between international and national standards is required immediately. He reiterated that a proper person at proper place scripts a successful management story; therefore people who are interested in innovation should be encouraged at all levels. He also underlined the necessity to launch a portal for bank of ideas on road constructions.

Shri Gadkari emphasized on use of locally available materials in road construction sector to bring down the cost. He added that there is need to reduce the time for completion of projects, particularly in extremism affected areas through use of pre-fabricated and innovative technologies.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Road Transport & Highways, Shri Vijay Chhibber said that India has a large pool of talent; the need is to transport knowledge from lab to field. The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued guidelines that the new/alternative materials/technologies proven in India or abroad shall be deemed to be accredited for adoption in the highway sector, subject to the conditions that the developers/promoters of new/alternative materials/technologies shall have to provide the standards & specifications and certified performance reports from the user agencies of major developed countries where the proposed materials/techniques have been successfully used to the executing agency to establish their suitability for adoption. It is further envisaged that the developers/promoters shall strive to establish permanent base in India and show long term commitment to the goal of innovative infrastructure development in India.


Punjab CM Calls on Shri Gehlot

The Chief Minister of Punjab, Shri Prakash Singh Badal called on the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot here today. Shri Vijay Sampla, Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment was also present on the occasion. Both the sides were accompanied by their senior officials.

Shri Gehlot apprised Shri Badal of various schemes of the Ministry. He informed the Chief Minister that the expansion of Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY) has been approved for nine new States. Punjab is one of the States selected for the expansion of PMAGY. The Scheme will be implemented in 100 SC-majority (having >50% SC population) villages of Punjab. The State Government has been requested to forward the letter of acceptance so that initial instalment of funds could be released to it. In this connection, an orientation meeting is also planned to be held on 10th March in the Ministry at New Delhi.

The Chief Minister, Punjab was also informed that the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Centre for Disability Sports at Zirakpur in Punjab was under formulation. The process of selection of Consultants has been initiated.

Shri Gehlot assured the Chief Minister of all possible cooperation and stated that his Ministry would make all efforts to release the admissible funds under the existing schemes.


Zero Tolerance for Delays in the Adoption Process: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

The Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has said that the adoption agencies have been given a target of 15,000 adoptions in the current year. Speaking at the Annual National Meet on Adoption in New Delhi today, the Minister said that the new Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children -2015 are expected be notified soon. These guidelines will help to speed up the process of adoptions and introduce transparency in the system. The Meet has been organized by Child Adoption Resource Authority. Highlighting the need for speedy adoptions,the Minister said that there will be zero tolerance for all those who delay the process of adoption. Smt. Maneka Gandhi gave directions that the entire process of adoption of a child should not take more than 4 months and the performance of adoption agencies will now be monitored by the Ministry and CARA on a weekly basis.

The Minister said that Adoption Reforms is the top most item on the priority list of the Ministry. It was due to this reason that the new Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 was drafted and placed in Parliament since the new Government took charge, she said. She disclosed that the Act, once passed, will strengthen CARA and give more teeth to the implementation machinery. The Minister said that there are over 50,000 orphans in the country who can be adopted and more are being added on a daily basis. She warned that all those agencies which report unavailability of children for adoption will be shut down.

Responding to the problems expressed by the representatives of Specialized Adoption Agencies (SAAs), the Minister said that she will write to the states to install CCTVs in hospitals/maternity homes to prevent illegal adoptions. A media campaign will be launched very soon to generate awareness among the people as well as various other stakeholderson legal adoptions, she said. To speed up the cases related to adoption, she also proposed that CARA should have its own lawyers and there should be a special section to deal with adoption of Special Needs Children in CARA. She further elaborated that as per new adoption guidelines, a child shall be deemed to be declared legally free by police in case the police clearance is not received within 4-6 weeks.

There will be a centralized system of registration at CARINGS (online adoption system) which will be transparent and provide complete and correct information about the children to be adopted. Smt Maneka Gandhi also expressed deep regret at the insensitive and careless attitude of the various institutions and organizations involved in the process of adoption, thereby causing huge delays and harming the interests of innocent children.

The Chairperson of CARA, Smt. Deepak Sandhu and Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi assured that all reforms required for streamlining the system and procedures will be implemented quickly by CARA and the Ministry.

The Minister also launched the new Logo of CARA at the Meet. She gave away Aadhar Cards to the Children from adoption homes. The New system of giving Aadhar Cards to children of adoption homes has been started to give identity to them and also for their future tracking and supervision.

The two day meet will hold interactions with the adoption agencies, the NGOs, State Agencies and other stake holders like Passport office of MEA, Registrar General of India, UIDAI, and Advocates among others to evolve best practices and remove bottlenecks in the process of in-country and inter country adoptions. At present, there are about 403 recognised adoption agencies in the country.


Digital India Initiative: Web-Portal Launched for Delivering E-Certificates to Ncvt Courses, Iti Pass-Outs 

The Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment, has launched a web-portal which will deliver e-certificates to the pass-outs from various NCVT courses including ITI pass-outs. The first semester examination for 9.65 lakh students enrolled in August 14-session commenced on 20th February, 2015. The details of these candidates matching with ITI-wise affiliation & trade-wise capacity were uploaded on portal with intensive cooperation with States over the last two months. 

The system is designed as a self-service digital platform to deliver various services to current and prospective trainees of the vocational training system, apprenticeship trainees, employers/establishments, ITIs and other institutions, as well as States/UTs. 

The first phase of the portal has been launched streamlining the examination process of institutes under the purview of NCVT. The portal will directly benefit about 10 lakh candidates in India who took admission across 11,000+ITIs under the Craftsmen Training Scheme. These candidates will get e-certificates from the portal on successfully completing their semester examinations, drastically reducing the turnaround time in receiving the certificate. The employers will also be able to validate these certificates directly using the portal through QR code with no need of any paperwork. The portal also provides information to the general public on details of various institutions in the country, courses offered and their uptake statistics, number of seats available, examination calendars, etc.

Apprenticeship Protsahan Yojana, another flagship scheme of the DGE&T will also be implemented through this portal, digitizing the entire business process of the scheme. 

The portal is expected to improve the governance of vocational training across the field institutions of DGE&T by providing high degree of transparency, better analytics for decision making, and improved access to citizen services. 


All Party Meet for mutual consultations on Budget Session of Parliament on February 22 
Session to open with President’s Address to members of both the Houses 
44 items of Government Business on the agenda for Budget Session 

The Government will discuss with leaders of various parties the financial, legislative and other business to be taken up in both the Houses of the Parliament duing the ensuing Budget session. The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has convened a Meeting of Leaders of all Parties in both the Houses for mutual discussions on the Budget Session on February 22, 2015. 

The Budget session of Parliament begins on February 23, 2015 and subject to the exigencies of the Government Business will conclude on May 8, 2015. The Budget session will be held in two phases. The first phase will be from February 23 till March 20, 2015 and the second phase from April 20 till May 8, 2015. There will be 20 working days durint the first phase and 13 in the second phase. During the intervening recess, the Standing Committees will take up detailed examination of the Demands for Grants of different Departments and Ministries. 

The Budget session begins with the Address of the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to members of both the Houses of Parliament in the Central Hall of Parliament. 

The 44-item agenda of the Government proposed for the Budget session comprises of financial, legislative and non-legislative business. Financial business(11 items) includes Presentation of and discussion on General and Railway Budgets for 2015-16, Discussion and voting on Demands for Grants, both General and Railway Budgets for 2015-16, Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2014-15 and Excess demands, if any for 2013-14. 

The Government has proposed presentation of Railway Budget on February 26, Economic Survey on February 27 and General Budget on February 28, 2015. 

The Legislative agenda comprises of Introduction, Consideration and Passing of 7 new Bills by both the Houses including The Finane Bill, 2015 and Bills replacing six Ordinances, Consideration and Passing of 3 Bills pending in Lok Sabha and seven in Rajya Sabha and introduction of ten new Bills. 

The penidng Bills in the Lok Sabha are : The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 relating to introduction of GST, The Lok Pal and Lok Ayuktas and other Related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2014. After being passed by the Lok Sabha, these Bills need to be taken up by Rajya Sabha. 

Bills pending in the Rajya Sabha include 4 Bills already passed by Lok Sabha viz., The Companies (Amendment) Bill,2014, The Public Premises Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2014, The Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill,2014, The Repealing and Amending (Second) Bill, 2014, and the Payments and Settlement Systems(Amendment) Bill, 2014. Other pending Bills being: The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill,2013 and The Constitution (Scheduled Casts) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014

The new Bills for introduction pertain to National Cooperative Development Corporation, Warehousing Corporation, Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation, Arbitration and Conciliation, Repeal of Appropriation Acts, Registration of Births and Deaths, Whistle Blowers Protection, Indian Institutes of Management, National Academic Depository and Identification of Scheduled Castes. 

The Non-Legislative Business include Discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address and constituion of Railway Convention Committee. 


The two-day national meet on Adoption concludes with consensus to protect interests of children

Aadhar cards to be issued to all children in adoption agencies across India 


The two-day National meet on adoption organised by Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development concluded  in New Delhi  today. The meet concluded with the message that all stakeholders should make every possible effort to ensure that the interests of the children are given utmost importance in the process of adoption. The meet was inaugurated yesterday by Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi. She told the stakeholders that any kind of delay in adoption process will not be tolerated and entire process of adoption of a child should not take more than 4 months.

The inaugural session was followed by sessions on various subjects related to the process of adoption. During the sessions, various stakeholders including child care agencies, legal experts, representatives from MEA and UIDAI discussed issues and processes related to the implementation of adoption guidelines. The experts also addressed and took due note of the concerns and issues raised by various agencies especially Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAAs).

            The proposed Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children, 2015 were  discussed in detail at the session. The guidelines have been framed keeping in mind the issues and challenges that have been faced by CARA, adoption agencies and prospective adoptive parents (PAPs). With the new guidelines, it will become possible for PAPs to  track the status of their application. It will also make the entire system centralised, transparent and efficient.

The Chairperson of CARA, Smt Deepak Sandhu, said that all stakeholders present at the meet are involved in the task of protection of rights of the children and all should work together to achieve this objective. She also emphasised upon the role of awareness campaigns so that illegal adoptions can be checked and the rights of the child can be protected in future.

Secretary , CARA, Dr Veerendra Mishra said that the proposed guidelines are child-centric. He also said that to give identity to children, Aadhar cards will be issued to all the children in the adoption homes across India. This has already been started as a pilot project in Delhi, he added.  Shri Ashok Kumar, ADG, UIDAI said that Aadhar cards will empower the children with a Unique identity of their own which can be verified and authenticated online and thus it will eliminate false identities. Responding  to the concern expressed by various stakeholders about the difficulty of making Aadhar card for infants and small children, he said that for children who are below 5 years of age, biometrics are not collected, they are tagged to the parent/guardian’s ID.

Legal experts also addressed  the concerns raised by the agencies. Ms Aparna Bhat, former member of NOC Committee-CARA  said that due caution should be exercised to follow all rules during the adoption process and there should be complete documentation to prevent adoption from being declared illegal at any stage. Regarding inter-country adoption, the representatives from MEA revealed that E-seva kendras have been opened to speed up and simplify the passport making process .

Earlier , the adoption agencies  expressed their apprehensions about not getting enough children because of illegal adoptions at hospitals and maternity homes. They also pointed out the delays caused by the police and judiciary as well as passport authorities in giving clearances which harm the interests of the children placed for adoption. The agencies pointed also pointed out the lackadaisical attitude of state departments and agencies towards the working of these organisations.


Delegation from Gujarati Association, Malaysia, calls on PM

A 30-member delegation from the Gujarati Association, Malaysia, called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today. The delegation is currently on a visit to India. 

The members of the delegation conveyed their best wishes to the Prime Minister for fulfilling his vision for India`s development.


PM wishes the King of Bhutan on his birthday

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today wished the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, on his birthday. 

"Greetings to the King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, on his birthday. May he be blessed with a long and healthy life," the Prime Minister said. 


PM wishes Nagaland CM on his birthday

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today spoke to the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Shri TR Zeliang, and conveyed his good wishes on Shri Zeliang`s birthday. 


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