Women Role in PSUs Appreciable

Women Role in PSUs Appreciable 
Need to Increase Women Strength in PSUs-Anant Geete 

Union Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Minister Shri Annat G.Geete has emphasised the need to enhance the women strength in the Public Sector Undertakings.
Inaugurating the the 25th National Convention of the Forum of Women in Public Sector ( (WIPS) here in New Delhi today the minister said the role played by the women strength in PSUs across the country is appreciable and it his sincere desire that the women strength in PSUs should increase from the present 10% to 15% during his tenure. The minister said he is open to open to all suggestions or representations given by WIPS for improving policies for development of women their entry in PSUs etc and also their status in work place. 

He stressed that focused initiatives by PSUs through CSR for encouraging rural girl children towards middle and secondary school education.He urged the delegates to give their best as competitions was becoming tougher in the global level and private sectors. The minister urged SCOPE to organize a seminar on the theme on how to improve the percentage of women employees in PSUs. 

Shri Geete also advised Secretary DPE to pay special attention towards uniformity in policies for women in PSUs. In his keynote address Shri K D Tripathi, Secretary DPE has expressed that women representation should be there in the selection committee and that DPE will review on that. 

On this occasion Shri Geete also gave away the best enterprise award in the Maharatna /Navaratna and Miniratna categories for their initiatives towards women development. . In Maharatna/Navratna category BHEL was awarded first place , ONGC SECOND RINL third place and NLC -4th place. Special jury award was given to IOCL. In Mini ratna category ECIL Bagged the 1st; SECL- 2nd; BCCL-3rd; CCL -4th. The individual women Achievers (Executive and Non- executive) category awards for 2014 were also given away by the minister. 

Earlier the minister was welcomed by Mrs. Selvi Ravindran President WIPS APEX. . MRs Nishi Khurana president WIPS northern Region introduced the theme "25 years of WIPS - The Way Forward"on this occasion. Shri C S Verma, Chairman SCOPE conveyed his best wishes to the forum for their silver jubilee celebrations. 

Dr U D Choubey applauded the efforts of various PSUs who have improved the percentage of the strength of women from 4% in 1991 to 9.2% in March 2014. He also felt that women of PSUs should also contribute a lot for rural women through CSR. The inaugural session concluded with the vote of thanks by Smt Kirti Tiwari Secretary WIPS APEX 


Shift in the Focus of the Income Tax Department (ITD) from Civil Consequences to Criminal Consequences in Serious Cases of Tax Evasion; 

During 2014-15 (upto Dec, 2014) the ITD Has Conducted Searches in 414 Groups, Seized Undisclosed Assets of Rs. 582 Crore; 

Undisclosed Income of Rs. 6769 Crore has been Admitted by the Tax Payers 

During 2014-15 (upto Dec, 2014) the Income Tax Department (ITD) has conducted searches in 414 groups and seized undisclosed assets of Rs. 582 crore. Undisclosed income of Rs. 6769 crore has been admitted by the tax payers during such searches. The undisclosed income detected as a result of further enquiries is however much more. 

Besides, 1174 surveys conducted upto November, 2014 led to detection of undisclosed income of Rs. 4673 crore. 

Focus of investigation in the Income Tax Department (ITD) had so far been on civil consequences i.e. revenue augmentation. 

In its crusade against black money and with a view to have credible deterrence against generation of black money, the Government has shifted the focus to successfully prosecute the offenders in shortest possible time. 

Wilful attempt to evade tax is a serious offence punishable under Section 276C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 with imprisonment upto 7 years and fine. 

During the current year 628 prosecution complaints have been filed upto December, 2014 56 of such prosecution complaints relate to offences concerning undisclosed foreign income. 


Kiren Rijiju moots transit camps for North-Eastern people in major cities MoS (Home) reviews implementation of Bezbaruah Committee report 

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju has mooted transit camp accommodation exclusively for the people of the North-Eastern Region (NER) in metropolitan and other major cities. Presiding over a high-level inter-ministerial meeting here today to review the implementation of the Bezbaruah Committee report on safety and other concerns of the NER-origin people living in the national capital and other major cities across rest of the country, Shri Rijiju directed the Secretary, Ministry for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Shri R. Vijaykumar to initiate a proposal for provision of separate budget allocation for this specific purpose. 

It was informed in the meeting that the setting up of exclusive hostels for NER-origin students has been fast-tracked in JNU and Ramanujan College in Delhi and that other Delhi University colleges including Hindu, Khalsa and Dayal Singh College have already identified land for such hostels. Shri Rijiju asked the DoNER Ministry to coordinate with the Urban Development Ministry to expedite the process. 

Shri Rijiju expressed satisfaction that the NCERT has already initiated a review of CBSE textbooks for Classes 6 - 12th to include chapters on the NER geography, history and cultural diversity. The Minister asked HRD Ministry officials to explore and suggest similar revision in textbooks to various state governments for their inclusion in the state boards’ curriculum. UGC officials said 10,000 fellowships have been introduced for students of NER States and that can be availed for study anywhere in India. UGC has also taken a decision to institute a chair in different universities on the NER. 

Shri Rijiju expressed concern that recruitment of NER people in the Delhi Police had not really taken off. Delhi Police officers explained that the rigorous physical and educational qualifications have become a hurdle and a review is underway to relax the criteria for NER-origin people. 

Sports Ministry officials said about Rupees 100 crores have already been allocated for upgradation of Sports facilities in Imphal and another Rs. 25 crores will be provided by March. The draft Bill for setting up a National Sports University is ready while the Manipur State Government has already acquired bulk of land at Thoubal district and the university is likely to start admissions for the next academic session, 2015-16. 

Shri Rijiju directed that a short compendium of all initiatives undertaken by various ministries be compiled soon and circulated to all NER State Governments and the media for wider publicity so that more and more people can be apprised of the various welfare schemes to avail of the benefits. 

Senior officers of the Union Ministries of HRD, Culture, I&B and Sports & Youth Affairs, besides the Delhi Police and Resident Commissioners of North-Eastern States participated in the meeting. 


Shri Bandaru Dattatreya Chairs Tripartite Meeting on Amendment in EPF & MP Act, 1952 

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya has chaired the tripartite meeting on the proposed amendments to Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act’ 1952 in New Delhi yesterday. 

The main proposal for amendments in the Employees’ Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provisions Act’ 1952 are to bring the threshold of coverage from 20 employees to 10 employees. This will ensure a wider coverage and extension of social security benefits to hitherto uncovered areas. The ‘Schedule of Industries’ provided in the Act has already grown to more than 182 industries. The Government proposes to do away with the ‘Schedule of Industries’ and come up with a ‘Negative List’. It is also proposed to reduce the size of the CBT to make it an active decision making body. In order to remove the discretion, a limit of 5 years has been proposed in regard to assessment of dues against the establishment. However, to reduce the problems arising out of ex-parte assessments etc., a new appellate provision by appointment of Appellate Officer has also been proposed. To avoid protracted litigation, provisions for compounding of offences in deserving cases has been introduced. Uniformity in regard definitions of ‘Wages’ is proposed to be introduced in line with the ESI Act. The Government of India is also contemplating promulgation of a comprehensive Labour Code on Social Security to bring together all legislations relating to social security. 

The representatives of prominent trade unions like CITU, AITUC, INTUC, BMC, AICCTU, HMS and TUCC attended the meeting. Representatives of important employers’ associations like FICCI, CII, CIE, PHDCCI, ASSOCHAM etc. attended the consultations. Officers from Ministry of Labour & Employment and other Ministries of Central Government and NITI Aayog were also present. 

The Unions and Associations welcomed the Government’s proposal to widen the coverage of EPF & simplification of procedures required for compliance. There was some disagreement regarding reduction in the size of CBT both from Employers’ and Employees’ side. 

The Minister responding to suggestions from participants, stated that number of members of CBT will not be reduced and there will be no restriction on the number of terms of members of Central Board of Trustees. He also stressed the need to reduce the threshold limit for application of the EPF & MP Act’ 1952 to 10 employees from the existing 20 employees. He also announced that cards will be provided to unorganized sector workers, one house will be provided to every family of the contributory member. He also promised that Bill for Social Security for Unorganised Sector workers will be brought in. Concluding the discussion, he stated that all the suggestions received during the consultation will be considered while finalizing the Bill. 


National Legal Services Authority (Nalsa) to Organize Lok Adalats through out the Country Once in every Month Relating to Various Issues 

On This Saturday (14th February, 2015) Cases Relating to Cheque Bounce and other Bank Recovery Matters will be Taken up 

The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) is organizing a National Lok Adalat on 14.02.2015, for cheque bounce cases and other bank recovery matters. This is the first in a series of National Lok Adalats to be organized every month on specific subject matters. The NALSA has drawn up a Calendar for this under the directions of the Hon’ble Mr. Justice T.S.Thakur, Judge, Supreme Court of India & Executive Chairman, NALSA and Hon’ble Mr. Justice H.L.Dattu, Chief Justice of India & Patron-in-Chief, NALSA. The aim is to reduce pendency as well as prevent additional litigation swathing the courts, where settlements are possible. As done earlier, these National Lok Adalats will be held across the country in the Supreme Court, the High Courts, District Courts and the Taluk level Courts. Their aim is to reduce the pendency in the Courts while at the same time to draw the attention of the public to the efficacious alternative dispute resolution method of Lok Adalat. Matters will be taken up at the Supreme Court by Four Lok Adalat Benches constituted of the Hon’ble sitting Judges and retired Judges of the Supreme Court of India. Due to the efforts being put across the country and with the cooperation of the Banks and other financial institutions, it is expected that a good number of cases will be settled. Once so disposed of by settlement, there will be no further appeal in these cases. Thus it will have a significant impact on the judicial system. In order to encourage people to opt for Lok Adalat settlements even before coming to the courts, pre-litigation cases will also be taken up in the National Lok Adalat. The settlement at pre-litigation stage would mean that many possible cases will not reach the courts. 

The Union Minister for Mines and Steel, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar at a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Natural Resources of South Africa, Mr. Ramatlhodi, in South Africa on February 11, 2015.
Indian Business Delegation Led by Union Mines & Steel Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, to Mining Indaba-2015 in South Africa, Receives Enthusiastic Response 

Rounds of Deliberations with Government Representatives and Captains of Mining Industry Result in Positive Outcome 

The Union Minister for Steel & Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar had a bilateral meeting with Mr. Ramatlhodi, the Minister of Natural Resources of South Africa. The meeting led to fruitful discussions, with each side sharing the changes they have brought in their respective mining regulations in order to make it more equitable and transparent. 

While welcoming the first mining delegation from India to Indaba to be led by a member of the cabinet, the South African minister emphasized the shared history & common heritage between the countries. Ways of strengthening mutual collaboration was the main focus of the deliberations. The two countries agreed to revive the MoU, signed in 1997, for cooperation in Mining Sector. Mr Ramathlodi assured to provide all possible support to Indian business in South Africa. It may be noted that present bilateral trade between India and South Africa is about 11 billlion US dollar and there are about 150 Indian companies working in SA. India is largest buyer of South African Gold and coal. 

In the next bilateral meeting with the Minister from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR), the discussion revolved around the prospects of collaborative efforts. It was agreed by the two ministers to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise a structured engagement between the nations. Copper and cobalt are to two main areas of mining interests in Congo. It may be noted that DCR is one of the richest in terms of mineral reserves in African continent and holds very high quality of copper and cobalt. 

Mr. Alan Davies, CEO Rio Tinto Minerals & Diamonds met with the Minister, with his senior team and showcased their operations in the African continent in brief. 

Ms. Sylvia Lucas, Premier of Northern Cape province of South Africa called on the Minister and complimented him for leading a high profile delegation to the Mining Indaba, which was well represented by the Indian mining companies. 

The Union Minister for Mines and Steel, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar addressing the India Day session at the Mining Indaba-2015, in South Africa on February 11, 2015.
Union Mines & Steel Minister Invites Foreign Companies to Invest in Exploration and Mining in India at Mining Indaba-2015 

“Indian Mining Sector is open for business”, mentioned Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Steel & Mines, while addressing the India Day session at the Mining Indaba, South Africa on11.2.15. He highlighted the changes in the new legislation brought in by Indian government, where all mining concessions are now to be granted through the auction route, making it a transparent and fair process eliminating the chances of discretion or bias, while reducing delays. He also invited companies to invest in the mining sector of the country which is on course of taking off on a higher growth path. The session elicited considerable interest amongst participants who enthusiastically participated in the interactive session, which followed a short film and a presentation, outlining the overview of the Indian mining sector. 

Shri Tomar emphasised in his address that in this age of globalization, mining is being done not only to satisfy the domestic requirements, but also to meet growing international demands. In the coming years, Mining is expected to be a key industry, attracting huge investments (both domestic and foreign) thereby generating additional employment. Today, growth in isolation is not possible. Neither it is desirable. We need to understand one another’s strengths and explore areas for cooperation. We see such a potential for partnership between India and African region. 

He stated that India is rich in mineral resources, but large part of this remains unexplored. He invited the captains of mining industry to invest in exploration in the country and underlined the commitment of the government to provide all possible support. Shri Tomar mentioned that by enhancing the lease life to 50 years and introduction of transferability of mineral concessions, India has become a very friendly investment destination. 

Shri Tomar highlighted that the new government, under leadership of Shri Narendra modi, has launched “Make in India” campaign, with focus on manufacturing sector leading to increased demand for different minerals. Indian Corporates and PSUs are on the lookout for good investment opportunities in mining sector abroad for ensuring regular availability of minerals to the domestic industry in which India is deficient. 
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