ACC Appointments




ACC Appointments

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following appointments:


(i)                 Shri Rajiv Kumar, IAS(JH:84), Additional Secretary. Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance as Establishment Officer and Additional Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in the vacancy of Shri B.P. Sharma, IAS(BH:81).

(ii)               Shri Jaideep Govind, IAS(MP:84), at present in cadre, as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs  in the vacancy of Shri Rajiv Gauba, IAS(JH:82).

(iii)             Ms. Sanjeevanee Kutty, IAS(MH:83), CVO, IOC as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Home Affairs in the vacancy of Shri S.C. Panda, IAS(AM:81).

(iv)             Ms. Bharti S. Sihag, IAS(HP:83), Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Steel vice Shri Vinod Kumar Thakral, IAS(MT:82).

(v)               Shri Vinod Kumar Thakral, IAS(MT:82), Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Steel as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Vice Ms. Bharti S. Sihag, IAS(HP:83).

(vi)             Shri A.P. Sawhney, IAS(AP:84), at present in cadre, as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in the vacancy of Shri Rajive Kumar, IAS(UP:81).

(vii)           Shri B.K. Tripathi, IAS(JH:83), at present in cadre, as Member Secretary, NCR Planning Board, Ministry of Urban Development, in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary in the vacancy of Ms. Naini Jayaseelan, IAS(UT:80).

(viii)         Shri Pritam Singh, IAS(RJ:84), at present in cadre, as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs vice Shri M.J. Joseph, ICAS. 79.


(ix)             Shri Injeti Srinivas, IAS(OR:83), Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority under Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers as Director General, Sports Authority of India in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary vice Shri Jiji Thomson, IAS(KL:80). Shri Srinivas will continue to hold the post of Chairman, NPPA on additional charge basis till the appointment of a new incumbent to the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

(x)               Shri T. Vijay Kumar, IAS(AP:83), DG, CAPART, as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development in the vacancy of Shri D.V. Prasad, IAS(KN:84).

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Tracking of Counterfeit Drugs

Fake drugs or counterfeit drugs have not been defined under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules made thereunder. However, reports, largely unsubstantiated, continue to appear in media about the extent of spurious/adulterated drugs from time to time.

The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 provides stringent penalties for manufacture of spurious and adulterated drugs. Certain offences have also been made cognizable and non-bailable. The inspectorate staff of Central Drugs Standard Control Organization also keeps a vigil and draws samples of drugs for test and analysis to monitor the quality of drugs in the country.

‘Track and Trace’ software has been developed for authentication of drugs manufactured in India.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

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Expenditure on Healthcare Services

The draft National Health Policy 2015 envisages health care service being built on the bedrock of high quality comprehensive primary health care services that are universally accessible, are free and provided as close to where people live and work, as is feasible.

As per Economic Survey 2014-15, the expenditure by the Government (Central and State Government combined) on health as percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2014-15 (BE) is 1.2 per cent. As per 12th Five Year Plan document, total public funding by the Centre and States, plan and non-plan, on core health is envisaged to increase to 1.87 per cent of GDP by the end of the 12th Plan. When viewed in the perspective of the broader health sector, the total government expenditure as a proportion of GDP is envisaged to increase to 2.5 per cent by the end of the 12th Plan.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

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Uniform Trauma Registry

Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 29.10.2014 in case of W.P. No. 235 of 2012 has directed Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and Ministry of Law & Justice to issue the requisite guidelines for protection of Good Samaritans i.e. person helping the injured in road accidents in consultation with each other. Accordingly, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is seized with the matter.

National Injury Surveillance Centre has been set up recently at PGIMER, Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi under Scheme of Capacity Building for developing trauma care facilities in Government hospitals on National Highways. This Injury Surveillance Centre meant for recording data on various parameters of injury/trauma has started functioning.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

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Rajnath Singh congratulates CISF on 46th Raising Day

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has congratulated the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on the occasion of its 46th Raising Day, here today. The Home Minister has attended the function as Chief Guest and inspected the Guard of Honour.

While addressing, Shri Rajnath Singh said that the CISF is a paramilitary force which has maximum public interaction and acts as a public interface. CISF is a dynamic force and also a well diversified force and it should retain its core competence, he added. The Home Minister has advised the CISF that it should carry out special security audits at all important strategic installations every four months to increase its preparedness.

The Union Home Minister said that since India is heading to be an economic superpower, the CISF has to take the responsibility of becoming `Pragati Ke Sajag Prahari`. He expressed his happiness over the CISF providing security consultancy services and said if it is marketed aggressively, CISF can become a big player in this area. The CISF is capable to meet the security challenges and it is ready to become one of the most modern and hi-tech security force of our country, he added.

The Director General, CISF, Shri Arvind Ranjan, Directors General and senior officers of Central Paramilitary Forces were present on the occasion.

An impressive display of Rifle Drill, Fire-fighting and VIP Security were presented.

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Portal Launched to Facilitate Monitoring of Supply of Cement and Expedite Its Purchase

Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari launched a web portal, INAM-PRO- Platform for Infrastructure and Materials Providers at a function here today. The portal will facilitate the monitoring of the supply of cement and expedite the process of placing purchase orders by the prospective users/ user agencies with the respective cement manufacturers. The portal, designed by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways shall ensure complete transparency in the supply of cement under the scheme, so as to achieve reduction in the cost of construction of rigid pavement.

“INAM-PRO” is a web based application (www.inampro.nic.in) for Infrastructure and Materials Providers and would act as a common platform for Infrastructure materials providers viz. Cement Companies, Infrastructure providers, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and other stakeholders. To start with, it would facilitate contractors/cement buyers engaged in executing the Central/State funded Roads and Highways/Bridge construction projects to place cement orders online with the registered cement companies offering cement at competitive rates in the vicinity of project execution locations.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Nitin Gadkari said that the portal is a revolutionary initiative in the direction of reducing cost of road construction and maintenance. As cement is manufactured indigenously and bitumen is a byproduct of imported crude oil, the use of cement for National Highways is in right earnest with the ‘Make in India’ campaign, he added. He further said that this platform aims not only to bring down the cost of inputs for the infrastructure projects but also to create a win- win situation for all the stakeholders.

In his address, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Shri Vijay Chhibber said that the portal provides a buyer- seller platform without any intermediary. With a focus on cement industry, this innovation would make the factories utilize their capacity to full potential, he added.

The bids of 36 participating cement companies quoting rates from 103 factories along with ‘Terms and Conditions governing the supply of cement’ have been uploaded on the Ministry’s website.

Cement companies are facilitated to update their offered stock on the portal with the prices agreed upon with the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. They would in turn get instant intimation about the orders placed and would be able to approve the delivery schedules as requested by the cement buyers without hassles and delays. This would also help cement companies plan their annual production in advance and schedule deliveries with better precision.

In addition, by using INAM PRO, the cement companies would be able to track orders, add more products (grade/type), add cement offerings, view listed buyers, and submit their complaints/suggestions to the Ministry. Similarly, Buyers would be able to view and track the orders placed with different companies and also submit their suggestions/complaints.

With the help of INAM PRO, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways would be able to track and monitor the activities of buyers and suppliers, and remove impediments of either of the parties and help accelerate the execution of infrastructure projects in the most cost effective manner.

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New Schemes for Economically Backward Classes

The following new schemes for the welfare of Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) have been launched in 2014-15 with the approval of the competent authority:-

(i) Dr. Ambedkar Central Sector Scheme of Interest Subsidy on Educational Loan for Overseas Studies for Economically Backward Classes (EBCs)

(ii) Dr. Ambedkar Post-Matric Scholarship for the Economically Backward Class Students (Centrally Sponsored Scheme).

Further, the Government of India through Ministry of Human Resource Development runs a Mid-Day Meal Scheme under which mid day meal is provided on each school day at prescribed norms to children studying in the classes I- VIII in Government, Government aided, and Special Training Centers including Madrasas & Maqtabs recognized under SSA irrespective of class, caste and gender of the student.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Venture Capital Fund for SCs

The salient features of the Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes (SCs) which aims to promote entrepreneurship amongst the SCs and provide concessional finance to them are as follows:

Salient feature of ‘Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes’

(i)         Objectives

·         It is a Social Sector Initiative to be implemented nationally in order to promote entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Caste population in India.
·         Promote entrepreneurship amongst the Scheduled Castes who are oriented towards innovation and growth technologies.
·         To provide concessional finance to the scheduled caste entrepreneurs, who will create wealth and value for society and at the same time will promote profitable businesses. The assets so created will also create forward/backward linkage. It will further create chain effect in the locality.
·         To increase financial inclusion for SC entrepreneurs and to motivate them for further growth of SC communities.
·         To develop SC entrepreneurs economically.
·         To enhance direct and indirect employment generation for SC population in India.

(ii)        Structure of the scheme

The scheme is setup as a fund registered under Alternate Investment Fund (AIF) regulations 2012 under Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) with Govt. of India as the Anchor investor and IFCI Ltd. as Sponsor investor.

(iii)       Name of Asset Management Company/Nodal Agency

IFCI Venture Capital Funds Ltd.

(iv)       Duration of the fund

10 years from the date of implementation with provision of 2 years as extension.

The eligibility criteria to avail financial assistance are as under:

(i) The Companies having at least 60% stake holding by SC entrepreneurs for the past 12 months with management control.

(ii) While selecting the SC entrepreneurs, women SC entrepreneurs would be preferred.

(iii) The project/units being set up in manufacturing and services sector ensuring asset creation out of the funds deployed in the unit shall be considered.

As informed by the IFCI Venture Capital Funds Ltd, initially approximately 32 entrepreneurs are likely to be covered with an initial Capital of Rs.200/- Crore, as per laid down norms of the Venture Capital Fund Scheme.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Implementation of MWPSC Act

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has been making efforts by persuading the States/ UTs from time to time to effectively implement the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 Act in letter and spirit so that the senior citizens are benefitted in their respective States/ UTs. The Ministry has requested the State Governments/UT Administrations to submit a yearly progress report regarding implementation of the Act within the month of May every year. Apart from pursuing the matter through written communications, the issue has been raised at various forums including, inter-alia, during the Regional Conferences of Secretaries of Social Welfare Departments, during visit of the nodal officers to their respective States etc.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued two detailed advisories dated 27.3.2008 and 30.08.2013, to all the State Governments/UTs advising them to take immediate measures to ensure safety and security and for elimination of all forms of neglect, abuse and violence against old persons through initiatives such as identification of senior citizens; sensitization of police personnel regarding safety, security of older persons; regular visit of the beat staff; setting up of toll free senior citizen helpline; setting up of senior citizen security cell; verification of domestic helps, drivers, etc.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Government Implementing Various Measures for Welfare of SCS


 The State-wise and percentage-wise details of the total population of the Scheduled Castes (SCs) in the Country as per Census 2011 are:



Government is implementing various educational and economic measures like Scholarship and Free Coaching Schemes, Construction of Hostels for students, Concessional Loans etc for SCs in order to increase opportunities and scope for their employment and economic upliftment. Proportionate reservation has been provided for SCs in the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies. There is also a provision of reservation @ 15% for SCs in Central Educational Institutions and posts and services under the Central Government.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Six Thousand SC Students Received Fellowship Under Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme

University Grant Commission (UGC) is the nodal agency for implementing the scheme of Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC Candidates. Details of number of selected candidates who have received Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for M.Phil and Ph.D. during the last three years under this scheme are given below:



This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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10.38 Crore Senior Citizens is the Country as per Census-2011

As per census 2011, the population of Senior Citizens in the country is 10.38 crores. However, no authentic data is available with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment on the number of destitute among them.

This Ministry is implementing the Scheme of Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) under which financial assistance is provided to Panchayati Raj Institutions/local bodies, Non Governmental Organisations, Institutions or organisations set up by the government as autonomous/subordinate bodies etc. and in exceptional cases to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, including inter-alia for running and maintenance of Old Age homes, Day Care Centres, Mobile Medicare Units etc. Under this Scheme this Ministry is providing financial assistance to Non Governmental Organisations for running/maintaining 154 Old Age Homes spread in states all over the country.

Besides, Section 19 of the Maintenance & Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 provide that the State Government may establish and maintain such number of old age homes at accessible places, as it may deem necessary, in a phased manner, beginning with at least one in each district to accommodate in such homes a minimum of one hundred fifty senior citizens who are indigent.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Hazardous Cleaning of A Sewer or Septic Tank is a Prohibited Activity

As the MS Act, 2013 had come into force on 6.12.2013, hazardous cleaning of a sewer or septic tank is a prohibited activity with effect from 6.12.2014 in all the States and UTs except the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Section 7 of the “Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013”. (MS Act, 2013) lays down that no person, local authority or any agency shall, from such date as the State Government may notify, which shall not be later than one year from the date of commencement of this Act, engage or employ, either directly or indirectly, any person for hazardous cleaning of a swear or a septic tank.

“Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Rules, 2013” , which has come into force from 12.12.2013 stipulates the obligation of Employer towards employees who are engaged in cleaning of sewer or septic tanks to provide protective gear, safety devices and cleaning devices.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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65.71 Lakh Children with Disabilities as Per Census-2011

As per Census 2011, there are 65,71,589 children with disabilities in the age-group of 5-19 years. Out of these, 46,82,885 children belong to rural areas and 18,88,704 children belong to urban areas.

The number of persons with disabilities has increased from 2.21 crore as per Census 2001 to 2.68 crore as per Census 2011. The increase cannot be termed as drastic compared to the increase in total population.

The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights & Full Participation) Act, 1995, contains various provisions for empowerment of persons with disabilities. The Act casts responsibilities on the States to take various measures in the area of early intervention, education, health care etc. for children with disabilities. The Government has introduced the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 in the Rajya Sabha on 07.02.2014 which proposes to cast responsibilities on the States to take measures to ensure that the persons with disabilities including children with disabilities enjoy their rights equally with others.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on March 04, 2015


               The Water Storage available in 85 important reservoirs of the country as on March 04, 2015 was 62.194 BCM which is 40% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 82% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 102% of storage of average of last ten years.  The present storage position during current year is less than the storage position of last year but is better than the storage of average of last ten years.
Central Water Commission monitors live storage status of 85 important reservoirs of the country on weekly basis. These reservoirs include 37 reservoirs having hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW. The total storage capacity of these reservoirs is 155.046 BCM which is about 61% of the storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country.

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS:
NORTHERN REGION
The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 5.56 BCM which is 31% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 43% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 35% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

EASTERN REGION
The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 10.75 BCM which is 57% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 72% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 50% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year but is better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

WESTERN REGION
The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 22 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 24.54 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 10.95 BCM which is 45% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 57% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 49% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years.

CENTRAL REGION
The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 42.30BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 20.19 BCM which is 48% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 57% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 32% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year but better than the average storage of last ten years.

SOUTHERN REGION
The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 30 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 51.37 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 14.74 BCM which is 29% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 32% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 38% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

             States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh.


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Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Congratulates Indian Cricket Team

Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has congratulated Indian cricket team on their fifth consecutive win in ICC World Cup League Match. In a message Shri Sonowal said, win against Ireland has once again proved that India’s consistently fine performance at the tournament is a matter of pride for all Indians. He also congratulated ‘Player of the Match’ Shikhar Dhawan.

Shri Sonowal also congratulated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for becoming the most successful Captain for India in the history of Cricket World Cup.

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