Coal to Liquid Pilot Project

Coal to Liquid Pilot Project

A research project, Coal to Liquid (CTL) funded by Ministry of Coal is under implementation jointly by Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad and Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited (CMPDI), Ranchi. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. It is not a commercial project for CTL production. In this project, a Pilot Plant of 10 L capacity, is under erection at CIMFR, Digwadih Campus, Dhanbad. The requirement of coal for the research project is 225 T (approx.) for testing of the catalysts. Thus, the project is aimed at developing indigenous catalyst for conversion of coal to liquid. The outcome of the project will eliminate the dependence on a technology provider for supply of catalyst, the Minister added.


Production of Coal from Underground Mines

                        The production target vis-à-vis actual production of Coal India Limited (CIL)  during last Five Years i.e. 2009-10 to 2013-14 is given in the table along with percentage achievement of the target.
(in million tonnes)

 Target as per Annual Plan
Actual Production
% Achievement

The production of coal in the coal sector has been constrained by difficulties in - land acquisition, R&R, environment & forest clearance and restrictions due to imposition of Central Environmental Pollution Index guidelines. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. Law and order condition in some areas and constraints arising from lack of adequate infrastructure for evacuation of coalincluding delay in construction of rail infrastructure in some major coalfields have also been constraining factors.

The Minister further stated that the steps envisaged by CIL toincrease coal production from underground mines include:       (i) Deployment of Mass Production Technology i.e. use of Continuous Miner in Board & Pillar working and adopting Long Wall Technology at suitable locale where geo-mining conditions permit(ii) Installation of man riding system particularly in arduous/long travelling road mines of CIL to improve effective working hours of underground mines (iii) Up gradation of the technology presently in practice in CIL mines including UG mines and further modernization wherever required, the Minister added.


Cement Industry Should Grow by 20-25 Percent over the next three Decades – DIPP Secretary

Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion(DIPP), Shri Amitabh Kant has said that cement industry has to grow 20-25 per cent annually over the next three decades to meet the requirement of a rapidly growing Indian economy. Delivering the inaugural address at the 53rd Annual Session of Cement Manufacturers’ Association(CMA), Shri Kant said that for a sustained high growth rates for the Indian economy, manufacturing has to grow by 13-14 per cent and cement has to be a major driver of India’s growth sector.

Responding to the flagging of some issues by CMA, Secretary DIPP said that he would convene a meeting with the officers of his Ministry, Ministry of Mines, Ministry of Environment and Department of Revenue to sort out the issues. Referring to the announcement made in the Budget 2015-16, Shri Kant said that huge emphasis has been laid on infrastructure and this will provide impetus to the cement industry.

Earlier, Shri O.P.Puranmalka, President, CMA, in his welcome address said that cement industry has grown at the rate of about 8 per cent in the first three quarters of the current financial year. However, to meet the level of cement demand arising out of expected increase in the growth rates, Government has to ensure adequate availability of land and consistent availability of major inputs like limestone, coal and adequate infrastructure like rail availability.

Later, Secretary DIPP released a booklet brought out by CMA on “Cement Concrete Road & Overlay Construction - Dos and Donts”.


Shri Ranglal Jamuda Assumed Charge as Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries

Shri Ranglal Jamuda assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of food Processing Industries, Government of India today. He succeeds Shri Siraj Hussain, who has been transferred to Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation.

An officer of the Indian Administrative Service, belonging to the 1981 Batch (Odisha), Shri Jamuda was earlier Special Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Government of India since 31st December, 2014. Prior to that, Shri Jamuda was Additional Secretary in Department of Agriculture and Cooperation. In a career spanning over 34 years, he has held several important posts at different levels in the cadre and also in the Government of India.


Ultra Modern Super Critical Coal Based Thermal Power Technology

An Advanced Ultra Super Critical Technology R&D Project has been approved by Government at a cost of Rs.1500 Crore involving BHEL, NTPC and Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) for enhanced efficiency of thermal generation. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that the objective of the scheme is to achieve higher efficiency, reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and reduce coal consumption for coal based power plants. The R&D work for the programme has commenced under the overall supervision of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India for certain pre-project R&D activities, the Minister added.


Committee Set up to Formulate Safety Standards for Car Manufactures

In order to formulate safety standards for car manufacturers to make safe car, a committee has been set up under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Transport) with the following terms of reference:

(i)                  The testing requirement/test protocols and rating system for the Programme keeping in view of the international experience and the national conditions.
(ii)                Mechanism and methodology for selection of vehicles for assessment.
(iii)               Permanent administrative set up required for implementation and monitoring of the programme.
(iv)              Assessment of fund requirement for the implementation of the programme and mechanism therefore.
(v)                Identification and accreditation of test facilities for conducting the required tests.
(vi)              To recommend time schedules for :
(1) Launch of BNVAP; and
(2) Implementation of BNVAP in consultation with the automobile industry on:  (a) voluntary basis; (b) mandatory basis.

             Provisions regarding construction, equipment and maintenance of motor vehicles are contained in chapter VII of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (MV Act) and chapter V of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 (CMVRs). Rule 126 of CMVRs requires every manufacturer of motor vehicles other than trailers and semi-trailers to submit the prototype of the vehicle to be manufactured by him for test by any of the agencies specified therein for granting a certificate as to the compliance of the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (MV Act) and CMVRs. Rule 126A of CMVRs requires the test agencies, referred to in rule 126, to also conduct tests on vehicles drawn from the production line of the manufacturer to verify whether these vehicles conform to the provisions of rules made under section 110 of the MV Act.

            This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways,  Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


Government Fast on Execution of Road Projects

Proactive governance and faster approvals have resulted in unprecedented pick up in execution of road projects. Against the target of 6300 km for construction under various schemes of the Ministry during the current year, 3038 km have been constructed till 31st January, 2015. Out of 17 projects awarded by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) during 2013-14, work has been started in case of 15 projects which is about 88% of the total projects awarded and in case of some of the projects progress is already 40 to 50 %.

During the year 2012-13, out of 11 projects awarded by NHAI for one project LOA has been cancelled and during the year 2011-12 out of 48 projects awarded, 26 projects were terminated/LOA cancelled.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


Government Determined to Check Road Accidents

            Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has taken a number of steps to prevent road accidents as per details mentioned under:

(i) The Government has approved a National Road Safety Policy.  This Policy outlines various policy measures such as promoting awareness, establishing road safety information data base, encouraging safer road infrastructure including application of intelligent transport, enforcement of safety laws etc.
(ii) The Ministry has requested all States/UTs for setting up of State Road Safety Council and District Road Safety Committees, if not already done, and to hold their meetings regularly so that the right message to curb the menace of road accidents reaches  all concerned and due priority is given to road safety.
(iii) It is ensured that road safety remains the integral part of road design at planning stage.
(iv) Various steps are being taken to enhance road safety such as road furniture, road markings/road signs, introduction of Highway Traffic Management System using Intelligent Transport System, enhancement of discipline among contractors during construction, road safety audit on selected stretches, have been undertaken by National Highways Authority of India.
(v) Refresher training to Heavy Motor Vehicle drivers in the unorganized sector being implemented by the Ministry since 1997-98 under plan activities.

(vi) Setting up of Driving Training School in the States by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

(vii) Publicity campaign on road safety awareness both through the audio-visual and print media by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

(viii) Tightening of safety standards of vehicles like Seat Belts, Power-steering, rear view Mirror etc.

(ix) Providing cranes and ambulances to various State Governments/NGOs under National Highway Accident Relief Service Scheme. National Highways Authority of India also provides ambulances at a distance of 50 Km. on each of its completed stretches of National Highways under its Operation & Maintenance contracts.

(x) Widening and improvements of National Highways from 2 lanes to 4 lanes and 4 lanes to  6 lanes  etc.

 A pilot project has been launched by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways for three stretches viz.  Gurgaon - Jaipur section of NH-8, Vadodara - Mumbai section of  NH – 8 and Ranchi –Mahulia section of NH-33 under which free cashless treatment upto a limit of Rs. 30,000 will be provided to the road accident victims for the first 48 hours. Under this project, GPS enabled ambulances, connected with a central control room through a toll-free number 1033 are stationed at a distance of 20 km to transport the accident victim to the nearest hospital for treatment within the ‘Golden Hour’.  

            This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways,     Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


Proposal for 101 More National Waterways

A proposal for declaration of 101 additional waterways as National Waterways is under consideration of the Government. The proposal covers waterways across the country which have potential for year round commercial navigation.

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is conducting feasibility studies on the proposed new waterways for finding out their potential for year round commercial navigation. Thereafter, based on the outcome of the study, further steps would be taken for the development of the proposed National Waterways. The time-frame for developing these waterways as National Waterways can be finalized only after these are declared as National Waterways.

This information was given by Minister of State for Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


Government to Set up INW TG

The Government is considering a proposal to set up an Integrated National Waterways Transport Grid (INWTG) which covers mainly five National Waterways. The INWTG includes development of the National Waterways with at least 2.5 meter Least Available Depth (LAD), upgrading/ setting up of priority terminals, establishing road connectivity, wherever feasible, rail and port connectivity.

The study undertaken by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has, at present, identified 31 terminals in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for construction of terminals on National Waterways. With the establishment of the INWTG, the National Waterways would be connected to National/ State Highways and would become an integral part of the transportation grid in the country.

This information was given by Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


Meeting of UN-ESCAP working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities Gets Underway

Shri Gehlot Reiterates Government’s Commitment to Implementation of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, inaugurated a two-day Meeting of Second Session of the UN-ESCAP Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister stated that hisGovernment is fully committed to the cause of empowerment of Persons with Disabilities(PWDs)and implementation of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitiesas well as the “Incheon Strategy”.

He said that we are presently focussing on enactment of a new comprehensive law to fulfil our international obligations following ratification of the UNCRPD; using technology to deliver low-cost home-based education through e-learning and providing Identity Cards to all Persons with Disabilities so that they can avail Government benefits.

The Minister said that his government is also committed to ensureeasy access of PWDs to public facilities, public buildings and transport; develop income generation models to ensure their economic independence, and provide support to voluntary organizations working in this sector.

He further said that India is eager to provide necessary technical support to UNESCAP in all its efforts and learn from the best practices in this region.“We in this region have adopted the Incheon Strategy to declare our regional cooperation and commitment to build a better future for persons with disabilities”, he said. The slogan of this Strategy is to “Make the Right Real”.

Some of the important goals of Incheon strategy are: Reduction of poverty, Enhancement of accessibility, education and employment, Special focus on children and women, Promotion of social protection and political participation, and Strengthening of international cooperation etc.

Shri Gehlot said that we have chalked out a road map with specific time-frames to implement the Incheon Strategy and achieve these goals.

The Minister expressed the hope that the Working Group would recommend constructive steps towards achieving disability-inclusive development for our region and the deliberations would provide valuable inputs in the international level as well, in the true spirit of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, that is – the entire world is one family.”

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Lov Verma, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities stated that India is focussing on a multi pronged approach involving various Central Ministries to implement the Incheon Strategy to make right real. Various steps taken by the Government included ensuring accessibility, education and employment.

Shri Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Joint Secretary in the Departmentof Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Shri Nagesh Kumar, Director ESCAP Sub-Regional Office, South and South-West Asia, New Delhi and Mr Kang Inchul, Director, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea also spoke on the occasion.

India is hosting this meeting in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asian and Pacific (UNESCAP). About 70 delegates participated, which included representatives from 13 Member States, including China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Samoa, Thailand and 14 Civil Society Organisations in the region.

Later India and China were elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the Working Group, respectively.

The Meeting will conclude tomorrow.

Information to be hoisted mandatorily by IOA & NSFs on their Websites

            The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has asked Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the National Sports Federations (NSFs) to suo-moto disclose various activities carried out by them on their websites mandatorily. In a letter written to IOA and NSFs, the Ministry has said these instructions have also been made part of the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011.

            The letter said, it has been noticed that although some of the NSFs are furnishing the required information to the Ministry, it is not available on the websites of many NSFs and hence is not available to general public and stake holders.

            The letter said, in a recent case of Badminton Association of India vs. Union of India, the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has taken a serious view about non furnishing of information under RTI Act by the NSFs. Hence the court has passed an order dated 24th December, 2014 in W.P.(C) No.9318/2014 stating, inter-alia, that this would be an appropriate case where Government of India should examine the manner in which the NSF is functioning.

Therefore, in order to reduce the paper work of NSFs while making the information available to stakeholders regarding the functioning of NSFs and IOA it has been decided that henceforth the information containing 23 points as per the requirement shall be uploaded on the website of IOA and the respective NSFs.

            The letter said, all these information should be made available on the website latest by 1.4.2015. Further, the website must be updated by IOA & NSFs as frequently as possible and at least once in a fortnight.

            The letter says that it was also informed earlier that the NSFs shall post their audited accounts and the Balance Sheet of the previous year by 30th June of the current year. It was brought to the notice of the Ministry that finalisation of audited accounts and balance sheet takes time and it is not possible to post the same on the website by 30th June. In view of this, it has been decided that the annual accounts of the previous financial year should be posted by the IOA & NSFs during the current year as soon as it is finalised but latest by 31st December of the current year.

The letter further says that annual recognition for the year 2015 may be reviewed in case the above instructions are not complied with by 1st April, 2015.

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