Financial Assistance for Scheduled Castes

Financial Assistance for Scheduled Castes

Under the Central Sector Scheme of Special Central Assistance to Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP), Central Assistance (CA) is admissible to the 28 States/UTs having substantial Scheduled Caste population as an additive to their SCSP for the economic development of Scheduled Castes. A statement showing State/UT-wise CA released during 2013-14 is given below:

Sl.No. States/UTs Central Assistance Released                   (In Rs. lakh)
1 Andhra Pradesh 13490.00
2 Bihar 4419.44
3 Chattisgarh 1027.00
4 Gujarat 1064.00
5 Haryana 1366.00
6 Himachal Pradesh 1273.00
7 Jharkhand 1376.00
8 Karnataka 13396.53
9 Kerala 1012.00
10 Madhya Pradesh 7110.26
11 Maharashtra 2697.00
12 Odisha 2236.00
13 Rajasthan 3167.00
14 Sikkim 19.50
15 Tamil Nadu 14758.00
16 Tripura 705.00
17 Uttrakhand 792.00
18 West Bengal 9069.00
19 Chandigarh 46.77
  Total 79024.50

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has not received reports that the said amount is not being spent fully by the States or being spent on other items. However, no central assistance was released to Assam, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Puducherry during 2013-14 due to non-submission of Utilization Certificates (UCs) for the Central Assistance released during previous years.

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 today.


Appointment of Shri Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Senior-Most Judge of Orissa High Court to Perform the Duties of the office of the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court

In exercise of the powers conferred by article 223 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Pradip Kumar Mohanty, senior-most Judge of the Orissa High Court, to perform the duties of the office of Chief Justice of Orissa High Court with effect from the date Shri Justice Amitava Roy relinquishes charge of the office of Chief Justice of Orissa High Court consequent upon his appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India.


Transfer of Shri Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan , Judge of Rajasthan High Court as Judge of Karnataka High Court

In exercise of the powers conferred by article 222 of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, is pleased to transfer Shri Raghvendra Sigh Chauhan, Judge of the Rajasthan High Court, as a Judge of Karnataka High Court and to direct him to assume charge of his office in the Karnataka High Court on or before 12th March, 2015.


Assistance to Women and Students of Minority Communities

The educational empowerment of students belonging to minority communities in the country including the State of Jammu and Kashmir and North-Eastern States, this ministry implements three scholarship schemes namely Pre-matric, Post-matric and Merit-cum-Means based scholarship schemes. 30% of scholarships under all these three Schemes are earmarked for girl students. There is community-wise and State/UT-wise physical distribution under each of these scholarship schemes based on the ratio of the minority population as per 2001 census.

This Information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Sh. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Rajya Sabha today.


Action Taken on The Report of Amitabh Kundu Committee


            The Ministry of Minority Affairs constituted a Committee on 05.08.2013 under the Chairmanship of Professor Amitabh Kundu of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi primarily to evaluate the process of implementation of decisions taken by Government of India on the recommendations of Sachar Committee and to assess the efficacy of the Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme, and to recommend interventions and corrective measures in policies and programmes. The Committee has since submitted its Report on 09.10.2014.

The Report was examined in this Ministry. In the meeting held on 23.01.2015, the recommendations of the Committee were discussed in detail and it was decided that the views of the concerned Ministries/ Departments should be obtained. Accordingly, the recommendations have been sent to all the concerned Ministries/ Departments and NITI Aayog. Their response is awaited.

            The Amitabh Kundu Committee has observed that available financial resources and physical targets have been meagre in relation to the deprivation of the minorities, especially Muslims, and for some of the schemes this meagre amount has not been fully utilised and this requires that allocation of resources to the Ministry of Minority Affairs be increased. With regard to the schemes of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, the Committee has recommended, inter alia, that there is a need to make the number of scholarships demand-driven, allocation under Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) need to be increased and allocation for Leadership Development Scheme for Minority Women needs to be substantially enhanced.

The budgetary allocation of Ministry of Minority Affairs has been increased from Rs.7,000 crore in the 11th Five Year Plan to Rs. 17,323 crore in the 12th Five Year Plan. The allocation and expenditure during the 12th Plan on the major schemes of the Ministry are as under:

R.E. – Revised Estimates

            The Budget Estimates of the plan schemes of the Ministry of Minority Affairs for the current year 2014-15 was Rs.3711 crore. Ministry of Finance, after reviewing the expenditure upto September, 2014 of this Ministry in the pre-budget meeting, revised the allocation to Rs.3140 crores in the Revised Estimates. Since there was no cut imposed on the Scholarship schemes, the allocation of other schemes have been reduced accordingly. The actual expenditure incurred till 31.01.2015 is Rs.2722.67 crores (provisional), which is 87% of the Revised Estimates.
This Information was given by the Minister of Minority Affairs, Dr. Najma Heptulla in Rajya Sabha today.


Agreement Signed for Export of Automobile Units through Kamarajar Port

Kamarajar Port Limited (KPL, erstwhile Ennore Port Limited) has signed an agreement with M/s Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. for export of automobile units through Kamarajar Port in the presence of Union Minister of Shipping and Road Transport, & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State for Shipping and Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan here today. The Agreement mainly includes the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) commitment to use KPL as their primary port and KPL will give volume based discount on the tariff on certain facilities for smooth functioning of the operations. The Agreement is for a period of 10 years.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Nitin Gadkari asserted that the Government is conscious about the concerns of the employees of ports. No employee would lose his job due to the modernization and upgradation of ports in the country, he assured. He said that his ministry has been taking initiatives not only towards “Clean India” but also in the direction of a “pollution-free India”. He added that Government is taking steps to develop inland waterways and use alternative fuel.

Kamarajar Port is the youngest among the twelve Major Ports, developed as Land Lord Port. Kamarajar Port has a General Cargo Berth (GCB) under its control to handle automobile units. It is RORO berth (Roll on Roll off) where the cars are directly driven into the vessel. The Berth is having a draught of 10 meters and capable of accommodating all types of Car Carriers.

The Port has also developed a large car parking yard of 1,41,000 sq.m. with a capacity to park 10,000 cars, in addition to parking of 2,000 cars at the Berth while loading. Additional parking yard is also being developed to facilitate parking of additional 4,000 cars with all facilities.

To mark the occasion, short films on commencement of use of biodiesel in locomotives at Haldia Dock Complex and activities of the training centre established at Jawaharlal Nehru Port in collaboration with Port of Antwerp were also screened.


Nitin Gadkari Launches ‘Shipping Samvad’

Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari launched a website “Shipping Samvad” here today. The objective of the website is to invite innovative ideas and suggestions from general public and experts related to Indian maritime sector for improvements in the shipping, ports and inland waterways sector. The ideas and suggestions submitted through this portal will be further examined for implementation by Ministry of Shipping and the workable ideas and suggestions will be published on this website. The Ministry of Shipping will also select the best five contributions in the year.

The Ministry will also upload the draft policies/new initiatives from time to time on the portal for the valuable suggestions/feedback from the citizen. This will help Ministry of Shipping in bringing transparency and blue revolution in the country. The initiative is meant to engage the experts and common public in the development of Shipping, Ports and Inland Waterways in India and will provide impetus to the Ministry of Shipping in its efforts. The portal may be visited at http: /

Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways & Shipping, Shri Pon Radhakrishnan was also present on the occasion.


Meeting of the Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities concludes today

Decisions & Recommendations

The two-day Meeting of Second Session of the UN-ESCAP Working Group on the Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022 concluded here today with the following recommendations and decisions:

Ø  India on behalf of the Working Group, to submit the Incheon Strategy to the Statistical Division of Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) for the development of the indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals, and to “Make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities.

Ø  Create, maintain and manage an accessible internet-based discussion group to share good practices for enhanced implementation of the Incheon Strategy.

Ø  India to convene the Task Force on e-based forum for Working Group members which would include, among others, India, Indonesia, China and Republic of Korea apart from some NGOs and the ESCAP secretariat.

Ø   Submit inputs to the Draft Operational Guide by 31 March 2015.

Ø  Propose a structure to better involve non-Working Group members to enhance the implementation of the Incheon Strategy. Task force will examine this issue.

Ø  Government of Thailand to host the next session.

Ø  Submit to the ESCAP secretariat reports on the implementation of the Incheon Strategy, in particular on road map actions.

Ø  Collaborate with non-Working Group members to obtain their reports on road map actions.

Ø  Contact Civil Aviation Authorities to obtain information on their policies and rules regarding persons with disabilities as customers, including electric wheel chair users.


Ø  Create reporting templates for Working Group members.

Ø  Create a check list in the Operational Guide on Disability-inclusive Meetings.

Ø  Disseminate the Operational Guide on Disability-inclusive Meetings to key UN entities and all member States.

Ø  Upload on the ESCAP website the implementation of regional road map action taken by the ESCAP secretariat in 2013-2014.

Ø  Continue to use the ESCAP trust fund as a means to support provision of reasonable accommodation to participants with disabilities.

It may be recalled that the Meeting was opened yesterday by the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot with the reiteration of Indian Government’s firm commitment to the cause of empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and implementation of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) as well as the “Incheon Strategy”.

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. Shri Gehlot informed the meeting yesterday that India has chalked out a road map with specific time-frames to implement the Incheon Strategy and achieve these goals.

India hosted 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 Organizations in the region.


Training to Professionals for Care of Older Persons

National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment trains professionals for taking care of Older persons under the Project “National Initiatives for Care of Elderly”.

The Expenditure incurred and the Number of persons trained during the last three years and the current year(up to January 2015) is as follows:

Year                    Expenditure               No. of

                            Incurred               persons trained

                            (Rs. In Lakh)

2011-12               213.07                         4357

2012-13               283.50                         5806

2013-14               273.24                         6534

2014-15               118.87                         1207

The Institute conducts many Training programmes and courses in the area of Geriatric care including inter alia, Five day training programme on Management of Dementia and Five day programme on Geriatrics Counselling for NGO functionaries.

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 today.


Fund Allocation for OBCs

The population of OBCs below poverty line was 22.6% in rural area and 15.4% in urban area whereas the population of SCs was 31.5% and 21.7% in rural and urban area respectively and the population of ST was 45.3% in rural area and 24.1% in urban area as per the poverty estimate released by the Planning Commission on the basis of Household Consumer Expenditure Survey undertaken by NSSO, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation during 2011-12.

Unlike the open ended fund flow nature of schemes for welfare of the SCs/STs which are demand driven and based on their population, the schemes of OBCs are of funds limited nature. The allocation of the budget is done for the most backward sections of the OBC population.

The allocated funds are distributed amongst States/UTs based on Notional Allocation proportionate to their population since the data relating to the OBC population state-wise are not available.

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 today.


Improving the Condition of Older/Aged Persons

As per available information details of the Welfare Schemes and provisions made by the Government for providing better living standard and to improve the condition of the older/aged persons in the country is below:
(1)Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

 The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is implementing a Central Sector Scheme of Integrated programme for Older Persons (IPOP) since 1992 with the objective of improving the quality of life of senior citizens by providing basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care and entertainment opportunities and by encouraging productive and active ageing. Under this Scheme, financial assistance (up to 95% in the case of States of Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and North-eastern states and 90% for rest of the country) is provided to Non-Governmental/Voluntary Organisations, Panchayati Raj Institutions etc. for maintenance of Old Age Homes, Respite Care Homes and Continuous Care Homes, Multi-service centres, mobile medicare units, Day care centres for Alzheimer’s disease /Dementia patients, physiotherapy clinics for older persons etc. The Programme is mainly implemented through Non-Governmental/Voluntary Organisations.

(2)Ministry of Rural Development

 Old age pension is provided under the Indira Gandhi Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) which is a component of National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), implemented by Ministry of Rural Development. Under IGNOAPS, central assistance of Rs. 200/- per month is provided to persons in the age group of 60-79 years and Rs. 500/- per month to persons of 80 years and above and belonging to below poverty line (BPL) household as per the criteria by Government of India. State/UTs have been requested to contribute at least the same amount under the scheme.

(3) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

 Keeping in view the recommendations made in the National Policy on Older Persons, 1999 as well as the State’s obligations under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens, 2007, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had launched the National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly (NPHCE) during the 11th Plan period to address various health related problems of elderly people.  The basic aim of NPHCE is to provide dedicated health care facilities to the elderly people through State Public health delivery system at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, including outreach services.

            Major components of this programme, launched in 2010-11, are:

·           Community based Primary Healthcare approach;

·           Strengthening of health services for senior citizens at District Hospitals/ CHC/ PHC/ Sub-Centres;

·           Dedicated facilities at 100 District Hospitals with 10 bedded wards for the elderly;

·           Strengthening of 8 Regional Medical Institutions to provide dedicated tertiary level Medical Care for the elderly, with 30 bedded wards and Introduction of PG courses in Geriatric Medicines in the these Institutions and In-Service training of health personnel at all level.

 As on date, a total of 104 districts of 24 States/UTs have been covered under the Programme.

(4)Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue

 A number of incentives have been provided under the Income Tax Act, 1961, to a senior citizen (ie., an individual, resident in India, who is of the age of 60 years or more at any time during the relevant previous year). Some such incentives are enumerated below:

·         A Senior Citizen is liable to Income-Tax if his total income exceeds Rs.3 lakh as against the exemption limit of Rs.2.5 lakh applicable in the case of other individuals.  An individual resident in India who is of the age of 80 years or more at any time during the relevant previous year is liable to income tax if his total income exceeds Rs.5 lakh.

·         Any sum deposited in an account under the Senior Citizens Savings Scheme Rules, 2004 is eligible for deduction under section 80C of the Income-Tax Act subject to a limit of Rs.1.5 lakh.

·         A deduction of Rs.20,000/- (Rs.15,000/- in other cases) is allowed under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act in respect of premium paid to effect or keep in force an insurance on the health of an individual being a Senior Citizen.

·         A deduction of Rs.60,000/- (Rs.40,000/- in other cases) is allowed under Section 80DDB of the Income-Tax Act on amount of expenditure actually incurred for the treatment of specified diseases in case of a Senior Citizen.

·         No deduction of tax at source is required to be made under Section 193, 194, 194A, 194EE or 194K of the Income Tax Act in case of Senior Citizen if he furnishes to the deductor a declaration to the effect that the tax on his estimated total income of the relevant previous will be nil.

·         Under the Service Tax law, activities relating to advancement of education programmes or skill development relating to persons over the age of 65 years residing in a rural area by an entity registered under Section 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 are exempt from Service Tax.

(5)       Ministry of Railways

 The following facilities have been extended by Ministry of Railways from time    to time to senior citizens:

·         As per rules, male Senior Citizens of minimum 60 years and lady Senior Citizens of minimum 58 years are granted concession in the basic fares of all classes of Mail/Express/Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Jan Shatbdi/Duronto group of trains. The element of concession is 40% for men and 50% for women.

·         No proof of age is required at the time of purchasing tickets.  However, they are required to carry some documentary proof as prescribed showing their age or date of birth and have to produce it if demanded by on-board ticket checking staff.  Senior Citizens can book reserve tickets across the reservation counters as well as through internet

·         In the computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS), there is a provision to allot lower berths to Senior Citizens, Female passengers of 45 years and above automatically, even if no choice is given, subject to availability of accommodation at the time of booking.

·         In all trains having reserved accommodation, a combined quota of two lower births per coach has been earmarked in sleeper, A/C 3 tier and A/C 2 tier classes for the Senior Citizens, Female passengers aged 45 years above and pregnant women when travelling alone.

·         Accommodation is also earmarked for Senior Citizens during specified hours on suburban sections by Central and Western Railways.

·         Instructions exist for provisions of wheel chairs at stations.  This facility is provided, duly escorted by coolies on payment as per present practice.  Moreover, Zonal Railways have also been advised to provide free of cost ‘Battery Operated Vehicles for Disabled and Old Aged passengers’ at Railway Stations.

·         After departure of the train, if there are vacant lower berths available in the train and if any physically handicapped person booked on the authority of handicapped concession or a senior citizen, who has been allotted upper/middle berth, approaches for allotment of vacant lower berths, the on-board Ticket Checking Staff has been authorised to allot the vacant lower berth to them making necessary entries in the chart.

·         Separate counters are earmarked at various Passengers Reservation System (PRS) centres for dealing with the reservation requisitions received from physically handicapped persons, senior citizens, ex-MPS, MLAs accredited journalists and freedom fighters, if the average demand per shift not less than 120 tickets. In case there is no justification for earmarking of an exclusive counter for any of these categories of persons including handicapped persons or senior citizens, one or two counters depending upon the total demand are earmarked for dealing with the reservation requests for all these categories of persons.

(6)  Ministry of Home Affairs:

 The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued two detailed advisories dated 27-3-2008 and 30-8-2013 to all States 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.

(7)  Ministry of Civil Aviation:

In order to facilitate the passengers, particularly senior citizens, expectant mothers, passengers with disability, first time travellers etc. all the stakeholders have been instructed to ensure that the following requirements are complied:

·         Airline /airport operator shall ensure provision of automated buggies free of charge for all senior citizens, in the terminal building to facilitate their access to boarding gates located beyond reasonable walking distance at all airports having annual aircraft movements of 50,000 or more. This facility may be extended to other needy passengers on demand basis free of charge.

·         Airport operators shall provide small trolleys after security check for carriage of hand baggage (permitted as per regulation) up to the boarding gate.

·         Airport operator shall adequately display information regarding availability of automated buggies and small trolleys in the terminal building at prominent locations including dos and don’ts regarding the same. This shall also be published on the website of the airport operator.

·         Further, Air India offers 50% discount to senior citizens on the highest economy class Basic Fare. The discount is offered to those who have completed 63 years of age on the date of commencement of journey.

·         Senior citizens can also avail multi-level fares offered by Air India on each sector for travel on domestic sectors, starting from a low level advance purchase fares which facilitate early selling to the highest one.

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 today.


Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana

According to the information received from the concerned States, 16 villages selected under Pradhan Manti Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAGY) have been developed as ‘model villages’. They are as follows:

S.No. State No. of village
1 Himachal Pradesh 10
2 Rajasthan 6

1000 Scheduled Castes (SC) majority villages (having >50% SC population) were initially selected under the pilot phase of the Scheme across 5 States. To ensure focused attention,  the selected States were asked to select villages from same, or 2-3 contiguous districts and give preference to the more backward districts. The development of the villages has to be ensured through:

i) Convergent implementation of existing Schemes of the Centre and State Governments, and

ii) The works which could not be covered under (i) above were to be taken up under the gap filling component, for which Central Assistance was released to the States as follows:


2.68 Crore Persons with Disabilities as per Census 2011

As per Section 2(i) of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, disability means-(i) blindness; (ii) low vision; (iii) leprosy-cured; (iv) hearing impairment; (v) loco motor disability;(vi) mental retardation; (vii) mental illness. The Government has introduced The Rights of Persons with Disability Bill, 2014 in the Rajya Sabha on 7.02.2014 which recognizes 19 specified disabilities based on an evolving and dynamic concept.

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 mandates framing of guidelines by the Central Government for the purpose of assessing the extent of specified disability in a person.

As per Census 2011, there are about 2.68 crore persons with disabilities, out of which there are about 1.18 crore women with disabilities. The data relating to percentage of employment among women with disabilities is not maintained in the Ministry.

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.


Institution for Deaf Students

There is a proposal to establish College for students with hearing impairment in each of the five zones of the country. The Central Sector Scheme for this purpose has already been launched on 29.01.2015. As per the Scheme, Grants-in-aid are envisaged to be provided to existing colleges for expansion of existing infrastructure, purchase of aids/office equipment & reimbursement of the cost incurred by the college towards payment of salaries and allowances etc. to the college faculty, staff and sign language interpreters. The Screening Committee set up under the Scheme has the mandate to identify such colleges in the country.

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.


Two engineers of CPWD dismissed from service for corruption

Two civil engineers of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) have been dismissed from service after being convicted of criminal misconduct of demanding and obtaining bribe by the CBI Special Court, Thiruvananthapuram.

Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu ordered dismissal from service of Shri R.Kennadi, Executive Engineer(Civil) on March 2,2015 while Shri R.V.Suresh Kumar, Assistant Engineer (Civil) was earlier dismissed by the Director General of CPWD following their conviction under the Prevention of Corruption Act,1988.

The two engineers were convicted by the Special Judge in January, 2014 under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and were sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs.50,000 each on three counts. Both were immediately placed under suspension. Shri Suresh Kumar was dismissed by the DG, CPWD, the disciplinary authority in this case, in May, 2014.

Shri Kennadi was served show cause notices twice as required under the rules of procedure for imposing the major penalty of dismissal from service. He moved the Kerala High Court against his conviction by the CBI Special Judge and obtained bail in January, 2014. He represented against any disciplinary action till his appeal was decided upon.

After ascertaining the views of the Department of Personnel and Training and the Union Public service Commission and keeping in view the gravity of misconduct, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, as the Disciplinary Authority, ordered dismissal of Shri Kennadi from service.

It was clarified in the matter that the Disciplinary Authority can impose appropriate penalty as deemed fit since the Kerala High Court has not set aside the conviction of Shri Kennadi.


Sports Coaching Institutes in Rural Area

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the Government of India proposes to set up National Sports Academies (NSA) for seniors and juniors at various places in the country to nurture sporting talent spotted through various avenues. However the scheme is in conceptual stage and hence it would not be possible to furnish further details at this juncture.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, in order to promote Sports among rural youth the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is implementing a Centrally Sponsored Scheme involving Centre-State sharing of funds, namely, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) scheme, under which construction of a sports complex is to be undertaken in each block of the country, both for outdoor and indoor sports disciplines, on land measuring about six - seven acres at a cost of Rs. 80 lakh each (Total Rs. 1.60 crore). There is also provision of Rs. 15 lakh for sports equipment to be provided by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Annual Sports competitions viz., Rural Sports Competitions, Women Sports Competitions, North-East Games and Special Area Games (for LWE affected regions) are also held under RGKA upto the National level. Further details of the RGKA is given at Annexure – I. State/UT wise details of funds released under PYKKA and RGKA during the last three years and the current year is given at Annexure – II to IV.

         The Minister said, in order to improve the sports talent of the youth in the country including those in rural areas the Government has finalized a proposal known as National Sports Talent Search Scheme (NSTSS) through which talented sports persons will be identified and nurtured so as to enable them to participate in National and International Sports events, win medals and bring laurels in the Country. The scheme envisages the following:

1.  Identification of sporting talent among students in the age group of 8-12 years (for admission in Class IV to Class VI) who posses inborn qualities such as anthropometric, physical and physiological capabilities without any anatomical infirmities.

2.   Nurturing of the Sporting Potential/talent in District level Sports schools / Central Sports Schools / National Sports Academies etc., to make them excel at the National and international sports competitions.

With regard to reservation of sports persons in jobs under the Central Government, the following provisions for reservation exist :

i) Ministries/Departments of Government of India can recruit meritorious sportsmen in any year in relaxation of the recruitment procedure, to the extent that these including all other reservations under existing orders do not exceed 50% of the total number of vacancies proposed to be filled by direct recruitment.

ii) For the purpose of making appointment of meritorious sportsmen, the appointing authorities may at their discretion notify to the Staff Selection Commission, in all cases where the recruitment to the posts have been entrusted to that Commission, vacancies reduced by upto 5% thereof and may fill such vacancies so held back by appointing meritorious sportsmen subject to the overall limitations mentioned in sub-para (a) above.

          Such reservation for making appointment of meritorious sportsmen are, however, subject to the fulfillment of eligibility criteria by the candidates and other relevant instructions issued by the Government, Shri Sonowal added.

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Youth Exchange Programme

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the details of Youth Exchange programmes conducted under the International Youth Exchange Programme by Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for the last three years and current year are given below:
(Rs. in lakhs

*: as on 25.02.2015

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, Youth Exchange programme between India and China has been continuing since 2006. There is  no decision for Youth Festival and Youth Exchange programme with other BRICS Nations. The Government has launched the  National Youth Policy 2014 which provides a framework for action by all stakeholders.  This Policy seeks to achieve :

·        A productive workforce through education, skill development for better employability, and entrepreneurship training.
·        A healthy generation with sports as a way of life.
·        A sense of community service and strong social values.
·        High levels of participation in governance.
·        Social inclusiveness by creating equitable opportunities for all.

The above shall enable the youth to be more and more involved as decision makers in various fields.

Various programmes are already being implemented by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India  for integrating Youth in the mainstream and to provide knowhow of customs and cultural heritage of other States  like the Tribal Youth Exchange programme, National Integration Camps, National Youth Festival, Inter-State Youth Exchange programmes,  State Youth Festivals,   NSS (National Service Scheme) mega camps,  NSS Republic Day Parade Camp and North East NSS Festivals etc., Shri Sonowal added.


Programmes through Nehru Yuva Kendras

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that at present there is no proposal under consideration for setting up any new Nehru Yuva Kendra. There are 623 Nehru Yuva Kendras (NYKs) functioning in the Country as per the details given at Annexure-I.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, at present no Skill Development Programme is being organized by NYKs. However, with the objective to upgrade vocational skills of rural young women and enable them to supplement their family income as well as enhancing their self esteem in the society and empower them to address issues and concerns confronting their day to day life, Skill Up-gradation Training Programme (SUTP) for women is being implemented through 623 district NYKs across the country. The details of Skill Up-gradation Training Programmes (SUTP) for women and number of participants are as follows:

Shri Sonowal said, NYKS have recently also introduced SUTP for men on a similar pattern. A sum of Rs. 94,69,600/- @ Rs. 15,200 per Kendra has been released in December,2014 to all the 623 kendras for conducting one course for 3 months duration and one course for 1 month duration. Under this programme, 18,690 men are being provided training. The training programmes have commenced and shall be completed by 31st March,2015.

He said, NYKS has organized Skill Development Training for NYC volunteers during the year 2013-14 in agriculture and allied sectors through Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR)/Agriculture Universities/Government Training Institutes. Under this programme, 1766 NYC volunteers were provided training in the diverse fields of animal husbandry, sericulture, soil testing, beekeeping, nursery management, vegetable cultivation, value added courses in agriculture,  milk and milk products, organic farming etc.

The Minister said, a third party Evaluation of Skill Up-gradation Training Programme (SUTP) for women was carried out during the year 2014-15.  As per the study report, the programme has been found to be very useful for women.  Most of the districts have selected trades/ vocations for training as per the need and demand of the market as well as local needs of the rural women. The State/UT wise (including State of Jammu and Kashmir)  details of funds allocated/sanctioned for Skill Up-gradation Training Programme (SUTP) for women for the financial year 2013-14 and 2014-15 are given at Annexure-II & details of funds allocated/sanctioned for KVKs are given at Annexure-III.

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