Ram Vilas Paswan asks CWC to gear up for Make in India program

Ram Vilas Paswan asks CWC to gear up for Make in India program

Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has asked the Central warehousing Corporation (CWC) to gear up to participate in Make in India program. He said that the program has created new opportunities for CWC, hence it should now take up logistic management in a big way besides warehousing activities. The Minster was addressing the foundation day celebrations of the CWC here today.

Assuring all government support to CWC, the Minster said the organization should identify new ventures and setup more warehousing facilities at airports, ports and business hubs. He said that improving the efficiency of its existing ventures should also be given paramount importance by CWC. Shri Paswan asked the management of CWC to adopt best management practices to encourage its employees for better performance and reward them suitably for this purpose. On the occasion the Minster also presented awards to CWC units for outstanding performance in their respective regions.


12th Air Force Civilians Inter-Command Football Tournament comes to an end

            The 12th Air Force Civilians Inter-Command Football Tournament was held between February 23, 2015 to March 02, 2015.  Eight Teams from all Command Headquarters as well as Air Headquarters took part in the tournament.  The final match of the tournament was played between  Eastern Air Command (EAC)  and Maintenance Command of Indian Air Force wherein EAC won the match 3-2.

            The final match and closing ceremony was held on March 02, 2015.Air Vice Marshal (AVM) PN Pradhan, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel Airmen & Civilians) was chief guest and gave away the prizes.

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Steps Towards Reducing Dropout Rate of Students 

According to the Unified District Information System for Education (U-DISE) 2013–14 (Provisional), the average annual dropout rate for primary level was 4.67% and for upper primary level 3.13% during 2012-13, in the country. The drop-out rate has been decreasing continuously over the years with better access to schooling facilities, improved school infrastructure and deployment of additional teachers under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. 

The Central Government is implementing several schemes in collaboration with State Governments to ensure development in the education sector. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is being implemented in accordance with the norms and standards of the RTE Act to enhance enrolment and retention of children, with context- specific interventions for SC/ ST students and a multi–pronged approach for reducing dropout rates. This includes inter-alia strengthening of school infrastructure and facilities, residential hostel buildings for children in habitations not covered by regular schools, provisioning for additional teachers, regular training of teachers, provision for free text books and uniforms to children. The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Scheme provides for setting up of residential upper primary schools for girls from SCs, STs, OBCs and Minority communities. The Mid Day Meal Scheme is also being implemented with a view to enhance enrolment and retention of children in schools. 

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question. 


Incentives for Girl Students 

The enrolment of girls has been steadily increasing at all stages of education. The ratio of girls to boys enrolment is 0.94 at elementary level and 0.90 at secondary level (U-DISE 2013-14). This has been possible through the following interventions. 

To encourage the participation of all girls at elementary level, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) provides for the opening of schools in the neighborhood to make access easier for girls, the appointment of additional teachers including women teachers, free textbooks, free uniforms, separate toilets for girls, teachers’ sensitization programmes to promote girls participation, gender-sensitive teaching learning materials including textbooks and the scheme of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas as residential upper primary schools for girls belonging to SC/ST/Minority Communities, BPL families and girls in difficult circumstances. 

Under the Rashtriya Madyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) interventions to promote girls participation in secondary schools include the opening of new schools, the strengthening of existing schools, the appointment of teachers, the construction of residential quarters for teachers in remote/hilly areas, hostel facilities for girls, teacher sensitization programmes and separate toilet blocks for girls. In addition, the National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE), exemption from paying tuition fee in Kendriya Vidyalayas, and 33% reservation for girls in Navodaya Vidyalayas, have been implemented. 

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question. 


Career-Oriented Short Term Courses in Universities and Colleges 

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is implementing a scheme titled “Introduction of Career Oriented Courses (COCs)” in Universities and Colleges in the country to encourage incorporation of skill oriented and value added add-on-courses in Colleges/ Universities at Certificate/Diploma/Advance Diploma level. The COCs are run concurrently with conventional degrees like B.A./B.Com/B.Sc. The guidelines of the Scheme are at http://www.ugc.ac.in/oldpdf/xiplanpdf/revisedcareerorientedcourses.pdf. Under the Scheme, UGC provides financial assistance to Universities/Colleges, eligible to receive grants from the UGC, for introduction of COCs. The Universities/Colleges, which have introduced COCs, are provided with a financial assistance of Rs. 7.00 lakhs as “Seed Money” for five years for Humanities and Commerce stream and Rs. 10.00 lakhs as “Seed Money” for five years for Science Stream. As on date, Six Universities and 516 Colleges have been approved by the UGC for grant-in-aid for 793 Courses under this Scheme. 

The UGC is also implementing the Scheme of Community Colleges in Universities and Colleges to impart skill based vocational education and training to learners through credit based modular programmes with industry partnership. The guidelines of the scheme are available at http://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/5091249_Community-College-Revised-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf. As on date, there are 157 institutions approved by the UGC, under this Scheme, catering to the needs of 76 skill sectors. 

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question. 


Products under MSME Sector 

As on date, 20 items are reserved for manufacture in Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) sector (earlier known as Small Scale sector). The list of items reserved for MSE sector is annexed.  Products are reserved for exclusive manufacture by MSEs or small scale industries with the objective of their development and promotion by following the criteria laid down in sub-section (2C) of section 29B of the Industries (Development & Regulation) Act, 1951, as given below:

(i)           the nature of any article or class of articles which may be produced economically by the ancillary, or small scale, industrial undertakings;
(ii)         the level of employment likely  to be generated by the production of such article or class of articles by the ancillary, or small scale industrial undertakings;
(iii)       the possibility of encouraging and diffusing entrepreneurship in industry;
(iv)       the prevention of concentration of economic power to the common detriment; etc.

Suggestions to reserve/de-reserve items reserved for exclusive manufacture in MSE sector have been received from time to time. The review of the list of items reserved for exclusive manufacture in micro and small enterprise sector is a continuous process.

Government is conscious of low capital requirement and higher employment generation potential of MSEs and has taken steps to facilitate their development through a number of schemes and programmes. In pursuance of section 11 of the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Act, 2006, the Government has notified Public Procurement Policy for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) order, 2012. In addition, Government implements schemes and programmes in the area of credit, skill development, cluster-based development, infrastructure, technology and marketing etc. for promotion and development of micro, small and medium enterprises. 

This information was given by the Minister of State, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.


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