Shillong to host three day Indian Panorama Film Festival



Shillong to host three day Indian Panorama Film Festival

Opens with Marathi feature film, ‘Dr. Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero’


The Indian Panorama Film Festival this year is being hosted by Shillong, Meghalaya. It will present a bouquet of best of contemporary Indian Cinema produced in different languages with a view to promoting quality cinema from different parts of the country. Eight feature films and three non-feature films will be screened over three days. The festival will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma in the presence of Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Shri Bimal Julka on 12th March, 2015 at 4.30 pm at U Soso Tham Auditorium, Shillong. The film festival is being organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with the Government of Meghalaya.

The festival will open with the Marathi feature film, ‘Dr. Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero’ directed by Ms. Samruoddhi Porey.

Other feature films which will be screened during the festival are ‘Drishyam’ (Malayalam), ‘December 1’ (Kannada), ‘Kuttram Kadithal (Tamil), ‘Ankhon Dekhi’ (Hindi), ‘Othello’ (Assamese), ‘Ri’ (Khasi), ‘Teenkahon’ (Bengali) and ‘Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona’ (Bengali). Non-feature films to be screened during the festival are ‘Songs of the Blue Hills’ (Nagamese/English), ‘A Dream Never Dies’ (Assamese) and ‘Ek Hota Kau’ (Marathi).

Indian Panorama Film Festivals are being held in Shillong for the last two years and this will be the third edition of the festival.

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BDL Pays Interim Dividend to Government

Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) Shri V Udaya Bhaskar presented an interim dividend cheque of Rs. 48.90 crore for the financial year 2014-15 to the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar here today.

The interim dividend paid by the company works out to 42.52% of the paid up share capital of Rs. 115 crore.

Secretary (Defence Production) Shri G Mohan Kumar, Joint Secretary (Electronics System), DDP, Ministry of Defence Shri JRK Rao, Director (Technical), BDL Air Vice Marshal NB Singh, and Director (Finance), BDL Shri S Piramanayagam, were present on the occasion.


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Research Programme for Potential Drugs from the Sea

A systematic long term coordinated exploratory research programme for development of potential Drugs from the Sea is under implementation. This information was given by Minister of Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha today.

Samples from the sea are collected for identifying pharmaceutical potential of various biological elements under the coordinating responsibility of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow.

As of now, more than 14000 marine samples (both fauna and flora) were screened for wide spectrum of bioactivity against cancer, bacterial, fungal, parasitic, TB, viral infections, as well as against dyslipidemia( an abnormal amount of lipids (e.g. cholesterol and/or fat) in the blood) and diabetes. Successful breakthrough have been achieved in respect of two marine products (CDR-134F194 and CDR- 267F018) and they are in different stages of development.

CDR-134-D123 (Anti-diabetic): Phase- I (consisting of both single dose and multiple doses) clinical trial was completed successfully on 36 volunteers and a dossier has been compiled and submitted to the department of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). It has since been licensed to TVC Sky Shop Limited for fast track marketing through AYUSH.

CDR-134-F194 (Anti-hyperlipidemic): It has since been licensed to TVC Sky Shop Limited. Permission for Phase I clinical trials has been obtained and the clinical trials will be initiated.

CDR- 267F018: (Anti-dyslipidemic): An anti-dyslipidemic standardized fraction on which most of the developmental work has been completed.

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Vulnerability Assessment of Buildings



                    Minister of Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan through a written reply in Lok Sabha today informed said that studies have been taken up in a pilot mode for assessing the structural safety of buildings in Guwahati and Delhi region through Rapid Visual Screening (RVS).. Essentially RVS procedure considers different building types that are most commonly found in India. Whereas the building categories considered for the purpose includes Type A, Type B, Type C and Type X categories as detailed here below.



By imparting professional training to the Engineers of the civic bodies, Delhi Government is enhancing the technical capabilities of field engineering wings to survey potentially weak buildings. Guidelines for improving Earthquake Resistance of Low Strength Masonry Buildings (IS 13828:1993) that covers the special features of design and construction for improving earthquake resistance of buildings of low-strength masonry are already in force to supplement these efforts.



                    Six (6)-training programmes had been organized for training 300-Engineers of Municipal Corporation of Delhi and New Delhi Municipal Committee on the “Rapid Visual Screening (RVS)” with particular reference to the evaluation of safety criteria for potentially dangerous buildings in Delhi.

                    Ministry of Home Affairs is keen to see at least from now that all new buildings constructed under various National and State schemes should be made earthquake resistant in the first instant so that no new additions to the stock of existing unsafe buildings are made.



                    Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has prepared a Handbook of Seismic Retrofit of Buildings for existing buildings that do not meet the seismic strength requirement. It is to be noted that the guidelines contained in the CPWDs Handbook are more to give a general sense of safe/ unsafe nature of the existing building/ structure so that individual households can take further measures to prevent loss of life and property.

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Capacity building necessary for success of housing schemes, says Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu

HUDCO sanctioned Rs.12,842 cr loans for weaker sections housing; released only Rs.5,787 cr

DDA built and allotted over 4 lakh flats so far

Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), a financing arm of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has sanctioned total loans of Rs.12,842 cr since for construction of over 24 lakh houses for economically weaker sections since 2011-12, but only Rs.5,787.06 cr loans were released. This was informed by the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu in reply to a Starred Question in the Lok Sabha today.

Expressing concern over under performance in respect of housing, Shri Naidu said that the low absorption capacities of the implementing agencies is one of the reasons. He said that efforts are being made to address this issue through capacity building of urban local bodies and other implementing agencies.

Delhi Development Authority has built and allotted 4,20,389 flats till the end of last year under various categories. These include: 1,40,653 in LIG category, 1,01,993-Janta, 84,701-MIG, 64,463-SFS, 28,468 flats for Economically Weaker Sections, 74-Expandable and 37 for Higher Income Groups. This was informed by the Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri Babul Supriyo in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today. He further said that 25,034 flats are lying in the possession of DDA.

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Industry Oriented Syllabus

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has developed model curriculum for different programmes under technical education after involving industry representatives in their curriculum development activity as part of skill initiatives under different sectors, which is improving the employability. The AICTE has identified 16 Sectors and 79 Specialisations and also developed required curriculum for the different levels of skill in their respective specialisation/sectors. In this regard, a scheme has also been notified under National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM) to offer on the job practical training and adopted National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) to enhance the employability of young graduates.

The Government has set up a target to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Higher Education to 30% by the end of year 2020. To meet the objective, the Government is expanding Institutional base of higher education by enhancing additional capacity in the existing institutions, establishing new institutions, incentivizing State Governments and Non Governmental Organizations/Civil Society, providing opportunities of higher education to socially deprived communities and setting up of institutions in un-served and underserved areas.

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

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Counselling for IITS And NITS

The Councils of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) decided to adopt common counselling for admissions to IITs, NITs and other CFTIs. The Technical Committee constituted to sort out the process flow differences between IITs and NITs counsellings has inter-alia recommended for joint seat allocation process, which is likely to be started from the academic year 2015 – 2016.

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

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National Educational Institutions


The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to open 18 new educational institutions of higher learning in various states.  These institutions are listed below alongwith the name of the state and location:



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

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PPP Model in NER States

The proposal for establishment for new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode in the state of Assam, Tripura and Manipur at Guwahati, Bodhjungnagar and Senapati respectively have been approved by the Ministry of HRD. As per the approved Schemes the Capital Cost of each IIIT is Rs. 128 crore which is to be contributed in the ratio of 50:35:15 by the Central Government, the State Government and the industry respectively. In the North-Eastern states, the industry participation for capital expenditure will be kept at 7.5% and Central Government participation at 57.50% while State Governments at 35%.

In IIIT Guwahati, Assam, Academic Session has started during the Year 2013-14 with 60 seats in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Electrical Communication Engineering (ECE). An amount of Rs. 5.00 crores was released to this Institute in the F.Y 2013-14 and Rs. 2.95 crores in the F.Y 2014-15.

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

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National Mission on Teachers and Teaching

The Government will set up 50 Centres of Excellence for Curriculum and Pedagogy with necessary emphasis on Maths and Science; under the newly launched Scheme Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT). The Mission will provide an integrated platform for building synergies among all the existing initiatives, providing oversight to the existing activities and also carry out new activities aimed at gap filling so that a comprehensive vehicle for Teacher/Faculty related programmes and schemes is created. Ongoing programmes will also be revitalized through this Mission on Teachers and Teaching. PMMMNMTT is mandated to ensure a coordinated approach so as to holistically address the various shortcomings relating to teachers and teaching across the educational spectrum ranging from school education to higher education including technical education; using the best international practices for excellence. It will also empower teachers and faculty through training, re-training, refresher and orientation programmes in generic skills, pedagogic skills, discipline specific content upgradation, ICT and technology enabled training and other appropriate interventions. The various components of PMMMNMTT, such as, setting up 30 Schools of Education, 50 Centres of Excellence for Curriculum and Pedagogy, two Inter University Centres, National Resource Centre, five Centres of Academic Leadership and Educational Management, Subject Based Networks and Workshops and Seminars, which will strengthen teachers, are, in fact aimed at improving the understanding of the students to grasp basic concepts and help them learn better.

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

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Indo-US Joint Declaration

A Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) was signed between the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on 23rd January 2015 in New Delhi for providing support to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The JDI intends technical support of USAID to facilitate advisory and other resources for the identified one or more IITs, initially IIT Gandhinagar. The JDI also intends to establish a Joint Working group that will serve as a platform for dialogue and the exchange of information on the modalities of technical assistance.

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

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Government’s Firm Steps for Development of Minorities

The Centre has taken several steps for the development of minorities. In the Budget 2015-16, the Central Government has announced the launching of an integrated education and livelihood initiative namely, “NaiManzil", for the benefit of the minority youths who do not have a formal school leaving certificate. This means that “Nai Manzil” is an enabling scheme for those in the category of school-dropouts or educated in the community education institutions like the Madarsas, to seek better employment in the organized sector and thus to equip them for better lives. The scheme also visualizes providing bridge courses to Madarsa educated youth to enable them to seek higher education.The scheme will be launched shortly.

To preserve and showcase rich cultural heritage of minority communities, the Government has also launched the scheme of “HamariDharohar” to support the iconic exhibitions, supporting calligraphy and related crafts, and research and development.

The Union Cabinet on 10thFebruary, 2015 increased the Authorized Share Capital of National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) from Rs. 1,500 crore to Rs. 3,000 crore, and also modified the share holding pattern from 65:26:09 to 73:26:01 for Central Government, State Government and Private Institutions respectively.As a result, the equity contribution of Central Government has also been increased from 65 per cent to 73 per cent. In the past, the increase in Authorized Share Capital of NMDFC at the most used to be Rs. 500 crores in a gap of 2-4 years. It is for the first time in the history of NMDFC that the increase in Authorized Share Capital is to the tune of Rs. 1,500 Crore in one go.

With this decision, the Central Government is in a position to infuse Rs. 30 Crore in to NMDFC during 2014-15 as per availability of funds in the Revised Estimates. However, provision has been made of Rs. 120 Crore for contributionas Central Equity to the NMDFC in 2015-16. The Government has also approved the restructuring of (NMDFC) to enhance its outreach through the Nodal Bank.

Acknowledging the need to provide more budgetary resources to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, the Government had increased the Gross Budgetary Resources to Rs. 17,323 Crore (about two and half times) for 12th Five year Plan period as against Rs. 7000 Core in the 11th Plan. The year-wise allocation during the 12th Five year Plan shows continuous increase of annual outlay for the welfare and development schemes of minorities. The outlays of the Ministry were Rs.3, 135 Crore in 2012-13; Rs. 3,511 Crore in 2013-14; and Rs. 3,711 Crore in 2014-15.For 2015-16, Rs. 3,712.78Crorehave been allocated for the welfare and development schemes.

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Interactive Awareness Workshop Under Pensioners’ Portal

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is implementing a web based mission mode project on pensions namely Pensioner’s Portal under the National e-Governance Plan. The Department has also started initiative called SANKALP for channelizing the experience and skill of Pensioners towards meaningful social activities.

The Department is proposing to conduct the next such Awareness Programme for Pensioners at Assam Rifles Garrison, Near D.C. Office, Kohima (Nagaland) on 25.03.2015. The meeting will be chaired by Secretary (P,AR&PG).

The basic objective of the project is to facilitate redressal of Pensioners’ Grievances as also to provide information and guidance to pensioners on various pension and retirement related matters. User Ministries/Departments, Pensioners, Banks, Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO), Post Offices etc. are the stakeholders in this venture aimed at welfare of the Pensioners.

With a view to providing know how about the operational aspects of this Portal and the Grievances Redressal Mechanism in particular, the Department of Pensions is conducting Awareness Programmes at different locations in the country.

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Highest Ever Funding of Rs. 1.5 Lakh Crore for Railways – MoU Signed with LIC

A Big Step Forward to make Indian Economy more Robust: Suresh Prabhu

Just within fifteen days of presenting the Railway Budget 2015-16, the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu fulfilled yet another commitment of his Budget announcement by achieving the highest ever funding of Rs. 1.5 lakh crore for Railways. In this historic landmark achievement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Railways and Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) in the presence of the Minister of Finance Shri Arun Jaitley and the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu at a function here today. The signatories of MoU were Smt. Rajalakshmi Ravikumar, Financial Commissioner, Ministry of Railways and Shri S.K.Roy, Chairman, LIC.

Speaking on the occasion, the Railway Minister said that this is the first such step in its endeavour to make Indian Railways prosperous in the future. He said that with such encouraging initiatives, the Ministry of Railways will be able to augment its resources for speedier execution of projects. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the resultant enhanced throughput of traffic is likely to further increase the capacity to carry more to meet with a growing transportation demand leading to a robust economy. He thanked the officials of the Finance Ministry, LIC and the Railway Ministry for working together as a team to make this deal a big success.

Under this MoU, LIC will make available to the Ministry of Railways/its entities a Financial Assistance with a limit of 1,50,000 crore over the next five years for implementing Railway projects. The Financial Assistance will be available from the Financial Year 2015-16. In his Budget Speech, Shri Suresh Prabhu had announced his intention of meeting a part of the total Plan Budget of Rs 1,00,011 crore for the financial year 2015-16, through extra budgetary resources, such as market borrowings by tapping low cost long term funds. The challenge has been successfully met in a substantial measure by the signing of this MoU for mobilising resources.

There would be a five-year moratorium on interest and loan repayment and the rest of the terms would be negotiated while signing the finance assistance agreement.

The Minister of State for Finance, Shri Jayant Sinha, the Minister of Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha were also present on the occasion. Also present on the occasion, among others, were Shri A.K.Mital, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Hasmukh Adhia, Secretary (FS), Railway Board Members and senior officials from Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Railways and LIC.

Earlier, just a few days after the presentation of Railway Budget 2015-16, the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu fulfilled commitment of his budget announcement by launching a ‘Customer Complaint Web Portal and Mobile Application’. This ‘Customer Complaint-cum-Suggestion’ portal and mobile App which can be freely downloaded, is very useful as one can track the status of the complaints which he or she registered on this portal with the help of mobile App. Soon after his taking over as the Minister of Railway,, Shri Suresh Prabhu started the process of welcoming suggestions from the people to further improve the passenger services and valuable suggestions on this newly launched portal can be incorporated in all possible ways, if found suitable.


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Capacity Increase by Sail

Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has undertaken modernization and expansion of its five integrated steel plants at Bhilai, Bokaro, Rourkela, Durgapur & Burnpur to enhance its crude steel production capacity from 12.8 Mtpa to 21.4 Mtpa in the current phase.The indicative investment for current Phase of Modernization & Expansion is about Rs. 61,870 crore. Besides, provision of Rs.10,264 crore has been made towards investment in development of mines.

The Profit Before Tax (PBT) and Profit After Tax (PAT) of SAIL during the quarter October-December 2014 is Rs. 720 crore and Rs. 579 crore respectively as compared to Rs. 705 crore and Rs. 533 crore respectively during comparative period last year.

The measures to improve the efficiency and productivity include increasing Coal Dust Injection (CDI) in Blast Furnaces (BFs) to reduce the requirement of BF coke, reduction in coke rate, reduction in usage of other raw materials like iron ore, limestone, dolomite, ferro alloys, etc., reduction in specific energy consumption, maximizing production of crude steel through cost effective continuous casting route and reduction in specific water consumption in various plants of SAIL.

This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Rajya Sabha today.

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Capacity Addition by Indian Steel Majors

            The quantum of capacity addition done by the steel producers during the last three years and expansion plans for the next three years as per the projections made by the Report of the Working Group on Steel for the 12th Five Year Plan  are given in Annexure A.

            Indian reserves of iron ore, a prime mineral input for steel making, are considered adequate for the Indian steel industry.  The Indian iron ore resource position as on 1.4. 2010 is shown below:



 Steel is a deregulated sector.  Investments and production in the Steel projects are, therefore, results of conscious decisions of the concerned investors based on commercial prudence and market dynamics.   Government plays the role of a facilitator and coordinator between steel investors and the Central/State governments.

Annexure-A





 Source:   Joint Plant Committee
This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Rajya Sabha today


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Investment in R & D of Steel Sector

In order to provide accelerated thrust on Research & Development (R&D), the Ministry of Steel is encouraging R&D activities both in public and private sectors by providing financial assistance from Steel Development Fund (SDF) and Plan Fund of the Central Government.

Under the SDF scheme, 83 R&D projects have been approved with total project cost of Rs. 696.27 crore wherein SDF assistance is Rs. 389.63 crore. Some projects have already been implemented by the Steel Plants and are yielding benefits in improvement in productivity, reduction in energy consumption and pollution etc. Under the Plan Fund Scheme, 10 projects were approved with a total cost of Rs.138.10 crore wherein Government assistance is Rs.95.66 crore. These projects relate to development of technologies for beneficiation and utilisation of inferior grades of iron ore and coal and also for Improvement in quality of steel through the induction furnace.

This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Rajya Sabha today

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Roadmap to Tackle Under-Nutrition Among Tribal Children

The Government accords priority to the issue of nutrition, particularly in respect of children, adolescent and women of poorer sections of the society including tribal population and has been implementing several schemes/programmes of various Ministries/Departments through State Governments/UTs. These schemes, interalia, include Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) of Ministry of Women and Child Development, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Mid Day Meals Scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Drinking Water & Total Sanitation Campaign of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and Targeted Public Distribution System of Department of Food & Public Distribution etc. In addition Ministry of Tribal Affairs is supporting growing and consumption of traditional minor millets, kitchen garden, consumption of greens and other traditional foods, backyard poultry, fisheries, etc.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs through regional consultations and its meetings has advocated and supported growing and consumption of traditional minor millets, green leafy and traditional vegetable in Kitchen Garden, rearing backyard poultry and fishery. In addition, it has supported construction of Toilets; hygiene habits amongst school children; use of recyclable material to reduce pollution; Iron Folic Acid supplement and De-worming of children. The Ministry has also initiated documentation of Tribal Crops and Food; Tribal Medicine and practices to improve Health and Nutrition issues.

This information was given by Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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Implementation of Tribal Sub Plan

Recently erstwhile Planning Commission got a holistic evaluation study conducted through a third party agency on the effectiveness of the TSP strategy in terms of delivery and goods services to the tribal population. The report of the Study was made public during May 2013. The Study, inter alia, reported underperformance of TSP funds in fetching tangible results and for that matter triggering development of tribals. Besides, the Ministry held several consultations with the stakeholders in the Central Governments as well as State Governments and outside experts / agencies to gauge the deficiencies confronting tribal development with the desired pace.

In nutshell, besides other things, the prominent reasons for underperformance of TSP funds have been identified as (i) Lack of unified planning, implementation and monitoring mechanism (ii) Lack of effective mechanism to gel central plan TSP funds and State Plan TSP Funds (iii) Scattered financial resources used in a scattered manner (iv) Lack of location specific perspective plan (v) Lack of gap analysis (vi) Weakening of institutions specifically meant for delivery of goods and services to tribal population i.e. Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) / Integrated Tribal Development Projects / Tribal Research Institutes (TRI) and other Micro Projects. (vii) Utilization of TSP funds was more ritualistic than outcome based initiative based on gap analysis in HDI. (viii) Inadequate and insufficient administrative and financial powers with the Tribal Welfare Departments in the States and Ministry of Tribal Affairs at Centre.

The erstwhile Planning Commission in consultation with the Ministry has issued revised Guidelines during 2014 for implementation of Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) by the States /UTs and Central Government Ministries/Departments keeping in mind the holistic development of tribal people. The Guidelines, inter alia, reiterate the resolve of the Government for allocation of funds under TSP out of total Plan Outlays not less than the population proportion of STs in State as per 2011 census. The Guidelines further stipulates for non-diversion of funds meant for tribal areas and comprehensive monitoring framework with well-defined indicators, covering provisioning, service delivery standards as well as outcomes. The Guidelines recognizes respective Tribal Welfare Department in the States as the Nodal nodal department authorized to lead the process of TSP development.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has also issued “Operational Guidelines for Formulation, Implementation and Monitoring of Tribal Sub-Plan and Article 275(1) grants” in the month of March, 2014 for effective implementation of Schemes administered by the Ministry wherein issues related to allocation of funds, priority areas, need for nodal Department in States, judicious utilization of TSP fund, institutionalizing the instruments for ensuring transparency, accountability and social audit have been addressed. The Operational Guidelines have laid special emphasis on strengthening of institutions viz. Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) / Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP), Tribal Research Institutions (TRIs) through which tribal welfare programmes are implemented in the State. Further provision has been made for appraisal and approval of the proposals received from the States by a Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) consisting of Secretary (Tribal Affairs) as chairman with representatives of Planning Commission, Financial Advisor and representatives of the State as members/invitees.

This information was given by Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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Acquisition of Tribal Land

Land has been acquired for mining, industrialization and non-agricultural purposes as per the requirement of project concerned, including land in Tribal Areas. State-wise details are not maintained at Central level. Studies show that tribal people who account for 8.6% of population (Census 2011) experience much higher displacement burden.

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 requires prior consent of Gram Sabha for acquiring land in Scheduled Areas where such acquisition is the last resort. Sections 43 to 50 of this Act contain provisions for Resettlement & Rehabilitation as part of the statute and specific safeguards to STs in respect of Scheduled areas under Section 41 and 42. Section 4(5) of The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 provides that no member of a forest dwelling Scheduled Tribe or other traditional forest dweller shall be evicted or removed from land under his occupation till the recognition and verification procedure for settlement of forest rights is complete.

This information was given by Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Survey to Gauge Socio-Economic Conditions of STs


             Facts and figures related to Scheduled Tribe Population as reflected in the Census 2011 indicates the following position:



Government throughvarious interventions has strategized the overall development of tribal people across the country, which takes care of necessary support for education, health, sanitation, water supply, livelihood etc to ameliorate their economic, educational and social conditions. The major part of development activities is carried out through various schemes/programmes of concerned Central Ministries and the State Governments, while the Ministry of Tribal Affairs provides additive to these initiatives by way of plugging critical gaps.
            The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has also issued “Operational Guidelines for Formulation, Implementation and Monitoring of Tribal Sub-Plan and Article 275(1) grants” in the month of March, 2014 for effective implementation of Schemes administered by the Ministry wherein issues related to allocation of funds, priority areas, need for nodal Department in States, judicious utilization of TSP fund, institutionalizing the instruments for ensuring transparency, accountability and social audit have been addressed. The Operational Guidelines have laid special emphasis on strengthening of institutions viz. Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) / Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP), Tribal Research Institutions (TRIs) through which tribal welfare programmes are implemented in the State. Further provision has been made for appraisal and approval of the proposals received from the States by a Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) consisting of Secretary (Tribal Affairs) as chairman with representatives of Planning Commission, Financial Advisor and representatives of the State as members/invitees.
         
            This information was given by Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Towards ‘Swacchhagraha’, Seminar on Gandhiji’s dream of Clean and Capable India from March 12

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate two day International Seminar

To further the Government’s objective of making ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ a people’s movement - ‘Swachhagraha’, a two day ‘International Seminar on Clean and Capable India of Gandhiji’s Dreams’ will be organized in the national capital during March 12-13, 2015. The seminar is being organized by the Rajghat Samadhi Samiti, a Statutory body, chaired by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu.

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the Seminar which seeks to facilitate a thorough and focused discussion on Gandhiji’s philosophy of cleanliness of physical environment and purity of soul and mind and the inter-linkages between the two. It will also discuss the issue of making the country a capable one through involvement and empowerment of each individual of the society as conceived by the Mahatma.

About 1,000 individuals from within and outside the country including Gandhian Scholars and representatives of Gandhian institutions besides students doing research on Gandhian thoughts and philosophy will be participating in the seminar spread over five sessions.

Gandhiji had set out on Dandi March on March 12, 1930 that laid the foundations for ‘Satyagraha’ movement that subsequently proved to be the corner stone of the country’s freedom struggle with the participation of the masses from across the country . The Swachh Bharat Mission launched on October 2, 2015 seeks to make the country clean and open defecation free by October 2, 2019 marking the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Mahatma. This Clean India initiative is sought to be accomplished through people’s movement, inspired by the quest for cleanliness i.e ‘Swachhgraha’.

The two day Seminar is the first such initiative of the Rajghat Samadhi Samati during its 58 years of existence. The idea of Seminar on Gandhiji’s thoughts pertaining to cleanliness and a capable India was mooted by Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu.


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