Vehicle Fitness Certificate with Regular Checks




Vehicle Fitness Certificate with Regular Checks

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has examined the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order of banning more than 15 years old vehicles and the Ministry is of the view that, the certificate of fitness of vehicle, as per section 56 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, should be implemented with regular checks. This will not only reduce the pollution but also improve the road safety scenario.


At present, the Ministry does not propose to mandate age limit of private vehicles because this is a short cut approach and fitness testing of the vehicles will prove whether the vehicles has reached its end of life or not. However, Sub-rule 1- 4 of Rule 88 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 (CMVRs) provides that, no national permit shall be granted in respect of goods carriage, other than multi axle vehicle, which is more than 12 years old; for multi axle goods carriage vehicle which is more than 15 years old and in respect of multi axle trailer approved to carry Gross Vehicle Weight of more than 50 tons which is more than 25 years old. Rule 82 of CMVRs also provides that tourist permit shall be deemed to be invalid from the date on which the motor vehicle covered by the permit completes 9 years in the case of motor cabs and 8 years where the motor vehicle is other than a motor cab, unless the motor vehicle is replaced. Section 41(7) of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 provides that the certificate of registration in respect of motor vehicle other than transport vehicle shall be valid for a period of 15 years.

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


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78.59 crore Aadhaars generated in the country

The Aadhaar generation crossed 70 crore mark in October 2014 and a total of 78.59 crore Aadhaars have been generated in the country as on 9 March 2015. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today

The Minister said that Aadhaar enrolment is an on-going activity, and is voluntary in nature. The enrolment for Aadhaar is in progress in the entire country including north-eastern States.

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Measures to improve the quality of life of the people and to reduce poverty

The Government has initiated various measures to improve the quality of life of the people and to reduce poverty in the country through direct intervention by implementing specific poverty reduction and mitigation programmes. This includes Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM), Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY), Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), National Health Mission (NHM), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (RGNDWM), National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), Swachh Bharat Mission, etc. These interventions are expected to yield better results over time in terms of reduction in poverty in the country.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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NITI Aayog to strengthen cooperative federalism

In the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog held on February 8, 2015, it was clearly recognized that the States have now emerged into economic growth engines and are equal partners in national development. However, recognizing that different States have different strengths, development needs and capacities, the way ahead has to focus on a shared vision of more inclusive and sustainable development not only between the Centre and the States but also across all States. As such NITI Aayog is engaged in strengthening cooperative federalism so that the Centre and States can work as a team towards rapid economic transformation of India. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that in the first meeting of the Governing Council of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, it was decided that the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) would continue. It has also been decided that as the plan is in its third year of implementation, NITI Aayog would suitably undertake its Mid Term Appraisal so that a shared vision of national development agenda and important national initiatives are incorporated for their effective implementation in the remaining two years of the Plan.

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Rs. 1557.94 crore released to Uttar Pradesh under Bundelkhand Package

The total releases under Bundelkhand Package for Uttar Pradesh has been Rs. 1557.94 crore so far against which the utilization certificate for Rs. 1018.62 crore has been received including 100 per cent utilization of Rs. 320.0 crore released as first instalment for Agricultural Marketing and Warehouse Infrastructure. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that the State Government of Uttar Pradesh has requested for release of second instalment of Rs. 343.76 crore for completion of 7 Specialized Mandis and 133 rural infrastructure nuclei (RIN) as part of Agricultural Marketing and Warehouse Infrastructure. The NITI Aayog after review of the physical progress of the projects has recommended to Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, to release Rs. 287.89 crore to Government of Uttar Pradesh

He said that the Bundelkhand Drought Mitigation Package was approved with an allocation of Rs. 7466 crore for implementation of projects to minimize the effect of drought and backwardness in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The allocation for Uttar Pradesh was Rs. 3606 crore initially. An amount of Rs. 1005.51 crore was released as additional central assistance (ACA) to State of Uttar Pradesh during XI Plan and Rs. 2515.50 crore budgetary supports was earmarked during XII Plan making total allocation to Rs. 3521.01 Crore.


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Initiatives to Improve the Efficiency of Coal Based Power Plants

India has abundant domestic reserves of coal. In order to secure energy requirement of the country, coal based generation will remain important for power generation of India. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (IC) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. The Centre for Science and Technology in its report “Green Rating of Coal-Based Thermal Power Plants” has given suggestions for improving the efficiency of thermal power plants in India.

The Minister further stated that Government of India has already taken following initiatives to improve the efficiency of coal based power plants and to reduce the carbon footprint of the power sector:

(i) Out of about 87,000 MW thermal capacity under construction, about 48,000 MW is based on supercritical technology, which uses less coal.

(ii) Supercritical technology has been made mandatory for Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) being implemented.

(iii) In 13th Plan, all coal fired capacity addition shall be through supercritical units.

(iv) 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) to achieve higher efficiency, reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and coal consumption for coal based power plants.

(v) Renovation, Modernization and Life Extension of old thermal power generating units and retirement of old and inefficient thermal generation units, in phased manner, is being undertaken. A total capacity of 3,000 MW has been retired till date.

(vi) Government of India have issued policy on automatic transfer of linkage in case of scrapping of old units and replacing them with new supercritical plants.

(vii) Doubling coal cess from Rs.100 per tonne to Rs.200 per tonne for funding projects under National Clean Energy Fund as announced in the Budget Speech of 2015-16.

(viii) Increasing the share of renewable energy in the overall power generation in the country.

(ix) Perform Achieve Trade (PAT) Scheme under National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency is under implementation by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). In this Scheme, individual target for improving energy efficiency has been assigned to 144 number of thermal stations.

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Power Distribution by NTPC

NTPC, in order to realize forward integration in energy value chain, formed a wholly owned subsidiary company, i.e. NTPC Electric Supply Company Limited (NESCL) to take up power distribution activities. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (IC) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. NESCL has taken up distribution activities by forming a Joint Venture company with Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation.

The Minister further stated that for forward integration, NTPC has forayed into power trading and distribution business through its 100% owned subsidiaries NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) and NTPC Electric Supply Company Ltd. (NESCL), respectively. In the financial year 2013-14, NVVN traded 9.322 billion units of electricity.

The Minister further stated that For backward integration, NTPC has forayed into coal mining. Ministry of Coal, Government of India had allotted six coal blocks. Out of six coal blocks, Hon`ble Supreme Court, vide its Order dated 24.09.2014, has cancelled the allocation of 5 coal blocks of NTPC namely Chatti-Bariatu, Chatti-Bariatu (South), Kerandari, Dulanga and Talaipalli coal blocks of NTPC. Presently, NTPC is left with only one coal block, i.e. Pakri-Barwadih. NTPC Limited has a strong balance sheet to support Capex plans of the company and has achieved the capex of Rs.21,797 crore for financial year 2013-14, the Minister added.

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New Bill aims for Safe Transport System

The new Road Transport and Safety Bill 2015, in place of Motor Vehicle Act 1988, proposes to constitute a National Road Transport and Multimodal Co-ordination Authority and State Transport Authority with an objective and power to plan and develop integrated, safe and sustainable transport systems that contribute to an inclusive, prosperous and environmentally responsible India under Sections 109 to 145 of Chapter-VI. In Section 139 of the proposed bill, the primary objective of State Transport Authority includes the following:-

(1) to ensure, in collaboration with National Transport Authority, other state transport bodies and public entities, urban local bodies and land holding agencies and the traffic police, that the public transport system is planned and operated as part of an integrated transport system which seeks to meet the needs of all transport system users within the state;

(2) to organize and regulate the public transport system in a manner which supports a multi-modal integrated transport system within the state by

(i) increasing the share of public transport trips within the state;

(ii) actively promoting public transport usage;

(iii) improving the environmental performance and minimizing the adverse environmental impacts of the public transport system;

(iv) contributing to social well-being by providing access to livelihood opportunities and supporting social interaction amongst members of the community;

(v) promoting economic prosperity through efficient and reliable movement of public transport users while also supporting the movement of livestock and freight; and

(vi) Collaborating with relevant bodies including the Central Government, the State Government, National Transport Authority, State Road Transport Corporations, public and private transport operators, urban local bodies, the National Authority, the State Safety Authority, State Police and other such bodies, in order to improve the efficiency of public transport for public transport users.

The Government of India has undertaken a project “Security for Women in public road transport in the country”. The objective of the scheme is to ensure safety of women and girl child in public transport by monitoring location of public road transport vehicles to provide immediate assistance in minimum response time to the victims in distress.

The proposed scheme under the “Nirbhaya Fund” envisages setting up of a unified system at the National Level (National Vehicle Security and Tracking System) and State level (City Command and Control Centre) for GPS tracking of the location of, emergency buttons in and video recording of incidents in public transport vehicles, in 32 cities of the country with a population of 1 million or more.

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

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Road Transport and Safety Bill 2015 Provides for Crash Fund

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways proposed “Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2015”, in Chapter XI, provides for constitution of a Motor Vehicle Crash Fund. The following shall be credited to the fund:

i) A cess or tax or payment of a nature notified and approved by Central Government.

ii) Any grant or loan made to the fund by the Central Government.

iii) Any other source of income as may be prescribed by the Central Government.

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

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Committee to Suggest Mechanism to Revamp NHAI

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has set up a Committee recently to study and suggest mechanism to revamp National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). No proposal to restructure the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to implement pending tenders and construction works within stipulated time-frame is under consideration of the Government.

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and NHAI have taken a number of steps for speedy and timely completion of highway projects including streamlining of the process of land acquisition and other statutory clearances, harmonious substitution of Concessionaire, re-schedulement of Premium quoted by concessionaires, getting Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to treat road sector loans as secured, introduction of revamped dispute resolution mechanism and close coordination with other ministries etc. Apart from these steps, Government is also considering other variants of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode to attract bidders.

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

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Government Takes Measures to Deal with Sea-Piracy

To deal with the hostage situation arising out of the hijacking at sea of merchant vessels with Indian crew, an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMGO) was set up by the Government under the Ministry of Shipping. Government has also approved the Contingency Plan for dealing with piracy and hijacking of merchant ships and constituted a Committee of Secretaries on Anti-Piracy and Hijacking at sea (COSAPH) under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary for crisis management and to advise the Government on major policy and strategy decisions. In addition to this, the following steps have been initiated by Government as part of various preventive/mitigating security measures to deal with sea-piracy:

(i) Guidelines for anti-piracy measures to be implemented on Indian Ships through issue of Merchant Shipping Notice No.1 of 2011 dated 14.1.2011. The guidelines provide for elaborate anti-piracy measures (Best Management Practices), including safe house/citadel for vessels.

(ii) Banning of sailing vessels to ply in waters south or west of the line joining Salalah and Male through Merchant Shipping Notice No. 3/2010 dated 31.3.2010.

(iii) Naval escort provided by Indian naval ships in the Gulf of Aden since 2008.

(iv) Enhanced vigil by the Indian Navy in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and westward upto 65 degree east longitude.

(v) Active participation of India in the security meetings of the International Maritime Organization, Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) and other international fora.

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

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New Scheme to Promote Coastal Shipping

Government of India has approved a new Central Sector Scheme for providing support to Major Ports for creation of infrastructure to promote coastal shipping. Financial assistance is given under the Scheme in the form of grant-in-aid for construction/upgradation of coastal berths and capital dredging for deepening of coastal berths and navigational channels. In addition, priority in berthing as well as discount on port charges are provided for coastal vessels in Major Ports.

As per the constitutional framework, Major Ports are under the control of the Central Government and there is no unused Major Port in the country. All non-major ports are under the jurisdiction of State Governments. In both Major and non-major ports, private investment through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode is the preferred mode for developing port infrastructure and most of the infrastructure has been developed through Public Private Partnership. In major ports in the last 2 years (2012-13 and 2013-14), 26 projects were awarded under PPP mode entailing an investment of Rs.15483.60 crores.

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

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ITIs in North-Eastern States

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that there are a total of 21.03 lakh youth job seekers in the age group of 15-29 years and 74 Industrial Training Institutes (Govt. 66 + Private 08) affiliated to National Council for Vocational Training in North- East Region. Details are at Annexure-I.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Rudy said, Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment is implementing the scheme titled “Enhancing Skill Development Infrastructure in NE States & Sikkim” to establish 22 ITIs in 8 North-Eastern states. An amount of Rs. 8084.7 lakh has been released. Details of funds state wise is at Annexure-II.
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Nodal Authority for Imparting Skill 

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the Government has implemented the National Policy on Skill Development in 2009 with the target to train 500 million persons by year 2022. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today he said, the 2009 policy is currently being reviewed and a new National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is proposed to be finalized in consultation with States and the Central Ministries/Departments concerned, in order to lay down the future roadmap for skilling in the Country including targets and proposed initiatives. Further, the Government has recently set up this Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship to co-ordinate all efforts in the skilling and entrepreneurship landscape. 

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Employability Linked Skill Development 

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that at the request of the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), the World Bank has conducted an evaluation study of five central government sponsored national level Skill Development Programmes (SDPs). The objective of the field study, done between April and October 2014, was to understand and learn from the performance of these five SDPs in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan. As per the interim findings of the report, 27% of candidates enrolled in the above skill development programmes find employment. The final report is yet to be submitted. 

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the Government of India has formulated over 73 skill development schemes, which focus on various sectors and are being implemented through over 20 GOI Ministries/Departments. The government endeavors to make these schemes outcomes based by emphasizing on placement post training. The performance of these would be measured in terms of percentage of persons actually placed in wage or self-employment. The Ministry-wise skilling target and achievements are placed at Annexure-I. 


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Skill Training For Unemployed Youth 


Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that there are over 70 skill development schemes across various sectors being implemented by over 20 Central Ministries/Departments. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today he said, the coverage of the schemes is across all the states in the country focused on Skill Development Training to the unemployed youth. The total target set by Government for all these schemes together for 2014-15 is Rs. 105.07 lakhs. The target has been maintained Ministry-wise and the same is given below:-  



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Special Scheme for Skill Development of SC/ST 

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that there are over 20 Central Ministries/Departments involved in implementation of more than 70 schemes for various skill development/entrepreneurship programmes. The target of all these schemes taken together for 2014-15 is Rs. 105.07 lakhs. 

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Rudy said, these Schemes have provisions for equal access to skill development for all social groups including people with disabilities, SC/ST and minority. Under the scheme of Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) opportunities for the differently abled persons in the field of education and employment are provided. The major components of the scheme are:- (i) Vocational Training Centres, (ii) Sheltered Workshop, (iii) Special Schools and (iv) Project for Pre-School and Early Intervention and Training. In addition, National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation, a Public Sector Undertaking under Department of Disability Affairs, provides financial assistance for wide range of income generating activities for the persons with disabilities. These schemes have imparted skills and helped differently-abled persons to obtain employment/self employment. 

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Guidelines for Safety of Safai Karmacharis 

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

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

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

Supreme Court in its judgment dated 27.3.2014 in the Writ Petition No. 583 of 2003 directed the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations to identify all the families of all persons who have died in sewerage work (manholes, septic tanks) since 1993 and award compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs for each such death to the family members depending on them. 

Under Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Rules, 2013. The obligations of employer towards employees engaged in the cleaning of sewer or septic tank include, inter alia, insuring that they have life insurance policy of at least 10 lakhs Rupees for which premium will be paid by the employer. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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The Practice of Manual Scavenging is yet to be Fully Eliminated. 


‘Houselisting and Housing Census, 2011’ data released by the Registrar General of India in March, 2012, has provided number of households by type of latrine facility, including latrines from which night soil is manually removed. According to this data, such latrines existed in all States/UTs except in the States of Goa, Sikkim, and the UTs of Chandigarh and Lakshadweep.

Existence of manually serviced latrines in the States/UTs points to the fact that the practice of manual scavenging is yet to be fully eliminated.

As per the latest information available on the basis of survey undertaken in the States/UTs so far 12753 manual scavengers have been identified in 13 States, State-wise details of which are given:



NA =   Not Available
*=           Provisional data for urban areas
As per Section 21 of the “Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013” (MS Act, 2013), Executive Magistrates who have been conferred judicial powers of first class are empowered to try any offences committed under the Act.

The sole cause for manual scavenging is the existence of insanitary latrines. Section 5 of the MS Act, 2013 prohibits construction of insanitary latrines and engaging of manual scavengers from the date of commencement of the Act i.e. 6.12.2014. The Act provides for identification of insanitary latrines and their demolition/ conversion into sanitary latrines on a time bound basis. The municipalities, Cantonment Boards and railway authorities have been mandated to construct adequate number of community sanitary latrines within a period of three years from the date of commencement of the Act to eliminate the practice of open defecation. The Act also provides for identification and rehabilitation of the existing manual scavengers.


This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Proposal for Construction of Hostel in Rajasthan 

Under the Schemes, namely, ‘Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojna (BJRCY)’ and ‘Construction of Hostels for OBC boys’ and Girls’, proposals for construction of total 22 hostels, i.e. 16 hostels for Scheduled Castes and 06 hostels for Other Backward Classes students, respectively, have been received from the Government of Rajasthan. 

Of these, all the complete proposals in all respects would be processed for approval within this financial year, subject to availability of funds. 

No proposal has been received from the Government of Rajasthan for construction of hostels for Scheduled Tribe students. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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Centre provides Financial Assistance for Hostels for SC Students 

The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment provides financial assistance under the Scheme, namely, ‘Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana (BJRCY)’ to the eligible implementing agencies for construction of hostel buildings/expansion of the existing hostel facilities for Scheduled Caste students. In addition, one-time grant of Rs. 2500/- per student is provided for making provision of a cot, a table and a chair for each student. 

At the beginning of each financial year, the State Governments/UT Administrations are intimated their Notional Allocation under the Scheme for the respective financial year with a request to send fresh proposals as per scheme guidelines. Further, the cost norms under the Scheme have been revised during 2014-15, which would be applicable for the proposals received in the Ministry on or after 01.01.2015 to provide for escalation in cost of construction. 

During the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-13 to 2014-15 (upto 09.03.2015), 110 hostels under the Scheme have been sanctioned to the implementing agencies in various States. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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Swachhbharat innovators felicitated ; Shri Venkaiah Naidu visits exhibition of innovative products 

Shri Naidu lauds week long National Innovations Exhibition organized at Rashtrapati Bhawan 

Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today visited the National Innovations Exhibition being held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan and evinced keen interest in the innovative products on show that would assist in ensuring cleanliness. The theme of today’s exhibition was ‘Clean India’. 

About 60 innovations relating to cleanliness were on show today as a part of the week long exhibition on various daily themes. Some of the products include ; Super Stocker Model Dustbin, Solar Street Light, Motorised Wrapper Picker, Bicycle Based Road Cleaner, Sanitary Napkin Destroyer, Kitchen Waster Digester, Sea-Bench Cleaner, Sceptic Tank with Baffle System, Water Hyacinth Remover, Automatic Chlorine Doser etc. 

All the innovators were later introduced in the presence of President Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the inauguration of a two day International Seminar on “Clean and Capable India of Gandhi’s Dreams” at Vigyan Bhawan. Shri Venkaiah Naidu complimented the innovators and explained their innovations. 

Shri Venkaiah Naidu thanked the President for taking the initiative of organizing the week long Innovations Festival with the assistance of the National Innovation Foundation. The exhibition concludes on March 13, 2015. 


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Swachhagraha movement needed to make Clean India, says Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu 

Gandhi’s vision of cleanliness goes beyond physical targets and seeks individual transformation, says Shri Naidu 

President inaugurates two day International Seminar on ‘Clean and Capable India of Gandhi’s Dreams’ 

The Government is keen to make the Swachh Bharat Mission into a ‘Swachhagraha’ movement with people’s participation to make the country clean in the next five years. This was stated by the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu while speaking at the Inaugural Session of the two day International Seminar on “Clean and Capable India of Gandhi’s Dreams” here today. 

The seminar was inaugurated by the President Shri Pranab Mukherjee. It is being organized by the Rajghat Samadi Committee, a statutory body chaired by the Urban Development Minister. 

Shri Venkaiah Naidu observed that the country is still to realise the Gandhi’s dream of a clean India which was envisioned by the Mahatma about a 100 years ago. He said that Gandhi led the masses of the country on the path of ‘Satyagraha’ towards freedom and for the Mahatma, cleanliness was as important as political freedom. 

Shri Naidu stressed that taking inspiration from Gandhi ji, people of the country should insist on cleanliness and take up mass action with a missionary zeal of ‘Swachhagraha’. He noted that Mahatma’s vision of a clean India goes beyond a set of physical targets for construction of toilets. The Clean India campaign needs enlightened individual actions to uphold every fellow citizen’s right to live in a clean environment. 

Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that poor sanitation is the cause of about 80% of diseases besides costing about 6% of the country’s GDP every year. 

The Urban Development Minister stated that the central government is inspired by the Gandhi’s philosophy of inclusive development based on the involvement and empowerment of every individual for collective advancement and has launched various initiatives like the Make in India campaign, Skill Development etc. 

Shri Naidu noted that Gandhiji was “an agent of emancipation and empowerment of every individual and only perverted and degenerated minds can interpret his thoughts and deeds differently”. 

The two day seminar is being attended by over 1,000 Gandhians from India and abroad, representatives of Gandhian Institutions, scholars and research students. 

The two day deliberations will throw further insights on the conceptualization, evolution and manifestation of Gandhi’s concepts of clean and capable India for wider dissemination. 

Minster of State for Urban Development Shri Babul Supriyo, Secretary(UD) Shri Madhusudhan Prasad and Additional Secretary(UD) Shri Durga Shankar Mishra also attended the inaugural session.Shri Venkaiah Naidu released ‘Rajghat Samadhi Patrika’ on the occasion. 


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Assessment of Pollution of Ganga 

A study for assessment of the pollution load caused by the major drains discharging into the river Ganga was undertaken by the Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation for 118 river front towns on the banks of river Ganga. The scope of study includes assessment of status of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), need for modernization, availability of power for running the STPs, status of O&M of STPs, status of 144 Nallas and scope for River Front Development. The study team consisted of experts from six different organizations under this Ministry namely, National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Central Water Commission (CWC), Central Soil and Materials Research Station (CSMRS), National Water Development Agency (NWDA), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and National Projects Construction Corporation (NPCC). 

The study team has submitted its report to the Ministry in December, 2014. Based on this report and in line with the action plan drawn under ‘Namami Gange’, the State Governments have been requested to submit DPRs to execute projects that will help arrest pollution influx into the river especially from 118 identified towns / ULBs on both the banks of river Ganga. 

This information was given by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 


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Implementation of AIBP 



Since the inception of the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP), 297 Major and Medium Irritation (MMI) Projects and 16769 Minor Irrigation (MI) Projects have been benefitted under this programme. Out of these, 143 MMI Projects & 12495 MI Project have been completed. A Central Assistance (CA) of Rs. 67476.93 crore has been released to various States and a total irrigation potential of 9477.55 Th. Ha. has been created up to March 2014 under the AIBP scheme.

The funds provide under the Scheme of AIBP to on-going MMI projects during the last years vis-à-vis their actual expenditure is given below:


Year
Year wise release of CA (Rs. In Crore)
Year wise expenditure incurred including State Share, as informed by State Governments (Rs. In  Crore)
2011-12
3706.81
11265.15
2012-13
4033.28
9351.10
2013-14
1926.82
8360.66


This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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German Offer for Ganga Rejuvenation 

German Government has offered 3 million Euros for supporting Ganga Rejuvenation during the Indo-German Government Negotiations held in November 2014. An appraisal mission for this purpose is expected shortly to formulate concrete projects for initial assistance. 

Many countries such as Germany, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Netherlands, etc have expressed interest to support Ganga Rejuvenation through knowledge/technology sharing and providing financial/technical assistance for cleaning up Ganga, capacity building, research and development, sharing of experiences, expertise and best practices, etc. National Mission for Cleaning Ganga is in continuous dialogue with the relevant organizations of these countries to facilitate a fruitful involvement of foreign countries in Ganga Rejuvenation. 

This information was given by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 


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Uma Bharti seeks Cooperation of Religious Leaders for Ganga Rejuvenation 

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has sought cooperation of religious leaders for Ganga Rejuvenation. Addressing a panel discussion on save Ganga and save Himalayas here today, Sushri Bharti urged saints and religious leaders to hold a national congregation of religious leaders to give a nation wide call for effective public participation in Ganga Rejuvenation programme of the Government. The Minister suggested that this national congregation may adopt an appeal to the people to keep Ganga clean. 

She also suggested that religious preachers may also be requested to appeal to the public to keep Ganga clean at the end of their every religious preaching. The Minister was of the opinion that such an appeal will prove to be very effective at the end of religious congregation where people turn up in thousands and lakhs. The Minister suggestion was well received at the panel discussion which was attended by religious leader from various religions. Sushri Bharti said that Government is committed to carry out the gigantic task of Ganga Rejuvenation in a time bound manner.  

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