Wi-Fi Facility at Seven Railway Stations



Wi-Fi Facility at Seven Railway Stations

At present, the Wi-Fi facility has been provided at 7 Railway Stations namely Bengaluru, New Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Agra Cantt., Varanasi and Secunderabad. The internet access is provided free to the users for first 30 minutes. For usage beyond that, it is priced at Rs.25 for 30 minutes and Rs.35 for 1 Hour and is valid through 24 hours.


Such facility is proposed to be provided to all ‘A1’ & ‘A’ category stations (Total 75+332 = 407 stations).

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

*********

Clarification Regarding Fake Advertisements for Mass Recruitment of Constables in Railways


It has been noticed by Railways that some websites are showing advertisement regarding recruitment of 17000 Constables in Railway Protection Force/Railway Protection Special Force (RPF/RPSF). The Ministry of Railways here issues following clarification in this regard:-
“Some websites are advertising regarding mass recruitment of constables in Railway Protection Force.  In this connection, it is clarified that neither such an advertisement has been issued nor being processed from the Railways. Therefore, it is advised that such advertisements are fictitious and must be ignored.
The only advertisement under process is for recruitment of 1599 lady constables in RPF/RPSF which will be notified in employment news, national dailies and in official website of Railways i.e www.indianrailways.gov.in in due course.”

********

Railways Conducts Safety Audits Regularly

For ensuring implementation of prescribed rules and guidelines for safe operation of trains, two types of Safety Audits are being conducted by Railways regularly, viz.:

Bi-monthly safety audit by the individual Zonal Railway of its own divisions; and

An inter-railway safety audit/inspection conducted twice a year in blocks of January to June and July to December by a multi-disciplinary team of Railway officers.

The safety teams can inspect stations, major coaching depots, running rooms, loco sheds, points & crossings, derailment-prone sections etc.

These audits/inspections serve as an important tool to evaluate safety performance and to identify system failures and generic shortcomings. Zonal Railways submit their Audit Reports followed by Action Taken Reports on the deficiencies found during the audit to the Ministry of Railways. These reports are analysed by Railway Board for issuance of necessary instructions as and when required.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

***********

Railways’ Cash-on-Delivery Service for E-Tickets


          Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC), a public sector undertaking of the Ministry of Railways, has launched Cash on Delivery (CoD) service for e-tickets w.e.f. 01.01.2015 on pilot basis. The salient features of the scheme are as under:
·                Under this scheme, the customer books the tickets online through the following channels and opts for Cash on Delivery service or may make online payment:
                                                        i.            www.bookmytrain.com
                                                      ii.            Bookmytrain App on Android platform.
                                                    iii.            Bookmytrain App on Windows platform.
                                                    iv.            Bookmytrain App on BlackBerry platform.
                                                      v.            Bookmytrain App on iOS platform.
·                The customer can book tickets up to five days prior to commencement of journey.
          Introduction of the scheme for facilitating the passengers and its proliferation based on feedback is a continuous and ongoing process.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

******

Optimum Utilisation of all Reserved Categories in Trains

Overall occupancy of all categories of reserved trains on Indian Railways during the financial year 2013-14 and during the period from April, 2014 to February, 2015 has been more than 100 per cent. Further, with a view to ensure optimum utilisation of available reserved accommodation, Zonal Railways have been empowered to review different reservation quotas in trains on periodical basis and make adjustments wherever required.

On Indian Railways, the demand pattern for reserved accommodation is not uniform throughout the year and it varies during peak and lean seasons. However,

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


**********

Provision of Escalators/Elevators at Stations

As per the existing guidelines, escalators/elevators to be provided at ‘A1’ category and escalators at ‘A’ category, ‘C’ category and stations of tourist importance under desirable amenities based on techno commercial feasibility & availability of fund.

So far, a total number of 244 escalators at 96 railway stations and 101 lifts at 44 railway stations have been provided over the Indian Railways.

Escalators/elevators to be provided at ‘A1’ category and escalators at ‘A’ category, ‘C’ category and stations of tourist importance progressively based on techno commercial feasibility & availability of fund.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

******

Grid Security Export System

Grid Security Expert System (GSES) is proposed to be developed by POWERGRID and it involves installation of knowledge based Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, numerical relays and Remote Terminal units upto 132 kV stations and the reliable Optical fibre Ground wire (OPGW) communication system at an estimated cost of around Rupees 1200 crores. The objective of the GSES is implementation of the Automatic Defense mechanism to facilitate reliable and secure grid operation. 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 Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that CERT-In (Computer Emergency Response Team-India), Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India has prepared a Crisis Management Plan (CMP) for countering cyber attacks and cyber terrorism for preventing the large scale disruption in the functioning of critical information systems of Government, public and private sector resources and services. The Crisis Management Plan (CMP) for Countering Cyber Attacks and Cyber Terrorism outlines a framework for dealing with cyber related incidents for rapid identification, swift response and remedial actions to mitigate and recover from cyber related incidents impacting critical national processes.

In December 2010, Ministry of Power had constituted CERTs (Computer Emergency Response Teams) for power sector i.e.; CERT-Thermal (nodal agency- National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)), CERT-Hydro (nodal agency- National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC)) and CERT-Transmission (nodal agency- Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) to take necessary action to prevent cyber attacks in their domains. The State Power Utilities have also been adviced to prepare their own sectorial Crisis Management Plan (CMP) and align themselves with the Nodal Agencies i.e. NTPC, NHPC & PGCIL and CERT-In for the necessary actions.

Based on the recommendations of the Enquiry Committee, constituted by Ministry of Power to enquire into the causes of the grid collapse of July, 2012, several measures like third party protection audit, review of Unscheduled Interchange mechanism, review of Central Electricity Authority transmission planning criterion, tightening of frequency band, coordinated planning of outages, development of islanding schemes, proper maintenance of under frequency relays etc. have been taken by the Government to prevent grid failures, the Minister added.


**********

Improvement of Ghaziabad-Haridwar Section on NH-58

Delhi - Meerut- Muzaffarnagar stretch of National Highway No. 58 is four-lane and this stretch is in traffic worthy condition. Work of four laning in Muzaffarnagar-Roorkee-Haridwar stretch of NH-58 is under implementation and all-out efforts are made to complete this work before Árdhkumbh to be held in Haridwar in 2016.

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

***********

Protective Devices on Heavy Vehicles and Trucks

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued draft Notification GSR 532(E) dated 24th July, 2014 to amend Rule 62 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 for fitment of under run protection devices side guard in the goods vehicles of N2 and N3 category which will allow opportunity for State Transport Authorities to ensure that the vehicles shall have rear under run protection device and side guard at the time of renewal of fitness certificate. Final Notification will be issued after compilation and examination of the comments/suggestions received on the draft Notification.

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

*********

Patrolling on Highways

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has drafted Road Transport & Safety Bill 2015 to replace Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 in which there is a provision to constitute National Highway Traffic Regulation and Protection Service.

The Ministry launched pilot projects for cashless treatment of road accident victims on following stretches:-

(i) Gurgaon-Jaipur stretch of National Highways No.8.

(ii) Vadodara – Mumbai stretch of National Highways No. 8.

(iii) Ranchi – Rargaon – Mahulia stretch on National Highways No. 33.

The objective of the scheme is to save lives of accident victims by providing prompt and appropriate medical care during `Golden Hour", and thereby reduce fatalities in road accidents. The scheme envisages transport of accident victims from the accident scene to hospital and, where required, from one hospital to another for treatment at a public or private hospital for the first 48 hours or Rs. 30,000/-, whichever is earlier.

Earlier, the Ministry has provided ambulances and cranes to state governments for deployment on the National Highways. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) also provides ambulances at an average of 50 km stretch of National Highways entrusted to them and cranes are deployed at every Toll Plaza which is normally at about 60 Km intervals. A toll free helpline based on number 1033 is also in the process of being commissioned.

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

***********

Road Connectivity to Ports

9 major ports are identified for port connectivity under National Highway Development Project (NHDP). Out of these 7 Projects have been completed, 1 project has been handed over to the State Government of Goa and for the remaining project in Tamil Nadu, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has taken up with the concerned State Authorities to expedite shifting of project affected families to ensure time bound completion of the project. Besides, the project is monitored at various levels for timely completion.

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

***********

Centre launches nationwide Drinking Water & Sanitation Awareness week

The Center today launched a National Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Awareness Week at Village Kankrola-Bhanglora of Gurgaon District in Haryana. The week long campaign inaugurated by Shri Birender Singh, Union Minister for Rural Development , Drinking Water and Sanitation and Panchayati Raj will conclude at Kohima, Nagaland on 22nd March commemorating the celebration of World Water Day. During the campaign, there will be an extensive awareness drive on construction and use of household toilets, keeping the villages clean, safe handling and use of drinking water, awareness of quality of drinking water, water conservation, community managed water supply systems in rural areas involving grassroots level institutions like Village Water and Sanitation Committees, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Angwanwadi , ASHA Workers, schools teachers, Women Self Help Groups and Youth Clubs.

The function was attended by Union Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Ram Kripal Yadav and Shri Rao Narbir Singh, Minister for Public Health Engineering and Public Works Department of Haryana Government and senior officials of the Central and State Governments.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Birender Singh laid stress on building and use of toilets. He also participated in a padyatra along with other Ministers and senior officials organized with participation of school children, who will be the messengers to spread the message to rural population. Five villages were also awarded with Nirmal Gram Puraskar on this occasion. Other speakers also emphasized on sanitation and judicious use of water.

Ten Swachhata Raths and mobile water quality testing vans were dispatched to various parts of the districts to create awareness among the rural masses. Similar programmes were also organized in other parts of the country. This programme is being carried out across the country in all panchayats involving Ministries of Rural Development, Health & Family Welfare, Panchayati Raj, Women & Child Development among others.


*************

Development of Steel Sector

Steel is a deregulated sector in India. Decisions on investment in this sector are taken by individual investors, both the private and the Central Public Sector Enterprises, based on the commercial prudence and market dynamics from their own equity and debt without depending on Government of India.  Ministry of Steel plays the role of a facilitator and coordinator between steel investors and the other Ministries in Government of India and State governments.

            There is sufficient production of iron ore to meet the current demand of steel industry in the country. However, there are regional shortage of iron ore due to Supreme Court decisions regarding lease renewal in the states of Goa and Odisha and cancellation of mining leases in the State of Karnataka. Production and reported consumption of Iron Ore during last few years is as following:-
                                                                                                                (In million Tonnes)

YEAR
PRODUCTION
REPORTED CONSUMPTION
2011-12
168.58
100.57
2012-13
136.62
103.40
2013-14 (P)
152.43
110.50

(Source: Indian Bureau of Mines)

            Being a deregulated sector, the role of the Government is that of a facilitator.  However, the Government has taken the following steps to make the steel industry globally competent:-

(i)         An Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) has been setup in the Ministry of Steel for coordination and expediting implementation of various investment projects in the steel sector. A Project Monitoring Group (PMG) has been constituted under the Cabinet Secretariat to fast track various clearances / resolution of issues delaying the investments of Rs.1000 crores or more in the manufacturing / infrastructure sector including the steel sector.  This would ensure that steel production capacities come up quickly and minimize cost and time over runs.

(ii)        To increase domestic value addition and improve iron ore availability for domestic steel industry, duty on export of iron ore has been increased to 30% and export duty @ 5% ad-valorem has been imposed on export of iron ore pellets.
         
            The Government has reduced Special Additional Duty on import of melting scrap on iron and steel from 4% to 2% in the Union Budget 2015-16.

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

************
R&D in Steel Sector

            Major steel companies like Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) in the public sector, and Tata Steel Limited, JSW Steel Limited, Essar Steel Limited and Jindal Steel & Power Limited in the private sector are engaged in Research and Development work in the iron and steel sector in the country. The R&D programmes pursued by the companies inter-alia includes R&D in raw materials upgradation; improvement in process/technology, products & productivity; development of new products & improvement in quality; and Improvement in energy consumption & environment management.

            According to information available from the steel companies, the expenditure incurred on R&D activities during the last three years and the current year are given hereunder:-
(Rs. in crore)

S.
No.
Company
R&D Investment
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15 (provisional)
1.
SAIL
142
156
121
124
2.
RINL
20.29
31.13
50.27
20.41
3.
Tata Steel
52.98
59.73
80.51
N.A
4.
JSW Steel
60.81
45.87
25.21
27.28
5.
JSPL
8.98
28.57
14.21
15.65
6.
Essar Steel
N.A
25.56
22.65
19.92

 A new scheme ‘Promotion of R&D in Iron & Steel Sector’ was introduced by the Government in the 11th Five Year Plan which has been continued in the 12th Five Year Plan. A new component has been added in the aforesaid scheme in the 12th Five Year Plan for development of technology for Cold Rolled Grain Oriented (CRGO) electrical steel sheets and other value added innovative steel products.
            This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Lok Sabha today

*************

Union Tourism Ministry will meet all possible requirements to facilitate Nabakalebar Rath Yatra, 2015: Dr Mahesh Sharma

The Union Ministry of Tourism is trying to fulfil all requirements to facilitate Nabakalebar Rath Yatra, 2015 and fully promote the event including meeting the demand of Rs 52cr for development of tourist infrastructure in Puri and other places connected with the Yatra.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in reply to a starred question in Lok Sabha today.

Replying to a supplementary, Dr Mahesh Sharma said that he would be visiting Odisha on 20th and 21st March to assess the infrastructure requirements. The Minister said that the holy city of Puri is included in the new scheme of the Ministry ‘PRASAD’ in which 12 religious and holy cities have been included for development.

Similarly, in the scheme of theme based tourist circuits ‘Swadesh Darshan’, the coastal circuit will benefit the coast of Orissa. The Budget for 2015-16 has made a special provision for developing Budhist circuits and the sites located in Odisha can also be included in the same, the Minister explained in reply to a supplementary.


************

The Tourism and Culture Minister Meets Public Relations Minister of MP

Assures all Possible Help for Development of Tourism in the State

The Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma met the Madhya Pradesh Energy, Mining and Public Relations Minister, Sh Rajinder Shukla in New Delhi today.

Shri Rajinder Shukla requested Dr Mahesh Sharma to give priority to the Rs 49 cr Vindhya Mega Destination Project of Madhya Pradesh to help speed up development of tourist circuits and the development of historic Chirahula temple and the pond at Rewa.

Mr Shukla also requested that the proposal for an amount of Rs 3.5 cr sent to the Ministry of Tourism in this regard may be sanctioned to begin with.

Dr Mahesh Sharma assured him that the proposal would be looked into and all assistance will be extended by the Ministry in this regard.

Mr Shukla also briefed the Tourism and Culture Minister about other projects being taken up by the MP government to promote tourism.


************

MSP for Minor Forest Produce


Under the scheme “Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce through Minimum Support Price and development of Value chain for MFP" Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Minor Forest Produce (MFP) has been fixed for ten MFP namely Tamarind, Honey, Gum Karaya, Karanj Seed, Sal Seed, Mahuwa Seed,  Sal Leaf, Chironjee, Myrobalan, and Lac. The Scheme has been implemented in eight States having Schedule areas as listed in the Fifth Schedule of the constitution of India.MSP declared by the Ministry is as under:-

Sl.No
Minor Forest Produce(MFP)
Minimum Support Price(MSP) declared by the Govt. (Rs./Kg).
 1.
Tamarind
22.00
2.
Honey
132.00
3.
Gum Karaya
108.00
4.
Karanj Seed
21.00
5.
Sal Seed
10.00
6.
Mahua Seed
22.00
7.
Sal Leaves
21.00
8.
Chironjee Pods with seeds
100.00
9.
Myrobalan
11.00
10.
Lac

A.
Rangini
230.00
B.
Kusumi
320.00

   The Scheme of ‘Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) and Development of Value Chain for MFP’ was launched during the year 2013-14. State-wise details of funds released for utilization as revolving funds for procurement of Minor Forest produce are as under:-

                                                                                                       (Rs. In crore)

Sl.No.

State


2013-14
(March-April)
2014-15 (Jan-15)
1
Odisha
40.00
-
2
Gujarat
5.00
-
3
Maharashtra
5.00
-
4
Rajasthan
0.20
-
5
Jharkhand (JHAMCOFED), Ranchi
24.15
-
6
Madhya Pradesh
34.89
-
7
Chhattisgarh
-
80.16
8
Jharkhand (JHASCOLAMPF) Ranchi
-
4.25

Total
109.24
84.41

 State-wise details of funds released for cold storage, warehousing and other infrastructure facility for Minor Forest Produce (MFP)are as under:-.

                                                                                                                                    (Rs. In crore)

Sl.No
State

2013-14
(March-April)
2014-15 (Jan-15)
Purpose
1
 Odisha
-
8.20
Establishment of warehouses, cold stores, modernization of Haats
2
Maharashtra
3.25
-
Modernization of Hatts, establishment of warehouses
3
Jharkhand (JHASCOLAMPF) Ranchi
-
0.39
Establishment of Mini  Lac Processing units

Total
3.25
8.59


The scheme provides for non-nationalization of MFP by the State concerned, so that the collectors of MFP are free to sell the MFP in open market if the market price is more than the MSP declared. States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are still continuing with the practice of nationalization of MFP. Therefore, the scheme has not been implemented in these two States.

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

*************


Socio Economic Upliftment of Tribals

Over the years, the Central and State Governments have been taking various initiatives for socio-economic upliftment of tribal population of the country. This includes the Tribal Sub Plan Strategy (TSP Strategy) implemented since 1974-75. These efforts have brought out some improvements for Scheduled Tribes in terms of various indicators relating to literacy, health, livelihood, etc. as reflected in Census 2011 and other socio-economic survey reports. However, there are still considerable gaps in the human development indices between Scheduled Tribes and general population.

Government through various interventions has strategized the overall development and welfare of tribal people across the country, which takes care of necessary support for education, health, sanitation, water supply, livelihood, etc. to improve 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 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 of goods and 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 triggering development of tribals. In addition, the then Planning Commission had undertaken Evaluation Studies through its Programme Evaluation Organization to assess the performance of the various welfare schemes from time to time. The recommendations made in these Evaluation Studies were communicated to the concerned Nodal Implementing Agencies. Besides, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs 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.

The erstwhile Planning Commission had 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 of the State not less than the population proportion of STs in State as per Census 2011. 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 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 NITI Aayog, Financial Advisor and representatives of the State as members/invitees.

As per Section 4(5) and Section 5 of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, the decision of the Gram Sabha is required before diversion of forest land for non- forest purposes. Also, welfare schemes are formulated based on the requirement of tribal areas and the tribal people. Government from time to time identifies the lacuna in policy and implementation and makes recommendations to correct or effectively implement the programmes to benefit the target group.

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


************

Measures to Curb Drop out Rate of St Students

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has taken various measures during last one year to address the issue of dropout. These includes, development of Bilingual Primers containing text both in regional and tribal language but in local official script through Tribal Research Institutes and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, content of the primers in the Tribal Cultural context, school vacation to be in synchronization with major tribal festivals, construction of Girls toilets: to check girl drop out; physical safety; sanitation issues, vocational training integrated with residential schools – to make education more useful for livelihood, and perceived as relevant and valuable and residential schools (200-300 students capacity) in block headquarters for quality education and physical safety including in LWE affected areas.

Various other steps such as, promotion of kitchen, garden and sports, traditional food (minor millet) in school meals, school management to engage teachers to overcome shortage, 100% screening of children for Sickle Cell Anaemia/Trait, 100% physical enrolment of children, habit of hygiene and sanitation, use of recyclable material amongst school children, reduction in generation of garbage and engagement of trained lady health workers as Warden/Asstt. Wardens in girls’ hostels have also been taken up by the Ministry.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is providing Pre-Matric and Post Matric Scholarships to ST students who are studying in Classes IX to XII. Besides this, other facilities like Hostels for ST Boys & Girls, Residential Schools &Upgradation of Merit for the students studying in Classes IX to XII are provided to encourage the ST students to complete their studies.

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


***********

Eklavya Model Residential Schools For Sts


             Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) with the capacity of 480 students in each school are set up in the States/ UTs under the programme under Article 275(1) of the Constitution of India on the pattern of Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalayas (RPVVs) of Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and the Kendriya Vidyalayas. Ministry of Tribal Affairs grants approval for these schools. The setup of EMRS requires a minimum of 15 acres of land and it is mandated to have better infrastructure facilities catering to the need of academic education as well as extracurricular activities, which includes, apart from school buildings and hostels, a playground, students computer lab, teacher resource room etc.  Besides, residential Ashram schools are also set up under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Establishment of Ashram Schools in Tribal Sub Plan Areas’. The objective of these interventions is to provide quality middle and high level education to Scheduled Tribe (ST) students in remote areas, not only to enable them to avail of reservation in high and professional educational courses and get jobs in government and public and private sectors, but also to have access to the best opportunities in education at par with the non ST population.  A total of 197 EMRSs and 892 Ashram Schools have been sanctioned by the Ministry across the country so far.

            During the current year 2014-15, a total of 44 residential schools have been sanctioned so far as per detail given below:

S No
State
No. of Schools sanctioned during 2014-15
Fund Sanctioned
(Rs. in Crore)
1.
Andhra Pradesh
10
120.00
2.
Assam
1
16.00
3.
Bihar
7
15.00
4.
Jharkhand
11
46.00
5.
Karnataka
7
10.00
6.
Madhya Pradesh
3
36.00
7.
Maharashtra
3
20.00
8.
Telangana
1
12.00
9.
Tamil Nadu
1
2.00
Total
44
277.00

 Overall management and monitoring of these schools are under the purview of State Government. However, these schools are visited by the Officers of Ministry of Tribal Affairs on regular basis and instructions/ suggestions are issued from time to time for maintaining quality services and facilities.

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

***********

Primitive Tribal Groups

Seventy five communities have been identified as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) {earlier called as Primitive Tribal Groups (PTGs)}.

Apart from the schemes being implemented by various Ministries/ Departments and State Governments concerned, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is implementing a 100% Central Sector Scheme viz. “Development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs)” exclusively for PVTGs. The scheme aims at the socio-economic development of PVTGs in a holistic manner by adopting habitat development approach and intervening in all spheres of their social and economic life, so that the quality of life of PVTGs is improved and a visible impact is made. The funds under this scheme are made available to the States/UTs having PVTG population in accordance with the Conservation cum Development (CCD) plan approved by an Expert Committee in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

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

************

Vocational Education to Tribals

The main aim of the scheme of vocation training in tribal areas is to develop the skills of the ST youth for a variety of jobs as well as self-employment and to improve their socio-economic condition by enhancing their income. The scheme covers all the States and UTs and 100% grants are provided to States, UTs and other associations implementing the scheme. Free vocational training facilities are extended to ST youth. In addition, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs under its Special Area Programme of Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Plan (SCA to TSP) and other Central Sector / Centrally Sponsored schemes provides funds as an additive to the State Plan for economic development of tribals in the States covering skill development and employment-cum-income generation activities.

During the current financial year, the Ministry has impressed upon the State Governments for promotion of need based integrated livelihood initiatives and skill upgradation of tribals to get them respectable jobs such as, diversified crops, horticulture, dairy development with State cooperative, backyard poultry, fisheries, apiculture, sericulture etc. with proper market linkages, financing under line department schemes like milk cooperatives, marketable traditional skills like paintings, handlooms, handicrafts, artisans, skilled employment and other arts & crafts, entrepreneurship, modern skills: solar cell assembly and electrician, mobile phone repair etc. with appropriate placements, eco tourism in Tribal areas, skills for women: Computer training hospitality, paramedics, ayurvedic and tribal medicines & medical practices etc. It is advocated to expend 50% of the allocated funds to the State Governments for female beneficiaries.

In addition, National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, promotes entrepreneurial development amongst Scheduled Tribes. This Corporation provides concessional financial assistance to individuals or groups of STs for undertaking self-employment income generation activities through its channelizing agencies. Further, Tribal Co -Operative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) imparts skill development and capacity building training to tribal Minor Forest Produce (MFP) gatherers and tribal artisans.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is implementing the following scholarship schemes for the professional education of Scheduled Tribe students and facilitating them to get employed:

The Post Matric Scholarship Scheme: This scheme is open to all ST students and is given to enable them to pursue higher studies at Post Matriculation level including technical and professional studies. This Scheme covers all ST students whose parents annual income is below Rs. 2,50,000/-. Compulsory fees charged by the educational institutions are reimbursed and scholarship amount of Rs. 230 per month to Rs. 1200 per month are given depending on the courses of study.

Upgradation of Merit: Through this scheme, remedial and special coaching is provided to ST students in Classes IX to XII. Special coaching is also provided to ST students with a view to prepare them for competitive examinations for seeking entry into professional courses like engineering, medicines etc.

National Overseas Scholarship Scheme for higher studies abroad: This scheme provides financial assistance to selected students to pursue Post Graduation, PhD and Post Doctoral study abroad. There are 17 awards for scheduled tribe students and 3 awards for students belonging to Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups. The selected students are given tuition and other educational fees charged by the foreign universities, maintenance and other grants along with travel expenses. This fellowship is given to the students whose total annual income along with the income of the parents doesn’t exceed Rs. 6 Lacs.

Scheme of Top Class Education for ST students: This scholarship is given to ST students for pursuing studies at degree at Post Graduate level in any of the 213 identified institutions of excellence such as IITs, NIITs, IIMs etc. scholarships are given every year to meritorious students whose family income doesn’t exceed Rs. 4.5 Lacs per year. Scholarship amount includes tuition fees, living expenses and allowances for books and computer etc.

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

*********

Scheme of Ashram Vidyalayas

The objective of the scheme of Ashram Schools in Tribal Sub-Plan Area is to provide residential schools for STs in an environment conducive to learning to increase the literacy rate among the tribal students and to bring them at par with other population of the country. The scheme has been revised with effect from the financial year 2008-09. Under the revised scheme, State Governments are eligible for 100% central share for construction of all Girls’ Ashram Schools and also for construction of Boys’ Ashram Schools in naxal affected areas (identified by Ministry of Home Affairs from time to time). The funding pattern for the other Boys’ Ashram Schools is on 50:50 basis, while cent percent assistance is given to UTs for construction of both Girls and Boys’ Ashram Schools. The scheme covers primary, middle, secondary and senior secondary level of education.

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

***********

Smart Cities, New Urban Development Mission to be launched next month

Shri Venkaiah Naidu calls for green construction amidst fast urbanization

Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today said that the two new major initiatives in the urban sector viz., development of Smart Cities and the New Urban Development Mission for 500 cities will take off next month. He said so while speaking at a Symposium on Smart Cities here today.

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu informed that the necessary approvals for these two new schemes would be obtained at the earliest so that they can take off the ground next month. He said that Smart Cities being a transformative new initiatives required extensive consultations with all the stakeholders including the states, urban local bodies, related central ministries, real estate developers and experts including architects, designers, urban planners etc. the Minister informed that four rounds of consultations were held with the states to sensitize them to the challenges of making the cities smart and urban governance reforms to be implemented.

Basic urban services and amenities will be provided under the New Urban Development Mission for 500 cities while projects of wider impact based on area development would be taken up under Smart Cities scheme.

The Urban Development Minister while elaborating on the Government’s vision of urban development said that the Government is committed to enable sustainable and inclusive urban development to promote societal progress and economic opportunities for all.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu has expressed concern over the unsustainable urban practices in the country. He said the urban sector initiatives are intended to promote efficient use of urban land, water and electricity to ensure that urbanization does not benefit the rich alone.

The Minister noted that architects have an important role to play in promoting sustainable urbanization through effective planning of physical spaces that promote living in harmony with the nature. Referring to the limited incentivisation of green construction, Shri Naidu noted that it was time to consider if green planning could be enforced through mandatory regulation.

The Symposium was organized by the Council of Architecture, the Indian Institute of Architects in association with FICCI and CREDAI.


************

Upper Yamuna River Board to Meet on 20th of this month to Discuss Yamuna Water Issue

Union Minister for water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has said that a meeting of Upper Yamuna River Board has been called on 20th of this month to amicably sort out various issue related to Yamuna water amongst the States of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi. Addressing a group of Yamuna Muktikaran Padyatrees near Palwal in Haryana today the Minister said her Ministry is committed to the clean and continuous flow of Yamuna river as in the case of river Ganga. She said the report of the IIT consortium is also expected very soon which is likely to discuss the issue of Yamuna pollution also in detail.

The Minister said that Ganga Rejuvenation programmer could not be successful without cleaning of river Yamuna. She said Yamuna need to be freed of pollution including industrial waste and urban sewage. Sushri Bharti also urged the Padyatrees to make a significant contribution towards the task of cleaning river Yamuna. She said the Government has plans to rejuvenate Yamuna along with Ganga as the country will prosper only when the two are made pollution free. She said it is the duty of every citizen to ensure that rivers are kept clean and pollution free.

It may be recalled that Government of India has sanctioned Yamuna Action Plant (YAP)-I and YAP-II schemes for river Yamuna in Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and YAP-III in Delhi under financial assistance from Japan International Coorperation Agency (JICA) for taking up works for sewerage/interception and diversion of drains, Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), low cost sanitation/community toilet complexes, electric/ improved wood crematoria, etc. An expenditure of Rs. 1514.42 crore (including state share) has been incurred on YAP-I and YAP-II while YAP-III has been sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs. 1656.00 crore.

Government of India has also sanctioned two projects for Rs. 217.87 crore for pollution abatement of river Yamuna in towns of Sonepat and Panipat in Haryana. In addition, under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project of Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), DJB is implementing an interceptor sewer project costing Rs. 1357.71 crore to intercept sewage flowing into river Yamuna from three major drains, namely Najafgarh, Supplementary and Shahdara in Delhi. The timeframe for completion of YAP-III scheme, being funded by JICA for Delhi, is December, 2018 and for interceptor sewer project is June, 2015.

Wi-Fi Facility at Seven Railway Stations Wi-Fi Facility at Seven Railway Stations Reviewed by Ajit Kumar on 9:23 PM Rating: 5

No comments:

Powered by Blogger.