Affordable Power for all by 2019

Shri Piyush Goyal : Affordable Power for all by 2019

Conference of Power, Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers of States and UTs Begins at Guwahati

New Delhi: For the first time in the North Eastern region of India, especially in Assam, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India is organizing a 2-day conference of Power, Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers of States and UTs. The Conference took off today at The Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati, which was inaugurated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & NRE.

In his inaugural address, Shri Piyush Goyal said, “The Government is committed to provide affordable, 24 x 7 power to all households by 2019. An efficient, resilient and financially healthy power sector is essential for growth and poverty reduction. The availability of quality, reliable and affordable power helps in the rapid socio-economic growth of the country especially the backward region”. Shri Goyal said that, the Government has launched Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) with the objective of separating agriculture and non agriculture feeders to facilitate Discoms in the judicious rostering of supply to agricultural and non-agricultural consumers, strengthening and augmentation of sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure including metering in Rural areas and rural electrification including micro grid and off grid distribution network. The scheme is an improvement over the previous programmes as it provides cafeteria approach to the States in prioritizing their needs rather than a straight jacketed approach of ‘One Size Fits All’.

Shri Goyal said, “All states should sort out the procurement to generate more power. It will give all the States employment opportunities as well as power. We have specially taken a big CSR initiative as we are going to establish 5 cancer hospitals in coal mining areas in the country.”

The Minister expressed great satisfaction that during 2014-15 against the target of 20882 ckm of transmission lines and 47871MVA of transmission capacity have been 22100ckm & 65554 MVA respectively, which is the highest achievement ever in a year. Emphasizing on the efficient use of energy, Shri Goyal said that Domestic lighting & Street Lighting system is already progressing towards efficiency through utmost use of LED lights.

Shri Goyal said that his Ministry has recently concluded e-auction of 29 coal mines in 2 phases. The total proceeds from the coal mines auction cave crossed Rs. 1.93 lac crore surpassing CAG estimate of Rs. 1.86 lac crore losses on account of allocation of 206 captive coal blocks without auction since 1993. On major initiatives and achievements, the Minister said there is huge increase in thermal based electricity, doubling the coal production to 100 crore tons by 2020, more than One Lac Twenty Five Thousand (1,25,000) toilets for schools will be constructed as part of Swach Bharat Abhiyan, the Minister said.

Shri Piyush Goyal said, “The Government has embarked on Rs. 10,000 crore project, to serve all North Eastern Region.” On Subansiri Project, he hoped that “A consensus would emerge among stakeholders for speedy implementation as this would expand opportunities to all especially irrigation, job creation, and affordable power to all. Accept it as a shared responsibility.” The Minister said this conference is a demonstration of true co-operative federalism.

The two day conference is being attended by Power, Renewable Energy & Mines Ministers from 23 States and UTs.

Earlier the three secretaries of Ministries, Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy gave powerpoint presentation on their respective Ministries.


In An Unique Gesture, Indian Railways Makes All Out Efforts in Helping 940 Yemen Evacuees to Reach Their Respective Destinations

As directed by the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Indian Railways is making all possible efforts to facilitate the Yemen Evacuees to reach their respective destinations in India. In all 940 persons were accommodated in the trains from 2.4.2015 to 8.4.2015. On 8.4.2015, a total of 435 persons were facilitated to go for their destination. Shri Sunil Kumar Sood, General Manager, Central & Western Railway personally received the Yemen Evacuees at the Mumbai International Airport.

The Yemen evacuees who arrived at Mumbai International Airport were guided to the felicitation and ticketing counter opened specially for them at the Airport and their tickets were borne and confirmed by Central Railway as per their destination like Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Kanpur, Patna, Brahmapur, Varanasi, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Ernakulam, Nagpur, Sainagar Shirdi, Thiruvananthapuram, Muzaffarpur, Chhapra, Madurai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kanyakumari, etc. Shri Sunil Kumar Sood, General Manager, Central & Western Railway received the Yemen Evacuees at the Mumbai International Airport in the wee hours of 2nd & 4th April 2015. Later they were shifted to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai in buses. At the railway stations they were settled in waiting rooms and provided with breakfast and water.

Later they were shifted to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (76 persons) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai (35 persons) in buses for boarding the trains in the morning of 4.4.2015. As a kind gesture, Central Railway presented “Trains at a glance” to them as a souvenir.

In the wee hours of 2.4.2015, Central and Western Railway received the Yemen Evacuees at the Mumbai International Airport. Total 75 persons were accommodated in trains after they were guided to the felicitation and ticketing counter opened specially for them at the Airport and their tickets were confirmed by Central & Western Railways as per their destination like Gorakhpur, Thiruvananthapuram, Muzaffarpur, Chhapra, Madurai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kanyakumari, etc. Later they were shifted to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai in buses. At the railway stations they were settled in waiting rooms and provided with breakfast and water.


Indian Railways’ Freight Loading Up By 4.18 Per Cent During Fiscal 2014-15

Indian Railways carried 1097.57 million tonnes of revenue earning freight traffic during the financial year 2014-15 i.e. from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015. The freight carried shows an increase of 44.02 million tonnes over the freight traffic of 1053.55 million tonnes actually carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 4.18 per cent.

During the month of March 2015, the revenue earning freight traffic carried by Indian Railways was 101.57 million tonnes. There is an increase of 1.08 million tonnes over the actual freight traffic of 100.49 million tonnes carried by the Indian Railways during the same month last year, showing an increase of 1.07 per cent.


Bill for Declaration of 101 Waterways as National Waterways to be Introduced in Parliament

Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari said that a bill for declaration of 101 waterways as National Waterways would be introduced in the current Session of the Parliament. He was speaking at the meeting of Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Shipping here today. He also said that development of waterways found feasible for navigation would commence from 2016-17. He added that multimodal hubs, as proposed at Varanasi and Sahibganj, would give boost to industry, employment generation and GDP growth. He also said that there is a proposal to establish a multimodal grid with road and, wherever possible, rail and port connectivity with river terminals on the existing National Waterways and Barak river. Government has already approved the Jal Marg Vikas (NW-I) which is a component of this grid.

Shri Nitin Gadkari also highlighted the initiatives taken by his Ministry to promote coastal shipping. The major initiatives taken in this regard include green channel clearance, priority berthing, incentivizing modal shift of cargo such as fertilizers, food, grains, marbles, tiles, sugar, edible salt and over-dimensional cargo, containerized cargo and automobiles, scheme for developing dedicated coastal berths on the ports, 70% abatement on service tax; at par with road and rail, exemption from lighthouse dues, 40% rebate on Vessel and Cargo related charges, relaxed manning and technical standards and customs and central excise duty exemption on bunker fuel.

Presenting the profile of Vision 2020 for coastal shipping in India, the Minister said that development of cruise and coastal tourism would be brought into focus. The other features of the Vision include coastal shipping as part of end-to-end logistics chain, integration of inland waterways with coastal roads and development of regional centers of coastal cargo, he added.

The Members of Parliament present on the occasion included Smt. Anupriya Patel, Shri B.K.Choudhary, Shri C.R. Chaudhary, Shri J.C.Divakar Reddy, Shri Jagdambika Pal, Dr. Kulamani Samal, Major General (Retd.) B.C.Khanduri, Shri M. Rajamohan Reddy, Shri Mohammad Salim, Smt. Neelam Sonkar, Shri P.C.Gaddigoudar, Shri S.P. Muddanumegowda, Shri Sisir Kumar Adhikari, Shri S.C.Barne and Dr. Chandan Mitra.

National Workshop to strengthen Make in India in Textiles
The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India is organizing a two-day National Workshop on the textile parks sanctioned under the Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP), in Surat on April 9 & 10, 2015.

The Workshop is being organized in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of
 ‘Make in India’.

SITP is one of the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Textiles. The workshop seeks to make the SITP scheme more effective, by:

Ø  Identifying and sharing best practices in implementation of SITP
Ø  Identifying areas of improvement and discussing strategy to incorporate such improvements in design and implementation of the scheme
Ø  Providing  opportunity to  the State Governments  to understand the benefit of the scheme   in promoting textile ecosystem in their States

The workshop will also facilitate the participants to interact with local industry of Surat and visit successful textile parks.
Brief Agenda

The workshop will feature experience sharing by Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) of successful textile parks and representatives of State Governments on successful interventions by states. The participants will also deliberate on the critical success factors for SITP, such as financing of parks, State Government support, technological advancement and skill development initiatives.

The workshop will be inaugurated and presided over by Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar.

The multi-stakeholder consultation workshop will have participation of representatives of:
Ø  Central Government
Ø  State Governments
Ø  Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) of the parks approved under SITP
Ø  Banks and financial institutions
Ø  Industry Associations
Ø  Textile Research Associations
Ø  Project Management Consultants

Given its employment and export intensity, the textiles and apparel industry plays a significant role in realizing the vision of ‘Make in India’. To enable the industry to play its due role towards this, it is necessary to address some critical constraints which adversely affect the sector. Inadequate infrastructure is one such major constraint.

The Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks (SITP) of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India aims to fill this infrastructure gap. It seeks to do this by encouraging the industry to set up greenfield industrial parks with partial capital grant support from the Ministry.

Out of 70 textile parks approved under SITP, 30 parks are already functional and rest are at different stages of implementation. Despite the economic downturn of the last five years and an investment climate which has not been very conducive, SITP has facilitated significant investments from private sector in creating good quality and self-sufficient infrastructure. Once fully operational, all these parks are expected to generate employment for about 4,36,000 persons and attract investment to the tune of Rs. 30,000 crores.


Shri M.Venakaiah Naidu voices concern over long delays in safety clearences for Metro Rail projects

Shri Naidu and Shri Suresh Prabhu call for speedy clearences without compromising on safety

Independent Safety Certification agency for Metro Projects to be considered

Making functional the singly line Mandi House-ITO section to be examined

Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today expressed concern over delays in according safety clearences for Metro Rail projects resulting in non-utilisation of such projects built with substantial investments. Shri Naidu today reviewed the commissioning of some Metro projects which were completed sometime back and still not put to use for want of safety clearences. Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu, Chairman of Railway Board, Secretary(Civil Aviation), Secretary(Urban Development), Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety, CMD of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, former CMD of DMRC Shri Sridharan and concerned senior officials participated in the discussions.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu and Shri Suresh Prabhu asserted that metro rail safety can not be compromised but at the same time clearences should not be delayed. Both the ministers called for measures to ensure timely decisions.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu noted that Jaipur Railway has sought safety clearance as early as in August 2014 and is yet to be given the clearance. Similarly, Chennai Metro has sought rolling stock clearance in August, 2014 which is still due.

During the discussions it transpired that on account of rapid expansion of metro rail services in the country, there was a need for a separate Safety Certification Agency for Metro projects and the same should be examined in detail. Chairman of Railway Board stated that Railway Ministry would have no objection for creating such a mechanism. Civil Aviation Ministry, the nodal ministry for railway safety Informed that a proposal has been moved for creating two more posts of Commissioners of Metro Safety as against only one at present.

Shri Sridharan has said that there used to be no such delays in respect of Delhi Metro projects under Phases I and II and the problem has risen further to the amendments to the Metro Railways Act in 2009 resulting in too much of micro-management of safety issues causing delays. CMD of DMRC Shri Mangu Singh gave details of some such instances and stipulations in respect of metro projects which were not being applied for railway lines.

The issue of safety certification for Mandi House – ITO section of Delhi Metro has also been discussed. Commissioner of Railway Safety was of the view that single line sections can’t be made functional while DMRC took the view that there was no such restriction in the Act. In view of the differences in interpretation of the Act, Shri Venkaiah Naidu has asked Shri Sridharan to examine the relevant provisions in detail for giving an opinion for further consideration.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu has asked all the concerned to meet again shortly for firming up the measures to be taken for ensuring timely safety clearences for Metro projects.


Sports Ministry urges to examine the matter of Boxer Rishu Mittal 

Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has urged the Government of Haryana, Sports Authority of India and Boxing India to examine the matter of boxer Rishu Mittal and explore the possibilities of helping her to pursue career in boxing. 

The communication has been sent after reports recently appearing in a section of media have stated that champion Haryana boxer Rishu Mittal is working as housemaid for livelihood. 

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