Dr Jitendra Singh arranges free Insulin for earthquake hit Nepal



Dr Jitendra Singh arranges free Insulin for earthquake hit Nepal

As a part of a personal initiative on his behalf, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also a nationally renowned Diabetologist, today arranged to send a consignment of free Insulin worth Rs.1 crore consisting of 75,000 vials for persons suffering from Diabetes in the earthquake hit Nepal.


Disclosing this, Dr Jitendra Singh said, a small country like Nepal has a diabetic population of over 7 lakh people and the Insulin consignment that is being sent consists of different forms of Insulin...long-acting, short-acting and the mixed forms. The arrangement has been made with the cooperation of a leading Insulin manufacturing House and would be a great boon particularly to those of the Diabetics who are either Insulin dependent or Insulin requiring, especially in a situation where the rescue operation gets delayed and a diabetic person inadvertently places himself at risk of life for want of Insulin, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that Diabetologist fraternity of the two countries of India and Nepal has always worked in close coordination both in academics as well as in providing diabetic care. He has himself been a part of a number of Diabetes education programmes and camps held in Nepal over the last several years. And therefore, it is a responsibility and obligation of Diabetologists like him and others to rise to the occasion and come to the assistance of both the diabetic fraternity as well as diabetic patients in the country, he said.

Elaborating further, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the first consignment of 75,000 vials itself will weigh about 4 tons and may have to be sent in parts but the arrangements are being made to ensure that the first part of the consignment is dispatched by afternoon today. If required, he added, more of Insulin and other life saving drugs would also be arranged from voluntary sources and dispatched to Nepal. He appealed to medical fraternity as well as all those associated with healthcare to come forward and contribute in the large scale initiative undertaken by the Government of India under the direct supervision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

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DBT Secretary Inducted into the US National Academy of Sciences

Secretary, Department of Biotechnology Professor K Vijay Raghavan, was formally inducted as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) at a ceremony at Washington on Saturday. He had been elected as a foreign associate of NAS last year for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

NAs membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honours that a scientist can receive. The NAS membership totals approximately 2,250 members and nearly 440 foreign associates, of whom approximately 200 have received Nobel prizes.

Professor Vijay Raghavan who was appointed as the Secretary, DBT, Government of India in January 2013, had been the director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences before that. He is a fellow of The Indian Science Academies, an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was awarded the ‘Padma-Shri’ in 2013, by the Government of India. He is AJC. Bose Fellow of the Department of Science and Technology. He gave the J.C. Bose Memorial Lecture at the Royal Society in 2010. He was awarded the inaugural Infosys Prize in Life Sciences 2009, The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in 1998.

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Drug Menace Among Youth


The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment had requested National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) to conduct a nationwide survey on extent, pattern and trend of alcohol and drug abuse. Accordingly, the NSSO has conducted pilot survey in cities of Mumbai, Amritsar and Imphal in March-April 2010. On examination of the report of the Pilot Survey, certain issues relating to under estimates, non-coverage of certain age group etc. were raised and a more comprehensive and extended pilot survey was suggested. A Working Group was constituted by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme implementation, with NSSO as nodal organization to devise the modalities of advanced pilot survey in the State of Punjab and Manipur. The report of the Working Group has been received recently.

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is implementing a “Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse and for Social Defence Services”. The Scheme has provision of financial assistance to Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Panchayati Raj Institutions, Urban Local Bodies etc. for, inter-alia, running and maintenance of integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCAs) and to provide composite/integrated services for the rehabilitation of the addicts. The Government of Punjab has approached this Ministry for financial assistance for running and maintenance of de-addiction centres that have been set up by them.

The details of the State/UT-wise funds released to the NGOs under the above-said Scheme during the last three financial years i.e. from 2012-13 to 2014-15 is enclosed as Annexure.

State  wise  release  of  funds  during  last  three  years  under the Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse.




The cost norms of the Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse have been revised w.e.f. 1.1.2015 and the enhancement under different components ranges between 80 and 100 percent. The cost norms generally cover honorarium to the staff, room rent, cost of medicine, food etc. for running of integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Fake Certificates

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) has informed that information about appointments secured on the basis fake/false caste certificates is not centrally maintained.

However, the Central Government had undertaken a onetime exercise to collect information about appointments secured on the basis of fake/false caste certificates in the year 2010. As per information received from various Ministries/Departments etc. 1832 appointments were allegedly secured on the basis of fake/false caste certificates. Disciplinary proceedings had been instituted in all the cases. It was reported that out of the above 1832 cases, 276 had resulted in suspension/removal etc., whereas 521 cases were entangled into litigations and in remaining 1035 cases disciplinary proceedings were pending.

The Government instructions provide that an appointing authority should verify a caste status of SC/ST candidates at the time of initial appointment as well as at the time of promotion.

Chief Secretaries of States/ Union Territories have been requested to issue instructions to the district magistrates/district collectors/ deputy commissioners of the districts to the effect that when asked to verify the veracity etc. of caste certificates, they should ensure at their own level that veracity of the caste/community certificate referred to the district authorities is verified and reported to the appointing authority within one month of receipt of request from such authority. In order to rule out collusion between candidates holding false/forged certificates and employees at the district level or sub-district level, disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against the officers who default in timely verification of caste status in such cases or issue false caste certificates.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Inclusive Growth for SC


A high level Coordination Committee under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary to Prime Minister was constituted in October 2006, to carry forward the dialogue with the Industry on Affirmative Action, including reservation in Private Sector. The Coordination Committee is serviced by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. The Coordination Committee has been holding meetings with the apex Chambers from time to time.   The Industry Associations viz. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have developed their respective Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for member companies wherein stress has been laid on equal opportunities in employment for all sections of society, removing bias in employment to disadvantaged sections of society, increasing employability of socially disadvantaged sections through skill upgradation, continuous training and providing scholarships. A brief summary of updated actions taken on Affirmative Action in the Private Sector in respect of three Industry Associations as provided by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is as follows:

i)          Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

a) Affirmative Action Council (AAC) has been formed. The AAC has identified 4 areas of Affirmative-work, Employability, Entrepreneurship, Education and Employment.

(b) Affirmative Fund has been set up.

c)         234729 candidates from Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) community have been trained in various vocational skills.

d)         109373 Scholarships have been provided to SC/ ST students.

e)         103 Entrepreneurship development training programmes have been held.

f)         Mid day meal programmes have been started in backward districts in all four zones of the country.

g)         395 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) have been adopted for upgradation.

h)         921 companies have adopted Voluntary Code of Conduct.



ii)         Federation of Indian Chamber of  Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

a)                  179810 candidates from SC/ST community have been trained in various vocational skills.

b)                  2036 Scholarships have been provided to SC/ ST students.

c)                  5176  Entrepreneurship development training programmes have been held.

d)                 23030 SC/ST students have been provided free education.

e)                  478 companies have adopted Voluntary Code of Conduct.

iii)        Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)

a)                  1028 companies have adopted Voluntary Code of Conduct.

b)                  161  ITIs have been upgraded.

c)                  3659 SC/ST students have been imparted Skill Upgradation and Entrepreneurship Development trainings.

d)                 3318 scholarships provided to SC/ST students for studying in premier institutions like IITs/ IIMs.

e)                  35009 candidates have been trained under Skill Development programmes.



This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Pending Cases of National Commission for Scheduled Castes

During 2014 & 2015, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) received 29034 cases. Out of these, 7152 cases have been disposed off and 21882 cases are still pending as on 01.03.2015.

The disposal of these cases depends on the nature and gravity of complaints and also on the response of public authorities who are entrusted with ensuring that the rights as guaranteed in the Constitution of India regarding Scheduled Castes are safeguarded. Tardy or no response from the concerned public authorities leads to pendency.

As per mandate of the Commission under Article 338(8) of the Constitution, though the Commission has all the powers of Civil Courts trying a suit like a Civil Court, yet the Commission has only recommendatory function, which the Public authorities may choose not to implement, which is another reason for the pendency.

Steps being taken by NCSC to clear the pendency are as under:-

Holding of meetings in Divisional headquarters in the States to review the action taken by the authorities in the districts concerned and on the spot recommendation and disposal of the cases;

Review of the cases pending for more than one year and strict monitoring and follow up of such cases; and

Increasing the number and frequency of the hearings held by Hon’ble Members(NCSC) in charge of the States.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Income Limit for OBC

The Supreme Court in its Judgement in the Indra Sawhney case, inter-alia, directed for exclusion of the socially advanced persons/sections form the benefit of reservation for Other Backward Classes. These advance persons/sections are called the “Creamy Layer”. The Government of India vide its OM dated 8.9.1993 has inter-alia categorised 5 categories of persons for the “Cream Layer”. The present income limit at present under the income criteria of parents of OBC candidates for entry in Government services is Rs. 6 lakh per annum.

The annual income limit of parents of the students for availing scholarship under Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students is Rs.44,500/- and for Post Matric Scholarship for OBC students is Rs.1.00 lakh.

For the Scheme run by Ministry of Human Resources Development, the parental income limit under the Central sector scheme of scholarship for college and university students and Special Scholarship scheme for Jammu & Kashmir is Rs. 6 lakhs per annum.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Begging Among Children


The Office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India, has informed that according to the Census 2011, the population of Beggars, Vagrants etc in the age group of 0-14 years is as follows:

Beggars, Vagrants etc in the age-group 0-14 year (Non- workers)
372217
Beggars, Vagrants etc in the age-group 5-14 year (Marginal Workers)
41453

Beggars, Vagrants etc. in the age –group 0-14 years as per Census 2011

ST. Code
India/State/UT

Non Workers
Beggars, Vagrants etc.
Persons
Males
Females.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

India
372217
197725
174492
1
Jammu & Kashmir
3693
2235
1458
2
Himanchal Pradesh
709
451
258
3
Punjab
7224
4706
2518
4
Chandigarh
114
83
31
5
Uttrakhand
3075
2219
856
6
Haryana
7971
5931
2040
7
NCT OF Delhi
2073
1271
802
8
Rajasthan
22548
13307
9241
9
Uttar Pradesh
57038
35945
21093
10
Bihar
25857
12583
13274
11
Sikkim
60
39
21
12
Arunanchal Pradesh
92
47
45
13
Nagaland
98
51
47
14
Manipur
239
108
131
15
Mizoram
44
30
14
16
Tripura
1358
557
801
17
Meghalaya
328
137
191
18
Assam
20314
6603
13711
19
West Bengal
75083
30455
44628
20
Jharkhand
9817
4913
4904
21
Odisha
16674
9218
7456
22
Chhattisgarh
9355
4548
4807
23
Madhya Pradesh
25603
15542
10061
24
Gujarat
12584
8035
4549
25
Daman & Diu
19
12
7
26
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
18
6
12
27
Maharashtra
22737
13048
9689
28
Andhra Pradesh
26478
14190
12288
29
Karnataka
10682
5603
5079
30
Goa
229
121
108
31
Lakshadweep
2
0
2
32
Kerala
3715
2200
1515
33
Tamil Nadu
6249
3471
2778
34
Puducherry
88
45
43
35
A & N Islands
49
15
34

Note: A person who has not worked at all during the last one year is termed as Non worker. Please note that major part of the year spent by a non worker during the reference period is categorized as beggar, vagrants etc. on the basis of their non economic activity.
Beggars, Vagrants etc. in the age –group 5-14 years as per Census 2011

ST. Code
India/State/UT

Marginal Workers
Beggars, Vagrants etc.
Persons
Males
Females.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

India
41453
23948
17505
1
Jammu & Kashmir
441
315
126
2
Himanchal Pradesh
100
53
47
3
Punjab
715
491
224
4
Chandigarh
7
4
3
5
Uttrakhand
245
155
90
6
Haryana
711
573
138
7
NCT of Delhi
114
72
42
8
Rajasthan
3305
1964
1341
9
Uttar Pradesh
8797
5914
2883
10
Bihar
3866
2259
1607
11
Sikkim
8
7
1
12
Arunanchal Pradesh
22
12
10
13
Nagaland
26
14
12
14
Manipur
24
9
15
15
Mizoram
9
3
6
16
Tripura
132
50
82
17
Meghalaya
68
35
33
18
Assam
1802
666
1136
19
West Bengal
6161
2631
3530
20
Jharkhand
1002
609
393
21
Odisha
1291
763
528
22
Chhattisgarh
843
447
396
23
Madhya Pradesh
3092
1964
1128
24
Gujarat
861
514
347
25
Daman & Diu
3
3
0
26
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
1
1
0
27
Maharashtra
1570
972
598
28
Andhra Pradesh
3740
2074
1666
29
Karnataka
1588
833
755
30
Goa
18
10
8
31
Lakshadweep
0
0
0
32
Kerala
308
197
111
33
Tamil Nadu
565
318
247
34
Puducherry
11
9
2
35
A & N Islands
7
7
0
Note: A person who has worked for less than 6 months during the last one year is termed as Marginal worker. Please note that major part of the year spent by a marginal worker during the reference period is categorized as beggar, vagrants etc. on the basis of their non economic activity.
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights under the Ministry of Women & Child Development has informed that the said practice is a violation of the Child Rights Act. The children who are engaged in begging activities are treated as children in need of care and protection under the provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and the District Child Welfare Committee deals with such cases and rehabilitates them through "Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS)" being implemented by M/o Women and Child Development. The sub-section (1) of Section 24 of the JJ Act, 2000, provides that whoever employs or uses any juvenile or the child for the purpose or causes any juvenile to beg shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine. Further, sub-section (2) provides that whoever having the actual charge of, or control over a juvenile or the child abets the commission of the offence punishable under the sub-section (1), shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year and shall also be liable to fine.

Further, Ministry of Human Resource Development has informed that the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 provides for free and compulsory elementary education to all children in age group of 6 to 14 years. The RTE Act places the responsibility on the appropriate government and the local authority to provide free elementary education and ensure compulsory admission, attendance and completion of elementary education to every child in the age group of six to fourteen years. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) have been entrusted with the task of monitoring children’s right to education under Section 31 of the RTE Act, 2009.  The State Governments have set up State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCRs)/Right to Education Protection Authority (REPA) for the purpose and notified decentralized grievance redressal systems.

The States are responsible for taking necessary preventive and rehabilitative steps. As per available information, 20 States and 2 Union Territories have enacted their own anti-beggary legislation or adopted legislation enacted by other States/UTs. Presently, there is no Scheme of the Central Government on Beggary. National Consultation Meetings were held with the representatives of Central/State Governments, NGOs, Institutes and Individual Experts in the field of Beggary to discuss the issues related to Beggary. In these meetings, it was inter-alia, recommended to explore the feasibility of framing a Central Scheme for rehabilitation of Beggars. Accordingly, a Scheme for Protection, Care and Rehabilitation of Destitutes is under formulation.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Scholarship Schemes for OBC Students 

 
The Government provides financial assistance under Pre-metric scholarship schemes to the students belonging to the OBC community.

The funds allocated/released and the number of beneficiaries under the Pre-Matric Scholarship scheme to the students belonging to the OBC community during each of the last three years and the current year is:


No. of Beneficiaries : Awaited

For the current year i.e, 2015-16, Notional Allocation has not been made. For every financial year, notional allocation is made in the first quarter and thereafter funds are released.


This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Welfare of Senior Citizens


The population of senior citizens has increase from 7.7 crore (7.5%) to 10.38 crore (8.6%) during 2001-2011. As per the May 2006 Report of Technical Group on Population Projections furnished by the Office of the Registrar General of India, the projection of growth in the population of senior citizens of India up to 2026 is as given below:

(fig.in crore
Year
Senior Citizens

Projected Population (Crore)
As % of total population
2016
11.81
9.3
2021
14.32
10.7
2026
17.32
12.4

However, the Government has enacted the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 which inter-alia makes maintenance of parents/senior citizens by their children/relatives obligatory and justiciable through Tribunals; provides for revocation of transfer of property by senior citizens in case of neglect by children/relatives; penal provisions for abandonment of senior citizens, medical facilities for senior citizens and protection of life and property of senior citizens.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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De-Addiction Programmes 

 
The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is implementing a “Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse and for Social Defence Services”. The Scheme has provision of financial assistance to Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Panchayati Raj Institutions, Urban Local Bodies etc. for, inter-alia, running and maintenance of Integrated Rehabilitated Centres for Addicts (IRCAs) an to provide composite/integrated services for the rehabilitation of the addicts. Monitoring of the implementation of the Scheme is a continuous process. The Ministry holds review meetings with the State Governments and other Stakeholders from time to time.

            Accordingly, the cost norms of the above Scheme have been revised w.e.f. 1.1.2015 and the enhancement under different components ranges between 80 and 100 percent. The cost norms generally cover honorarium to the staff, room rent, cost of medicine, food etc. for running of Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts.

The state wise number of drug de-addiction centres in the country including in the states of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan assisted during last three financial years i.e. from 2012-13 to 2014-15 under the above said Scheme and the number of beneficiaries is:

State wise number of De-addiction Centres assisted during last three years and the number of beneficiaries under the Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse.

S.No
States
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15


No of De-Addiction Centres
No. of Beneficiaries
No of De-Addiction Centres
No. of Beneficiaries
No of De-Addiction Centres
No. of Beneficiaries
  1.  
Andhra Pradesh
6
2214
17
6273
7
2583
  1.  
Bihar
4
1476
12
4428
8
2952
  1.  
Chhatisgarh
1
369
1
369
2
738
  1.  
Goa
1
369
0
0
0
0
  1.  
Gujarat
2
738
5
1845
7
2583
  1.  
Haryana
6
2214
8
2952
7
2583
  1.  
Himachal Pradesh
2
738
2
738
3
1107
  1.  
Jammu & Kashmir
0
0
0
0
1
369
  1.  
Jharkhand
1
369
1
369
1
369
  1.  
Karnataka
19
7011
14
5166
28
10332
  1.  
Kerala
11
4059
17
6273
21
7749
  1.  
Madhya Pradesh
8
2952
11
4059
13
4797
  1.  
Maharashtra
29
10701
47
17343
43
15867
  1.  
Orissa
13
4797
29
10701
26
9594
  1.  
Punjab
9
3321
4
1476
8
2952
  1.  
Rajasthan
10
3690
16
5904
9
3321
  1.  
Tamil Nadu
14
5166
12
4428
24
8856
  1.  
Telengana
0
0
0
0
5
1845
  1.  
Uttar Pradesh
21
7749
19
7011
20
7380
  1.  
Uttarakhand
2
738
3
1107
2
738
  1.  
West Bengal
3
1107
11
4059
10
3690
  1.  
A&N Islands
0
0
0
0
0
0
  1.  
Chandigarh
0
0
0
0
0
0
  1.  
D&N Haveli
0
0
0
0
0
0
  1.  
Delhi
5
1845
6
2214
6
2214
  1.  
Daman & Diu
0
0
0
0
0
0
  1.  
Lakshadweep
0
0
0
0
0
0
  1.  
Puducherry
1
369
0
0
0
0

Total (ROC)
168
61992
235
86715
251
92619
1.
Arunachal Pradesh
0
0
1
369
0
0
2.
Assam
5
1845
7
2583
16
5904
3.
Manipur
15
5535
13
4797
17
6273
4.
Meghalaya
1
369
2
738
1
369
5.
Mizoram
9
3321
8
2952
4
1476
6.
Nagaland
5
1845
1
369
5
1845
7.
Tripura
0
0
0
0
0
0
8.
Sikkim
0
0
1
369
1
369


Total (NE)

35

12915

33

12177
44
16236

Total (ROC+NE)

203

74907

268

98892

295

108855

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Publicity on De-Addiction Centres 

 
The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment implements a “Central Sector Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse and for Social Defence Services”. The Scheme has provision of financial assistance to Non-Government Organizations, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Urban Local Bodies etc. for, inter-alia, running and maintenance of Integrated Rehabilitations Centres for Addicts (IRCAs) and to provide composite/integrated services for the rehabilitation of the addicts. The number of persons benefited during the last three years in the IRCAs supported by this Ministry is:

State wise number of De-addiction Centres assisted during last three years and the number of beneficiaries under the Scheme of Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse.



The drug de-addiction centres are set up by the State Governments/NGOs. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment provides financial assistance which covers honorarium to the staff, room rent, Cost of Medicine, food etc for running and maintenance of IRCAs to the organisations eligible under the Schemes.

A National toll free helpline (1800110031) has been launched in the Ministry for victims of alcohol and drug abuse which, inter-alia, provides information about the location of the IRCAs. Further, names and addresses of IRCAs assisted under this Scheme are also available in the Annual Report of the Ministry which is uploaded on Ministry’s website i.e. www.socialjustice.nic.in

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Market Conference for Manufacturers and Technology Providers for Waste Water Treatment Plants Held 

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has emphasized on sustainable partnership initiative for achieving a long-lasting solution to the challenging task of cleaning River Ganga. Addressing the market Conference for manufacturers and Technology providers for Waste Water Treatment Plants held here today she said “with the sustained efforts and inclusive partnership, we can achieve the ambitious task of Ganga Rejuvenation and set an example for other Rivers in the country and abroad”. She highlighted the importance of having efficient innovative technologies for managing the municipal sewage, industrial effluents, river surface pollution and other forms of pollution. 

Shri TVSN Prasad, Mission Director, National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) in his address announced a ‘Pilot Facilitation Initiative’ for no cost/no commitment where firms can come forward to support the Ganga rejuvenation mission through incubating a pilot and NMCG can provide local facilitation. Mission Director emphasised that NMCG is open to all forms of innovative and best technologies and mentioned that competitive bidding process will be followed to bring a proven technology on commercial basis. He also suggested a follow-up conferences that can be conducted every three months to ensure transparency in the system and enable a continuous information exchange on technology innovations. 

NMCG, the project implementation wing of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) under the aegis of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, organised the day long market Conference for National and International Manufacturers/Technology providers/Service providers/ Infrastructure providers for installing/operating of Municipal Sewage Treatment Plants / Industrial Effluent Treatment Plants /Common Wastewater Treatment Plants on a turnkey/ Design-Build-Operate and Transfer (DBOT) basis. About 300 delegates representing various technologies from various parts of the world took part. 

The objective of the conference was to interact with service providers/manufacturers representing conventional waste water treatment technologies as well as various innovative technologies such as multi-storied, cascade, modular, pre-fabricated, compact and decentralized waste water treatment plants. The workshop also intended to have fruitful interaction for pilots /demonstration projects, benchmarking of cost (both capital & O & M) and possibility of taking up such projects in SPV/ PPP mode and under CSR activities. 

The conference was interactive in nature where firms were encouraged to discuss on the experience and available technologies for reuse and recycling of wastewater, bioremediation technologies, use of digestive sludge as a manure , PPP model, River Surface Cleaning Machines, Aerators, etc. 

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The Consultative Committee of WCD Ministry holds meeting on ‘Skill Training for Women” 

Need to identify and encourage good and genuine NGOs working in the field of women empowerment for support by the government : Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi 

The Meeting of Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to the Ministry of Women and Child Development was held under the chairpersonship of the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in New Delhi today. The issue before the committee was “Skill Training for Women”. Various aspects related to skill development, employment generation and empowerment of women were discussed during the meeting. 

Addressing the Members of the Committee, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that skill development plays an important role in enhancing economic opportunities for women, leading to their empowerment. 

The Minister asked the Members of Parliament to identify, and suggest names of genuine NGOs doing good work on the ground and Government should assist them in their task of skill development of women. “We will try our best to ensure India’s money goes to the best”, she added. 

She also said that the training should not only be restricted to the few areas like sewing, stitching and embroidery but should also include various diverse activities like making food items, rope making and knitting which are in demand and can generate easy economic opportunities for women. 

The Minister said that the NGOs and other organisations applying for these schemes should be checked for duplication since sometimes various Ministries end up funding NGOs for the similar purpose. She said that the STEP Scheme will be restarted later this year and the proposals of projects will be uploaded on internet and if the proposals are rejected, the reasons thereof will also be shown. 

During the meeting, the MPs also raised their concerns regarding the lack of awareness among the rural women regarding their rights, legal aspects, marketing, and selling of products etc. Responding to these issues , the Minister said that the awareness can be spread among women through specific content driven programmes on the radio.The content can be translated into various languages as per requirement, she added. 

Introducing the skill development programmes of the Ministry; Secretary, Sh Vinay Sheel Oberoi said that the Ministry has two major schemes in this area ie Support to Training and Employment Programme (STEP) and Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK). 

Explaining the schemes to the members, Shri I. S. Chahal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development said that STEP guidelines were revised in December, 2014 to make the scheme for effective. Till date, 341 projects have been sanctioned under the scheme. The total funds released are Rs. 354.47 crores and a total of 9,19,019 beneficiaries have benefited from the programme since its inception.. 

Training in various sectors like handicrafts, hospitality, agriculture etc is provided under the Scheme. Earlier, the proposals needed to be routed through the states but under revised guidelines, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has started the process of receiving the proposals directly. In 2014-15, there were 30953 beneficiaries under the scheme in various activities including computer education, beauticulture, tailoring and selling items. 

Under RMK, 7.35 lakh women have been empowered through 1510 NGOs, with 66000 beneficiaries trained over last 5 years. Under this scheme, women are trained for employability. NGOs are trained by NIPCCD for further training self –help groups and beneficiaries . 

Secretary, WCD Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi and other senior officials of the Ministry were also present during the meeting. 

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