Online Submission and Monitoring of Wildlife Clearance Operationalised



Online Submission and Monitoring of Wildlife Clearance Operationalised

A web-based portal named “Online Submission & Monitoring of Environmental, Forests and Wildlife Clearance” (OSMEFWC) has been made operational.  The portal is accessible at URL – http://efclearance.nic.in.  The portal is a single window interface provided to the user agencies for the submission of proposals for Environment, Forest and Wildlife Clearances and facilitates management in effective monitoring.   It automates the entire tracking of proposals, including online submission of a new proposal, editing/updating the details of proposals and displays the status of the proposals at each stage of the workflow.  The main objectives of the system include enhancing efficiency, transparency and accountability, besides education in turnaround time for activity and enhancing ease and convenience of the citizens.


The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change had initiated an online system for submission and monitoring of Environmental and Forest Clearances under the provisions of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.  This had helped in bringing more transparency and accountability.

Considering the efficiency of the system, the Ministry has now decided to widen the scope of online processing system to the wildlife clearance system as well.

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Sowing Area under Rabi Rice and Summer Crops

As per the latest reports received from States, the area under rabi rice as on today stands at 40.56 lakh hectare. Total area under rabi rice and summer crops stands at 60.66 lakh hectare.

It is reported that 1.90 lakh hectare area has been covered under summer pulses in Bihar followed by Uttar Pradesh (1.54 lakh ha), Andhra Pradesh (0.44 lakh ha), Gujarat (0.43 lakh ha), West Bengal (0.39 lakh ha), Karnataka (0.15 lakh ha), Telangana (0.13 lakh ha) and Madhya Pradesh (0.05 lakh ha). Sowing of summer oilseeds has been reported from the state of West Bengal (2.68 lakh ha), Karnataka (2.19 lakh ha), Odisha (1.31 lakh ha), Gujarat (1.18 lakh ha), Tamil Nadu (0.79 lakh ha), Maharashtra (0.53 lakh ha), Andhra Pradesh (0.34 lakh ha), Chhatisgarh (0.25 lakh ha), and Telangana (0.21 lakh ha).

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Coal Ministry Approves Transfer of Existing Coal Linkage of Panipat TPS to a New Supercritical Plant to be Set up at the Same Location

The Ministry of Coal has approved transfer of existing coal linkage of Panipat Thermal Power Station (TPS) to a new supercritical plant to be set up at the same location. The decision has been taken on the basis of recommendations of the Standing Linkage Committee (Long Term) which considered the request of the Government of Haryana.

It may be recalled that new Government after taking over in May, 2014, formulated a policy for automatic transfer of coal linkage in case of scrapping of old thermal plants and replacing them with new supercritical plants, to encourage better technology and production efficiency.

Under this dispensation, inefficient and uneconomical units 1 to 4 (each of capacity 110 MW) at Panipat TPS shall be replaced by setting up more efficient supercritical unit of 660/800 MW capacity at the available land within the same premises by way of simultaneous phasing out units 1 to 4 during the next 4 to 5 years.

Under this policy, LoA / linkage granted to the old plant shall be automatically transferred to the new plant of nearest supercritical capacity.If the capacity of the new supercritical plant is higher than the old plant, additional coal may be accorded priority subject to the availability of coal on the best effort basis from Coal India Limited (CIL).The only technical requirement is that a capacity equivalent to at least 50% of the proposed capacity of new supercritical plant has to be retired. This policy shall be applicable to pre-NCDP ( New Coal Distribution Policy) plants in public sector only, which have already been granted long term Linkages/ LoAs. Automatic transfer of LoA is permissible only when the new plant is set up within the State in which the old plant was located and the old plant is actually scrapped. Obviously, the old plant can continue to operate only till the commercial operation date (CoD) of new plant.

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India and South Korea Hold High Level Defence Talks

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar, today met Admiral Choi, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Minister Chang of the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA); National Security Advisor Kim Kwan-jin; before being received by Defence Minister Han Min-koo at a ceremonial reception at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Korea in Seoul.

In all his meetings, the Defence Minister offered sincere condolences on the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry disaster in April 2014, in which over 300 lives were lost. Minister also paid tribute to the achievements of the Korean people in building a prosperous democracy, thereby realizing the prophetic words of Gurudev Tagore that Korea would be the “shining light of the East”.

During the meeting with Admiral Choi, the two sides discussed existing bilateral defence relations. Both sides recognized that the relationship was one in which there are no obstacles to realizing the significant potential for military to military ties. In the meeting with Minister Chang at DAPA, the two sides recognized that their shared perspectives on regional and international issues created a firm foundation for cooperation in defence production, research and development. Shri Parrikar emphasized that in recognition of the importance India attaches to Korea as a partner, he had chosen to make ROK the destination for his first visit under the “Make in India” campaign. Both sides agreed to enhance their efforts to develop mutually-beneficial partnerships in defence production.

At the meeting with NSA Kim, the two leaders discussed regional and global issues of peace and security. They also discussed ways of intensifying bilateral cooperation in security and defence and considered ways to enhance these ties in a manner more commensurate with close strategic partners.

Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and Defence Minister Han focussed in particular on ways of expanding contact between the defence establishments on both sides, and ways of building deep partnerships between Indian and Korean defence industries. Later in the evening, Defence Minister Han hosted Shri Parrikar and his delegation to dinner.

Defence Minister will leave for India on April 18, after a final round of one-to-one meetings with Korean defence industries, and an informal meeting with the Indian IIT alumni association in Korea.

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 Air force shooting championship 2015-16 concludes today At air force station, rajokri

Air Force Shooting Championship 2015-16 was conducted from 13 Apr 15 to 17 Apr 15 at Air Force Station Rajokri. Personnel including 09 Officers from seven different commands of Air Force, have participated in the championship with great enthusiasm & sportsmanship. On the occasion of closing ceremony, Chief Guest Air Commodore NS Vaidya VSM, Command Personnel Staff officer (CPSO), HQ Western Air Command (WAC), awarded medals and certificates to the individuals as well as to the teams in respective weapon categories. Corporal Sachin Singh of Eastern Air Command achieved highest score of 289 points out of 300 through record breaking performance. The championship was conducted with different categories of small arms. The position of the overall championship trophy was determined by the total points achieved by the teams in various categories. The closing ceremony was witnessed by all the personnel of the Air Force Station, Rajokri. The team of HQ Training Command was declared the overall champion winning the Air Force Trophy and HQ WAC secured the runners up position. The Championship was declared CLOSED on 17 Apr 15 by the Chief Guest.

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Health Ministry conducts raids on Ghazipur dairies misusing oxytocin to extract milk

Reports had appeared from time to time that oxytocin injections are being illicitly used by the dairy owners to extract milk from milch animals leading to its harmful effects on humans as well as livestock.

Information was received on 13 April 2015 that the drug is being stocked and supplied illegally at Ghazipur Dairy in Delhi by certain unscrupulous persons. Surveillance was conducted by the officers of North zone of CDSCO on 14 April 2015 to collect information about the movement of the drugs and hideouts of the persons involved in the activity.  After getting confirmed leads, raids were conducted on 15 April 2015 at the hideouts to catch the culprits red-handed by the five officers of North Zone of CDSCO along with four Drug Inspectors of Government of NCT, Delhi with the assistance of Police authorities of the area at two sites.

Large quantities of oxytocin injection in plastic bottles and other veterinary drugs were seized from their premises. A list of the drugs seized is as below-

Drugs seized at Site No. 1

S.No
Name of Drug
Batch No.
Quantity stocked
Manufactured by
1.
Oxytocin Injection 100ml
OXY 003
390 Bottles
M/s Priya Pharmaceuticals 823001 B.C Kanpur
Lic. NO.1344199
2.
Tan Tanatan
Dudh Dhara
(Suspected to be containing Oxytocin)
Not mentioned
160 Bottles
M/s Durga Chemical, Gaya , Bihar













Drugs seized at Site No. 2

S.No
Name of Drug
Batch No.
Quantity stocked
1.       
Bolin N.P. Injection
VBN 14002
100
2.       
Interacef-3 Injection
B 06318
23
3.       
Daloban Plus Veterinary Injection
AZAQN008
23
4.       
Vetonim Injection
VNM 107
24
5.       
Avilin veterinary Injection
KD 115
60
6.       
Cadistin veterinary Injection
2AI 14034
25
7.       
Vetagin veterinary Injection
KD 115
20
8.       
Lemasol veterinary Injection
LEI 14006
27
9.       
AC- Vet maxD Injection
B 112404
11
10.   
Lixam I.V Suspension
CT 214
9
11.   
Allokind-oz Syrup
DBIEN018
30
12.   
Oxytocin Injection B.P vet.
OXY003
58




Two persons were apprehended by the Police and an FIR has been lodged. Both the accused persons have been bound down under CrPC by the Police. Prosecutions will be launched under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 after making further investigations in the matter.

Oxytocin is a peptide hormone secreted by posterior pituitary and is now chemically synthesized. It has medical use for induction and augmentation of labour, to control post partum bleeding and uterine hypotonicity. The drug is also used in veterinary in case of retention of placenta and expulsion of foetus.

Under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, the drug oxytocin is a Schedule-H drug and is required to be supplied on the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner only. The formulation of oxytocin injection is required to be packed in single unit blister packed only to avoid its misuse.

In order to ensure that the drug is used for legitimate use only, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had issued a Gazette Notification GSR 29(E) dated 17.01.2014 under Section 26A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 mandating that the manufacturers of bulk oxytocin drug shall supply the active pharmaceutical drug only to the manufacturers licensed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 for manufacture of formulations of the said drug and the formulations meant for veterinary use shall be sold to the veterinary hospitals.

In spite of above provisions the drug in the form of injection (crude concoction) continued to be sold in a clandestine way by the anti-social elements to the dairy owners.

The office of DCG(I) had written to the State Drug Control Authorities for taking action like increased surveillance in the areas where the movement of the drug is suspected and raids at suspected hideouts in cooperation with the Police and other regulatory authorities so that this illegal diversion is curbed.

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Union Home Minister requests State Governments to provide maximum relief to farmers

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh today visited the rain-hit areas of Uttar Pradesh to assess the crop loss to the farmers. Interacting with farmers in Saharanpur, Badaun and Kanpur districts, Shri Rajnath Singh said he was not visiting the rain-hit areas for the sake of doing politics but that he is really concerned about their problems.

"The Prime Minister is very concerned with the problems being faced by the farmers. We have already decided that those farmers whose 33 per cent crops were damaged, will be given full compensation," Shri Rajnath Singh said.

The Home Minister appealed to all state governments to give as much relief as is possible to the farmers. Shri Rajnath Singh said, due to the federal structure of the country it was not possible for the central government to give funds directly to the farmers but through state governments. He appealed all political parties to join hands in giving relief to the distraught farmers. Shri Rajnath Singh said he was not there to blame anyone or criticise the state government.

Shri Rajnath Singh also asked the state government officials to visit farmers and help them as a humanitarian gesture and do justice to the needy.

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Commodity-Wise Freight Revenue Earnings of Railways Goes up by 12.67 Percent During Fiscal 2014-15

The Indian Railways has generated Rs. 105312.09 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during the financial year 2014-15 i.e. from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015 as compared to Rs. 93471.59 crore during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 12.67 per cent. Railways carried 1097.57 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during fiscal 2014-15 as compared to 1053.56 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 4.18 per cent.

During the financial year 2014-15 i.e. from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015 Railways generated Rs. 48372.81 crore from transportation of 545.63 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 9181.64 crore from 110.17 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 7913.73 crore from 112.78 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 8550.37 crore from 54.99 million tonnes of food grains, Rs. 5705.75 crore from 42.73 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 6404.99 crore from 39.97 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 5431.12 crore from 47.45 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 1951.38 crore from 19.19 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 4868.92 crore from 48.83 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 6931.38 crore from 75.83 million tonnes of other goods.

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 India & Canada Collaborate to Fund Health Innovations

The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India along with Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, will partner an investment of $ 2.5 million in health innovations in India.

The innovations will be focusing on maternal, new born and child health and Visceral Leishmaniasis elimination.

While maternal, newborn and child health is a major challenge for the Government of India and Canada’s flagship development priority, India is one of the six countries that bear 90% of the global burden of Visceral Leishmaniasis.


This was stated in the Joint statement issued by the two sides on the occasion of meetings of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi with the Canadian Prime Minister Shri Stephan Harper


Welcoming the collaboration between  Department of Biotechnology of his Ministry and Canada, Dr Harsh Vardhan,  Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences said ‘’Developing affordable innovations to mitigate disease burden is a major challenge for India. Partnering Canada allows us to tap into our combined capacity and strength to find solutions for disease control and improved maternal and child care”.



The Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Sh Y.S. Chowdary added “Innovation-driven technology development underpins sustainable and inclusive growth. To partner with Canada, a major hub for innovation and start-ups, provides the right stimulus at the right time for India’s drive for equitable growth".



“India has historic and close links with Canada in Science and Technology. Disease and poor nutrition affect early growth including the development of brains. Using our shared strengths to collaborate and address these problems will directly help the lives of many and also demonstrate ways of scaling such interventions to populations which need it most”, said Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.



“Through Grand Challenges Canada, the Canadian government is supporting innovative solutions to global health problems for those who need it the most. These new bold ideas and renewed support for existing and scale-up innovations will make a difference in the lives of many people, including children,” said Dr. Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada.



GCC has also partnered with the National Council of Indo-Canadians to ensure engagement of Indian diaspora in Canada in the Grand Challenges partnership.

“The longstanding relationship between India and Canada has grown to include collaboration in many fields, including global health. I am proud to see that this partnership will improve the lives of so many children in India, equipping a whole generation for a better future,” said Sudhir Handa, Chair, National Council of Indo Canadians.



Saving Brains


Saving Brains is an initiative that promotes the fulfillment of human capital potential by focusing on interventions that nurture healthy child and brain development in the first 1,000 days of life so children can reach their full potential.



DBT and GCC will be supporting two innovative approaches to promote healthy brain development --pairing private resources with the Anganwadi programme and kangaroo mother care for low birth weight infants in communities.



Two ‘proof of concept’ projects will be jointly funded by DBT and GCC.

One of them is a community-based model of Kangaroo Mother Care for improving child survival and brain development in Low Birth Weight newborns (Society for Applied Studies  (http://www.urlgoeshere.ca)



The other is implementation of the International Guide for Monitoring Child Development (IGMCD), an individualised technology-aided approach to promoting early childhood development in a low income setting in Mumbai (Ummeed Child Development Center (http://www.urlgoeshere.ca).





Elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis (Kala Azar) in Bihar

DBT and GCC have agreed to accelerate efforts to eliminate Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL, Kala Azar) in Bihar, India. In 2011, Grand Challenges Canada supported a novel project combining Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) to detect and refer individuals with VL, a point-of-care diagnostic and a single-dose therapy at primary health centres. The approach helped save the lives of 110 people and contributed to a major reduction of VL in four Primary Health Centres (PHCs).

They will jointly invest $465,000 in ASHA training in 25 highly endemic PHCs and case tracking in five PHCs.

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Railways to set up Plants for Converting Plastic to Diesel

Dr Harsh Vardhan says India is Ahead in R&D on Alternative Fuels

Indian Railways is soon to set up plants to manufacture diesel for mechanical traction with technology patented by scientists at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) here.

Announcing this in Dehradun today, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Vice President, CSIR, laid out the roadmap for further exploitation of opportunities in alternative fuel sources. The country’s premier research establishment in hydrocarbons has achieved significant success in reducing national dependence on fossil fuels.

“I have myself campaigned on the streets of Delhi against pollution and plastic proliferation. Today, I am glad to announce that diesel conforming to Euro-5 specifications in sulphur content has become a reality thanks to the CSIR-IIP & GAIL’s diligence and ingenuity,” he said.

The rapid decision to embrace the technology by the world’s largest railway network, Indian Railways, speaks volumes for the Narendra Modi government’s resolve to apply out-of-the-box ideas to reduce India’s carbon footprint. The Minister remarked: “United States President Barack Obama has described Shri Modi as India’s reformer-in-chief. This is not surprising.”

CSIR-IIP, which is part of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is currently blazing the trail in offering solutions to global warming. Reducing India’s high dependence on imports and sparing the fossil fuels for the future generations constitute the major focus of its present R&D thrust. He said, “At the inauguration of the Indian Science Congress in Mumbai in January, I had stated our government’s resolve not to be distracted by falling oil prices by continuing to fund R&D into clean energy. I had CSIR-IIP in mind at the time because I was confident that the time when I could announce to the world this amazing news was drawing near.”

The Minister elaborated: “We are the first to have the capability to convert 1 tonne of broken buckets, mugs, toothpaste tubes, bottle caps and other Polyolefins products into 850 litres of the cleanest grade of diesel. This is the best news yet for the planet this year because henceforth plastic waste will be viewed more as a resource than a nuisance.”

The Minister, who visited the IIP’s campus, inaugurated the Advanced Triblogy Research Centre. He was accompanied by Dr M.O.Garg, Director-General of CSIR who is also the Director of the prestigious establishment. Dr Sudeep Kumar, Head, PPD of CSIR and other scientists were also present.

Jet fuel from Jatropha


Another feather in CSIR-IIP’s cap is the successful project to produce low-carbon jet fuel from the inedible, drought-resistant Jatropha plant. This has already captured the imagination of several governments worldwide.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “We have gone several steps ahead in developing alternative sources of jet fuel. Jatropha apart, CSIR-IIP has the knowledge to make jet fuel out of any non-edible oil –even the waste cooking oil from our kitchens is soon to become prized material in the market.”

The Minister, who has initiated several renewable energy missions in the national capital –including a project to run public toilets with solar power-fuelled taps, exhaust fans and lights – said “We must make a social movement out of alternative fuel use. Our cultural heritage has been one of the most environment friendly. Our villagers have used cowdung cakes as a fuel source for thousands of years. In recent decades we had been following the mad path of over-consumption. Now, thanks to our scientists we can revert to our original mindset of preservation.”

While moving fast with alternative fuels, CSIR-IIP has continued with its founding mission of developing cleaner forms of fossil fuels. This has led to the development of world class sweetening catalyst which helps to remove excessive foul smelling mercaptans from LPG. After capturing the Indian market, recently 600 Kg of this new material hit the international market”, Dr Harsh Vardhan announced.

The Minister remarked that the advanced training courses on Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals which have been run by the institute right from inception for the Indian hydrocarbon sector has made a major impact on human resource development. He stressed on the importance of imparting necessary skills to operate and optimize plant operations at the international level.

“Energy and environment are two side of the same coin”, he pointed out. “I urge our scientists to constantly strive to develop new technologies and products with zero defect and zero effect which can help to produce a higher GDP per unit of energy consumed. India must be at the forefront of fighting climate change. We would thus help realise the vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister and President, CSIR.”


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Minister holds meeting with the Chief Minister and senior officers of Arunachal Pradesh on projects of Ministry of Tourism and Culture

The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma is on a two day (April 17-18, 2015) visit to the North -East. He is accompanied by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju and senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

On the first day of his visit today, the Minister made a tour of the various ongoing projects of Tourism of Government of India in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. He will visit the states of Manipur and Nagaland on the second day of his visit tomorrow.

Dr Sharma held a meeting with Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh , Shri Nabam Tuki at Itanagar. During his meeting with Shri Tuki, the Minister highlighted the importance of the North-east especially from the view point of Tourism. The Minister said that the North-east has a large unexploited potential for tourism and the Union Tourism Ministry has designated a special circuit for the region under its new Swadesh Darshan scheme. The Government will help to create the necessary infrastructure and other facilities required for promoting tourism in the region under this scheme. The Minister held a detailed meeting with the senior officers of Arunachal Pradesh on projects of Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Earlier during the day, Dr. Mahesh Sharma paid an inspection visit to the Adventure Camping site and Tourist Lodge at Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh, which is sponsored by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India as a part of Sports and Adventure Tourism project.

Dr Mahesh Sharma also laid the foundation stone of Tourist Lodge at Siddhartha Vihar in Itanagar as a part of Development of Itanagar-Doimukh-Sagalee Circuit by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

The Minister paid a visit to the Buddhist Gompa near Itanagar.

The Minister will visit Nagaland and Manipur tomorrow. He will lay the foundation stone of the Regional Convention Centre of North-East Zonal Cultural Centre (NEZCC) at Dimapur.

On his return to Guwahati, Dr Mahesh Sharma will visit Kamkhya temple. Kamakhya has been identified as one of the twelve cities for the new scheme PRASAD of Ministry of Tourism.

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Both sides agreed to partner on reducing maternal and childhood malnutrition

The Union Minister of Women and Child Development , Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi held a meeting with Ms Melinda Gates , co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in New Delhi today.The discussions centred arounda potential partnership to address India’s burden of maternal and childhood malnutrition, among other shared priorities.

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi spoke about the plans to launch the National Nutrition Mission in the coming weeks by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The Minister explained, “We recognize that we need to take the problem of malnutrition in a Mission mode with a physical target-driven approach for progressively eliminating the problem. In the new Mission, we will attempt reaching out to every malnutritioned child with coordinated and targeted delivery of health and supplementary nutrition services. There will be extensive use of technology to re-equip the Aanganwadi workers, build the capacity of the workers and monitor the progress on a real-time basis. I welcome the willingness of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to partner with us, in order to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.”

Ms. Gates applauded the efforts of the Minister for making nutrition a priority and assured full support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She stated that the foundation will support WCD Ministry and design the ICT solution for the real-time monitoring of nutritional services that will be extended under the Nutrition mission. She further stated that the foundation will also assist in training of master trainers, who will in-turn train the Anganwadi workers.

“I am happy to see that the Government of India has recognized the need for a renewed focus on maternal and child malnutrition. I believe that every child deserves the chance to live a healthy and productive life, and nutrition plays a critical role in their physical and cognitive development. I look forward to the launch of the National Nutrition Mission and to cementing our partnership with the Ministry in the immediate future”, said Melinda Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Both sides also discussed at length about the work needed on health and development issues which are adversely affecting Indian women and girls

. Senior officials of the Ministry were also present during the meeting.

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Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports issues Show Cause notice to Paralympic Committee of India for violation of conditions

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has issued a show cause notice to Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) for numerous complaints and media reports about poor conduct of the 15TH National Para Athletics Championships, 2015 held from 20th -22nd March, 2015 in Ghaziabad (U.P.) in all aspects viz. logistics, technical, administrative, etc. In its show cause notice sent to the President, PCI Shri Rajesh Tomar and Secretary General, PCI Shri J. Chandrashekhar, the Ministry has said it has also been reported in the enquiry conducted by Sports Authority of India that the venue did not have facilities for conduct of a National Championship and also lacked allied facilities required for differently abled athletes, such as ramps, disabled friendly toilets, lodging facilities etc.

The show cause notice further said, it has also been reported that the participants were provided limited bedding and made to sleep on the floor. There were no proper arrangements for drinking water and most of the bathrooms were non-functional. The actual number of participants (athletes and officials) were far more than the registered ones.

The notice further said, it has been brought to the notice of the Ministry that there was total lack of planning in conceptualisation and conduct of a prestigious event like National Para-Athletics Championship on the part of PCI officials. The announcement of the National Championship was not done well in advance. The approach of the PCI official has been found very casual.

The show cause notice has also said that the PCI in its communication addressed to the Ministry has stated that they have allotted the conduct of the aforesaid National Championship to the Uttar Pradesh Paralympic Association and they were responsible for the proper conduct of the championship. It is stated that Ministry does not deal with the State sports associations and it deals only with NSFs and it is the responsibility of NSFs and in this case, of PCI to conduct the above mentioned championship.

The notice further said that the PCI has stated that PCI and state federations are not funded by the Government. In this connection, it is stated that as far as funding of PCI is concerned, statement of PCI is factually incorrect. It is stated that grant of Rs.401.84 lakhs has been provided to PCI in the year 2014-15 towards coaching camps, participation in international sports events including Para-Asian Games, conduct of National Championship, etc.

The show cause notice has said that in view of the above, PCI is asked to show cause as to why the Government recognition should not be withdrawn for violation of conditions stated.

The PCI was recognized in November, 2011, as National Sports Federation for promotion of sports amongst the physically challenged sportspersons in the country.

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