Resolution Adopted at the State Environment and Forest Ministers’ Conference

Resolution Adopted at the State Environment and Forest Ministers’ Conference (April 6-7, 2015)

The following is the text of the Resolution adopted at the State Environment and Forest Ministers’ Conference at Vigyan Bhawan today:

Adhere to timelines prescribed for processing of online applications for FC to clear backlog accumulated up to 31-03-2015 by end of June 2015, or earlier as per prescribed timelines;

Establish effective mechanism for source segregation of waste by generators and arrange door-to-door collection of segregated solid waste in all urban areas within two years and put in place authorised waste recycling arrangements for the waste processing;

Ensure that recycled materials from construction and demolition waste is mandatorily used in non-load bearing structures;

Ensure that industrial area/zone/cluster plans mandatorily have waste recycling units;

Share common treatment storage and disposal facilities (TSDFs) for hazardous waste with other States;

Arrange a web-based platform for integration of various kinds of approvals with respect to waste management;

Enforce effective plastic waste management and e-waste management by involving Producers through Extended Producers Responsibility.

A comprehensive amendment of the Indian Forest Act, 1927 may be prepared to ensure effective implementation of law; • States will send geo-reference maps of all the forest areas and notify all the CA areas transferred and mutated in favour of forest department as RF/PF latest by 31.10.2015;

States will realise outstanding NPV latest by 31.5.2015 and will create land bank in degraded/non-forest/revenue forest lands;

States will accord high priority for research in emerging areas, fill vacancies at field level and take steps to improve working conditions in Forest Departments;

State Forest Departments will objectively assess the animal population of species and carefully consider the option of population management;

Delineation of Eco-sensitive Zones must be completed by 30.6.2015. In case the boundary of a PA is along interstate border, the states concerned will work jointly for finalizing the proposal based on the parameters recommended by NBWL;

All tiger range states will constitute State level Steering Committees and prepare Tiger Conservation Plans including voluntary village relocation from core/critical tiger habitats;

Protect, restore and enhance India’s green cover and take steps to:

o Constitute State, District and Cluster level Committees as per GIM guidelines within three months.

o Identify landscapes based on bio-geophysical and socio-economic parameters.

o Issue of Government orders for convergence (at implementation level) with other existing programmes.

o Identify and propagate indigenous species suited to their local environment.

All participating Ministries, States/UTs will provide their inputs on the recommendations that have been made by the High Level Committee and circulated to the Central Ministries/State Governments/UT Administrators at the earliest but positively by 30th April, 2015.

Work towards developing a national environment and forest database for expedited integration of clearances and enforcement of stipulated safeguards;

Resolved that the provisions on “Violations” need to be rationalised and civil penalty provisions be incorporated in EPA and pollution related Acts;

To establish Green Platform – environmental database to the Project Proponent and for filing compliances;

States to start online submission of applications for TOR and EC before October 2015;

Resolved that guidelines on sustainable sand mining and sustainable and environment friendly building norms be issued at the earliest;

To adopt pollution criteria for categorisation of Red, Orange and Green categories of industries and that a Committee be constituted with State representatives;

To give consent to operate with the validity period of five years in respect of Red categories, 10 years for Orange categories and one time consent for Green category;

Make treatment of sewage and granting consents to the Municipal authorities mandatory under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974;

To revisit Standard treatment of sewage proposed by CPCB and secondary treated sewage be recycled and used for non-potable purposes; • Resolved that States that have not yet notified State specific Rules under Section 63 of the Biological Diversity Act will notify the same by December 2015 and States whose rules are not in consonance with the Act will amend the rules by December 2015;

States will communicate their approval to the list of threatened species to the MoEF&CC by July 2015;

States may develop year-wise five year plan by 15 May 2015 for setting up of BMCs at appropriate local level and for preparing PBRs by BMCs, giving priority to biodiversity rich areas;

States will consider declaring at least one Biodiversity Heritage Site in 2015-16;

States shall put in place a transparent and effective mechanism for access to biological resources in their jurisdiction as envisaged under Section 7 and recently issued ABS guidelines by June 2015;

States shall prepare a shelf of projects immediately and will submit at least 1 project of upto Rs. 10 crore for National Adaptation Fund/National Clean Environment Fund and 1 project costing up to Rs. 30 crore for Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) within 30 days;

States will prepare demonstration projects under Climate Change Action Programme (CCAP) during FY 2015-16 and will submit at least 1 project worth upto 10-25 million USD for submission to Green Climate Fund; • MoEF&CC has coordinated with various expert agencies and offered that the States could seek assistance from agencies like GIZ (Government of Germany), DFID (Government of UK), SDC (Government of Switzerland), UNDP, NABARD and other notified agencies for project preparation.


ICG-BCG High Level Meeting

A High Level Meeting was conducted between Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard, here yesterday. While Rear Admiral Mohammad Makbul Hossain, Director General Bangladesh, Coast Guard led the Bangladesh delegation, his Indian counterpart Vice Admiral HCS Bisht led the Indian delegation.

Several important issues including training for Bangladesh Coast Guard personnel, cooperation on combating maritime crimes, maritime Search & Rescue and Pollution response at sea were discussed during the meeting. The meeting is a step ahead in institutionalisation of cooperation between the two Coast Guards.

The Bangladesh Coast Guard delegation is scheduled to visit Mumbai and Kolkata before they depart for Dhaka on 10 April 2015 and shall be briefed on various facets of ICG operations and shipbuilding in India.


Boost to foreign investment in Pharma sector as FIIs investments in Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. and Glenmark Pharmaceutical Ltd. Approved

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today approved two significant foreign investments in the pharmaceutical sector. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. are engaged in manufacturing generic pharmaceuticals and active pharma ingredients, and approvals have been given for Qualified Institutional Buyers to infuse fresh equity of upto 7 percent amounting to about Rs. 2165 crore into the company. The existing FII shareholding is 27.32 percent in the company. This will enable the company to expand its operations in the areas of anti infective, cardiovascular and central nervous system related ingredients. Aurobindo Pharma employs more than 9500 professionals from 26 countries.

In Glenmark Pharmaceutical Ltd. the company has increased the foreign investment limit by FIIs from 35.07 percent to 49 percent. This will result in an inflow of about Rs. 2022 crore. Apart from manufacturing pharmaceuticals, the company is also engaged in Research and Development activities in drugs. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals is a US$ 1 billion Indian pharmaceutical company, with a global presence with manufacturing facilities in India, Europe and South America.

Both companies are promoted by Indian entrepreneurs who have developed a global footprint over the years. The companies are required to continue to produce medicines under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) at the same levels as they had been doing in the past. These companies are also required to maintain R&D expenditure at the maximum levels incurred in the past three years and to provide complete information regarding transfer of technology that has been done. This underscores the importance given by the Government to strengthening healthcare in the country, by ensuring availability of drugs to the people at reasonable prices.

These investments show the continued confidence of international investors in the domestic Intellectual Property Regime in the pharmaceutical sector.

By investing in Research and Development, these companies have become players in the global pharmaceutical market and exemplify “Make in India” which is being promoted by the Government of India.


Prime Minister to Launch Mudra Bank Tomorrow; 5.77 Crore Small Business Units to be Provided Access to Institutional Finance

            The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will launch the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd. (MUDRA) - a Bank tomorrow at a function at Vigyan Bhavan in the national capital.

Earlier in his Budget Speech for Financial Year (FY) 2015-16, the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley had proposed the creation of a Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Bank, with a corpus of Rs.20,000 crore, and credit guarantee corpus of Rs.3,000 crore. MUDRA, to be set up through a statutory enactment, would be responsible for developing and refinancing through a Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana, all Micro-finance Institutions (MFIs) which are in the business of lending to micro / small business entities engaged in manufacturing, trading and service activities. MUDRA would also partner with State/Regional level coordinators to provide finance to Last Mile Financiers of small/micro business enterprises. Further, the approach goes beyond credit only approach and offers a credit – plus solution for these enterprises spread across the country. The roles envisaged for MUDRA would include:

·                    Laying down policy guidelines for micro enterprise financing business
·                    Registration of MFI entities
·                    Accreditation /rating of MFI entities
·                    Laying down responsible financing practices to ward off over indebtedness and ensure proper client protection principles and methods of recovery
·                    Development of standardised set of covenants governing last mile lending to micro enterprises
·                    Promoting right technology solutions for the last mile
·                    Formulating and running  a Credit Guarantee scheme for providing guarantees to the loans/portfolios which are being extended to micro enterprises
·                    Support development & promotional activities in the sector
·                    Creating a good architecture of Last Mile Credit Delivery to micro  businesses under the scheme of Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana

These measures to be taken up by MUDRA are targeted towards mainstreaming young, educated or skilled workers and entrepreneurs including /women entrepreneurs. The Government of India believes that development and growth have to be inclusive. According to the NSSO Survey of 2013, there are some 5.77 crore small business units, mostly individual proprietorship, which run manufacturing, trading or services activities. These encompass myriad of small manufacturing units, shopkeepers, fruits / vegetable vendors, truck & taxi operators, food-service units, repair shops, machine operators, small industries, artisans, food processors, street vendors and many others. Most of these ‘own account enterprises’ (OAE) are owned by people belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe or Other Backward Classes. The biggest bottleneck in the growth of entrepreneurship in this sector is the lack of financial support. A vast part of the non-corporate sector operates as unregistered enterprises and formal or institutional architecture has not been able to reach out to meet its financial requirements. Providing access to institutional finance to such micro/small business units/enterprises will not only help in improving the quality of life of these entrepreneurs but also turn them into strong instruments of GDP growth and employment generation.

Since the enactment for MUDRA is likely to take some time, it is proposed to initiate MUDRA as a unit of SIDBI to benefit from SIDBI’s initiatives and expertise.

Products and Offerings

The primary product of MUDRA will be refinance for lending to micro businesses / units under the aegis of the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana. The initial products and schemes under this umbrella have already been created and the interventions have been named ‘Shishu’, ‘Kishor’ and ‘Tarun’ to signify the stage of growth / development and funding needs of the beneficiary micro unit / entrepreneur as also provide a reference point for the next phase of graduation / growth for the entrepreneur to aspire for:

·        Shishu: covering loans upto Rs. 50,000/-
·        Kishor: covering loans above Rs. 50,000/- and upto Rs. 5 lakh
·        Tarun: covering loans above Rs. 5 lakh and upto Rs. 10 lakh

Businesses/entrepreneurs/units covered would include proprietorship/partnership firms running as small manufacturing units, shopkeepers, fruits/vegetable sellers, hair cutting saloon, beauty parlours, transporters, truck operators, hawkers, co-operatives or body of individuals, food service units, repair shops, machine operators, small industries, artisans, food processors, self help groups, professionals and service providers etc. in rural and urban areas with financing requirements upto Rs.10 lakh.

The products initially being launched are as under:

·        Sector/activity specific schemes, such as schemes for business activities in Land Transport, Community, Social & Personal Services, Food Product and Textile Product sectors. Schemes would similarly be added for other sectors / activities.
·        Micro Credit Scheme (MCS)
·        Refinance Scheme for Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) / Scheduled Co-operative Banks
·                                                              Mahila Uddyami Scheme
·                                                              Business Loan for Traders & Shopkeepers
·                                                              Missing Middle Credit Scheme
·                                                              Equipment Finance for Micro Units

Credit Plus Approach

MUDRA would also adopt a credit plus approach and take up interventions for development support across the entire spectrum of beneficiary segments. The highlights of such proposed interventions / initiatives are as under:

·        Supporting financial literacy
·        Promotion and Support of Grass Root Institutions
·        Creation of Framework for “Small Business Finance Entities”
·        Synergies with National Rural Livelihoods Mission
·        Synergies with National Skill Development Corporation
·        Working with Credit Bureaus
·        Working with Rating Agencies

Other Proposed Offerings: Going forward, offerings as under are also envisaged:

·      MUDRA Card
·      Portfolio Credit Guarantee
·      Credit Enhancement

MUDRA will build on experiences of some of the existing players who have demonstrated ability to cater to the Non Corporate Small Business segment to build a financing architecture and right ecosystem for both the entrepreneurs as well as the last mile financiers to the segment. Access to finance in conjunction with rational price is going to be the unique customer value proposition of MUDRA. The establishment of MUDRA would not only help in increasing access of finance to the unbanked but also bring down the cost of finance from the Last Mile Financiers to the informal micro / small enterprises sector. The approach goes beyond credit only approach and offers a credit – plus solution for these myriad micro enterprises, creating a complete ecosystem spread across the country.


Health Ministry organises a Health Screening Camp to mark World Health Day

Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) inaugurated the health screening camp organised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to mark the World Health Day at Nirman Bhawan, here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Secretary stated that in keeping with the theme of WHO for the World Health Day-“From Farm to Plate- Make Food Safe”, the Ministry has taken several measures to ensure safety of food products. He stressed on people adopting healthy daily habits and a regular regime of exercise for a healthy life.

The screening camp attached hundreds of officers and staff from various ministries/departments housed in Nirman Bhawan and nearby offices. More than 450 persons registered for Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) including 150 women and 300 men. About 1600 persons came to test for blood sugar, blood pressure, height and weight for Body Mass Index (BMI). Such health camps are regularly held by the Health Ministry to create awareness regarding health issues and to encourage build up of a health seeking behaviour in people.

Also present at the occasion were Shri C K Mishra, Addl. Secretary and MD, National Health Mission (NHM); Dr. Arun K. Panda, Addl. Secretary (Health), several senior officers and staff of the Health Ministry and other ministries located at Nirman Bhawan.


J&K Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed calls on Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh

Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed called on the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh here today. The Union Home Minister asked the Chief Minister to provide land in the State for composite townships for Kashmiri Pandits. The Chief Minister assured the Union Home Minister that the State Government will acquire and provide land at the earliest for composite townships in the Valley.

The issues of Home Guards, remuneration for Special Police Officers (SPOs), ex-gratia relief for damage and casualty during cross-border firing and issues relating to security related expenditure were discussed in detail.

The Union Home Minister mentioned that the people have great expectations from the Centre and the coalition government in the State and that the Central Government would ensure that all possible assistance would be provided to utilize the full potential of the alliance both in the area of security and welfare of the people.

The Union Home Minister informed the Chief Minister that the proposal of the State Government for enhanced remuneration to SPOs is being pursued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The issue of raising of Indian Reserve Battalions for J&K and effective utilization of State Police was also discussed in the meeting.

The meeting was attended by the senior officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Government of J&K.


Appointment of Additional Directors General of CRPF and CISF

The competent authority has approved the following:

1. Shri S.K. Bhagat, IPS (UK:82) is appointed as Additional Director General in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the HAG pay scale for a period upto 30.6.2017 (i.e. date of his superannuation) from the date of taking over the charge of the post or until further orders.

2. Shri Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, IPS (UP:83) as Additional Director General in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in the HAG pay scale for a period of four years from the date of taking over the charge of the post or until further orders.


EPFO Updates All 15.5 Cr Accounts From 6, 31,582 Establishments on 1st April Itself

Shri Bandaru Dattatreya Complements EPFO for Rare Feat on First Day Itself of FY-2015-16

For the first time, in the history of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), accounts of all EPF members have been updated on 1st April itself. Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Union Minister of State (IC), Minister of Labour & Employment, has complimented EPFO for achieving this major mile stone on the first day itself of the financial year (2015-16). Shri Dattatreya stated that the process on April 1, 2015 has updated 15, 54, 20,749 member accounts. Earlier this work used to take years. The exercise has also enabled EPFO to know the status of inoperative and active accounts in a fairly reasonable manner. It has been found that 6, 56, 06,009 accounts are active, 8, 08, 56,444 accounts are inoperative and 89, 58,296 accounts are already settled. It also emerged that accounts belong to 6, 31,582 establishments.

The Chief Provident Fund Commissioner (CPFC), Shri K.K. Jalan and his team of officers were working hard for the last two months to make this unique feat possible and successful. One hundred and twenty field offices also worked hard to ensure that all legacy pending cases were sorted out before hand so that accounts updation becomes easier.

It was only during 2014-15 that more than 99% of accounts were updated before the due date, i.e. September 30 of the financial year. In earlier years, the work used to take years for getting it completed.


Law Commission of India Submits its Report on Leprosy Laws

Proposes Legislation to Eliminate Discrimination against Persons affected by Leprosy

The Law Commission of India has submitted its Report No. 256 on “Eliminating Discrimination Against Persons Affected by Leprosy” to the Union Minister of Law and Justice today. The report also provides a model draft law to eliminate discrimination faced by Persons affected by Leprosy.

In 2014, India had the largest number of new Leprosy cases globally (58%). From 2005 till 2014, the National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) recorded a rate of 1.25 to 1.35 lakh new cases every year. A majority of these are children, who are threatened with isolation and discrimination at a young age.

Although Leprosy may cause irreversible disabilities, with medical advances, it is now a completely curable disease. However, a major obstacle is the social stigma associated with Leprosy, and many persons affected by Leprosy continue to be outcast from society. Another problem is that of Indian laws, which continue to directly and indirectly discriminate against Persons affected by Leprosy.

In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a Resolution on the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons affected by Leprosy, accompanied by Principles and Guidelines listing out measures to improve the living conditions of such persons. Additionally, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2007 (“UNCRPD”) promotes, protects and ensures the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities.

India has signed and ratified the UNCRPD, and is also a member of the UN General Assembly that unanimously passed the Resolution on the Elimination of Leprosy. However, the Indian government has taken no action to modify or repeal any leprosy laws, or to eliminate discrimination against persons affected by Leprosy. This is now an urgent need, and is the focus of this report of the Law Commission.

Accordingly, along with its report and recommendations on the issue, the Law Commission has prepared a model draft legislation, titled “Eliminating Discrimination Against Persons Affected by Leprosy (EDPAL) Bill, 2015”. This draft law contains principles of non-discrimination and equal protection before law that must be guaranteed to all persons affected by Leprosy or members of their family. It also seeks to promote the social inclusion of persons affected by Leprosy and their family members through affirmative action.

The key aspects of the draft law are as follows:

1.      Repeal and amendment of certain laws: Besides the repeal of the Lepers Act, 1898, the Law Commission recommends the repeal of discriminatory provisions in various personal laws. It also recommends including persons affected by Leprosy among the list of persons eligible for legal aid under the Legal Services Act, 1987.
2.      Measures against discrimination: The Law Commission recommends that persons affected by leprosy and their family members must not be discriminated against in any institution. It also guarantees to such persons the right to access healthcare, adequate housing, education, employment and other such basic amenities.
3.      Land Rights: Persons affected by leprosy are usually made to relocate to “Leprosy Colonies” in India, but they do not have land rights, and are constantly under fear of eviction. The Law Commission recommends that title and ownership of property in Leprosy Colonies should be legalised, and if land rights cannot be given, alternative settlement options must be explored.
4.      Right to Employment: Many employers misuse existing employment laws to terminate services of persons who are diagnosed with Leprosy. The draft law prohibits the termination of employment of such persons solely due to their association with Leprosy.
5.      Educational and training opportunities: The Law Commission recommends that the draft law should ensure the admission of Persons affected by Leprosy and their family members in schools, colleges and other institutes, as educational qualifications are necessary to allow them access to employment opportunities.
6.      Appropriate use of Language: The use of the term ‘leper’ and similar terms carries negative connotation, hampers efforts for the inclusion of Persons affected by Leprosy into society, and affects their sense of dignity as human beings. The Law Commission recommends that the term ‘leper’ and other such terms in all government and private documents should be replaced with ‘persons affected by Leprosy’ or a similar term.
7.      Right to Freedom of Movement: The draft law ensures that persons affected by Leprosy are guaranteed the right of travel in public transport and the right to obtain a driving license.
8.      Concessions during treatment: The draft law seeks to provide relevant concessions and monetary benefits to persons affected by Leprosy who are undergoing treatment, for their travel, lodging during treatment and medicines.
9.      Social Awareness: Creating awareness regarding the cure and transmission of Leprosy is the best way to address the discrimination and stigma against persons affected by Leprosy and their family. The Law Commission recommends that awareness about the disease, its treatment and curability should be conducted through campaigns and programmes in schools, hospitals, government institutions and private establishments.
10.  Welfare Measures: The draft law imposes specific duties upon establishments to execute certain welfare measures to foster an environment for financial and social growth of persons affected by Leprosy and their families. It also creates Central and State Commissions to strictly enforce such measures, and provides for accountability measures in case of non-enforcement.

 The ambassador of Belgium calls on the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

The Ambassador of Belgium Mr. Jan Luykx, called on the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today. Both sides discussed issues of cooperation in the field of oil and gas. The Ambassador conveyed that Belgian Companies are interested in hydrocarbon projects in India. The Minister assured the Ambassador of full cooperation from Indian side.


Distribution of Scholarships by RWWCO

As part of its annual activities the Railway Women’s Welfare Central Organization (RWWCO) distributed merit scholarships to the wards of non-gazetted employees working in Ministry of Railways. The purpose of sanction of such scholarships was to encourage railway children to excel well in education especially technical education courses like B.Tech, B.E., M.B.B.S., and also other forms of higher education. This year 38 such scholarships were distributed to beneficiaries by Smt. Rashmi Mital, President/RWWCO at a function held here in March 2015.

RWWCO is the apex body of the chain of women’s welfare organisations spread over all Indian Railways engaged in the task of welfare of railwaymen and their families through various need-based socio/welfare activities. The organization started its activities in 1962 after Indo-China War, and While the primary concern of the Organisation is the welfare of Railway employees and their families, it has always risen to the call of the society and the nation- be it environmental awareness, family welfare drives, disturbances on the borders or the natural calamities. It is one of the fore-runner voluntary Organisations in the country today.


Fraudulent & Unauthentic cases of Recruitment in Railways Unearthed

Recruitment Process of Indian Railways done mainly through RRBS, RRCS & RPF only

It has come to notice that some unscrupulous elements have cheated and defrauded unemployed youth by making false promises of providing jobs in Indian Railways. For this they have forged documents like employment letters and extracted huge sums of money from the unsuspecting public/youth. Criminal action is being taken in this regard by the Ministry of Railways.
Process of recruitment for various posts in Railways is done through the following agencies, namely; 1) Railway Recruitment Board (RRBs), 2) Railway Recruitment Cells (RRCs) and 3) Railway Protection Force (RPF).
All the vacancies are widely advertised in all leading national and local newspapers including Employment News/Rozgar Samachar.
Besides, the vacancies are also put on the official website of all RRBs and RRCs.
Exam process includes a written Exam. Written Exam answer sheets are evaluated through computers. There is no human intervention in this.
Fees for Recruitment exams is only Rs. 100/-. No other money is required to be paid to anyone.
Results of exams are put up on official websites of RRBs and RRCs.
Authentic official websites of RRBs and RRCs are as under:-
The website addresses and telephone numbers of RRB

Sr. No.
Name of Place
Website Address
Phone Number
0172-2793414, 2793415
Jammu – Srinagar
033-25432004, 32917928
0651-2462429, 26787114

The zonal-wise website addresses of RRCs are:-
Northeast Frontier Railway (, Western Railway (,  Central Railway (, South Eastern Central Railway (, West Central Railway (, East Central Railway(, South Central Railway (, North Western Railway (, Eastern Railway (, South Eastern Railway ( &, South Western Railway- (, Southern Railway (, East Coast Railway (, North Central Railway (, Northern Railway ( and North Eastern Railway (
          An announcement regarding vacancy/recruitment from any other source (other than the given above) may be considered fraudulent and unauthentic.


CCEA approves strengthening and widening of three sections connecting Varanasi and Madurai

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today approved the four laning of the Sultanpur-Varanasi section of National Highway – 56 in Uttar Pradesh. This will substantially upgrade Varanasi’s connectivity to Lucknow and other parts of Central Uttar Pradesh. The total capital cost will be around around Rs.3,800 crore on this 138 km long stretch.

The CCEA also approved the four laning of the Varanasi to Ghazipur, Gorakhpur and further to Nepal section of National Highway – 29 in Uttar Pradesh. This is likely to improve regional connectivity and facilitate improved movement of people and goods in the region and across the border. The four laning of this 200 kms will have a total capital cost of approximately Rs.4,400 crore. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities having great cultural, historical and religious eminence. It has tremendous tourism potential and it attracts tourists from all over the world.

In an another decision, the CCEA also approved the four laning / two laning with paved shoulders of the Madurai-Ramanathapuram section of National Highway – 49 in Tamil Nadu. This work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-III for a total length of 115 kms with a total capital cost of about Rs. 1,400 crore. The project is likely to be completed in two and half years from the date of award. The improvement of this stretch of National Highways 49 is a long pending demand of the people of Tamil Nadu, since it connects the important business centre of Madurai to the southern most tip of the country.

These decisions will bridge the infrastructure deficit in the country in an equitable manner. These pro-active steps will also strengthen the national highways network across the country, especially in regions where there has been a chronic shortfall. In this context, despite market related constraints, a total length of 8000 kms of National Highways were awarded during the financial year 2014-15. Since Highways act as a force multiplier to economic growth, these decisions are expected to spur economic activities across the nation.

In total, therefore, the CCEA today approved the strengthening and widening of 455 kms. of National Highways with a total capital cost of about Rs 9500 crore. The expenditure to be incurred on these projects is to be borne by the Government of India.


MoRD Sh Birender Singh discusses rural projects with Mauritius Govt.

The Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking water & Sanitation, Government of India, ShriBirender Singh met the Prime Minister of Mauritius Sri Anerood Jugnauth this evening during his visit to Mauritius to attend the 18th African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) Conference. He congratulated the Prime Minister of Mauritius on assuming the Presidentship of AARDO for the next triennium (2015-2017) and hoped that AARDO would make appreciable progress in strengthening cooperation in field of Rural Development under the able leadership of the Prime Minister of Mauritius. Shri Birender Singh talked about the unique and historic relationship between India and Mauritius and hoped that the decisions taken during the recent visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Mauritius will be implemented effectively. The Minister also discussed the various rural development programmes of India like MGNREGA, which guarantees wage employment for 100 days, skill development for youth, Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojna for better rural connectivity and provision of urban amenities in rural areas.

Shri Birender Singh also met the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Lands, Shri Showkutally Soodhun, and reiterated the commitment of India to strengthen the cooperation in the field of Rural Development between India and Mauritius. They also discussed the rural housing programmes of India and Mauritius. Shri Birender Singh said that India stands committed to provide housing for all by the year 2022.

Shri Birender Singh is on a four day visit to Mauritius to attend the AARDO Conference. This is being attended by 16 member countries from Asia and Africa. Addressing the conference, the Minister assured that India, being a founder member of AARDO promoting south-south cooperation, would continue to support the activities of AARDO. He announced continuation of additional contribution of India to AARDO to the tune of US $ 600,000 over the next triennium (2015-2017). During the Conference, India has been elected as a member of the Executive Committee of AARDO.
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