Shri Venkaiah Naidu seeks public and private sector cooperation for Housing Mission




Shri Venkaiah Naidu seeks public and private sector cooperation for Housing Mission 

Union Cabinet approves building of 2 crore houses for urban poor 


Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has stated that the Union Cabinet has approved construction of 2 crore houses for the urban poor in all the 4,041 statutory towns and cities of the country. He said so while speaking on the occasion of 45th Foundation Day of the Housing and Urban Development Corporation here today. He said that another 4 crore houses will be built under the ‘Housing for All by 2022’ initiative of the central government. 

Stating that building 6 crore houses for the poor of the country is a challenging task, Shri Naidu said that central and state governments need to work hand-in-hand for the success of the Housing Mission. Shri Naidu underlined the need for effective participation of public and private sector in meeting the housing needs of the urban poor and sought their cooperation. 

The Minister said that the government is working on a two pronged strategy of enhancing access to housing financing in general and ensuring credit at lower rates of interest to the poor to ensure housing for all. Shri Naidu referred to several initiatives taken by the Government to enable FDI in housing sector. These include: Allowing FDI of up to 100% under automatic route in real estate projects, reducing minimum built up area and capitalization norms, enhanced tax exemptions for investments in housing, promotion of Real Estate Investment Trusts etc. 

HUDCO is a PSU under the Ministry of HUPA providing technical and financial support to housing sector with special focus on the economically weaker sections and lower income groups. It has so far supported construction of over 16 million houses across the country. 

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Status of IITs and IIMs 

In the Budget Speech 2014-15, the Finance Minister has announced to set up five IITs in the Jammu, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh & Kerala and five IIMs in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha & Maharashtra. The State Governments are to identify suitable land measuring about 500-600 acres which is to be allotted free of cost, free of legal encumbrances at a location having necessary infrastructure such as road, rail and air connectivity, physical infrastructure and basic-facilities for setting up of the IITs.  The present status of establishment of IIMs and IITs is placed at Annexure-A.

A budgetary provision of Rs.1000 Crore under Plan Head has been made for these institutes during the year, 2015-16.  However, no expenditure as on date has been incurred in this regard.

The first academic session of the Institutes, whose sites for permanent and temporary campuses have been approved will commence from 2015-16.  Construction and completion of the new/permanent campuses will depend upon handing over of the land, free of any legal encumbrance by the respective State Governments. 

ANNEXURE-A
Status of New IITs

Status of Six New IIMs

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question.

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UNESCO’S Report on Education 

The Education of All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) 2015 states that India made marked progress, increasing its net enrolment ratio significantly as Gross National Product (GNP) per capita improved, suggesting a more equitable distribution of economic gains. The report states that there was particular improvement in reducing gender disparity in primary enrolment in South and West Asia, where the regional Gender Parity Index (GPI) increased from 0.83 in 1999 to parity in 2012. While stating that regional averages mask wide variation among countries it mentions that only four of the eight countries with data over the period achieved parity: Bhutan, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sri Lanka. 

The UNESCO's Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR)-2015 refers to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) wherein wide disparities in students’ achievement of basic skills across states has been reported, although India’s education system succeeded at enrolling many more children. The report also mentions about the proliferation of low-fee private schools in urban slums in India. 

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question. 

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Actions taken by UGC against Fake Universities 

As per information available with the University Grants Commission (UGC), there are 21 Fake Universities which have been listed in the UGC list of Fake Universities and are functioning in contravention or violation of the UGC Act, 1956 in different parts of the country. The lists of Fake Universities/unrecognized institutions are available on the UGC website www.ugc.ac.in. According to the UGC, some institutions are offering Undergraduate/ Postgraduate degrees in various subjects which are not established under either Central/State or UGC Act and hence these Fake Universities do not have right to confer/grant any degree.
As per the information received from the UGC, some of the actions taken by UGC against these Fake Universities are as follows:
(i) For the awareness of general public/students/parents, the UGC puts up the list of fake institutions on its website. All self-styled unrecognized and unapproved institutions are cautioned that running of Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree courses and giving misleading advertisements shall attract severe action under the provisions of appropriate laws including the UGC Act and the Indian Penal Code, etc.
(ii) Cases have also been filed in various courts by UGC against fake universities/institutions.
(iii) The UGC in the interest of general public/students defends the cases in the court. Action relating to closing down the fake institution is to be taken by the concerned state government and local authorities.
(iv) The UGC has also written to the Vice Chancellor/ Director/ In charge of the 21 fake universities to close the down the fake institutions immediately.
(v) Reminder letters to the State/UT Principal Secretaries/Education Secretaries have been issued to take the appropriate action against the Fake Universities located in their jurisdiction.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha question.

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Review OF MSME Development 

Preparation of comprehensive policy guidelines for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector is a continuing process. Currently, deliberations are underway to finalize the draft MSME policy circulated to various stakeholders. 

The technological development in the small industry sector in India is generally low. The Ministry of MSME is implementing the flagship Scheme namely Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme with the objective of assisting MSE units for upgradation of technology with a provision of 15% of capital subsidy subject to a limit of Rs.15 lakh. Furthermore, the Tool Rooms and Technology Development Centres located in different parts of the country have undertaken significant technological development and have produced state of art tools for the consumption of the sector. At present there are 18 Tool Rooms and Technology Development Centres all over the country and 15 new tool rooms are coming up with World Bank assistance during the 12th Five Year Plan period. 

This information was given by the Minister of State, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today. 

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Khadi Gramodyog 



Marketing of khadi and village industries (KVI) products is primarily undertaken through KVI sales outlets of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), State Khadi and Village Industries Boards (KVIBs) and Khadi Institutions (KIs). KVIC has a network of 7050 such KVI outlets including 08 outlets run by it. Besides this products from units established under Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP) and Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) are also marketed through these sales outlets of KVIC.

The KVI outlets are procuring khadi and village industries products only from Khadi and Village Industries Institutions and from the units established under REGP/ PMEGP.  State-wise number of khadi institutions, number of units setup under REGP and PMEGP is:

Number of Khadi Institutions, number of units setup under REGP and



 * including Daman & Diu.                                                                    
                 ** including Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

This information was given by the Minister of State, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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National Innovation Council 

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), on the advice of the erstwhile National Innovation Council, proposed to set up a Rs.5,000 crore dedicated fund namely ‘India Inclusive Innovation Fund’ for promoting grass-root innovations with social returns. The total corpus of this fund is proposed to be an initial size of Rs. 500 crore and maximum size of Rs. 5,000 crore with initial Government contribution of Rs.100.00 Crore. Since National Innovation Council has ceased to exist, a revision in the three level of Management structure has been proposed. 

The Fund would operate as a for-profit entity with a social investment focus. The exact extent to which the India Inclusive Innovation Fund is likely to benefit the MSME Sector has not been estimated, however it is proposed to back enterprises developing innovative solutions primarily for citizens who lie in the lower half of India’s economic pyramid, with a limited physical and institutional access to basic services. 

This information was given by the Minister of State, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today. 

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MSME Sector 

The revision of definition of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), including that of service enterprises, is under consideration of the Government. In this regard, the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has already introduced the bill, “The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2015”, in Lok Sabha in the current session of Parliament. 

This information was given by the Minister of State, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today. 

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Nalco Pays Rs.260.72 Crore as Interim Dividend to Government 

National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), a Navratna PSU under the Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India, has declared an interim dividend of 25%, i.e. Rs.1.25 per share of Rs.5 each, amounting to Rs.322.16 crore for the financial year 2014-15, on the paid-up equity share capital of Rs.1288.62 crore. Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Steel & Mines, Govt. of India, was presented a cheque, amounting to Rs.260.72 crore by Shri Ansuman Das, Chairman-cum-Managing Director as interim dividend on the 80.93% shares held by the Govt of India, in New Delhi today. The interim dividend amount of Rs 322.15 crore paid for 2014-15 equals the highest ever interim dividend paid during 2006-07. Dr Anup K Pujari, Secretary, Shri R Sridharan, Addl. Secy, Shri Arun Kumar, Joint Secretary, Dr Niranjan Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Mines and all the Directors of NALCO were present on the occasion. 

NALCO, which started its commercial operations in 1987 has been earning profits consistently and has been declaring dividends since 1992. In the last fiscal i.e for the 2013-14, the company had declared a total dividend of Rs.386.59 crore. It may be mentioned that since inception, NALCO has paid a total of Rs.5228 crore as dividend including Rs.4995 crore as share of Govt. of India. 



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