Toll free number for TB patients soon, Health Ministry launches ‘Call to Action for TB Free India’




Toll free number for TB patients soon, Health Ministry launches ‘Call to Action for TB Free India’

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri J. P. Nadda today announced that a toll-free number will be launched soon to reach out to all suspected TB patients for counseling and treatment. Sh. Nadda made this announcement after launching ‘Call to Action for TB Free India’, here today.

“In addition to this number, we will use mobile and other telecommunication tools in an innovative manner in this programme,” added Sh. Nadda.


“We are working on getting the toll free number launched as soon as possible. Currently preparations and training is going on at the state level in this regard,” informed Sh. Nadda. He said the patients would be able to call on this toll free number for any support and information they seek regarding TB. Even a missed call will suffice, the Health Minister informed. Based on the call received, the Ministry team will reach the person who had made the call, check his or her status of TB and ensure the person is covered in the programme to get correct diagnosis, free drugs, treatment and follow-up.

The Health Minister stated that one of the biggest challenges faced by the TB Control Programme is in reaching out to the TB patients. The toll-free services will help the patients to be incorporated in the TB Control Programme. The Health Minister also informed that a massive mass awareness campaign through multi-media campaign will be taken up as part of the Call to Action for a TB Free India. He appealed to various stakeholders across the private sector, civil society members, experts, doctors, patients and caregivers to be part of the movement to make India TB free. The Call to Action is not merely a slogan, Shri Nadda said. It is a movement to galvanise all stakeholders for a common shared commitment.

The Health Minister stated that to achieve the vision of TB Free India, the Ministry will ensure 90% coverage of BCG under the Mission Indradhanush; reach out to the unreached; diagnose all TB cases within two weeks of symptoms and refer to the nearest public health center; employ extensive use of rapid diagnostic kits and active screening of high risk population; and ensure treatment completion. The Minister added that efforts will be made to match international cure rates for MDR and XDR TB. It is important to have a rigorous follow up of treatment and ensure free treatment at the doorsteps, he stated. “We will also encourage research in new drugs and new drug regimes in order to achieve better regimens with shorter duration”, Shri Nadda stated, in addition to promoting indigenous development and manufacturing of diagnostic tests under the “Make in India” programme. Emphasis will be laid on provision of comprehensive healthcare to TB patients. The Ministry will also work out schemes to incentivize patients to help complete therapy, coordinate with other ministries to ensure linking of TB patients and their families to various welfare schemes of the Government so that the earning of these families increase to enable them to have nutritional support which will enhance the immunity status of each member of the family.

Secretary (H&FW) Shri B P Sharma stated that despite the challenges, India has achieved significant success in its TB Control Programme- nearly 2 crore patients have been cured and about 3.2 million lives have been saved. He stated that the “Call to Action” will prove to be catalytic in synergizing efforts of various stakeholders towards a common shared goal.

Also present at the launch function were representatives of WHO, USAID, The Union, STOP TB Partnership, Global TB Program of WHO, the US Embassy and other stakeholders.

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A Polar Research Vehicle to be acquired at a cost of over 1050 Crore Rupees for Research in Antartica, Artic and in Southern Ocean Region

The Government had authorized the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa to acquire a Polar Research Vehicle (PRV). Giving this information in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S.Chowdary said that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had approved acquisition of the Polar Research Vessel (PRV) in October last year at an estimated expenditure of over Rs. 1051crore.

He said the vessel is expected to contribute to India’s scientific expeditions and to sustain research at two Indian bases in Antarctica (Maitri and Bharti) and also dovetail research initiatives in the Southern Ocean domain in the proximal regions of the Antarctic continent. It could also widen the thrust on Arctic research disciplines, undertaken through Indian Station Himadri, in addition to providing a suitable research platform for other ocean research programmes.

Ever since the first Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica began way back in 1981, India has been managing the transportation of the expedition personnel and cargo to and back from Antarctica through chartered vessels. However, the very fact that these vessels were basically ice-class cargo vessels rendered them unsuitable for oceanographic research work. Taking into consideration (i) the growing need of the scientific community to initiate studies in the frontier realms of ocean sciences, (ii) the uncertainty in the charter-hire of polar vessels and the ever-escalating chartering costs, and (iii) the expansion of our scientific activities into the Arctic and Southern Ocean, it was decided to explore the feasibility of constructing and commissioning a polar research vessel which can cater to both the scientific and logistics aspects of the polar and Southern Ocean programmes. As the nodal agency responsible for the implementation of the country’s polar and Southern Ocean programmes, NCAOR was entrusted with the task of planning, co-ordinating and procuring the PRV.

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Trials Under Negotiable Instruments Act

As per information furnished by Supreme Court, there is only one matter relating to prosecution under Negotiable Instruments Act pending with them. As per information furnished by High Courts, 8,932 cases relating to Cheque dishonour under section 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 were pending for more than five years as on 31.12.2014. As regards, District and Subordinate Courts, State-wise pendency position has been indicated in Statement annexed.

Large volume of cases, difficulties faced by Courts in process service and vacancies of judicial officers / judges in Subordinate Courts / High Courts are some of the main factors responsible for delay in disposal of such cases.

Disposal of pending cases in courts is within the domain of judiciary. The Government has adopted a co-ordinated approach to assist judiciary for phased liquidation of arrears and pendency in judicial systems, which, inter-alia, involves better infrastructure for courts including computerisation, increase in strength of judicial officers / judges, policy and legislative measures in the areas prone to excessive litigation and emphasis on human resource development.

This information was given by Union Minister of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Appointment of Ombudsman

The Government does not proposes to appoint Ombudsman in the country.

Complaints received against Judges of higher judiciary are at present addressed through ‘In house mechanism’. As per this mechanism, the Chief Justice of India is competent to receive complaints against the conduct of the Judges of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice of the High Courts. Similarly, the Chief Justices of the High Courts are competent to receive complaints against the conduct of their Courts.

This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Gender Determination



              In Writ Petition (Civil) No. 349 of 2006, Voluntary Health Association of Punjab Vs. Union of India & Others, the Hon’ble Supreme Court on 4th March, 2013, gave following directions for effective implementation of provisions of PC & PNDT Act.

……….11. The various courts in this country should take steps to dispose of all pending cases under the Act, within a period of six months. Communicate this order to the Registrars of various High Court, who will take appropriate follow up action with due intimation to the concerned Courts.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court, in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 349 of 2006, Voluntary Health Association of Punjab Vs. Union of India & Others, reiterated its directive in order passed on 16.09.2014.

…….ii. For an order directing all courts where proceedings under this Act are instituted to fast track the proceedings to be completed within 6 months from today.

            Details of State/ UT- wise cases under PC & PNDT Act disposed in last two years are at Annexure-I. The data is based on the Quarterly Progress Reports (QPR) submitted by States/ UTs.

            In Writ Petition (Civil) No. 349 of 2006, Voluntary Health Association of Punjab Vs. Union of India & Others, the Hon’ble Supreme Court on 13.01.2015 and 20.01.2015, passed State-specific orders for Haryana & Uttar Pradesh Governments respectively wherein States have been directed to impart adequate training to the judiciary through State Judiciary training and Research Institutes.

            In view of the above mentioned order of Hon’ble Supreme Court, The Govt. of Uttar Pradesh organised a training workshop on 24th Feb. 2015  in which about 100 officers were trained including Prosecuting Officers, District Magistrates, Sub-District Magistrates.

A State level training workshop was also organised by Govt. of Haryana on 31.03.2015, which was attended 110 officials including District Attorneys, Director (Prosecution), State Appropriate Authority, District Appropriate Authorities, Deputy Superintendent of Police and other State level implementing Officers.

A Judicial Colloquium was organised by Govt. of Rajasthan on 10th January, 2015 at Jaipur. The participants were Hon’ble Judges from High Court, Session Courts, District Courts, Special Magistrates of PNDT Courts etc.

                                     


This information was given by Union Minister of Law & Justice Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Enrollment in Voter List

The Election Commission has stated that as on date there are a total of 1,41,733 electors, marked with ‘D’ in the Electoral Rolls of Assam. ‘D’ denotes that his/her citizenship status is ‘Doubtful/Disputed’ and they are not allow to cast their votes.

The District/Assembly Constituency-wise information on the ‘D’ voters at present is attached as Annexure-I. The category of ‘D’ voter emanated from the Election Commission of India’s instruction issued vide No.23/AS/96/Vol-III Dated 12th November, 1997 and as per the Commission’s Order No. 23/AS/96-Vol.-III dated 5th January, 1998 the voters categorized ‘D’ are not allowed to cast their votes.

The Election Commission has stated that Enrolment of large number of citizens from Pakistan and Bangladesh are in the electoral roll of Assam is not a fact.

The Election Commission has stated that on receipt of order from the Tribunal or from any competent court declaring a person as foreigner, verification is carried out by the concerned Electoral Registration Officer immediately as to whether his/her name has been enrolled in the Electoral Roll or not and if the name is found in the roll then his/her name is deleted from the relevant part of the electoral roll after observing the requisite formalities. This process is followed strictly to remove the name of the foreign citizens from the electoral roll.

This information was given by Union Minister of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Easier access to bank loans for MSMEs

Following the recommendations of Prime Minister’s Task Force Report on MSMEs (2010), the RBI has advised the banks to achieve 20 per cent year-on-year growth in credit to micro and small enterprises (MSEs), 10 per cent annual growth in the number of micro enterprise accounts and banks to allocate 60 per cent of the MSE advances to the micro enterprises. In addition, to facilitate easy flow of credit to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the Government launched Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme for Micro and Small Enterprises in August, 2000 under which guarantee cover is provided for collateral free credit extended to micro and small enterprise (MSEs). The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has also issued guidelines in May, 2010, which mandatorily require banks to dispense with collateral requirement for loans upto Rs.10.00 lakh to MSEs. The Ministry also implements Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme and Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme, wherein margin money and capital subsidy respectively are disbursed to bring down the effective cost of loan.

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) have established a Trust named Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE). CGTMSE provides guarantee cover under its Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS) to its registered member Banks / Financial Institutions (called MLIs) against credit facilities upto Rs. 100 lakh sanctioned by them to the eligible Micro and Small Enterprises without taking any collateral security and / or Third Party Guarantee. As on March 31st, 2015 18, 17,245 guarantee proposals have been approved for an amount of Rs 90445.90 crore.

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 Rajya Sabha today.

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Loan to youths under PMEGP

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has been implementing a credit-linked subsidy programme named Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) since 2008-09 through Banks with Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) as nodal agency at the national level for generating employment in the Country by setting up of micro-enterprises in the non-farm sector by helping traditional artisans and unemployed youth. Under PMEGP, general category beneficiaries can avail of margin money subsidy of 25% of the project cost in rural areas and 15% in urban areas.  For beneficiaries belonging to special categories such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, OBCs, minorities, women, ex-servicemen, physically handicapped, beneficiaries belonging to North Eastern Region, hill and border areas, etc.,  the margin money subsidy is 35% in rural areas and 25% in urban area. The maximum cost of project is Rs. 25 lakh in the manufacturing sector and Rs. 10 lakh in the service sector.

State-wise release of margin money subsidy which is treated as target, as also the achievements in term of the margin money subsidy utilized under PMEGP during the last three years i.e 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 are given at Annex. No funds have been released in the current financial year i.e 2015-16.

State wise margin money subsidy released and utilized under PMEGP




   # including un-utilized  balance funds of previous year.
              * including Daman & Diu.     ** including Dadra & Nagar Haveli
     
           @    For the year 2014-15, the disbursement of Margin Money subsidy in respect of projects sanctioned upto 31st March 2015 has been extended upto 30th April 2015.


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 Rajya Sabha today.

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IAS Probationers sensitized on Minority Issues

Indian Administrative Services(IAS) Probationers of the 2014 Batch have been sensitized on the Minorities’ Rights and Government’s Welfare Schemes and Programmes for minorities. Shri Anurag Bajpai, Director, Ministry of Minority Affairs sensitized the probationers at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie last week.

The IAS Probationers, 180 in number, will be joining their respective district postings in the Cadres in June, 2015. It was for the first time that the Probationers have been sensitized before their field postings on issues relating to the minorities. Such sensitization would help the Officers in better appreciating the problems of minorities and in strengthening the delivery at the ground level. Dr. Najma Heptullah,the Minister of Minority Affairs has appreciated the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie for including such a sensitization in their training module.

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387 Companies Committed to Build Green Energy Capacity of 2.7 Lakh MW in Five Years

During Renewable Energy Global Investment Promotion Meet & Expo (RE-INVEST) organized by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy from February 15-17, 2015, 387 companies including global firms have submitted the Green Energy Certificates for renewable energy power generation aggregating to about 272 GW during the next five years. This includes 19.22 GW by 37 public sector undertakings/government companies. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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50 Cities Covered under the Development of Solar Cities Programme

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has sanctioned projects for  50 cities under the Development of Solar Cities Programme so far. State-wise details of solar cities are given below:-





The Minister further stated that master plans of 44 cities have been prepared, Stake-holder’s Committees have been constituted in all 50 cities.  This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy  in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. Solar City Cells have been created in 26 solar cities. Solar PV projects with aggregate capacity of 8.16 MWp and Solar Water Heating Systems with aggregate capacity of 7895 meter square collector area have been sanctioned to 12 solar cities.

            The Minister further stated that a total amount of Rs. 66.50 crore has been sanctioned for master plans, solar city cells, promotional activities and installation of renewable energy projects. Against this an amount of Rs.22.85 crore has been released so far.
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