New Scheme for Women



New Scheme for Women

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that to cater to the needs of potential women entrepreneurs, who may not have adequate educational background and skills, the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Organization (MSME-DO), has introduced process/product oriented Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) in areas like TV repairing, printer circuit boards, leather goods, screen printing etc. There are also several other schemes of the government like Income Generating Scheme, implemented by the Department of Women and Child Development, which provides assistance for setting up training-cum-income generating activities for needy women to make them economically independent.


In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has been implementing two special schemes for women viz; Mahila Udyam Nidhi which is an exclusive scheme for providing equity to women entrepreneurs and the Mahila Vikas Nidhi which offers developmental assistance for pursuit of income generating activities to women. Further, SIDBI has also taken initiative to set up an informal channel for credit needs on soft term giving special emphasis to women including training for credit utilization and credit delivery skills for the executives of voluntary organizations working for women.

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NSKFDC launches Commercial Motor Driving Training with self defense skills for women

Credit Enhancement Guarantee Scheme for Scheduled Castes launched

Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment inaugurated the “Commercial Motor Driving Training Programme with Self Defense Skills for Women” organized by National Safai Karamcharis Finance & Development Corporation (NSKFDC) and “Credit Enhancement Guarantee Scheme for Scheduled Castes” of IFCI Ltd, here today.  Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar and Shri Vijay Sampla Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment were also present during the launch of the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Gehlot mentioned that the “Commercial Motor Driving Training Programme with Self Defense Skills” for 250 women organised by NSKFDC, is an excellent and unique initiative, as it will meet the objective of women social & economic empowerment by creating job/self employment opportunities for these women, belonging to the families of Safai Karamcharis. The Self Defense Skills being taught during the training, will provide self confidence not only among these women drivers, but would also give a sense of security to the women passengers, particularly, those who have to travel at odd hours. The said programme is of utmost importance keeping in view the increasing incidents of eve-teasing, molestation, rapes, etc. The Minister appreciated the initiative of NSKFDC, as it serves the twin purpose of security for women and their economic empowerment, which is the foremost priority for the Government.

            Inaugurating the “Credit Enhancement Guarantee Scheme for Scheduled Castes” being implemented by IFCI Ltd. Shri Gehlot, mentioned that a sum of Rs.200 crores has been  allocated towards Credit Enhancement Guarantee for young and start-up entrepreneurs, belonging to Scheduled Castes, who aspire to be part of middle class category, with an objective to encourage entrepreneurship in the lower strata of the Society resulting in job creation besides creating confidence in Scheduled Castes.  The Minister further mentioned that the said allocation is under Social Sector Initiatives in order to promote entrepreneurship among the scheduled castes and to facilitate concessional finance to them.


Shri Vijay Sampla, Minister of State, Social Justice Empowerment mentioned that the scheme launched by NSKFED is exceptional in nature and will benefit the woman beneficiaries in self/job employment. Shri Sampla further mentioned that the allocation of Rs. 200 crores towards Credit Enhancement Guarantee for entrepreneurs, belonging to Scheduled Castes enable the young and start-up entrepreneurs to avail financial assistance.  He also appealed to the young and start-up entrepreneurs belonging to Scheduled Castes to avail this facility in large numbers.

Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State, Social Justice Empowerment mentioned that the said programme will go a long way in social & economic empowerment of women belonging to Safai Karamcharis.  He applauded the efforts of NSKFDC.

Shri Gehlot distributed one month stipend to 250 women trainees.  He also handed over a cheque of Rs. 200.00 crore to Sh. Malay Mukherjee, CEO & MD, IFCI Ltd.



Ms. Mamta Sangte, Marshal Art Expert stressed the need for women safety for which they must acquire self defense skills.

Ms. Sanno Begum first Cab Driver from Delhi and Ms. V. Sarita, first women DTC Bus driver also shared their experiences at the event.

Present on the occasion were Smt. Anita Agnihotri, Secretary, SJE and other officials of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, NSKFDC and IFCI Ltd.


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Skill Councils

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that Handicrafts & Carpet Sector Skill Council (HCSSC) has been formed to promote skill development among artisans, craft persons and workers at grass root levels. This would enable them to adopt latest techniques and become more productive.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, SSCs are Industry-led bodies which are responsible for the defining the skilling needs, concept, processes, certifications and accreditation of their respective Industry sectors in accordance with National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). HCSSC shall be responsible for meeting the human resource requirement in terms of shop floor workers and professionals for the entire value chain of the handicraft and carpet industry. There are 33 SSCs in India in almost all major areas including agriculture, life science etc. SSCs which have designed as many as 1,034 Qualification Packs (QPs) and 3,464 National Occupational Standards (NOS) are operating throughout India.

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Public/Private Institutions for Skill Development

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that Government has setup National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) as a Public Private Partnership entity to promote private training providers across the Country. NSDC has incubated 37 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) which are industry led bodies intended to align the skilling efforts as per the industry’s requirement. The SSCs prescribe the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Qualification Packs (QPs) based on which the training is imparted.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, under the scheme “Up-gradation of 1396 Government ITIs through Public Private Partnership”, 1227 Government ITIs across the Country have been taken up for up-gradation. The scheme operational since 2007-08 has an outlay of Rs. 3550 crore out of which Rs. 3067.50 crore (Rs. 2.5 crore per ITIs) has already been released. Out of 1227 Government ITIs taken up for up-gradation, 1196 Government ITIs have been adopted by private companies.

The Minister said, a mid-term evaluation study has been carried out by V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida in 2012 for the ITIs covered in the scheme “Up-gradation of 1396 Government ITIs through Public Private Partnership”. As per this study report, on an average 66% of the students passed out from the ITIs covered under the project, got employment in the year 2010-11 in different sectors.

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Railway Ministry Implements 39 Railway Budget Announcements in Just 36 Days of the Current Financial Year Displaying Unprecedented Pace of Implementation

Minister of Railways and MOS Railways Personally Monitoring the Implementation of Budget Announcements

Comprehensive Mechanism and Action Plan put in Place to Ensure Time Bound Implementation

Indian Railways Developed Online Monitoring of Implementation of Budgetary Proposals Through E-Samiksha

The Entire Machinery of Indian Railways Geared up for Implementation Work


          In an unprecedented pace of implementing announcements made in the Railway Budget 2015 -16, Ministry of Railway has already implemented 39 announcements ranging from passenger amenities system improvements to infrastructure development. Immediately after the presentation of the Budget, the Railway Minister directed Railway Board to put in place a sound mechanism to implement the budgetary announcements in a time bound manner. The entire machinery of Indian Railways was geared up to implement the budgetary proposals.

          Under the implementation strategy, comprehensive action plans were formulated on all budget announcements. Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha have been personally monitoring the implementation and undertaking periodical review. The monitoring and periodical reviews are also being undertaken at Railway Board level, Zonal Railway level and Railway Division level. To ensure effective and efficient online monitoring, Ministry of Railway also developed a special web based software E-Samiksha to keep an eye on implementation. Ministry of Railway is next only to PMO, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry of Human Resource Development to have this kind of online monitoring mechanism.

Though only 36 days have passed in the current financial year 2015-16 (1st April, 2015 to 30th March, 2016), 39 announcements have so far been implemented which are listed below:-

1.     New department for housekeeping created. It will address the issue of cleanliness in a more integrated and coordinated manner.
2.     Disposable bags for garbage disposal have been started as a pilot project in Mumbai-Amritsar Punjab mail.
3.     New non-AC coaches being manufactured in ICF have dustbins from 1st of May, 2015.
4.     NIFT, Delhi has been engaged for designing of bedroll etc.
5.     03 new mechanized laundries have been started at Kochiveli, Malda town and Santragachhi to supply clean linen taking total of such laundries to 33. Twenty nine more locations have been identified.
6.     Passenger Helpline 138 already functional. It will work as an interface for queries/complaints related to medical emergency, cleanliness, food & catering, coach maintenance, linen etc.
7.     Security Helpline 182 already functional to report any unsavoury incidents. This service is very important public service and may play an important role in emergencies like crime against women, onboard unlawful activity, train accidents, medical attention required and fire etc.
8.     An application and a portal to redress railway related complaints has been developed where online tracking of complaints is also possible.
9.     Operation 5 minutes launched i.e. to purchase unreserved tickets within 5 minutes. It has been launched as pilot project on Chennai suburban railway where passengers can buy paperless unreserved tickets on their mobile.
10. Instructions have been issued for differently-abled travelers to purchase concessional E-tickets after one time registration.
11. E-ticketing portal in Hindi is ready for launch.
12. E-catering has been introduced. This is a service where a passenger is able to place an order for a meal, to be served at his seat in the train enroute, through a phone call or an SMS. Presently this service is available in 134 pairs of trains.
13. Online booking of retiring rooms functional.
14.  73 pairs of trains have been identified for introducing hand-held terminals to TTEs. Supply is expected to be received by the end of May, 2015.
15. SMS alert for advance arrival of train at destination functional.
16. Centrally managed railway display network is ready for technology demonstration.
17. Pilot project for providing surveillance cameras has been launched in ICF.
18. On board entertainment has been started on Kalka Shatabdi. It is now being extended to other trains.
19. Instructions have been issued to provide mobile charging facilities in all new general class coaches. Mobile charging facilities will be provided in 3000 existing coaches in 2015-16.
20. Quota for lower berths for senior citizens increased from 2 to 4 per coach.
21.  E-concierge services started in 22 railway stations.
22. 05 trains have been identified for augmentation of capacity from 24 to 26 coaches.
23. Instructions issued for TTEs to help senior citizens/pregnant women to get lower berths.
24. Instructions have been issued for reserving middle bay for women & Senior citizens.
25. Perishable Cargo center as Azadpur Mandi inaugurated. This perishable cargo centre will help farmers and consumers in a big way and the ripening of fruits and cold storage facilities at this cargo centre will help the farmers get a good price and good market for their product.
26.  New instructions have been issued on 10th April, 2015 to liberalize the private freight terminal policy.
27.  All pending recommendations made by Kakodkar committee on safety have been examined by the Railway Board.
28.   Kayakalp Council formed. Noted Industrialist Shri Ratan Tata to head this Council. The purpose of the Council is to recommend innovative methods and processes for the improvement, betterment and transformation of the Indian Railways.
29. Taskforce has been constituted for drafting the IT vision for Indian Railways.
30.   A committee under Shri Ajay Shankar has been constituted for revamping of the PPP cell.
31. MoU for creating a SPV signed in between Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Coal and Government of Odisha. It will help expedite Railway connectivity projects for coal transportation in Odisha.
32. MoU with LIC signed. It is a landmark achievement with Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) providing highest ever funding of Rs. 1.5 lakh crore for Railways. This move will ultimately help railways growth through augmentation of its financial resources.
33. Rail connectivity to Dighi Port approved through PPP.
34. Instructions issued for organizing training of frontline staffs on soft skills.
35. Negotiations for financing railway projects through World Bank commenced.
36. The process for putting in place a regulator has been initiated.
37. MoU signed for Railway Research Centre at Mumbai University.
38.   MOU with National Institute of Designing signed. Under this, Railway Design Centre will be set up in the campus of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmadabad. This will help improve customer’s happiness by way of better designed coaches and providing cost effective solutions to problems faced by passengers during train travel.
39. MoU for creating a SPV signed in between Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Coal and Government of Jharkhand. It will help expedite Railway connectivity projects for coal transportation in Jharkhand.

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Skill Development of Domestic Workers

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), under this Ministry is a demand driven scheme for skill development where targets are determined based on assessment of skill demand and the ‘Skill Gap Studies’, feedback from Central Ministries/Departments, State Governments and Sector Skill Councils. Domestic Workers are unorganized and scattered coming mainly from lower economic and social sections.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, there are opportunities for economic empowerment of such workers through skill development leading to better employment prospects, both within the country and abroad. In this regard, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) had commissioned a study on skill gaps in the Domestic Work sector which maps out demand and supply in the sector across various regions in the country including metro cities and tier-1 cities. This report also estimates annual manpower demand till 2022. Based on this report and consultation with stakeholders, the NSDC is working on setting up a dedicated Sector Skill Council for Domestic Workers to address skill needs of this sector.

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No change in items Reserved for Production by Handlooms
Myth: The Government of India is going to amend the provisions under the Handlooms (Reservation of Articles for Production) Act, 1985, in order to give advantages to power looms.

Reality: Some requests were received for review of items reserved for production by handlooms.
After a due examination of the matter, the Government of India has decided not to make any change in the Reservation Order issued under the 1985 Act, thereby protecting the interests of handloom weavers.

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On receipt of the requests, the matter was referred to a committee under the chairmanship of Development Commissioner (Handlooms). The committee was formed with the mandate of looking into all relevant issues on the subject and giving its considered views, without hurting the interests of handloom weavers. Two meetings of the committee were held - on 20.3.2015 and 10.4.2015.

The Ministry of Textiles came to the aforementioned decision of maintaining status quo, after examining the views of the committee as well as those of State Governments.

Background

Some sections of the media have been reporting that the Government is going to amend the provisions under the Handlooms (Reservation of Articles for Production) Act, 1985, in order to give advantages to power looms. It has been reported that this would severely affect India’s handloom weavers.

This clarification is being issued to dispel this wrong notion and bring to light the correct factual situation.

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Plans to develop Jain, Sufi and Ramayana circuits in the country: Dr Mahesh Sharma Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2014 show an increase of 10.6% over the previous year

The next plan of the Union Ministry of Tourism is to develop Jain, Sufi and Ramayana circuits in the country in addition to the existing circuits already being developed by the Ministry. This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma in reply to a starred question in Rajya Sabha today.

Replying to supplementaries, Dr Mahesh Sharma said that End-to –End tourism will be provided at the Buddhist circuit and GPS enabled vehicles will be run to ensure the safety of the tourists. The Minister also informed that welcome cards are being issued to the foreign tourists with dos and don’ts written on them. The foreign tourists specially female tourists have been advised to take a picture of the number plate of the taxi she is boarding and send it to the next destination, he explained.

The Minister said that the Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India in 2014 was 7.70 million showing an increase of 10.6% over the previous year and the Foreign exchange earnings have also increased by 11.6% during the same period. He said that Buddhist circuit has been allotted Rs 120 crore and the work on it has started. Similarly Krishna circuit, which includes Mathura and Vrindavan, is also being developed and a sum of Rs 120 crore is being allocated to it.

The Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD schemes are the main schemes started by the new government, Dr Mahesh Sharma said. An amount of Rs 100 crore has been allocated for the 12 religious cities selected under the PRASAD scheme and Rs 600 crore has been provided for the Swadesh Darshan scheme for the current year.

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Conversion Offorest Villages into Revenue Villages

Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (Forest Rights Act, 2006, in short) provides for conversion of Forest Villages into Revenue Villages as one of the forest rights conferred on forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers. Different State/UT Governments carry out the process of conversion of forest villages to revenue villages as a component of Forest Rights Act, 2006 and they are at different stages of progress.

Officials of forest departments of different States are a part of the committees constituted at different levels for the recognition and vesting of forest rights. There is significant increase in community rights title distribution. As on February 28, 2015 as many as 15,32,555 individual titles and 29,898 community titles have been issued. A single community title covers a large geographical area as compared to an individual title and hence these two cannot be compared in percentage terms.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Government houses for private persons if only under SPG cover ; Criteria changed

At present only 3 private persons given government houses from security point of view

Further to revision of criteria, government accommodation is be provided to private persons from the security point of view only if they are under the protection cover of the Special Protection Group (SPG). This was informed by the Minister of State for Urban Development Shri Babul Supriyo in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. The Minister further informed that at present only three private persons viz., Smt.Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Shri K.P.S.Gill and Shri Maninder Singh Bitta have been provided government accommodation.

Shri Babul Supriyo stated that the criteria for allocation of government houses on security considerations have been changed making only SPG protectees eligible for such consideration. Special license fee shall be charged for such accommodation. The security protectees will not be required to surrender their own houses in Delhi in lieu of allocation of government accommodation.

Under the previous criteria, private persons under ‘Z Plus’ security category were also entitled for government accommodation and they were required to surrender own houses in Delhi further to allocation of government accommodation and in such cases, special license fee was charged instead of market rent.

Ministry of Home Affairs examines in each case if the allotment of government accommodation to a person on security consideration is in public interest and if the security threat to such persons has emanated from the duties performed in public office in the past. The Ministry should also opine whether it was absolutely necessary to provide the persons concerned houses in Delhi.

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Financial assistance for sports facilities for educational institutions

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is implementing the following schemes:

1.         Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS) is being implemented on a pilot basis with effect from the year 2010-11. Under this scheme, 100% financial assistance, subject to prescribed limits, is provided to State Governments/ Union Territories for development of the following sports infrastructure:-
(i) Synthetic playing surface (for hockey and athletics);
(ii) Multipurpose indoor hall.
         
The following entities are eligible to receive assistance for creation of sports infrastructure under this scheme:-
(a) State Governments;
(b) Local Civic Bodies;
(c) Schools, Colleges and Universities under Central/State Governments; and
(d) Sports Control Boards.

2.         Scheme of Sports & Games for Persons with Disabilities for broad-basing of sports among differently-abled sportspersons by way  of conduct of training for community coaches, conduct of sports competitions and providing assistance to schools/institutes having differently-abled sportspersons on their rolls for procurement of sports equipment and engagement of coaches on contract basis.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous body under the administrative control of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports provides facilities and financial assistance to schools and colleges for promotion of sports under its various Sports Promotional Schemes.

            He said, there is no provision for selection of blocks and villages in the country, including Uttar Pradesh, for grant of financial assistance for sports facilities for educational institutions under any of the above schemes. However, under the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, all 6545 blocks of the country are to be covered for creation of block level sports complex both for indoor and outdoor sports disciplines for which grants are released to States and Union Territories (UTs) in terms of the norms laid down under the Scheme.

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Revamping of IOC

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. IOA is the National Olympic Committee for India, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has issued various directions from time to time to National Sports Federations including IOA for bringing in good governance and transparency in functioning of sports bodies. These include guidelines on age and tenure restrictions, mandatory disclosure of information, conduct of elections etc.

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Disclosure of Sports development and promotion activities by IOA and NSFs on websites

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that in accordance with the provisions of the National Sports Development Code of India (NSDCI), the recognised National Sports Federations are required to furnish certain documents namely, annual audited accounts, annual report, details of National/International championships including calendar of events, funds received from other sources etc. to the Ministry every year for annual renewal of their recognition from the Government. Also, Government has declared the NSFs receiving grant of Rs.10.00 lakh or more in a year as Public Authority under Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act. Although, the NSFs have been furnishing information to this Ministry, but it has been noticed that the same is not available on the website of many NSFs and hence is not available to general public and stakeholders. Therefore, in order to reduce the paper work of NSFs while making the information available to stakeholders and ensure greater transparency, all National Sports Federations (NSFs) & Indian Olympic Association (IOA) have been asked by the Ministry to make available, on their websites, information regarding their functioning, details of elections, annual audited accounts, constitution of their organizations, details of national championships with their calendar of events, details of international events held in India and abroad, list of I-Cards issued to athletes, action taken for prevention of age fraud and dope free sports in compliance to WADA/NADA Code, funds received from various sources including private sponsors, public sector undertakings, State Governments, etc.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, a few NSFs have uploaded such information on their websites. Some NSFs, though have uploaded the same, it is not in accordance with the instructions of the Government. Many NSFs are yet to host the same. Therefore, the Ministry has issued instruction to IOA and all NSFs to mandatorily upload the desired information on their websites latest by 31-05-2015.

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Auxilliary programmes to incentivize implementation of NSTC Scheme

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Government of India through Sports Authority of India (SAI) is implementing National Sports Talent Contest (NSTC) Scheme. The scheme scouts sports talent in the age group of 8-14 years from schools and nurtures them into future medal hopes by providing scientific training. Schools having good sports infrastructure and record of creditable sports performances are adopted by SAI under the scheme. This enable the budding sportsperson to study and play in the same school. Presently, 991 trainees (693 boys and 298 girls) are imparted training under NSTC Scheme.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, on 13th March, 2015 SAI Governing Body approved assistance of Rs.3,000/- each for sports kits and competition exposure per annum per trainee (maximum 20 trainees) within 2 months of a trainee joining the Akhara Sub-scheme under NSTC.

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New Schemes for Development of Tourism in the Country 

The Ministry of Tourism has launched two new schemes in the last financial year:

·        Swadesh Darshan for Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits around Specific Themes.
·        National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) to beautify and improve the amenities and infrastructure at pilgrimage centres of all faiths.

            Under Swadesh Darshan, the following five circuits have been identified for development:-

·        North East Circuit
·        Buddhist Circuit
·        Himalayan Circuit
·        Coastal Circuit
·        Krishna Circuit

            Under PRASAD, initially twelve cities have been identified namely Ajmer, Amritsar, Amravati, Dwarka, Gaya, Kedarnath, Kamakhaya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi and Velankanni.

A budget provision of Rs.600.00 crore and Rs.100.00 crore is available for Swadesh Darshan & PRASAD respectively for the year 2015-16.
            The details of projects sanctioned under these new schemes are given below:

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Projects sanctioned under Swadesh Darshan
Sl. No.
Name of the Circuit
Name of the Project
Amt. Sanction
Amount Released
1.
North-East Circuit
Bhalukpong – Bomdila-Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh
50.00
10.00
2.
Buddhist Circuit
Cultural Centre, Bodhgaya
33.17
6.63
3.
Coastal Circuit
Kakinada –Hope Island- Konaseema as World Coastal & Eco Tourism Circuit (Phase–I ) in Andhra Pradesh
 69.83
3.37

(Rs. in Crore)
Projects sanctioned under PRASAD
Sl. No.
Name of the City
Name of the Project
Amt. Sanction
Amount Released
1.
Gaya
Development of Basic Facilities at Vishnupad Temple, Gaya, Bihar.
4.29
0.86
2.
Puri
Infrastructure Development at Puri.
50.00
10.00
3.
Mathura
Development of Mathura – Vrindavan.
14.93
2.99
4.
Mathura
Mathura Tourist Facilitation Center
9.35
1.75


This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma in reply to an unstarred question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Promotion of sports 

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that details of Schemes being implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for promotion and development of sports in the country are given at Annexure – I. In addition, the Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous body under the administrative control of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, is also implementing various Sports Promotional Schemes for promotion and development of sports, details of which are given in Annexure – II. Of the schemes being implemented, the two schemes which are specifically aimed at States and Union Territories (UTs), including the State of Bihar, are Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) and Urban Sports Infrastructure Scheme (USIS).

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, under the RGKA, all 6545 blocks of the country are to be covered for creation of block level sports complex both for indoor and outdoor sports disciplines for which grants are released to States and Union Territories (UTs) in terms of the norms laid down under the Scheme based on proposals received from them.

He said, under the USIS, entities eligible to receive assistance for creation of sports infrastructure are State Governments, Local Civic Bodies, Schools, Colleges and Universities under Central/State Governments; and Sports Control Boards. Funds are granted to eligible entities as per norms laid down in the Scheme based on proposals received from them.


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Financial assistance to prospective medal winners at 2016 Olympics 

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that preparation of sportspersons is an ongoing process. Currently, Indian sportspersons are preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games including Qualifying events thereof.
          In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, under the scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federation, promising sportspersons are identified and are provided with all the requisite facilities for their preparations, such as nutritious diet, food supplements, equipments, state-of-art infrastructure, boarding and lodging, coaching from Indian and Foreign Coaches/Support staff, Scientific & Medical support, Sports Kit etc. besides financial assistance for their training abroad  and participation in International Competitions in India and abroad.

          He said, furthermore, in order to cater to individualized needs of indentified sportspersons for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has launched a new programme called Target Olympic Podium (TOP) under National sports Development Fund. Assistance for training, competition exposure, etc. is being provided under the programme.
         
          The Minister said, under the Scheme, 45 sportspersons in the disciplines of Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Shooting, Wrestling and Sailing have been identified/selected so far for  their customized training at Institutes/Centers, having world class facilities/high quality support staff under the guidance of reputed coaches.  The list of sportspersons is given in the statement at Annexure.  Criteria for selection included recent performance, consistency in performance, performance vis-à-vis international standard etc.

          Shri Sonowal said, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (Department of Sports) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL), which is a Public Sector Company, in March 2015.  The IIFCL will contribute Rs 30.00 crore (Rs 10.00 crore each year for three years) to the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme under its initiatives for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 

          The IIFCL has contributed Rs 10.00 crore to the NSDF in March 2015.  The contribution will be used to fund the activities of the sport of Badminton under TOP scheme, the Minister added.

Annexure

List of Sportspersons Discipline Wise identified/selected under Top Scheme

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List of Sportspersons Discipline Wise identified/selected under Top Scheme

Athletics (5 athletes)
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Vikas Gowda - Men’s Discus Throw
2
SeemaAntil –Women’s Discus Throw
3
Arpinder Singh – Men’s Triple Jump
4
Khushbir Kaur - 20km Racewalking
5
K.T. Irfan - 20km Racewalking

Badminton (6 athletes)
6
SainaNehwal – Women’s singles
7
P.V. Sindhu - Women’s singles
8
P. Kashyap – Men’s singles
9
K. Srikanth – Men’s singles
10
Guru Saidutt – Men’s Singles
11
H.S. Prannoy – Men’s Singles

Boxing (8 athletes)
12
MC May Kom – Women’s 51 kg
13
Sarita Devi – Women’s 60 kg
14
PinkiJangra – Women’s 51 kg
15
Devendro Singh – Men’s 49 kg
16
Shiva Thapa – Men’s 56 kg
17
MandeepJangra – Men’s 60 kg
18
Vijender Singh – Men’s 75 kg
19
VikasKrishan – Men’s 75 kg

Shooting (17 athletes)
20
AbhinavBindra – Men’s 10m Air Rifle
21
GaganNarang – Men’s 50m Rifle Prone
22
Sanjeev Rajput – Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions
23
Ayonika Paul – Women’s 10m Air Rifle
24
Apurvi Chandela – Women’s 10m Air Rifle
25
Heena Sidhu – Women’s 10m Air Pistol
26
Shweta Chaudhary – Women’s 10m Air Pistol
27
Malaika Goel – Women’s 10m Air Pistol
28
Jitu Rai – Men’s 10m Air Pistol, 50m Free Pistol
29
P.N. Prakash – Men’s 10m Air Pistol
30
Vijay Kumar – Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol
31
RahiSarnobat – Women’s 25m Sports Pistol
32
AnisaSayyed – Women’s 25m Sports Pistol
33
Manavjit Sandhu - Men’s Trap
34
Ankur Mittal – Men’s Double Trap
35
Mohd Asab – Men’s Double Trap
36
Kynan Chenai – Men’s Trap

Wrestling (7 athletes)
37
Sushil Kumar – Men’s 74 kg
38
YogeshwarDutt – Men’s 66kg
39
 Bajrang – Men’s 66kg
40
 Amit Kumar – Men’s 57kg
41
Rahul Aware – Men’s 57kg
42
BabitaKumari – Women’s 53kg
43
VineshPhogat – Women’s 48kg

Sailing (2 athletes)
44
VarshaGautam - 49erFX team
45
Aishwarya N. - 49erFX team

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Financial allocation for development of traditional games 
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that as ‘Sports’ is a State subject, primary responsibility for promotion and development of sports including development of traditional games is that of respective State Governments. Responsibility for promotion and development of specific sports disciplines is that of concerned National Sports Federations (NSFs). However, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Sports Authority of India (SAI) supplements the efforts of the State Governments and NSFs.
            In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, the existing schemes of the Government of India and SAI lay adequate focus on the promotion of traditional and indigenous games. Sports Federations including Federations relating to traditional games such as Kabaddi, Chess, Wrestling, Kho-Kho etc. have been given recognition by the Government. Under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs), financial assistance is provided for participation in international sports eventsabroad, conduct of national championships, organizing coaching camps, keeping in view the provisions of the Scheme with regard to the category in which the sports discipline has been placed.
            Details of grants released from the Scheme of Assistance to NSFs for the indigenous games during last three years including current year are given in table below:
S No.
Name of the sports discipline
Amount of grant released
(Rupees in lakh)
2013-14
2014-15 (upto December 2014)
2015-16
1
Archery
1000.57
397.50
-
2
Kabaddi
74.00
18.00
-
3
Hockey
1268.19
452.02
-
4
Chess
232.08
105.52
-
5
Wrestling
1429.12
436.25
-
6
Atya Patya
14.00
1.25
-
7
Tug of War
10.75
2.75
-

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