46th Session of Indian Labour Conference on July 20-21, 2015 in New Delhi



46th Session of Indian Labour Conference on July 20-21, 2015 in New Delhi


The 46th Session of the Indian labour Conference is being held on July 20-21, 2015 in New Delhi. The Prime Minister will inaugurate the Conference, dedicate National Career Service (NCS) Portal and will launch ESIC 2.0:Reform Initiatives of ESIC.Shri Arun Jaitley,Union Minister of Finance will be the Guest of Honour.

As a prelude to the Indian Labour Conference, meeting of Standing Labour Committee(SLC) takes place which reviews the Action Taken Report of the conclusions of the preceding labour conference and also decides upon the agenda item of the forthcoming Indian Labour Conference. The 46th Session of the SLC held  in  January,2014 set the agenda which was again fine-tuned in 47th Session of the SLC under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge) here on 10th July,2015.The shortlisted agenda include-

-Implementation of the conclusions/ recommendations of the 43rd, 44th and 45th Indian Labour Conference, particularly on  Contract Labour, Minimum Wages and Scheme Workers and Tripartite Mechanism,

-Social Security for the workers both in organized and unorganized sector,

-Amendment of Bonus Act – Removal of conditions on payment ceiling, eligibility limits, decisions to pay minimum bonus without linking to loss when the performance indicator satisfy grant of bonus,

-Labour Laws amendments proposed/done either by the Central or State Governments and

-Employment and Employment Generation

 The ESIC 2.0:Reform Initiatives of ESIC  too will be dedicated.The Health Reform Initiative is a comprehensive package meant to transform the Public Service Delivery System in ESIC through effective use of Information and Communication Technology. 

The Ministry of Labour and Employment is implementing the National Career Service (NCS) Project by transforming Employment Exchange processes to Career Centers.  A portal developed  with key functionalities associated with the employment exchange processes (including online registration, career counseling, job matching etc.) will also  be launched.

 The conference will be attended by Labour Ministers,Labour Secretaries,Labour Commissioners of all State Governments ,Union Territory Administrations, several Central Ministries, Departments and senior leaders of the Central Organisations of Employees and Workers.

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Steel & Mines Minister calls on Chief Minister, Rajasthan and hands over detailed exploration reports of 28 mine blocks to CM 

Deliberations held on expediting auction for 62 potential mine blocks 

The Union Steel & Mines Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar called on the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Smt. Vasundhara Raje at Jaipur yesterday. Issues related to development of steel and mines sector in the state were discussed during the meeting. 

Shri Tomar urged the Chief Minister to expedite the process of notification for auction of mine blocks. Union Minister appreciated the efforts of state government in identifying more than 30 blocks for auction of ML and PL-cum-ML, including those for limestone, manganese, potash and iron ore. In addition to these blocks, the Minister handed over detailed exploration report of 28 blocks to the chief minister. These reports are of base metals, gold and phosphorite of G2-G1 level prepared by MECL. These inputs were got prepared by Ministry of Mines at a cost of about Rs. 60 crore. Recently, Ministry has taken a decision to supply promotional exploration reports of MECL to state governments without any cost. With these additional inputs, government of Rajasthan has 38 blocks ready for auction of ML and 24 blocks for auction of PL-cum-ML. He also offered help from MSTC in conducting the auctions. 

Earlier, GSI had carried out exploration of around 35 blocks in the state and shared the findings with the government. Shri Tomar proposed help from GSI, MECL and SAIL in detailed exploration of blocks so that additional mines can be identified for auctions. He emphasised the importance of constituting District Mineral Foundation (DMF) for the selected districts at the earliest. Progress on ML for iron ore in Bhilwara to SAIL and allotment of Banera iron ore mine and Jahajpur iron ore blocks to RINL was also discussed during the meeting. 

Smt. Raje apprised the Minister about preparedness of the state for conducting the auctions and related activities like exploration and setting up of DMF. She sought support from central government in according environment clearances to mining proposals to safeguard jobs and livelihood of mine-workers. The Chief Minister appreciated the decision of Union Mines Minister to make detailed exploration reports available to states, free of cost. 

Senior officials from the Ministries of Steel & Mines and state government were present during the meeting. 

It is noteworthy that earlier this year, central government had amended MMDR Act thereby bringing in auction as the only process of allocation of mines resulting in transparency and revenue maximisation. The Amendment Bill introduced DMF to take care of the interests of the poor and tribal people living in and around the mines and the affected areas. 

The novel concept of National Mineral Exploration Trust introduced in the Bill is also taking concrete shape with the notification of rules in the coming days. In September 2014, central government had increased royalty rates after a gap of five years. This will result in around 41 % increase in cumulative royalty revenue to the states. In case of Rajasthan, the annual royalty will increase to the tune of 18 % to about Rs. 1533 crore. 

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Ministry of Railways decides to remove the condition of providing photocopy of identity card or indicating its number at the time of purchase of Tatkal ticket. 

The modified Tatkal provisions to come to effect by 1st September, 2015. The exact date of effect will be notified separately. 


             Ministry of Railways has decided to modify some of the rules pertaining to purchase of tatkal tickets.  Under the modified rules, there will be no need to furnish photocopy of proof of identity while booking Tatkal ticket from computerised reservation counter or to indicate its number at the time of booking of Tatkal ticket at the counter or through internet.

          In addition,  as per the proposed changes, in case of ticket booked under Tatkal scheme, one of the passengers has to produce anyone of the following proofs of identity in original during the journey, failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket will be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly : -

(i)    Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.
(ii)   Passport
(iii)  PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
(iv)  Driving Licence issued by RTO
(v)   Photocopy Identity Card having serial number issued by Central/State Government
(vi)  Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their Students
(vii) Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph
(viii) Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph
(ix)  Unique Identification Card “Aadhar”
(x)   Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertaking of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.

          These modifications will come into effect by 1st September, 2015.  The exact date of effect will be notified separately. 

          As per extant instructions for undertaking journey on Tatkal tickets, the passenger at the time of booking a ticket from PRS centre has to provide a photocopy of identity card which he/she will carry during the journey. The number of this identity card is indicated on the ticket as well as reservation chart and during the journey the passenger has to carry the same original proof of identity failing which he/she is treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. In case of passengers booking ticket through internet, the number and type of identity card to be carried by the passenger during the journey is indicated at the time of booking of ticket and the passenger has to carry the same original proof of identity during the journey failing which all the passengers are treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly.  These provisions are now being modified as mentioned in the first two paragraphs.

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Indian Railways starts collecting feedback about basic amenities through phones using IVRS based system 

Railway PSU IRCTC entrusted with this task of collecting feedback 

With a view to improve passenger amenities in running trains and stations, Indian Railways has started collecting feedback from the public about the basic amenities from this month. Collecting this kind of feedback is in line with the emphasis given by Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on the best connect between railway administration and railway users. 

The job of collecting this significant feedback has been entrusted to its own PSU namely “Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)”. The feedback is being collected by IRCTC through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) with the number +91-139. Under this system, travelling passengers are being contacted randomly on their mobile phones to gather their feedback about the facilities provided by the Railways in six areas, namely, cleanliness of station/platform/train, quality of catering, level of cooling of AC, quality of food, punctuality of train and quality of bedrolls. 

Out of the six facilities, a passenger is asked to send his/her feedback on only two facilities. They are given three options of pressing on mobile – 2 (Two) for Good, 1(one) for Satisfactory and 0(Zero) for unsatisfactory/Bad – with regard to a particular amenity. 

On an average 60-70 calls per day per train are being made and efforts are done to make approximately one lakh successful calls per day to passengers of mail / express trains. 

The feedback will help improve passenger amenities and also help fix accountability of service providers. 

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Storage Status of 91 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on July 16, 2015 

The Water storage available in 91 important reservoirs of the country as on July 16 2015 was 51.22 BCM which is 33% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This storage is 133% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 112% of storage of average of last ten years. The present storage position during current year is better than the storage position of last year and is also better than the storage of average of last ten years. 

The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 BCM which is about 62% of the total storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS: 

NORTHERN REGION 
The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 9.28 BCM which is 52% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 45% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 39% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period. 

EASTERN REGION
The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 7.66 BCM which is 41% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 24% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 21% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period. 

WESTERN REGION
The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 27.07 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 6.10 BCM which is 23% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 21% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 32% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the storage of last year but is less than the average storage of last ten years. 

CENTRAL REGION
The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs in this region having total storage capacity of 42.30BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 15.10 BCM which is 36% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 30% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 22% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the storage of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years. 

SOUTHERN REGION
The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, (Two combined project in both states) Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs in this region having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total storage available in these reservoirs is 13.48 BCM which is 26% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 15% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 34% of storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year but is less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period. 

States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha, Tripura, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Rajasthan, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana. States having equal storage than last year for corresponding period are Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (Two combined project in both states). 

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