Government is Committed to Provide Power to Every Household by 2019 : Shri Piyush Goyal

Government is Committed to Provide Power to Every Household by 2019 : Shri Piyush Goyal 

The Government is committed to provide power to all households in the country from urban to rural by 2019 and making all out efforts to accomplish it. Stating this in an interactive session organized by Coal Consumers’ Association of India (CCAI) in Kolkata today, the Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal emphasized on generating more and more clean and green energy from sources like Solar, Wind, Tidal and Bio-mass that is eco-friendly and said his ministry is effortlessly encouraging it by providing subsidy and other promotional activities. 

The Minister said, coal production in the country by Coal India Limited (CIL) has increased by 12% by February 2015 since the new government came to power and the target is to increase it by 29 million tonnes in the next 10 months. He said, the government is adopting a policy of clear transparency and giving priority to accountability, responsibility and integrity in the Coal Sector. The Minister hoped that the coal sector will have 11 to 12 % growth with an additional production of 550 million tonnes in the current financial year. 


Shri Piyush Goyal Inaugurates “Premashraya”, A Home for Cancer Patients built with Coal India CSR Initiative in Kolkata 

Shri Piyush Goyal, the Minister of State (IC),for Power,Coal, New & Renewable Energy, inaugurated “Premashraya” a home for Cancer patients and their relatives of Tata Medical Center, at Rajarhat , Newtown in Kolkata today. The 10-story building will enable 525 persons, only Cancer patients and their relatives from outside Kolkata and getting treatment at Tata Medical Centre, to stay there at a nominal charge. 

While speaking on the occasion, Shri Goyal announced that Coal India will set up 5 (five) Cancer Detection Centres, one each at the Coal Mining belts of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh for the benefit of the people staying in the remote areas facing lot of troubles to get access to quality treatment for critical ailment like cancer. Appreciating the effort to lessen the hardship of poor cancer patients coming from far-flung areas, Shri Goyal asked the Premashraya Trust to get the industrialists, business community and others involved for the maintenance of the ‘home’ which require at least Rs.30 crore a year. Coal India Ltd., the Maharatna PSU of the Coal Ministry has already sanctioned Rs.41.11 crore for the construction of Premashraya. It will again come up for the help of the Premashraya, if necessary, the Minister assured. Shri Sutirtha Bhattacharya, the Chairman, Coal India Ltd. said, Coal India is happy to be associated with such a noble and humane endeavour. 

Premashraya, a home away from home, stands at a stone’s throw from the Tata Medical Centre at Rajarhat, New Town. The building, apart from having facilities for lodging of patients and their relatives, also has palliative care cubicles, child care centres, counseling rooms, physiotherapy unit and an auditorium. 

Shri Nitin Gadkari Inaugurates ‘Smart Transportation Infra Summit and Expo 2015’ 

The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated ‘Smart Transportation Infra Summit & Expo 2015’ here today. The theme of the two-day summit is ‘Making “Make in India” Happen in Traffic industry”. The summit is being organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Summit and Expo aims to provide a platform to policy and decision makers, stakeholders and implementers from all the sectors related to traffic and transport industry. 

Addressing various issues related to road transport and traffic industry on the occasion, Shri Nitin Gadkari said that accidental spots and traffic jam spots should be identified and research should be done to find solution to the factors contributing to accidents and traffic jams. He emphasized upon the development of alternative transport system to decongest traffic load on a particular mode of transportation. He said that inland waterways are the future of country’s transportation. This is cost effective, environment friendly and a viable mode of transportation. He said that India has a lot of potential in this area. It will reduce the cost of transportation by around 1/5th as compared to the other modes of transportation including road and rail transport. 

He called upon the Indian industrialists to deliberate upon indigenous technologies that can contribute to the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Make in India’ and development of smart transportation system for ‘Smart Cities’. 

During the summit deliberations will be held on various topics such as financing smart transportation initiatives, smart mobility in Delhi, technology convergence in smart transportation, intelligent traffic and parking management. 

Shri G S Bali, Transport Minister, Government of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Alok B. Shriram, President, PHD Chamber and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. 

Conference of State Social Welfare Secretaries/Administrators of UTs Dealing with Disability Affairs Held 

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment held a two days Conference of State Social Welfare Secretaries / Administrators of UTs dealing with Disability Affairs on 2nd and 3rd July, 2015 here today. The Conference was inaugurated by Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister Social Justice & Empowerment. 

27 States/Union Territories of the Country were represented including the North Eastern States. 

The Minister in his inaugural address stated that although the Schemes are of the Central Government, the implementation lies primarily with the State Governments, without whose cooperation achieving success would not be possible.. 

Shri Lov Verma, Secretary, DEPwD in his inaugural address gave an overview of the Major Policy Issues concerning the Person with Disability, new initiatives taken by the Central Government for the Welfare and Empowerment of such persons including launch of new scholarship schemes and appealed to all the States/UTs to take pro active measures in this regard. Shri Awanish Kumar Awasthi and Shri Mukesh Jain, Joint Secretaries in their presentations besides giving Status of implementation of various schemes highlighted the following issues: 

(i) Need for issue of Disability Certificates to all eligible persons with disability in mission mode and Universal ID for such persons and creation of a National Data Base. 

(ii) ‘Sugamaya Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by the Government impressing upon the State Governments to create an accessible environment at all public places, buildings, transport and also making the website accessible to Persons with various types of disabilities; 

(iii) New initiatives including inclusion of Cochlear Implant for children with hearing impairment, high end aids and assistive devices including electronic wheel chairs under ADIP Scheme. 

Some of the State Governments / UTs especially the States of Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Haryana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Kerala, Odisha, Bihar and the NCT of Delhi, highlighted the best practices being followed in their respective States. 

The major conclusions drawn and the announcements made were as follows: 

(i) Accessibility audit of all the Government buildings and public places may be conducted for which Central Government could provide financial support. It was mentioned that the "Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan", envisages to identify 100 most impactful buildings and make them accessible to the PwDs. The representative from Kerala informed that they had prepared a Detailed Project Report involving Rs.50 crore to create a barrier-free district, which will be replicated in other districts. 

(ii) International Day for Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December may be celebrated in all the States and UTs where inter-alia the achievers amongst the PwDs may be rewarded.. 

(iii) The States/UTs may send their updated figures on Issue of Disability Certificates. 

(iv) Action Plan for Skill Development of PwDs targets of skilling 25 lakh persons with a view to enable them to get wage or self-employment may be pursued vigorously. 

(v) The State Governments, especially, Haryana & Tripura stated that there was a great need for sensitizing the Government officials and all other stakeholders on the disability issues, which could be done only with the help of experts who understand disability. 

(vi) Raahgiri Day for Persons with Disabilities may be organized. (vii) Sporting events highlight the potential of PwDs. The State Governments may encourage the same. 

Best Practices 

i. The UT of Chandigarh is giving petrol/diesel subsidy to PwDs @Rs.2500/- per month. Transportation being important for the category, this needs to be followed by other States/UTs also. 

ii. Programmes like Hum Raahi of Government of Haryana could be started by other States/UTs for which Central Government assistance under awareness generation scheme can also be available. 

iii. The Himachal Pradesh representative informed that they had no homes for the mentally retarded persons in the State. The same was required in 3 regions. It was stated that the Central Government could give one-time grant for the purpose whereas the recurring expenditure will have to be borne by the State Government. 

All the States could follow the pattern of Assam Government for half-way homes. 

iv. The Government of Telangana representative informed that under their SADAREM scheme they are issuing disability certificate within 1 day. Under this disability data of a person is fed into computer and the computer itself assesses the percentage of disability. 

v. The State Government of Tamil Nadu is operating Chief Minister's Health Insurance Scheme under which financial assistance is given for Cochlear Implants. Other States can also from such schemes. 

In his concluding remarks, Secretary, DEPwD invited attention to the Incheon Strategy, its 10 broad goals, targets, indicators and the supplementary indicators to measure success rate in achieving rehabilitation and development of the persons with disabilities. He also appealed to all the States and UTs to adopt and follow good practices being followed by other States and UTs. 


Foundation stone laid for Apparel & Garment Making Centre in Mizoram 

The foundation stone for Apparel and Garment Making Centre in Mizoram was laid by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon'ble Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Government of India on the 3rd of July 2015 in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram. 

Textiles Minister Shri Santosh Gangwar inaugurates Weavers' Service Centre, and lays foundation stone for Apparel and Garment Making Centre for Mizoram


Stage-1 of competition for selection of Smart City aspirants gets underway 

Technology adoption in governance, financial strength of urban local bodies to decide selection 

With the Ministry of Urban Development asking the State Governments to nominate by July 31st the cities and towns for inclusion under Smart Cities Mission, the Stage-1 of ‘City Challenge’ competition got underway.

            As per the  Operational Guidelines for Smart Cities Mission, released by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015, States have to nominate the assigned number of cities and towns from each State based on four broad criteria and a total of 13 Sub-criteria.

            The four broad criteria being: Existing Service Levels in city/town (25 marks out of the total of 100 marks), Institutional Systems and capacities(15 marks), Self-financing (30) and Past track record and reforms(30 marks). Every State Government has to evaluate all cities/towns in that state based on these criteria and nominate the top performers as per the number assigned to each State. For instance, Uttar Pradesh is entitled to nominate 13 cities/towns for inclusion in Smart Cities Mission and the State Government has to suggest 13 top scoring cities/towns after evaluation of all urban local bodies in the State as per the stipulated criteria.

            As per the weightages given per each criterion in the Mission Guidelines, present status of e-governance and revenue mobilization and financial strength of urban local bodies dominate the Stage-1 evaluation criteria accounting for 60 of the total 100 marks. 8 of the total 13 Sub-criteria are related to e-governance and financial strength including revenue mobilization of urban local bodies.

            Details of this dominant criteria being:

1.Operational Online Grievance Redressal System -5 marks
2. Publication of at least first monthly e-newsletter -5 marks
3.Online display of municipal budget expenditure information for the last two financial years -5 marks.
4.Increase in collection of internally generated revenues during the last three years -10 marks
5.Payment of salaries by urban local body up to last month -5 marks
6.Percentage contribution of internal revenues of urban local body like tax revenue, user charges, rents to fund the budget -10 points
7.Extent of establishment and maintenance costs of water supply met through user charges during 2014-15 -10 marks
8.Percentage of internal revenues used to fund capital expenditure during 2014-15 -10 marks.

            The other criteria to be used for evaluation of smart city aspirants in the Stage-1 of City Challenge Competition being:  % of increase over Census 2011 in providing household toilets (10 marks), Imposing penalties for delay in service delivery(5),  Audit of accounts up to 2012-13(5), Progress in respect of six ULB level reforms(10) and Percentage of JNNURM projects implemented(10 marks).           

            100 smart city nominations received from all the States and Union Territories will be put through State-2 of the competition based on an elaborate criteria before funds are released to the top 20 cities and towns during the current financial year.

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