Over 38 lakh urban poor imparted employment oriented skills

Over 38 lakh urban poor imparted employment oriented skills 

MP tops the list followed by Maharashtra, UP, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh 

To enable gainful employment, 38.32 lakh urban poor have so far been provided with skill development training with assistance from the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation. This was informed by the Minister of State for Urban Development and HUPA Shri Babul Supriyo in a written reply to Rajya Sabha today. 

Skill development of urban poor to enable either self-employment or salaried employment was undertaken under the ‘Skill Training for Employment Promotion Amongst Urban Poor (STEP-UP)’ of erstwhile Swarn Jayanti Shahari Rojgar Yojana launched in 1997 and the ‘Employment through Skill Training & Placement’ component of the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) introduced in 2013. Under STEP-UP, 35.26 lakh urban poor were assisted to upgrade their skills while another 3.06 lakh were helped under NULM. 

Madhya Pradesh led the list of performers having assisted 5.06 lakh urban poor followed by Maharashtra (4.86 lakh), Uttar Pradesh (4.51 lakh), Karnataka (4.08 lakh), Tamil Nadu (3.33 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (3.25 lakh), Gujarat (2.22), Bihar(2.11 lakh), West Bengal (1.98 lakh) and Rajasthan (1.07 lakh). Ministry of HUPA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Skill Development Corporation for facilitating training of 2 lakh urban poor through States/UTs. 


Indian Railways conducts survey on the consumer preference of Bedroll 

          Ministry of Railways has started a survey on the consumer preference of bedrolls (bed-sheets, towel, pillow, blankets) required during the travel on trains. For this purpose, the Ministry of Railways has made available a detailed questionnaire Performa on the homepage of its own website www.indianrailways.gov.in for online submission of replies by the consumers. The performa can be filled up online by 17th August, 2015. The questions asked in this survey include all aspects pertaining to bedrolls like cleanliness and hygienic conditions, colour preference, size preference, design preference, fabric preference, possible charges etc. etc.  Consumers have been requested to spare some time and fill in the questionnaire. It has been assured that the information so collected could be used only for research purpose and would remain private and confidential. Indian Railways has signed an MoU with National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) to work on quality and design of bedrolls and related issues. The survey has been designed in consultation with NIFT.  The data collected through the survey will also prove to be as useful inputs in this exercise.
Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has always been emphasizing on having a better connect between the Railway Administration and the railway users and has been insisting on collecting passenger’s feedback on various issues with a view to improve passenger’s amenities and services in all respects.   The present survey is in line with these directions.

States to be penalized for delay in transfer of funds to ULBs under Atal Mission 

Funds to be transferred in 7 days 

States and Union Territories will be penalized for any delay in transfer of funds to the Urban Local Bodies under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) which was launched on June 25, 2015. This was stated by the Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri Babul Supriyo in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 

Shri Babul Supriyo further said that States and UTs shall release the Central Assistance along with the State/UT share to the Urban Local Bodies within seven working days of the release of Central Share failing which penal interest will be levied. He said this provision was made in the Mission Guidelines to avoid delays in the execution of projects under the Atal Mission. 

The Minister stated that AMRUT is a time bound programme to be implemented over a period of 5 years from 2015 with stipulated Reforms to be completed in 4 years. To avoid delays in implementation, the Ministry of Urban Development has also left the task of preparation, appraisal and execution of projects to the States/UT unlike in the past under JNNURM. 

Under AMRUT, Central Assistance ranges from one-third of the project cost for cities with a population of above 10 lakh to 50% for cities/towns with a population of less than 10 lakh for projects pertaining to water supply, sewerage, septage management, storm water drains and urban transport. Central government will bear 50% of the cost of projects related to development of green spaces and parks and 100% of the cost for capacity building and implementation of reforms. 


Delhi to get 480 Pubic Toilet seats at 80 locations in next 3 months under Swachh Bharat Mission 

DUSIP to come out with a separate plan for Community Toilets for slums 

Dr.Kalam inspired model of public toilets to be built 

NBCC to fund some of them under CSR 

Under Swachh Bharat Mission, 480 Public Toilet seats will be installed at 80 different locations in Delhi in the next three months. This was decided at a meeting taken by Shri Madhusudan Prasad, Secretary(Urban Development), Government of India, last evening. The meeting was attended by the Chief Executives of NDMC, the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Project, Special Secretary, Delhi Government, Chairman of Delhi Urban Arts Commission and other senior officials. 

Shri Madhusudan Prasad stressed the need for speedy action under Swachh Bharat Mission and expressed concern over negative perceptions about tardy progress in Delhi. 

Various models of public toilets including the hugely popular ‘NAMMA’ model being implemented in Tamil Nadu and the ones evolved by DUAC were discussed in detail in the meeting. The NAMMA model of public toilets was evolved based on the suggestion of Dr.A.P.J.Adbul Kalam who had suggested this model based on composite materials when he was the Principal Scientific Advisor to former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1998 and is now being used in Tamil Nadu. The NAMMA toilets were also appreciated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi when he saw the model at the exhibition during the launch of three new urban missions last month. 

The four urban local bodies of Delhi will identify 20 locations each for installing public toilet complex with 6 seats each. This comes to a total of 480 toilet seats at 80 locations. Both the ‘NAMMA’ and DUAC models will be used for building them. 

National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) will support part of the expenditure to be incurred under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 

DUSIP will prepare an Action Plan for installing about 1,000 community toilet seats in slum areas. For building community toilet seats, 40% Viability Gap Funding will be extended while this support will not be available for building public toilet seats, for the use of which nominal user charges will be recovered. 

Under Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas, 1,25,398 individual household toilets, 9,156 public toilet seats and 1,982 community toilet seats are to be built by 2019 besides ensuring 100% Solid Waste Management . This is estimated to cost Rs.350 cr. 

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