Shri Nadda seeks participation of NGOs in “Kayakalp” and other initiatives of Health Ministry

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda addressing a meeting with the NGOs to seek their participation in “Kayakalp” programme of the Health Ministry, in New Delhi on July 09, 2015. The Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), Shri B.P. Sharma and other dignitaries are also seen.
Shri Nadda seeks participation of NGOs in “Kayakalp” and other initiatives of Health Ministry 

Shri J P Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare met representatives from some prominent NGOs in the health sector to seek their participation in ‘Kayakalp’, an initiative of the Health Ministry to encourage public health facilities in the country to work towards standards of excellence to help the facilities stay clean and hygienic. Addressing the representatives, the Health Minister stated that public health facilities will be awarded under the initiative on various parameters of sanitation, hygiene and cleanliness. The scheme also includes development and instating of systems and procedures for activities such as bio-waste management, quality assurance of services etc. The initiative towards total “Swacchta” in public health facilities is aimed towards building confidence of the users in public health facilities, provide quality service and encourage team work, he said. Adding that he views the NGOs as ‘active partners of the Ministry’, Shri Nadda stated that he looks forward to their participation to also provide feedback on the schemes being implemented by the Ministry to enable course correction and value addition in the services. 

The Health Minister invited the NGOs to adopt any ward, area section or premise or any part of the activities within the three hospitals under the Central Government, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Dr. RML Hospital and Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, to begin with. The NGOs can innovate in terms of improving cleanliness in the wards, premises and toilets; provisioning of amenities such as water cooler, fans, etc.; livening up children’s wards with wall paintings; landscaping etc. The three hospitals have been taken for the first phase, and are expected to serve as models for the states to replicate. He added that he also seeks their participation in creating awareness about promotive and preventive health and in inculcating health seeking behaviour through communication at the grassroots, the level where the NGOs work. 

The NGO representatives welcomed the initiative of the Ministry and volunteered to partner not only on Kayakalp, but also on issues such as management of hospitals and PHCs in the states, advising the Ministry on better designing of health facility spaces and more effective management and services to improve client care, in addition to suggesting ways to improve the overall health sector in the country. The Minister requested them to forward concept notes and suggestions for the Ministry to go forward on to improve health services in the country. 

Present at the meeting were Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (HFW); senior officers from the Ministry along with representatives from Pariwar Sewa Sansthan, Voluntary Health Association of India, Ramakrishna Mission, HLL Lifecare Ltd., Sulabh International, Christian Medical Association of India, Mamta Health Institute for Mother & Child, Population Foundation of India, and Family Planning Association of India. 


Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan (RAA) Launched by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 

Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan (RAA) Seeks to Develop Scientific Temper Among School Children 

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, former President of India launched the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan (RAA) today in New Delhi. While launching the Abhiyan, Dr. Abdul Kalam focused on developing the spirit of innovation and experimentation among students. He further laid stress on four qualities of uniqueness: Great Aim, Quest of Knowledge, Hard Work, and Perseverance. Emphasising the value of learning he added “we learn to live, we learn to think and we learn to learn”. He concluded his speech by stressing upon attaching highest value to Science. 

Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan is a unique concept developed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development that aims to inculcate a spirit of inquiry, creativity and love for Science and Mathematics in school children. 

Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development addressed the gathering through video conferencing and highlighted the fact that RAA is an initiative by Ministry of HRD to encourage students to learn sciences beyond the classrooms. It is an effort to take forward the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India, ‘Make in India’ and ‘Teach in India’. She also emphasised the fact that more and more women should be encouraged to participate in the field of science and technologies. She talked of efforts made by INTEL for nurturing scientific temper among girl students. She also mentioned Google India’s initiative of Code to Learn Contest which will enable students to learn in the Google campus and announced that Phase II of RAA will be launched in January, 2016 for higher education under which model science labs will be established in all districts of the North Eastern States. 

Under Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, government schools will be mentored by Institutes like IITs/ IIMs/ IISERs and other Central Universities and reputed organisations through innovative programmes, student exchanges, demonstrations, student visits, etc to develop a natural sense of passion towards learning of Science and Maths. 

The launch event also saw some exhilarating moments with a laser show on science and maths which enthralled the audience. 

Two students, Ms. Jaya and Mr. Arsh winners of Initiative for Research and Innovation (IRIS) Award, 2014 & 2015, shared their innovative projects and their journey through the wondrous world of science. 

A play presented by students of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow spread the message of how science is woven in every aspect of life and is not limited to classrooms. 

The audience also got to hear and interact with scientists like Dr. Tessy Thomas, Project Director AGNI IV and Smt. Nandani Harinath, Deputy Operations Director, Mars Orbiter Mission. 

A Science exhibition showcasing some innovative models from school children which have been represented at various national and international forums was also organised at the venue. 

The event was also attended by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology & Earth Sciences; Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region; Prof. Ram Shankar Katheria, Minister of State (Higher Education), Ministry of Human Resource Development; Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Secretary, Higher Education and Dr. Subhash Chand Khuntia, Secretary, School Education and Literacy. Thousands of school children, senior policy makers and heads of higher education institutions and scientists were also present at event. 


Shri Kalraj Mishra inaugurates the Khadi Karigar Sammelan and a District Level PMEGP Exhibition at Meerut 

Khadi to become Number 1 

The Union Minister for MSME, Shri Kalraj Mishra inaugurates the ‘Khadi Karigar Sammelan’ and a ‘District Level PMEGP Exhibition’ today at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Auditorium, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut. 

Congratulating the Khadi artisans Shri Kalraj Mishra said that he was happy to see so many khadi artisans, weavers, and spinners from Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh attending the Sammelan “Ab banayenge khadi ko no. 1”. He further added that the focus of the Sammelan are issues relating to the welfare of Khadi artisan and efforts to enhance the skill, wages, social security issues and to double Khadi production. 

Under the Khadi & Village Industries Program around 11.27 lakh Khadi artisans have been provided employment opportunities in the country out of which 4.17 lakh artisans are from Uttar Pradesh. 

KVIC in association with LIC is implementing Khadi Artisan Bima Yojna. At present 2.86 lakhs artisans in the age group of 18-59 years has been covered. Out of which 1.28 lakhs are from Uttar Pradesh. In addition, for the benefit of Khadi artisan’s 4324 artisan work-shed has been constructed throughout India, out of which 1104 work-shed are located in Uttar Pradesh. 

For economic security of Khadi artisans, Artisan Welfare Fund Trust has been established in each State. In Uttar Pradesh there are two Artisan Welfare Trust working at Meerut and Lucknow. 

PMEGP is playing important role for providing self employment to the first generation entrepreneurs in Rural and Urban area. 

Under PMEGP scheme since 2008-09 up to 2014-15, a total 320828 units have been established through which Rs. 27.70 lakhs of persons has been given employment. Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises has been given Rs. 6,347.33 cores to these units by way of Margin Money Subsidy. A target of 52875 units has been fixed for the year 2015-16 throughout India by which 4.23 lakhs of persons will get the opportunity of self employment. For establishing the above units Rs. 1,019 crores as Margin Money subsidy has been earmarked. 

Progress of PMEGP in Uttar Pradesh Under the scheme of PMEGP in Uttar Pradesh, total 30703 units have been established during the period from 2008-09 to 2014-15 through which 316419 persons have been provided employment. Since 2008-09 to 2014-15, the Government has provided Rs. 981.05 crores assistance as Margin Money Subsidy. 

During the year 2014-15 the target for setting up of 12378 units and Margin Money Subsidy of Rs. 170.73 was fixed to provide employment to 99024 persons. During 2015-16 the target for setting up of 5978 PMEGP units to provide employment to 47,824 persons has been fixed and an amount of Rs.119.55 crores has been earmarked as Margin Money Subsidy. 

There are 30 stalls set up in the exhibition displaying Herbal Products, Health Care Food Products, Handmade Paper Products, Decorative Handicraft Items, Pottery Products, Bio-manure and Khadi Garments & Readymades. These products are also available for sale. There is live demonstration of spinning, weaving and pottery work. 

Present on the occasion were, Ravinder Kumar Bhadana MLA south Meerut, Shri Arun Kumar Jha, CEO & Commissioner, KVIC and other senior officials of KVIC and representatives of Khadi & Village Industries institutions. 

Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Railway meets at Srinagar 

The Consultative Committee meeting of Members of Parliament for Ministry of Railways was held in Srinagar today i.e. 9th July, 2015. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Indian Railways is committed to provide better railway connectivity in North-Eastern States and in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The Minister emphasised that the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi has been emphasising on ensuring all-round development especially in infrastructure sector in Jammu & Kashmir State as well as in North-Eastern States. Shri Suresh Prabhu pointed out that the most of the railway projects have been declared national projects in these regions and adequate funds for them have been arranged from Govt. of India. The Minister said that efforts are being made to provide connectivity to all capitals of North Eastern states by 2020. Similarly, the work is going on on the railway connectivity project between Katra and Banihal. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the Railways have made spectacular achievements and created engineering marvels despite challenging geological conditions, difficult terrain and adverse law and order situation. The field units in these regions have also been empowered for faster decision making to expedite execution. The projects are being constantly monitored both at Zonal level and at Railway Board level. There is also a periodical review at the level of the Railway Minister, he pointed out. We are also working on timely completion of the projects so as to avoid cost over-run and time over-run. Referring to the recently concluded Railyatri / Upbhokta Pakhwada (Passenger and customer Facilitation fortnight) organised successfully all over the Indian Railways, the Minister said that the unprecedented and historical nationwide massive public outreach event created a very positive atmosphere between railway administration and the railway users. The Senior Railway Functionaries interacted with the public during this fortnight and worked for resolving their problems. Many new projects were commissioned during this period and the entire Railway machinery was galvanised for improving railway facilities and developing infrastructure. 

The Members of the Committee participating in the meeting made several suggestions regarding passenger amenities and on expediting railway projects. Committee members later on visited Srinagar Railway Station. 

Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital, Railway Board Members, Senior Officials from Ministry of Railways and Northern Railway were among those present on the occasion. 

Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurates National Conference on Highway Equipment 

The Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated two-day National Conference on Highway Equipment here today. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Nitin Gadkari said that the Ministry’s target is to expedite the construction of National Highways in India. He said that all steps should be taken to develop new technologies and equipment so as to bring down the cost of construction and improving the quality of road infrastructure. He emphasized upon innovation, entrepreneurship and technology in order to develop modern infrastructure. 

The Minister also said that the use of bio-diesel, ethanol and bio-gas should be promoted in transportation sector so as to reduce the harmful effects on the environment. 

Shri Gadkari said that equipment should be manufactured in India itself so that the cost of construction can be reduced as well as the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Make in India’ can also be fulfilled. The joint venture can also be taken up with the foreign partners wherever feasible, he added. He called upon the industrialists to impart skill development training to the local youth in their regions so that the local population can also participate in the socio-economic development of that area. Shri Gadkari also said that the inland waterways should be developed to reduce the cost of transportation which is about one fifth of the cost as compared to other modes of transportation. 

Shri S. N. Das, Director General of Road Development and Special Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Shri Amit Gosain, President of Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association and other senior officials of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways were also present on the occasion. 

Ministry of Shipping Decides to Consolidate Pension of Retired Port Employees 

The Ministry of Shipping has decided to allow consolidation of pension in respect of retired Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ employees of Major Port Trusts. Now their pension fixation will be done notionally with effect from 1.1.2007 and actual arrears to accrue with effect from 1.1.2012 entailing a financial implication of Rs. 536.51 crore for three years. This decision will now be implemented by the respective Major Ports from their own resources. 

Earlier, the Labour Federation of the Major Port Trusts had sought the intervention of the Minister of Shipping and Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari for an early resolution of their long standing demand for consolidation of pension in respect of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ Employees of Major Port Trusts who retired prior to 1.1.2012. 

Since the overall port performance and profitability has improved during the last one year, this measure of consolidation of pension is a step toward sharing the prosperity of the Major Ports with the port community. 

Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Ministry of Chemicals &Fertilizers sign MOUs to address the Industry’s need of Skilled Manpower 

After the emphasis being laid on Digital India, the country is now seeing Union  Ministries coming together to give shape to Prime Minister’s vision of a “Skilled India”.

In a strategic tie up to scale up skill development and entrepreneurship initiatives in the country, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) here today joined hands with the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers (MCF). The two Ministries entered into strategic partnership where three Memorandum of Understanding were signed with the three departments under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers – Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals (DoC&P), Department of Fertilizers (DoF) and Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP). The MOUs were signed in the presence of Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Ananth Kumar and Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy.  

The MoUs were signed with an understanding to collectively address the incremental human resource requirement in the Petrochemicals, Fertilizers and Pharmaceutical industry. MSDE will implement this partnership through Directorate General of Training (DGT)[i] and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)[ii].

According to NSDC’s Incremental Human Resource Requirement Report, the current workforce of 1.86 million (2013), in pharmaceutical industry alone, is expected to increase 3.5 million by 2022. There is a big requirement of trained and efficient manpower when it comes to production and quality control and R&D in the industry.

As part of the agreement, MSDE will set standards and quality assurance process to facilitate implementation of any of the projects agreed under the MoU. It will also ensure identification of relevant Job Roles and National Occupational Standards, which will be aligned with National Skills Qualification Framework levels as per the demand for the three industries. This will ensure standardized training delivery through ITIs/ATIs/RVTIs and selected NSDC training partners for the industry.

MSDE will also ensure assessment and certification conducted by NCVT or NSDC approved relevant Sector Skill Council and will also provide pathways to the existing and retired employees of PSUs to work as Assessor or Trainer, through relevant courses by ATIs/RVTIs and NSDC Training partners.

All the three departments under Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers will dovetail the budget under existing/new schemes for implementation of all the initiatives agreed under the MoU, this would also include advocacy and marketing, training, certification and setting up of Project Management Unit if required. 

The departments will also facilitate the identification and optimal utilization of existing training infrastructure and maximising apprenticeship training in PSUs in coordination with DGT, as permitted under the amended Apprenticeship Act.

According to the agreement, the three departments will also mandate PSUs and related contractors to hire certified workforce based on job roles aligned to NSQF, putting in policy for incentivizing skill training and certification under NSQF in recruitment process and certification of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) of skilled/semi-skilled people. PSUs will also be mandated to utilize their CSR funds for skilling purposes and will be encouraged to set up Centre(s) of Excellence in collaboration with DGT or NSDC for skill training in the core and allied sectors.

[i][i] DGT looks after the whole ecosystem of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs), Regional Vocational Training Institutes (RVTIs) and Apprenticeship, under an overarching framework of National Council of Vocational Training, which looks after the curriculum, assessment and certifications, for trainees, trainers and assessors.

[ii] NSDC catalyses creation of large, quality, for–profit vocational institutions, and enables support systems such as quality assurance, information systems and train the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships. NSDC has been mandated by Government of India to promote Sector Skill Councils in high growth and priority sectors, to formulate the National Occupational Standards for different job roles, set up certification standards and norms, conduct labour market studies etc.

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