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MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT

YEAR END REVIEW-1999

EVENTFUL YEAR FOR MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT

    A National Policy for older persons; setting up of the National trust for welfare of the persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disability; central assistance for the schemes for welfare of the scheduled castes, loans to over 30,000 beneficiaries belonging to backward classes; financial assistance to over 300 NGOs working in the field of de-addiction and rehabilitation; schemes for shelters and ambulance services for the welfare of the animals and the first ever initiative to carry out a national survey to assess the extent and pattern of alcohol and drug abuse in the country were the main highlights of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment during the year 1999.

National Policy for Older Persons:

    A national policy for older persons was announced during the year, which provides a broad framework for inter-sector collaboration and cooperation both within the Government, and between the governmental and non-governmental agencies. Areas of intervention include financial security, health care and nutrition, shelter and protection of life for the welfare of elderly.

    To operationalise the scheme, a National Council for Older Persons has been constituted in May 1999. The earlier schemes for older persons were reviewed and revised to make them flexible. This allowed a wide range of initiatives to promote best interests of older persons. A budget provision of Rs. 17.39 crore have been made for the Ministry's programmes relating to older persons. This amount is substantially higher than the amount provided in the previous years.

    The Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Smt. Maneka Gandhi has requested the Chief Justices of all the High courts in the country to issue suitable instructions for expeditious disposal of cases involving older persons (60 years and above). The Ministry of Law and Justice has also been approached in this regard.

    The Ministry of Health and family Welfare, on the request of Ministry of Social Justice, has issued instructions to the States for ensuring separate queues for older persons in hospitals at every stage. At the initiative of the Ministry of social Justice, a telephone Helpline for Older Persons has been started by an NGO called Agewell with the financial assistance from this Ministry.

National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Mental Retardation etc:

    The Parliament has passed the bill for setting up a National Trust for Welfare of persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disability in its recently concluded winter session. The passing of this Bill is a major step forward for providing rehabilitation in the new millennium. The Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Smt. Maneka Gandhi is of the view that the bill is proactive and protectionist in nature. It will primarily uphold the rights, promote the development and safeguard the interests of persons with above said disabilities. The

    Trust will also support programmes that promote independence and address the concerns of those special persons who do not have family support. It will seek to strengthen families and also to protect the interests of persons with above disabilities after the death of their parents. The Trust will be empowered to receive grants, donations, benefactions, bequests and transfers.

Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Backward Classes :

    Central funds have been released during the year to the Scheduled Castes Development Corporations (SCDC), National Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NFSDC) and the National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation.

    The assistance to SCDCs is being provided under a centrally sponsored scheme for the States having sizable scheduled castes population. Allocation for 1999-2000 is Rs. 20 crore out of which Rs. 12.53 crore have already been released and entire budgetary provision would be disbursed by the end of current financial year.

    Full budgetary allocation of Rs. 30 crore for the year 1999-2000 has already been released to the NSFDC that has been established to accelerate the economic development of SCs and STs. Since its inception, the assistance provided by NSFDC has progressively increased from Rs. 35.00 lakhs in 1989-90 to the cumulative figure of Rs. 550.66 crores as on 31.10.1999.

    The entire budget provision of Rs. 20 crore for the National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation has been released to the Corporation during the year.

    Central assistance to the State Governments for hostels for Scheduled Castes girls and boys have been provided to the States on 50:50 basis. An amount of Rs. 20 crore have been earmarked for this purpose during the current financial year and a substantial amount has already been released to the States under this head.

    Central assistance has also been provided during the year for the scheme of upgradation of merit of SC/ST students by providing them remedial and special coaching in classes IX to XII. The students with disabilities amongst SCs and STs receive specified special allowances for readers, transport, escorts etc.

    Almost the entire amount of the budgetary allocation of Rs. 25 crore for the centrally sponsored scheme of implementation of protection of Civil Rights Act and the SC/ST(Prevention of Atrocities) Act has been released during the year to the State Governments for the effective implementation of both the acts. The measures for effective implementation of these acts include strengthening of administrative, enforcement and judicial machinery, setting up of Special Courts, provision of relief and rehabilitation to the victims of atrocities etc.

    The Gazette Notifications regarding inclusion/amendment in the Central List of Other Backward Classes(OBCs) in respect of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and UT of Chandigarh and NCT of Delhi were issued twice during the year.

    The National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation disbursed the loan to the tune of over Rs. 36 crore during the financial year 1999-2000 till the middle of the December this year. Over 30,000 people from backward classes were the beneficiaries of these loans.

Wakf Activities:

    A conference of the State Governments Secretary incharge of the Wakf and Minorities was held in December this year to discuss the issue of slow progress in implementing the various provisions of the Wakf Act-1995. The Centre stressed the need to improve the management of Wakf properties in the country and expressed concern that Wakf properties were either under-utilised or misutilised .

    During the current financial year ( 1999-2000) the budgetary provision for Central Wakf Council is Rs. 147 lakhs of which a sum of Rs. 90 lakhs has already been released to the Council.

    A sum of Rs. 3.15 crore has been released to the Maulana Azad Education Foundation which was set up as a society with the specific purpose of promoting education amongst the educationally backward sections of the society, minorities in particular and others in general.

Schemes for Children :

    During the year, the scheme for Prevention and Control of Juvenile Social Maladjustment was revised with a view to strengthen the implementation of Juvenile Justice Act and bring about a qualitative improvement in the services provided under the scheme to both neglected as well as delinquent children.

    An Integrated Programme for Street Children was evolved during the year by revising the earlier scheme of providing grant-in-aid for programmes relating to street children. Under the revised scheme, the State Governments, local bodies and educational institutions have also become eligible for financial assistance in addition to the voluntary organisations. The range of initiatives relating to street children has also been revised and now the programmes relating to shelter, nutrition, health care, sanitation and protection against abuse and exploitation etc. are being supported.

    One of the important initiatives taken under the revised scheme for welfare of street children has been the establishment of Child Helpline Service in a number of cities which is a free 24 hours phone service for the benefit of children in distress. Child Helpline provides emergency assistance to the child by dialing the number 1098 and a network of NGOs is operating it. This service is currently available at Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bangalore and Patna. Preparatory work for establishing Child Helpline service in 13 other cities across the country has already been initiated.

Prevention of Alcoholism:

    Financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 12.21 crore has been given to more than 300 NGOs so far for the year 1999-2000, out of a budget provision of Rs. 19.00 crore under the Scheme for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance(Drugs) Abuse. 90 per cent of the expenditure is released to NGOs for setting up and maintenance of Drug Awareness, Counselling and Assistance Centers, De-addiction cum rehabilitation Centers and for conducting De-addiction Camps.

    The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has embarked upon the first ever initiatives in collaboration with the United Nations Drug Control Progrrame (UNDCP) for carrying out a national survey, to assess the extent, trend and pattern of alcohol and drug abuse in the country. This survey shall, on the one hand, provide authentic information on the actual dimension of the problem setting at rest speculative misrepresentation of facts and on the other hand facilitate appropriate need based interventions to address the problem of alcoholism and drug abuse in the country.

    Two major projects to be implemented in collaboration with UNDCP and ILO have been initiated in the area of Community wide Drug Demand Reduction specifically keeping in mind the needs of the North-East States of the country, the border regions, the high risk groups and the disadvantaged sections of the society.

Animal Welfare:

    A scheme has been designed to meet the requirement of injured, disabled and stray cattle by providing shelter house, in-house dispensary and other basic requirements for the survival of animals. More than 45 Gaushalas have been given financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 3.94 crore for construction of shelter-houses under the scheme during the current calendar year.

    A sum of Rs. 2.70 crores has been provided to 70 NGOs working in the area of animal welfare for purchase of Ambulance/Van during the year for providing ambulance services to animals in distress by way of taking them to the nearby animal dispensary.

    To provide better facilities to bovine population, a National Institute for Animal Welfare, the first of its kind in Asia, is being set up in Haryana and the land for this Institute has been purchased from the Government of Haryana this year.

 

 

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MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM & NATURAL GAS

YEAR END REVIEW - 1999

MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS

 

 

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INDIA'S Y2K PREPAREDNESS

    The Government of India had set up a High Level Action Force on managing the impact of Y2K problem in India with representatives from Government, industry associations, banks and financial institutions, railways, defence services, utility and other public service organisations as members. The Action Force submitted its report in October 1999.

    Ministry of Information Technology (MIT) being the nodal coordinating agency of the Government has taken the following measures towards Y2K preparedness in the country:

    National Informatics Centre, another arm of MIT has taken care of technical support of all government ministries/departments in their Y2K compliance efforts. It has provided secretarial support to Y2K Action Force (www.nic.in.y2k). NIC will play a key role in the National Control Room with its nationwide NICNET computer network.

    All eleven critical sectors have reported full Y2K readiness and have contingency plans to handle any unforeseen situation.

    The National Control Room set up by MIT and Sectoral Control Rooms by the 11 critical sectors and as well as control rooms at the State level have been operational from 10.00 AM 28.12.99 to 08.00 PM 03.01.2000. Sectoral Control Rooms and State Level Control Rooms are fully integrated with the NCR so as to obtain timely and correct information on status, events related to Y2K.

    The NCR would be carrying out the international watch starting from 6 PM, 31st December on the impact of Y2K from New Zealand and Australia where the problem may arise first.

    Information dissemination about Y2K situation during period of transition beginning 31st December would be done by the NCR through the Media Centre, PIB, New Delhi which would be operational from 6 PM on the 31st December till at least 6.00 PM on 1st January, 2000. The Media Centre will be operational from 9.00 AM on 3rd January till 6.00 PM.

TELEPHONE/FAX NOS., E-MAIL ID AND PIB WEBSITE ADDRESS

Telephones : 3383545, 338 58 93

Fax : 3383169, 3389042

E-mail : nitin@sb.nic.in

Website : http://pib.nic.in

 

 

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PRESIDENT’S ASSENT TO TWO MORE BILLS

    The President has given his assent to the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 1999 and the Notaries (Amendment) Bill, 1999. With this, the two Bills have come to be known as the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Act, 1999 and the Notaries (Amendment) Act, 1999. Both these Acts also come into force with immediate effect. These were passed by Parliament in its Winter Session.

    The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Act, 1999 seeks to delete the word "Epilepsy" in Sub Clause ( c ) of Clause (ii) of Section 5 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and in Sub Clause (iii) of Clause(b) of Section 4 of the Special Marriage Act, 1954 as a ground for divorce. Epilepsy will no longer be a ground for divorce under both these Acts as it is now medically proven that epilepsy is hundred per cent curable.

    The Notaries (Amendment) Act, 1999 which amends the Notaries Act, 1952, provides for rationalisation of the procedure for renewal of certificate of practice every five years and the exercise of the functions of protem judge, magistrate, commissioner and arbitrator by a notary when so directed. It also provides for removal of the name of a notary on conviction by a court for any offence involving moral turpitude or for failing to get certificate renewed , and enhancing the quantum of punishment for representing falsely as a notary for doing any notarial act in contravention of Section 9 of the Act from three months to one year.

 

 

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NATIONAL CONTROL ROOM SET UP TO MONITOR Y2K

    The Ministry of Information Technology has set up a National Control Room (NCR) and Sectoral Control Room for monitoring the 11 Y2K critical sectors during the state of transition into the new millennium. Control Rooms have also been set up at the State level to monitor the Y2K. All the Control Rooms became functional from 28th December, 99 from 10.00 AM and will remain in operation up to 03.01.2000 (8.00 PM).

    The 11 sectors identified as Y2K critical include Atomic Energy, Banking, Civil Aviation, Defence, Insurance, Petroleum, Power, Ports, Railways, Space and Telecommunications. The NCR will provide information at regular intervals on the state of transition in these 11 critical sectors from 31st December mid-night. The information will be disseminated through the Y2K Media Centre, Press Information Bureau, New Delhi which will be operational from 6.00 PM, 31st December'99 till at least 6.00 PM on January 1, 2000. The Media Centre will be operational from 9.00 AM on 3rd January, 2000 till 6.00 PM.

Telephone numbers of the Media Centre are : 3383545, 3385893

Fax Nos. : 3383169, 3389042

E-mail : nitin@sb.nic.in

Website : pib.nic.in

 

 

 

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GOVERNMENT REASSURES FOREIGN MISSIONS ABOUT Y2K PREPAREDNESS

    Shri P.V. Jayakrishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India held a meeting with foreign missions on December 28, 1999. The meeting was attended by representatives of about 40 missions. Detailed status on Y2k preparedness of various sectors, especially the critical sectors viz. Atomic Energy, Banking, Civil Aviation, Defence, Insurance, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Ports, Power, Railways, Space and Telecom was presented.

    It was informed that the most critical sectors viz. Civil Aviation and Power have also been audited by the Consultants sponsored by the World Bank and have certified full Y2K compliance and contingency plans of these sectors. All the major hospitals as well as Water and Sewage, have also achieved Y2K compliance. A facilitation desk (www.y2k..gov.in) by CMC Ltd. is operational for the last 10 months and is providing continuous technical support to the public for achieving Y2K compliance and resolve any related issues. This desk would be fully operational during the Y2K rollover period.

    A National Control Room has been set up at National Informatics Centre, New Delhi and similarly all the 11 critical sectors as well as State Governments have also set up the Control Rooms. The National Control Room is fully integrated with the sectoral Control Rooms and the State level Control Rooms so as to obtain timely and correct information on status/events due to the Y2K problem. A dedicated team in the National Control Room would also be carrying out the international watch starting from New Zealand onwards, in order to obtain feedback from these countries. A website (www.nic.in/y2kactionforce) which will be continuously updated with international and national events related to Y2K right from December 31, 1999 (8 p.m.) onwards, has been set-up. The National Control Room will remain operational upto 8 p.m. January 3, 2000 midnight.

    The foreign missions expressed their satisfaction over India's preparedness to handle the Y2K rollover. Ministry of Information Technology assured to keep them posted with the relevant information through the website and e-mails. Similarly information related to India, will be posted on the website of International Y2K Coordination Committee (IYCC).

 

 

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PRESS NOTE

    The sale price of the International Reply Coupons has been revised to Rs.44/- (Rupees forty four only) per coupon from Rs.41/- with effect from 1st January 2000 and such coupons will be sold by the Post Offices in the country at this enhanced price.

 

 

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UNION HEALTH MINISTER APPRISED P.M. OF THE CONTIGENCY PLAN FOR IMMEDIATE TREATMENT TO THE HOSTAGES

    Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Shri N.T.Shanmugam requested Prime Minister for speedy action to release the hostages. Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Shri N.T.Shanmugam met the Prime Minister on the evening of 29.12.99 and requested him for securing release of hostages at the earliest. The Minister was accompanied by the Tamil Nadu Transport Minister, Shri Ponmudi, and relatives of the hostages from Vellore. Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee has informed them about the steps taken by the Government in this regard. The delegation from Tamil Nadu expressed the gratitude to the Prime Minister.

    Later they have met Union Minister of State in the PMO's Office Smt. Vasundhara Raje, in this regard.

    Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Shri N.T. Shanmugam has apprised Prime Minister of the contingency plan for the immediate treatment of the hostages, after their release, in all the four major hospitals under the administrative control of his Ministry in Delhi, viz 1. AIIMS, 2. Safdarjung Hospital 3. RML Hospital and 4. Lady Hardinge's Medical College Hospital. The Minister has also said that Delhi Government Hospitals have also been advised to take the similar action. A few corporate hospitals of Delhi have also been requested to render the needy medical assistance for the hostages. NIMHANS Bangalore has also been directed to be prepared to render the Psychiatric treatment for the needy hostages.

 

 

NEXT BUDGET TO USHER IN A SIMPLE TAXATION SYSTEM

NATIONAL CONSENSUS ON REFORMS WILL MAKE INDIA THE FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY-SINHA

    The Union Finance Minister, Shri Yashwant Sinha has said that the next budget would carry forward the simplification of taxation system he had initiated in his last Budget. He was addressing the Annual Conference of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), here today. Shri Sinha said that reform in taxation has widened its base and by 30th November, 1999 there were 20 million IT payers in the country. By 31st March next year, more than 25 million people will be in the tax net, he added.

    The Minister said that in view of the national consensus on economic reforms that was evident in the recently concluded Parliament session, he was confident that the country would emerge as the fastest growing economy in the next millenium. Refuting the allegation that Government was in a hurry to get some economic bills passed, Shri Sinha said that these were initiated six years back adding that the country cannot wait for years for such measures.

    The Minister urged the State Governments to implement the decisions of uniform floor rates of sales tax and VAT, as these 'revolutionary' decisions have been taken in the interest of common people. He sought the cooperation of PHDCCI in educating people on all these issues. Shri Sinha also said that a new Fiscal Facility Fund has been created to help and encourage the State Governments to go ahead with fiscal correction and eschew populism.

 

 

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40 PER CENT CEILING ON VCC/VCF INVESTMENT IN EQUITY CAPITAL OF ONE VCU REMOVED

    Government has issued a notification liberalising the guidelines for approval of Venture Capital Fund or Venture Capital Company. Accordingly, a Venture Capital Company (VCC) or a Venture Capital Fund (VCF) can make investment exceeding the earlier ceiling of 40 per cent in the equity capital of one Venture Capital Undertaking (VCU). In addition, existing limit of investment by a VCF/VCC upto 20 per cent of its total monies raised or total paid up share capital in one VCU has also been increased to 25 per cent.

    A new section 10(23FA) in the Income Tax Act, 1961 has been inserted under the Finance Act, 1999 to provide for exemption of any income by way of dividends or long term capital gains of a VCF or VCC from investments made on or after 1st April, 1999 by way of equity shares in a VCU. For availing this exemption, a VCF or a VCC is required to be approved by the Central Government in accordance with the prescribed guidelines.

    The liberalised norms for approval of VCC/VCF are aimed at encouraging venture capital enterpreneurship with a view to boost investments in priority sectors. Other guidelines for grant of approval like registration with SEBI and maintenance of books of account and audit thereof remain unchanged.

 

 

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MINERS OF GHAZIABAD REGION DONATE RS. 1 LAKH FOR THE CYCLONE AFFECTED PERSONS OF ORISSA

    Sharing the sorrows and miseries of the super cyclone affected people of Orissa, the mine workers in the Ghaziabad region of Uttar Pradesh have donated one lakh rupees for their relief and rehabilitation work. The amount was collected by the Mines Safety Weeks Celebration Committee of Ghaziabad region. Bank drafts for Rs. 1 lakh were presented to the Union Labour Minister Dr. Satyanarayan Jatiya by the convenor of the Mines Safety Weeks Celebration Committee Shri J.P. Kashyap and Member of the Organising Committee Shri H.M. Gupta here today. The Union Labour Secretary Dr. L.D. Mishra will also present on the occasion.

 

 

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ACTIVITIES OF JAWAHARLAL NEHRU ALUMINIUM, RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN CENTRE, NAGPUR IN 1998-99

    Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium, Research, Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC), Nagpur undertook a number of challenging activities during the year 1998-99. The establishment of Bauxite Data Bank in collaboration with Geological Survey of India was one major project of the year. Some of the other important activities of the Centre in the year 1998-99 were, development of certified reference materials for Bauxite, Characterisation and Technological Testing of Kodingamali Bauxite for HINDALCO, Evaluation and Beneficiation of Low Grade Bauxite of Gujarat, Validation of Precipitation Mathematical Model. Yet some other activities of the Centre during the year were Characterisation and Technological Testing of MALCO Bauxite, Process Standardisation for Synthesis of Flyash based ZMS-5 and Mordenite, studies on Identification and Qantification of Total Organic Carbon in Titanium Tetrachloride, Development of Synthetic Zeolite from Flyash and Recycling of Industrial Wastes into Glass Ceramic Products.

    The JNARDDC, Nagpur was set up by Government of India with the assistance of United Nations Development Programme. The Centre has been fully functional since December 1995. The Centre has been started with the objective of assimilating, adapting and developing indigenous know-how and basic engineering packages for setting up Alumina and Aluminium plants in the country. The Centre also undertakes research programmes for reduction in material and energy consumption. Besides providing training to personnel employed in Aluminium Sector the Centre is expected to create data banks in the area of Bauxite, Alumina and Aluminium production.

 

 

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DoP TO RELEASE SPECIAL POSTAGE STAMP ON AGNI-II ON 1ST JANUARY 2000

    The Department of Posts (DoP) is bringing out a special postage stamp on Agni-II, the intermediate range ballistic missile. The postage stamp will be released by the Minister of Communications, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan at a function here on Saturday, 1st January 2000. The Defence Miniter, Shri George Fernandes will be the Chief Guest.

    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested AGNI-II with a range of 2000 km. using solid propellant rocket motors in both stages and rail mobile launcher system from its new launch complex in the Orissa coast on 11th April 1999. With this launch, the country has reached the point of operationalisation of AGNI-II as a weapon system. The salient features of the test firing demonstrates the country's mobile launch capability, multi-staging, state-of-the-art control and guidance, re-entry technology and sophisticated on-board packages including advanced communications inter-face.

    The stamp and the First Day Cover designs capture the well known objective of the country's defence programmes, "peaceful deterrence."

 

 

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GIC MAINTAINS DIVIDEND AT 30%

    General Insurance Corporation of India, GIC has maintained its dividend at 30% for 1998-99. A cheque of Rs. 64.50 crore being the dividend share of the Government of India was handed over by the Chairman of GIC, Shri D. Sengupta to the Union Finance Minister, Shri Yashwant Sinha, here today.

    The Gross Direct Premium of the industry for 1998-99 has gone up from Rs.8,086 crore to Rs.9,158 crore. However, net claims have also gone up from Rs.5,625 crore to Rs.6,461 crore. GIC's Profit Before Tax (PBT) as on 31.03.1999 stood at Rs.1,467 crore as against Rs.1,623 crore last year. The Corporation's total investment on 31.03.1999 stood at Rs.19,070 crore with a substantial portion invested in socially oriented sector. Net worth of GIC and subsidiaries is Rs.7,134 crore. Going by the generally prescribed solvency norms, the industry is in a substantially comfortable position.

    GIC is a wholly owned company of Government of India. It is a holding company for four wholly owned subsidiaries viz. National, New India, Oriental and United India having presence all over the country. GIC's main role is to give policy directions to the subsidiaries in overall working, to advise on conduct of business including investment and monitoring performance. It also acts as the national re-insurer. Apart from the four subsidiaries, it has two joint ventures abroad, one each at Kenya and Singapore. The subsidiaries have presence abroad in around 30 countries through branch and agency network. GIC and its subsidiaries provide direct employment to around 84,000 people in India.

    On the occasion, Shri Sengupta alongwith the Chairmen of the four subsidiaries presented a cheque of Rs.one crore to Shri Sinha as contribution of Insurance Industry towards the relief of cyclone victims of Orissa. Another cheque amounting to Rs. 40 lakhs was also presented to the Finance Minister on behalf of the Insurance Industry towards the relief of Kargil victims.

 

 

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NPPA REVISES/FIXES PRICES OF 32 FORMULATION PACKS

    The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has revised/fixed the prices of 32 formulation packs. The prices have been fixed for the first time in the case of 4 formulation packs. In case of 23 packs the prices have been revised upwards and the increase ranges from 0.48 per cent to 27.47 percent. In case of packs of Dettol liquid the prices have been revised downwards by 0.30 percent to 1.86 percent.

    Of the 32 formulation packs, ceiling prices have been fixed in respect of 2 packs. The non-ceiling prices have been fixed in respect of the remaining 30 packs. The prices have been fixed/revised in accordance with the provisions of the Drugs Price Control Order (DPCO) 1995 and as per the established criteria and guidelines. The statement showing the existing (where available) and revised prices is shown below. The Notifications are available on the NPPA website at www.nppaindia.com.

    The formulations for which prices have been revised/fixed are anti TB drugs, Derriphyllin used for treatment of asthma, Griseofulvin an anti-fungal, Pentoxyphylline a cardio-vascular, Oxytetracycline an antibiotic, Prednisolone a corticosteroid drug and Dettol an antiseptic liquid. The revision in prices has occurred due to change in the bulk drug prices and C.C./P.C. charges. The prices of Dettol formulation have been decreased on account of fall in the prices of its raw materials.

    The prices fixed/revised would become effective within 15 days from the date of notification in the official gazette or the receipt of the order of the NPPA in this behalf, as per para 14 (1) of DPCO 1995. Necessary revised price list is to be issued by the manufacturers/importers required under sub para (3) of Para 14 of DPCO 1995. Accordingly, as per the provision, the revised price list in Form-V of the DPCO is to be furnished by the concerned manufacturer to the government and NPPA, State Drug Control Authorities and distributors, wholesalers and retailers or any other agencies.

    The manufacturers are also required to work out the pro–rata prices of different pack sizes as the case may be in terms of S.O. No. 83 (E) dated 27.01.98.

STATEMENT SHOWING THE PRICE FIXED/REVISED BY THE NATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL AUTHORITY ON 28TH DECEMBER 1999

Agenda Item No.

Company Name/Formulation Name/Composition

Pack Size

Existing Price (Rs.)

RP with ED (Rs.)

%AGE Increase/Decrease

Remarks

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

A

IMPORTED CASES

         

B

NEW CASES

         

I

M/s. Lupin Laboratories Ltd.

         

1

Rinizide DT Tab. Each tab contains Rifampicin 75 mg Isoniazid IP 37.5 mg Pyrazinamide IP 200 mg

10’s Al_St

0.00

22.68

-

NCP

2

Rinizide DT TAB. Each tab contains Rifampicin-75 mg Isoniazid IP-37.5 mg Pyrazinamide IP-200 mg

10’s Al_Bl

0.00

22.25

-

NCP

C

REVISION CASES

         

II

M/s E. MERCK (INDIA) LTD.

         

3

Neurobion Forte Ampoules Each ampoule of 2 ml contains Thiamine HCl-100mg Pyridoxine HCl-100 mg Cyanocobalamin – 100 mcg

2mlx50

  1. Amp.
  2. Blister

253.61

259.61

2.37

NCP

4

Neurobion Forte Ampoules Each ampoule of 2ml contains Thiamine HCl-100mg Pyridoxine HCl-100mg Cyanocobalamin-100mcg

2mlx50

A. Amp.

239.59

247.25

3.20

NCP

5

Polybion Ampoules Each ampoule of 2ml contains Thiamine HCl-100mg B2-5 Phosphate-4mg Cyanocobalamin-8mcg Pyrodoxine HCl-4mg Pantothenyl Alcohol-6mg Benzyl Alcohol-0.9%

2mlx50

A. Amp.

153.76

157.25

2.27

NCP

6

Polybion Ampoules Each ampoule of 2ml contains Thiamine HCl-100mg B2-5 Phosphate-4mg Cyanocobalamin-8mcg Pyrodoxine HCl-4mg Pantothenyl Alcohol-6mg Benzyl Alcohol-0.9%

2mlx50

A. Amp.

140.42

144.38

2.82

NCP

III

M/s GERMAN REMEDIES LTS.

         

7

Deriphyllin Ampoules Each ml contains Etofylline I.P.-84.7 mg Theophylline Anhydrous I.P. eq. To Theophylline Hydrated I.P.-25.3 mg

2ml

Ampoule

2.65

2.71

2.26

NCP

8

Deriphylline Syrup Each 5ml contains Theophylline Anhydrous I.P. eq to Theophylline Hydrated I.P.-14.0 mg

100ml Bottle

11.65

11.92

2.32

NCP

9

Deriphyllin 100mg Tablet Each tab contains Etofylline I.P.-77 mg Theophylline Anhydrous I.P. eq. To Theophylline Hydrated I.P.023 mg

10’s

Blister

2.24

2.35

4.91

NCP

10

Deriphyllin 100mg Tablet Each tab contains Etofylline I.P.-77 mg Theophylline Anhydrous I.P. eq. To Theophylline Hydrated I.P.-23mg

250’s Glass Bottle

48.75

52.01

6.69

NCP

11

Deriphylline Retard 150mg Tab. Each tab contains Etofylline I.P.-115mg Theophylline Anhydrous I.P. eq. to Theophylline Hydrated I.P.-35mg

10’s Blister

3.70

3.90

5.41

NCP

12

Deriphyllin Retard 300mg Tab. Each tab contains Etofylline I.P.-231 mg Theophylline Anhydrous I.P. eq. to Theophylline Hydrated I.P.-69mg

10’s Blister

6.66

7.09

6.47

NCP

13

Deriphylline Retard 450mg Tab. Each tab contains Etofylline I.P.-346mg Theophylline Anhydrous I.P. eq. to Theophylline Hydrated I.P.-104mg

10’s Blister

9.13

9.76

6.90

NCP

IV

M/s GLAXO INDIA LTD.

         

14

Grisovin FP Tab. 250 mg. Each uncoated tab contains Griseofulvin 250mg

10’s Al_Bl

22.76

22.87

0.48

NCP

V

M/s HOECHST MARRION ROUSSEL LTD.

         

15

Pentoxifylline 400mg SR Tab. Each SR tab contains Pentoxifylline 400mg (Trental 400 Tab.)

10’s Strip

21.44

27.10

26.40

CP

VI

M/s LUPIN LABORATORIES LTD.

         

16

Optineuron Injection Each 3ml contains Thiamine HCl IP-100mg Pyridoxine HCl IP-100mg Riboflavin Sod. Phosphate-5mg Cyanocobalamine IP-1000mcg Nicotinamide IP-100mg

3ml Amp/Am

5.22

5.59

7.09

NCP

VII

M/s PFIZER LIMITED

         

17

Terramycin 250mg HCl Cap. Each cap contains Oxytetracycllinne HCl 250mg

4’s Al_St

3.92

4.36

11.22

NCP

18

Terramycin 250mg HCl Cap. Eaqch cap contains Oxytetracyclline HCl 250mg

4’s Al_Bl

0.00

4.13

-

NCP

19

Terramycine SF Cap. Each cap contains Oxytetracyclline HCl 250mg Thiamine Mononitrate-2.5mg Ribflavin-2.5mg. Pyridoxine HCl-0.5mg Niacinamide-25mg

4’s Al_St

4.34

4.83

11.29

NCP

20

Terramycin SF Cap. Each cap contains Oxytetracyclline HCl 250mg Thiamine Mononitrate-2.5mg Riboflavin-2.5mg Pyridoxine HCl-0.5mg Niacinamide-25mg

4’s Al_Bl

0.00

4.61

-

NCP

21

Terramycin Injection (Vet.) Each ml contains Oxytetracyclline HCl 50mg

30ml Vial

13.88

15.21

9.58

NCP

22

Terramycin Injection (Vet.) Each ml contains Oxytetracyclline HCl 50mg

100ml Vial

36.16

39.19

8.38

NCP

VIII

M/s RECKITT COLMAN OF INDIA LTD.

         

23

Dettol Liquid Antiseptic Each ml contains Chloroxylenol BP 4.8% W/V Terpineol BP 9% V/V Alcohol Absolute (Denatured) 13.1% V/V

12x5 Litre Cane

6154.29

6039.89

-1.86

NCP

24

Dettol Liquid Antiseptic Each ml contains Chloroxylenol BP 4.8% W/V Terpineol BP 9% V/V Alcohol Absolute (Denatured) 13.1% V/V

12x500ml Bottle

697.02

686.69

-1.48

NCP

25

Dettol Liquid Antiseptic Each ml contains Chloroxylenol BP 4.8% W/V Terpineol BP 9% V/V Alcohol Absolute (Denatured) 13.1% V/V

12x200ml Bottle

314.75

311.09

-1.16

NCP

26

Dettol Liquid Antiseptic Each ml contains Chloroxylenol BP 4.8% W/V Terpineol BP 9% V/V Alcohol Absolute (Denatured) 13.1% V/V

12x100ml Bottle

183.73

182.16

-0.85

NCP

27

Dettol Liquid Antiseptic Each ml contains Chloroxylenol BP 4.8% W/V Terpineol BP 9% V/V Alcohol Absolute (Denatured) 13.1% V/V

12x50ml Bottle

115.21

114.86

-0.30

NCP

IX

M/s WYETH LEDERLE LTD.

         

28

Wysolone Tablet 5mg Each tab contains Prednisolone – 5mg

10’s GBPL

6.03

7.63

26.53

NCP

29

Wysolone Tablet 10mg Each tab contains Prednisolone-10mg

10’s GPST

11.62

14.72

26.68

NCP

30

Wysolone Tablet 20mg Each tab contains Prednisolone-20mg

6’s Al_St

13.65

17.40

27.47

NCP

D

SUO-MOTO CASES

         

E

REVIEW CASES

         

I

M/s HOECHST MARION ROUSSEL LTD.

         

31

Sofratule Antibitic dressing Framycetin Sulphate 1% W/w 10mg/gm

1ST of 10cmx10cm

12.85

14.28

11.13

NCP

II

M/s IFIUNIK PHARMACEUTICAL LTD.

         

32

Metronidazole Injection IV Metronidazole 500mg per ml

100ml Plastic/HDPE Bottle

11.70

14.30

22.22

CP

 

 

 

'39'

IMPORT DUTY ON SUGAR , EDIBLE OIL INCREASED

    Import duty on sugar and refined edible oil have been increased to 40 percent and 15 per cent respectively with immediate effect. Speaking to presspersons here today, Shri Shanta Kumar, Minister of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution said that sugar imports have been under OGL since 1994 and during the last year the import duty was raised to 27.5 per cent (including surcharge).

    With a view to bringing imported sugar on par with the domestic production , Government has issued a notification directing that no importer of sugar shall sell or deliver imported sugar from the port of discharge or from the warehouses except under or in accodance with the directions issued by the government in writing.This measure, coupled with the increase in import dutyshould provide the required level of protection to the domestic sugar industry and further strengthen their financial position to enable them to liquidate the arrears of cane payment, the minister said. Government is also contemplating introduction of release mechanism on imported sugar, he added.

    Shri Shanta Kumar pointed out that the sugar availability position is comfortable with a stock of 227.23 lakh tonnes of levy and freesale sugar available with the sugar factories during the sugar season,1999-2000. According to estimates, the imports of sugar from April to December 1999 is 8,87,188 metric tonnes. Government has also decided to discontinue the practice of additional monthly release of freesale sugar with effect from January 1, 2000, the minister said.

    The increase in the import duty on refined edible oil from 15 % to 25% is expected to encourage indigenous refineries to import crude oil and improve their capacity utilisation, Shri Shanta Kumar said.