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22 December 2014
 

President's Secretariat

President of India’s message on the eve of National Day of Japan

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Emperor and people of Japan on the eve of the National Day of Japan (December 23, 2014).

Ministry of Human Resource Development

E-Education Through Broadband Facility

The Ministry of HRD is presently implementing the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) to leverage the potential of ICT, in teaching and learning process for the benefit of all the learners in Higher Education Institutions in any time any where mode. Under the Mission

‘Teaching of Science’- A Component of National Curriculum Framework - 2005

The National Focus Group’s position paper on ‘Teaching of Science’ a component of National Curriculum Framework-2005 states that a major area of concern is the gradual decline of practical work and experimentation at secondary and senior secondary levels, Considering this concern,

Higher Education for Person with Special Needs (HEPSN)

The University Grant Commission (UGC) has implemented a scheme called “Higher education for Persons with Special needs (HEPSN) which is basically meant for creating an environment at the higher education institutions to enrich higher education learning experiences for differently-abled persons.

Ministry of Science & Technology

Understanding Innovation: Indian National Innovation Report by DST

The D/o Science & Technology as part of the new initiative Science, Technology, Innovation and Creation of Knowledge (STICK) has brought out a national report entitled” Understanding Innovation: Indian National Innovation Survey” with social focus on MSMEs.

Ministry of Finance

Most of the States to benefit from GST from day one; Provisions have been Made in the Constitution Amendment Bill on GST to Ensure that none of the States Lose any Revenue after the Implementation of the GST: FM

The Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley said that Goods and Services Tax (GST) will benefit most of the States from day one especially the consumer States.

Auction for Sale (Re-Issue) of Government Stock

The Government of India have announced the Sale (re-issue) of (i) “8.08 per cent Government Stock 2022” for a notified amount of Rs. 2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) “8.15 per cent Government Stock 2026” for a notified amount of Rs. 6,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction,

Ministry of Culture

Panoramic Imagery of monuments

The Archaeological Survey of India and Google Ireland Limited a company incorporated under the laws of Ireland signed an Agreement on 25th September, 2013.

Ticketed Monuments of ASI

There are 116 centrally protected ticketed monuments under the jurisdiction of Archaeological Survey of India.

Funds to Zonal Cultural Centres

The Government of India has set up seven Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) during 1985-86 having their headquarters at Patiala, Udaipur, Allahabad, Kolkata, Dimapur, Nagpur and Thanjavur.

Ministry of Steel

Mining by Steel PSUS in Foreign Countries

The Minister of State for Steel and Mines, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that International Coal Ventures Private Limited (ICVL) which is a Joint Venture Company has acquired an operating coal mine and Greenfield coal assets in Mozambique on 07/10/2014 with a view to have long term security of supply of coking coal for the steel companies.

Health and Safety Records in Steel Sector

The Minister of State for Steel and Mines, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that the steel industry has been classified as hazardous process industry as per the Factories Act, 1948.

Joint Venture in Steel Industry

The Minister of State for Steel and Mines, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 04.04.2013 amongst SAIL and Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd.

Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas

Demand and Supply of Natural Gas

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today that as per the report of the Working Group on Petroleum & Natural Gas sector for the 12th Five Year Plan, the overall demand

CSR by OMCs

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today that Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, BPCL, HPCL) and ONGC allocate funds under their Corporate Social Responsibility as per the guidelines and norms set by Department of Public Enterprises, with special attention to development of weaker sections of the society and backward districts of the country.

Deregulation of Diesel and Natural Gas Pricing

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today that effective 19th October 2014, the Government has made the price of Diesel market determined, both at retail and refinery gate level, for all consumers.

Review of DBTL in Uttar Pradesh through Video Conferencing

In the series of video conferences Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today reviewed the preparedness of the DBTL Scheme in 6 Districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 56.91 per bbl on 19.12.2014

The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 56.91 per barrel (bbl) on 19.12.2014. This was lower than the price of US$ 58.22 per bbl on previous publishing day of 18.12.2014.

Ministry of Labour & Employment

Registered Unorganised Sector Workers

The Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya has said that the objective of registration is to provide benefit under welfare schemes formulate by the Central Government for different sections of unorganised workers on matters relating to (a) life and disability cover; (b) health and maternity benefits

Unemployed due to Closure of Industries

The Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya has said that as per the report furnished by the Office of the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central

Ministry of Railways

Railway Minister Directs for Formulation of Integrated Policy on Cleanliness

The Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu has issued directions for formulation of Integrated Policy on Cleanliness at the station, platforms and coaches.

Railways Constitutes Task force for Leveraging of Idle Space on Railways to Generate Additional Revenue

The Indian Railways have a lot of idle space in coaches, wagons, trains, railway stations, consumable items, utensils, beddings etc, which could be used for advertising, publicity and other purpose to generate additional revenues

Railways Vacant Land to be Utilized for Commercial Development Through RLDA

Railways conduct the audit of its land every year by way of verifying land records. As on 31st March 2014, the total land available with the Railways is 458589 hectare out of which 412180 hectare is utilized for Railways’ operational purposes and allied usages, leaving 46409 hectare as vacant land

Indian Railways Run 1158 Superfast Trains

The number of Superfast trains, Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express and Duronto Express presently running on Indian Railways is as under:

Measures Taken to Strngthen Security on Railways

On vulnerable and identified routes/sections on Indian Railways, 1300 trains on an average are escorted by Railway Protection Force (RPF) daily, in addition to 2200 trains escorted by Government Railway Police of different States daily

Guidelines for Rauilway Coolies

Zonal Railways of Indian Railways have been authorized to fix the porterage charges and revise the same every alternate year. These rates are displayed at prominent places at railway stations

Indian Railways’ Initiatives to Encourage Foreign Investors for Making Investment Under ‘Make In India’ Programme

The Ministry of Railways in November, 2014 have issued Sectoral Guidelines for permitting Domestic/Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in construction, operation and maintenance in the following identified areas:-

Ministry of Civil Aviation

Airports Improve in Service Quality

The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma informed the Lok Sabha today that eleven AAI airports have improved in service quality from 4.14 in Quarter-I (Jan-Mar, 2014) to 4.24 in Quarter-II (April-June, 2014) and 4.32 in Quarter-III (July-Sept, 2014) on a 5- point scale against world average of 4.04, 4.06 and 4.07 respectively

Waiting Time within OMDA Standards at Domestic Terminals of IGI Airport

The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma informed the Lok Sabha today that the waiting time for passengers at domestic Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 at Delhi Airport is well within the OMDA (Operation

Non-aeronautical Revenue of AAI increases

The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma informed the Lok Sabha today that the non-aeronautical revenue of AAI due to the effort and utilization of various avenues had increased from Rs.819.10 crores in 2010-11 to Rs.1241 crores in 2013-14 making a growth of about 52% in 3 years. AAI had already introduced various new concepts to increase the non-aeronautical potential like introduction of Master Concessionaire in the field of F&B,

Ministry of Agriculture

Year end Review for the Ministry of Agriculture for the Year 2014-15

The Immediate challenge to the Ministry of Agriculture when the new Government had taken over, was to sustain the increasing agricultural output of the country in the face of impending deficit rainfall in this year 2014-15

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Statement by Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health & Family Welfare on 22nd December, 2014 in Lok Sabha in response to the call attention motion regarding the situation arising out of spread of “Encephalitis’’ in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country and steps taken by the Government in this regard

Hon’ble Members will recall that my predecessor in office and esteemed colleague had on 4th August, 2014 apprised the Hon’ble Members regarding the situation arising out of spread of Encephalitis in Eastern Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country and steps being taken by the Government for the same.

Shri J P Nadda directs central team to visit Chandigarh to support the UT in managing Avian Flu

Further to the reports of deaths of wild birds at Sukhna lake in Chandigarh, and notification by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF),

Ministry of Defence

In Furtherance of the Democratic Process - Employment of IAF Helicopters During Assembly Elections in Jharkhand and J&K

The recently concluded assembly elections in the states of Jharkhand and J&K saw the Indian Air Force play a key role in furtherance of the democratic process. The fleet of helicopters comprising Mi 17 V5, ALH and Cheetah were extensively used to ferry electoral staff, security forces and EVMs to far flung locations in both the states

Ministry of Tourism

Study to assess impact of International Media Campaign of Ministry of Tourism

A study “Assessment of International media campaigns of the Ministry of Tourism” was conducted in 3 countries namely USA, France and Australia to assess the impact of media campaigns launched in these countries from August, 2011 to March, 2012.

Central Financial assistance for damage to tourist facilities in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh by Cyclone Hudhud

The State Governments of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh have provided the details of tourists infrastructure and facilitates affected by the cyclone Hudhud this year.

Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Gujarat Chief Minister Mrs Anandiben Patel Discusses Various Projects Relating to the State in the Ministry with Chemicals & Fertilizer Minister Shri Ananth Kumar

The Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel met the Minister for Chemicals & Fertilisers Shri Ananth Kumar, New Delhi today to discuss various projects relating to the State in the fields of chemicals, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals

Revival of Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT)

On instructions from the Prime Minister steps for immediate revival of the Fertilizers And Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT) have been initiated. The Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Ananth Kumar and the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan held a meeting with Members of Parliament from all the parties from Kerala in the Parliament House New Delhi today to discuss all related issues.

Ministry of Coal

Dependent on Coal Mines of end use Projects

As per the eligibility criteria specified in the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Rules, 2014, a person who is eligible under sub-section (3) of section 4 of the Ordinance shall also meet the following eligibility criteria, namely:–

Auction of Coal Blocks for Power Sector

The allocation of coal blocks would be made in pursuance of the provisions of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 2014 and the Rules made thereunder in a time bound manner to ensure that there is no disruption in supply of coal.

Guidelines for E-Auction of Coal

The Government has formulated an Approach Paper for auctioning of coal mines which includes the proposed time schedule of the bidding process.

Auction of Coal Blocks

The Government is contemplating a methodology for auction of coal blocks for power sector which is transparent, encourages greater competition and efficiency and optimisies power tariffis.

Ministry of Mines

Allocation of Bauxite Mines

The Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that the Ministry has not received any proposal from Odisha Mining Corporation for allocation of Karlapat bauxite deposit in Kalahandi district, Odisha.

Mining Lease in Tribal Areas

The Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that the State Governments are the owners of the minerals located within their respective boundaries.

Ministry of Shipping

MoU for Commercially Viable Stretches of National Waterway-5

Minister of State for Shipping informed the Rajya Sabha today that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) with Government of Odisha, Paradip Port and Dhamra Port Company Ltd. for developing the commercially viable stretches of National Waterway-5 in two phases.

No Case of Dumping Hazardous Waste by Ship-breaking

Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha today that no instance has been reported regarding any country dumping hazardous waste in India by sending ships for breaking.

Government Takes Initiatives To Increase Coastal Movement of Cargo

Minister of State for Shipping, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha today that the Government has taken initiatives to increase the coastal movement of cargo in the country.The steps taken in this regard include:

Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Literacy Among Tribals

The following schemes are being implemented by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to improve the literacy among tribals :

Development Schemes for Tribals

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs do not propose to close any schemes meant for tribals in the country including Uttar Pradesh. The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is, however, re-engineering the existing educational schemes like pre-matric scholarship, post-matric scholarship, construction of hostels, construction of ashram schools and vocational training in tribal areas into an umbrella scheme on education.

Rights of Tribals

Every developmental project undertaken by the Central or the State Governments is accompanied by a Rehabilitation & Resettlement (R&R) plan under the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy declared by the appropriate Government.

Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises

KVIC Schemes

The Scheme for enhancing productivity and competitiveness of khadi products and artisans was being implemented by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) till 2013-14 with the objective to make Khadi industry more competitive, market-oriented, profitable and for providing sustained employment for Khadi artisans by replacement of obsolete

Workshed Scheme for Khadi Artisans

Workshed Scheme for Khadi Artisans is being implemented by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) since 2008-09 for providing financial assistance to khadi artisans belonging to BPL Category for construction of worksheds.

Industrial Clusters under SFURTI

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises through Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and Coir Board have been implementing a cluster-based scheme named Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) since 2005-06 under which khadi, village industries

Prime Minister’s Task Force on MSME

The Government had constituted a Prime Minister’s Task Force on Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) on 2nd September, 2009, which submitted its report on 30th January, 2010.

Performance of MSME Sector

As per the revised methodology suggested by Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), on the basis of the data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) published by CSO, MoSPI and final results of the latest Census (Fourth Census), conducted (with base reference year 2006-07),

Marketing Assistance Scheme under MSME

Marketing Assistance Programme is a strategic initiative for adoption of Modern Marketing techniques and technology by MSMEs consistent with the requirement of global market and thereby encouraging MSMEs in their efforts at tapping and developing domestic and overseas markets. The Ministry implements a number of schemes/programmes for Marketing Assistance.

Ministry of Power

Commissioning of Power Projects

The Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance had constituted a Working Group under the Chairmanship of CMD,

Separate Feeders for Farm and Nonfarm Users in Rural Areas

Government of India has approved Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana with total investment of Rs. 43033 crore. Besides augmentation of distribution infrastructure and metering at all levels in rural areas,

Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal, and Renewable Energy Submits its Report

Sh. Suresh P. Prabhu, Chairman of the Advisory Group ( now Union Minister for Railways) for Integrated Development of Power, Coal, and Renewable Energy has presented its final report to Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy here today.

Ministry of Women and Child Development

Consultative Committee of Women & Child Development Ministry meets to discuss Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme

The Consultative Committee of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development on the subject of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) was held under the chairmanship of Smt

The Indian Region Seminar of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians highlights need for greater safety of women and empowerment at grassroots level

Women are Central to India’s Development’ was the theme of the Indian Region Seminar of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians held in New Delhi today. Speaking at the inaugural session, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that women have a key role to play in Indian society since families are naturally women centric.

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

Pilot Projects Launched for Emergency Care of Road Accident Victims

The Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha today that in order to give a boost to emergency care of the accident victims, pilot projects has been launched by the Ministry on Gurgaon - Jaipur section of NH 8, Mumbai – Vadodara of NH – 8 and Ranchi – Rargaon - Mahulia of NH 33 for providing cashless treatment to road accident victims for 48 hours at expenditure up to a limit of Rs. 30,000.

Government Approves Scheme for I&C Centres for Motor Vehicles

The Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha today that the Government has approved a scheme for setting-up of model Automated Inspection & Certification (I&C) Centres for motor vehicles.

Training for Drivers of Unorganised Sector

The Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha today the Ministry has a scheme for imparting two days refresher training in road safety to heavy motor vehicle (HMV) drivers of unorganised sector.

 

   
   
   
     
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