Tuesday, 20 February 2018

173rd meeting of ESI Corporation held ESIC vision 2022 approved in principal

Target of covering 10 crore workers till 2022 New Hospital at Bhubneshwar and Raigarh Sanctioned

Many important decisions were taken in 173rd meeting of ESI Corporation under the Chairmanship of Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State for Labour & Employment (I/C) towards improvements in its service delivery mechanism.

During the meeting ESIC Vision 2022 was approved in principal. The ESIC Vision 2022 envisages expansion of ESI Scheme in each district of the country with target of covering 10 Crores workers by 2022. The modalities and the course for achieving the target were deliberated upon in the meeting. In this regard, decision to form a sub-committee for fine tuning and for active participation of other stakeholders has also been taken.



To strengthen medical care services in U.P., the decision of taking over of ESI Hospital, Barielly (earlier administered by State Government) by ESI Corporation was taken. Approval for setting up of ESIC Super Specialty Hospital at Bhubneshwar and sanction of 100 bedded ESI Hospital in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh were also reported upon in the meeting. ESI Corporation further decided for continuation of 50 bedded ESIC Model Hospital at Phulwarisharif, Patna upgradable to 100 beds. In its earlier meeting, ESIC has already approved starting of 100 bedded Medical facilities/Hospital at Bihta and Patna, Bihar.

The decision for establishing Modified Employer’s Utilisation Dispensary (Modified EUD) on pilot basis was also taken in the meeting, with the objective of strengthening of stake holders participation in the expansion of primary care services of ESIC.

In order to improve the delivery of health care services and ensuring proper use of resources available in ESIC Hospitals, decision of establishing Vigilance Inspection Unit in ESIC Hospitals has been taken.

Smt. M. Sathiyavathy, Secretary, Labour & Employment, Sh. Raj Kumar, Director General, ESIC, ESI Corporation Members representing Members of Parliament, Employees’ & Employers’ Federation/Association, representatives of State Governments and officers of MoL&E & ESIC also participated in the meeting.

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Centre's mega water and sanitation push in Uttarakhand, Uma Bharti launches Ganga Gram, New Swajal Project and Gangotri Swachh Iconic Place

As a special initiative, Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushri Uma Bharti, today launched the Bagori Ganga Gram project, New Swajal Project at Bagori and Gangotri Iconic Place at Dunda village in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Besides creating cleanliness, providing basic amenities to the people of Ganga bank villages, these projects would also generate employment.

ODF village Bagori is one of the 24 pilot Ganga Villages picked up to be transformed into Ganga Grams this year. As a first step to it, the Minister inaugurated solid and liquid waste management scheme of Rs 11.88 lakh at Bagori. She urged the people to join in the mission of making Ganga villages true in complete sense. To give huge momentum to tree plantation in Ganga catchment area, Uma Bharati along with Prakash Pant, Drinking and Sanitation Minister, Uttarakhand, Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, MDWS , local MLA and other central and state government officials participated in tree plantation programme at Dharasu NMCG Nursery. More than 1.5 lac saplings are ready to be planted in Ganga Catchment area in Uttarkashi this year.

The Minister urged people that tree plantation on river bank is also the responsibility of people. She further said that integrated development by engaging communities is in the heart of Ganga Gram Concept.

Uma Bharati also inaugurated new Swajal Project at Bagori with a budget of more than 32 lakh rupees. Swajal is a community owned drinking water programme for sustained drinking water supply. Prakash Pant also told that the state is planning to provide water supply to 7070 villages in Uttarakhand. He also urged people to come forward and adopt this New Swajal Project as it adopted the old Swajal scheme.

Later in the day, Uma Bharti also visited village Sadag, where Swajal scheme is successfully running since 1996.

The Union Minister also launched Gangotri as Swachh Iconic Places. ONGC with its CSR fund will help in taking Gangotri to a higher level of swachhta. DPR for this has been completed by the district administration. The SIP project is being coordinated by Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation (MDWS), in collaboration with Union Ministries of Housing & Urban Affairs, Tourism, Culture, state governments, municipal and local agencies.

Secretary, DWS, who was also the first Project Director of Swajal, in his address gave brief description of Ministry's plans regarding Ganga Gram, Swajal and SIP projects.

In the evening, Sushri Uma Bharati also participated in Ganga Chaupal in Uttarkashi, where she encouraged people and community to work towards making villages on Ganga Bank as Adarsh Ganga Grams.

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Cabinet approves creation of National Urban Housing Fund

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given approval for creation of National Urban Housing Fund (NUHF) for Rs.60,000 crores. This fund will be situated in Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

The Ministry has so far sanctioned 39.4 lakh houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). There is a very good response from the States / UTs and nearly 2 - 3 lakh houses are being sanctioned every month. More than 17 lakh houses have been grounded and about 5 lakh houses have been completed. Under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), wherein housing for EWS / LIG / MIG beneficiaries is being sanctioned by the Banks / HFCs to the eligible beneficiaries under the PMAY(Urban), the responses have grown significantly. Nearly 87,000 Housing Loans have been sanctioned in last 8 months under the Scheme and over 40,000 applications are under consideration for approval. The target is to cater to the demand of housing shortage of nearly 1.2 crore and make available housing to all by 2022, when the Country celebrates its 75th Anniversary of Independence.

NUHF will facilitate raising requisite funds in next four years so that flow of Central Assistance under different verticals i.e. Beneficiary Linked Construction (BLC), Affordable Housing in Partnership(AHP), In-Situ Slum Redevelopment (ISSR) and Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) is sustained and construction of houses to address the gap in Urban Sector progresses smoothly.

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IWAI engages KPMG as consultants for asset management and market development under Jal Marg Vikas Project

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has engaged KPMG, a reputed consultant, to study and devise a framework for operationalization and maintenance of the assets being built on NW-1 under the World Bank funded Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) . This framework will include various institutional and operational models ranging from outsourcing to Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formulation with participating states and other authorities like Railways and Ports.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved the implementation of the Jal Marg Vikas Project for capacity augmentation of navigation on the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of National Waterway-1 (Ganga) on 3rdJanuary, 2018. The prominent assets being procured and built under JMVP will be ready by 2018-19. Optimum and sustainable utilization of assets so developed, would not be achievable without an asset management and operation framework.

The consultant will also help in developing the business plan for market development on NW-1 for suitable cost recovery and tariff realization mechanism. In addition, it will assess to develop a plan for multimodal logistics park near the multimodal terminals being built under at Varanasi, Sahibganj and Haldia. These multimodal logistics parks will act as freight aggregation and disaggregation centres and promote a hub-and-spoke model of freight movement. Other broad scope of the study will include gathering market intelligence and reviewing cargo potential and cargo projections, developing a business and execution plan for marketing and commercial development and organize roadshows to generate investment awareness in PPP projects.

The JMVP is being implemented by the IWAI with technical assistance and investment support of the World Bank. The project is expected to boost the Inland Waterway Transport on NW-1, create/improve integration opportunities with road and rail transport, promote economic growth in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal and facilitate inland waterway connectivity between mainland India and North-Eastern States .

The development and operations of the NW-1 is estimated to create direct employment of 46,000 persons and indirect employment of 84,000 persons in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

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Shri R.K. Singh inaugurates ‘International R&D Conclave’- Emerging Opportunities and Challenges of R&D in Indian Power Sector

Power Minister stressed upon the need of a dedicated R&D department in CEA to coordinate the research in power sector

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh inaugurated the‘International R&D Conclave’- two-day conference on Emerging Opportunities and Challenges of R&D in Indian Power Sector, organised by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), here today.

In his address inaugural, Shri Singh stressed upon the need of a dedicated R&D department in CEA to coordinate the research in power sector, and asked the concerned departments to make an effort to implement the ideas emerging from this Conference. He also said that those research papers presented during the Conference that are remarkably good, must be rewarded to encourage the researchers who have put in efforts for improving the system.

The Minister said that every Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) needs to create an ecosystem that encourages young officers to come up with new ideas and instills a spirit of enquiry in their minds. The Minister said, “Only way of improving life and system is questioning. This is the spirit I look for in my system”. Emphasising on indigenous R&D, Shri Singh said that we need to get out of the habit of downgrading everything indigenous. It is possible that solutions given by our engineers are better, he added. The Minister congratulated CEA for holding this conference and expressed hope that this initiative is institutionalised and organised every year.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri A.K. Bhalla, Secretary, Power said that this conference must deliberate on how the whole power ecosystem including obtaining electricity, using it and paying bills becomes consumer friendly and increases the ‘Ease of Living’ in India. Shri Bhalla asked the researchers to focus on IT enabled systems and low cost smart metering system for rural areas by tapping the huge talent pool in the country by outsourcing of research to institutions such as IITs.

Around 100 entries for paper presentation were received, out of which 45 papers have been identified for presentation during the Conference, including the papers from Germany and Japan. The sessions in the Conference will focus on R&D activities in Thermal Generation, Hydro Generation, Renewable Energy, Transmission, Grid Operation, Distribution, Trading, Marketing and Tariff.

Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Shri Ravindra Kumar Verma, Chairperson CEA along with other senior officers of the Ministry and delegates from all over the world.

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Cabinet approves methodology for auction of coal mines / blocks for sale of coal under the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 and the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957

Opening up of commercial coal mining for private sector is the most ambitious coal sector reform since the nationalisation of this sector in 1973

Methodology gives highest priority to transparency, ease of doing business and ensuring that natural resources are used for national development

To bring efficiency into the coal sector by moving from an era of monopoly to competition

Higher investment will create direct and indirect employment

It will also lead to energy security through assured coal supply, accountable allocation of coal and affordable coal

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the methodology for auction of coal mines / blocks for sale of coal under the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 and the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. The opening up of commercial coal mining for private sector is the most ambitious coal sector reform since the nationalisation of this sector in 1973.

The Supreme Court of India vide its order dated 24.09.2014 cancelled 204 coal mines/blocks allocated to the various Government and Private Companies since 1993 under the provisions of Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973. To bring transparency and accountability, the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill 2015 was passed by the Parliament which was notified as an Act on 30.03.2015. Enabling provisions have been made in the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 for allocation of coal mines by way of auction and allotment for the sale of coal.

The methodology gives highest priority to transparency, ease of doing business and ensures that natural resources are used for national development. The auction will be an ascending forward auction whereby the bid parameter will be the price offer in Rs./tonne which will be paid to the State Government on the actual production of coal. There shall be no restriction on the sale and/or utilization of coal from the coal mine.

This reform is expected to bring efficiency into the coal sector by moving from an era of monopoly to competition. It will increase competitiveness and allow the use of best possible technology into the sector. The higher investment will create direct and indirect employment in coal bearing areas especially in mining sector and will have an impact on economic development of these regions.

It will also lead to energy security as 70% of India’s electricity is generated from thermal power plants. This reform will ensure assured coal supply, accountable allocation of coal and affordable coal leading to affordable power prices for consumers.

As the entire revenue from the auction of coal mines for sale of coal would accrue to the coal bearing States, this methodology shall incentivise them with increased revenues which can be utilised for the growth and development of backward areas and their inhabitants including tribals. States in Eastern part of the country will be especially benefited.

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Muzaffarpur-Sagauli & Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines Doubling with Electrification

CCEA approves 100.6 Km long Muzaffarpur-Sagauli & 109.7 Km Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines Doubling projects with electrification at completion costs of Rs. 1347.61 crore, Rs. 1381.49 crore respectively

These projects will cover the districts of Muzaffarpur, East Champaran (Motihari) and West Champaran (Bettiah) in Bihar

At present passenger trains suffer congestion and stoppages on Muzaffarpur to Valmiki Nagar route as the line capacity utilization is upto 213%. Additional capacity will ease congestion and allow faster and reliable movement with minimum delays

Muzaffarpur-Sagauli & Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar projects will generate direct employment during construction for 24.14 lakh mandays and 26.33 lakh mandays respectively

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the 100.6 Km long Muzaffarpur-Sagauli & 109.7 Km Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar lines Doubling projects with electrification at completion costs of Rs. 1347.61 crore, Rs. 1381.49 crore respectively. These projects will cover the districts of Muzaffarpur, East Champaran (Motihari) and West Champaran (Bettiah) in Bihar.

Areas served by this route are densely population regions of north Bihar. At present passenger trains suffer congestion and stoppages on Muzaffarpur to Valmiki Nagar route as the line capacity utilization is upto 213%. 38 mail/express trains are running in this section with thousands of passengers travelling daily. Additional capacity will ease congestion and allow faster and reliable movement with minimum delays. In addition, it will enhance safety through more availability of maintenance blocks.

In addition to decongesting the entire route from Muzaffarpur to Valmiki Nagar, doubling will improve capacity and connectivity, thus paving way for economic prosperity and overall development of the region. Development of eastern regions of the country is important for achieving the ‘New India’ vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister by 2022. Champaran is on the border with Nepal, thus doubling of this line will lead to better connectivity with neighbouring countries as well.

Electrification will lead to faster trains, reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable environment. Further, It will reduce fuel import dependence, and result in energy costs savings for Railways and forex savings for the country.

In addition, Muzaffarpur-Sagauli & Sagauli-Valmiki Nagar projects will generate direct employment during construction for 24.14 lakh mandays and 26.33 lakh mandays respectively.

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173rd meeting of ESI Corporation held ESIC vision 2022 approved in principal

Target of covering 10 crore workers till 2022 New Hospital at Bhubneshwar and Raigarh Sanctioned Many important decisions were taken i...