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Steel Ministry organizes Vigilance Conclave

Ministry of Steel organized a two-day Vigilance Conclave in New Delhi which concluded today. The Conclave was aimed at sensitizing the officials of Steel PSUs on the basic principles and procedures to be followed while taking important administrative and commercial decisions relating to various functions including procurements, contracts, personnel and finance.

Inaugurating the conclave yesterday, Central Vigilance Commissioner Shri K.V. Chowdary said transparency and accountability are the cardinal principles of decision making. He stressed upon having a strong internal whistle blower mechanism in every organization. The CVC also emphasized that there are enough in-built safeguards in the law to protect honest and upright officers.

Secretary Steel Shri Binoy Kumar, said that at times, lack of knowledge and awareness of good practices result in flouting of rules and procedures, which can be avoided. He impressed upon the participants to understand the nuances of vigilance administration to facilitate their working.

Joint Secretary and CVO of the Ministry of Steel Ms.Ruchika Chaudhary Govil said vigilance is integral to management of any organization. She said the aim of organizing the conclave is to help reduce opacity, delays and discretions, which often result in matters being embroiled in vigilance.

In the 2-day conclave, basic issues concerning vigilance, adherence to rules and regulations relating to public procurements, transparency in tendering processes, e-procurement, GeM, GFR, e-auction, ethics in governance, complaint handling system and other matters of importance were deliberated upon.

Chairman SAIL Shri Anil Kumar Chaudhary, CMD MECON Shri Atul Bhatt and CMD RINL, Shri A K Rath were also present in the inaugural function.

Around 100 senior officials of the PSUs of the Ministry of Steel, namely SAIL, RINL, NMDC, MECON, KIOCL, MOIL, MSTC, FSNL, Bird Group of Companies and OMDC participated in the conclave.

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Ministry of Corporate Affairs: IBBI, SEBI sign MoU for better implementation of IBC

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

The IBBI and the SEBI seek effective implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code) and its allied rules and regulations, which have redefined the debt-equity relationship and aims to promote entrepreneurship and debt market. They have agreed under the MoU to assist and co-operate with each other for the effective implementation of the Code, subject to limitations imposed by the applicable laws.

The MoU provides for:

(a) sharing of information between the two parties, subject to the limitations imposed by the applicable laws;

(b) sharing of resources available with each other to the extent feasible and legally permissible;

(c) periodic meetings to discuss matters of mutual interest, including regulatory requirements that impact each party’s responsibilities, enforcement cases, research and data analysis, information technology and data sharing, or any other matter that the parties believe would be of interest to each other in fulfilling their respective statutory obligations;

(d) cross-training of staff in order to enhance each party’s understanding of the other’s mission for effective utilisation of collective resources;

(e) capacity building of insolvency professionals and financial creditors;

(f) joint efforts towards enhancing the level of awareness among financial creditors about the importance and necessity of swift insolvency resolution process of various types of borrowers in distress under the provisions of the Code, etc.

The MoU was signed by Shri Anand Baiwar, Executive Director, SEBI, and Shri Ritesh Kavdia, Executive Director, IBBI, at Mumbai.

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Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Health Ministry reviews the preparedness on West Nile Fever.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare with the officials from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reviewed the current situation, state preparedness and action taken to deal with West Nile Fever (WNF) in Mallapuram district, Kerala, today. MOHFW deputed a multi-disciplinary public health team to Mallapuram District to investigate various epidemiological aspects of West Nile Virus in the district and State.

The State has been advised to follow the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) guidelines of personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites. This guideline is available at NVBDCP website (nvbdcp.gov.in or nvbdcp.gov.in/WriteReadData/l892s/JE-AES-Prevention-Control(NPPCJA).pdf). The Ministry has also recommended vector surveillance and control to be carried out in coordination with NVBDCP. All cases of JE/AES are to be investigated as per guidelines of JE/ AES and also tested for West Nile Virus. Further, the community is to be sensitized through IEC campaigns on use of personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites as per NVBDCP Guidelines.

West Nile Fever is a mosquito borne zoonotic disease caused by a flavivirus -West Nile Virus (WNV). This virus is related to viruses that cause Japanese Encephalitis, yellow fever and St. Louis encephalitis. Human infection is most often due to bites from infected mosquitoes. To date, no human-to-human transmission of WNV through casual contact has been documented. Infection with WNV is either asymptomatic (no symptoms) in around 80% of infected people, or can lead to West Nile fever or severe West Nile disease.

Testing for West Nile Virus is available at the National Institute of Virology, Pune and National Institute of Virology, Allapuzha. Facility for xeno-diagnosis with respect to infection among vectors is available at VCRC, Kottayam. NCDC branch in Kozhikode, in coordination with VCRC, Kottayam, will provide assistance for vector surveillance and xeno-diagnosis in the vector as well as prepare and disseminate a standardised hospital management protocol of AES case management to be followed by all hospitals catering to cases of AES.

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