Daily Archive: August 6, 2018

Delhi High Court orders all the scheduled employers who gave enhanced wages as per the notification issued by the Delhi Govt and LG to not recover any such amount from their employees.

Delhi High Court orders all the scheduled employers who gave enhanced wages as per the notification issued by the Delhi Govt and LG to not recover any such amount from their employees.

GIS Technology on Ganga Cleaning Projects

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for improving planning, execution and monitoring of projects as well as providing platform for central repository of all data related to Ganga river basin including Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) / Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), water quality monitoring location, afforestation, ghats and crematorium, river front development. This assists NMCG in improving its effectiveness in pollution abatement and river rejuvenation work.

Government of India is supplementing the efforts of the state governments in addressing the pollution of river Ganga by providing financial assistance to the states. Government of India has approved Namami Gange Programme in May 2015 for conservation of river Ganga with total outlay of Rs.20,000 Crores. Namami Gange Programme is an umbrella programme which integrates previous and currently ongoing initiatives by enhancing efficiency, extracting synergies and supplementing them with more comprehensive & better coordinated interventions.

The following corrective measures have been taken up under Namami Gange Programme for Ganga Clean up in Uttar Pradesh and other states in the last 3 years include:

  1. Condition assessment study taken up to know the sewage generation and sewage treatment gap in towns  along main stem of river Ganga for sanctioning of sewerage infrastructure projects in  holistic and scientific manner.
  2. Rehabilitation of existing STPs and their Operation & Maintenance (O&M).
  3. The Namami Gange Programme have been made 100% central sector scheme to ensure sufficient availability of funds to the state government, reduction in time loss for collection of state share thereby faster approval of contracts and effective implementation of the projects;
  4. The Operation and Maintenance period have been increased from 5 to 15 years to ensure performance of STPs for a longer period.
  5. Formation of NMCG as an authority and enhanced financial power for faster sanctioning of projects and award of contracts; formation of state and district Ganga Committee for effective monitoring of works at the grass root levels.
  6. Implementation of projects under Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM) to address issues such as sub-optimal design, lesser O&M support and lack of ownership. HAM will also ensure ownership and distinct accountability for continuous acceptable performance in the long term of the STPs.
  7. One City one Operator: Existing STPs in 13 towns namely Kanpur, Allahabad, Mathura, Patna, Kolkata, Howrah-Bally-Kamarhati-Baranagar and Bhagalpur are being integrated with new sanctioned STPs and tendered under HAM based PPP mode for selection of one specific operator for better accountability and monitoring.
  8. Recycling and reuse of treated waste water is being promoted; Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for using of treated waste water for their Mathura Refinery.
  9. Drain treatment by use  of innovative technology and modular STPs;
  10. Creation of Rural Sanitation facilities in identified villages along river Ganga in support from Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. 4465 of villages along Ganga are declared Open Defecation Free (ODF).
  11. River Surface Cleaning activities taken up to clean river surface and banks from solid waste on a regular basis.

The amount spent by NMCG since its inception i.e. from Financial Year 2011-12 to 2018-19 till 30th June, 2018 is Rs.4,322.37 crore. Under Namami Gange Programme, a total of 221 projects have been sanctioned at a cost of Rs.22,238.49 crore. Out of these 221 projects, 58 projects have been completed and 95 projects are under implementation. Details are given below:

  • 105 projects are sanctioned for development of sewerage infrastructure to provide  total treatment capacity of 3,293.68 MLD (including rehabilitation of 887.00 MLD) and laying of sewerage network of 4,842.30 km. at an estimated cost of Rs.17,485.11 crore. Out of these, 26 projects are completed which has created new STP capacity of 328.13 MLD and rehabilitated 92 MLD of STP capacity. In addition, 44 projects are at advanced stages of completion to create new STP capacity of 769 MLD and rehabilitation of 86 MLD capacity.
  • 1 project covering 20 drains have been sanctioned for decentralized treatment of drains through modular STPs.
  • Ghat, Crematoria and River Front Development (RFD): A total of 63 projects are approved for development of Ghat & Crematoria and river Front Development. Out of these 24 projects are completed. Rest of the projects is ongoing. Among the ongoing projects, 54 ghats and 10 crematoria have been completed.
  • Projects sanctioned for Ghat cleaning in Varanasi;Bithoor, Kanpur, Allahabad, Mathura-Vrindavan and Haridwar.
  • A project sanctioned for river surface cleaning at 11 places namely Delhi, Haridwar, Mathura-Vrindavan, Garhmukteshwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Sahibganj, Howrah and Nabadwip.
  • 14 projects sanctioned for institutional development projects including water quality monitoring;1 project is completed and 7 is ongoing.
  • 4 projects sanctioned on implementation support/research development; 1 project completed and 1 is ongoing.
  • 19 projects sanctioned for conservation of biodiversity and afforestation. Out of these, 6 projects completed and 8 projects ongoing.
  • The project sanctioned for composite ecological task force is ongoing.
  • 8 projects sanctioned for bioremediation of drains.
  • A project for development of toilets across gram panchayats along Ganga River.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Dr. Satya Pal Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.



Budget for DRDO

The total Budget of Department of Defence Research & Development (R&D) for the Financial Year 2018-19 is Rs. 17861.19 crore with a manpower of approximately 24224 (including 7354 scientists).

A total of 13 research projects in Technology Development (TD) and Science & Technology (S&T) category have been taken up in the year 2018-19 in the broad areas of hybrid power system, advanced materials, CBW Defence technologies, laser diode technology, technologies for insensitive munition etc. and since these are in design phase, outcome of research projects will be seen in the subsequent years.

The following projects have been completed by DRDO during the last three years which finds merit for indigenous production through various partner agencies: 46m inflatable radome, medium size integrated aerostat surveillance system (NAKSHATRA), heavy drop system – 16T, enhanced range rocket (PINAKA Mk-II), sub- munition warheads for PINAKA, 250 kg pre-fragmented bomb, air bursting grenades for individual weapons, penetration-cum-blast (PCB) and thermo-baric (TB) ammunition for 120 mm Arjun tank, multi calibre individual weapon system (MCIWS), minefieldmarking equipment Mk-II, CBRNe remotely operated platforms (CBRNeP), bar mine layer, mountain foot bridge, water mist system validation for fire protection in naval ships, electro-optical fire control system for naval ships, commander’s non-panoramic TI sight for AFVs (T-90, T-72 & BMP-II), medium power radar (MPR) for IAF, anti-torpedo decoy system (MAAREECH), high speed heavy weight ship launched torpedo (VARUNASTRA), multi-influence ground mine (MIGM) etc.

To streamline working of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to expedite various projects, DRDO has been reviewed/audited by a number of independent committees in recent past (since 2007) as listed below:

  • Rama Rao Committee (RRC) – most of the suggestions have been implemented.
  • In addition, Ministry of Defence (MoD) has set up various committees viz. Ravindra Gupta Task Force (RGTF) and Naresh Chandra Task Force (NCTF) on National Security – action has been taken accordingly.
  • Performance audit of DRDO labs is done on case-to-case basis by audit authorities.

This information was given by Rajya Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply to Dr. Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe in Rajya Sabha today.

GeM to ensure transparency in public procurement

As an initiative to improve transparency in procurement, Government has set up Government e- Marketplace as a 100% Government owned company registered under the Companies Act, 2013 for providing online platform for procurement of common use goods and services by government organizations.

Government e- Marketplace (GeM) is an online platform for government users which was launched on 9th August, 2016. It leverages technology to enhance transparency, efficiency and speed in public procurement. It provides the tools of e-bidding, reverse e-auction and demand aggregation to facilitate the government users, achieve the best value of their money. It is paperless, cashless and contactless platform giving end to end solution.

All the State Governments are utilising the services offered by Government e-Marketplace. In addition, 22 States namely, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Maharashtra, Meghalaya and West Bengal have signed Memorandum of Understanding for making procurement through GeM portal mandatory in their state.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Commerce & Industry C R Chaudhary in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.


Age Relaxation for Defence Personnel by #UPSC

The policy on age relaxation applicable for ex-servicemen for appearing in Civil Services Exam (Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ Posts) is governed by ‘Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Central Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979’ as amended vide DoP&T Notification No. 36034/1/06-Estt.(SCT) dated 4th October, 2012. The following provisions have been made:-

  • For appointment to any vacancy in Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ services or posts filled by direct recruitment otherwise than on the result of an Open All India Competitive Examination, the upper age limit shall be relaxed by the length of military service increased by three years in the case of ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers or Short Service Commissioned Officers.
  • For appointment to any vacancy in Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ services or posts filled by direct recruitment on the result of an All India Competitive Examination, the ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers or Short Service Commissioned Officers who have rendered at least five years military service and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to military service or on invalidment, shall be allowed maximum relaxation of five years in the upper age limit.

The recruitment in armed forces are governed by their respective policies, rules including recruitment rules, orders on the subject.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Prasanna Acharya in Rajya Sabha today.

Employment Guarantee Scheme

Employment generation coupled with improving employability is the priority concern of the Government. Ministry of Rural Development has been implementing ‘The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), 2005’ which provides at least one hundred days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. The demand for work itself is influenced by various factors such as rain-fall pattern, availability of alternative and remunerative employment opportunities outside MGNREGA and prevailing unskilled wage rates.

Further, Government runs various employment generation schemes for beneficiaries like Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) implemented by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) scheme run by Ministry of Rural Development, and Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) implemented by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. Details of the progress of the schemes are as follows:

Schemes/Year 2017-18 2018-19
Estimated employment generated under  PMEGP

(No. of  Persons)

387184 111064


Persondays Generated under MGNREGS

(Persondays in crore)

234.26 82.51


Candidates placed in jobs after training (DDU-GKY)

(No.of  Persons)

75787 23757


Skill Trained Persons given Placement DAY-NULM

(No. of  Persons)

115140 22518


Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) is a scheme to extend collateral free loans by Banks, Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) to small/micro business enterprises in the non-agricultural sector to individuals to enable them to setup or expand their business activities. Under PMMY, the number of loans sanctioned during 2015-16 to 2017-18 were 12.27 crore, out of which 3.49 crore were new entrepreneurs.

In order to improve the employability of youth, around 22 Ministries/Departments run skill development schemes across various sectors.

Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana has been initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in the year 2016-17 for incentivizing employers for promoting employment generation. Under this scheme, Government is paying the entire employer’s contribution (12 % or as admissible) towards the EPS and EPF for all sectors w.e.f. 01.04.2018  to all eligible new employees and is applicable for all sectors for the next 3 years. Till 30th July, 2018,   benefits have been given to 76908 Establishments covering 61.36 lakh beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY).

Government has also implemented the National Career Service (NCS) Project which comprises a digital portal that provides a nation-wide online platform for jobseekers and employers for job matching in a dynamic, efficient and responsive manner and has a repository of career content.

This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


117 EPFO District Offices/Centres Upgraded

The EPFO has upgraded 117 District Offices/Service Centres at various places in the country. The details are annexed.


EPFO District Offices/Service Centres.

  TOTAL 117


This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


International Conference on Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling inaugurated by Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari

NITI Aayog’s International Conference on “Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling: Policy Prescriptions” was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri. Nitin Gadkari at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in the capital today. Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog Shri. Rajiv Kumar, CEO, NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant and renowned experts from all over the world in material recycling took part in the deliberations at the conference. The day long conference brings together a host of experts for identifying policy prescriptions for the development and growth of material recycling in India towards creating more jobs, reduce dependence on exports, protect the environment and take steps towards adopting circular economy concepts.

In his inaugural speech, Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari emphasised that citizen participation is the key towards a successful recycling movement. “Recycling will increase growth, create wealth, and generate employment”, said the Minister.  Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog,  Dr. Rajiv Kumar in his keynote speech highlighted the benefits of recycling and reuse on environment, economy and the social sector. He emphasized the short, mid and long term targets so that material recycling can reduce our reliance on finite resources, virtually eliminate our dependence on landfills and minimise the impact on our environment for the sustainable development of the Indian state and the wellbeing of  citizens. CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant brought to the fore India’s ambition to grow sustainably in double digits. He underlined the Government’s commitment to the importance of recycling & said that it will benefit all major sectors of the Indian economy.

The day-long conference  has 5 technical sessions on “Circular Economy in Material Recycling”, “Infrastructural Issues in Recycling Industry”, “Standardization and certification in Recycling Industry”, “Environmental Benefits of Material Recycling”, “Financial and Taxation issues in Recycling Industry”, “Financial and Taxation issues in Recycling Industry” respectively, followed by a Valedictory Session to be chaired by Dr. V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog. It is expected that the deliberations at the conference will provide inputs for the policy formulation on various aspects related to material recycling.