Daily Archive: December 1, 2018

Armed Forces Flag Day – 2018

Ministry of Defence01-December, 2018 17:50 IST

Since 1949, 07 December is observed as Armed Forces Flag Day throughout India to honour the martyrs as well as men and women in uniform, who valiantly fight on our borders to safeguard the country’s honour. It is an important occasion to remind the nation of its obligation to look after veterans, disabled soldiers, war widows and dependents of those who have sacrificed their lives for the safety, honour and Integrity of the motherland.

The ‘Armed forces Flag Day Fund’ (AFFDF) has been constituted by the Government of India for the welfare and rehabilitation of the Ex-Servicemen (ESM) community. There are more than 30 lakh ESM Including 6.5 Iakh widows and around 60,000 ESM are added every year due to early superannuation. Contributions received from prospective donors of AFFDF are utillsed to provide basis sustenance needs of the ESM community through a medium of welfare schemes.

The aim of the campaign to generate awareness about the ‘Armed Forces Flag Day Fund’ and encourage people to contribute generously. Several cashless payment methods have been setup and made available. You can send your contributions via PayTM number ‘8800462175’ and UPI code: armedforcesflagdayfund@sbi –To contribute using Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking log on to ksb.gov.in/armed-forces-flag-day-fund.htm

This year the programme MoD has planned to run has been in effect from 01 November, 2018 and would continue till December 31, 2018. You can show your sense of pride by wearing the flag representing three services from 01 November to 31 December 2018. These flags are available at all Government offices. Alternatively, printable version of the flags can be downloaded from www.ksb.gov.in.

DAC Approves for Acquisition of Defence Equipment

Ministry of Defence01-December, 2018 17:52 IST

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman met today and accorded approval for acquisition of defence equipment for about Rs 3,000 crore.

As a follow up of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) decision in October 2018 for procurement of four P1135.6 Follow-on Ships, the DAC granted approval for procurement of indigenous BrahMos Missile for two Indian Navy ships to be built in Russia. The indigenously designed BrahMos Missile is a tested and proven supersonic cruise missile and will form the primary weapon on-board these Ships.

The DAC also approved the procurement of Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARVs) for the Indian Army’s Main Battle Tank Arjun. These are designed and Developed by DRDO and would be manufactured by M/s BEML. ARVs ensure efficient and speedy repair and recovery operations during combat.


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Indian Navy Conducted free Health Camp at Amarpur, Palwal District, Haryana

Ministry of Defence01-December, 2018 15:59 IST

Indian Navy is conducting a free Health Camp for the general public from 01 to 03 Dec 18 at Amarpur, Palwal district, Haryana. The venue of the camp is Government Senior Secondary School, Amarpur. This camp has been organized as part of the outreach programme of the Indian Navy to bring about awareness in the general public about the role and task of the Navy and also to encourage youngsters to join Navy.

The camp was inaugurated by Surgeon Rear Admiral G Vishwanath, Additional DGMS (Navy) today (01 Dec 18). Shri Mani Ram Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Palwal was also present at the function. The Health Camp endeavors to address basic health issues and provide medical checkup as part of Navy Week activities. It is pertinent to mention that, since last two years similar Health Camps were conducted at Amarpur, with overwhelming response.

A Medical Team consisting of 13 Specialist medical officers in various fields of Medicine and 24 Para-medical staff from the Naval Hospital at Mumbai have come exclusively for the Camp. The Specialists will conduct out-patient consultation for medical, surgical, gynaecology, paediatric, Eye, ENT and skin ailments. The Camp will also have a dental chair and will be supported by appropriate diagnostic and pharmacy facilities. There will be facility to screen for cancer cervix and cancer breast in women.

In addition to medical examination, the team will also organise health awareness activities for the general population through a Health Exhibition. In the premises of the school, a booth will be established by the Indian Navy Recruiting Directorate for people to obtain details on various recruitment procedures for the Indian Navy.

The special feature of the Camp was establishment of mobile laboratory with facilities to carry out blood investigations at Primary Health Centre, Amarpur on 29 and 30 Nov 18.


Release of interim relief to Tamil Nadu from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2018-19

Ministry of Home Affairs01-December, 2018 16:43 IST

Tamil Nadu faced a severe cyclonic storm “GAJA” during late night on 15th and early hours on 16thNovember, 2018 and its 12 districts were severely affected.

Based on an interim memorandum submitted by Government of Tamil Nadu for additional assistance, Government of India constituted an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) immediately on 20thNovember, 2018. IMCT have visited cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ affected areas in the State from 23rd to 27thNovember 2018.

The Union Home Minister has approved to release 2nd installment of Central Share of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) amounting to Rs. 353.70 crore, for the year 2018-19, as an interim relief on 30thNovember, 2018 to help the State in providing relief measures to the affected people. Further, assistance will be provided from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), based on the final report of IMCT.

In the instant case, the Central Government has provided full support to the Government of Tamil Nadu by mobilizing timely logistics resources to supplement the efforts of the State Government to deal with the situation effectively in the wake of Cyclone ‘GAJA’. The logistics support provided includes adequate teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indian Air Force and Coast Guard helicopters and Navy & Coast Guard personnel along with necessary rescue equipments.


Central Assistance Worth Rs.3,200 Crore Released to NE States During Last 4 Years

Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation01-December, 2018 14:03 IST

Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim & Nagaland Achieve ODF Status-Sikkim Achieves 67% Target for IHHL & 79% for CT/PT—Sikkim & Arunachal Achieve 100% D2D Collection Targets Rs 1024 Crore Central Assistance Released to NE States Under SCM-10 Smart Cities from NE Identified Among 100 Smart Cities-NAMCHI(SIKKIM) Makes Tremendous Progress- MOU Signed with BEL-to Facilitate in Development of Cloud Based ICCC System in Imphal, Itanagar, Pasighat, Kohima, Namchi, Gangtok & Shillong. 2.3 Lakh Houses Sanctioned Under PMAY(U) in NE Region so far—1.16 Lakh Houses already Grounded- 100% of House Demand in Tripura Sanctioned Amrut State Plans Worth Rs 1507 Crore for Entire Mission Period Approved-Rs 270 Crore Released-2nd Installment for Mizoram Released-Manipur Awards Contracts for Almost 100% of Projects Under SAAP-Meghalaya Achieves Target for Water Connections Interim RERA Authorities E

Sh Hardeep S Puri, Union Minister of State(I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs has informed that construction of more than 2.3 lakh houses have been sanctioned for the Urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas yojana (PMAY-Urban) in the North-Eastern States during the last 4 years. About 1.16 lakh houses have already been grounded for construction. Almost 100% of house demand in Tripura has been sanctioned.While reviewing the progress of Urban Missions in the North-Eastern States here today, he informed that this approval needs to be seen in the context of 26,041 houses which were sanctioned during ten years between 2004-14 under JNNURM and Rajiv Awas Yojana. Out of the houses sanctioned during 2004-14, only 21,159 houses were constructed and the remaining 4892 houses are under construction. Central Assistance amounting to Rs 3570 crore has been sanctioned and Rs 1520 crore released during the last 4 years as against Rs 683 crore sanctioned and Rs 586 crore released during 2004-2014, he added. Under PMAY(Urban), government provides an assistance in the range of Rs.1.00 lakh to Rs.2.67 lakh to each beneficiary under different verticals. Sh Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary in the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Senior officials from all the North-Eastern states besides Mission Directors in the Ministry participatedin the 2-day review of the missions.

The review exercise was undertaken in several sessions spreading over 2 days and covered Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Smart City Mission, all launched on June 25, 2015. The review also covered the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) which was launched on October 2, 2014 besides the continuing 10% Lump Sum Scheme for North-East and North-Eastern Region Urban Development Programme(NERUDP), Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-NationalUrban Livelihoods Mission(DAY-NULM) and Real Estate Regulation Act ( RERA).The Review meeting today was also attended by the Chief Minister of Tripura Shri. Bipalb Kumar Deb.

During the review, it was informed that 12 towns of N-E States have been included in the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation for Urban Transformation (AMRUT)for providing water taps to all urban households besides improving water supply to the normative level of 135 litres per capita per day, expanding sewerage and drainage networks, promoting non-motorised transport and development of open spaces in mission cities. Under AMRUT, Ministry of Urban Development supports 90% of the project costs in N-E States as against only one third to half of the project costs in other States.The entire State Annual Action Plan(SAAP) for the North-East States envisaging an investment of Rs 1506.62 crore has been approved. While projects worth Rs 332 crore are under implementation, projects worth Rs 21.37 crore have been completed so far.The state of Manipur has awarded contracts for almost 100% of the projects approved under SAAP. Credit rating has been completed in 8 Mission cities. Tripura has replaced all targeted 34,500 streetlights with LED lights and Meghalaya has exceeded the target for new water tap connections by installing 10,168 connections. The Online Building plan approval system( OBPS) has been implemented in 436 AMRUT cities. A total of 85 projects worth Rs 1371 crore have been taken up under NERDUP. A total of 49 projects worth Rs 824 crore have already been completed.

During the Smart City Mission review, it was noted that 10 Smart Cities in North East have been selected in various rounds of City Challenge so far. Itanagar and Shillong have been added in Round 4 during this year. Rs 1024 Crore worth of Central assistance has been released to North Eastern States under Smart Cities Mission so far.Presently, projectsworth Rs 443 crore are under implementation. Namchi(Sikkim) has made tremendous progress.The Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) is the ‘brain’ of a city, integrating all utilities and services through digital technology and helps in making the city ‘smart’. An ICCC developed in a cloud based system for the North Eastern cities would have the advantage of lowering the cost of development, faster deployment and peer to peer learning among cities. The MoU that has been signed with BEL will facilitate in the development of a cloud based ICCC system in the cities of Imphal, Itanagar, Pasighat, Kohima, Namchi, Gangtok and Shillong.

As regards Swachh Bharat Mission(SBM-U) Urban, the states of Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim and Nagaland been declared ODF status. 98 towns in NE have become Open Defecation Free(ODF) while more than 47,000 Individual Household toilets and 2310 Community & Public toilets have been constructed under the Mission. Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have achieved 100% Door to Door collection (D2D) of garbage. It was informed that Assam, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh will achieve ODF status by December 2018.Meghalaya will achieve ODF by January 2019. Thus whole of North East states will achieve ODF by January 2019.

Under DAY-NULM 13332 Self Help Groups(SHGs) have been formed and 48,827candidates imparted training. The state of Mizoram has done well in provision of shelters for homeless. Tripura has constructed 250 houses for shelter.

RERA Rules under RERA have been notified by Assam and Tripura. Assam, Tripura Mizoram and Sikkim have established the interim Real Estate Regulatory Authorities. Interim Real Estate Appellate Tribunal has been established in Tripura only. Assam is in the process of establishing the permanent Authority and interim Tribunal and the same would be in place by 30.01.2019. All the states are in the process of notifying the rules and is in the advanced stage. Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 is landmark legislation aimed at protecting the interests of the Home buyers. All the states in North East need to urgently implement the Act so that the benefits reach all the stakeholders.

Tripura Chief Minister Shri. Biplab Kumar Deb in his speech outlined his vision for making Tripura a model state. He emphasised on developing Quality urban infrastructure for the same. Tripura Chief Minister in his Speech sought the support of Sh Hardeep S Puri, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs and his ministry towards his vision of making Tripura a Model state.