Daily Archive: December 28, 2018

Sail commemorates 60 Years of Steel Production

Chaudhary Birender Singh lighting the lamp to commemorate the 60th year of steel production by SAIL


The first furnace of Rourkela Steel Plant began functioning in 1959 setting the foundation for building India’s economic development. Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) today is a Maharatna company and the largest steel producer and also the highest iron ore miner in India. Steel is a deregulated sector and SAIL operates in open economy producing 21.4 Million Tonne Steel per annum and contributing 1.5 times of India’s GDP and 6.8 times to employment generation.

A function was held in New Delhi today to commemorate the 60th year of steel production by SAIL. The function was addressed by Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh, Minister of State for Steel, Vishnu Deo Sai, Secretary Steel, Binoy Kumar and Chairman SAIL, Anil Kumar Chaudhary. Top officials of Ministry of Railways and other Central Government departments were also present on this occasion.

Chaudhary Birender Singh said times are changing   and SAIL must keep pace with the new and fast growing steel companies. He outlined four mantras for SAIL: Speed, Aggression, Innovation and Loyalty. The Minister said decisions, actions and projects need more speed and marketing. He said new areas and markets like North-East need to be explored and technology, thinking and working has to be innovative. The Minister further stated that   all this will happen only if those associated with SAIL have loyalty and commitment towards the company and country.

The Minister exhorted SAIL to invest in Research and Development, technology development and production of high-grade, value-added steel as these are the priorities of the Government and SAIL has a crucial role to play in all these areas.

National Steel Policy 2017 has set ambitious target of 300 MT steel capacity by 2030-31 and SAIL with 1/6thof the proposed capacity is going to be a key contributor. However, all this must be done in a systematic and planned way.  Each Plant and Unit has to adopt the culture of ‘Safety First’. Stressing that the culture of safety has to be an integral part of our working, Chaudhary Birender Singh said the Ministry will observe one day of the year as Safety Day for the steel sector from 2019.

Minister of State for Steel, Vishnu Deo Sai expressed hope that with its continued hard work, SAIL will be able to fulfill the right expectations of the country in future too.

Secretary Steel, Binoy Kumar, said that SAIL has to always rethink its strategy and planning to remain a leader in the steel sector.

Steel produced by SAIL is used for railway tracks, defence grade steel for construction of Arjun battle tank and India’s space programme of Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan also use SAIL steel. SAIL supplied around 35400 metric tonnes of steel for the construction of recently inaugurated India’s longest bridge – Bogibeel Road-cum-Rail Bridge on the river Brahmaputra. This quantity is little more than 50% of the total quantity of steel supplied for the bridge.


SAIL supplied TMT rebars, plates and structural for this 4.94 KM long bridge, which has composite welded steel truss girders in its structures. Earlier, SAIL had supplied 90% steel for the construction of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge. SAIL’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities supports education sports and tribal population of 8 states.


Capacity Building Programme for Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayati Raj Institutions

The Government of India has initiated the Capacity Building Programme for Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayati Raj Institutions with an objective of empowering them by developing leadership capacities so that they serve as catalysts for social change and function as peer facilitators in the field, become vocal for their rights and participate effectively in the governance processes.

State Governments have been actively involved in imparting these trainings.  Mainly, State Institute of Rural Developments (SIRDs) and State Resource Centres (SRCs) are actively collaborating with Ministry of Women and Child Development in conducting training programmes across the States. Convergence with various Departments at the district level is being sought while organizing the training programme. This involves collaborating with institutions of the Departments of Panchayati Raj, Agriculture, Women & Child Development, Rural Development, etc.  In Phase-I of the programme (2017-18), a total 18,578 EWRs in 14 States were trained.  In Phase-II, 18 States have been included for capacity building programmes for EWRs.

Details of States/UTs, No. of Districts, No. of Elected Women Representatives to be trained in Phase-II

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States/UTs No. of Districts No. of EWRs to be trained
1 Uttar Pradesh 75 3375
2 Karnataka 30 1350
3 Gujarat 33 1485
4 Chhattisgarh 27 1215
5 Himachal Pradesh 12 540
6 Punjab 22 990
7 Goa 2 90
8 Sikkim 4 180
9 Lakshadweep 1 45
10 Assam 33 1485
11 Manipur 16 720
12 Tripura 8 360
13 Daman & Diu 2 90
14 Andaman &Nicobar 3 135
15 Nagaland 11 495
16 Maharashtra 3 180
17 Madhya Pradesh 51 2295
18 Rajasthan 1 45
  Total 334 15030



The Capacity Building Programme undertaken by Ministry of Women and Child Development is a significant endeavour in creating a forum for EWRs to understand their roles and responsibilities in a more prolific manner. Although it is the first step towards harnessing the full potential of EWRs, but this is envisioned as a continuous process in order to instill confidence, courage, conviction, motivation and above all providing hand-holding support to EWRs for mainstreaming them in the governance process.

This was stated by Minister of State for Women and Child Development Ministry, Dr VirendraKumar  in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Proposals of several states approved for implementation of Mahila Police Volunteer Scheme

The Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs has envisaged engagement of Mahila Police Volunteers (MPVs) in the States/UTs who will act as a link between police and community and help women in distress. All Chief Secretaries of States/UTs were requested to adopt this initiative in their respective States.  Haryana is the first state to adopt the initiative at Karnal and Mahindergarh District on a pilot basis under Nirbhaya Fund during the financial year 2016-2017. Further, the proposals of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh have also been approved for implementation of MPVs.

Under the scheme, the Mahila Police volunteer is required to mobilize community to form Mahila and ShishuRakshak Dals (MASRD) to act as community watch groups. As the, scheme is at the nascent stage of operationalisation at the field level, no impact assessment on MPVs scheme has been done so far.

This was stated by Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Dr Virendra Kumar in a written reply to a question in Parliament today.


Government is taking several measures to deal with cyber crimes against women

The details of complaints received in National Commission for Women and closed under category of Cybercrime against women during last four years are as under:

Year Received Closed
2014 209 53
2015 223 86
2016 311 119
2017 370 250


As per laid down procedure these complaints are taken up with concerned authorities including police authorities.

National Commission for Women had provided comments on project “Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC)” under Nirbhaya Fund. The Empowered Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development has already approved the project “Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC)” of Ministry of Home Affairs.

Further, the Government of India has developed Cyber Crime Reporting Portal under the project of CCPWC for addressing the complaints of online harassment of women.

This was stated by Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Dr Virendra Kumar in a written reply to a question in Parliament today.