PM REVIEWS FLOOD SITUATION IN NORTH-EASTERN STATES AT A SERIES OF HIGH-LEVEL MEETINGS IN GUWAHATI; ANNOUNCES ASSISTANCE OF OVER RS. 2000 CRORE

PM REVIEWS FLOOD SITUATION IN NORTH-EASTERN STATES AT A SERIES OF HIGH-LEVEL MEETINGS IN GUWAHATI; ANNOUNCES ASSISTANCE OF OVER RS. 2000 CRORE

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today announced a relief package of over Rs. 2000 crore for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and flood mitigation measures in the flood-affected North-Eastern states. The announcement came at the end of a series of high level meetings, where the Prime Minister reviewed the flood situation, and relief measures in the States.

Through the course of the day, the Prime Minister held separate, detailed review meetings on the situation in the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland. The Chief Ministers of the respective States, and senior officials were present at the meetings. A memorandum was received from the Chief Minister of Mizoram, who could not make it to the meeting in person.

Over Rs. 1200 crore will be given by the Union Government for the infrastructure sector alone. The funds will be utilized for repair, maintenance, and strengthening of roads, highways, bridges, and other damaged infrastructure.

Rs. 400 crore will be provided for improving the water holding capacity of the Brahmaputra River, which will assist in flood control.

In the current financial year, the Union Government has approved Rs. 600 crore as central share of SDRF. Out of this, Rs. 345 crore has already been released, and the remaining will be released immediately, to assist the States in relief and rehabilitation work.

The Union Government will also provide Rs. 100 crore for carrying out a study to synergize efforts towards finding time-bound long term solutions to recurrent floods in the region.

The North-Eastern region, with eight percent of India’s land area, contains one-third of the country’s water resources. The Union Government will constitute a High Level Committee, with representation from Ministries of the Government of India and the States, for proper management of the region’s vast water resources.

An ex-gratia assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, and Rs. 50,000/- to each of those seriously injured due to the floods, has been sanctioned under the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY IN HEAVY INDUSTRIES

A Scheme for enhancement of competitiveness in the Indian Capital Goods Sector is in operation since 2014. One of the Scheme components is setting up Centre of Excellence (CoE) for technology development.  The component provides for setting up CoE at national centres of excellence in educational and technology such as Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT) and Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI).

Under the Capital Goods Scheme, CoEs have been set up in the Institutes of national repute like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chennai, Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), Bangalore and PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.

Hi-tech Shuttle less Looms are being developed in CMTI, Bangalore.  In IIT Madras, 11 machine tool technologies are being developed and 3 welding technologies are being developed in PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

PROCUREMENT POLICY

National Capital Goods Policy, 2016 has identified that issues like lack of positive bias towards domestic value addition in public procurement policies, difficult contract conditions, persistent import and use of second-hand machinery with no incentive for replacement, zero duty import under ‘Project Imports’ and delays in project implementation are having an adverse effect on the domestic demand of capital goods.

In February, 2017, Ministry of Finance has revised General Financial Rules to encourage procurement by domestic manufacturers by introducing elements like government e-market place, life cycle cost, reverse auction and purchase preference to locally manufactured goods.

Recently,  on 15th June, 2017, Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a detailed Order on Public Procurement  to enhance the positive impact of Public Procurement on ‘Make in India’ initiative through measures like requirement of purchase preference to local suppliers, minimum local content, requirement for specification in advance, increase in minimum local content and manufacturing under licence,  technology collaboration agreement with phased indigenization.

Also, Ministry of Defence had revised their Procurement Procedure with effect from 01.04.2016 which have provisions to facilitate participation of domestic manufacturers in defence procurement.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

PRODUCTION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Government of India  approved the National Mission on Electric  Mobility  in  2011 and  subsequently  National  Electric  Mobility Mission Plan 2020  was  unveiled in 2013. Under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020, Government of India has an ambitious target to achieve 60-70 lakh sales of hybrid and electric vehicles by 2020.

As part of the mission, Department of Heavy Industry formulated a scheme namely FAME -India [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India]. The overall scheme is proposed  to be implemented over a period of 6 years, till 2020, wherein it is intended to support the  hybrid / electric   vehicles market   development and its manufacturing eco-system to achieve self-sustenance at the end of   the stipulated period. At present, the Phase-1 of the scheme is being implemented, which was originally for a period of 2 years commencing from 1st April 2015 till 31st March 2017, and has now been extended for a further period of 6 months till 30th September 2017.

Since FAME India Scheme, at present, is not applicable PAN-India in totality, the Department captures the data of vehicles which are sold under Demand Creation focus area of the scheme, whereby demand incentive is  extended for purchase of electric & hybrid vehicles in these covered areas.             Under the scheme, a total of 1,50,550 electric/hybrid vehicles were extended incentive as on 26th July 2017.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

REVIVAL OF SICK PSUS 

Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) function under various administrative Ministries/Departments. All matters relating to CPSEs, including revival are dealt by the concerned administrative Ministries/ Departments.

Department of Public Enterprises has issued guidelines on 29.10.2015 for “Streamlining the mechanism for revival and restructuring of sick/ incipient sick and weak CPSEs: General principles and mechanism of restructuring”. As per the guidelines issued on 29.10.2015, the concerned administrative ministries/ departments are responsible for monitoring the sickness of CPSEs functioning under them and taking timely redressal measures for revival/ restructuring/ disinvestment/ closure of sick/loss making CPSEs with the approval of the competent authority.

The concerned administrative Ministry/Department in consultation with Ministry of Finance take actions regarding infusion of capital in the CPSEs under their control, if required, to enable them to remain as market intervention organizations in public interest.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Babul Supriyo in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha today.

PAYMENT OF MINERAL ROYALTY TO DISTRICTS 

Ministry of Mines has amended the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Act, 1957 through the MMDR Amendment Act, 2015, one of the important provisions being the introduction of section 9(B); for the establishment of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) in districts affected by mining related operations. The object of DMFs is to work for the interest and benefit of persons and areas affected by mining related operations, the DMFs will be funded by statutory contributions from holders of mining lease and in this regard, rules specifying rates of contribution to DMFs has been notified on 17.09.2015, which prescribes the rate of contribution to DMF as follows:

(a) 10% of royalty in respect of mining leases granted on or after 12.1.2015; and

(b) 30% of royalty in respect of mining leases granted before 12.1.2015

Contribution will directly go to the District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) of the respective district.

The Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) has been conceived by the Central Government which will be implemented by the District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) of the respective districts using the funds accruing to the DMFT. At least 60% of PMKKKY funds will be utilized for high priority areas like: (i) drinking water supply; (ii) environment preservation and pollution control measures; (iii) health care (iv) education;

(v) welfare of women and children; (vi) welfare of aged and disabled people; (vii) skill development; and (viii) sanitation.  The rest of the funds will be utilized for the following: (i) physical infrastructure; (ii) irrigation; (iii) energy and watershed development; and (iv) any other measures for enhancing environmental quality in mining district.

Directions have been issued under section 20A of MMDR Act on 16.09.2015 to all States to incorporate the PMKKKY into the rules framed by them for the District Mineral Foundations.

As per the information made available by Government of Maharashtra, total amount of Rs. 26.35 Crores has been collected by Pune District under DMF and Rs. 365.94 Crores has been collected by Government of Maharashtra under DMFs. As per Section 9(B)(2) of the MMDR Act, the manner in which the DMF shall work for the interest and benefit of persons and areas affected by mining related operations shall be prescribed by the State Governments through rules framed in this regard. The funds accrued to DMF will be utilized for the activities as per the PMKKKY. The details of the expenditure made in this regard are not maintained centrally by the Ministry of Mines.

This information was given by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministries of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

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