Smuggling of Antiquities

No stolen/lost antiquities have been retrieved/recovered during the last three years.

Integrated Sewerage System under JNNURM

Under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) of JNNURM a Sewerage project has been approved for the city of Sambalpur with approved cost of Rs.593.23 lakhs and Additional Central Assistance (ACA) commitment of Rs.483.48 lakhs.

World Bank Study on Urban Local Bodies

The Government had constituted a High Powered Expert committee (HPEC) under the Chairmanship of Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia for estimating investment requirements for Urban Infrastructure Services for 20 years period. It has also stressed on capacity building of the urban local bodies. A Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission has been constituted on September 15, 2011 to recommend the structure of next phase of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM). The matter with respect to establishment of a municipal cadre at State level and taking up capacity building initiatives by States has been stressed upon by Government from time to time. Final decision on the strategy and initiatives for the next phase of JnNURM has not been taken.

Review of Master Plan by DDA

For Mid-Term Review of MPD-2021, 11 Management Action Groups have been constituted for addressing major issues. A High Level Advisory Group under the chairmanship of Lt. Governor of Delhi comprising of heads of various Govt. Departments, private organizations, professionals and other corporate individuals as expert members have been constituted.

Water and Solid Waste Management

Product Portfolio of PPP UIF would concentrate on the entire value chain of a PPP Project cycle i.e. capacity building, project identification, project structuring and funding support.

Hyderabad Metro Rail Project

Preparatory works have been completed and the ground works have been commenced. The Project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

OMCs under Recovries Estimated at Rs 1, 38,406 Crore in 2011-12

He further said that OMCs have intimated that in case the prevailing under-recoveries are not adequately compensated, it may adversely impact the OMCs ability to purchase crude oil. The Minister stated that In order to reduce under-recoveries on petrol, OMCs, have, amongst other alternatives, also suggested to the Government to reduce the Excise Duty on Petrol.

DPRS for Slum Free Cities

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today she said, an amount of Rs. 288.25 lakhs has been released to the Government of Madhya Pradesh under the Slum Free City Planning Scheme - the preparatory phase of RAY towards establishment of State and City Technical Cells, conduct of slum survey, GIS mapping, Integration of GIS & MIS and other activities related to preparation of Slum Free City Plans of Action.

Shri Kishore Chandra Deo Presents Away Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Awards

In his address, Shri Deo said that the accountability to the people and participation is a significant aspect of good governance and these Gram Sabhas and Gram Panchayats have set an example for the country. He further said that these Panchayat representatives have addressed peoples livelihoods through activities such as running milk supply schemes, setting up garment manufacturing units, creating irrigation facilities and supporting self-help groups. They have supported the marginalized by establishing day care units for differently-abled children, holding vocational training for women and providing housing and student hostels for Scheduled Tribes. These Panchayats have done important work in provision of drinking water, sanitation, and creation of other civic facilities. They have also developed ways of better management of their Panchayats by adopting participatory planning, mobilizing Gram Sabhas, conducting social audit and setting up grievance redressal systems.

Central Assistance for Low Cost Housing Scheme

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Kumari Selja said, for implementation and monitoring of these schemes, regular reviews are held at Central/State levels in addition to monitoring of progress through Quarterly/Monthly Progress reports. States have been advised from time to time to monitor the projects at Implementing Agency and State level and to appoint Third Party Inspection and Monitoring Agencies.

Government Accommodation

(i) The Government of India has launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to assist cities and towns in taking up housing and infrastructural facilities for the urban poor in 65 select cities in the country under the Basic Services to the Urban Poor (BSUP) Programmes for the urban poor in the country. For other cities/towns, the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) was launched. A minimum of 12% beneficiary contribution have been stipulated, which in case of SC/ST/BC/OBC/PH and other weaker sections shall be 10%.

Construction of Toilets

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Kumari Selja said, the Government of India through Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation administers the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), a comprehensive programme to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas with the main goal of eradicating the practice of open defecation and ensuring clean environment. The main components under the programme are incentives for Individual Household Latrines (IHHL), School Sanitation and Hygiene Education (SSHE), assistance for Community Sanitary Complex, Anganwadi toilets and Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM). Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) is a demand driven, project based programme taking district as a unit. TSC projects cover 607 rural districts of the country.

Education Loan to Minorities

Indian Nationals who have secured admission to professional/technical courses in India or abroad through an entrance test/merit based selection process are eligible for educational loans under the scheme.

Rs. 43,580 Crore Provided for Oil Subsidies in BE 2012-13

During the year 2011-12, an amount of Rs. 3481 crore has been paid by the Government under PDS Kerosene and Domestic LPG Subsidy (Rs.3000 crore), Freight Subsidity (for far flung areas) (Rs.23 crore) and subsidy to Oil Companies for supply of natural gas to North Eastern Region (Rs. 458 crore) for Post APM period. Further, Government has borne an amount of Rs.65000 crore which includes under recoveries of Rs. 20,000 crore of last quarter of the previous year, i.e. 2010-11.

Strengthening of Indian Economy

Industrial growth has been antidote to poverty as the sector has general additional employment of 36.1 million as per Usual Principal and Subsidiary Status (UPSS) basis during 1999-00 and 2009-10.

Ministry of WCD holds Meeting of Secretaries of States/UTS Regular Monitoring and Inspection of Child Care Homes Stressed Upon

While addressing the meeting, Smt. Neela Gangadharan, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development stated that during 2011-12, 97% of the financial allocation to the Ministry was disbursed to States /UTs for implementation of various programmes and schemes. She stressed on the importance of State Governments to play a proactive role in ensuring more effective delivery of services for women and children through convergence and monitoring of existing schemes and programmes. The Secretary emphasized on the need to focus on the more qualitative aspects of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) such as enforcement of norms and standards and to expedite the operationalisation of anganwadi centres (AWCs), all over the country including urban settlements.

63 Proposals Received for Mega Food Parks

Ministry has already initiated action for processing these proposals according to the Guidelines of the Scheme. All the proposals received have been appraised by the Programme Management Agencies (PMAs) and also dates have been notified for holding technical presentations to evaluate the proposals in accordance with the guidelines of the scheme.

Centre Encouraging States to Draft Food Processing Policies

Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have formulated separate state food processing policies. Punjab, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Orissa are having their Food Processing Policy as a part of Industrial Policy.

Institute of Economic Growth to Assess Current Level of Processing of Food Items

The Ministrys Vision Document, based on extensive stakeholder interviews, assessed the level of processing of perishables in 2005 to be 6 per cent. All non-perishable food commodities (tea, coffee, grains, spices etc.) have to be processed before consumption.

Promotion of Commercial and Contract Farming in Horticulture

In order to promote market reforms for facilitating alternative marketing channels such as contract farming, a model Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act has been circulated to all the States and Union Territories for its adoption. The model Act provides amongst other the detailed provision of contract farming. The contract farming provisions are intended to promote marketing of agricultural produce including horticulture produce.

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