RS. 30,000 Crore Target for Disinvestment During 2012-13

During 2011-12, an amount of Rs. 13,894.05 crore was realized from the disinvestment in Power Finance Corporation Limited and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited. In 2012-13, till date, receipts are Rs.124.97 crore from disinvestment in National Building Construction Corporation Limited.

Government Takes Various Steps to Achieve Higher GDP Growth

The reduction in growth rate in India is 2011-12 vis--vis last two years is attributed to both domestic and global factors. Some of the global factors that resulted in slowdown include, inter-alia, the crisis in the eurozone area and near-recessionary conditions prevailing in Europe; sluggish growth in many other industrialized countries, like the USA; stagnation in Japan; and hardening international prices of crude oil. Among domestic factors, the tightening of monetary policy; in order to control inflation resulted in slowing down of investment and growth, particularly in the industrial sector.

Government Advises PSBS and Public Sector Insurance Companies to Make an Action Plan for Turn Around of Their Loss Making Branches

However, the Government, as a promoter shareholder, has recently advised PSBs and Public Sector Insurance Companies to make an action plan for turnaround of their loss making branches. As regards financial inclusion campaign of Government of India, the banks have been advised to meet all the targets of financial inclusion which remains the priority of the Government.

Indias External Debt Stood at Us$334.9 Billion at End-December 2011

Indias total external debt stock at end-December 2011 was US$ 334.9 billion, reflecting an increase of US$ 11.0 billion (3.4 per cent) over end-September 2011 level of US$ 323.9 billion. The rise in debt stock was mainly due to higher external commercial borrowings and short-term debt.

Recommendations of Steering Committee on Health

Integrating vertical disease control programme with NRHM.

High Level Expert Group Recommendations on Universal Health Coverage

(i) Increase public expenditure on health to at least 2.5 percent of GDP by the end of the 12th Plan and to at least 3% of GDP by 2022.

National Crop Forecast Centre set up for assessing crop area and yield

This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

Measures to improve coverage of Agricultural Insurance Schemes

To improve the coverage of area and better terms to the farmers, a Pilot MNAIS has been approved by Central Government for implementation in 50 districts from Rabi 2010-11.

Horticulture Schemes Providing Self-Employment to Women Farmers

Most important strategy for dissemination of information to women farmers is through Self Help Groups (SHGs).

Steps being taken to revive Sick Cooperative Societies

The National Cooperative Development Cooperation (NCDC), a statutory organization under the Ministry of Agriculture also provides assistance for modernization/expansion of cooperative spinning mills, in case the concerned State Government works out a package to bring back its net worth to positive.

Steps to Reduce Pendency of Cases

Shri Khurshid further informed the House that in order to free the criminal justice system of clogging, which is taking place on account of cases under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 and the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 serious efforts are being made to dispose them of on priority through special courts, Lok Adalats, Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms. Instructions have also been given to the States to utilize funds under the Thirteenth Finance Commission for this purpose as well as for setting up special courts and morning/ evening courts to dispose of such cases.

Security on Delhi Metro

This information was given by the Minister of State for Urban Development Shri Saugata Roy in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Feeder Bus Services by DMRC

DMRC has planned for expansion of feeder bus services by adding 300 more Non AC Midi buses to provide last mile connectivity to metro commuters by December, 2012.

Violation of the Model Code of Conduct

Shri Khurshid further informed the House that the Election Commission of India has intimated that Model Code of Conduct being a voluntary set of guidelines given by the political parties unto themselves, there is no penal provision mentioned therein. The Commission takes remedial action for violations of the Model Code of Conduct and in appropriate cases may express and convey its displeasure against the violators in the form of reprimand or censure and advising them to be careful in future.

Additional Floor Space Index

The aforesaid Steering Committee on Urbanization had representatives of many State Governments and Municipal Bodies as its members.

Waste Water Treatment Plants

In regard to steps taken by the Government for increasing the percentage of wastewater treatment, the Ministry has launched JNNURM in December 2005 to promote infrastructure facilities in all the urban areas of the country including sanitation with a reform-oriented agenda. Under UIG component of JNNURM, 112 no. of sewerage and sewage treatment projects with a total estimated cost of Rs. 14992.96 Crores and under UIDSSMT component of JNNURM, 161 no. of sewerage projects with a total estimated cost of Rs. 6148.56 Crores have been approved so far by the Ministry with a view to increase the sewage treatment capacity in the urban areas of the country.

Rs. 250 Crore Allocated for National Mission on Food Processing for 2012-13

The salient features of the NMFP are: (i) to realize the Ministrys next leap forward in terms of ensuing requisite growth impetus and value addition to the sector; (ii) decentralized approach; (iii) greater role of State/UTs; (iv) better outreach and (v) effective supervision and monitoring. The NMFP would also provide flexibility to states / UTs in the selection of beneficiaries, location of projects etc. for the development of food processing sector. This initiative of the Ministry would give an impetus to food processing industries in the country.

Vivekananda Faculty Chair in Indian Studies

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today she said, the Chair will commemorate the legacy of the spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda, who helped to raise awareness about Indian culture in the USA. The professorship includes a teaching commitment as well as an annual public lecture, thereby enriching the University of Chicagos programme for the study of the Indian subcontinent. The Chair would honour the life and legacy of Swami Vivekananda by promoting the fields of study most relevant to his teachings and philosophies such as human values, Indian philosophy and movement for social change to further the study of Indian culture in the United States, to advance the understanding of the history, culture and people of India, to create more knowledge about Indian Society and to instruct new generations of students.

International Museum Day

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today she said, the theme for International Museum Day 2011 set by International Council of Museums (ICOM) was Museums & Memories. The events and Programmes organized by all the museums like workshops, lectures, story telling competitions, film shows etc were largely oriented to conform to the theme set by ICOM. All museums provided free entry on this day. Wide publicity is given in print media to attract visitors.

Conservation of Vikramshila

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today she said, Vikramshila Mahavihara is one of the prominent Silk Road Sites in India and it is currently on UNESCOs Tentative List.

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