Soft Loans to Poultry Farmers

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries has reported that they have no proposal for providing soft loans to farmers engaged in poultry farming. A Central Sector Scheme Poultry Venture Capital Fund (subsidy) scheme is being implemented by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) under which back-ended capital subsidy is provided @ 33.33% for SC/ST & North Eastern Region and @ 25%, for others. The scheme has been extended for the financial year 2012-13 by the Government of India.

Cooperative Credit System

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Transmission and Distribution Losses

Mid-Term Appraisal of the Eleventh Five Year Plan

Incomplete Projects under MPLAD Scheme

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Jena said, besides regular review meetings with the concerned authorities at the Centre, the States and at the District level, the Ministry directs the State/District Authorities from time to time to expedite implementation of the MPLAD Scheme on a time bound manner as stipulated in the guidelines.

No Hike in user Charges in AIIMS

All diagnostics procedures as mentioned inter-alia endoscopy, biopsy, CT scan and other tests are done free of cost for Below Poverty Line (BPL) poor patients in All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Smt. S.K. Hospital, New Delhi, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore and Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry. Some of the hospitals also provide these services to poor patients either free of cost or on nominal rates.

More than 61 Lakhs Screened under NPCDCS

The targets set during the last two years of the 11th Five Year Plan under NPCDCS were to establish State and District NCD Cells for implementation and monitoring the programme and to upgrade/set up two to four bedded Cardiac Care Units (CCU) and NCD Clinics at District Hospitals. Financial assistance is provided for engagement of State Programme Manager, District Programme Manager and other logistics support at State and District level and also for hiring manpower consisting of a Physician (Endocrinologist/Cardiologist), Physiotherapist, Nurses and logistic support to run the District NCD Clinic. Similarly, support is also given for NCD Clinics at Community Health Centres.

New Interventions for Population Stabilization

1. A new scheme has been launched to utilize the services of ASHA to deliver contraceptives at the doorstep of beneficiaries. The scheme is being implemented in 233 districts of 17 states. ASHA is charging a nominal amount from beneficiaries for her effort to deliver contraceptives at doorstep i.e Re 1 for a pack of 3 condoms, Re 1 for a cycle of Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCPs) and Rs.2 for a pack of one tablet of Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECP).

MSTC Ltd. Presents Interim Dividend Cheque to Union Steel Minister

For the year 2011-12, the company reported Profit Before Tax (Provisional) of Rs.175.06 Crores which is 17% higher than last year. The Profit After Tax (Provisional) for this period was Rs. 115.00 crore which is about 15% more than the PAT of 2010-11. Volume of business was Rs.21532 Crores, 53% more than last year. MSTC Ltd. is an e-commerce Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) in the country and its profit per employee is Rs.55 Lakhs, which is one of the highest among all e-commerce companies in Public as well as Private Sector.

Doordarshan to Screen all Films of 59th NFA Broadcasting Policy Initiatives Undertaken with due Consultation of Stakeholders - Smt. Ambika Soni

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said, digitalization would provide a bonanza for the consumers in terms of picture quality, availability of wide range of channels and freedom of choice for selection of channels as against poor picture quality, limited channels selection, etc. The Digitalization process would also provide authentic data regarding viewing of channels by the consumer based on correct subscription base. This would ensure greater transparency in the system for all stakeholders.

Foreign Universities and Educational Institutions

As per information supplied by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce, FDI in 2010-11 was Rs. 173.24 crores and in 2011-12 (upto February) was Rs. 447.30 crores.

Technical Educational Institutions in North-Eastern States

Under the scheme of Sub-mission on Polytechnics under coordinated Action for Skill Development, the HRD Ministry provides one time financial assistance of Rs. 12.30 crore per polytechnic to the State Government for setting up of new polytechnics in unserved and underserved districts of the country, subject to State/UT Government providing free of cost land, meeting 100% recurring expenditure and also non-recurring expenditure beyond Rs. 12.30 crore, if any. In the North Eastern States, 66 districts are eligible for receiving the grants. Out of these 66 districts, 53 districts have been provided partial financial assistance of Rs. 187.48, including 5 districts in Nagaland. These polytechnics are at various stages of construction and provisioning of land.

Lessons on Integrity and Honesty in School Curriculum

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in its Annual Zonal review meeting with the CEOs of various Departments held on 19.7.11 during discussions has asked Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to explore ways to increase lessons on integrity and honesty in schools. The lessons on human values such as integrity and honesty are well integrated in languages, Science, Social Sciences and Environmental Education to help the child imbibe values of honesty, integrity, cooperation, concern for life and preservation of environment. Further, the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 affirms that the school curriculum should provide for landscape of social and moral values. CVC also recommended to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian Schools Certificate Examinations (CISCE) to initiate a new concept in the form of co-curricular activities known as Integrity Club in the schools for inculcating ethics and corruption issues amongst school children of Class VI to IX, CBSE and CISCE have issued circulars to its affiliated schools to introduce integrity club as part of co-curricular activities to eradicate corruption and inculcate moral values into the young minds of children of classes VI to IX.

Standard of School Education

NCERT has commenced the third round of Achievement Survey. The findings of the third round conducted recently for class V indicate that there is enhancement in the level of achievement in most States. In Language, there has been an improvement in learning achievement in 24 States/UTs, whereas, in Mathematics, 14 States shave improved learning levels. In Environmental Studies, 24 States/UTs have shown an improvement in learning level. Further, the overall differences in achievement between boys and girls as well as urban and rural students has reduced.

Vice President Greets People on Buddha Purnima

Following is the text of Vice Presidents message :

Government Considering Sovereign Fund for Overseas Coal Acquisition

Underlining the importance of energy in development, Shri Jaisawal said that energy is the most critical input for economic development and improvement in quality of life. We are facing tough challenges in meeting the energy needs of the country. The nations energy requirements are envisaged to increase to about 1667-2077 million tonnes by 2031-32 as per the projections made in Integrated Energy Policy Committee Report. The overall import dependence of energy in 2031-32 is projected to be in the range of 58-67%. This kind of growth in energy demand and the increasing gap between domestic supply and demand, will make it imperative to secure energy supplies through imports , he added.

Supervision of Quality of Food in Trains

The numbers of complaints reported on catering have reduced substantially, by about 43.9 per cent since April, 2011 to March 2012 in comparison to the corresponding period of last year. Surprise checks and routine inspections are conducted by Railway officials to check the quality, quantity etc. of food items. About 31339 inspections have been carried out during April 2011 and March 2012 by Zonal Railways at all levels.

Smooth Movement of Foodgrains by Railways

Indian Railways has given high priority (B priority) for movement of foodgrains as per Preferential Traffic Order. The movement of foodgrains is programmed traffic. The monthly programme is submitted by Food Corporation of India and accepted by the Zonal Railways. Loading and unloading is done by FCI. Efforts are made to ensure loading as per the programme given by FCI. However, loading is dependent upon the unloading and storage capacity of FCI at the destinations. South Central Railway has loaded 80 per cent of the given programme during the year 2011-12 because unloading has not been done within the stipulated time. In addition, BCBFG special type wagons are also being utilized for carrying bulk foodgrains.

Modernisation of Indian Railways

Modernisation is an ongoing exercise and many activities for augmentation of safety and capacity augmentation also result in modernisation. For financing these projects allocation of adequate Gross Budgetary Support as envisaged in the proposal of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, successful implementation of Public Private Partnership (PPP) and mobilization of internal resources through conventional and non-conventional means, would be necessary for which all out efforts are made.

Implementation of Anti Collision Devices in on Indian Railways

ACD works have been sanctioned on 5160 Route Kms. on Eastern, South Eastern, East Central and East Coast Railways during last three years and will be taken up for implementation with new ACD Version-II.

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