Thursday, 29 December 2016

Centre Accords Top Priority to 99 Irrigation Projects

                          Roadmap for Early Completion of PMKSY & AIBP                   

Roadmap for Early Completion of PMKSY & AIBP

Centre has charted out a roadmap for early completion of 99 identified projects under PMKSY-AIBP. Out of these 23 projects (Priority-I) have been identified to be completed by 2016-17 and another 31 projects (Priority-II) have been identified to be completed by 2017-18.  The balance 45 projects (Priority-III) have been identified to be completed by December, 2019. 
Rs. 3274 crore has been issued by NABARD for Irrigation projects under Centre’s PMKSY and AIBP Projects. NABARD has issued Rs. 1981 crore to Andhra Pradesh for Polavaram irrigation project, Rs. 830 crore to Maharashtra and Rs. 463 crore to Gujarat as financial assistance for various irrigation projects.
Of the 99 AIBP projects maximum number of 26 projects are in Maharashtra, eight in Andhra Pradesh and one in Gujarat.  Seven projects of Maharashtra viz. Waghur, Bawanthadi (IS), Lower Dudhna, Tillari, Lower Wardha, Lower Panzara and Nandur Madhmeshwar  are in priority-I category. The rest of the 19 projects (Gosikhurd (NP), Upper Pen Ganga, Bemla, Tarali, Dhom Balaakwadi, Arjuna, Upper Kundalika, Aruna, Krishna Koyana Lift, Gadnadi, Gongargaon, Sangola Branch Canal, Khadakpurna, Warna, Morna (Gureghar) Lower Pedhi, Wang project, Naradave (Mahammadwadi) and (Kudali) are in priority-III category. 
Application of Maharashtra for sanction of loan for State share amounting to  Rs. 10711 crore and release of State share of Rs. 2099.47 crore during FY2016-17 for their 23 projects has been approved by the Ministry Mission and sent to NABARAD on 15.12.2016.
In Andhra Pradesh all the eight projects are in priority –II category. The projects are Gundlakamma, Tadipudi LIS, Thotapally, Tarakaram Teerta Sagaram, Musurumilli, Pushkara LIS, Yerracalva and Maddigedda.
The lone project in Gujarat is Sardar Sarovar which is in priority-III category. The projects is likely to be completed by 2018 and its target irrigation potential is 1792 Th.Ha.
First tranche of central assistance amounting to Rs. 1500 crore was released by NABARD on 21.10.2016, while second tranche of central assistance amounting to Rs. 500 crore was released on 26.12.2016.
The issues related to implementation of projects under PMKSY-AIBP including prioritization of projects were deliberated in the Committee headed by Shri Brijmohan Agrawal, Minister (Water Resources) of Chhattisgarh.  As per the information supplied by concerned States to the Committee, 99 projects have been identified for completion upto 2019-20. 

One of the major reasons for the projects to remain incomplete was inadequate provision of funds by the concerned State Governments. As a result, large amount of funds spent on these projects were locked up and the benefits envisaged at the time of formulation of the projects could not be achieved.  This was a cause for concern and initiative was required at the national level to remedy the situation. 

Total funds required for completion of all the 99 identified projects have been estimated at Rs.77595 crore (Rs.48546 crore for project works and Rs.29049 crore for CAD works) with estimated CA of Rs.31342 crore. Likely potential utilisation through these projects is estimated to be 76.03 lakh hectare (Lakh ha).

An outlay of about Rs.11060 crore is indicated to be available from 2015-16 to 2019-20 (as per approved outlay) out of which an amount of Rs. 2327.82 crore has been released to MMI projects. Balance of Rs. 8732.18 crore may be available through budgetary support. However, the requirement of funds to complete the 99 projects is much more than the provision.

The Finance Minister in his budget speech during 2016 had announced creation of dedicated Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF) in NABARD with an initial corpus of about Rs. 20,000 Crore and an amount of Rs.12517 crore has been provided as budgetary resources and market borrowings during 2016-17. 

Keeping in view of the budgetary constraints, it has been decided to borrow Central share/Assistance (CA) from NABARD as per year-wise requirements which could be paid back in 15 years’ time keeping a grace period of 3 years.  Further, the proposal envisages that the State Governments, if required, may borrow funds from NABARD for the State Share.

The scheme at the Central level has been approved with projects to be completed in a mission mode and a Mission has been established with Additional Secretary/Special Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR) as the Mission Director. 

National Workshop on Design Clinic Scheme

National Workshop to Impart Design Expertise to MSME manufacturing sector                 under National Manufacturing Competitiveness Program Held 

National Workshop on Design Clinic Scheme

Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSME inaugurated the National Workshop on Design Clinic Scheme under National Manufacturing Competitiveness Program today in New Delhi. This scheme will be implemented under the Office of the Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in association with the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.

A National Workshop for Design Clinic scheme was held with potential stakeholders to advance MSME to be competitive in the national and international arena. This National Workshop has helped Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises and National Institute of Design to share the success and explore future directions for a sustained growth of the MSME Sector.
About National Workshop on Design Clinic Scheme

The MSME sector plays a significant role in its contribution to the country’s GDP, total industrial production and employment generation. Continued manufacturing competitiveness of MSME sector is the key to India’s future growth. Manufacturing Competitiveness is concerned with productivity and sustaining productivity is dependent on the ability of industry to produce new, desirable, quality products that sustain the changing and demanding needs of the user and marketplace.

The Design Clinic Scheme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises under the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP), Ministry of MSME, aims to provide design initiative for improvements in products, processes, communication, ergonomics, packaging and many other system level activities through design support and interventions. Recently the scheme has been up scaled with revised budgets, commitments and targets.

Upscaling this sector requires a quantum jump in evolving strategies for reaching out and empowering this sector to be able to tap into the design, innovation, human skill development and marketing ecosystem in the country.

 In the sphere of Professional design projects, many initiatives have been undertaken in areas such as Automotive Products, Home/Business Appliances, Electronic and Interface Devices, Furniture, Industrial Equipment, Medical Devices, Packaging Solutions, Safety Equipment, Toys Design and Agriculture Equipment. The diversity of the targeted clusters has helped the Design Clinic Scheme to create a plethora of Good Designed Products with our Indian MSME. 

Several Student Projects with varied partnering, in the realm of Ceramics, Toy and Game, Apparel & Lifestyle Accessories, Product Design, etc. were on the anvil. Thus, the Design Clinic Scheme is effectively creating strategic change in the MSME Industrial sector, in the context of the Global Competitiveness
As part of the workshop, the outcome of various design interventions activities supported under the Design Clinic Scheme were showcased through a display combined with a workshop to address two very important objectives, first to share the accomplishments by respective MSMEs, Designers and Institutes associated with DCS and secondly to address the way forward for the new upscaled Design Clinic Scheme with an aim to draft a policy document for sustained impact of DCS in the improvement of manufacturing competitiveness of the MSME

World Class Educational Institutions for Minority Students

High-Level Committee Constituted- Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi 

World Class Educational Institutions for Minority Students

The Ministry of Minority Affairs will establish world class educational institutions to provide better traditional and modern education to students belonging to Minority communities. This was stated by Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs here today while chairing a meeting of general body of Maulana Azad Education Foundation.

 Shri Naqvi, who is also Chairman of the foundation, said that these world class institutions providing education in technical, medical, Ayurved, Unani etc. fields will be established across the country. A high-level committee has been constituted for this purpose.
The committee will give its detail report within two months on roadmap including places where these institutes will be established. The Ministry is working on a strategy so that these institutes can get started in 2018. Forty per cent reservation has been for girls in these institutions.

Shri Naqvi said that several important decisions regarding educational empowerment and skill development of students belonging to Minority communities were taken in today’s meeting. These include “Begam Hajrat Mahal Girls Scholarship” and establishing “Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre” across the country.
Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government is committed to provide quality education to the Minorities. The focus is to provide better education as well as better employment opportunities to Minorities. Out of total Rs 3827 crore announced in the last Budget, about Rs 2800 crore approved for education related expenditure including about Rs 1800 crore for scholarships. Besides, Rs 650 crore were approved for educational infrastructure under MsDP. We have also approved about 200 “Sadbhav Mandap” and 16 “Gurukul” type of schools with a cost of about Rs 262 crore.

The Ministry has approved 16 “Gurukul” residential schools across the country including Telanagana (7), Andhra Pradesh (6), Karnataka (2) and Jharkhand (1) and has decided to help those Madrasas providing mainstream education.   
The Ministry of Minority Affairs is completely supporting campaign for digital India and encouraging cashless digital transaction in the Ministry, he added. The Ministry has given scholarships worth Rs. 6715 crore to 3 crore students into their bank accounts directly until now. 
Shri Naqvi expressed satisfaction over success in setting up “Sadbhav Mandap”, announced 5 months ago. Multi-purpose community centres "Sadbhav Mandap" will also be utilized for various social-educational-cultural and skill development related activities and also relief centres during a calamity. About 200 “Sadbhav Mandap” have been approved across the nation which include states such as West Bengal, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Kerala.
About Rs 5300 crore were granted to various states under MsDP in 12th Plan. This includes Uttar Pradesh (1200 crore), West Bengal (1600 crore), Assam (400 crore), Bihar (550 crore), Arunachal Pradesh (190 crore), Tripura (162 crore), Karnataka (157 crore), Rajasthan (140 crore), Telangana (118 crore).

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