Questions asked in Winter Session – 2015
STARRED QUESTION NO: 42
ANSWERED ON: 02.12.2015
Flood Early Warning System
Will the Minister of SPACE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed Flood Early Warning System (FLEWS) and if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether FLEWS has the ability to forecast heavy rains twenty four hours in advance and if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether warning system for snow melting and glacier lake bursts has been incorporated in FLEWS and if so, the details thereof;
(d) the details of areas where FLEWS has been deployed, State-wise; and
(e) the steps being taken by the Government to further improve the capability of the Flood Early Warning Systems?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PG & PENSIONS AND IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
(DR. JITENDRA SINGH):
(a) to (e) A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT LAID ON THE TABLE OF THE LOK SABHA IN REPLY TO STARRED QUESTION NO. 42 REGARDING “FLOOD EARLY WARNING SYSTEM” ASKED BY SHRIMATI POONAM MAHAJAN FOR ANSWER ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 02, 2015.
(a) Yes Madam. The North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) of DOS/ISRO has developed the Flood Early Warning System (FLEWS) as a Research & Development (R&D) project in Assam State in association with Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). FLEWS is a terrain-specific model, which employs satellite based inputs, in-situ data on rainfall and river discharge data at critical locations to provide advance information on flood events as an input to disaster preparedness.
(b) No Madam. Presently, FLEWS model is not providing heavy rainfall forecast. However, heavy rainfall forecast, on an experimental basis, is being provided by Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad and hosted on its MOSDAC website.
(c) No Madam. Snow melting and glacier lakes bursts have not been incorporated in FLEWS model as it is developed only for the state of Assam. However, the impact of snow melt runoff is incorporated in the model through in-situ observations of river discharge.
(d) As R&D project, the FLEWS model is being used in all the flood prone districts of Assam State (25 districts), except two hill districts of North Cachar and Karbi Anglong. Further, the flood forecasting methodology developed by National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of ISRO for the Godavari floodplains is transferred to Central Water Commission (CWC), Hyderabad.
(e) The Central Water Commission, Ministry of Water Resources is mandated for flood forecasts in India. ISRO undertakes studies to develop methodology for flood forecasting using space based and in-situ observations, as Research & Development. Also, ISRO provides capacity building with regard to spatial flood inundation modeling.
STARRED QUESTION NO: 74
ANSWERED ON: 03.12.2015
Operational Efficiency of Ports
Will the Minister ofSHIPPING be pleased to state:-
(a) whether major ports have improved their operational efficiency in terms of turnaround time, pre-berthing detention time and output per ship-berth-day;
(b) if so, the details thereof during each of the last three years and the current year, port-wise;
(c) whether adequate attention is being paid by the Government to enable electronic data interchange in Port Community System for integrating the electronic flow of information facilitating improvements in port efficiency;
(d) if so, the details thereof; and
(e) if not, the reasons therefor along with the steps taken by the Government in this regard?
MINISTER OF SHIPPING
(SHRI NITIN GADKARI)
(a)to(e):A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (e) OF THE LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO.74 FOR ANSWER ON 3RD DECEMBER, 2015 RAISED BY SHRIMATI POONAM MAHAJAN REGARDING OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY OF PORTS
(a)&(b):Yes, Madam. Overall, Major Ports have improved their operational efficiency in terms of turnaround time, pre-berthing detention time and output per ship-berth-day. The details of performance indicators for last three years & current year is annexed at Annexure-I.
(c)to(e):Yes, Madam. Government has implemented Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) at Ports with the initiative of ‘Centralized Web based – Port Community System (PCS) under ‘e-trade’ project in India. EDI envisages Centralized Web Based – Port Community System (PCS) which is intended to integrate the electronic flow of information and function as the centralized hub for all the Indian Ports and other stakeholders like Customs, Shipping lines/Agents, Surveyors, Stevedores, Banks, Container Freight Stations (CFS), Customs House Agents (CHAs), CONCOR/Railways, etc through a common interface.
12 Major Ports and 6 non-Major Ports namely Mundra, Pipavav, Dahej, the Cuddalore, Krishnapatnamand Kakinda have already been brought under the ambit of PCS. They are exchanging around 11-12 lakhs messages every month with Stakeholders. This covers around 92% of total EXIM trade in volume. Services/Activities related to Vessels, Containers, Cargo, Finance, Transport, Mercantile Marine Department (MMD), Port Health Officer (PHO) have already been implemented through EDI-PCS. E-payment module with 14 banks has been introduced. Apart from this, Integration with four Ports of Gujarat Maritime Board (Jamnagar, Sikka, Bedi, Magdala) is in progress.
STARRED QUESTION NO: 134
ANSWERED ON: 08.12.2015
Demarcation of ESZs
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:-
(a) the present status in respect of demarcation of Eco Sensitive Zones (ESZs) in the country, State-wise;
(b) whether the Government has received proposals from various States for demarcation of ESZs around protected areas and issue of notification for the same;
(c) if so, the details thereof and the action taken thereon along with the details of notifications issued and pending so far, State-wise including Maharashtra and Gujarat;
(d) the constraints, if any, being faced by the Government in this regard; and
(e) the details of protected areas including National Parks and sanctuaries likely to be included under ESZs and the time by which final notification of ESZs is likely to be issued?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI PRAKASH JAVADEKAR)
(a) to (e): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
Statement in reply to Parts (a) to (e) of the Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 134 for reply on 8.12.2015 regarding Demarcation of ESZs raised by Shrimati Poonam Mahajan and Shri A. Arunmozhithevan.
(a) to (e): As per the National Wild Life Action Plan (2002-2016) adopted by the Indian Board for Wild Life (IBWL) in its XXIst meeting held on 21st January 2002 under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister, it was emphasized that “All identified areas around Protected Areas and wildlife corridors to be declared as ecologically fragile under the Environ¬ment (Protection) Act, 1986.”
The Ministry has received 238 proposals complete in all respects for declaration of Eco-sensitive Zones around Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks from various State Governments as on 4.12.2015. So far, the Ministry has approved/notified, 229 proposals for declaration of Eco-Sensitive Zones (ESZ) around Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks, of these 107 have been notified in the Gazette of India, of which, 79 are draft notifications and 28 are final notifications. The state-wise status in respect of demarcation and notification of Eco-sensitive Zones in the Gazette of India and proposals under process including those of Maharashtra and Gujarat is given at Annexure. The incomplete proposals and proposals deficient in information have been sent back to the respective State Governments for obtaining additional information.
The process of notification of Eco-sensitive Zones has been expedited in the Ministry. In order to obtain proposals from the State Governments for declaration of Eco-sensitive Zones, special state-wise meetings are being convened in the Ministry. The proposals received from the State Governments are sent to Wildlife Institute of India for assessing extent of ESZ, Biodiversity and Wildlife Corridor value, list of prohibited/regulated activities in the ESZ. Geospatial technologies are used to ascertain the extent of ESZ. The proposals sent by the State Governments and the recommendations of WII are examined in the Ministry and also by an Expert Committee before a final notification is issued. This ensures a justifiable ESZ. The process of notification of Eco-sensitive Zones in the Gazette of India also involves legal vetting by Ministry of law and Justice, Government of India.
The notification of Eco-sensitive Zones around Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks under the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, as amended from time to time, involves seeking objections and suggestions from the stakeholders within 60 days of the publication of the draft notification. As per Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, as amended from time to time, the draft notification needs to be finalized within 545 days from the date of publication of the draft notification. The Ministry has taken up the publication of Eco-sensitive zones notifications on top priority in a time bound manner.
71. SMT. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of CULTURE be pleased to state:
a) the number of science museums set up by the National Council of Science Museums in the country, State/UT wise;
b) whether his Ministry is coordinating with the Ministry of Science and Technology to establish science museums in the country and bolster scientific temper amongst the citizens; and if so details thereof;
c) whether the Government recognises the need for setting up science museums in all the states of the country; and
d) If so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE (IC) CULTURE & TOURISM
MINISTER OF STATE FOR CIVIL AVIATION
(DR. MAHESH SHARMA)
a) The list of Science Museums and Centres including Regional & Sub-Regional Science centres, developed by NCSM with the help of the Union Govt., and functioning under the administrative control of the Council is annexed at Annexure I. In addition, a list of Regional/Sub-Regional Science Centres set up jointly with State Governments/UTs and handed over for operation and maintenance to them is annexed at Annexure-II.
b) The science museums/centres are set up by NCSM for promoting scientific temper amongst the citizens of the country. Ministry of Science & Technology (DST) is not directly involved in establishing the science museums/centres. However, Secretary and other officers of DST are involved in NCSM activities as members of the NCSM Society and Governing Body, which frame guidelines and oversee the work of NCSM.
c) Yes Madam
d) There is a big demand in the country to set up science museums/centres, considering their growing popularity and impact. Presently 21 science museum/centre projects have been/shall be taken up during 12th & 13th Plan period in a phased manner. A list of these 21 Science Museums/Centres is at Annexure III. NCSM has also received 40 new proposals from State Governments which shall also be taken up by NCSM in a phased manner depending upon the availability of resources, project handling capacity of NCSM and the existing science centre activities in that particular State as also commitment, support and initiative of the concerned State/UT Govt., A list of such proposals is enclosed as Annexure-IV.
360. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of
HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether several States have an affirmative action programme in place to ensure recruitment of women as police personnel in the country;
(b) if so, the details thereof including the names of States that adopted the said programme and the percentage of women personnel in each State police force, Statewise;
(c) whether affirmative action has enhanced the presence of women in the police force and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor;
(d) the action taken by the Government to ensure gender parity in police force thereby making it more representative and raising the quality of policing; and
(e) whether the Government is considering to initiate changes in retention and promotion policies to make policing an attractive career option for women and if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI HARIBHAI PARATHIBHAI CHAUDHARY)
(a) to (e): “Public Order” and “Police” are “State subjects” as per entry 2 of the list II of the VII schedule of the constitution of India. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the State Governments/UTs administration to give adequate representation to women in the State Police Forces.
The Centre advises the States from time to time to bring in requisite reforms in the police administration. Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory dated 04.09.2009 and 22.04.2013 to all State/UTs Governments to increase of women police to 33% of the total strength. The percentage of
Women Police personnel in States/UTs Police Force is annexed.
LSUS QNo. 360 for 01.12.2015
All the State Governments have been requested to create additional posts of women constable/Sis by converting the vacant posts of male constables into the posts of women constables. It has also been aimed that each police station should have at least 3 women sub-inspectors and 10 women police constables, so that a women help desk is manned round the clock. The combined efforts of the Central and various State Government/UTs are encouraging and the percentage of women police personnel is increasing gradually.
The Parliamentary ‘Committee on Empowerment of Women’ has stressed to make presence of women police personnel more visible vis-à-vis their male counterparts so that the gender issues at the local level are addressed more emphatically. Apart from adequate representations of women, efforts are made to improve the working conditions at their working place to attract more women to join police forces. An advisory had also been issued on 21.5.2014 to evolve a uniform policy for establishing facilities at the work place so as to mitigate the problems faced by them during the long working hours.
907. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION be pleased to state:-
(a) the population covered under safe drinking water and the details of the fully/partially covered and quality affected areas in regard to safe drinking water, State/UT-wise;
(b) the targets fixed and achievements made along with the funds released and utilised under drinking water schemes/programmes during each of the last three years and the current year indicating the steps taken by the Government to provide safe drinking water to the entire population of the country and the time-limit fixed for the purpose, State/UT-wise;
(c) the total number of the households/habitations in the country with water
pipeline connections, State/UT-wise;
(d) whether the Government proposes to provide additional funds/special package to some States for providing safe drinking water, and if so, the details thereof; and
(e) the details of the monitoring mechanism put in place by the Government for better and effective implementation of the drinking water schemes/programmes in the country?
MINISTER OF STATE FOR DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION
(SHRI RAM KRIPAL YADAV)
(a) The State/UT-wise details (as on 30.11.2015) of rural population covered under safe drinking water and fully/partially covered and quality affected habitations with regard to safe drinking water are at Annexure-I.
(b) Drinking Water Supply is a State subject. Under National Rural Drinking Water Programme, this Ministry provides financial and technical assistance to States to supplement their efforts to provide adequate safe drinking water to rural population. To increase the availability of drinking water, the Ministry has suggested to adopt water conservation measures like roof top rainwater harvesting, erecting sustainability structures for water conservation etc. Moreover Hydro Geomorphological Maps (HGM) are being used for accurately locating new drinking water sources in the field. The State/UT wise details of the targets fixed and achievements made along with the funds released and utilised under drinking water schemes/programmes during each of the last three years and the current year as reported/ entered by the States on Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of the Ministry are at Annexure-II & III respectively.
(c) The State/UT wise details of total number of habitations in the country with water pipeline connections are at Annexure-IV.
(d) Any additional release of funds under National Rural Drinking Water Programme to any State/UT can be made in the last quarter of the financial year after taking into account the requirement of the State/UT, the extent of expenditure of the funds already released to the State/UT, and the availability of savings at the national level. At present, there is no proposal for special package.
(e) The Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation reviews the implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) periodically by conducting national and regional review meetings and video conferences with the State Department officers dealing with rural water supply. Conferences of State Secretaries in-charge of Rural Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation of all States are also held time to time wherein the progress achieved under NRDWP is reviewed. Senior Officers / Technical Officers of the Ministry also visit the States to observe the progress of implementation of the programme. The review meetings and visits provide information about the implementation of the Programme and enables the Government of India and State Governments to focus on the areas where progress is lacking.
1036. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether ‘brown-label’ Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are installed in the country;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether the number of average daily transactions through ATMs have reduced recently;
(d) whether the Government proposes to allow the automatic route for ‘white-label’ ATM companies in banking sector with 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI); and
(e) if so, the details and the objectives thereof?
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
(a) to (c):- Yes Sir. Reserve Bank of India has informed that average number of daily transactions through ATMs for Scheduled Commercial Banks are as under :-
As on Total Transactions at ATMs Number of ATMs Average daily Transactions per ATMs
September, 15 655298030 189221 115.43
March, 15 624642413 181398 111.08
March, 14 571794209 160055 115.24
(d) & (e) :- Government of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion through its notification dated 01.10.2015 has allowed the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) upto 100% in White Label ATM Operations under automatic route. Any non bank entity intending to set up White Label ATMs should have a minimum net worth of Rs.100 crore as per the latest financial year’s audited balance sheet which is to be maintained at all times.
1231. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a)whether the Government has taken cognizance of the strike by women tea plantation workers for higher pay and for protection against the trade unions and management;
(b)if so, the details thereof and the reaction of the Government thereto;
(c)whether the Government has come up with a scheme to ensure the overall welfare of such women tea workers in different States;
(d)if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and
(e)the other steps taken particularly for the welfare of women tea plantation workers in the country?
MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)
(a) & (b): No separate data of the strike by women tea plantation workers is maintained by the Government.
(c) to (e): Yes, Madam. The Government takes various steps for the welfare of women tea plantation workers in the Country as maintained here under in brief under the Plantation Labour Act, 1951 and the Plantation Labour (Amendment) Act, 2010:
i. (i) Establishment of Crèches (Section 12):
In every plantation wherein fifty or more wormen workers are employed or employed on any working day of the preceding twelve months, or where the number of children of women workers is twenty or more, the employer has to provide and maintain a suitable room for use of children of such women workers.
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(ii) Safety (Section 18-A):
In every plantation, effective arrangements shall be made by the employer to provide for the safety of workers in connection with the use handling, storage and transport of insecticides, chemicals and toxic substances. Further, the State Govt. may make rules for prohibiting or restricting employment of women or adolescents in using or handling hazardous chemicals.
(iii) Night work for women (Section 25):
Except with the permission of the State Government, no woman worker shall be employed in any plantation otherwise than between the hours of 06 A.M. and 7 P.M.
(iv) Sickness and Maternity Benefits (Section 32):
Subject to any rules that may be made in this behalf, every worker shall be entitled to obtain from his employer, in the case of sickness certified by a qualified Medical Practitioner sickness allowance a such rate, for such period and at such intervals as may be prescribed. The maternity benefits for the woman plantation workers are now governed as per the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.
1394. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether as per the Bird Life International’s report released in November, 2014 titled “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas: A Global Network for Conserving Nature and Benefiting People” major Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in the country are on the verge of extinction and if so, the details thereof;
(b) the reasons behind the loss of bio-diversity and habitat in those areas;
(c) whether a decrease has been registered in the arrival of migratory birds in various locations in the country and if so, the steps proposed for creating favourable conditions for their arrival;
(d) the action plan proposed by the Government to save those areas and promote species recovery; and
(e) the details of funds allocated/released for the plan, State-wise?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI PRAKASH JAVADEKAR)
(a)&(b) Bird Life International has identified 467 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in India. Following five IBAs have been reported in danger:
i. Flamingo City, Kachchh district of Gujarat
ii. Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Maharashtra
iii. Mahul-Sewri Creek, Mumbai, Maharashtra
iv. Sailana Kharmor Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh
v. Tillanchong Island (Andaman and Nicobar Islands).
The report of Bird Life International does not specifically list the reasons of threats in these areas.
(c)to(e) No specific report has been received in the Ministry regarding decrease in the arrival of migratory birds in various locations in the country. Several factors, including biotic and abiotic, favourable conditions in countries of origin and the routes of migratory birds, affects the arrival of birds in India. However, steps have been taken for creating favourable conditions for migratory birds. The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 provides for declaration of Protected Areas for various objectives including propagating or developing wildlife or its environment. Under these provisions, a network of Protected Areas has been established in the country. A total of 117 Sanctuaries have a focus on protection and development of birds including migratory birds.
Many wetlands are utilized by migratory birds during the migration. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010, for better protection of wetlands in the country. India is also a contracting Party to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and 25 wetlands in India have been notified as Ramsar sites.
Further, the Ministry provides financial assistance to States/Union Territories for protection and conservation of wild animals and birds including migratory birds and their habitats under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes viz, ‘Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats’, ‘Project Tiger’, and ‘Project Elephant’.
Details of funds released to State/ Union Territory Governments under these Centrally Sponsored Schemes during last financial year is given in the Annexure.
1659. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether rain water harvesting facilities are installed at railway terminals in Mumbai;
(b) if so, the details thereof and the total expenditure sanctioned for the same;
(c) whether the Railways proposes to install rain water harvesting facilities at all the suburban railway stations in Mumbai;
(d) if so, the details thereof including the funds earmarked for the purpose; and
(e) whether Railways identified major challenges in installing the facilities at terminals and suburban stations and if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
( SHRI MANOJ SINHA)
(a) to (e) Railways have taken up the work of installing rain water harvesting facilities wherever possible from techno-economic considerations i.e. intensity of rain fall, level of water table, soil type, salinity of ground water etc. Railway has already installed rain water harvesting facilities at 2060 locations and for 130 more locations for installation of rain water harvesting facilities have been approved. From techno-economic consideration it was not found feasible to install rain water harvesting facilities at terminals and suburban stations of Mumbai.
1828. Poonam Mahajan
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether India is making its pitch for membership in the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR);
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether India has also presented her case before the NSG during the visits of the Chairman of NSG to India recently;
(d) if so, the support received from member countries in this regard;
(e) whether India also plan to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT); and
(f) if so, the modalities worked out in this regard?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]
(a) to (d) India has expressed its interest in membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). India formally applied for membership of MTCR in June 2015. Its application has been received well. Chairman of the NSG was in New Delhi in October 2015 for discussions on NSG and nuclear commerce. India continues to be in touch with the NSG Chairman and individual members of the NSG in this regard. A number of NSG members including U.S., Russia, France, Japan, Australia, Germany, Republic of Korea and Spain have expressed their support for India”s membership in recognition of India”s record on non proliferation and the robustness of its export controls. India will apply for membership of NSG when the ground is adequately prepared for our membership.
(e) & (f) There is no change with regard to India’s position on CTBT.
1919. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS be pleased to state:-
(a) the salient features of Pollution Under Check (PUC) system;
(b) whether the Government has replaced the existing PUC system and upgraded the same to a more reliable computerised system for all categories of vehicles;
(c) if so, the details thereof including the number of States where computerised PUC system has been implemented;
(d) whether it is a fact that the computerised PUC system has not taken off well so far in all the States; and
(e) if so, the reasons therefor and the reaction of the Government thereto?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE
MINISTRY OF ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS
(SHRI PON. RADHAKRISHNAN)
(a) to (e) As per Rule 115(7) of Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, after the expiry of a period of one year from the date on which the motor vehicle was first registered, every such vehicle shall carry a valid “Pollution under control (PUC)” certificate issued by an agency authorised for this purpose by the State Government. The validity of the certificate shall be for six months. The Ministry vide notification GSR 103(E) dated 23.02.2012 extended the validity of the certificate of vehicles manufactured as per Bharat Stage-IV norms to twelve months. The certificate while it remains effective is valid throughout India.
Implementation of Provisions of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 come under purview of State Governments concerned. Ministry do not centrally maintain any data of states where computerised PUC system has been implemented.
2087. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the recommendations made by a Committee headed by Dr. P. Rama Rao to resolve the problems faced by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have been implemented by the Government;
(b) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons for not implementing the same;
(c) whether the said Committee has also recommended the creation of a Board of Research and Advanced Defence Services to function on the lines of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency in the USA; and
(d) whether the Government proposes to declassify Rama Rao Committee report and if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE (RAO INDERJIT SINGH)
IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
(a) & (b): Yes, Madam. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has implemented all the recommendations made by Dr. P. Rama Rao Committee which were within its power. Remaining accepted recommendations are at various stages of necessary approvals for implementation.
(c) Yes, Madam. The Committee had also recommended creation of a Board of Research for Advanced Defence Sciences (BRADS) to function on the lines of Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of USA. However, the recommendation regarding creation of BRADS was not accepted by the Government.
(d) No, Madam. There is no such proposal to de-classify Rama Rao Committee Report.
2286. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government proposes to roll out Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the country;
(b) if” so, the details thereof along with the funds sanctioned and released during each of the last three years and the current year, State/UT-wise;
(c) whether the Government has taken cognizance of the recommendation of the High Level Expert Group on UHC regarding the introduction of National Health Package that guarantees essential health services as a part of citizen entitlement through the public sector as well as private facilities; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(SHRI JAGAT PRAKASH NADDA)
(a): Public Health is a state subject. Moving towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) wherein people are able to receive quality health services that they need without suffering financial hardship is a key goal of the Twelfth Plan. The National Health Mission (NHM) represents the prime vehicle for achieving UHC. The government has already taken steps towards provision of free services for maternal health, child health, adolescent health, family planning, universal immunisation programme, and for major diseases such as TB, vector borne diseases such as Malaria, dengue and kalazar, HIV/AIDS, leprosy etc. Other major initiatives for which states are being supported include Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK), Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK), implementation of National Health Mission Free Drugs Service Initiative and National Health Mission Free Diagnostics Service Initiative, roll out of Universal Health Coverage pilots, strengthening primary healthcare and District Hospitals and implementation of National Quality Assurance Framework. The central government is also implementing the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) which provides health cover up to Rs.30,000/- for secondary care hospitalizations including maternity benefit on a family floater basis as per the approved package rates to BPL population and 11 other defined categories of unorganised workers.
(b): The State/UT-wise details of funds sanctioned and released during the last three years and the current year under NHM are at Annexure -I.
(c) & (d): In line with commitment to UHC as per the Twelfth Plan document, the central government circulated project proposal that could be used by States to provide for essential package of services to citizens. The same is attached as Annexure II.
Statement Showing State wise Allocation and Release under National Health Mission for the F.Ys 2013-14 to 2015-16
Rs. in crore
Sl. No. States 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Allocation Release Allocation Release Allocation Release
1 Andaman & Nicobar Islands 23.83 29.06 28.22 23.36 28.21 24.19
2 Andhra Pradesh 1184.24 878.73 707.15 519.73 616.13 439.35
3 Arunachal Pradesh 86.31 78.60 185.65 139.41 160.01 95.73
4 Assam 1214.83 1077.81 1095.38 877.13 941.29 664.12
5 Bihar 1487.65 1110.32 1292.13 1148.32 1108.61 914.17
6 Chandigarh 18.53 11.46 19.40 12.15 14.24 7.55
7 Chattisgarh 500.72 355.98 555.66 500.41 479.38 318.95
8 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 8.73 9.23 13.99 8.40 11.37 8.74
9 Daman & Diu 6.48 6.50 9.69 6.91 9.11 7.41
10 Delhi 211.46 129.78 192.59 154.04 142.81 102.87
11 Goa 27.12 19.35 27.63 26.03 19.41 12.46
12 Gujarat 833.94 833.72 858.47 832.86 677.65 449.75
13 Haryana 313.57 315.94 317.42 273.60 249.33 212.16
14 Himachal Pradesh 225.95 205.29 232.00 185.84 197.92 157.90
15 Jammu & Kashmir 433.87 395.10 435.17 335.51 368.00 258.86
16 Jharkhand 582.97 396.38 563.92 359.62 493.37 300.07
17 Karnataka 814.17 611.11 834.09 697.24 706.09 474.78
18 Kerala 424.15 360.98 373.58 521.99 305.87 224.51
19 Lakshadweep 3.61 3.20 5.89 5.08 4.28 3.03
20 Madhya Pradesh 1141.03 865.94 1250.17 1162.50 1085.37 842.93
21 Maharashtra 1520.71 1218.51 1536.58 1431.76 1282.31 773.10
22 Manipur 127.75 88.93 144.97 128.81 118.53 77.18
23 Meghalaya 139.24 125.51 160.21 104.13 131.00 59.78
24 Mizoram 86.20 77.43 116.53 103.28 97.87 63.08
25 Nagaland 114.42 99.73 131.26 114.92 108.75 68.03
26 Orissa 678.99 604.20 730.09 667.16 624.71 434.93
27 Puducherry 21.29 18.10 25.46 22.56 17.77 11.91
28 Punjab 362.38 333.47 351.89 379.35 284.75 183.00
29 Rajasthan 1091.20 922.93 1238.11 1115.96 1069.38 939.15
30 Sikkim 42.32 45.91 51.42 51.60 45.86 15.99
31 Tamil Nadu 1020.75 906.24 968.18 952.75 794.38 573.58
32 Tripura 165.43 140.15 161.75 123.11 139.08 49.30
33 Uttar Pradesh 3584.98 3024.60 2650.25 2431.06 2299.49 1698.90
34 Uttarakhand 310.55 245.25 308.10 270.55 256.60 163.33
35 West Bengal 1179.64 948.51 1053.27 1058.62 883.49 559.74
36 Telangana 0.00 0.00 506.45 378.72 440.58 252.17
Sub Total 19989.01 16493.93 19132.72 17124.48 16213.00 11442.69
Others including arrears under IM 132.77 89.77 1211.51 35.83 1121.00 0.00
Total 20121.78 16583.70 20344.23 17160.31 17334.00 11442.69
1. Allocation is as per Original B.E.
2. Releases are only Central Release and for the F.Y. 2015-16 releases updated upto 30.10.2015.
3. The above Releases relate to Central Govt. Grants & do not include state share contribution.
4. Allocation & Release does not contain head quarter figure, Kind Grants under immunization.
The Essential Package of Services:
The essential list spans 20 services that aim for a continuity of care from primary through tertiary. Preventive and Promotive care is an integral part of services at each level and includes appropriate interventions for behavior change communication through an appropriate mix of interpersonal, and mass media, and counseling at each level.
Primary Care Continuity of Care to secondary/tertiary
1. Safe Pregnancy (Maternal and Reproductive Health Services )
Care for normal pregnancy and management of complications not requiring surgery, blood or specialist interventions- Ante-natal, delivery, and Post natal, care, and screening for medical conditions of pregnancy such as hypertension, anaemia, and gestational diabetes. Management of complications of pregnancy and delivery requiring surgery or blood transfusion, and second trimester abortion Services, and management screening for medical conditions of pregnancy such as hypertension, anaemia, and gestational diabetes.
Disorders of menstruation and Syndromic management of common Reproductive Tract Infections/Sexually
Transmitted Infections Gynaecological surgery for post partum incontinence, uterine prolapse, fibroid,
hysterectomy, as appropriate. Diagnostic and specialist consultation as required for
2. Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services
Essential newborn care, care for common illnesses of newborn and of children, with skills to identify complications, Sick Newborn Care
Prevention and community management of diarrhea, fever and ARI Institutional care for the sick child –
pneumonia, diarrhea with dehydration and fevers
Prevention and early detection of child hood disabilities
Package of BCG+ 3 DPT+ measles+ Hepatitis
4. Nutrition Related
All aspects of prevention, counseling on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and management of malnutrition, excepting those that require institutional care.
Universal use of iodized salt.
Identification and management of anemia,
Follow up for NRC children and community care for SAM Nutritional Rehabilitation Centers(NRC) for
Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)
5. Contraceptive Services
Counseling / BCC to delay age at marriage, delaying first childbirth and spacing
Provision of limiting methods: Oral Contraceptives, Condoms, IUCD, PPIUCD, Female and Male sterilization services,
6. School & Adolescent Health Services
1. Biannual screening of children in AWW centers and annual year screening of children for developmental delays,
diseases, disabilities and deficiencies, local health care provision, provision of glasses, all three levels of prevention for rheumatic heart disease, malnutrition and anemia management, and health education: Package of referral care -with links to tertiary care for congenital and rheumatic heart disease
2. Adolescent Health services: peer counselling, life skills education, and adolescent clinics.
7. Emergency Response and Patient Transport Services
Patient transport systems that can bring and drop back patients by prioritization- e.g. for safe delivery, newborns for first 28 days, sick infants, for disability, and special problems of access due to lack of transport, Emergency Response services for life saving emergencies with Emergency Medical technician on board
8. Emergency Care
First Aid Stabilization care for poisoning Prevention and appropriate management in poisonings ,
Bites and stings: First Aid management of Bites and stings (snakebites and scorpion stings, and animal bites)
Complete first aid for trauma including management of minor injuries, and for fractures Management of Fractures
Prevention and first aid: Burns and corrosions Management of Burns
9. Acute Communicable Disease: Fevers
All measures, for prevention of vector borne diseases, early and prompt treatment, and referral of complicated cases. including point of care diagnostics for malaria, kala-azar, Japanese Encephalitis Diagnostics in ambulatory care ; Hospitalization when needed for malaria, kala-azar, encephalitis, ( for any fever with
loss of consciousness- altered sensorium), for dengue requiring platelets
Primary care for other infectious diseases, presenting as fevers- especially acute respiratory infections. Diagnostics in ambulatory care- and where institutional care is required as in pneumonia,
10. Acute Communicable Disease- Gastro-intestinal
Preventive action and primary care for waterborne disease, especially diarrhoeas (cholera, other enteritis) and dysentery, typhoid, hepatitis (A and E) Typhoid, leptospirosis requiring admission, hepatitis acute ( chronic hepatitis not included) especially hepatitis in pregnancy
Control of helminthiasis.
Reduction of infectious hepatitis and identification and referral. Hepatitis B- anti-virals not included.
11.Chronic Communicable Disease- TB and Leprosy
Screening for leprosy, referral on suspicion, and follow up on cases with confirmed diagnosis and prescribed treatment. Start of treatment. Rehabilitative surgery-
Referral of suspect tuberculosis, family level screening of known patients, and follow up with DOTS for confirmed
diagnosis and prescribed treatment. Start of treatment ,MDR TB,
12. Chronic Communicable Disease: HIV
HIV testing, appropriate referral and follow up on specialist- initiated treatment. Drug treatment for HIV,
Prevention of mother to child transmission
13. In Chronic Non- Communicable Disease: (Package of 5), Hypertension, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD), Asthma,
Mass Screening for diabetes and hypertension- all population above 30.
Detection of epilepsy, COPD and asthma- by self- reporting/opportunistic screening.
Ensuring follow up on doctor initiated drugs in diabetes, hypertension, epilepsy, COPD, asthma- and secondary
prevention – so that no complications develop. Specialist consultation- initially for prescription and diagnostics, and then admission and management for complications- ( including stroke, heart attack(MI)- but not including renal failure, respiratory failure beyond a DH’s capacity)
14. Endemic/ Occupational problems (State Specific: e.g. Sickle cell, fluorosis, silicosis etc) as appropriate.
Opportunistic screening for a range of diseases – such as sickle cell disease as also part of RBSK, follow up for those diagnosed with sickle cell disease . No screening for sickle cell trait.
Management of sickling crisis
Work-place screening and clinics for silicosis, occupational disease. Referral for specialists consultations, diagnostics
15. NCD- Mental Health
Screening for mental disorders and counseling, and follow up to specialist initiated care. Specialist consultation and drug prescription
Counseling and support to victims of violence. Special counseling, medico-legal assist
Preventive measures against all harmful addictive substances- tobacco in the main, but also alcohol and addictive drugs. De-addiction centers in DH
16. NCD- Cancers
Screening for breast and cervical cancers in all women over the age of 40, counseling and support while on treatment Chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy as indicated – only for these two cancers.
Screening for oral cancers:
Counseling and support for treatment. Same as above
17. Eye Care
Screening for visual impairments :
Correction of refractive errors – especially the post 40s, Basic Eye Infections- conjunctivitis, trachoma Cataract and Glaucoma (we could also add diabetic retinopathy)
Corneal ulcers- acute- upto but excluding
Lid, adnexa minor surgeries- excluding squint.
18. Dental Care
Dental hygiene, screening, medical care of caries, gingivitis, Tooth extractions, Dentures, Root canals and fillings; excluding orthodontic surgery
19. Basic Surgical Care
Minor injuries, cuts, draining of abscesses Surgery for acute abdomen, hemorrhoids, hydrocoele and hernias,
20 General OPD
Regular ambulatory out-patient care and counseling- for minor illness not coming under above categories- body aches, headaches, gastritis,
Preventive and promotive measures to address musculo- skeletal disorders- mainly osteoporosis, arthritis of different sorts and referral or follow up as indicated Specialist consultation and diagnostics for arthritis- especially rheumatoid.
2411. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of MICRO,SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government proposes to launch new schemes for promotion of agricultural and rural industries for upliftment of the rural population;
(b) if so,the details thereof including the funds allocated/released, number of agro rural based industries set up and persons benefited therefrom in the country during each of the last three years and the current year, State/UT-wise;
(c) whether the Union Government has received any proposal from various States including Chhattisgarh for setting up of agro-based rural industries;
(d) if so, the details thereof along with the status of the said proposals, State/UT-wise; and
(e) the other steps taken by the Government to promote agro-based rural industries in the country?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF
MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
(SHRI GIRIRAJ SINGH)
(b): Does not arise.
(d): Does not arise.
(e): The Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises has launched a new scheme namely, ASPIRE (A Scheme for Promoting Innovation, Rural Industry and Entrepreneurship) on 18.3.2015 to accelerate entrepreneurship and to promote start-ups for innovation and entrepreneurship in agro-industry. Under ASPIRE, 80 Livelihood Business Incubation (LBI) centres are to be set up in which a total of 104000 incubates will be trained and 30 (10 new & 20 existing) Technology Business Incubation (TBI) centres will be supported and setup. A Fund of Funds has been created under SIDBI for start-ups and Rs.60 crore released for operationalizing the fund.
2519. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government proposes to formulate new oil policy and if so, the salient features of the same along with any study if conducted to assess the impact of new oil policy on the consumers;
(b) whether the Government proposes to auction small and marginal oil fields under Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) and Oil India Limited (OIL);
(c) if so, the aims and objectives and modalities of the said policy along with number of such fields likely to be opened for competitive bidding under this framework and the quantum of crude oil and gas reserves estimated to be found in these oilfields, oilfields/company-wise; and
(d) the time by which the said oil and gas blocks are likely to be awarded to the private/foreign companies and the extent to which domestic production of various petroleum products likely to be increased on implementation of new policy, oil and gas blocks/company-wise?
MINISTER OF STATE (I/C) IN THE MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM & NATURAL GAS
(SHRI DHARMENDRA PRADHAN)
(a) & (b) The Government has notified Marginal Field Policy (MFP) with the objective to bring un-monetised marginal fields of ONGC and OIL to the production at the earliest. The salient features of MFP are as under:-
i. Single license for conventional and non-conventional hydrocarbons
ii. Bids on a Revenue Sharing Contract (RSC) Model.
iii. Freedom to sell the crude oil exclusively in domestic market through a transparent bidding process on arms length basis.
iv. Freedom for pricing and allocation of gas produced from a cluster / field / discovery on arms length basis.
v. Royalty rates applicable under New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) regime. No cess on crude oil.
vi. Exemption from custom duty on all machinery, plants, equipments, materials and supplies related to petroleum operations as applicable in NELP.
vii. Up to 100% participation by foreign companies, joint ventures will be allowed.
(c) & (d): The Government has made this policy with sole objective to bring un-monetised marginal fields of ONGC and OIL to the production at the earliest. In-place reserves in these identified discoveries/fields constitute about 1.0%(88 MMT) of the total in-place reserves (8657 MMT) of Oil and Oil Equivalent Gas (O+OEG) held by ONGC and OIL as on 01.04.2014. The details are at Annexure-I.
2582. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of HEAVY INDUSTRIES AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Scheme on Enhancement of Competitiveness in the Capital Goods Sector is implemented in the country;
(b) if so, the purpose of the scheme along with the details of the components and sub-sectors of capital goods covered;
(c) whether it is a fact that the Department of Heavy Industries is exploring the possibility of establishing Advanced Centre of Excellence in Technology and Product Development at IIT, Bombay to boost capital goods sector; and
(d) if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEAVY INDUSTRIES AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES (SHRI G.M. SIDDESHWARA)
(a): Yes Madam.
(b): Objective of the Scheme is to make the Indian Capital Goods Sector globally competitive by addressing the issues of creating technological depth and common industrial facility centers. The Scheme has five components. These components are setting up of (i) Centre of Excellence for technology development, (ii) Integrated Industrial Infrastructural Facility, (iii) Common Engineering Facility Centre and (iv) Test & Certification Centre. The Scheme also has a financial component, namely, (v) Technology Acquisition Fund Programme for acquisition/transfer of technology. Details of the Scheme is available at: dhi.nic.in>Schemes>Capital Goods Scheme> Scheme notification containing guidelines.
(c) to (d): While a Center of Excellence for Machine Tools at IIT Madras has been approved, various other proposals, including from IIT Bombay are being developed under the scheme.
2730. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Union Government is aware that use of poly-houses for agricultural activities under controlled environment is extremely beneficial to have high yield and fairly good quality in production of fruits, vegetables and flowers;
(b) if so, the steps taken by the Government to make the poly-houses for agricultural activities popular amongst small farmers to uplift their economic condition;
(c) whether the Government has formulated any scheme to ensure that the small farmers get financial assistance to raise poly-houses on their land;
(d) whether the Government proposes to make available technological skills to the farmers desirous of undertaking agricultural activities using poly-houses, if so, the details thereof; and
(e) the details of the financial assistance provided by the Government to various States in this regard during the last three years and the current year, State-wise?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE
(a) to (c): Yes, Madam. Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) is being implemented in all states/UTs during XII Plan and provides assistance for protected cultivation through Green House structures/poly houses. For Fan & Pad and
Naturally ventilated system Green house (Tubular structure), assistance is provided @ 50% of cost for a maximum area of 4000 sq. mtrs. Per beneficiary. For wooden and bamboo structure green house, assistance is provided @ 50% of cost limited to 20 units per beneficiary and each unit not exceeding 200 sq. m. Assistance for protected cultivation is also being provided under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA).
(d): Under the HRD programme of MIDH, training of farmers, entrepreneurs, field level workers and officials is envisaged, including for protected cultivation, Further, 22 Precision Farming Development Centres (PFDCs) have been established in the country to standardize precision farming, promote use of various plasticulture technologies and to provide training & awareness programmes. Farmers are also provided technical literature and information about financial assistance under the scheme in local languages.
(e): Statement indicating State wise assistance provided under MIDH during the last three years and current year, for Protected Cultivation is given at Annexure.
2927. POONAM MAHAJAN
Will the Minister ofRAILWAYS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether commercial development of railway land in Mumbai, specifically in the four railway plots at Thane, Bandra, Mulund and Bhandup has been stalled due to failed tenders which has caused the Government a huge loss of revenue;
(b) if so, the details thereof and the reaction of the Government thereto;
(c) the details of the budget allocated and utilised for these projects in the last two years;
(d) whether the Government is aware that the railway land earmarked for commercial development have been encroached by shanty units; and
(e) if so, the details of the steps taken by the Government to remove such encroachment of railway land and effectively use them for commercial development of the railway land?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)
(a) and (b): As Commercial development of Railway land in Mumbai area viz., Thane, Mulund and Bhandup was not found feasible/commercially viable, no tender had been invited for these sites. For Bandra site, tenders were invited in the past which did not materialise. However, there was no revenue loss due to this.
(c): Projects related to commercial development of Railway land are revenue generating projects and Railway does not incur any expenditure in execution of such projects. As such, no budget had been allotted for these projects during the last two years.
(d): Land in Mumbai area earmarked for commercial development is free from encroachments.
(e): Does not arise.