Monday, November 23, 2015

Resurgent Rajasthan Summit 2015: 295 MoUs worth Rs 3.21 lakh crores revitalise Rajasthan

Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit 2015, the two-day global investment meet organised by the Government of Rajasthan in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII),attracted commitments of investments from 295 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) amounting to Rs. 3,21,199 crore with proposed employment for 2,39,694 lakh people. The summit brought together leading investors from across the world to interact with the political leadership, government officials and local business leaders to discuss investment opportunities in Rajasthan. The summit saw a slew of announcements of strategic partnerships and investment intent in a number of thrust sectors identified by the State. The largest number of MoUs were signed in tourism sector. At 122, the investment commitments stand at Rs 5783 crore. This is expected to generate 18617 jobs in the sector. The energy sector, with only 9 MoUs, attracted investments to the tune of Rs 1,90,000 crore. The medical and health sector, with 36 MoUs and expected investments of Rs 4752 crore, will create the largest number of jobs, touching 81605. There were 40 MoUs signed in the manufacturing sector amounting to Rs 11760 crore and will lead to employment for 56698 people. The infrastructure sector attracted Rs 17038 crore as commitments for investment that would create 46975 jobs.
There were 10 MoUs signed in the agriculture sector worth Rs 2402 crore – this will lead to 5317 people getting employed. With 8 MoUs worth Rs 1807 crore, the education sector hopes to generate jobs for 12010 people in the State. Under roads and highways, the state signed one MoU worth Rs 10,000 crore in addition to the 4 award of sanctions worth Rs 25446 crore. Nine MoUs were signed in the Skills sector. The Petroleum & Mines sector attracted proposed investments worth Rs 77,657 crore through 25 MoUs that can create 18,472 jobs in the State. Commenting on the MoUs, Shri Gajendra Singh Khimsar, Industry Minister, Government of Rajasthan, said, “This summit has been an endeavour by the State Government to promoteand attract investments in the State. The warm response from the industrial fraternity has led me to believe that Resurgent Rajasthan 2015 has been successful in creating a unique partnership platform for industrial growth in the state of Rajasthan.”

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Rajasthan CM apologizes for controversy over cow art work

Rajasthan CM apologizes for controversy over cow art work after artists in Jaipur were briefly detained for an art installation at the Jawahar Kala Kendra showing a replica of a cow hanging from a balloon, Rajasthan. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje on Sunday tweeted an apology for the cow art work row in which the artists were manhandled. "I am saddened by the incident that took place at JKK yesterday. The Police Commissioner has extended his apology," she posted on Twitter. In another tweet, she stated, "The SHO and concerned have been removed and I have spoken to the artist personally.(sic)".
Artist Siddhartha Kararwal who created the installation called 'Bovine Divine' had put up a styrofoam cow suspended mid-air by a balloon. He said that the aim was to show “how cows consume plastic and die due to its consumption”.  However within 30 minutes of the work being put up for the show, police came and asked them to take down the artwork immediately, even before the show began.  Artists Chintan Upadhyay and Anish Ahluwalia tried to reason with the police but the conversation turned into an argument. They both were taken to Bajaj Nagar police station and detained for at least three hours. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Resurgent Rajasthan Summit Kicks off with Strategic MoUs in Auto & ESDM, Healthcare, Smart Cities

Jaipur, November 19, 2015: Day One of the Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit 2015, being held here, saw a slew of announcements of strategic partnerships and investment intent in a number of thrust sectors identified by the State. The two-day global meet is being organised by the Government of Rajasthan in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). There were 10 special sessions – while eight sessions focused on thrust sectors in Rajasthan, there were two Focus Country sessions on Japan and Singapore.These sessions saw deliberations between central & State ministers,foreign experts & business leaders, industry captains,and senior officials from the State & Centre to understand issues and concerns, discuss strengths and partnerships, and chart the course for the future.

Focus Country Session - Singapore
At the Focus Country session on Singapore, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between The Rajasthan Housing Board (RHB) and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise. Under this partnership, Singapore will assist Rajasthan to develop two new townships in Jodhpur and Udaipur, with concept planning and infrastructure engineering. “Urban Housing is our core expertise; we have offered better housing every five years to our citizens and will be glad to use our expertise in Rajasthan,” said Mr. K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs & Law, Singapore.
Mr. Shanmugam declared that Rajasthan was one of only two states in India that his country had decided to partner in wide ranging initiatives. Mr. Shanmugam also revealed that Scoot, a group company of Singapore Airlines, would soon commence direct flights between Jaipur and Singapore. The key areas of partnership that Singapore and Rajasthan have identified and will be exploring going ahead are Potable Water, Sustainable Urbanisation, Affordable Housing, Waste Management, Cleantech, Human Resource Development, Smart Cities and Food & Agriculture. Attending the session, Mr. Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, has announced a Rs 325-crore advance grant for power transmission infrastructure in Jaipur. He appreciated the State Government for being the first participant of the UjjwalDiscom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme launched by the Centre.

Focus Country Session - Japan
Japan’s long-standing business association with Rajasthan saw a defining moment when representatives from both the sides signed four MoUs at the Focus Country session. The MoUs were signed in the Auto, Logistics and Air-conditioning categories with Nagano Products, Daikin Air-Conditioning, Nippon Express, Sankyu Indian Logistics & Engineering. Japan, which is already the beneficiary of a country-specific investment zone at Neemrana, Rajasthan, with a second one coming up nearby at Ghilot, has sent a 100-member delegation to the Summit.
The delegation, led by Mr. Takeshi Yagi, Japan’s Ambassador to India, comprises representatives of leading Japanese companies like Daikin, Mytex Polymer, Hitachi Chemical, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and Mitsubishi Logistics, among others. Speaking at the session on Japan, the Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, said, “Japanese companies have fast-tracked our growth by making the right investments in Energy, Infrastructure and Technology sectors. At the same time, we ensured that none of these companies faced any problems related to basic infrastructure like roads and power.”

At the Automotive and electronic system and design management (ESDM) session, two MoUs have been signed to set up the first units of the exclusive Korean Industrial Zone that was recently announced.
Union Minister for Railways, Mr. Suresh Prabhu, said, “Automotive and ESDM are the sunshine sectors and are related to human aspirations.  India should cash in on this opportunity for making the country a centre for the global supply chain.” The Minister said the Indian automotive sector should stress for their own design and learn from the experience of the Japanese and the Korean companies that have established themselves through their design. The Centre has notified Jaipur-Bhiwadi-Neemrana-Udaipur-Ajmer-Kota as the Brownfield Electronic manufacturing Cluster (EMC) for ESDM initiatives.

Skilling: Make in India
The session on Skilling Rajasthan focused on the initiatives undertaken by the State Government to promote skills in Rajasthan. At the session, two MOUs were announced – one with the Institute of Leadership Development Jaipur and IFCI Ltd. to set up a Centre of Excellence for Skill Development that would ultimately develop into a “Skill University”.  The other MoU was signed between the Government of Rajasthan and Bosch Limited to set up facilities for skill training at 33 government ITIs, one in each district. These will be multi skill centers of excellence.
Mr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, “Rajasthan and Kerala have adopted an integrated approach towards skilling. The Rajasthan Government has been able to raise funds from within its departments to further the mission of skilling within the State, which is an outstanding example of convergence.” The session was chaired by Mr. S. Ramadorai, Chairman, National Skill Development Agency & the National Skill Development Corporation.

Smart Cities & Highways:
The highlight of the session on Smart Cities & Highways saw the signing of an MOU worth Rs. 10,000 crore between the Public Works Department, Government of Rajasthan, and the Construction Industry Development Board, Malaysia.
“This agreement with Malaysia will give a big fillip to the road development efforts in Rajasthan. The investment will be utilized for the construction of state highways and development of district roads,” said Shri D.B. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Public Works Department, Government of Rajasthan. The session on Smart Cities and Highways focused on the advantages of developing urban infrastructure with an underlying purpose of ecological and economic sustainability. The session was chaired by Mr. Arun Nanda, Chairman, Mahindra Lifespaces.

Sustainable Tourism
One session focused on ways to tap the potential for Rajasthan’s tourism sector in a manner that will aid sustainable development. The session was attended by the UnionMinister for Tourism, Dr. Mahesh Sharma; Rajasthan Tourism Minister, Smt. Krishnendra Kaur; Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Mr. Vinod Zutshi; Chairman, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor, Mr. KB Kachru; Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director, The Oberoi Group, Mr. VikramOberoi; and Principal Secretary, Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Shailendra Agarwal.

In the session on healthcare it was revealed that biotech company Biocon will adopt 25-30 Primary Medical Healthcare Centers and convert them into e-healthcare centers. Additionally, Rajasthan Heath Minister, Mr. Rajendra Rathore announced that seven new medical colleges shall be set up in the State. Ms. Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UK India Business Council (UKIBC) said, “Britain and Rajasthan can mutually help each other in healthcare. We are keen to share our expertise on prevention and management of long term chronic diseases like diabetes. We also want to contribute in the area of training first respondent medics to handle road accident victims”.

The sector session on Agriculture was presided over by Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan,Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Prabhulal Saini, Agriculture Minister, Government of Rajasthan, said Rajasthan aims to promote agro-processing industries and agri-marketing related activities in the State. Rajasthan has launched a new Agro-Processing and Agri-Marketing Promotion Policy 2015 with various financial incentives and other facilities to help farmers get competitive prices for their produce. The policy will help in transport subsidy for export of spices, provide subsidy for export of fruits and vegetables, incentives for quality, certification, R&D and Project Development.

Sustainable Mining
Participating in the focus session on Sustainable Mining, Mr. Tom Albanese, CEO of Vedanta Resources, said, “Rajasthan offers a huge opportunity for copper and gold mining in India. Exploration and innovation represent the future of the mining industry.” Mining employs 3.3 million people in the State and contributes Rs 8400 crore to the State’s GDP, highlighted Mr. Deepak Upreti, Principal Secretary Mines, Government of Rajasthan.  The highlight of the session was the forging of a Sister State Relationship between South Australia and Rajasthan.  The two States have agreed to cooperate in a host of areas including Water and Environmental Management,Resources and Energy.

Regulatory Reforms
The focus of the session on Regulatory Reforms was on the State Government’s efforts in creating the appropriate eco-system for supporting industrial growth. Presided over by Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilisers, the session highlighted key initiatives such as Ease of Doing Business and refining policy for long-term growth. He said, “We do not need so many laws, rules and regulations to grow our economic activities.The basic scheme of Resurgent Rajasthan Summit is ease of doing business and the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, is the champion of it.” Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Government of India, said,“If you want India to grow year after year, scrap all rules India has accumulated for 65 years. To my mind, no act in India should be more than 3 sheets, no rules for more than 2 pages and no form should be more than 1 page. India needs to be made the easiest and simplest place to do business. I strongly believe, young start-ups and MSME sector are future drivers for growth.”

सातवें वेतन आयोग की 10 प्रमुख सिफारिशें

सातवें वेतन आयोग की 19 नवंबर 2015 को की गयी 10 प्रमुख सिफारिशें :
  1. 7वें वेतन आयोग की प्रमुख सिफारिशें 19 नवंबर 2015 को न्यायमूर्ति एके माथुर की अगुवाई वाले सातवें वेतन आयोग ने वित्त मंत्री अरुण जेटली को रिपोर्ट सौंप दी है ।
  2. 7वें वेतन आयोग में मूल वेतन में 16% की बढ़ोतरी की सिफारिश की गई है।
  3. 7वें वेतन आयोग में भत्तों में 63% की बढ़ोतरी की सिफारिश की गई है।
  4. 7वें वेतन आयोग में वेतन एवं पेंशन में औसतन  23.55% बढ़ाने की सिफारिश की है।
  5. 7वें वेतन आयोग में सालाना 3% बढोत्तरी की सिफारिश जिससे कर्मचारियों को सालाना इन्क्रीमेंट में अधिक फायदा होगा ।
  6. 7वें वेतन आयोग में ग्रेड पे खत्म करने की सिफारिश की है जिससे केंद्रीय कर्मचारियों का वेतन भी अब PSU कर्मचारियों के समान होगा।
  7. 7वें वेतन आयोग में ग्रेच्युटी की सीमा 10 लाख से बढ़ाकर 20 लाख की गई है ।
  8. 7वें वेतन आयोग में सैनिकों की तरह केंद्र सरकार के कर्मचारियों के लिए भी “वन रैंक- वन पेंशन” की सिफारिश की गई है।
  9.  7वें वेतन आयोग में सरकारी कर्मचारियों का न्यूनतम वेतन 18 हजार और अधिकतम 2.25 लाख रुपये तय करने की सिफारिश की है।
  10. केंद्र सरकार प्रत्येक 10 साल बाद अपने कर्मचारियों के वेतनमान में संशोधन के लिए वेतन आयोग का गठन करती है। छठा वेतन आयोग 1 जनवरी, 2006 से लागू हुआ था और 7वें वेतन आयोग की सिफारिशें 1 जनवरी, 2016 से लागू हो जाएंगी।  कुछ संशोधनों के साथ यही वेतन राज्य कर्मचारियों को भी दिया जाता है, हालांकि PSU कर्मचारियों का वेतन आयोग कुछ अधिक मूल वेतन के साथ 1 जनवरी, 2017 से लागू होगा ।
अधिक जानकारी के लिए 7वें वेतन आयोग की रिपोर्ट Pdf में:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

VHP Leader Ashok Singhal Passes Away

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal passed away on Tuesday, less than a week after he was admitted to a private hospital in Gurgaon following complaints of breathlessness. "Mr Singhal died at 2.24 pm at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon," said Pravin Togadia. The 89-year-old Singhal was on Saturday admitted to Medanta hospital after his health deteriorated. He was suffering from respiratory problems for over a month. "He had multi-organ dysfunction, ARDS and sepsis and was being treated by a team of specialists," said Medical Superintendent Dr AK Dubey. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief and said that Ashok Singhalji's death was a personal loss. "He was an institution in himself, whose life was centred around serving the nation," the PM tweeted.
A bachelor and an RSS pracharak all his life, Singhal, adopted an aggressive style in the "kar sewak" campaign in the build up to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December, 1992. A metallurgy engineering graduate from Banaras Hindu University, he pitchforked the organisation in the Ayodhya Ram temple movement and sought to internationalise it by recruiting supporters and organising branches world wide. The overseas supporters contributed immensely to the VHP campaign.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

दीपावली की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ

"दीपावली" के पावन पर्व पर सभी प्रदेशवासियों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ।

Winter session of Parliament from 26 November to 23 December 2015

Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) today met and recommended convening of Winter session of Parliament from November 26 till December 23, 2015 subject to the exigencies of Government Business. This was announced to the media by Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu. Shri Naidu also informed that separate special sittings of both the Houses of Parliament will be held on the first two days of Winter session to discuss ‘Commitment to the Constitution’ as a part of 125th Birth Anniversary celebration of Dr.Bhim Rao Ambedkar and November 26 will be observed as ‘Constitution Day’ commemorating the acceptance of Draft Constitution on November 26,1949. Question Hour and Zero Hour will be dispensed with on these two days.
Talking to media persons later, Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu urged the opposition parties in the Parliament to cooperate in passing of important pending Bills pertaining to introduction of Goods and Service Tax (GST) and setting up Real Estate Regulators etc. He said that the Bihar Assembly Verdict reflected the mood of the people in the state and it should not be construed as a mandate to stall the functioning of the Parliament. He said : “I was disturbed by media reports and analyses in the media after yesterday’s Bihar verdict that opposition parties in the Parliament will now be more emboldened to unite and stall the government’s Parliamentary agenda for the coming winter session. I sincerely hope that it is not the view of the concerned parties. All concerned need to understand the Bihar verdict in right perspective. People of Bihar like in other states too want development. By development, it means rapid economic growth through flow of investments into different sector like infrastructure, power, irrigation, education, health etc.
To realise rapid economic growth, we need to put in right environment in place. This required carefully considered reforms. To interpret Bihar verdict in any other manner only amounts to questining the wisdom of the people of the state. Bihar verdict is a clear statement of people’s aspirations. It should not be interpreted as a mandate to obstruct Parliament. Development of Bihar and that of India are interlinked and are mutually reinforcing. The legislative initiatives under consideration of the Parliament are equally crucial for Bihar in as much as for other states. Measures for introduction of GST and Real Estate Regulator have been initiated long back and need to be taken to their logical conclusion given the benefits that flow. Opposition parties may have some concerns and the Government is always willing to sit with them and address them. This has been our approach since assumption of office last year.”

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Centre to support Rajasthan in building Inland Shipping Port at Jalore

Inland Waterways Authority of India under the Ministry of Shipping proposes to guide and support Rajasthan government for building an Inland Shipping Port at Jalore. The port and the terminal that are to be created, will help develop inland navigation facilities in western Rajasthan and will also bring about socio-economic development of the region. Business development opportunities along the canal for limestone, gypsum, lignite and cement factories are to be explored by the state government. The pre-feasibility report of the project will be done by WAPCOS and they will submit the same within 5 months, duly monitored and guided by Inland Waterways Authority of India.
A canal is proposed to be built between Mori creek and Jalore . This canal will be required to maintain a minimum draft of 3 meters. It is also proposed that existing cherras and rivers, like Luni may be explored for establishing connectivity from Jalore to Mori Creek. Efforts will be made to desalinate the water and use it for irrigation. This would help develop the drought resistant crops and improve the agrarian pattern in the region. The viability of saline resistant crops like soya will also be studied for improving the agricultural diversity along the canal. In addition to this there are plans to develop smart cities on this stretch. A study will also be undertaken on how to make the Indira Gandhi Canal navigable. The state government will take up the study to determine the requirements of width, cross structure along the canal, establishing vertical & horizontal clearance and bridges that need to be replaced with the cost associated with the project.