· Resolved after four decades & announced by PM · Status Report on implementation of OROP benefits as on 30.09.2017 and compiled up to 31.12.2017 As per the reports received from the CGDA, a sum of Rs. 4,161.45 crores, Rs. 2,397.22 crores, Rs. 2,320.7 crores and Rs. 1,859.72 crores have been paid towards first, second, third and fourth instalment of OROP arrears respectively.
20,43,354 Ex-Servicemen/family pensioners, 15,94,063 Ex Service men, 15,71,744 Ex-Servicemen and 13,28,313 Ex-Servicemen are the beneficiaries during these four instalments respectively.
Total arrears paid Rs. 10,739.09 crores.
· Number of scholarships under Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme has been enhanced from 4000 to 5500 from academic year 2015-16.
· Marriage Grant for daughter has been enhanced from Rs. 16,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- from April 2016.
· Web portal has been launched by Kendriya Sainik Board on March 11, 2016 for online process of applications.
· INS Kalvari- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the naval submarine INS Kalvari to the nation on 14 December 2017.
· Brahmos, the World’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history in November 2017 when it was successfully flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force’s frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI.
· The surface-to-air missile Akash was successfully launched. · The first ever tri-services exercise INDIRA between India and Russia was conducted in October, 2017. · Special campaign to celebrate Armed Forces Flag Day to honour the martyrs and the men in uniform.
· The first ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by all-women crew on Indian Navy sailing vessel INSV Tarini. The Tarini was flagged off on 10th September 2017 and is expected to return to Goa in April 2018. The expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikarma’ is in consensus with the national policy to give women power to attain their full potential.
Other Initiatives: · Defence Travel System has been rolled out wherein defence units can book tickets online. The project has been implemented by Railways. Both rail and air travel modules have been developed. As on 28th December 2017, 5759 defence units have been covered under the system out of the existing 10675 units. A total of 12,19,969 beneficiaries have been enrolled on the system till date. On an average, 5.1 lakh rail tickets are being booked through the system with an average expenditure of ₹70 crores per month. The system is continuously under up-gradation based on new IT developments, new requirements and feedback.
· A comprehensive web based interactive Pension Disbursement System for Defence Pensioners will be established. This system will receive pension proposals and make payments centrally. This will reduce the grievances of defence pensioners.
Major Steps Towards ‘Make in India’ in Defence Production Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, in its meeting on 16 January 2018, cleared a simplified ‘Make-II’ procedure to enable greater participation of industry in acquisition of defence equipment.
This process will greatly help import substitution and promote innovative solutions. This simplified ‘Make-II’ procedure will amend the existing ‘Make Procedure’ in Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP)-2016.
In order to protect Indian borders and put an end to cross border terrorism Indian Army conducted surgical strikes in PoK on 29th September, 2016
Surgical Strikes reflect zero tolerance for terror · On 18th September 2016, terrorists struck at an army camp at Uri and martyred our Jawans. In response:
· Indian Army conducted surgical strikes at several terrorist launch pads to pre-empt infiltration by terrorists. · Significant casualties were caused to terrorists and those providing support to them.
· Indian army struck a blow to terrorist infrastructure and designs. · International community reacted overwhelmingly in India’s favour.
Signing of agreement for purchase of 36 Rafale Aircraft: The Government of India signed an Inter-Government Agreement (IGA) with Government of France for procurement of 36 Rafale aircraft on September 23, 2016. The delivery of the aircraft would commence in September 2019 and would be completed by April 2022. The IGA includes initial consignment of weapons, maintenance support through Performance Based Logistical (PBL), simulators and associated equipment. The IGA also includes discharge of 50 percent offsets by the French Industrial Suppliers.
Rafale is an omni-role fighter, which will provide long range capability to engage targets in depth and will provide a strong weapons and systems capability edge over our adversaries. The weapons include air-to-air Beyond Visual Range (BVR) METEOR missile which is superior to the proposed MICA BVR Missile for MMRCA package. For ground targets, Rafale is equipped with long range SCALP precision guided air-to-ground weapon which will provide a strong attack capability for striking precision targets. In addition, the Rafale for IAF has certain Indian specific enhancements which will provide the aircraft with better capabilities including engine start from high altitude airfields.
AGNI-V · Test flight on 26th December, 2016. · The test flight further boosted India’s indigenous defence capabilities and deterrence levels.
· Implementation of recommendations of 7th CPC for pensioners: Orders were issued on 04.08.2016 for regulating pensionary benefits of employees retired/retiring on or after 01.01.2016.
· The minimum pension has been increased from Rs. 3500/- p.m. to Rs. 9,000/- per month.
· The minimum disability pension and family pension covered under CCS(EOP)Rules of a Government servant/family of the deceased Government holding a pensionable post has been enhanced to Rs. 18,000/- per month vide OM No.1/4/2016-P&PW(F) dated 2-8-2017
· The ceiling of Retirement and Death gratuity has been increased from the existing Rs.10 lakh to Rs.20 lakhs. · With effect from 1.1.2016, the rates of ex-gratia lump sum compensation being paid to the families of employees who die in performance of duty has been increased from Rs. 10-15 lakhs to Rs.25-45 lakhs;
· The Constant Attendant Allowance being paid to pensioners drawing disability pension has been increased from the existing Rs.4500/- p.m to Rs.6750/- p.m, vide OM No.1/4/2017-P&PW(F) dated 2/8/2017
· Amount of Fixed Medical Allowance payable to the Central Government Pensioners residing in areas not covered under CGHS has been increased from Rs. 500/- per month to Rs. 1000/- per month w.e.f. 01.07.2017. · Orders have been issued on 26.08.2016 for extension of benefit of gratuity to NPS employees, on the same terms as applicable to employees appointed before 01.01.2004.
· Based on 7th CPC recommendations separate order have been issued on 12.05.2017 for revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners/family pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2016 by notional pay fixation. This has brought the pension of past pensioners at par with that of the employees retiring on or after 1.1.2016.
· Concordance tables for fixation of notional pay and pension/family pension of employees who retired/died in various grades during the 4th, 5th and 6th Pay Commission periods have been issued vide this Department’s OM No. 38/37/2016-P&PW(A) dated 6th July, 2017.
· Earlier, only 1/3rd of pension was being restored after 15 years in the case of employees who got absorbed in PSUs, etc. and had taken 100% lump-sum amount in lieu of pension. Orders have been issued on 23rd June, 2017 and 21st July, 2017 allowing restoration of full pension after expiry of commutation period of 15 years to all such absorbee pensioners.
· Procedure for sanction of Pension has been simplified. Time taken in processing of pension papers has been reduced from two years to one year.
· Earlier, a retired Government servant had to approach his pension disbursing bank for collecting his Pension Payment Order. The procedures have been simplified to enable handing over of the PPO on retirement from the office where the Government servant last served.
· Requirement of affidavits/attestations by Gazetted officers has been dispensed with.
· On death of a Government employee/pensioner, dependent parents and disabled child/sibling are eligible to receive family pension. Since a fresh PPO was required to be issued in their favour, they had to face a lot of difficulty in getting family pension started. The rules have been amended to allow co-authorization of disabled children/siblings and dependent parents in the PPO issued to the retiring employee. This would enable the Bank to start family pension to them without the need for a fresh PPO from the pension sanctioning authority.
· Earlier, divorced daughter was eligible for family pension if the divorce took place during the lifetime of the parents in receipt of pension/family pension. Orders have been issued on 19th July, 2017 stating that the Family Pension to divorced daughter would be allowed even in such cases where divorce proceedings had been filed during the life time of employee/pensioner or his/her spouse but divorce took place after their death.
· In order to claim the Fixed Medical Allowance, the retired Government employees residing in cities/areas not covered under CGHS were required to submit a certificate from the CMO/CGHS to the effect that their residence was not covered by CGHS. The requirement of this certificate has now been dispensed with for sanctioning Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) to pensioners.
· Provisions for grant of withdrawal and advances have been simplified by allowing simple declaration by the subscriber. No further documentary evidence will be required.
· Limits for withdrawals have been raised and procedures simplified especially for activities of house building and education of children, where the costs have gone up manifold over the last two decades.
· Scope has been widened to include primary, secondary and higher education covering all streams and institutions, advance can be taken for travel and tourism also.
· Maximum time limit of 15 days prescribed for sanction and payment of advance/withdrawal.
· Pensioners’ Portal: Pensioners’ Portal is a web-based single platform created in 2007 with the objective to disseminate pension related information, as well as to provide redressal of the pensioners' grievances at a single point. In the last four years the Portal was strengthened by adding the facility of online pension sanction process and experience sharing platform of central government retirees. It also provides the facility of self-assessment of Pensionary dues by the online pension calculator, latest updated orders, personalized road-map for retirees. In September 2017, a mobile app of the department was launched to reach out to a larger number of pensioners and the services of the Pensioners Portal was made available through this App.
· Digital Life Certificate (DLC) implementation initiative: To ease the life certification process, DeitY has developed an on-line life certificate submission system which is based on Aadhar number. In order to ensure smooth implementation of the DLC method of submitting Life Certificate, this Department organized a tripartite coordination between UIDAI, Jeevan Pramaan team of MeitY and Banks. This Department is also promoting use of submission of Digital Life Certificate among the pensioners so that they can submit life certificate from anywhere without waiting in long queue in banks. Till date 93% of pensioners accounts have been seeded with Aadhar number which enables them to avail the digital life certificate in future.
· E-Office implementation: The Department of Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare went completely paperless and 100% files are now on e-office. These efforts were recognised in an Award ceremony organised by the DARPG which is the coordinating department for e-office .
· CPENGRAMS: is web-based grievance redressal and monitoring system. It facilitates pensioners to register their grievance online and view the progress till disposal of their case through system. In the last four years the system achieved rising popularity which indicates the building of confidence in the system. The number of grievances registered during the last three years and disposed of during the same period are:
· Deep Dive Analysis of grievances for delivering quality disposal: Initiatives have also been introduced to strengthen the quality in grievance disposal. The department conducted a Root Cause Analysis of the grievances received and identified Focus Ministries as well as kinds of grievances in order to target the reforms in the right direction.
· All Ministries combined Pension Adalats: Further, to strengthen the grievances redressal mechanism this department launched the new initiative of Pension Adalat wherein unresolved grievances in CPENGRAMS are listed and the petitioner along with the concerned Ministry/Department, Banks, CPAO etc. are brought at one common platform with an objective to provide on the spot resolution of grievance.
a. In the first Pension Adalat under the auspices of the Hon’ble MoS(PP) was conducted in September 2017, out of 29 grievances, 26 cases were resolved on the spot. b. The second Pension Adalat was organized on February 9, 2018, again under the auspices of MOS (PP) wherein 31 cases were disposed of on-the-spot in a single sitting covering grievances of Pensioners from 17 Ministries/Departments.
· BHAVISHYA: It was observed that 25% of the grievances are due to delay in initiation in pension. To make the pension sanction process transparent an online pension sanction module ‘Bhavishya’ was developed. In the first phase Bhavishya was implemented in the main secretariats of Ministries in 2015 and after its successful implementation it was made mandatory for all the Central Govt. Ministries/Departments w.e.f. 01.01.2017. This digitization has gone a long way in ensuring seamless and accurate Pension processing for all the Central Govt Employees on the system. It has had the following results:
ü There is complete transparency in processing a Pension case and the retiree keeps getting regular updates about the stage of his Pension processing; ü The system is capable of giving real-time data of pension processing right up to the stage of first credit of pension into the account of the Pensioner; ü The system has made the concept of e-PPO possible and based on the Bhavishya e-PPO was launched on 1st March, 2017. It is a landmark in digitization of Pension processing.
ü As of now 35523 cases have been processed through Bhavishya. ü As of now 458 offices with 6508 DDOs of civil ministries/departments are on the board of Bhavishya processing 26,117 pension cases of government employees.
To reduce the pensioners grievances, which are approximately, 2500 per month, Department of Pension& PW organized the following:
· Pre-retirement Counselling: It is observed that pension grievances arise due to ignorance of updated rule position amongst dealing staff or unawareness of their entitlement procedures for claim amongst the retirees/pensioners. To address the above issue this department started conducting Pre-Retirement Counselling for the retirees, specially those of CAPFs living in far-flung areas, deployed at the frontiers including Shillong, Jaisalmer etc.
· Training of Trainers workshops: 11 Training of Trainers workshops were conducted and a pool of 670 Master trainers was created.
· Pensioners’ Awareness camps: For the benefit of pensioners, awareness camps were organized at Shillong, Aizwal, Kohima, Guwhati, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Agartala for creating awareness on updated entitlements of pensioners/family pensioners.
· Training to Dealing staff w.r.t. pension cases of Ministries/ Department: A total number of 543 officials from all Ministries/Departments were trained on latest Rules/Regulations for Pension settlement, specially issues arising out of Family Pension and Disability Pension.
· Awareness through Print Media: To reach out to the pensioners, especially family pensioners, in far flung regions of the country, the Department brought out an Information bulletin in 159 newspapers including national and regional newspapers covering all states and UTs. This bulletin was on useful and updated provisions on pension related entitlements and about CPENGRAM.
· Awareness through Visual Media: The department made extensive use of Radio and Television to spread awareness among Pensioners about Life Certificate and DLCs. Scroll messages and Video clips were telecast on Door darshan (DD) and other private TV channels.
· Awareness through internet/ Social Media:Department website has been revamped comprehensively and it became user friendly as well as “Divyang friendly”. This Department also made its presence felt in Social Media platforms like Facebook and twitter.
This is a unique initiative launched in 2014 in order to reorient retired people towards an active post-retired life. The stake-holders in this scheme includes Pensioners & their Associations, Employees approaching retirement age, organisations involved in social welfare projects & companies both public and private conducting activities under CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).
· In order to gainfully utilize the skill and experience of retired employees towards nation-building activities and social work, a new initiative was undertaken, wherein certain NGOs listed on the ‘Darpan’ website of Niti Aayog were called for an interactive session with retiring government employees. These sessions were held in the month of January 2018 in Delhi and Mumbai.
· Tamil Nadu Pensioners’ Association helped some 500 people in restoration of their eyes through cataract surgeries;
· Adoption of 11 MCD schools by 16 pensioners for improving the quality of education and environment in the schools;
· 1224 Pensioners engaged by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) as Inspecting Officers/Members of the Flying Squad during examinations in various cities etc.
At the direction of Prime Minister, the Department of Pensions has developed ANUBHAV, an online system of experience haring by retiring government employees.
ANUBHAV portal gives retiring officials an opportunity to record their experiences in the government and create a wealth of institutional memory for future generations for better governance.
To encourage retirees to submit quality write ups, an award scheme has also been instituted. In 2017, contributors of 16 write ups were awarded by the Hon’ble MOS(PP). As on 31.3.2018, 4941 write-ups have been published.
· An abandoned store lying unused for the last one decade was modernised and a Facilitation centre for the pensioners was carved out on the ground floor of Lok Nayak Bhawan, in the Department of Pension & PW.
· Similarly, an unused dilapidated space, measuring some 2000 sq.ft. in Janpath Bhawan was modernized for creating a special CPENGRAM cell and call center for handling Pensioners’ grievances.
· Pensioners Associations were motivated to organize Swachh Bharat movement in their localities. Several cleaning campaigns were organized by the associations in Guwahati, Bengaluru, Allahabad, Vadodara, Assam and Bihar.
AADARSH SMAARAK: 25 ASI monuments named as Aadarsh Smaarak to promote tourist facilities 75 more Adarsh Monuments protected by ASI have been identified and included in the list of “Adarsh Smarak” and the same are also being included in ‘Swachh Paryatan Mobile App’ launched by the Ministry of Tourism.
DEDICATED TOURIST TRAINS: Jyotirling circuit, Sukhmangal circuit ( Bengaluru-Madurai) & Dakshin Dham Circuit
E-TICKETING · There are 116 ticketed monuments and 32 museums under the protection of ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). E-ticketing facility has been launched in coordination with Canara Bank with the aim of providing online booking facility for visitors. · Moreover, the facility is proving to be less expensive when
Compared to manual ticketing system which was prevalent earlier. Portal: http://asi.payumoney.com/#/ · The e- Ticket sales has been increased by 10 times and the revenue increased by 60 times from 9th October, 2016 to 8th November, 2016.
EK BHARAT SHRESHTHA BHARAT’ SCHEME: To promote inter cultural aspects among various states INCREDIBLE INDIA 2.0: To promote tourism in India
To address the gap in housing demand and supply in urban areas in respect of Economically Weaker Sections, Low and Middle Income Groups and meet the target of “Housing for All” by 2022, with an aim to provide a decent pucca home
Achievements: Cabinet approved creation of National Urban Housing Fund (NUHF) for Rs. 60,000 crores As on 31st March 2018, Ministry has sanctioned 43.87 lakh houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). More than 21.28 lakh houses have been grounded and about 5.2 lakh houses have been completed. (Including RAY component)
REAL ESTATE ACT · Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act,2016 brought into force from May 1, 2017 to protect interests of buyers and developers and bring more transparency and accountability in the sector including both residential and commercial real estate.
NEW METRO RAIL POLICY Government has approved the new Metro Rail Policy on 18.08.2017. It lays emphasis on ‘last mile connectivity’. Presently, Metro work is in progress in 11 cities of the country.
An effective multi modal logistics and transport sector will make our economy more competitive. A specific program for development of multi-modal logistics parks, together with multi modal transport facilities, will be drawn up and implemented.
The Ministry of Commerce has been entrusted with the responsibility for finalizing the logistics policy and ensuring inter-ministerial coordination for Multi Modal Logistic Parks (MMLPs). Infrastructure Status has been bestowed on Logistics on 21.11.2017.
Objective: To ensure water taps to over 2 cr urban households in mission cities by 2019 besides expanding sewerage and drainage networks, Non-motorised transport and providing open and green spaces
Achievement: · Service Level Improvement Plans (SLIPS) for all 500 mission cities approved three years ahead of the mission period with a project investment of Rs.77,640 cr.
Objective: To ensure core infrastructure to improve quality of living through area based development in and around 100 cities based on inclusive and sustainable urban planning and development. Achievements: · 99 cities identified through competition. · Total cost of Projects (Rs Crores):201979. · Total Population impacted: 9.9 Cr.
SWACHCH BHARAT URBAN: Launch Date: 2.10.2014 Objective: To make 4,041 cities and towns Open Defecation Free and clean by October, 2019 Achievements: Milestones Achieved (as of data received from the concerned division) · 46,36,158 individual household toilets constructed so far. · 3,06,064 Community and Public Toilet seats constructed so far. · 2477 cities have been so far declared Open Defecation Free. · 61,846 urban wards covered under 100% Door to Door collection of solid waste. · Waste to Compost total achievement 13.11 lakh TPA from 145 Plants. · Around 88 Mega Watts of energy is being produced from waste.
The Government has up-scaled the target for overall renewable energy capacity by more than 5 times to 175 GW by the year 2022 which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power.
Initiatives/Achievements 1) National Solar Mission: National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was launched on 11th January, 2010. The Mission targets include · Deployment of 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022 · 2,000 MW of off-grid solar applications including 20 million solar lights by 2022, · 20 million sq. m. solar thermal collector area. · A capacity of 19.5 GW has already been achieved upto February 2018,
a) Defence Scheme: Objective: To set up over 300 MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV Power Projects by Defence establishments and Para Military Forces with viability gap funding. Achievements: Against a target of 300 MW, 357.50 MW projects have been sanctioned under the scheme. (As on 27 Dec, 2017)
b) Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) scheme Objective: To Set up 1000 MW of Grid Connected Solar PV Power projects by CPSUs and GOI organizations with Viability Gap Funding in three years period till 2017-18. Achievements: Entire 1000 MW have been allocated to various CPSUs under the scheme. (As on 27 Dec, 2017)
c) Bundling scheme Objective: To facilitate the scale up of solar capacity addition under NSM Phase-II and achieve economies of scale, to supplement grid power, to facilitate fulfilment of RPO requirement of the obligated entities, To facilitate speedier implementation of the new projects to be selected to meet the Phase-II target of NSM and providing long term visibility and road map for solar power development enabling creation of India as manufacturing hub in the Solar PV. Achievements: Tranche-I: 3000 MW has been tendered (As on 27 Dec, 2017)
d) Canal Bank/ Canal Top scheme Objective: Development of Grid Connected Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Banks and Canal Tops in the country. Achievements: Solar PV Power Plants on Canal Banks and Canal Tops with 50 MW capacities under each category (total 100 MW) have been approved to 8 States
e) VGF Scheme Objective: To set up solar photovoltaic power projects on build, own and operate (BOO) basis by the Solar Power Developers (SPDs) Achievements: Under VGF scheme, 750 MW, 2000 MW and 5000 MW of grid connected solar power projects have been taken up.
f) Solar Park scheme Objective: To set up of Solar Parks, each with the capacity of 500 MW and above and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects to be developed in next 5 years in various States Achievements: 35 Solar parks have been approved in 21 States with aggregate capacity of 20,514 MW. (As on 27 Dec, 2017)
Solar Schemes Launched by the Ministry Keeping in view the technology upgradation and economies of scales, the upper limit of VGF was revised on 17.02.2017 to @ Rs. 1.10 Cr./MW for all projects irrespective of sizes for which tenders were not brought out.
Scheme for Setting up of 750 MW Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects under Batch-1 of Phase-II of JNNSM with Viability Gap Funding Support
The selection of the bidders has been based on the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) required for the project in an ascending order upto the full capacity. Viability Gap Funding (VGF) is limited to 30% of the project cost or 2.5 crore per MW, whichever is lower. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has signed PPA with such project developers for purchasing entire power from the project for 25 years at 5.45 Rs. per unit (4.75 Rs. per unit for projects availing accelerated depreciation).
Scheme for Setting up of 2000 MW Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects under Batch-III of Phase-II of JNNSM with Viability Gap Funding Support
The Project developer is provided a viability gap funding based on his bid. The upper limit for VGF is kept at Rs.1.0 Crore/MW for open category (Rs. 1.31 Crore/MW for projects in DCR category).
Scheme for Setting up of 5000 MW Grid-connected Solar PV Power Projects under Batch-IV of Phase-II of JNNSM with Viability Gap Funding Support
The Project developer is provided a Viability Gap Funding based on his bid. The upper limit for VGF is kept at Rs. 1.0 crore/MW for open category and Rs. 1.25 crore/MW for projects in DCR category. SECI will select projects through competitive e-bidding based on minimum VGF sought (quoted in INR/MW), or there may be a provision for quoting a discounted tariff (quoted in INR/kWh).
CFA is 30% of the benchmark cost for general and 70% CFA for North Eastern and Special Category States for residential, social and institutional sector.
Pilot-cum-demonstration project for development of grid connected solar PV power plants on canal banks and canal tops · Financial support of Rs.3 crore/MW or 30% of the project cost, whichever is lower, for Canal Top SPV projects and Rs. 1.5 crore/MW or 30% of the project cost, whichever is lower, for Canal Bank SPV projects.
· Total CFA of upto Rs.225 crore for 100 MW (50 MW on Canal Tops and 50 MW on Canal Banks) to be disbursed over a period of maximum 2 years post sanctioning of the plants as under: · upto 40% on sanctioning of the projects. · 60% on successful commissioning of the projects. · Service charge to SECI @1% of project cost.
Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV Power projects by Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) under Batch- V of Phase II of JNNSM · Viability Gap Funding (VGF) provided through SECI at a fixed rate of Rs. 1 Cr/ MW for projects where domestically produced cells and modules are used and Rs. 50 lakh/ MW in cases where domestically produced modules are used. · VGF released in two tranches as follows: i. 50% on successful commissioning of the full capacity of project (COD). ii. Balance 50% after one year of successful operation of the project.
2) Distribution of Solar Pumps Scheme: Achievement: 1.47 lakh Solar Pump have been installed in the Country as on 31.12.2017.
3) Surya Mitra Scheme: Objective: To create 50,000 trained personnel within a period of 5 years (2015-16 to 2019-20).
Achievements: Over 11,000 Surya Mitra’s have been trained as on 27.12.2017.
· “Surya Mitra” mobile App launched on 07.06.2016. · The GPS based mobile app has been developed by National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) which is an autonomous institution of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).
· The Surya Mitra Mobile App is currently available in Google play store, which can be downloaded and used across India. This App is a high end technology platform which can handle thousands of calls simultaneously and can efficiently monitor all visits of Suryamitra’s.
· The trained Suryamitra’s who opts for entrepreneurship have joined in the Mobile App in several states. These Suryamitras are once again sensitized by NISE on soft skills Customer Relations Management, Punctuality and are now ready to deliver the services.
Solar Powered Railway Stations · It is proposed to feed about 7,000 stations with solar power in the medium term. A beginning has already been made in 300 stations. Works will be taken up for 2,000 railway stations as part of 1000 MW solar mission.
· 28.75 Mega Watt (MW) solar roof top capacity has been installed on 350 stations including major stations like Varanasi, Katra, New Delhi, Old Delhi, Jaipur, Secunderabad and Kolkata. Order has been placed for 37 MW solar roof top capacity by Zonal Railways/PUs (covering 250 stations). Another 93 MW solar capacity has been finalized (covering950 stations). Further, work is under progress at 200 stations of D & E category. Overall planning/execution has already been made for 2750 stations and other buildings. Balance stations (4250) are being planned in a phased manner by 2020-21.
· With Indian efforts, the International Solar Alliance has now become a legal entity. Its’ headquarter has been set up in India.
Green Power Capacity Addition A total of 11788 MW of grid-connected power generation capacity from renewable energy sources has been added so far this year (January 2017 to November 2017) in the country.
Sector-wise highlights of achievements · Largest ever Wind Power capacity addition of 5502.39 MW in 2016-17 exceeding target by 38%. During 2017-18, a total 568.71 MW capacity has been added till 31.12.2017, making cumulative achievement 32848.46 MW. Now, in terms of wind power installed capacity India is globally placed at 4th position after China, USA and Germany.
· During 2017-18, a total 4323.1 MW (including 207.92 MW Solar Roof Top) capacity has been added till 30.11.2017, making cumulative achievement 16611.73 MW (including 863.92 MW Solar Roof Top).
· So far, 1.47 lakh Solar Pump have been installed in the Country as on 31.12.2017.
· Solar projects of capacity 23656 MW have been tendered and LoI for 19,340 MW issued.
· A capacity addition of 0.59 GW has been added under Grid Connected Renewable Power since last three and half years from Small Hydro Power plants.
· Biomass power includes installations from biomass combustion, biomass gasification and bagasse co-generation making a cumulative achievement to 8181.70 MW.
· Family Type Biogas Plants mainly for rural and semi-urban households are set up under the National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP). During 2017-18, against a target of 1.1 lakh biogas plants, 0.15 lakh biogas plants installations has been achieved making a cumulative achievement to 49.8 lakh biogas plants as on 30.11.2017.
· During the year 2016-17, wind power capacity addition of 5.5 GW was made, which is highest ever wind power capacity addition in the country during a single year. The present wind power installed capacity in the country is around 32.75 GW. Now, in terms of wind power installed capacity India is globally placed at 4th position after China, USA and Germany.
· India has a strong manufacturing base of wind power equipment in the country. Presently, there are 20 approved manufacturers with 53 models of wind turbines in the country up to a capacity of 3.00 MW single turbines. Wind turbines being manufactured in India are of international quality standards and cost-wise amongst the lowest in the world being exported to Europe, USA and other countries.
· The wind power potential of the country has been reassessed by the National Institute for Wind Energy (NIWE), it has been estimated to be 302 GW at 100 meter hub-height. Online wind atlas is available on NIWE website. This will create new dimension to the wind power development in the country.
· Signing of PPAs/ PSAs for first SECI wind auction (1000 MW, tariff discovered was Rs. 3.46 in Feb 2017). Second wind auction of 1000 MW which resulted in lowest tariffs of Rs. 2.64/ unit.
· India has long coastline where there is a good possibility for developing offshore wind power projects. The cabinet has cleared the National Offshore Wind Energy Policy and the same has been notified on 6th October 2015. Certain blocks near Gujarat and Tamil Nadu coast line have been identified. First LiDAR installed and commissioned off Gujarat coast for gathering wind resource data.
· Wind Forecasting: Based on wind forecasting experience of Tamil Nadu with NIWE, MoUs for forecasting done with Gujarat and Rajasthan.
· Meso scale map prepared for wind resource at 120 meter height, as most of turbine hub heights being installed are more than 100 meters. Total assessed wind resource of India would go up from 302 GW at 100 m to about 600 GW at 120 m); MESO scale map also prepared for Offshore wind. However for actual use these would have to be correlated with actual site specific measurements.
· Bidding guidelines for wind auction under Section 63 of Electricity Act have been notified in December to Ministry of Power.
Small Hydro Power A capacity addition of 27.07GW of renewable energy has been reported during the last two and half years under Grid Connected Renewable Power, 0.59 GW from Small Hydro Power.
Biomass Power Biomass power includes installations from biomass combustion, biomass gasification and bagasse co-generation. A cumulative achievement to 8181.70 MW has been reported as on 30.11. 2017.
Family Size Biogas Plants Family Size Biogas Plants mainly for rural and semi-urban households are set up under the National Biogas and Manure Management Program (NBMMP).
During 2017-18, against a target of 1.10 lakh biogas plants, 0.15 lakh biogas plants installations has been achieved making a cumulative achievement to 49.8 lakh biogas plants.
Ø Operation Greens: Rs. 500 crore allocated for ‘Operation Greens’ to address price volatility of perishable commodities like Tomato, Onion and Potato (TOP)
Ø Allocation for Ministry of Food Processing has been doubled in the Budget 2018-19 to Rs. 1400 Crores
Ø Specialized Agro Processing Financial Institutions to be established to ensure Timely, Accessible and Affordable Credit to Food Processing sector
· Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana: The Schemes of the Ministry have been restructured and new schemes have been approved by Cabinet and launched as Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana. The SAMPADA Scheme will target creation of Infrastructure and increasing capacities of processing and preservation in entire supply chain of food processing sector right from farm gate to retail outlets.
The New Scheme will help in integrating food processing units and food trade with the farmers creating huge opportunities for employment of increasing income of the farmers. PMKSY is an umbrella scheme incorporating ongoing schemes of the Ministry like Mega Food Parks, Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure, etc. and also new schemes like Infrastructure for Agro-processing Clusters, Creation of Backward and Forward Linkages, Creation / Expansion of Food Processing & Preservation Capacities.
● World Food India, 2017: Ministry organized World Food India 2017 in Delhi and showcased investment potential of India in the food processing sector and attracted investment worth $18.8 billion in the entire supply chain for inclusive development. Food Street was the World food India’s most attractive highlight. Food Street is an experiential platform that will bring together culinary practices, flavours, fragrances from the world's cuisines, and celebrate India's rich cultural heritage and diverse uniqueness of its produce to create contemporary renditions and fusion food.
● Investor’s Portal ‘Nivesh Bandhu’ Launched. http://foodprocessingindia.co.in/ Information on potential and opportunities for investment in the food processing sector and incentives provided by the Central and State Governments were made available to the prospective investors at a single point. The queries of the investors were received and answered through the portal guiding them and making it easier for them to take decision.
● Government has allowed 100% FDI for trading including through e-commerce, in respect of food products manufactured or produced in India. 100% FDI is already permitted in manufacturing of food products through automatic route. This will provide impetus to the foreign investment in food processing sector, benefit farmers immensely and will create vast employment opportunities.
● Mega Food Parks: Setting up of state of art testing facilities in all the 42 Mega Food Parks to encourage export of agri-commodities realizing their full potential.
· Creation of a Special Fund of Rs. 2000 crore in NABARD. Availability of affordable credit to Mega Food Parks and food processing units set up therein Rs. 540.62 crore sanctioned to 15 Projects and Rs. 255.78 crore disbursed.
● Grievance Redressal System Strengthened. Under the infrastructure schemes of Mega Food Parks and cold chain, a committee of three Independent Monitors was constituted to address the grievances of applicants whose proposal for Mega Food Parks and Cold Chains could not be selected. The committee also provides personal hearing to the applicants before disposing of their grievances.
● Food Map of India launched. The Food Map enables investor to take decision with regard to locating their projects as the food map showed mapping of the potential of food processing in surplus production areas.
● Project Monitoring process streamlined. The close monitoring of the projects regularly led to completion of three Mega Food Parks in comparison to two projects in previous six years and completion of 14 cold chain projects as against 12 in last six years. This has also lead to significant improvement in utilization of plan fund allocation nearly 200% in all the schemes.
● Food and agro-based processing unit and cold chain infrastructure have been classified under agriculture activities for Priority Sector Lending. Availability of additional credit for food processing activities and infrastructure.
● Service Tax on pre-conditioning, pre-coding, ripening, waxing, retail packaging and labelling of fruits and vegetables exempted in cold chain projects. This is a big relief in terms of tax exemption to the cold chain operators as this facility was only available to the farmers at farm gate but not to the cold chain operators. This enhanced the viability of cold chain projects, encouraging more investment in the sector.
● To enhance the transparency and reduce human interface on-line software has been developed and put in use for filing of claims for the infrastructure development projects. This has also been expanded to other schemes.
● Investment tracking and facilitation Desk of Invest India has been set up in the Ministry. The desk will identify new potential investors and approach them in a focussed and structured manner for investment and follow-up the investment cases by providing hand holding services. The desk will also assist Ministry in organising roadshows both in India and abroad and organizing investment meets.
● e-NAM to be expanded from 250 to 585 APMCs. e-NAM Market to have primary processing facilities e-NAM will be provided assistance for creating primary processing to cleaning, grading, packaging. This will encourage and make easier direct procuring of raw-material by the processing units and retail traders resulting in increased income to farmers. Primary Processing will increase value addition of the farmers produce and fetch better price. This will also lead to quality consciousness.
● Model Law on Contract Farming prepared to integrate farmers. The Contract Farming Law will integrate backward integration of the food processors with the farmers and attracting investment in post-harvest management activities leading to increased benefit to the farmers and reduction in wastages.
● A Dairy Processing and Development Fund of Rs. 8000 core set up in NABARD. The Fund is used to modernize old and obsolete milk processing units particularly in cooperative sector and will result in enhancing milk processing capacity thereby adding more value to the produce of the farmers and increasing their income ● Common Food Processing Incubation Center for Shallots launched in Perambalur
Additional fiscal concessions: Reduction in Excise Duty on Refrigerated Containers from 12.5% to 6%. Reduction in Basic Custom Duty on Refrigerated Containers from 10% to 5%. 5% Basic Customs Duty as presently available under project imports for cold storage, cold room also extended for Cold Chain including pre-cooling unit, pack house, sorting and grading lines and ripening chambers. Excise Duty on Machinery reduced from 10% to 6%.
Foundation Stone for the following Mega Food Parks laid Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Mega Food Park Project, Ludhiana Mega Food Park developed by KINFRA at Palakkad in Kerala Mega Food Park developed by KSIDC at Alappuzha in Kerala Maize Based Mega Food Park in Kapurthala, Punjab A Mega Food Park is likely to benefit about 25000-30000 farmers apart from creating employment for 5000-6000 persons, especially in rural areas. The Mega Food Park project at Udham Singh Nagar is being inaugurated on 5th April, 2018 and Agartala (Tripura) is at advanced stage for operationalisation.
NABARD has sanctioned term loan of Rs. 540.62 Crore to 11 Mega Food Park projects and 1 designated Food Park and 3 processing units under ‘Food Processing Fund’ of Rs. 2000 Crore and out of this an amount of Rs. 255.78 Crore has been disbursed. The Ministry has notified 181 designated food parks in different States for the purpose of availing affordable credit from special fund with NABARD.
Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure: 1. Ministry of Food Processing Industries is assisting 238 integrated cold chain projects (Including completed and ongoing projects) having capacity of 7.64 lakh metric tonnes of cold storages, 231.75 metric tonnes per hour of individual Quick Freezing(IQF), 104.99 lakh litres per day of Milk processing/storage and 1383 reefer vans
A total of 119 integrated cold chain projects have been completed/operationalized as on 31.03.2018 and out of this, 82 integrated cold chain projects have been completed/operationalized during 2014-2018. With the operationalization of these 82 projects, Ministry has created an additional capacity of 2.65 lakh metric tonnes of cold storages, 82.45 metric tonnes per hour of individual Quick Freezing(IQF), 34.55 lakh litres per day of Milk processing/storage and 516 reefer vans during 2014-2018.
. The guidelines of Scheme have been revised on the basis of feedback and experience of this Ministry to make them investor friendly.
. On an average, each cold chain project benefits to around 500 farmers in fruits and vegetables sector and around 5000 farmers in dairy sector and creates employment for 100 persons.
Under the Scheme of Setting up/ Modernization of Abattoirs, one project at Panji (Goa) has been operationalized.
10 Food Testing Labs have been completed. FSSAI has simplified product approval: approved a large number of new Additives harmonized with the International Codex Standards. notified an amendment to the regulations as a result of which non-standardized food products called proprietary foods (except novel food and nutra-ceuticals) that use ingredients and additives approved in the regulations will no longer require product approval. This has provided considerable relief to the industry.
The National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) at Kundli, Sonepat, Haryana and Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT) at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu are being developed by the Government as the Centres of Excellence. The pass-outs of these institutes have got 100% placements.
Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs): EMRs are being set up by the Government to give best quality education to tribal children in their own environment. As on 31.03.2018, 271 EMRSs are sanctioned and 190 are functional in various States.During the last four years, 106 new EMRSs with total capacity of 50,880 students have been sanctioned (30 in 2014-15, 32 in 2015-16, 30 in 2016-17 and 14 in 2017-18). Further, 51 EMRSs were made functional during last four years.
Hostels for Tribal Girls and Boys: There are a total of 1545 hostels, sanctioned by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, for tribal girls and boys in the country at present. Out of this, the number of hostels for boys is 544 hostels and 1001 hostels are for girls.
Scholarship Scheme: During 2014-15 to 2017-18, a total of Rs. 5404.97 crore were distributed as pre-matric and post-matric scholarship to about one crore ST students. Institutional Support for Development & Marketing of Tribal Products/Produce (Central Sector Scheme): The total grants released under this scheme have increased from Rs. 4190 lakh in 2014-15 to Rs. 4495 lakh in 2017-18.
Launch of e-commerce portal of TRIFED and M-commerce android app and ‘Tribes India’ banner: In a path breaking initiative, the Minister of Tribal Affairs, in the month of March 2018, launched the Tribes India banner on Snapdeal, Amazon, Paytm and GeM for marketing of Tribal Products through these e-commerce portals. With this, more than 55 thousand tribal artisans connected to TRIFED will get access to local as well as international markets. Also, the e-commerce portal of TRIFED i.e. www.tribesindia.com and M-commerce android app 'Tribes India' was also launched.
Scheduled Tribe Component: Tribal Affairs Ministry has now been mandated to monitor Scheduled Tribe Component of funds of Central Ministries by NITI Aayog. An online monitoring system has been put in place with web address stcmis.gov.in.. The allocation under Scheduled Tribe Component (STC) was increased from Rs. 21,811 crore in 2016-17 to Rs. 32,508 crore in RE 2017-18. In the BE of 2018-19, Rs. 39,135 crore has been allocated under STC for the welfare of Scheduled Tribes.
Minimum Support Price (MSP) to Minor Forest Produce (MFP): Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Produce scheme (MSP for MFP Scheme) has now been expanded to 24 Minor Forest Produces in all States from the initial 10 MFPs in 9 States in 2013-14.
Skill Development: An amount of Rs. 1019.27 Crore has been released to various states under the scheme Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Scheme (SCA to TSS) and Grants under Article 275(1) during 2014-15 to 2017-18 for skill development of more than 3,37,000 (Three Lakh Thirty Seven Thousand) male and female tribal beneficiaries in a wide gamut of trades.
Forest Rights Act: Under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA), until 30th, January, 2018 as much as 1 lakh 39,266 Community Forests Rights (CFR) claims have been received from 20 states. Out of this 64,328 (46.19%) claims have been recognised.
Aadi Mahotsav: Showcasing Tribal Culture, Commerce & Cuisine: Ministry of Tribal Affairs in association with TRIFED organized a National Tribal Festival Aadi Mahotsav from 16th November, 2017 to 30th November, 2017. The total sale of tribal artisans during the Mahotsav was Rs. 4.10 Crores. This Mahotsav also organised at Jaipur, Bhopal, Ranchi, Chandigarh and Guwahati during November - December, 2017 and has become a continuous process now.
Museums for Tribal Freedom Fighters: A state-of-the-art Tribal Museum of national importance in Gujarat State is being constructed. The Ministry has also approved proposals for setting up of museums in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala to highlight struggle & sacrifices of tribals during freedom struggle.
New Tribal Research Institute and Tribal Repository: During the year 2017-18, based on the proposals received from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Sikkim, funds have been provided for establishment of new tribal research institutions at Itanagar, Kohima and Assam Lingzey, near Gangtok. Ministry has developed a web page for use as tribal repository (www.tribal.nic.in/repository) in which documents, folks songs, photos, videos regarding their evolution, place of origin, lifestyle, eating habits, architecture, education level, traditional art, folk dances and other anthropological details.