The Centre has asked States to take urgent steps to ensure high levels of cleanliness during Kedarnath Yatra, Amarnath Yatra and Rath Yatra

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs:

The Centre has asked the States of Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Odisha to take urgent steps to ensure that the ongoing Kedarnath Yatra and upcoming Amarnath Yatra and Rath Yatra are conducted in a manner so as to ensure high levels of cleanliness.

In this regard, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Shri Manoj Joshi has written to the Chief Secretaries of Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Odisha.

The communication from MoHUA specifies various initiatives to be taken for sanitation and waste management. The States have been requested to provide for sufficient numbers of public toilets for both men and women throughout the approach roads to the Shrines, and ensure that that they are kept clean, hygienic and usable at all times.

All eateries along the approach roads will need to be sensitized about garbage collection, in-situ processing of the food waste through waste to compost / waste to bio-gas units in their premises, usage of bio-degradable cutlery and bags.

The advisory suggests that plastics and SUPs should be stopped at the base-camp level for Kedarnath and Amarnath yatris at the time of registration itself.

In order to prevent indiscriminate littering by visitors, segregated litter bins will have to be placed along the approach roads, along with regular emptying of the same.

Most importantly, the advisory stresses on large scale people participation, whereby all local NGOs/ CSOs/ voluntary organisations, self-help groups from all villages and towns on the approach roads are to be identified, sensitized and tagged to work in designated area to ensure that cleanliness is maintained at every step.

Local swachhata brand ambassadors are to be identified and designated for the ‘swachh yatra’, and spread the messages of cleanliness etc, to motivate visitors to behave responsibly and help in maintaining ‘swachhata’.

National teams from MoHUA are being deputed to Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Odisha starting this week to take stock of the preparations underway and also to provide inputs for improving sanitation and garbage management.

Video-conferencing meeting has been scheduled early next week to discuss with State, city and district officials to discuss the preparedness.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, in his 89th Mann Ki Baat address to the nation on 29th May 2022, had expressed his concern regarding the heap of filth in Kedarnath. He made an appeal for maintaining the dignity of these pilgrimage sites through purity and cleanliness, as it is imperative that we abide by the resolution of cleanliness.   

Today, even the children of the poor are becoming doctors and engineers by studying in Govt. schools in Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal – CM, Delhi:

  • Babasaheb’s dream is being realized in Delhi today.

  • Today, even the children of the poor are becoming doctors and engineers by studying in government schools in Delhi.

  • Shubham is one of them.

  • I am sharing the feelings of Shubham with you through this video.

Coal Ministry Expects Operationalization of 58 Coal Blocks During 2022-23; Targets 138.28 Million Ton Coal Production

Ministry of Coal:

The Ministry of Coal has allocated coal blocks for captive end use and sale of coal/commercial mining.

85.32 Million Tonnes of coal has been produced in FY-2021-22 from the 47 operational coal blocks. As against the scheduled production of 203.67 Million Tonnes for the FY 2022-23, it is expected that a total 58 coal blocks would become operational with an expected production of around 138.28 Million Tonnes.           

Show Cause Notices are issued from time to time to the companies which are not adhering to the timelines prescribed in their agreements for timely operationalisation of coal blocks or for non-achievement of targeted coal production.

A Scrutiny Committee has been constituted by the Ministry to consider the show cause notices and replies received from allottees on case to case basis and recommend penalty in cases the delays are attributable to the allottees.

The Scrutiny Committee, in its 17th meeting held on recently has reviewed cases of 24 coal mines – and recommended proportionate appropriation of Performance Security in four cases i.e

Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (Rajbar E&D),
Topworth Urja & Metals Ltd. (Marki Mangli-I),
Ultratech Cements Ltd (Bicharpur) and
National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (Talaipalli)

due to delay on the part of allottees. Recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee have been accepted by the Government and appropriation orders are being issued. 

Subsequent to the meeting of the Scrutiny Committee, further show cause notices were issued to 16 companies for 22 coal blocks

In addition to the regular follow up, review meetings are also being held by Ministry of coal with the blocks allottees and the respective State / Central agencies like MoEF&CC, State Mining Departments, State Revenue Departments, State Forest Departments, etc. for early operationalization of the blocks and to enhance the production from operational blocks. A Project Management Unit has also been appointed by Ministry for handholding of allocattees in obtaining the statutory clearances for early operationalization of coal blocks.

Manipur becomes the 14th State/UT to lower VAT rates on Air Turbine Fuel between 1-5%, in addition to the earlier 13: Jyotiraditya Scindia

Jyotiraditya Scindia – Union Minister:

  • Thank you, Biren Singh Ji for reducing the VAT on Air Turbine Fuel to 1%.

  • Your progressive decision will go a long way in transforming air connectivity, and stimulating economic growth for the people of Manipur.

  • With this, Manipur becomes the 14th State/UT to lower VAT rates b/w 1-5%, in addition to the earlier 13.

  • I implore other States to follow Manipur’s example & join the bandwagon to bring greater air connectivity to their people.
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