Friday, November 25, 2011

Development of Model Villages

Department of Science and Technology has been implementing a multi-location Coordinated Programme on Resource Management and Development for the Empowerment of Scheduled Castes in different parts of the country through the input of Science and Technology since 2007. This programmespan> of demonstrative nature is being implemented at pilot scale which is essentially for and capacity building of Scheduled Caste community in traditional as well as new emerging areas leading towards improved quality of life and for better livelihoods options through appropriateT interventions. As such is restricted to ST intervention needs which may contribute to develop model villages in holistic way which require also other support services in terms of infrastructure development like transport and communication etc. The villages covered under this coordinated programme, so far,  are Chhamroli, Sinota, Dharamchuk, Bagath, Chakarpur, Matela and  Rajpura in Uttarkhand; Majhas and  Kalol in Himachal Pradesh ; Tal in Jammu & Kashmir; Kadinamkulam, Kottukal, Veliyathu Nadu, Chittadi, Cherichil, Paruthikkad, Mundur and  Puthupariyaram in Kerala;  Illayanainarkulam and Edumalai in Tamil Nadu  and  Tummalapalli and  Miyalavaripalem in Andhra Pradesh; Bhadra, At. Jehangirpura, Gopal Pura, Vadod in  Gujarat; Bedla and Digod in Rajasthan; Dhyarigaon, Nalwadi, Wardha, Dharni, in Maharashtra; and MorenaBagh Mugalia, Sohagpu, Machla in  Madhya Pradesh.

            The salient features of the programme is to develop / adapt appropriate locally available resource based technologies for employment and improvement of the quality of life of scheduled castes in rural areas for transformation and economic development. No specific budget has been allocated for this programme. On an average every year around one hundred and fifty lakh rupees are sanctioned under this programme.

The department has already initiated the programme for those villages which are predominately inhabited by Scheduled Caste community in the states of Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa.

This information was given by the   Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology andEarth Sciences Shri Ashwani Kumar in a written reply to a question by Shri Kachhadia Naranbhai
Lok  Sabha today.



Damage to Kundandulam Nuclear Power Project

Damage to Kundandulam Nuclear Power Project-:There is serious concern about the damage to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project .Recently there have been protests against the starting of Kudankulam nuclear power project by sections of the local people which have hampered normal work at the site. Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plants (KKNPP) Units 1&2 are at advanced stage of commissioning. Serveral reactor and auxiliary systems have been made functional. These systems, which also include sophisticated computer based systems, require certain minimum maintenance to keep them in a healthy state. Efforts are underway, in consultation with the district authorities, to ensure that personnel required for carrying out the minimum maintenance activities are able to go to plant and carry out the necessary activities smoothly.

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office Sh V Narayanasamy gave this information in a written reply to a question by Shri Baishnab Parida in Lok Sabha today.

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