Wednesday, July 31, 2013


With the UPA giving its nod for the creation of a separate Telangana state, former Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati renewed her demand for splitting the state into four parts, besides creation of Gorkhaland and Vidarbha.

"BSP has always been in favour of smaller states for which it had sent a proposal duly passed by the state Assembly on November 23, 2011, when it was leading the government, for splitting Uttar Pradesh into four states in order to ensure better governance and administration," the BSP supremo told reporters in Lucknow on Wednesday.

"It is unfortunate that the central government kept it pending since then, but with Telangana becoming a reality, BSP demands that on the principle of one language-one state, the Centre, besides reorganising larger states, should also complete the process of division of Uttar Pradesh into four states, besides (formation of) Gorkhakland and Vidarbha," she said.

There are demands to carve out separate Gorkhaland from West Bengal and Vidarbha out of Maharashtra.

She asked the union ministers from UP, who were favouring division of the state, to exert pressure on the central government for the process instead of making tall claims.

Mayawati said when her party was in power, she had created new divisions, zones, districts and tehsils so that better administration could be provided to the people of the state, which is the most populous state in the country.

She said she had proposed splitting Uttar Pradesh into Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh and Pashchimanchal.

Single Window Clearance To Promote India as A Films Hub and Destination

Single Window Clearance To Promote India as A Films Hub and Destination – Secretary (I&B)

I&B Ministry Develops Sop for Film Shooting in India Online Portal and Website to Facilitate Applications Ministry Convenes National Workshop on ‘Single Window’ Clearance
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will be working to mainstream a synchronized ‘Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)’ for obtaining permissions for films shooting in India for both Indian and foreign film producers. This would lead to institutionalization and standardized benchmarks for each critical stakeholder involved in the process. The benchmarks identified in the SOP would clearly identify the responsibility of critical stakeholders in terms of clearances / timelines/ permissions required for films shooting. This was stated by Secretary (I&B), Shri Bimal Julka while delivering his inaugural address at the National Workshop on ‘Single Window Clearance for Film Shooting in India’ here today.

Regarding the initiative of the Ministry, Secretary mentioned that the Ministry was in the process of developing a dedicated online portal for operationalising the ‘Single Window Clearance’ System. The website would include the data on various requirements such as custom clearances, visas, cultural sensibilities etc. A Production Resource Guide highlighting different aspects of production as well as logistics and a digital location library of panaromic images of potential production locations would also form an important component of the online portal. The website will also include information on state-wise facilities like transport, hospitality, medical and other local information for the applicants.

Highlighting the importance of Social Media in the changed communication paradigm, Shri Julka said that the Ministry would actively utilize the new media platforms to provide real time information and facilitate active engagement and interaction with key stakeholders on the single window clearance mechanism. This would enable the seamless transition to online application process.

Elaborating further, Shri Julka said that the challenge before the ministry was to outline steps that would encourage producers to avail of the facility. The roadmap needed to include steps involving the simplification of the process, incentivization of various principles and inputs which would lead to India as a filming hub and synergize the link between films and tourism as the case world over.

During the inaugural session, Shri Raghvendra Singh, Joint Secretary (Films) made a presentation on facilitation of film production in India highlighting the growth of Indian Film Industry in view of the surge of domestic theatrical revenue which grew by 24% and contributed 76% to the Rs.124 billion Indian Film Industry. The relevance of digital dominance was also touched upon highlighting the share of digital format increasing to 80% in 2012. The presentation also touched upon the revenue assessment in view of the exponential growth in theatrical revenue. An overview was also provided regarding the increasing number of co-productions in the country and the deliberations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee constituted to fast track the process.

The day long workshop included interactions with key stakeholders including senior officers from key departments involved at the central level, state government representatives, film producers/ line producers and bodies such as FICCI. A first of its kind, the workshop was organised to review the experiences of the past and the obstacles that many a times led to delays in providing timely clearances/ permissions. 
Coal PSUs Contributes Rs. 125 Crores for Uttarakhand Relief Work
Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under the Ministry of Coal have so far contributed Rs. 125 Crores for relief and rehabilitation work in Uttrakhnand. Out of this Rs. 92.5 Crore have been contributed towards, Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and Rs.33.5 crore to Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

The contribution includes Rs. 50 Crores from Coal India Limited (CIL), Rs. 22.4 crore from Northern Coal Field Limited( NCL), Rs. 27 crore by Bharat Coking Coal limited (BCCL) and more than Rs. 6 crore from Western Coalfields Ltd. The cheques for the noble cause presented earlier to Union Minister of Coal, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal by the PSUs have been forwarded to concerned funds.

Today the Union Minister for Coal, also received a cheque of Rs. 7.7 crore from the South Eastern Coalfields Limited, a cheque of Rs. 7.5 crore from the Eastern Coalfields Limited, and a cheque of Rs. 2.7 Crores from Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd. These contributions are made from one day’s salary of the employees of the PSUs. The cheques were presented by Shri N.Kumar, CMD, SECL, Shri Rakesh Sinha,CMD, ECL and Shri B.Surender, CMD, NLC in the presence of Shri S.K. Srivastava, Secretary Coal, Shri S. Narsing Rao CMD Coal India Ltd. and other senior official of PSUs .

The Coal Minister, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal has appreciated the concern displayed by Coal PSUs employees for a worthy cause. 

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