Ban on Diesel Cars



Ban on Diesel Cars
There is no ban on sale of diesel cars in Delhi and NCR. However, Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 16.12.2015 passed in the case of M. C. Mehta V/S Union of India has directed that the registration of SUVs and private cars of the capacity of 2000 CC and using above diesel fuel shall stand banned in the NCR up to 31st March 2016. Implementation of the said order is to be carried out by the State Governments/Union territories Administrations.


Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises has not received any such proposal from the auto manufacturers/dealers.

It is too soon to understand its impact on the said ban on investment in the country.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Electric Vehicles
As per the registrations made by various manufacturers with Department of Heavy Industry, following companies are manufacturing electric and/or hybrid vehicles in the country.

i. Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Private Limited.
ii. Electrotherm (India) Limited.
iii. Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
iv. Hero Electric Vehicles Private Limited.
v. ToyataKirloskar Motor Pvt. Limited.
vi. Lohia Auto Industries.
vii. Ampere Vehicles Pvt. Limited.
viii. Avon Cycles Limited.
ix. Chris Motors.
x. Ajanta Manufacturing Limited.
With a view to provide impetus to domestic manufacturing of hybrid & electric vehicles, the Government of India approved the National Mission on Electric Mobility in 2011 and subsequently National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 was unveiled in 2013. In order to promote manufacturing of hybrid and electric vehicles and ensure sustainable growth of the same and as a follow up of the mission, Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) has formulated a scheme namely FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India) for the initial period of two year starting from 1st April 2015. The main purpose of this scheme is to promote use of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles in the country.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Closure of Loss Making CPSEs
The following Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) are incurring losses regularly over the last three years:

(i) Hindustan Cables Ltd;
(ii) Hindustan Newsprint Ltd;
(iii) Hindustan Papers Ltd;
(iv) Hindustan Photo Films & Manufacturing Ltd;
(v) HMT (Bearings) Ltd;
(vi) HMT (Chinar Watches) Ltd;
(vii) HMT (Watches) Ltd;
(viii) HMT (Machine Tools) Ltd;
(ix) Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd - Electrical Machineries Ltd;
(x) Bharat Pumps & Compressors Ltd;
(xi) Instrumentations Ltd;
(xii) Nagaland Pulp & Paper Company Ltd;
(xiii) Richardson & Cruddas Ltd;
(xiv) Triveni Structurals Ltd;
(xv) Tungabhadra Steel Products Ltd;
(xvi) Tyre Corporation of India Ltd.
In addition to above the following CPSEs have gone into losses in the last financial year i.e. 2014-15:

(i) HMT Ltd;
(ii) NEPA Ltd;
(iii) Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd;
Department of Disinvestment has informed that they are, at present not considering any proposal for disinvestment of any loss making CPSE under DHI.

However, DHI has been undertaking appraisals of each loss making CPSE to assess the prospects of revival. As a part of this exercise, the loss making CPSEs having the potential of turn around are revived and those found chronically sick are disinvested or closed down after payment of due compensation to employees.

Accordingly, a decision has been taken to close down the five chronically sick CPSEs namely Tungabhadra Steel Products Ltd. (TSPL), HMT Watches Ltd., HMT Chinar Watches Ltd., HMT Bearings Ltd. and Hindustan Cables Ltd (HCL).

CCEA in its meeting on 6th January, 2016 approved the closure of HMT Watches Ltd., HMT Chinar Watches Ltd. and HMT Bearings Ltd. by offering attractive VRS/VSS to its employees and disposal of movable and immovable properties as per Government policy.

The total requirement of cash assistance for implementing the decision of closure of three HMT subsidiary companies viz. HMT Watches Ltd, HMT Chinar Watches ltd and HMT Bearings Ltd would be Rs. 427.48 crores. As per the CCEA approval, all the employees of the three HMT Subsidiaries would be offered attractive VRS package on 2007 notional pay scales with gratuity and leave encashment also at 2007 notional pay scales, in relaxation of DPE guidelines.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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HMT units
The Government has no proposal to reopen/revive the loss making closed HMT unit in the country particularly, Ranibagh at Nainital.

As per the CCEA approval, all the employees of three HMT subsidiary companies namely HMT Watches Ltd., HMT Chinar Watches Ltd., and HMT Bearings Ltd would be offered attractive VRS package on 2007 notional pay scales with gratuity and leave encashment also at 2007 notional pay scales, in relaxation of DPE guidelines.

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Statutory Benefits to HEC (Heavy Engineering Corporation) Employees
HEC (Heavy Engineering Corporation) has informed that some retired employees have filed cases with the Regional Labour Commissioner, Ranchi for payment oftheir gratuity and interest thereon for the delayed period.

HEC has informed that as on 31.1.2016 the amount pending for statutory payment under the gratuity head is Rs 37.04 cr.

HEC has not been able to pay statutory dues to employees as the Company is passing through acute financial crisis.

A loan of Rs 47.89 crwas provided to HEC in 2014 as one time assistance to enable the Company to liquidate the accumulated gratuity dues of its employees up to 31.3.2014. HEC has informed that the Company has been able to mostly liquidate the gratuity dues up to 31.3.2014

This information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Shri G.M. Siddeshwara in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.


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