Appointment of Ms. Meeran C. Borwankar, IPS as Director General, BPR&D on deputation basis.



Appointment of Ms. Meeran C. Borwankar, IPS as Director General,
BPR&D on deputation basis.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Ms. Meeran C.Borwankar, IPS (MH:81) as Director General in the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) till the date of her superannuation i.e. 30.9.2017, from the date of assumption of the charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

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Government constitutes a Three Member Committee for Content Regulation of Government Advertising
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in compliance with the Hon’ble Supreme Court directions dated 13.5.2015 has constituted a three member committee to address the issues related to Content Regulation in Government Advertising. The committee would be chaired by Shri B.B. Tandon, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India and members of the committee includes Shri Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of India TV and President of the News Broadcasters Association and Shri Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman and Creative Director, South Asia, Ogilvy & Mather.

The three member committee was selected by a three member panel constituted by Ministry of I&B after obtaining advice from Ministry of Law & Justice. The selection panel for constitution of the Committee was headed by Justice (Retd.) Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, Chairman, Press Council of India. The Terms of Reference of the Committee has been prepared by Ministry of I&B in consultation with Ministry of Law and Justice which includes the structure, functions and powers, duties and responsibilities of the Committee.

Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed to constitute the Body for ironing out the creases that are bound to show from time to time in implementation of the judgement of Apex Court on Content Regulation of Government Advertising. As per the Terms of Reference, the Committee would, inter-alia, address complaints from the general public of violation on the implementation of the guidelines set out by Hon’ble Supreme Court. The Committee would also take suo motu cognizance of any violation / deviation of the guidelines of Hon’ble Supreme Court and recommend corrective action to the Ministry /Department. The Committee may recommend suitable changes to the Supreme Court guidelines to deal with new circumstances and situations that may arise from time to time, without making major policy changes within the policy direction of Supreme Court. The Committee shall not be bound by any legal rules of evidence and may follow such procedure that appears to it to be fair and proper for swift settlement of grievances. For all decisions of the Committee, the view of majority would prevail.
The tenure of the members would be initially for a period of two years which shall be extendable by one year at a time, but overall extension should not be more than two times. The Committee would be operational from Delhi and Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity would facilitate day to day functioning of the Committee. 

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 Over Rs. 71,200 crore Sanctioned & Rs. 29,500 crore Disbursed for Renewable Energy Sector by Banks & NBFCs since February, 2015

Loans Sanctioned by these Banks & FIs for RE Projects are 18.63% of Commitments Made at RE-Invest 2015

40 Banks & Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) have sanctioned an amount of Rs. 71,201.54 crore to finance the various renewable energy projects and disbursed Rs. 29,529.57 crore against the sanctioned amount since February 2015 (till 21 March, 2016). This is a part of commitment made by them during RE-INVEST 2015.

It may be recalled that during RE-INVEST 2015, 40 major Banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) [Public, Private Sector Banks &NBFCs and Foreign Banks operating in India] committed to provide debt funding to Renewable Energy Projects aggregating to over 78.75 GW during the span of next five years. Loans sanctioned by these Banks & FIs for RE projects are 18.63% of commitments made.

The commitments made by country’s Banks & NBFCs to finance RE projects and agreements with Foreign Banks& FIs to provide low cost and on long term funding are expected to boost the growth of the Indian renewable energy sector.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had organized First Renewable Energy Global Investor Meet and Expo (RE-INVEST 2015) from 15-17 February, 2015 in New Delhi. RE-INVEST 2015 saw RE capacity commitments of over 283 GW from stakeholders. Further, there was commitment of over 62 GW of manufacturing of RE equipment in India.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy have been getting monthly status reports on achievements made so far by the Banks &NBFCs who have given commitments to finance RE bankable projects.

The Government has set an ambitious target of 175 GW of Renewable Energy capacities by 2022. Achieving this target require capital outlay of US $ 160 billion including equity of US $ 40 billion. In addition, huge investment is required for transmission; up-gradation of infrastructure in order to utilize power generated though Renewable Energy sources. As such Banks &NBFCs have to play a major role to provide low cost and long term financing for these projects.
Over the last few years some private banks in India have signed deals with development banks to provide loans at concessional rates. The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) is also providing loans at low rates following its recent agreements with banks like KfW, AFD, Nordic Investment Bank, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, and Japan International Cooperation Agency.

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Medical teachers' delegation calls on Dr Jitendra Singh
A delegation of medical teachers today called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and sought his intervention for resolution of their long pending issues pertaining to promotions and pay scales. They also presented a memorandum to the Minister on behalf of the Faculty Welfare Association of Lady Hardinge Medical College, Faculty Association of Safdarjung Hospital and Teaching Faculty Welfare Association of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) & Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi.

The delegation representatives sought Dr Jitendra Singh’s indulgence with the plea that he himself being a medical teacher and a member of the academic faculty, would be able to understand their issues better and suitably project the same at appropriate fora in the government. They explained in detail, what they described as contradictions, in the procedures of promotions and pay scales.

The members of delegation alleged that, even though they originally belong to the teaching cadre of medical education, some of the benefits due to them were being availed by the Non-teaching Specialist cadre of Central Health Services (CHS). They also said that while there was a reported demand for enhancement of retirement age from 62 years to 65 years by Non-teaching cadre, they who belong to the original teaching cadre were not favourable to the demand and also claimed that this suggestion was against the recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The memorandum submitted by them suggested that the shortage of medical specialists can be overcome by re-employment on contract basis, thus, avoiding the enhancement of retirement age which might jeopardise chances of others.

In memorandum submitted by them, the medical teachers demanded the creation of an exclusive post of Director General Medical Education for the teaching cadre of CHS. They also demanded that the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) posts in CHS should be proportionately earmarked for the teaching cadre of CHS and further suggested that out of 19 existing HAG posts, 6 should be out rightly earmarked for teaching cadre with immediate effect.
Prominent among those who represented the delegation were Dr S.Thomas, Director-Professor Surgery, Dr Ramchander, Director-Professor Dermatology, Dr Anil Mittal, Director-Professor Forensic Medicine, Dr Himani Ahluwalia, Professor Physiology and Dr Thejaswani, Assistant Professor Forensic Medicine.    

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