Disabled-Friendly Offices


Disabled-Friendly Offices

As per Section 46 of the Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, the appropriate Governments and the local authorities shall, within the limits of their economic capacity and development, provide for – (i) ramps in public buildings; (ii) adaptation of toilets for wheel chair users; (iii) braille symbols and auditory signals in elevators or lifts; and (iv) ramps in hospitals, primary health centres and other medical care and rehabilitation institutions. The Government endeavors to make public dealing offices accessible as mandated by Law. 

The Delhi Division of Ministry of Urban Development had notified the amended Building Bye-Laws, 1983 vide No. K-12016/5/79/DDIA/VA1B Vol. ix (pt), dated 28th August, 2002, to ensure that the public buildings, which were erected in Delhi provided barrier free environment to Persons with Disabilities. These Building Bye-laws for barrier-free built environment in public buildings has been circulated to all the States and Union Territories for incorporation in the municipal building Bye-laws. So far, 28 States have informed that they have modified their building bye-laws. 

The Ministry provides financial assistance to State Governments and various organisations /institutions run and supported by Central or State Governments under the Scheme for Implementation of Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 (SIPDA) for making public buildings and websites accessible. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri D.Napoleon in the Lok Sabha today. 

Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2011


Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2011

            The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2011 at 41 Centres throughout the country on 18.09.2011 (Sunday).  Admission Certificates to the candidates have been dispatched.  Letters of rejection to the candidates stating reason(s) for rejection have also been issued.  If any applicant has not received any of the above mentioned communication, he/she may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter on Telephone Nos.011-23385271, 011-23381125, or 011-23098543 on working days.  The candidates can also send FAX Message on Fax No. 011-23387310.

            Information regarding venue of the examination is also available at the Union Public Service Commission’s website at http://www.upsc.gov.in.  The eligible candidates who have not received the Admission Certificates may download the “Venue Information” from the above mentioned website and use is for appearing in the examination.  The candidates intending to appear in the examination using downloaded “Venue Information” are advised to carry three identical photographs (each photograph for each session), otherwise they may not be allowed to take the examination.  They should also carry proof of their identity such as Identity card, Election Identity Card, Driving License etc. to the venue of Examination.

Review of Industrial Relations


Review of Industrial Relations

Review/updation of Labour Laws is an ongoing process and changes in Labour Laws are effected after detailed consultations with the social partners as and when a need is felt and with a view to harmonize the industrial relations in the interests of all Stakeholders. 

Recently, the Government of India has amended the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 vide Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Act, 2010 and the Plantations Labour Act, and 1951 vide the Plantation Labour (Amendment) Act, 2010 after series of tripartite consultations with stakeholders. 

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gave this information in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

Consultative Committee Meeting for Labour and Employment Emphasises for better Medical Services by ESIC


Consultative Committee Meeting for Labour and Employment Emphasises for better Medical Services by ESIC

        A meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Labour & Employment was held under the chairmanship of Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of Labour and Employment in New Delhi today . The agenda for discussion was the functioning of the Directorate General of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. 

   At the outset Shri Kharge while highlighting the role of ESIC in providing Medical Health care to employees working in the organized sector across the country emphasized upon the expansion of Corporations coverage area in boosting up the medical care and cash benefits in the contingencies of sickness, maternity, disablement and death due to employment injury. He said the current year being the Golden Jubilee year of the foundation of ESIC it is imperative that all out efforts be made to enhance the preventive, curative and rehabilitative services under the ESIC run medical Schemes. 

During the meeting a presentation was made by the Director General of ESIC Shri C.S. Kedar. He said so far the ESIC has insured 1.53 crore persons of which 0.26 crore are women. Currently there are 5.95 crore ESIC beneficiaries and there 4.06 lakh factories/establishments in the country. The ESIC coverage is in 29 States/UTs with 51 ROs, SROs and Divisional Offices and 797 branch/pay offices. 

Shri Kedar said during the current year up to 1st July 2011ESIC schemes have been implemented in 38 area covering 0.77 lakh employees of the targeted 1.88 lakh employees in 52 areas. 

It was informed in the meeting that due to several constraints the old dues pending amounts to Rs.1368.36 crore and it is due to the non-traceability of employer and, inadequacy of the assets of the employer and stayed by the courts. It was also informed that the majority of medical infrastructure is provided by the State governments which is upto 95 per cent. Of the total 1404 dispensary the State government possesses 1368 dispensary by the ESI run only in the country. Similarly of the 149 hospital the ESIC share is 32, the expenditure on medical care between ESIC and the State government is in the ratio of 7 is to 1. The medical expenditure in 2010-11 worth to the tune of Rs.2124 crore during the current year it is expected to Rs 3583 crore. The ESIC has also allocated Rs.305 crore for super speciality treatment during the current financial year. 

On the side of initiative it was told that ESIC has decided to set up Medical Education projects all over the country to ensure availability of medical and para-medical manpower for its large infrastructure, upgrade its infrastructure, improve the quality of medical care services, provide comprehensive services under one roof, 06 post-graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PGIMSRs) have been commissioned, ESIC Dental College, Rohini Delhi started from academic session 2010-11 with 50 annual BDS intake and 18 medical colleges are proposed to be set up. 

Expressing satisfaction on the efforts of ESIC as well as the Ministry of Labour and Employment the members emphasised the need to upscale the efficiency and quality of services provided by the ESICs in the medical care areas. They also emphasised to improve the standard of services provided by the ESI of that the workers could be asked to prefer the ESI services rather than to go for treatment in the private sector. It was highlighted by the members that the quality of education provided by the private medical college being below standard efforts should be made to establish high class education in the medical field by the ESIC. 

The members participated in the meeting were S/Shri Gurudas Das Gupta, Badriram Jhakar, Kamlesh Paswan, Ramsunder Das and Anandrao Vithoba Adsul. Besides Secretary Labour Shri Prabhat C.Chaturvedi, and other senior officials of the Ministry were present in the meeting. 

Mark-II Version of Arjun Tank


Mark-II Version of Arjun Tank

Limited technical trials with some major and minor improvements on Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun Mark-I, as part of MBT Arjun Mark-II, have been carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in the deserts of Rajasthan.

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared the proposal for placement of indent for 124 Nos. of MBT Arjun Mark-II on Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi, Chennai. Placement of indent by the Army on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is being further processed. 

The likely estimated cost of each MBT Arjun Mark-II with ail major/minor improvements will be approximately Rs.37 crore. 

The first batch of MBT Arjun Mark-II is likely to be productionised by 2015. This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Naveen Jindal in Lok Sabha today. 

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