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Reshuffle in top bureaucracy, Srinivas new Corporate Affairs Secretary



Injeti Srinivas

New Delhi, Oct 12: The government on Wednesday made 13 high-level bureaucratic changes, appointing Ajay Narayan Jha as Secretary, Department of Expenditure in the Finance Ministry and Injeti Srinivas as Secretary, Corporate Affairs Ministry.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet also approved the appointment of Health Secretary C. K. Mishra as Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and of Gopal Krishna as Secretary, Shipping Ministry.

An official release said Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, a former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Sports and Preeti Sudan as Health Secretary.

Ravi Kant been appointed Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution.

The release said that Jha, an IAS office of 1982 batch, who was Secretary, Environment Ministry, has been posted as Officer on Special Duty in the Department of Expenditure with immediate effect.

“The officer will assume charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Expenditure on superannuation of Ashok Lavasa,” the release said.

Mishra, an IAS officer of 1983 batch, will replace Jha in the Environment Ministry.

The release said that Alok Shrivastava, an IAS officer from the 1984 batch, has been appointed Secretary, Department of Justice.

K.V. Eapen, also of the 1984 batch, has been appointed Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances and Pensions & Pensioners’ Welfare.

Shakuntala Gamlin, also an officer of 1984 batch, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Special Secretary, AYUSH has been made Secretary, Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) on contract basis “for the remainder period of three years, reckoned from the date of his assumption of charge as Special Secretary, AYUSH”.

Amita Prasad, an IAS officer of 1985 batch, has been posted as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation.

“The earlier order appointing Shri V.K. Yadav, IRSEE (80) against this post stands cancelled and the officer is debarred for appointment to any post in the Central Staffing Scheme,” it said.

Ram Mohan Mishra, an IAS officer of 1987 batch, has been appointed as Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.


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PM lays foundation stone for new Mumbai airport, inaugurates port terminal



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Prime Minister Narendra Modi iN Navi Mumbai

Raigad (Maharashtra), Feb 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the Rs 16,000-crore Navi Mumbai International Airport and inaugurated the country’s largest container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, constructed at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore here.

He performed the ground-breaking ceremony and the inauguration electronically in the presence of Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Ramdas Athawale and state ministers.

The Navi Mumbai International Airport will be the second international aviation hub for the financial capital, presently served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport that has almost reached saturation point.

The new airport will be constructed by GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd (GVKPIL) as per a concession agreement signed on January 8, with the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the nodal authority of Maharashtra to oversee the project implementation.

The agreement has created a special purpose vehicle – Navi Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd (NMIAL), in which the GVKPIL, through its subsidiary, Mumbai International Pvt Ltd, holds 74 percent equity, while the rest is held by CIDCO.

The initial concession period is 30 years, from the appointed date, which is extendable by another 10 years, for the project in which GVKPIL was declared the successful bidder in February 2017.

The NMIAL, a greenfield airport, will be constructed in the PPP mode on 1,160 hectares on the mainland in Navi Mumbai, across the Mumbai harbour, with the advantage of the upcoming Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, a Special Economic Zone and other major infrastructure developments coming up.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust’s Fourth Container Terminal (FCT)’s Phase I in this Maharashtra district has been completed in a record time at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore and is expected to boost container trade and logistics in a big way.

In October 2015, Modi had laid the foundation stone for this terminal which will double JNPT’s current container handling capacity.

The FCT will add capacity of 24 lakh containers per annum in the first phase and after completion of the second phase in 2022, the capacity will be quadrupled to a whopping 100 lakh containers per year.

Gadkari said the FCT was developed on Design, Build, Fund, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis for a concession period of 30 years with an estimated investment of Rs 7,915 crore for both the phases.

The terminal will be able to dock mother vessels, handle the biggest container ships from a quay length of one km, handle three container ships simultaneously with sufficient yard space, and cranes which can reach 22 rows wide or more.

The FCT will be linked to the dedicated road access and a rail freight corridor and will receive around 350 containers per rake besides provision for storing 1,600 refrigerated (reefer) containers for perishables, agriculture and horticulture produce.

The commencement of operations at FCT will offer immense opportunities for the EXIM community so that trade flourishes.

The rail facilities will be the largest in India with the only on-dock Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) compliant facility in the country, capable of handling 1.5-km long, 360 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) container trains on completion of the DFC, said Gadkari.


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Chhattisgarh: Two security personnel, a road construction manager killed in an encounter with Naxals



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encounter in sukma injured jawans (Photo-ANI)

2 security personnel lost their lives and 6 are injured in an encounter with Naxals in Sukma’s Bheji. The encounter has ended now.

In the encounter the security forces gunned down One Naxal in Sukma’s Errabor, the body of the Naxal has been recovered.

The Naxals also killed a Manager of a road construction company.


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Madhya Pradesh: Pathetic condition at Chandla medical centre, people are forced to use torch, candles



Patient at Chandla medical centre (Photo-ANI)

Patients at a medical centre in Chandla’s Sarwai of Chhattarpur in Madhya Pradesh complained about the discrepancies in health services provided by the centre, say ‘doctors leave us unattended & staff demands for money.”

Staff member of the hospital says, ‘we use torch & candles as there is power crisis.’

A patient named Sangeeta at the medical centre in Chandla’s Sarwai of Chhattarpur said, “I have been here since 2 at night but no one has come to see me or my child yet. When I asked them to discharge me, they asked for money in exchange.”

A relative of a patient named Ram Ratan also complained that the ambulance service is very poor as when they called for it the administration said that the driver doesn’t know the address.

“When he actually dropped us off at the hospital, he demanded Rs 200 from us,” he added.

The Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) of the hospital also accused the hospital of poor services and negligence in handling the patients she said,”Bhagwan bharose delivery hoti hai. We refer them to other hospitals in case they’re serious. If there’s electricity, it’s fine but we generally use torch & candles for treatment of patients. We complained to authority but never got a response.”

Whereas, Chief Medical & Health Officer Chattarpur denied all the allegations. He said there is proper electricity supply.

He also said,”If there’s a power shortage they have power backups. It’s completely false that there’s staff shortage or no power supply. We’ll take action against the ambulance driver.”

But the Chief Medical and health officer of the area seem to be unaware of the situation in the hospital as the MLA of Chandla, RD Prajapati said,”Maximum deaths due to malnutrition is in my constituency. There’s dearth of doctors. I appeal the administration to depute an adequate number of doctors or at least support. There is no electricity supply or generator in the area.”


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