NBCC signs MoU with Distt Mineral Foundation worth Rs 200 crores

PSU Connect | Nov 27, 2020

New Delhi: NBCC signed an MoU with District Magistrate of Angul, Sh. Siddharth Shankar Swain, IAS and Sh. R.N. Sinha, AGM, NBCC on November 27 at the DM Office. The MoU is signed for the various Construction Works worth 200 Crore, will be executed by NBCC under District Mineral Foundation, Angul.

Other officers from both sides also presented while signing the memorandum.

About NBCC:

NBCC (India) Limited is an Indian Navratna enterprise and a Central Public Sector undertaking that trades publicly in the market. NBCC acquired a 100 percent stake in Mini Ratna hospital consultancy firm Hospital Services Consultancy Corporation Limited (HSCC) from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on November 6, 2018. The organization acquired over 51% stake in Hindustan Steelworks Construction Limited (HSCL), a PSU under the Steel Ministry.

DMFT राशि के इंतजार में फाइलों में पड़ी रही जिला परिषद की विकास योजनाएं, अगले महीने समाप्त हो जाएगा कार्यकाल

Jagran Jharkhand | Nov 23, 2020

डिस्ट्रिक्ट मिनरल फाउंडेशन ट्रस्ट (District Mineral Foundation Trust) के गठन के बाद से ही धनबाद जिला परिषद को बड़ी उम्मीद थी। जिला परिषद के सदस्य उम्मीद लगाए बैठे थे कि उन्हें भी विकास कार्यों के लिए डीएमएफटी से राशि मिलेगी। छह महीने पहले डीएमएफटी की बैठा में जिला परिषद को विकास कार्यों के लिए फंड आवंटित करने का निर्णय लिया गया। योजनाएं बनीं। लेकिन आज तक राशि नहीं मिली। अब दिसंबर महीने में धनबाद जिला परिषद का कार्यकाल समाप्त हो रहा है। इससे जिला प्रशासन के प्रति सदस्यों में काफी रोष दिख रहा है।

पिछले छह माह से जिला परिषद 50 करोड़ रूपए की राशि मिलने का इंतजार कर रहा है। डीएमएफटी (डिस्ट्रिक्ट मिनरल फाउंडेशन ट्रस्ट)से जिला परिषद को यह राशि देने की घोषणा की गई थी। डीएमएफटी की बैठक में इस पर सहमति बनी थी। छह माह बाद भी राशि नहीं मिलने से विकास योजनाओं में ग्रहण लग गया है। ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में अाधारभूत संरचना के विकास के लिए जिला परिषद ने डीएमएफटी मद से विकास राशि की मांग की थी। जिला परिषद बोर्ड की बैठक में प्रस्ताव पारित कर डीएमएफटी को भेजा गया था।

50 करोड़ रूपए मिलने की संभावना को भांपकर जिला परिषद के प्रत्येक सदस्य ने अपने-अपने क्षेत्र में विकास कार्यों के संचालन के लिए योजनाअों की सूची सौंपी थी। सदस्यों को अाशा जगी थी कि डीएमएफटी राशि से विकास योजनाअों का संचालन होगा। अापको बता दें कि जिला परिषद के वर्तमान सत्र का कार्यकाल भी जनवरी माह के पहले सप्ताह में पूरा हो रहा है। सदस्यों का कहना है कि अगर जल्द ही डीएमएफटी फंड से राशि नहीं मिलती है तो विकास योजनाअों पर काम शुरू नहीं हो पाएगा। जिला परिषद अध्यक्ष रोबिन चंद्र गोराई ने बताया कि डीएमएफटी फंड की मांग लगातार की जा रही है

Over 2.6 cr families got piped drinking water connection under Jal Jeevan Mission, says PM Modi

mint | Nov 22, 2020
PM lays foundation of rural drinking water supply projects in UP’s Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts via video conferencing
Access to piped drinking water would improve the health of poor families, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of rural drinking water supply projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of Vindhyachal region of Uttar Pradesh via video conference. Union Jal Shakti Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Governor Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion.

The projects, for which the foundation stones were laid by the Prime Minister today will provide household tap water connections in all rural households of 2,995 villages and will benefit about 42 lakh population of these districts. “Village Water and Sanitation Committees/ Paani Samiti have been constituted in all these villages, who will shoulder the responsibility of operation and maintenance. The total estimated cost of the projects is ₹5,555.38 Crore. The projects are planned to be completed in 24 months,” said Prime Minister’s Office in an official statement.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said during the last one and half years from the start of Jal Jeevan Mission more than 2 crore 60 lakh families have been provided piped drinking water connection to their homes, including lakhs of families in Uttar Pradesh as well. He said a major benefit of this has also been reduction of many diseases like cholera, typhoid, encephalitis caused by dirty water of the poor families. The Prime Minister lamented that despite having a lot of resources Vindhyachal or Bundelkhand regions became regions of deficiencies. He added that in spite of having several rivers, these regions were known as the most thirsty and drought-affected regions and forced many people to migrate from here. He said now water scarcity and irrigation issues will be resolved by these projects and it signifies rapid development.

Modi remarked that when piped water reaches thousands of villages in Vindhyanchal the health of children of this region would be improved and their physical and mental development will be better. He said when one gets freedom to take decisions and work on those decisions for the development of one’s village, it increases the confidence of everyone in the village. He added that self-reliant India gets strength from self-reliant villages.

The Prime Minister complimented the Uttar Pradesh Government for providing a responsive governance during the time of pandemic and keeping the pace of reforms going. Modi outlined the development works in the region. He pointed to provision of LPG cylinder, electricity supply, solar plant at Mirzapur, completion of irrigation projects and solar projects on uncultivable land to provide steady extra income to the farmers.

Referring to the Swamitva Scheme, the Prime Minister informed that verified ownership deeds for residential and land properties are being delivered to the owners leading to stability and certainty of titles. This is leading to an assurance against unlawful encroachment of the property of the poor segment of society and improving the possibility of using the property as collateral for credit.

Speaking about the efforts for the upliftment of the tribal population of the region, Modi said that schemes are reaching the tribal regions under special projects. “Hundreds of Eklavya Model schools are operating in such regions, including in Uttar Pradesh. The aim is to provide this facility to every tribal majority block. Projects based on forest-based products are also being implemented. The District Mineral Fund has been established so that there is no dearth of funds for tribal regions and thinking behind such a scheme is that a part of resources generated from such areas are invested locally. In Uttar Pradesh, ₹800 crore have been collected under the fund and more than 6,000 projects have been sanctioned,” said Modi.

Modi urged people to remain alert against coronavirus as the danger still lingers and asked the people to maintain basic precautions with great sincerity.

Dharmendra Pradhan hints at short-term ban on iron ore exports to boost construction

Financial Express | Nov 20, 2020
Domestic iron ore prices across grades has doubled from Rs 4,000 per tonne to Rs 8,000 per tonne on an average, causing a spike in the cost of steel production.

The Centre is considering imposing a short-term ban on exports of iron ore, since the steel sector is facing a raw material shortage, Union minister for steel, petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan said on Thursday.

Domestic iron ore prices across grades has doubled from Rs 4,000 per tonne to Rs 8,000 per tonne on an average, causing a spike in the cost of steel production. Two tonne of ore are required for a single tonne of steel production.

Addressing the MCC Chamber’s annual general meeting here, Pradhan said, “India produces around 250 million tonne (mt) of iron ore per annum, whereas the requirement is around 180 mt. So the 70 mt will have to be exported,” Pradhan said, but acknowledged the present short supply situation. Higher prices of steel could be a dampener for the construction industry, which is looking up, after the cessation of activities due to the pandemic-induced lockdown.

“TMT bars, used for construction, are now being sold at Rs 50,000 per tonne. Hot roll coil prices have gone up from Rs 35,000 per tonne to Rs 42,000 per tonne during the past few weeks. There will be no buyers of iron and steel at such a high price and projects will get halted. Even the infrastructure projects will become unviable if prices of construction material go up at such a level,” said Lalit Beriwala, managing director, Shyam Steel.

West Bengal has 64 sponge iron and steel-making units and none of the units have more than 15 days of raw material stock. “ These units will close down in 15 to 30 days, if the government doesn’t take action to ensure iron ore supplies to the industry,” Beriwala said.

Pradhan made clear that pricing was a matter of market dynamics and the government had no intentions to regulate on the market forces, though supplies was its concern.

The ore supply problem has emanated from the auctioned merchant mines of Orissa, which during the first half of the fiscal has produced only 4.06 mt against a targeted 24.47 mt during the period. The government up to March this calendar year has auctioned 21 of the 24 mines but only seven mines have started production with the rest not yet starting to produce. The 11 mines of Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC) and a few other merchant mines, whose lease period are yet to expire, produce 4. 74 mt per month on an average but these mines have brought down production to 2.14 mt as of August this year, further escalating the short supplies.

The 21 operational mines, which were auctioned, after the earlier lease holders’ term expired, have the capacity to produce 90 mt per annum. But most of these mines, save that of the JSW’s and AMNS’ (earlier Essar Steel), didn’t start production. The little that JSW and AMNS produced, were carried for their own iron and steel units.

The operational mines were bid out at premiums ranging between 94 and 150% over the base price of ore as set by the Bureau of Indian Standards. Besides the winners of the bids agreed to pay a royalty of 15% on the base price, 30% of the royalty as District Mineral Fund Contribution and 2% of the royalty to the National Mineral Exploration Trust. All these put together, specially the high premiums, to be paid to the government, has made mining commercially unviable, for which most have not started production, though aggressively bade of them.

DMF funds to be utilised for welfare of people: Odisha CM

The New Indian Express | Nov 08, 2020

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said funds from the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) will be utilised for welfare of the people.

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said funds from the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) will be utilised for welfare of the people. Inaugurating the mini-hydro power project at Singhanali in Keonjhar district through video conference, the Chief Minister said the State grid will get 100 million units of power from this project.

Stating that the project is a milestone in green and renewable energy sector, the Chief Minister said such small energy projects will help the State tackle the environment that changes well. Implemented by the Hyderabad-based Baitarani Power Project Pvt Ltd, it will benefit the people of Anandapur.

Stating that Keonjhar has made immense contribution to the State as well as national economy, the Chief Minister said the government is taking steps for overall development of the district. Minister of State for Skill Development and Technical Education Premananda Nayak, Minister of State for Energy Dibya Shankar Mishra, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy and 5T Secretary VK Pandian were present.

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