PM chairs high-level meeting on infrastructure sectors

Published By : Admin | February 9, 2015 | 20:45 IST

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said the NITI Aayog should focus on quick resolution of inter-departmental and Centre-State issues to speed up the pace of implementation of infrastructure projects. He was chairing a high-level meeting on infrastructure. The NITI Aayog made a presentation on various infrastructure sectors including power, coal, renewable energy, ports and coastal development, roads, and railways. 

The Prime Minister directed concerned Ministries to work in a Mission mode towards achieving electrification of the remaining 20,000 unelectrified villages, in a clearly defined time-frame. He said innovative solutions should be explored for ensuring total rural electrification, including solar energy, power connectivity through nearby railway infrastructure, and off-grid solutions. 

The Prime Minister was informed that issues regarding coal supply to existing power plants have been resolved and not even one power plant today faces a shortage of coal. He reviewed the plans for augmenting solar power generation capacity in the country. As an illustration, the Prime Minister suggested that BCCI could be involved in an effort to convert power consumption of all major cricket stadiums across the country from conventional energy to solar energy. 

Reviewing progress in coastal development, the Prime Minister reiterated his call for a Blue Revolution, integrating coastal shipping, tourism, and regional development, through the Sagarmala Project. 

The Prime Minister called for a fundamental change in the approach towards redevelopment of Railway Stations, and development of areas contiguous to railway corridors that run through major cities in the country. 

Summing up his observations, the Prime Minister referred to his meeting with top international investors during the recent BlackRock India Investor Summit, and emphasized that funds are no longer a constraint for the infrastructure sector. He directed all concerned departments of the Government to work towards creating a holistic framework and environment that will be conducive for investment. 

Top Government officers from all related infrastructure Ministries, the PMO, and the NITI Aayog were present at the meeting. 

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Out of the total project outlay of Rs.1179.72 crore, a total of Rs.885.49 crore will be provided by MHA from its own budget and Rs.294.23 crore will be funded from Nirbhaya Fund.

Safety of Women in a country is an outcome of several factors like stringent deterrence through strict laws, effective delivery of justice, redressal of complaints in a timely manner and easily accessible institutional support structures to the victims. Stringent deterrence in matters related to offences against women was provided through amendments in the Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Evidence Act.

In its efforts towards Women Safety, Government of India in collaboration with States and Union Territories has launched several projects. The objectives of these projects include strengthening mechanisms in States/Union Territories for ensuring timely intervention and investigation in case of crime against women and higher efficiency in investigation and crime prevention in such matters.

The Government of India has proposed to continue the following projects under the Umbrella Scheme for “Safety of Women”:

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