5 Apr 2014

Facts At A Glance: Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Date of Poll: 10th April 2014

S. No.
Number of Parliamentary
Constituencies going on poll- 1
Total Electors
Male –      142513
Female –  126427
Service-          420
 Total  -  269360
Number Types of Parliamentary Constituencies
General : 01

Total number of Candidates

Parliamentary Constituencies  having more than 16 candidates

Parliamentary Constituencies  having more than 32 candidates

Total Number of Female candidates

No. and Name of the Parliamentary Constituency with maximum No. of  Candidates

No. & Name of the Parliamentary Constituency with  minimum number of Candidates 



Party-wise list of candidates:
Registered Political Parties (other then recognised National and State)


Largest Parliamentary constituency
Electorate wise
Smallest Parliamentary constituency Electorate wise

Number of General, Expenditure, Police & Awareness Observers  deployed
General Observers -         1
Expenditure Observers  -  1
Micro Observers-              3 
No. of Polling Personnel deployed ( approx)

No. of  Polling Stations
Number of EVMs to be used in the elections
Control Units -    562
Ballot Units -      562
(Including 176 reserve EVMs at various levels)

13 Mar 2014

Fact Sheet on Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The 16th Lok Sabha elections would be held in the lone Parliamentary Constituency of Andaman & Nicobar Islands on April 10, 2014. Polling will be held at 386 polling stations spread across 300 polling station locations. Out of the state’s total of 2,57,856 electors as on  7th  January 2014, 12.75% are in the age group 18–25 while women constitute 47.12%. The poll expenditure limit per candidate for all the state is Rs.54 lakhs.

6 Mar 2014

Measures Implemented to Enhance Safety in the Indian Navy

The Indian Navy,
The Indian Navy, in recent years, has taken a quantum leap in operational ability with the induction of a large number of sophisticated platforms, deployed across all three dimensions.

 The fast pace of operations, accentuated by increasing complexities often puts men and material under strain, thus requiring stringent adherence to safety procedures.

 The Indian Navy is sensitive of the fact that all naval evolutions need to be effectively undertaken within a well defined safety operating envelope. Accordingly, ‘safety culture’ as a way of life, amongst personnel, traditionally forms a part of naval ethos, and several initiatives have additionally been introduced based on emerging requirements.

            To inculcate a ‘think safety’ attitude amongst naval personnel, training in safety is undertaken from the ab-initio stage itself and is reinforced at all stages of the naval career.

            In case of a long lay-off such as refits of ships and submarines, which could extend from a few months to a year or more, ‘Safety Checks’ in harbour and at sea are undertaken prior to declaring the ship/submarine ‘operational’. Safety also forms an important aspect during the ‘work-up’ of a ship or submarine which is usually undertaken at least once in two years. 

Work-up of ships are undertaken by a specialised team of officers and sailors operating under the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST). Similar safety checks are undertaken for submarines, air-squadrons and air bases by their respective Operational Authorities. Safety standards are also ‘checked’ during audit and inspections by the Command Staff, during the Annual Inspections by the Operational Authorities.

            To further promote safety culture, it was decided to introduce a framework comprising Safety Class Authorities (SCAs) who essentially are experts in their respective fields. These authorities undertake various safety related measures such as promulgation of analysis of incidents/accidents, policy guidelines on safety, safety awareness programmes, etc.

            Post recent incidents onboard submarines, safety stand-downs were ordered and extensive checks on weapon related safety systems and audit of Standard Operating Procedures on all operational submarines were ordered. 

In accordance with current regulations, any incident is thoroughly investigated to not just identify any errors, but more importantly, to address critical areas on material and training related aspects so as to prevent recurrence of incidents. The analysis of all incidents is also being promulgated to the concerned training establishments and Operational Authorities for further dissemination of corrective measures.

            As an added step, NHQ directed conduct of safety ‘stand-down’ and a one-time safety audits prior operational deployment of any ship or submarine. This has since been institutionalised as a regular annual audit for all operational units. 

The procedures involve ‘Safety Audits’ of all operational units by nominated teams at the Command and Operational levels. Safety templates to undertake these audits in respect of ships, submarines, air-squadrons and air-bases have also been promulgated. Besides, water tight integrity and fire fighting preparedness of units under refit have been ordered once a quarter. A feedback procedure has also been institutionalised and is being monitored at Naval Headquarters.

            The Indian Navy is seized of the fact that safety of men and material is vital and is a necessary component of any armed forces organisation. The promotion of safety culture and consciousness is however not intended to curb the traditional naval ethos of initiative and boldness. 

The observance of ‘safety first, safety always’ is therefore intended to strengthen the professional approach to enhance combat capability and to facilitate conduct of naval operations with the desired elan.

3 Mar 2014

Empanelled Hospitals Under CGHS

Central Government Health Scheme
CGHS empanels private hospitals and diagnostic laboratories through tender process issued from time to time. E- Tenders have been invited vide Tender Notice dated 22 / 23rd January, 2014 from private hospitals and diagnostic centres for empanelment. 

The detailed terms and conditions for empanelment under CGHS are available on the CGHS website at http://msotransparent.nic.in/cghsnew/index.asp

Empanelment of Bapu Nature Cure Hospital Yogashram, Delhi under CGHS was suspended for deficiency in service w.e.f .12/09/2012. Suspension has been revoked wef 7/5/2013 after re-inspection.

Max Devki Devi Hospitals, New Delhi has informed that they would not provide credit facility and their empanelment was suspended wef 13/2/2013.

Max Super specialty hospital did not want to continue empanelment after completion of period under MOA and was removed from CGHS panel wef 13/2/2013.

St. Stephen’s Hospitals did not want to continue empanelment after completion of period under MOA and was removed from CGHS panel wef 5/4/2013.

Escort’s Heart Institute did not want to continue empanelment after completion period under MOA and was removed from CGHS panel wef  13/2/2013.

Action Balaji Institute , Delhi did not want to continue empanelment after completion of period under MOA and was removed from CGHS panel wef 5/4/2013.

Dr. Garg’s Multi Speciality Hospital was removed from CGHS panel wef 18/12/2012 for irregularities in billing.

Orthonova Hospital, New Delhi was removed from CGHS panel for deficiency in service wef 18/12/2012.

Jain Neurological Centre was suspended from CGHS panel wef 18/12/2012 for deficiencies in facilities. Subsequently it was re-inspected and the empanelment was restored wef 26/7/2013

Kalra Hospital was suspended from CGHS panel wef 18/12/2012 for deficiencies in facilities. Subsequently it was re-inspected and the empanelment was restored wef 9/4/2013.

There were complaints of refusal of providing credit facility by Saket Hospital and their empanelment was suspended wef 13/9/2013.The empanelment has since been restored after inspection wef 28/1/2014.

Requests are received from time to time for reinstatement of suspended hospitals and action is taken on merits.
This was stated by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

28 Feb 2014

Approval of National Mission for a Green India Scheme

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a proposal of the Ministry of Environment and Forests for a National Mission for a Green India (GIM) as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

Of the total expenditure of Rs. 13,000 crore envisaged in the 12th Plan, the plan outlay is Rs.2000 crore. The source of funding for the scheme would be from the Plan outlay, and convergence with MGNREGA activities, CAMPA and the NAP. 

The sharing pattern for the plan outlay would be 90 Centre and 10 State for the North Eastern States and 75 Centre and 25 State for the rest of the States.

 The 13th Finance Commission grant funds may be counted towards the States` share, to the extent that this is in conformity with the Commission’s award.

The objectives of the Mission during 12th Plan period includes increased forest/tree cover and improved quality of forest cover in two to eight million hectares, alongwith improved ecosystem services including biodiversity, hydrological services, increased forest-based livelihood income of households, living in and around the forests, and enhanced annual CO2 sequestration.

Mission implementation will be on a decentralized participatory approach with involvement of grass root level organizations in planning, decision making, implementation and monitoring. 

The gram sabha and the committees mandated by the gram sabha, including revamped JFMCs will oversee implementation at the village level. 

Revamped Forest Development Agency (FDA) under the Chair of an elected representative at district/division level, revamped State Forest Development Agency with a Steering Committee chaired by the Chief Secretary and an Executive Committee chaired by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests at the State/U.T. level. 

A Governing Council, chaired by the Minister Environment and Forests and a National Executive Council chaired by the Secretary (E&F) and co-chaired by the DGF&SS with the Mission Director as the Member Secretary at the national level will facilitate Mission implementation. 

A multidisciplinary team, both from Govt. and NGOs will be mandated to facilitate planning and implementation at cluster/landscape unit level. 

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