Economy
Government seeks Rs1.03 lakh crore additional spending
The government on Monday sought Parliament's nod for additional spending of Rs 1.03 lakh crore, though the cash outgo will only be Rs 20,948.26 crore.
 
"Approval of Parliament is sought to authorise gross additional expenditure of Rs 1,03,013.74 crore. Of this, the proposals involving net cash outgo aggregate to Rs 20,948.26 crore and gross additional expenditure," a Finance Ministry document tabled in the Lok Sabha said.
 
This is in addition to the total expenditure of Rs 19.78 lakh crore, consisting of Rs 5.50 lakh crore under Plan and Rs 14.28 lakh crore under Non-Plan, projected in the Union Budget 2016-17.
 
Presenting the Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2016-17 in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sought Parliament's approval for transfer of Rs 5,000 crore towards National Employment Guarantee Fund and Rs 1,000 crore for providing funds to Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves for Sovereign Strategic Crude Oil Reserve at Vizag, Mangalore and Pudur.
 
The Demands For Grants also include Rs 40,000 crore as Ways and Means Advance to Food Corporation of India (FCI) to meet the working capital requirements towards procurement of food grain for targeted public distribution system.
 
The government has also sought Rs 5,000 crore towards Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNGREGA).
 
The Demands for Grants include 51 grants and one appropriation.
 
Jaitley sought approval for additional assistance of Rs 2,000 crore to states affected by natural calamities like hailstorm and non-seasonal rain under National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).
 
Among other sectors, the government sought Parliament's approval for providing Rs 31,957 crore to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways under various heads.
 
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Cleaning India at night, over 90% ready to change their lifestyles: Survey
Cleaning cities during the night would save children and others from dust in the morning and 91% of those surveyed said they would be willing to change their lifestyles for this.
 
"Very little is done in India when it comes to cleaning at night. Schools, homes, offices and streets are all cleaned during morning hours and that leads to dusty air, piled-up garbage and mosquitoes, leading to many negative implications on our health and quality of life," said the countrywide survey of 15,000 persons conducted by the Local Circles citizen engagement platform.
 
80% citizens felt that their localities are not cleaned during the night. A mere 14% said this was happenning while 6% did not comment. 
 
"91% people are ready to change their lifestyle for night time cleaning, which also includes garbage collection," survey said.
 
However, it further pointed out that unlike developed countries where garbage is kept outside houses in night and collected in the morning, for Indians, it's hard to adapt to a new system. 
 
"At present, household garbage is taken away in the forenoon. In the new system, garbage will go out at night," survey said.
 
It also said that more than 50% of women are deployed on cleaning jobs and might be unwilling to accept the new system. 
 
The report suggests home cleaning in the second half of the day between 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and placing garbage out at night. For offices, cleaning is recommended post closure starting 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and placing garbage out by 10 p.m.
 
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Jyoti Dua

7 months ago

The night cleaning is the RIGHT way. However, placing Night Cleaning in operation is going to be a difficult task for administration. Our garbage management system needs induction of technology and change of mind set of managing team.

Bengal seeks scientists' help to deal with rats gnawing at flyover
The West Bengal government has sought help from scientists to crack down on the menace of rats boring deep holes at the base of a 380 metre-long key flyover in the eastern metropolis, an official said.
 
Built in 1963, the Dhakuria flyover in south Kolkata is one of the oldest concrete flyovers in the city and is a lifeline for commuters to and from Garia, Jadavpur and other areas in the south. It stands on inclining concrete walls filled with earth or sand.
 
"Rats are again boring holes. We have sought help from scientists. Nowadays the bridges are constructed on pillars but earlier they used to be on a support above soil," Firhad Hakim, Minister in Charge Municipal Affairs and Urban Development Department, Bengal, told reporters here.
 
In 2013, a portion of the bridge walkway collapsed prompting the state government to ask a central engineering consultancy company for a check-up of the structure.
 
Prior to the collapse, an investigation revealed rats had burrowed large holes underneath the structure that continues to function way past its retirement age.
 
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