Minister of state for finance Namo Narain Meena said the field trial will be conducted in five cities—Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar and Shimla with varied geographical locations and climatic conditions
The government has decided to issue one billion pieces of Rs10 bank notes made of plastic on a field trial basis in five cities, minister of state for finance Namo Narain Meena said in Parliament on Tuesday.
“It has been decided by the government and the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) to introduce one billion pieces of Rs10 notes in polymer/plastic on a field trial basis,” the minister said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
He said the field trial will be conducted in five cities—Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar and Shimla with varied geographical locations and climatic conditions.
“The RBI has informed that while the primary objective of introduction of polymer notes is to increase its life, it could also help in combating counterfeiting,” he added.
In reply to a separate question, Meena said various agencies such as the RBI, ministry of finance, ministry of home affairs, security and intelligence agencies of the Centre and states, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are working in tandem to thwart the illegal activities related to Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN).
He also said the work of these agencies is periodically reviewed by a nodal group set up for this purpose.
“Further, one special FICN Coordination (FCORD) group gas been formed in the ministry of home affairs to share the intelligence/information amongst the different security agencies of state/Centre to counter the menace of circulation of fake currency notes in the country,” he added.
Meena said National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been empowered by NIA Act to investigate and prosecute offences relating to FICN.
“The government has also constituted a Terror Funding and Fake Currency Cell in NIA to focus investigation on terror funding and fake currency cases,” he said.
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Hope and optimism was palpable in the 14th edition of FICCI FRAMES—as in the previous years. What was also constant year after year are laments about hurdles like muddled policies and unreliable data of audience measurement
As usual, the 14th edition of Federation of Indian Chambers and Commerce and Industry (FICCI) FRAMES 2013 began in Mumbai on similar optimism against the background of issues that are plugging the media and entertainment (M&E) industry year after year.
Delivering the keynote address, Andy Bird, chairman of Walt Disney International said his company is betting big on India “as the media and entertainment industry here is poised for a huge leap forward, with rapidly rising middle class and their traditional focus on the family”.
As usual, the FICCI KPMG report projected the Indian M&E industry to grow to Rs1.66 lakh crore by 2017 from estimated Rs91,700 crore at present. Last year, a similar report by FICCI KPMG indicated that the M&E industry in India would grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 14.9% to reach Rs1.46 lakh crore by 2016.
However, Uday Shankar, chairman of FICCI’s M&E committee and also the chief executive of Star India, in his inaugural address, lamented lack of reliable data on audience measurement across verticals of the media and entertainment sector. “There are 140 million cable and satellite homes but the measured universe is 62 million households. I do not know how many subscribers I have with a particular multi-services operator (MSO) and the MSO doesn’t know how many households his local cable operator (LCO) delivers the signals to,” he said.
The FICCI KPMG Report said that television continues to be the dominant segment of the M&E sector, although new media like animation, VFX, gaming and digital advertising are expected to post strong double-digit growth over the next five years. In 2012, the television segment accounted for 45% of the Rs83,100 crore market. It's share is likely to go up to 50% by 2017, with a size of Rs84,760 crore of the Rs1.66 lakh crore market. Print media is expected to post a moderate CAGR of 8.7% to touch Rs34,020 crore from the 2012 level of Rs22,410 crore. The Indian film industry is slated to grow to Rs19,300 crore in 2017 from the present Rs11,240 crore, the report said.
Similarly, the size of the advertising industry in India is estimated to be Rs36,200 crore. Print media continues to account for a larger share at 44.7%, followed by TV at 38.2 %. By 2017, it is estimated that the size of the Indian advertising industry would be Rs63,000 crore with both print and TV having a share of 38%-40% each. Digital advertising is estimated to post a robust 32.1% growth to reach Rs8,720 crore from the current modest level of Rs2,170 crore, it said.