Centre's guidelines on sand mining are based on the model developed by Dr Praveen Gedam, keynote speaker at Moneylife Foundation’s 6th Anniversary
Dr Praveen Gedam, a fearless IAS officer, devised a sand mining approval and tracking system -SMAT to curb illegal sand mining as the District Collector of Solapur. His path breaking usage of technology is now endorsed by the Ministry of Environment and Forest as well 
 
The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has come out with new guidelines on sand mining, which are largely based on a model developed and implemented by Dr Praveen Gedam, while serving as District Collector at Solapur in Maharashtra. At present, Dr Gedam is the Municipal Commissioner at Nashik and keynote speaker at Moneylife Foundation’s 6th Anniversary programme to be held on 6th February at YB Chavan Auditorium, near Mantralaya, Mumbai. Mr RC Sinha, another path breaking IAS officer, the man behind Mumbai-Pune expressway, 42 flyovers in Mumbai and development of New Bombay will preside over the function.
 
Solapur has always been notorious for the illegal sand mining and mafia gangs that operate without fear due to support from politicians. When Dr Gedam took over as District Collector of Solapur in January 2013, he too faced stiff opposition from the sand mafia gangs. Illegal sand mining was rampant in Solapur district as sand excavation was happening from sand beds that were not part of any auction. Once sand was mined illegally over and above the permitted quantity, the sand miners used to even produce forged receipts. The same forged receipts were also used multiple times.
 
The Solapur district administration under the guidance from Dr Gedam came out with a plan for e-tendering, e-auction and digital monitoring for sand mining. The administration set up control rooms at sand ghats on the only access road. All other access roads to sand ghats were closed. The administration also brought in SMS-based transport permits, developed new online software, mahamining.com for multi-layered tracking on sand mining and also installed closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at several places. The whole system was known as sand mining approval and tracking system (SMAT).
 
"Use of technology alone was not enough. We had to be ruthless in our enforcement of the new tracking system to hurt the sand mafia economically," Dr Gedam told DNA.
 
 
The results of this e-governance initiative were astounding. With these measures, the Solapur district administration increased its income to Rs78 crore (in FY2013-14) from a mere Rs22 crore (in FY2012-13) by e-auctioning, increased collection of fines and fool-proof monitoring of sand mining through SMAT. These efforts from district administration also saw about 425 first information reports (FIRs) filed against the illegal cartels of sand mafias in FY2013-14 alone. 
 
Last year, Dr Gedam was invited by the MoEF to make a presentation on SMAT before Minister Prakash Javadekar and senior officials in the Ministry. The guidelines issued by the MoEF on sand mining are largely based on SMAT like allowing the district administration to handle clearances of mining leases below five hectares, strict monitoring of illegal mining, usage of unique barcodes, SMS permits and quick response (QR) codes.
 
Dr Praveen Gedam is the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker at Moneylife Foundation's 6th Anniversary on 6 February 2016 at Mumbai. Come and listen to several such initiatives of Dr Gedam to improve civic facilities and betterment of citizens’ lives. Here is the link to know more about the program on 6th February (https://www.moneylife.in/events/6anniversary2016/index.html ). Admission is free but registration is mandatory. You can register online for this program by using this link www.moneylife.in/event/116.html    
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Subramani P K

3 years ago

Officers like Dr. Gedam should be involved in improving the existing systems in different ministries to better efficiency by use of technology. Besides the government should give them also full protection & support so that they can carry on their work without fear. Congrats Dr. Gedam & keep up the good work.

'Persons with disability to get unique identity card soon'
Jaipur : All persons with disabilities will get a unique identity card within one-and-half years that will be valid throughout the country, union Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said on Tuesday .
 
"This identity card will be valid throughout the country and will help the disabled get benefit of welfare schemes," Gehlot, minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, said here while addressing an editors conference on social sector issues.
 
"It is the vision of the government to have an inclusive society in which equal opportunities and access is provided for the growth and development of Persons With Disabilities (PwDs) to lead productive, safe and dignified lives," he added. 
 
Gehlot also said that the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill has been drafted and all stakeholders are being consulted before it reaches parliament. 
 
The minister said that to frame laws for transgenders, a bill was likely to be introduced during the budget session of parliament.
 
"The ministry has drafted an umbrella scheme for empowerment of transgender persons and 'The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015' has been drafted and is likely to be introduced in the upcoming budget session of parliament," he said.
 
He said the government has also enacted a new bill to check atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs).
 
"Now many more offences against SCs have been brought under the purview of the act and provisions have been enforced from January 26, 2016," he said.
 
Gehlot said the government has decided to develop all major spots related to the life and work of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar as memorials.
 
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After IM, Bhatkal now becomes new recruiting ground for IS
New Delhi : Once known in intelligence cirlces as the breeding ground of the homegrown Indian Mujahideen (IM) terror outfit, Karnataka's small coastal town of Bhatkal, a tourist destination with a lot of history, is unfortunately now being seen in the security establishment to be emerging as a possible incubator of the Islamic State's Indian terror module after a string of arrests from the town and nearby areas in the southern state.
 
 
Shafi Armar, who, intelligence agencies say is the main recruiter of Indian men lured to the IS ideology -- some of whom have even gone to fight alongside the Islamist terror militia in Syria -- also belongs to Bhatkal where he was born and lived with his two brothers, before leaving India in 2009.
 
Knowledgeable sources, speaking to IANS on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Armar started as a member of the IM before fleeing from India to Pakistan with other top operatives of the outfit, Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal. Armar's elder brother Sultan, now dead, had also left India with him.
 
Armar, the sources further said, later went for training in Syria and is now believed to be a key member of Ansar-ul-Tawhid, a recruiting wing which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
 
He then formed an IS India module called Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind whose 14 members were arrested in a nationwide raid conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) last week. Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind has reportedly been active since April 2015, the sources said.
 
After Armar, intelligence sources said, some more IS sympathizers named Suhail Ahmed, Damudi, Mohammed Afzal, Najmul Huda and Muhammad Abdul Ahad - all in NIA custody - have their links with Bhatkal, which is otherwise famous as a tourist destination.
 
"All the arrested suspected terrorists having links with Bhatkal are being quizzed to ascertain their role in the module. Interrogators are also trying to find out the exact number of people recruited from the town," the sources told IANS.
 
The sources privy to the investigation, however, said that the arrested IS suspects were not only asked to target Bhatkal to recruit members but to seek sympathisers across India for which they had organised several meetings in Lucknow, Mumbai, Mangalore, Tumkur (in Karnataka), Haridwar and Hyderabad.
 
Another official, close to the investigation, said that the main India-module recruiter of IS has been targeting his former IM aides who belong to Bhatkal and nearby towns in Karnataka.
 
Asked if Bhatkal town has become a "breeding ground" for IS's recruiters, Additional DGP (Internal Security) Karnataka Sunil Kumar told IANS on phone: "It's a matter of investigation."
 
"We are in constant touch with the NIA. Several people were recently arrested from Mangalore, Tumkur and Bangalore, but their role to recruit new IS members from Bhatkal or other states is a matter of inquiry and it cannot be shared," Sunil Kumar stated. 
 
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