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Wednesday, August 10, 2016



REVISED WORKING WOMEN HOSTELS GUIDELINES, 2015 PROVIDES FOR INSTALLATION OF CCTV CAMERAS IN HOSTELS FOR SAFETY OF WOMEN 


Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Women and Child Development

05-August-2016 15:47 IST
Revised Working Women Hostels guidelines, 2015 Provides for installation of CCTV Cameras in Hostels for safety of women 
            Since inception of the Scheme, 926 hostels have been sanctioned all over the country creating capacity for about 69,466 working women and 9,509 children. As per the norms of the Scheme, financial assistance is provided to the eligible implementing organizations such as State Government agencies and Civil Society Organizations etc. upto 75% of the cost of construction of the hostel building for working women on public land as per the prescribed area norms and schedule of rate of the respective State Public Works Department. There is also a provision of extending financial assistance for hostels to be run in rented premises. Corporate houses or associations like CII, ASSOCHAM, FICCI etc., can also seek financial assistance for a matching grant (50:50) for hostel building construction on public land only. There is also a provision of one-time non-recurring grant @ Rs. 7500/- per inmate for purchase of furniture and furnishings. During the last three years and the current financial year, 55 new proposals have been received from States/UTs under the Scheme and 30 new hostels have been sanctioned. 

            To provide safety for single working women, a provision has been made in Scheme guidelines revised in 2015 to install CCTV Cameras in Working Women Hostels. Provision of Washing Machine and Geysers/ Solar Water Heating System have also been made in the revised guidelines of the Scheme. 

            Regular monitoring of the functioning of the hostel is the responsibility of the District Women Welfare Committee under the Chairpersonship of District Collector/ District Magistrate/ Municipal Commissioner. In case, implementing agency mis-utilises the financial assistance or use the hostel building for any other purpose, the Government of India through the Ministry or State Government is entitled to take over the hostel building and/ or assets created by the grant-in-aid provided under the scheme. The Criminal proceeding may also be initiated by lodging an FIR against the defaulting implementing agency, and strict legal action taken in order to recover grant with penal rate of interest as agreed in the bond furnished before the release of grant. The Scheme has been evaluated by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and recommended its continuation. 

            This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Smt. Krishana Raj in the Lok Sabha today. 

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DEPARTMENT OF POST IS PLANNING TO SET UP AN INDEPENDENT COMPANY FOR ITS PHILATELY BUSINESS

 

                The Department of Post is planning to set up an independent company for its philately business with an aim to boost revenues from the sale of collectible stamps. 

 

                India Post Philately Company is proposed as a public limited company, fully owned by the government, with an authorised capital of Rs. 100 crore. 

 

                “The proposed company will be a service-based one, which will not only sell its products to existing customers —collectors and philatelists — but will also try to attract new ones. It will focus on promotion of philately, mainly among the younger generation,” a senior official told The Hindu. 

 

                The proposal would soon be sent to the Cabinet. 

 

                Philately in textooks 

 

                As part of the strategy to spread the interest in philately among the younger generation, S.K. Sinha, Secretary, Posts, wrote to the Department of School Education and Literacy under the Ministry of Human Resources Development last month, seeking that a chapter on philately be included in the textbooks for Class V, VI, or VII. 

 

                India Post is eyeing a jump of Rs. 100 crore, or over 250 per cent, in turnover from the philately segment to Rs. 141 crore in the current fiscal. 

 

                The earnings from this segment stood at Rs. 39.88 crore during 2015-16 and Rs. 32.85 crore during 2014-15. 

 

                This does not include revenues from the sale of stamps meant for daily use. As per the proposal, the new firm will have a corporate office and four zonal offices. The board of directors will have seven officials. 

 

                While the Secretary, Department of Posts, will be the non-executive chairman, India Post officials of the rank of Joint Secretary will be appointed as chairman and managing director on deputation. The board will have three persons from the department and four outsiders. 

 

                The Department of Company Affairs will also be represented on the board. Inter-ministerial consultations will be held with the Departments of Expenditure and Legal and Company Affairs, and their views would be incorporated in the Cabinet note. 

 

                In the six months from January to June this year, the Department has issued 14 commemorative stamps.