Policy instructions regarding criteria for Green Certification of Railway establishments are available on Indian Railways website www.indianrailways.gov.in at the link http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/Environment_Management/Policy_Inititive_010217.pdf

These include parameters having direct relation to environment improvement, such as, Energy conservation measures, use of renewable, Water recycling/rain water harvesting, Waste management (Solid & Liquids) and its disposal, Tree Plantation/ Green cover, etc.

All major Railway establishments including building, production units/workshops, stations, hospitals, schools and training centres are to be covered for Green Certification from any of the Recognised Certification Body.

The requisite details of CSR Policy are available on the Indian Railways website www.indianrailways.gov.in at the link        http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/Environment_Management/Commercial_Circulars/EnHm_Circular_1_2016.pdf

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.



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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) on 2nd October, 2014 to accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage in India and promote access to safe sanitation in India. The SBM aims at achieving an Open Defecation Free (ODF) nation by 2nd October, 2019,a befitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.The SBM identifies behaviour change as the primary and fundamental tool for the achievement of ODF outcomes.

As a result, rural sanitation coverage has increased significantly from 38.7%at the launch of SBM(G) in 2014 to 96.88%, as on 5thDecember 2018.

SBM (G) at a glance


IHHLs built (in crores)

since 2ndOct 2014


% increase insanitation coverage since
2ndOct 2014


No. of ODF Districts


ODF villages inNamamiGange


ODF States/UTs


No. of ODF Villages


Making Swachhata Everyone’s Business

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation,besides its allocated charge of Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), convenes and coordinates all activities and initiatives towards the achievement of a Swachh Bharat across sectors. To this end, the Ministry constantly works with all other Union Ministries, the State governments, local institutions, NGOs, faith organizations, media and the other stakeholders. This approach is based on the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s clarion call to make Swachhata everyone’s business, and not only that of sanitation departments. A host of special initiatives and projects have been undertaken by various Ministries and are coordinated by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in this regard:

Swachhata Pakhwada

Launched in April 2016, Swachhata Pakhwada is inspired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision to engage all Union Ministries and Departments in Swachhata-related activities. The respective fortnightsplace intense focus on the issues and practices of Swachhata. An annual calendar is pre-circulated among the Ministries to help them plan for the Pakhwada activities. Swachhata Pakhwadayearbooks for the years 2016 and 2017 have been released by MDWS in 2018.


The NamamiGangeProgramme is an initiative of Ministry of Water Resources (MOWR). As an inter-ministerial initiative, making villages on the bank of river Ganga ODF and interventions dealing with solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) are being implemented by MDWS.

All 4470 villages located across 52 districts of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal have been declared ODF with active help of state governments. Now the Ministry has taken up 25 villages on the bank of River Ganga to transform them as Ganga Grams in coordination with NMCG. MDWS has sanctioned Rs. 67 Crore to five Ganga States to take up tree plantation and related preparatory activities on the revenue land in Ganga Bank villages. In 2018, 5 Ganga Gram Swachhata Sammelanswere organized by MDWS in four Ganga States to generate awareness about the Ganga Gram Swachhata concept.

Swachhata Action Plan (SAP)

A first of its kind, inter-ministerial programme for Swachhata, Swachhata Action Plan is led by all Union Ministries in order to ensure annual planning and implementation of sanitation related activities. All Union Ministries/Departments have begun work for its realization in a significant manner with appropriate budget provisions. A separate budget head 96 has been created for this by the Ministry of Finance. During the financial year 2017-18, 74 Ministries/Departments committed funds worth Rs. 18154.82 Cr. for their SAPs. For the year 2018-19, 72 Ministries/Departments have committed Rs. 17077.81 Cr.

Swachh Iconic Places (SIP)

Under the inspiration of Hon’ble Prime Minister, MDWS has undertaken a multi-stakeholder initiative focusing on cleanliness in 100 locations across the country, which are “iconic” due to their heritage, religious and/or cultural significance.

The goal of the initiative is to improve the cleanliness conditions at these locationsto a distinctly higher level. This initiative is in partnership with Ministries of Housing and Urban Affairs, Tourism and Culture with MDWS as the nodal ministry. So far, in the first three phases, 30 iconic places have been identified. Mostof these SIPs have also received financial and technical support from PSUs and corporates.

Satyagraha Se Swachhagraha campaign(3rd to 10th April, 2018)

The Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, in coordination with the Government of Bihar, organized a week long campaign“Satyagraha Se Swachhagraha” from 3rd to 10th April, 2018, in Bihar, culminating in East Champaran on 10th April, 2018, where over 20,000 Swachhagrahis came together and to “trigger” Bihar.  The culminating event was addressed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, Hon’ble Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation,Sushri Uma Bharti, and otherUnion and State Ministers, MPs and MLAs attended the event. The Prime Minister have also felicitated the 10 best performingSwachhagrahis in an award giving ceremony.

GOBARdhan scheme

MDWS launched the Galvanising Organic Bio-Agro Resource dhan or “GOBARdhan” scheme on 30th April 2018, at Karnal, Haryana. The scheme is aimed at keeping villages clean while increasing the income of farmers and cattle owners by promoting local entrepreneurs to convert cattle dung, and other organic resources, to biogas and organic manure.

Swachh Bharat Summer Internship 2018

MDWS, in association with the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Summer Internship (SBSI) 2018’ aimed at engaging college students and NYKS youth with Swachhata work in villages during the summer vacation.

The SBSI engaged lakhs of educated youth across the country, helped develop their skills and orientation for the sanitation sector and amplified the mass awareness aspect of Swachh Bharat Mission. As part of the internship, candidates were required to undertake 100 hours of sanitation related activities including shramdaan, creation of sanitation infrastructure, system building, behaviour change campaigns and other IEC initiatives in and around nearby villages.Over 3.8 lakh students registered for SBSI 2018.

Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS), (15th September 2018 to 2nd October 2018)

The Hon’ble Prime Minister launched the second edition of the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign on 15th September 2018 through a video conference interaction with 17 locations, in order to re-intensify the people’s movement in the run up to 2nd October 2018.  Post the launch, shramdaan activities were undertaken by dignitaries like Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Shri Ratan Tata, Sadguru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Mata Amritanandmayi, and others. The campaign mobilised people between 15th September and 2nd October 2018 reigniting the “jan-andolan” for sanitation. Union Ministers, MLAs, MPs, iconic celebrities of India, sports stars, inter-faith leaders, corporates, etc., participated and appealed to others to join in this campaign towards swachhata.

Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) (29th September to 2nd October 2018)

The Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) brought together Ministers of sanitation and sector specialists from around the world. Approximately 200 delegates from 67 countries attended the Convention, which was inaugurated by Hon’ble President of India on 29th September 2018 at PravasiBhartiya Kendra, New Delhi. The participating countries shared sanitation success stories and best practices, along with learning from the experience of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The 4-day Convention included a field visit, Plenary sessions, Parallel Technical sessions and Ministerial Dialogues. A parallel exhibition of sanitation innovations was also organized. The MGISC culminated on October 2nd, 2018, with the launch of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth year celebrations, as SBM entered its fifth and final year of implementation. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India addressed the nation on 2nd October 2018 from the platform of the convention.


Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched Swajal, a community demand driven, decentralized, single village, preferably solar powered, mini PWS programme for the 117 aspirational districts identified by NITI Aayog. Gram Panchayats in partnership with rural communities and State sectoral agencies would be involved in the execution of the scheme and also operate and maintain the scheme. The programme would also sustain ODF status.

In order build the capacity of district level officials who are at the cutting edge level of implementation, Training of Trainers (ToTs) programmes were organized by MDWS.  During the period of three months from September to November, ToTprogrammes were completed at five locations in Bhopal, Pune, Ranchi, Raipur and Guwahati, respectively.

An exclusive ToTs module covering major aspects of Swajal was launched in a National Workshop held at Nainital, Uttarakhand, on 30th November 2018, along with a separate Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) to monitor the programme.

The Hon’ble Vice President laid the foundation for the scheme at Jharkhand on 27.9.2018 and the first scheme was inaugurated at Hazaribagh, Jharkhand on World Toilet Day, 19th November, 2018.




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Minister of State of Railways & Minister of State (IC) of Communications, Shri Manoj Sinha inaugurated curtain raiser event on “Powering India through Innovation and Technology in Railways” organised by Ministry of Railways in association with “The Institution of Engineers (India)”. Member Rolling Stock, Railway Board, Shri Rajesh Agrawal, other Railway Board Members, Sr. Officials of Railways and other dignitaries from Ministry of Railways and The Institution of Engineers (India) were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Manoj Sinha said that he is very glad that the event is being organised. He said that Indian Railways has achieved several milestones overcoming many challenges and Engineers have played a vital role in this journey. He further added that organising such events will bring a new energy and vigour in development and progress of Railways. He urged the participants of the event to deliberate upon technologies which may help in accomplishment of projects of Indian Railways on time. He also asked the participants of the event to figure out major issues pertaining to Railways and come up with innovative solutions. In the end, he congratulated the organisers for organising the event.   


This two months long event on “Powering India through Innovation and Technology in Railways” will comprise of activities carried out on more than 100 centres on IE India in association with a similar number of Railway Units. This will bring a new focus on technological advancement in the field of automation, renewable energy, robotics, advance signalling, advance bridge technology etc. Railways will form the central core of these efforts and highlights contribution of engineering in improving service to the citizens.

Today, there is a mass movement in Indian Railways towards becoming an extremely passenger friendly Railway with large scale introduction of mechanized laundries, mechanized base kitchens and automatic train washing facilities. Indian Railways has introduced systems to monitor condition of train from trackside and on the train. Our trains are now more energy efficient with 3 Phase technology which is able to conserve a significant amount of energy while braking and feed it back to the grid. Railways has been pulling its best efforts to reduce carbon emissions by around 3.4 million tons per annum. Indian Railways are introducing water recycling plants, waste to energy systems in progressively increasing numbers. Several workshops of Indian Railways and major production units have started using roof tops for Solar Energy generation. Our ICF coach factory uses Wind Power to meet its demand and also supply to the Grid. Unique train roof based Solar generation system have also been developed and introduced by Indian Railways.

The event will bring a unique partnership between several lakhs strong alumni of the IE India and Indian Railways to become the catalyst in Country’s development.




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India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. The year 2018 saw Indian Science getting further recognized as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy. Department of Science & Technology (DST) established in May 1971, with the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology plays the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. Some of the Key highlights, initiatives and achievements of the Department in the year 2018 are as follows:


One of the biggest developments of the year came in the month of December as the Union Cabinet gave its approval to the launch of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) to be implemented by Department of Science &Technology at a total outlay of Rs. 3660 crore for a period of five years. The Mission addresses the ever increasing technological requirements of the society, and takes into account the international trends and road maps of leading countries for the next generation technologies.


November saw the launch of The Global Cooling Prize ,an innovation challenge that aims to spur development of a residential cooling solution that has at least five times (5x) less climate impact than today's standard products. This technology could prevent up to 100 gigatons (GT) of CO2-equivalent emissions by 2050. Over US$3 million will be awarded in prize money after the 2-year competition. As part of its Act East policy, the 1st ASEAN-India InnoTech Summit was hosted by India in New Delhi during 29-30November 2018. The main objective of the InnoTech Summit was to exhibit and build networks between Indian and ASEAN researchers, scientists, Innovators, Technocrats, private companies and Start-ups etc to facilitate building an ASEAN-India Innovation and Technology Databank for sharing among India and ASEAN country stakeholders. An Inter-Ministerial / Departmental meeting was held on 6 November 2018 in under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DST to discuss harmonization of guidelines on emoluments and other service conditions of research personnel (JRF/SRF/RA) in R&D programmes of Central Government Departments and Agencies. The Inter-Ministerial Group recommended upward revision of fellowship with certain modification in the eligibility criterion.


Agreement on Cooperation in the field of Science Technology & Innovation between the Government of India and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan was concluded in the month of October. The DST-CII Technology Summit was held in New Delhi during October 29-30, 2018 with Italy as partner country. 


To combat vehicular pollution WAYU (Wind Augmentation and purify Ying Unit) was inaugurated in September by Union Science & Technology Minister at ITO intersection and Mukarba Chowk in New Delhi.WAYU helps in reducing ambient air pollution levels ejected by vehicles at places, which have high concentration of pollutants. WAYU can reduce PM10, PM2.5, CO, VOCs, HC emitted in the atmosphere. The cost of device is Rs.60, 000 per device with a maintenance cost of Rs.1500 per month. September also witnessed The Make Tomorrow for Innovation Generation, a PPP Initiative between Department of Science & Technology, Intel Technologies and Indo -US S&T Forum. The programme encouraged the school children of the age group of  14-17  to  make  innovative  prototypes  using  the  kits  given to them.


In July, a major partnership was announced between Indian Government and Republic of Korea in terms of establishment of Indo-Korean Center for Research and Innovation (IKCRI) in India, which will act as the hub for systematic operation and management of all cooperative programmes in research and innovation between the two countries including innovation & entrepreneurship and technology transfer.


Thirty young meritorious Indian scholars in the field of physiology and medicine and allied areas participated in the 68th Nobel Laureates meeting held in Lindau, Germany during 24-29 June 2018.The Indian team of students also visited various research institutes/universities in Germany during 02-06 July 2018 in the exposure visit jointly supported by DST and German Research Foundation. June also saw the Department deputing 27 young Indian Scientist / Innovators for participation in 3rd BRICS Scientist Conclave which was held in Durban (South Africa) during 25-29 June 2018. The Conclave covered 3 themes namely Energy, Water and Use of ICT for Societal applications. The Conclave also organized BRICS Young Innovators Award competition. One Indian innovator aged 23 years was awarded the “BRICS most promising Innovator” during the Conclave.


Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting during the month of May at Denmark and Sweden saw signing of bilateral Science, Technology Innovation Agreement. May 2018 also witnessed completion of 10 years of Indo-Dutch Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation.


A major event in April was the India – UK Science & Innovation Policy Dialogue wherein it was agreed to scale up collaboration to tackle global challenges realizing the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), digital economy, health technologies, cyber security and promoting clean growth, smart urbanisation, future mobility, environment (removal of plastic and micro-plastics from land and ocean), fight against climate change and participation in International Solar Alliance (ISA). This came in as a follow up of the two Prime Ministers statement that technology partnership is central to their vision of India-UK collaboration and their desire to raise it to £ 400 million by 2021.


The month of March witnessed The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurating the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) and presenting the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan.


The month of January saw Department of Science and Technology and the National Technological Innovation Authority of Israel jointly establishing a US$ 40m “India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4 Fund)” for a period of five years. This fund will extend support to joint R&D projects aimed to co-develop innovative technology-driven products, services or processes that have potential for commercialization. The Fund will provide opportunity for techno-economic cooperation between India and Israel by extending institutional support in building up consortia including private industry, enterprises and R&D institutions.


The beginning of 2018 also saw the launch of three Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)’s Schemes by Union Science & Technology Minister viz.


  1. Teacher Associate ship for Research Excellence (TARE): The Scheme aims to tap the latent potential of faculty working in state universities, colleges and private academic institutions who are well trained but have difficulty in pursuing their research due to varied reasons including lack of facilities, funding and guidance. This scheme facilitates mobility of such faculty members to carryout research in a well-established public funded institution such as IITs, IISc, IISERS and other National Institutions (NITs, CSIR, ICAR, ICMR labs, etc) and Central Universities located preferably nearer to the institution where the faculty member is working. Up to 500 TAs will be supported under this scheme.


  1. Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (OVDF): This scheme offers opportunities for up to 100 PhD students admitted in the Indian institutions for gaining exposure and training in overseas universities / institutions of repute and areas of importance to country for period up to 12 months during their doctoral research.


  1. SERB Distinguished Investigator Award (DIA): DIA has been initiated to recognize and reward Principal Investigators (PIs) of SERB/DST projects who have performed remarkably well. The scheme aims not only to reward the best PIs of completed projects but also to motivate the ongoing PIs to perform exceedingly well. DIA is a one-time career award devised to specifically cater to the younger scientists who have not received any other prestigious awards or fellowships.


Some other major initiatives of the year were the inauguration of India’s first supercritical Brayton Cycle CO2 test facility at IISc Bangalore,which has the potential to pave the way for highly efficient compact power plants driven by wide range of heat sources including Solar; Organization of Children’s Science Congress all over the country on the Focal Theme of “Science Technology and Innovation for Clean, Green and Healthy Nation”.


Communicating science also got a major fillip in the Launch of Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR), a new initiative that aims to communicate and disseminate Indian research stories among masses in a format that is easy to understand and interesting for a common person.


A Draft Policy Document Scientific Research Infrastructure and Maintenance Networks (SRIMAN) in the S&T sector has already been framed and the year 2019 looks all set to see an accelerated impetus towards fulfillment of the mandate of Department of Science & Technology in terms of formulation of policies, promotion of new areas of S&T with special emphasis on emerging areas, integration of areas of S&T having cross-sectoral linkages ,application of S&T for weaker sections, women and other disadvantaged sections of Society and others.





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  1. National Mission for Clean Ganga(NMCG):


  1. Ganga Rejuvenation:-


  • Under Namami Gange programme, a total of 254 projects worth Rs.24,672 crore have been sanctioned for various activities such as sewage infrastructure, ghats & crematoria development, river front development, river surface cleaning, institutional development, biodiversity conservation, afforestation, rural sanitation, and public participation.


  • 131 projects out of 254 were sanctioned for creation of 3076 MLD new sewage treatment plants (STPs), rehabilitation of 887 MLD of existing STPs and laying/ rehabilitation of 4942 km sewer network for abatement of pollution in river Ganga and Yamuna.


  • In a paradigm shift in sewage sector in the past one year, works on six STP projects (50 MLD in Varanasi, 82 MLD in Haridwar, 30 MLD at Mathura, 50 MLD at Kanpur, Unnao & Shuklaganj, 35 MLD at Farrukhabad and 72 MLD at Allahabad-Jhushi, Naini & Phaphamau) have been started under Hybrid Annuity PPP mode (HAM). Other projects sanctioned under HAM are Mirzapur Gazipur and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh; Digha, Kankarbagh and Bhagalpur in Bihar; Kolkata, Howrah, Bally, Kamarhati and Baranagar in West Bengal.


  • For River Front Development, works at 145 ghats and 53 crematoria are in progress and expected to be completed by March 2019.


  • For river surface cleaning, 11 trash skimmers have been deployed at Haridwar, Garh Mukhteshwar, Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Patna, Sahibganj, Nabadwip, Howrah Delhi and Mathura-Vrindavan.


  • On rural sanitation front, all 4465 villages on the bank of river Ganga have been made Open Defecation Free (ODF) and 10,83,688 Individual Household Toilets have been constructed by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS). NMCG has released Rs. 829.0 crore to MoDWS for this.


  • Total 6 no. of projects on biodiversity conservation and restoration of aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga including Dolphin, Ghariyal, Otter, water birds and fish & fisheries have been taken up, out of which 2 projects have been completed.


Rs. 190.3 crores has been sanctioned to the State Forest Departments of Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West-Bengal for the year 2018-19, as a part of the afforestation program in the Ganga basin.


  • Five State Ganga Committees and 48 District Ganga Committees constituted for effective monitoring of projects and activities in the five Ganga states.


  • Participation of corporates in Namami Gange grew stronger after successful completion of two road shows in London and Mumbai. Corporates have shown their interest and commitment towards cleaning of Ganga. Countries like Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland and Israel have shown keen interest in collaborating with the Indian government for river Ganga cleaning.
  • During the financial year 2018-19 (till 30.11.2018), National Mission for Clean Ganga has released Rs.1532.59 crore to the states, Central Public Sector Undertakings for the implementation of the programme, including expenditure incurred for establishment.


1.2 E-flow notification


  • The Central Government on October 10th 2018 notified the minimum environmental flows for River Ganga that has to be maintained at various locations on the river. Environmental flows are the acceptable flow regimes that are required to maintain a river in the desired environmental state or predetermined state. The notification issued by the Government will ensure that the river has at least the minimum required environmental flow of water even after the river flow gets diverted by projects and structures for purposes like irrigation, hydropower, domestic and industrial use etc. This was an important step taken towards maintaining the uninterrupted or Aviral flow of the river.


1.3 Sisamau drain interception

  • One of the major achievements in the state has been the recent interception and diversion of Sisamau Nala in Kanpur, the worst pollutant for river Ganga that emptied waste water from the tanneries into the river. 140 MLD water from this drain has been intercepted and is being diverted to an STP for treatment.

1.4 Industrial Pollution Management


  • 961 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs) have been identified on main stem of river Ganga after reinventorisation exercise carried out by CPCB (2017-18).


  • As on November, 2018, out of 961 GPIs, 795 units have connected to Online Continuous Effluent Monitoring System (OCEMS) to CPCB server.


  • Out of 961 GPIs inspected, 474 are found complying, 209 are found non-complying, 256 are found temporarily closed and 22 are found permanently closed.


  • Action has been taken against 209 Non-Complying units wherein 199 units have been issued Show Cause Notice and 10 units have been issued closure directions.


  • Zero Liquid Discharge achieved in 32 molasses based Distilleries. Due to adoption of advanced process technology, Spent wash generation in Distilleries reduced from 12-15 KL/KL to 8 KL/KL of alcohol production.


  • For Sugar industry, Charter prepared and issued for the up gradation of the manufacturing process technology, ETP system and best practises and waste minimization practises.


  • In Pulp & Paper, disposal of black liquor from agro-based industries has been prohibited and are permitted to operate with Chemical Recovery Plants (CRPs) to achieve zero black liquor discharge.


  • Estimated reduction in fresh water consumption and effluent generation are about 45%-50% as compared to the pollution level estimated in 2012, in spite of expansion in production capacity and number of units in Pulp & Paper Sector.


  • Proposal for construction of 20 MLD CETP, Collection and Conveyance system, Pilot-scale 200 KLD ZLD plant and 900 KLD Common Chrome Recovery unit at Jajmau tannery Cluster, Kanpur has been sanctioned amounting Rs.554 crores with certain financial conditions.
  • Proposal for up-gradation of existing CETP at Mathura Textile cluster has been sanctioned amounting Rs.13.87 crores with a condition that industry has to contribute 25% of project cost and 100 % O&M.

1.5 Water Quality Monitoring

  • 36 Real Time Water Quality Monitoring Station (RTWQMS) are operational under Namami Gange programme.


  • Water quality monitoring is carried out 130 locations. Dissolved Oxygen levels improved at 39 locations, Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) decreased at 42 locations and coliform bacteria count decreased at 47 locations (2017 vs 2018 data).


  • Bio-monitoring of river Ganga at various locations (Haridwar to Diamond Harbour in West Bengal) has been carried out to study the Benthic Macro Invertebrates, which reflects the biological health of river.  It has been observed that water quality of Ganga supports diversified community structure and the river stretches shows slight to moderate level of pollution with respect to Biological Water Quality Criteria (BWQC) which is a suggestive criteria considered by CPCB. There has been improving trend in the biological water quality at some of the locations.


  1. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY):


PMKSY has been formulated amalgamating ongoing schemes viz. Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development& Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR,RD&GR), Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) of Department of Land Resources (DoLR) and the On Farm Water Management (OFWM) of Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC). Under PMKSY, Ninety Nine (99) ongoing Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) Major/Medium projects along with their Command Area Development & Water Management (CADWM) work shaving potential of 76.03 lakh ha. and estimated cost of Rs. 77595 cr. have been identified in consultation with States, for completion in phases up to December, 2019. Funding mechanism through NABARD has been made by the Government for both central and state share for timely completion of 99 prioritized projects.


Status of Fund released during 2017-18 & 2018-19 (up to 10.12.2018):


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Funds Released (Rs. In cr.)





CA for 99 priority Project

( AIBP )





Polavaram Project




State Share from LTIF




Out of 99 Prioritized AIBP Projects which were identified for completion in mission mode by December, 2019, State Governments have informed that CADWM works are either not required or deemed completed in respect of 9 such projects.  Out of the remaining 90 projects, 86 projects have been included under the CADWM programme of PMKSY.  The balance CCA in respect of these 86 included projects is about 42  lakh ha and the target CA is Rs.8176 crore while the total cost of these 86 projects is estimated as Rs.17,800 crore.

Fund Released for CADWM component during 2016-17 & 2017-18 (up to 31.3.2018):



Fund released (Rs.in crore)












Surface Minor Irrigation (SMI) and Repair, Renovation and Restoration (RRR) of Water Bodies scheme:


   Total Central Assistance (CA) released to State Government under Surface Minor Irrigation (SMI) scheme was Rs. 665.35 crores during FY 2017-18 and Rs. 527.90 crores during FY 2018-19 (till 30.11.2018).


              Total Central Assistance (CA) released to State Government under Repair, Renovation and Restoration (RRR) of Water Bodies scheme was Rs 79.65 crores during FY 2017-18 and Rs. 22.10 crores during FY 2018-19 (till 30.11.2018).

  1. Shahpur Kandi Dam Project:  An agreement was reached between Punjab and J&K states under the aegis of MoWR, RD&GR at New Delhi on 8th September, 2018 to resume works of Shahpur Kandi Dam project in Punjab on river Ravi. The work on the project has been suspended since 30.08.2014 following a dispute between the state of J&K and Punjab.  Work has been resumed w.e.f. 1st November, 2018.

This project had been declared as a National Project. The Union Cabinet on 6th December, 2018 has approved the proposal of this Ministry for extending a Central Assistance of Rs. 485.38 crore (for irrigation component) for implementation of this project. The project would be completed by June 2022.

This project will help in creation of additional Irrigation Potential of 5000 ha in Punjab State and 32173 ha in J&K State and also efficient management of 1.18 Lac ha area under UBDC system in Punjab. Consequently, this project would help minimising some of the water of the River Ravi which at present is going waste through the Madhopur Headworks downstream to Pakistan.

  1. Flood Management Programme (FMP):- The subject of Flood Management including erosion control falls within the purview of the States. The flood management & anti-erosion schemes are planned, investigated and implemented by the State Governments with own resources as per priority within the State. The Union Government supplements the efforts of the States by way of technical guidance and promotional financial assistance in critical areas. Government of India launched a Flood Management Programme (FMP) during XI Plan for providing central assistance to the State Governments for taking up works related to river management, flood control, anti-erosion, drainage development, flood proofing works, restoration of damaged flood management works and anti-sea erosion works. Under this Programme, a central assistance of Rs.5435.74 crore has been provided up to 31.03.2018 to the various States/UTs.



“Flood Management Programme (FMP)” and “River Management Activities & Works related to Border Areas (RMBA)” schemes have now been merged into single scheme “Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)” for three year period from 2017-18 to 2019-20. Till November, 2018 an amount of Rs. 367.94 crore has been released to States as grant-in-aid under FMBAP.


  1. Farakka Barrage Project: The Farakka Barrage Project (FBP) was commissioned in 1975 for preservation & maintenance of the Kolkata Port and for increasing the navigational depth of the Bhagirathi – Hooghly waterway. Since the Gates of FBP have outlived their economic life and serviceability, phase wise replacement of all the gates of main barrage and Head Regulator, remote control system, etc. have been under taken by FBP. So far 42 gates of the Farakka Barrage have been replaced with new gates and the work of replacement of remaining gates has been taken up by FBP in phased manner. The work for Special Repair and maintenance of PSC Road Bridge over Farakka Barage has been awarded by FBP and work is underway.
  2. Lakhwar project: A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 28th August 2018 between Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping and Road Transport & Highways and Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh for the construction of Rs. 3966.51 crore Lakhwar Multi-Purpose project in the Upper Yamuna Basin. The Lakhwar project was initially approved in 1976 but work on the project was suspended in 1992. The Lakhwar project envisages construction of a 204 m high concrete dam across river Yamuna near Lohari village in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand with a live storage capacity of 330.66 MCM. This storage will provide irrigation for 33,780 hectares land and availability of 78.83 MCM water for domestic, drinking and industrial use in the six basin states. The project will also generate 300 MW of power. The project is to be executed by M/s Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVL).
  3. Interlinking of Rivers (ILRs):


  1. National Perspective Plan (NPP) proposals:


Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of three priority links have been completed viz. Ken-Betwa link project (Phase-I&II), Damanganga-Pinjal link project and Par-Tapi-Narmada link project. Various Statutory/other Clearances viz., Environmental clearance, Stage-I forest land diversion clearance, Wildlife, MoTA, techno-economic and investment clearances have been accorded/obtained by/from concerned Ministries/Departments for KBLP Phase-I and the project report is ready for implementation. Environmental clearance, Forest Land Diversion clearance for Lower Orr dam has been recommended by EAC and FAC of MoEF&CC. MoTA has accorded clearance for R&R plan of PAFs of Lower Orr dam subject to certain conditions. Environmental clearance and Forest clearance for Bina complex projects were accorded by MoEF&CC. Hon’ble Minister (WR, RD & GR) has discussed KBLP with Chief Ministers of UP and MP and MoU for water sharing and implementation is expected to be signed shortly. Further, Hon’ble Minister (WR, RD & GR) has discussed Damanganga-Pinjal link and Par-Tapi-Narmada link projects with Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Maharashtra and shortly the MoU for water sharing is expected to be signed in this regard. Hon’ble Minister(WR,RD&GR) held discussions with Hon’ble Minister for Water Resources of Chhattisgarh about the alternate study of diversion of unutilized flood flows of Chhattisgarh in Indravati sub-basin of Godavari basin(as per GWDT Award) through Godavari-Cauvery (Grand Anicut) link project. The DPR of this alternate study is under progress.


  1.  Intra-State link proposals:

DPRs of four intra-state link projects viz., Burhi Gandak-Noon-Baya-Ganga link and Kosi-Mechi link of Bihar State, Ponnaiyar-Palar link of Tamil Nadu and Wainganga (Gosikhurd)-Nalganga(Purna/Tapi) link project of Maharashtra have been completed and sent to respective States. Preparation of DPRs of Damanganga (Ekdare)-Godavari and Damanganga(Vagh/Val)-Vaitarna-Godavari (Kadva Dev) link projects of Maharashtra are under progress.


  1. Completion of balance works of North Koel Reservoir Project, Bihar and Jharkhand:


The Ministry of Water Resources, RD & GR has taken up the work on completion of balance works of North Koel Reservoir Project, Bihar and Jharkhand which was halted in 1993. The Union Cabinet in August 2017 has approved the proposal at an estimated cost of Rs 1622.27 crore during three financial years from the start of the project. The cabinet also approved execution of balance works of the project on turnkey basis by M/s WAPCOS Ltd., as Project Management Consultant (PMC).The Government of India will provide assistance as central share of Rs. 1378.61 crore and State Government of Bihar and Jharkhand will arrange Rs.212.43 crores and Rs.31.23 crore respectively.


The project aims to provide additional irrigation to 39,801 hectares of land annually in the drought prone areas of Aurangabad & Gaya districts of Bihar, Palamu & Garhwa districts of Jharkhand.


The works on the Mohammadganj barrage and Left Main Canal of the project are underway. Stage-II forest clearance has been accorded by MoEF&CC, Govt. of India.


Central assistance of Rs. 582.70 crore has been released for the implementation of the project during the year 2018-19.


  1. Minor Irrigation Census :


              Ministry conducts Minor Irrigation (MI) Census in order to create a sound and reliable database on ground water and surface water Minor Irrigation Schemes in the country. Ministry provides 100% financial assistance and technical guidance to States/UTs for conduct of the Census.

6th Minor Irrigation Census& Census of Water Bodies

       i. Ministry initiated the process of conduct of Census of Water Bodies for the first time in convergence with 6th MI Census in order to build up a database on Water Bodies.

       ii. Preparatory work like drafting of schedules, instruction manual, operational guidelines etc. has been completed duly approved by the Steering Committee in January, 2018.

       iii. All India Training workshops for 6th MI Census & Census of Water Bodies was organized on 16th March, 2018. Representatives from most of the States/UTs attended the training workshop.

                   iv. Census material for the 6th MI Census and Census of Water Bodies, viz. final Schedules, instructions and table scrutiny points etc. was sent to States/UTs for taking further action.

                   v. Six two days Regional Training workshops for 6th Minor Irrigation and census of water bodies during the month of June, 2018 to August, 2018were completed. Continuous monitoring is being done for completion of various pre-field work activities viz. training by States, printing of schedules, purchase of mobile device etc.

                  vi. Process of development of software for data entry portal with built in monitoring mechanism and mobile app for geo tagging for water bodies is near completion.


  1. National Aquifer Management (NAQUIM):  


The NAQUIM programme for mapping of water bearing aquifers has been planned with an aim to enhance the capacity of states in Ground Water Management and Development. Total targeted area for National Aquifer Mapping and Management Programme is 12.91  lakh Sq. Km upto March, 2020 against ~24 Lakh Sq.Km area identified for mapping in the country. By the end of October 2018, aquifer maps and management plans have been developed for an area of 8.91 lakh Sq. Km,  which is shared/would be shared with the respective State Governments agencies.


  1.  Development of Water Resources Information System (DWRIS) :


DWRIS Scheme is a continuing scheme of XII five year plan which is under implementation for creation of reliable and sound database for planning and policy formulation for Water Resources Projects, timely dissemination of flood forecast, etc.


Achievements under DWRIS during 2018:


 i. 319 new Hydrological Observation sites fully operationalized

 ii. 23 new flood forecasting stations opened

 iii. Telemetry installed on 87 sites for automatic data acquisition and satellite based data   transmission system

 iv. Telemetry systems upgraded on 85 sites

 v. Inflow models for Ranjitsagar Dam have been developed and models for 271 previously developed improved during data collected in monsoon season.

 vi. Inundation models for Brahmaputra River have been developed.

 vii. 6791 flood forecasts bulletins issued during 2018-19 monsoon season.


Hydro-Meteorological Data Dissemination Policy, 2018

Hydro-Meteorological Data Dissemination Policy, 2018 has been formulated by this Ministry which deals with the issue of dissemination of hydro-meteorological data collected by CWC and CGWB, classification of hydro-meteorological data, Data User Categories, custodian of hydro-meteorological data and procedure for release of classified & unclassified hydro-meteorological data.

A copy of Hydro-Meteorological Data Dissemination Policy, 2018 is available on Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation website at http://mowr.gov.in/hydro-meteorological-data-dissemination-policy-2018.

  1. Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Programme (DRIP):

Targets & Progress:

  1. In the year 2018-19 Dam Break Analysis were conducted on 38 Dams for preparation of Inundation maps. The 57 draft Emergency Action Plan (EAPs) prepared by State Implementing Agencies(IAs) have been reviewed and commented upon by the Central Project Monitoring Unit(CPMU) out of 64 submitted.
  2. Total of 81 Notice Inviting Tenders (NITs) worth Rs. 126 Cr. were issued in the year 2018-19 and works of 76 packages worth Rs. 744 Cr. were awarded till date. During this period, an expenditure of Rs. 1050.7 Cr. was incurred.
  3.  DHARMA, a web based dam inventory management software has been completed.

Preparation of Guidelines & Manual:

  1. 2 Guidelines on various aspects of dam safety have been prepared under the project and released during the conference.
  2. 2 model Operation and Maintenance Manual for Almatti Dam, Karnataka WRD and Maithon dam, DVC have been prepared as a reference document for guiding DRIP Implementing Agencies for preparing O & M Manual for other DRIP dams.
  3.  Model EAP of Hirakud Dam has been prepared and shared with all IAs for replicating these protocols for other DRIP dams.


In order to cover more States of India under the umbrella of DRIP, CWC has submitted a proposal for new DRIP (i.e. DRIP-II), which is under consideration of the Ministry. So far 18 States and 2 Central Agencies viz. CWC and BBMP have submitted the proposal. The overall cost of DRIP-II as received from all States / Central Agencies is Rs.11487 Cr. with 733 dams. The DRIP-II is proposed to be a Scheme of 10 years, to be implementing on two phases i.e. Phase-II and Phase-III, each of six years duration.


  1. Polavaram Project Authority (PPA):


             The Project is in advance stage of progress. The Status of Physical progress of Polavaram Irrigation Project (PIP) as submitted by Water Resources Department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) is as follows:




% of progress

(up to Nov.,2018)


Head works



Right main canal



Left main canal


Overall Project



The amount of ₹ 2398.20 Cr. is released to GoAP for execution of PIP during the year 2018.


  1. Brahmputra Board:
  1. The following anti-erosion and flood protection schemes were completed during the year:
  • Phase-II and III  works of the scheme “Protection of Majuli Island” in Assam
  • Protection of Masalabari International Border area in the district of Dhubri, Assam
  • Jengrai drainage development scheme
  • Jakaichuk drainage development scheme
  1. 3 Sub-basin Master Plans viz. Jaldhaka, Simsang and Torsa were approved by Government of India (GoI).
  2.  A  Seminar inaugurated by Secretary, MoWR, RD & GR on “Synergy among organizations working in Water Resources Sector in North Eastern Region” was held on 27.09.2018 wherein 79 delegates of 37 Central as well as State Government Departments/ Organizations/ Academic Institutes participated. On agreement of participants, Brahmputra Board is taking up to create a Data Sharing Centre where data can be shared safely by the organizations.
  3.  During the year 2018 under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (SBA), Brahmputra Board organized the following programmes-
  • Art and Essay writing Competitions amongst school students.
  • Cleanliness drive through ‘Shramdaan ’at public places, schools and offices.
  1. Brahmputra Board has taken up two Ghats for development in Majuli Island viz., Kamalabari and Aphalamukh and to provide necessary sanitation facilities and other safe access facilities to Commuters to Majuli Island from Neamatighat under SBA.


  1. National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC):

NPCC was established on 9th January 1957 as a premier construction company to create necessary infrastructure for economic development of the country.

Mini Ratna Status:


"Miniratna - Category -I" status awarded to NPCC Limited by Ministry of Water Resources  RD & GR on 05-11-2018.


NPCC is an ISO 9001-2015 Organization with Pan India presence.

Major Works Secured during 2018-19


  • Construction of Kendriya Vidyalaya at Various locations across Country.
  • Construction for Up gradation of ITI at Jabalpur, Rew Sagar & Shadol for MP Housing Board.
  • Bone & Joint Hospital Srinagar.
  • Establishment of Industrial Biotech Parks(ITBP) at 02 locations in J&K Region for CSIR.
  • Building Works in CGWB (MOWR, RD & GR) Ahmadabad, Ambala and  Jammu.
  • Indoor Sports Complex and Food Court of IIT Kharagpur in West Bengal.
  • Construction of LS, US Quarter & Site Development of Police Line Campus at Pakur, Jharkhand.
  • Development of Mandiri Nala  under Patna Smart  City Mission at Patna.


Major Works Completed during 2018-19


  • PMGSY Road Works in Paschim Medinipur.
  • PMGSY Roads at different locations in Jharkhand.
  • Construction of Toilets at schools in different dist. Of Odisha (SVA) MCL.
  • Construction of various buildings for Assam Riffles.
  • Construction of BOP, Roads & Fencing Works for MHA.
  • Construction of flood lighting works for MHA.
  • Dolaithabi Barrage, Manipur.
  • PMGSY Roads (640 in No.) in 6 districts of Bihar i.e Bhojpur, Buxar, Rohtas, Kaimur, Patna, Nalanda.
  • Development and Construction of various buildings for Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Campus at Amarkanthak (M.P).


Proposed Schemes which are under consideration in the Ministry:


  1. Incentivisation Scheme for Bridging Irrigation Gap (ISBIG) :- The Expenditure Finance Committee has approved the EFC memo of ISBIG Scheme for a restricted CCA of 50 lakh ha at an estimated cost of Rs.30,485 crore.  CCEA note has been submitted and the Scheme is under consideration of the Government.  After obtaining approval of the Cabinet, the Scheme shall become operational.


  1. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)- Har Khet ko Pani (HKKP) –Ground Water


  • The scheme of PMKSY approved in 2015 envisaged ground water development through tube well/ dug well etc. to cover 2.5 lakh hectare during 2015-16 to 2019-20.
  • The guidelines of the scheme has been revised for already approved scheme for 2015-20 and circulated to all the States and UTs for submitting proposals/ DPRs in accordance with the revised operating guidelines.
  • Under the scheme irrigation facilities will be created through tube wells, dug wells, bore wells and Dug cum Bore wells etc in SAFE assessment units characterised by
    • Less than 60 per cent of Stage of Ground Water Development and there is scope for further groundwater development without endangering groundwater sustainability.
    • Average annual rainfall of more than 750 mm and
    • Groundwater levels are less than 15 m bgl.
  • Possibilities of convergence with PMKSY-Watershed Component, MGNREGA or any other similar scheme of Central/ State for supporting water harvesting and groundwater recharge interventions for sustaining long term groundwater development to be undertaken .
  • Under the scheme following components are proposed to be funded:
    • Construction cost of well with material
    • Cost of Pump (Electric and Solar) 
    • Cost of 200 m canvas pipe for water distribution
    • Cost of investigation for site selection.
  •  Provision of 75% Electric ad 25% solar pumps have been kept in a cluster/proposal.  
  • A provision of Rs 200 crore has been kept towards the Central Assistance for the FY 2019-20 for Ground water irrigation under PMKSY-HKKP.


  1.  Proposal of Maharashtra for special package to drought prone districts:


Cabinet has approved the inclusion of 83 Surface Minor Irrigation and 8 Major / Medium Irrigation projects in the Special Package for Maharashtra during the meeting of the CCEA held on 18.07.2018.Under the Special Package, the Central Government will provide Central Assistance (CA) @ 25% of the balance cost of these 91 projects as on 1.4.18 as well as 25% reimbursement for the expenditure incurred during 2017-18 keeping in view that funding of these projects is under consideration since 2017-18.The overall balance cost of the said projects as on 1.4.2018 is estimated to be Rs.13651.61 crore. 


  1.  Relining of Sirhind Feeder (SF) from RD 119700 to 447927 and Rajasthan Feeder (RF) from RD 179000 to 496000 of Punjab :

Cabinet has approved the funding of Relining of Sirhind Feeder and relining of Rajasthan Feeder of Punjab etc vide its meeting dated 26.09.2018. The approved cost of relining of Sirhind Feeder Canal is Rs. 671.478 Cr and that of relining of Rajasthan Feeder Canal is Rs. 1305.267 Cr, of the total estimated cost, Rs. 826.168 Cr would be provided as Central Assistance (Rs. 205.758 Cr for Sirhind Feeder and Rs. 620.41 Cr for Rajasthan Feeder) in addition to Rs 156 crore of central assistance earlier released for these projects.               

The project would be completed in 3 working seasons (March to June) of 70 days each starting from March-June, 2019 and ending March-June, 2021.

  1. Proposal for Diversion of Godavari waters upto Cauvery basin:  
  • As per the Planning of the Peninsular Component of the National Perspective Plan (NPP) about 20,796 MCM of water from Mahanadi and Godavari rivers is to be transferred through the nine link system namely (i) Mahanadi – Godavari link (ii) Inchampalli – Nagarjunasagar link (iii) Inchampalli – Pulichintala link (iv) Polavaram – Vijayawada link (implemented by Government of Andhra Pradesh) (v) Almatti – Pennar link (vi) Srisailam – Pennar Link (vii) Nagarjunasagar – Somasila link (viii) Somasila – Grand Anicut link and (ix) Cauvery – Vaigai – Gundar link to Krishna, Pennar, Cauvery, Vaigai and Gundar basins.
  • Pending consensus on Manibhadra dam across Mahanadi and Inchampalli dam across Godavari due to large submergence involved and quantity of water diversion from these basins, alternative studies to divert unutilized water share of Chhattisgarh State in Indravati sub-basin of Godavari basin (as per GWDT Award) to Cauvery river through Godavari-Cauvery link project have been carried out. The Technical Feasibility Note of the Godavari (Akinepalli)-Cauvery(Grand Anicut) link project has been submitted to party States during December 2017. Draft MoA for preparation of DPR has also been sent to party States during February 2018. The proposal was discussed in the Regional Conferences on Water Resources held at Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.
  • Hon’ble Minister (WR, RD&GR) held discussions with Hon’ble Minister for Water Resources of Chhattisgarh about this alternate study of Godavari-Cauvery (Grand Anicut) link project. The DPR of this alternate study is under progress.
  • Once the Mahanadi-Godavari link materialises, the remaining links of the nine link system will be taken up.





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Ministry of Agriculture


Cabinet approves MoU between India and Iran for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors

14 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves Doubling of Investment Limit for Senior Citizens from Rs. 7.5 lakh to Rs.15 lakh under Pradhan MantriVayaVandanYojana (PMVVY)

02 May 2018

Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and Denmark for cooperation in the fields of Animal Husbandry and Dairying


27 June 2018

Cabinet approves Re-structuring of the Agricultural Scientists' Recruitment Board (ASRB)


1 August, 2018

Cabinet approves release of pulses procured from farmers under Price Support Scheme to States with Central Subsidy of Rs. 15 per Kg for utilization under Welfare Schemes


1 August, 2018

Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and United Kingdom and Northern Irelandon the Cooperation in the fields of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries


29 August, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Egypt on cooperation in the field of Agriculture & allied sectors


12 September, 2018

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Uzbekistan on cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Allied sectors


26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Lebanon for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors


11 October, 2018

Creation of Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF)


24 October, 2018

Cabinet approves Agriculture Export Policy, 2018


06 December, 2018

Ministry of Finance


Cabinet approves signing and ratification of protocol amending the Agreement between India and China for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves signing of India-Australia Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) for Secondment Programme

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves New Bill to ban Unregulated Deposit Schemes and Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2018

20 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Jordan on Cooperation and Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters

28 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018

01 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves two percent Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between India and Iran

14 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves revision of the Agreement between India and Qatar for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income

21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves signing and ratification of Agreement between India and Brunei Darussalam for the Exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection with respect to Taxes

16 May, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Turkey on trade in poppy seeds to ensure quick and transparent processing for import of poppy seeds from Turkey

23 May, 2018

Cabinet approves Revised guidelines on time bound closure of sick/ loss making Central Public Sector Enterprises and disposal of movable and immovable assets

06 June, 2018

Cabinet approves extension of Scheme of Recapitalization of Regional Rural Banks upto 2019-20

4 July 2018

Cabinet approves Extension of Concessional Financing Scheme (CFS) to support Indian Entities bidding for strategically important infrastructure projects abroad

1 August, 2018

LIC to acquire controlling stake of IDBI Bank

1 August, 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding between India and USA in insurance regulatory sector

29 August, 2018

Cabinet approves Revised Cost Estimate for setting up of India Post Payments Bank Boost to Banking Services at Post Offices across the country

29 August 2018

Boost to pro-people and pro-poor initiatives

05 September, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU on Collaborative Research on Distributed Ledger and Block Chain Technology in the context of Development of digital economy by Exim Bank under BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism

12 September

Cabinet approves increasing of Government ownership in Goods and Services Tax Network and change in the existing structure with transitional plan

26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves appointment of Adjudicating Authority and establishment of Appellate Tribunal under Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988


24 October, 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding between India and Singapore on setting up of a joint working group on FinTech


24 October, 2018

Cabinet approves signing of Bilateral Investment Agreement between India Taipei Association in Taipei and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India


24 October, 2018

Cabinet approves Laying down procedure and mechanism for sale of enemy shares


08 November, 2018

Cabinet approves strategic disinvestment of 100% Govt. of India’s equity in the Dredging Corporation of India Ltd. (DCIL)


08 November, 2018

Cabinet ‘In Principle’ approves strategic sale of the Government of India’s existing 52.63% of total paid up equity shareholding in Rural Electrification Corporation to Power Finance Corporation along with transfer of ma...


06 December, 2018


Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas


Cabinet approves Discovered Small Fields (DSF) Policy Bid Round-II for 60 un-monetised discoveries of ONGC and OIL under Nomination and Relinquished Discoveries under PSC Regime

07 Mar 2018

Boost to Ease of Doing Business in Petroleum & Natural Gas Sector

11 Apr 2018

Cabinet approves establishment of additional 6.5MMT Strategic Petroleum Reserves at Chandikhol in Odisha and at Padur, Karnataka

27 June 2018

Cabinet approves Policy Framework for exploration and exploitation of Unconventional Hydrocarbons

1 August, 2018

Cabinet approves Policy Framework to Promote and Incentivize Enhanced Recovery Methods for Oil and Gas

12 September, 2018

Cabinet approves on Fixation/Revision of ethanol price derived from B heavy molasses / partial sugarcane juice and 100% sugarcane juice under Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme for Ethanol Supply Year 2018-19

12 September, 2018

Cabinet apprised of India joining as Member of Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme under International Energy Agency

08 November 2018

Cabinet approves filling of Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserves at Padur, Karnataka by overseas National Oil Companies

08 November 2018

Ministry of Tourism and Culture


Cabinet approves signing of MoU between India and Bulgaria in the field of tourism

29-August 2018

Cabinet approves signing of MoU between India and Malta for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism

12 September, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Uzbekistan for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism

26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding between India and Romania in the field of tourism

10 October, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Korea for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism

01 November 2018

Cabinet approves Amendment of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951

06 December, 2018

Ministry of Women and Child Development


Cabinet approves the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018

28 Feb 2018

Ministry of Road, transport and Highways


Cabinet approves MoU between India and ‘Transport for London’,

03 Jan 2018

Cabinet approves construction of New 4 - Lane Bridge on Kosi river at Phulaut , Bihar

09 August, 2018

Boost to Rural Road connectivity

09 August, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Russia on Bilateral Cooperation in the Road Transport and Road Industry

03 October, 2018

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs


Cabinet approves Amendments to Housing and Telephone Facilities Rules, Constituency Allowance Rules and Office Expense Allowance Rules for MPs.

28 Feb 2018

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution


Cabinet approves MoU with Mauritius on Consumer Protection and Legal Metrology

22 November, 2018

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare


Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Bilaspur

03 Jan 2018

Cabinet approves rationalization of Autonomous Bodies under Department of Health & Family Welfare

07 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Macedonia on cooperation in the field of Health

28 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves signing of MoU between India and Jordan on Cooperation in Health Sector

28 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Iran on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine

14 Mar 2018

Boost to Health Infrastructure

21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission

21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves moving official amendments in the "Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016"

21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves certain official amendments to the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill

28 Mar 2018

Cabinet approvesa Cooperation Arrangement between India and Afghanistan for cooperation in the field of food safety and related areas

04 April 2018

Cabinet apprised of the Memorandum of Agreement between India and World Health Organisation represented by its Regional Office for South-East Asia acting through its Country Office in India

25 Apr 2018

Cabinet approves MoU on cooperation in the field of regulation of medical products for human use amongst the medicine regulatory agencies of the BRICS countries

25 Apr 2018



Cabinet approves construction and operationalisation of 100 bedded General Hospital at Najafgarh, New Delhi

02 May, 2018

Boost to healthcare infrastructure Cabinet approves continuation of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana upto 2019-20


02 May, 2018

Cabinet approves accession to the Protocol under WHO Framework Convention on tobacco control to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products


02 May, 2018

Cabinet approves setting up of a new AIIMS in Deoghar, Jharkhand


16 May, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Denmark on Food Safety Cooperation


23 May, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between the ICMR and INSERM, France


13 June, 2018

Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and Denmark for cooperation in the fields of Animal Husbandry and Dairying


27 June 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Bahrain on cooperation in the field of Healthcare


27 June 2018

Cabinet Approves Mou Between India And Cuba On Cooperation In The Field Of Traditional Systems Of Medicine And Homeopathy


18 July 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Indonesia on cooperation in the field of pharmaceutical products, pharmaceutical substances, biological product and cosmetics regulatory functions


18 July 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Indonesia on Health cooperation


9 August, 2018

Cabinet approves New Umbrella Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan” (PM-AASHA)


12 September, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Uzbekistan on Mutual Cooperation in Combating Illicit Trafficking in Narcotics, Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursors


26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Uzbekistan on cooperation for establishment of Uzbek-Indian Free Pharmaceutical Zone in the Andijan region of Uzbekistan


26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Uzbekistan on cooperation in pharmaceutical sector


26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Uzbekistan on cooperation in health and medical science


26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves establishment of National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation in Sehore District instead of Bhopal


03 October, 2018

Cabinet approves signing and ratification of Extradition Treaty between India and Malawi Cabinet approves creation of one post of Director in the basic pay of Rs. 2,25,000/- (fixed) plus NPA but not exceeding Rs.2,37,500/- each for new AIIMS at Rae Bareli, Gorakhpur, Bathinda, Guwahati, Bilaspur and Deoghar


24 October, 2018

Cabinet approves increase in supervisory visit charges for ASHA Facilitators


24 October, 2018

Cabinet approves the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018 for regulation and standardisation of education and services by allied and healthcare professionals


22 November 2018

Cabinet approves setting up of Medical College at Silvassa in the UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli


22 November 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and the Japan in the field of Healthcare and Wellness


06 December, 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Cooperation between India and Japan in the field of Healthcare and Wellness

06 December, 2018

Ministry of Science & Technology


Cabinet approves MoU between India and Canada for cooperation in the field of Science & Technology

10 Jan 2018

Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and Canada to foster cross-border partnerships focused on research excellence and industry-academic collaboration

04 April 2018

Cabinet apprised of the Agreement between India and Denmark on Cooperation in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation

27 June 2018

Cabinet approves DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018

4 July 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Indonesia on Scientific and Technological Cooperation

09, August 2018

Cabinet approves Umbrella scheme “Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)” of Ministry of Earth Sciences

29 August, 2018

Cabinet apprised of Agreement between India and Uzbekistan on Cooperation in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation

22 November 2018

Cabinet apprised of the MoU between Atal Innovation Mission, India and Fund "Talent and Success", Russia for promotion of science & technology

22 November 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and the USA concerning Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Earth Sciences

06 December, 2018

Cabinet approves National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems

06 December, 2018

Ministry of Corporate Affairs


Cabinet approves Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to replace the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017

07 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves Establishment of National Financial Reporting Authority

01 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves rightsizing the Competition Commission of India

04 April 2018

Cabinet approves the Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018


04 April 2018

Cabinet approves Mutual Recognition Agreement between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants


02 May 2018

Cabinet approves renewal of MoU between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India & Saudi Organisation for Certified Public Accountants


4 July 2018

Cabinet approves the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) signed in 2010 and approves fresh MRA between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ireland


18 July 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, Bahrain


18 July 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and "National Board of Accountants and Auditors, Tanzania

18 July 2018

Cabinet approves signing of MoU between India and Canada on collaboration among Chartered Accountant Institutions


9 August, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)


26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves Second Protocol amending the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) between India and Singapore


03 October, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Certified Professional Accountants Afghanistan (CPA Afghanistan)


24 October, 2018


Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation


Cabinet approves proposal for Mahanadi Water Disputes – Constitution of a Tribunal under Inter-State River Disputes Act, 1956 – request from State of Odisha

20 Feb 2018

Status-cum-Progress Report of “Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers”

06 June, 2018

Cabinet approves proposal for enactment of Dam Safety Bill, 2018

13 June 2018

Cabinet approves: Raising of Extra Budgetary Resources (EBR) for Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) [SBM(G)] amounting up to Rs. 15,000 crore during the financial year 2018-19; and Expansion of scope of work of the erstwhile International Centre for Drinking Water Quality, to rename as National Centre for Drinking Water, Sanitation and Quality (NCDWS & Q) and to authorize it to work as a receptacle for receiving EBR for SBM(G).

1 August, 2018

Cabinet approves financial assistance worth Rs.825 Crore for relining of Sirhind Feeder Canal and relining of Rajasthan Feeder Canal

26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam (National Project) on river Ravi in Punjab

06 December, 2018

Ministry of Labour & Employment


Cabinet approves placing the new Instrument adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO) Recommendation concerning “The Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience (No.-205)” before the Parliament

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves transfer of Central Hospital at Karma, Jharkhand under the Labour Welfare Organisation for setting up a new Medical College

9 August, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU amongst BRICS nations regarding cooperation in the social and labour sphere

24 October, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Italy for continuing training and education in the fields of Labour and Employment

08 November 2018

Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises


Cabinet approves implementation of CCEA decision on closure of Tungabhadra Steel Products Limited

10 Jan 2018

Cabinet approves Revised guidelines on time bound closure of sick/ loss making Central Public Sector Enterprises and disposal of movable and immovable assets

6 June 2018

Ministry of Human Resource Development


Cabinet approves Implementation of ‘Prime Minister Research Fellows (PMRF)’

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves signing of an Agreement between India and France to facilitate "Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications"

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves setting up of a Central University in Andhra Pradesh

16 May, 2018

Cabinet approves opening of 13 new Kendriya Vidyalayas in seven States and opening of second Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Alot, District Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh

1 August, 2018

Cabinet approves establishment and operationalization of permanent campus of seven new IIMs at Amritsar, Bodh Gaya, Nagpur, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, Vishakhapatnam and Jammu

05 September, 2018

Cabinet approves amendment to National Institute of Design (NID) Act, 2014

12 September, 2018

Cabinet approves establishment and operationalisation of permanent campuses of the Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs) at Tirupati and Berhampur


10 October, 2018

Cabinet approves Amendment to the Central Universities Act, 2009 for setting up of Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh


08 November, 2018

NITI Aayog


Cabinet approves MoU between India and the USA for co-hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 (GES-2017) in India

03 Jan 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Singapore on Cooperation in the field of Planning

27 June 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between NITI Aayog, and Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (MEDRF) in the field of social, economic, industrial and regional development programs

26 September, 2018

Cabinet apprised of the MoU between Atal Innovation Mission, India and Fund "Talent and Success", Russia for promotion of science & technology

22 November 2018

Cabinet gives approval to the Approach to be adopted by India at the Eleventh Ministerial Conference of the WTO held in Buenos Aires, Argentina during 10-13 December 2017

03 Jan 2018

FDI policy further liberalized in key sectors

10 Jan 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Vietnam on Economic and Trade Cooperation

28 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves Action Plan for Champion Sectors in Services

28 Feb 2018

Cabinet approvesMoU between India and Iran on the establishment of an expert group on trade remedy measures

04 April 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Korea on Trade Remedy Cooperation


9 August 2018

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting


Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Israel on Film Co-production

20 Feb 2018

Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers


Cabinet approves MoU between India and Jordan for mining and beneficiation of Rock Phosphate & MOP and setting upproduction facility in Jordan for Phosphoric Acid/DAP/NPKFertilizers

28 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves grant of Interest Free Loan equivalent to interest during construction component to fertilizer revival projects at Sindri, Gorakhpur and Barauni by Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Limited

1 August, 2018

Cabinet approves Concession Agreements & Land Lease Agreements for revival of Gorakhpur & Sindri units of FCIL and Barauni unit of HFCL by HURL and approval for providing land on lease.

9 August, 2018

Cabinet approves Transfer of land of M/s. Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers (RCF) to Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA)

12 September, 2018

Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation


Cabinet approves creation of National Urban Housing Fund

20 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves the extension of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Netherlands on technical cooperation in the field of Spatial Planning, Water Management and Mobility Management

06 June, 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Denmark on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable and Smart Urban Development

06 June, 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Kingdom on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development

06 June, 2018

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and France on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development

06 June, 2018

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions


Cabinet approves MoU between UPSC and Public Service Commission of Mauritius

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Singapore on Cooperation in the field of Personnel Management and Public Administration

23 May, 2018

Cabinet approves additional 2 percent Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 1st July, 2018

29 August, 2018

Ministry of Railways

Cabinet approves India-Morocco Cooperation Agreement in Railway Sector

20 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves closure of loss making Burn Standard Company Limited - a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE)

04 April 2018

Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and United Arab Emirates on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector

04 April 2018 

Cabinet approves monetization of 3.70 acres of land at PragatiMaidan for construction and running of a Hotel by a third party including private sector, waiver of charges levied by L&DO and waiver of land charges raised by the Ministry of Railways

13 June, 2018

Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and Indonesia on Technical Cooperation in the field of Railways sector


27 June 2018

Cabinet apprised of theMoUbetween India and Republic of Korea on the cooperation in the field of railways

29 August  2018

100% Electrification of Broad Gauge Routes of Indian Railways


12 September, 2018

Cabinet approves Redevelopment of Railway Stations by IRSDC as Nodal Agency, through simplified procedures and longer lease tenure

03 October, 2018

Boost to Metro Rail connectivity in Indore

03 October, 2018

Boost to Metro Rail connectivity in Bhopal

03 October, 2018

Cabinet approves Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employees

10 October, 2018

Cabinet approves the New Railway Line between Bahraich and Khalilabad, Uttar Pradesh

24 October, 2018

Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and the Russian Federation for the development of cooperation in transport education; and MoC between India and the Joint Stock Company "Russian Railways" on technical cooperation in...

01 November 2018

Ministry of Defence

Cabinet approves setting up of bus bay near Indian Defence University Land in Gurugram, Haryana

20 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme for Co-operation on the response to Oil and Chemical Pollution in the South Asian Seas Region

28 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves transfer of 7.5 acres of Defence land to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for the construction of Kendriya Vidvalaya in Survey No. 408, Jalandhar Cantt


4 July 2018

Cabinet approves transfer of 4 acres of Defence land on lease basis to KendriyaVidyalayaSangathan for the construction of KendriyaVidyalaya No. 4 at Kandhar Lines, Delhi Cantt.


4 July 2018

Cabinet approves Transfer of Sashastra Seema Bal’s land measuring 5.99 acres at Tawang to the State Government of Arunachal Pradesh


4 July 2018

Cabinet approves transfer of 7.118 acres of Defence land to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for construction of Kendriya Vidyalaya Number 2 Dhar Road in District Udhampur, Jammu & Kashmir


4 July 2018

Ministry of External Affairs

Cabinet approves MoU with Myanmar for the Conservation of Earthquake-Damaged Pagodas at Bagan

30-August 2017

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Sweden on IPRs

16-August 2017

Cabinet approves the Extradition Treaty between India and Lithuania

04-October 2017

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Myanmar on Land Border Crossing

03 Jan 2018

Cabinet approves signing of MoU between India and Jordan on Cooperation in the Field of Manpower

28 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves signing of Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement between India and France

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves Opening of Missions in Africa to implement commitments of India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III)

21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves closure of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians

21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland on the return of Illegal Migrants

11 Apr 2018

Cabinet approves proposal for withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in Rajya Sabha

13 June, 2018

Cabinet approves exemption from charging commercial rates for the plot of land allotted to the High Commission of Fiji in New Delhi

4 July 2018

Cabinet approves creation of two posts equivalent to Joint Secretary level in the Interpreters' cadre of the Ministry of External Affairs

9 August, 2018

Cabinet approves signing and ratifying the Extradition Agreement between India and Morocco

08 November 2018

Cabinet approves revised Model MoU between India and foreign

06 December, 2018

Ministry of Communications

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Belgium on Cooperation in the field of ICT&E

03 Jan 2018

Cabinet approves formation of 100% owned C Corporation of Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL) in USA

21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves demerger and transfer of surplus land from TCL to HPIL

04 April 2018

Cabinet approves USOF scheme for provision of mobile services in Meghalaya under CTDP for North Eastern Region

23 May, 2018

Cabinet approves provision of mobile connectivity in Left Wing Extremism Areas

23 May, 2018

Cabinet approves the joint issue of postage stamp between India and Russia

06 June, 2018

Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts

06 June, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Viet Nam on Joint issue of postage stamp

13 June, 2018

Cabinet approves joint issue of postage stamp between India and South Africa

09 August, 2018

Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy-2018

26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves Procurement Quota to M/s ITI Ltd. in procurements made by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL

08 November 2018

Cabinet approves MoC between India and Japan for Cooperation in the Postal field

06 December, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Armenia on joint issue of postage stamp

06 December, 2018

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Cabinet approves Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

07 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves a Memorandum of Cooperation between India and France in the field of environment

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves an agreement between India and France to prevent illicit consumption and reduction of illicit traffic in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Chemical Precursors and related offences

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves continuation of Swatantra Sainik

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves continuation of the Centrally Sponsored Umbrella Scheme of Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats beyond 12th Plan

05 September, 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Cooperation between India and Finland on Environmental Cooperation

10 October, 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding among BRICS Nations on Environmental Cooperation

24 October, 2018

Cabinet approves: i) Implementation of the umbrella scheme "Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services"; ii) Sub-schemes to continue during 2017-20; and iii) National Facility for Airborne Resea...

22 November, 2018

Cabinet approves MoC between India and Japan in the field of Environmental Cooperation

06 December, 2018

Ministry of Home Affairs

Cabinet approves Cadre review of Group 'A' Executive Cadre of Central Industrial Security Force

10 Jan 2018

Cabinet approves signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between India and USA on Law Enforcement Training

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves the proposals for promulgation of the Daman and Diu Municipalities (Amendment) Regulation, 2018;

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and United Kingdom and Northern Ireland regarding cooperation and the Exchange of Information for the Purposes of Combating International Criminality and Tackling Serious Organised Crimes

28 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves revision of pay and allowances of Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories


11 April 2018

Cabinet approves Umbrella Schemes for Relief and Rehabilitation of Migrants and Repatriates


4 July 2018

Cabinet approves Special Remission to Prisoners on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi


18 July 2018

Cabinet condoles the demise of Dr. M. Karunanidhi, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu


09 August, 2018

Cabinet approves raising of four additional battalions of National Disaster Response Force


09 August, 2018

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters


01 November, 2018

Cabinet condoles the demise of Shri Ananthkumar, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs


13 November, 2018

Cabinet approves Commemoration of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji


22 November, 2018

Ministry of Law & Justice

Cabinet approves the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Zambia in the field of Judicial Cooperation

28 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and United Kingdom on cooperation in the sphere of Law & Justice and establishing a Joint Consultative Committee

4 July 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Uzbekistan on Cooperation in the Sphere of Law & Justice

26 September, 2018

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters

08 November 2018

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Cabinet apprised of MOU between India and Spain on India-Spain cooperation in renewable energy

02-August 2017

Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and Italy on cooperation in the field of renewable energy

03 Jan 2018

Cabinet apprised of an MoU between India and Fiji on Cooperation in Renewable Energy

28 Feb 2018

Cabinet approves an MoU between India and Hellenic on Renewable Energy Cooperation

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet apprised of an MoU between India and Guyana on cooperation in Renewable Energy

21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves Headquarters (Host country) Agreement between India and the International Solar Alliance

11 Apr 2018

Cabinet approves moving a Resolution in the first Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for amending the Framework Agreement of the ISA for opening up the ISA membership to all countries that are members of ...

01 November 2018

Ministry of MSME

Cabinet approves proposal for Amendment to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 to change the criteria of classification and to withdraw the MSMED (Amendment) Bill, 2015 – pending in Lok Sabha

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Russia on cooperation in the field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

03 October, 2018

Ministry of Shipping

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Nepal for laying down implementation arrangement for construction of a new Bridge over Mechi River at Indo-Nepal border

23-August 2017

Cabinet approves revised Model Concession Agreement for PPP Projects in Major Ports

03 Jan 2018

Cabinet approves changes in the Major Port Authorities Bill 2016

07 Mar 2018

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Cabinet approves signing of a MoU with United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Cooperation in the Field of Skill Development, Vocational Education and Training

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves re-structuring of National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to strengthen governance, implementation and monitoring framework

28 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves merger of National Council for Vocational Training, NCVT and National Skill Development Agency, NSDA to establish National Council for Vocational Education and Training, NCVET


10 October, 2018

Cabinet approves closure of Biecco Lawrie Limited

10 October, 2018

Cabinet approves Scheme for setting up of Indian Institute of Skills at different locations across the country in PPP modes


24 October, 2018

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

Cabinet apprised of an MoU signed between India and Tunisia for cooperation on Youth matters

07 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Tajkistan on Cooperation on Youth Matters

22 November 2018

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Cabinet approves fixed term for Chairperson and Members of the National Trust

10 Jan 2018

Cabinet approves the extension of the term of the Commission constituted to examine the issue of Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes in the Central List upto20th June, 2018

21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves setting up of a Commission to examine the Sub-Categorization within OBCs

23-August 2018

Cabinet approves the extension of tenure of the Commission constituted to examine the issue of Sub-categorization within Other Backward Classes in the Central List

13 June 2018

Cabinet approves creation of one post each of Vice-Chairperson and Member in the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis

4 July 2018

Cabinet approves extension of the term of the Commission to examine the issue of Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes in the Central List

9 August, 2018

Cabinet approves continuation and revision of “Post Matric Scholarship for OBC Students for studying in India”

9 August, 2018

Cabinet approves extension of the term of the Commission to examine the issue of Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes in the Central List till 31st May 2019 

22 November 2018

Ministry of Electronics and IT

Cabinet apprised of an MoU signed between India and Sri Lanka for promoting cooperation in the field of Information Technology and Electronics

14 Mar 2018

Ministry of Civil Aviation

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Germany on Cooperation in the field of Civil Aviation

27 June 2018

Cabinet approves renaming of Agartala Airport, Tripura as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala

4 July 2018

Cabinet approves signing of Memorandum of Understanding amongst BRICS Nations on the Regional Aviation Partnership

18 July 2018

Cabinet approves signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Morocco

29 August 2018

Cabinet approves renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”

01 November 2018

Cabinet approves leasing out six airports - Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru through PPP

08 November 2018

Ministry of Development of North-East Region

Boost for development projects in North-East

28 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves Repositioning of North Eastern Council

13 June, 2018

Ministry of Ayush

Cabinet approves the MoU on Cooperation between India and Iran in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine


14 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding between India and Sao Tome and Principe for Cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy


25 Apr 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Sao Tome and Principe on cooperation in the field of Medicinal Plants


25 Apr 2018

Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Cabinet approves Inclusion of the communities 'Parivara and Talawara' as synonym of "Nayaka' in the list of STs in Karnataka


21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves declaration of Scheduled Areas in respect of Rajasthan under Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India


25 Apr 2018


Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Cabinet approves North-East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS) 2017


21 Mar 2018

Cabinet approvesMoU between India and Canada on IPRs


28 Mar 2018

Cabinet approves Long Term Agreements for supply of iron ore to Japan and South Korea through MMTC Limited


25 Apr 2018

Cabinet approves Cadre review and formation of Group ‘A’service of the technical cadre of Petroleum & Safety Organization (PESO) in the name of Indian Petroleum & Explosives Safety Service (IPESS)


02 May, 2018

Cabinet approves accession to WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996 and WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, 1996

4 July 2018


Cabinet approves Trade Cooperation Framework between India and Rwanda

29 August, 2018

Cabinet apprised of the MoU between India and South Korea for enhancing cooperation in Applied Science and Industrial Technology

26 September, 2018


Ministry of Mines

Cabinet approves Restructuring of the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) – creation, abolition & upgradation of posts of Joint Secretary-level and above


02 May, 2018

Cabinet approves issue of fresh equity to the extent of 15% of the paid up equity capital by Hindustan Copper Limited


1 August, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Zimbabwe for cooperation in the field of geology, mining and mineral resources


06 December, 2018


Ministry of Space

Cabinet approves Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III Continuation Programme – Phase 6


06 June, 2018

Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding between India and Oman on Cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space


06 June, 2018

Cabinet approves Continuation Programme for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III


06 June, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Germany on Cooperation in the field of Civil Aviation


27 June 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Brunei Darussalam on Cooperation in the operation of Telemetry Tracking and Telecommand station for satellite and launch vehicles, and for cooperation in the field of Space Research, Science and Applications


12 September, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and South Africa on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes


12 September, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Tajkistan on Cooperation on Peaceful uses of Space Technology for Development


06 December, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Russia on Joint Activities under Human Spaceflight Programme


06 December, 2018

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Uzbekistan on Cooperation in the exploration and uses of Outer Space for peaceful purposes


06 December, 2018

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Morocco for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space


06 December, 2018

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Algeria on Cooperation in the field of Space Sciences, Technologies and Applications


06 December, 2018


Ministry of Statics and Programme Implementation

Cabinet approves continuation of Capacity Development Scheme for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20


12 September, 2018

Cabinet approves National Monitoring Framework on Sustainable Development Goals


24 October, 2018


Ministry of Textile

Cabinet approves closure of National Jute Manufactures Corporation Ltd. and its subsidiary Birds Jute & Exports Ltd.


10 October, 2018

Extension of Norms for Mandatory Packaging in Jute Materials


22 November, 2018

Ministry of Power

Cabinet approves MoU between India and France in the field of energy efficiency/energy conservation


06 December, 2018

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The ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched in 2014 with the objective of promoting India as an important investment destination and a global hub in manufacturing, design and innovation. This initiative aims to create a conducive environment for investment, development of modern and efficient infrastructure, opening up new sectors for foreign investment and forging a partnership between Government and industry through a positive mind set. Some of the major achievements under Make in India initiative are:

•   Six industrial corridors are being developed across various regions of the country. Industrial cities will also come up along these corridors.

•   India has become a net exporter of electricity - 7203 MU exported to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar during 2017-18.

•   One of the world’s largest 648-MW solar power plant in Tamil Nadu was commissioned on September 21, 2016.

•   Two path breaking prototype locomotives of WAGC3 & WAG11 class of 10,000 and 12,000 hp respectively were developed indigenously by converting existing diesel locomotive to upgraded electric locomotive.

•   Asia’s largest MedTech Zone (AMTZ) has been set up in Andhra Pradesh.

•   88 cold chain projects were commissioned during June 2014 to August 2018, thereby, creating additional food processing capacity of 3.9 lakh tones.

•   Three textile mega clusters in Bareilly, Lucknow and Kutch are being set up, thereby benefitting 14505 artisans.

•   Major ports in India have added capacity of 92.19 MTPA during FY 2017-18. Total turnaround time at these ports has reduced by 33% from 96 hrs in FY 2014-15 to 64.32 hrs in FY 2017-18.

            Initially under Make in India initiative action plans for 25 sectors had been prepared and which after review is now focused on 27 sectors. Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion coordinates action plans for 15 manufacturing sectors while Department of Commerce coordinates 12 service sectors.


            Investment promotion activities after launch of Make in India initiative are being undertaken by several Central Government Ministries, Departments and various State Governments from time to time.


RBI Regional Office-wise (one regional office may cover one or more states) FDI equity inflow reported in the country during April, 2015 to March, 2018 is as follows:


(Amount in USD Million)

Sr. No.

Regional Offices of RBI

States Covered










Andhra Pradesh







Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura







Bihar, Jharkhand














Jammu & Kashmir














Kerala, Lakshadweep







Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh







Maharashtra, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu





















Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry







Uttar Pradesh, Uttranchal







West Bengal, Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands







Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh






New Delhi

Delhi, Part Of Up And Haryana













Region Not Indicated

Region Not Indicated







Grand Total





Source: Foreign Direct Investment - Data Cell, DIPP

This information was given by Minister of State for Commerce & Industry C. R.  Chaudhary in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today. 



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The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) today is one of the largest public funded R&D organisations in the world, covering a wide spectrum of science and technology areas. It has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centers and five units. CSIR’s R&D expertise and experience is embodied in about 4000 active scientists who are ably supported by about 7000 scientific and technical personnel. CSIR has the Prime Minister of India as the Council’s head.


The year 2018 has been of great significance for CSIR. Some of the major achievements during the year are as follows:


CSIR Incubation Centres


CSIR is creating entrepreneurship through world class translational research and is setting up “Incubation Centres” which would work in identified domains. The CSIR Incubation Centres are a multipurpose facility. 


  • CSIR-CFTRI, a mentor for the food & food processing industries, has established a Technology incubator, “Nutra-Phyto Incubation Centre”, in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka for working with/incubating industries in the domain and take them forward towards successful commercial ventures.


  • CSIR’s constituent laboratory, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, has opened an Atal Incubation Centre wherein it is offering its scientific expertise, infrastructure and business management to the start-ups. At present 15 companies are being incubated.


India’s first biofuel-powered flight: CSIR Technology for Aviation Grade Biofuel

A historic flight powered by indigenously produced aviation biofuel based on patented technology of CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun completed journey from Dehradun to Delhi on August 27, 2018. With this maiden flight India joined the exclusive club of nations using biofuel in aviation. The use of bio jet fuel, apart from reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 15 percent and Sulfur Oxides (SOx) emissions by over 99 percent, is expected to provide indigenous jet fuel supply security, possible cost savings as feedstock availability at farm level scales up, superior engine performance and reduced maintenance cost for the airline operators.

Successful Inaugural Flight of SARAS PT1N

SARAS PT1N (14 seater) designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), a front line aerospace research laboratory of the CSIR was flown successfully on 21.02.2018. The primary objective of PT1N is to evaluate system performance in about 20 flights and the data collected from this shall be used to freeze the design of 19 seater production version aircraft - SARAS MkII. 


CSIR-NAL gets Rs. 100 crore plus order from HAL for manufacture of composite components for LCA-Tejas:

Composite technology is one of the critical technologies that make the LCA a 4th generation fighter aircraft. CSIR-NAL’s collaboration with LCA program started from technology demonstrator (2 aircrafts) to prototype development (5 aircrafts) to limited series production (8 aircrafts) and IOC standard production aircrafts (SP1 to SP20). The initial IOC order of 20 sets is nearing completion. This homegrown technology developed by CSIR-NAL was used in realizing primary air-frame components of LCA like Fin, Rudder, Wing Spars and Fairings, Centre Fuselage and Main Landing Gear components.


CSIR-NAL and BEL ink Technical Collaboration Agreement for Electronic Target System (ETS), a modern training aid meant for enhancing marksmanship of Defence and Paramilitary forces during live firing exercises on the field.

Drishti Transmissometer: Deployment across Indian Airports


Drishti is an Indigenous - Innovative –Cost effective visibility measuring system –- First of its type and CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL) is the only organization to have developed this technology in the country. It is useful for airport operations and gives information to pilots on the visibility at the runway. Drishti Transmissometers have been installed at a number of airports across the country.



CSIR Mission on Sickle Cell Anaemia


CSIR is implementing a Mission on Sickle Cell Anaemia. The project envisages managing genetic burden of Sickle Cell Anaemia and understanding genetic basis of differential response to Hydroxyurea Therapy, Drug discovery and development for management of SCA, Genome editing and stem cell research approach for the treatment of SCA and development and on-ground implementation of an affordable, accurate and accelerated diagnostic kit.

CSIR’s new patented Clot buster, PEGylated Streptokinase set to revolutionize the treatment of Strokes


Ischemic stroke is a condition caused by a dysfunction in the supply of blood to the brain due to emboli, thrombus or atherosclerosis occurring in cerebral arteries. Surprisingly, the prevalence of stroke is much higher in India than the West and about 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes. CSIR-IMTECH and Epygen have entered into an agreement for the latter to develop PEGylated Streptokinase for treatment of Ischemic Stroke.


CSIR-IGIB and Dr Lal Path Labs enter into partnership to enable Diagnosis of Prevalent Genetic Diseases


Genetic diseases, though are individually rare, cumulatively affect a large number of individuals, estimated to affect over 70 million Indians. CSIR-IGIB has entered into an agreement with Dr Lal PathLabs, for licensing of 27 genetic tests  developed by it for commercial application. These tests are expected to be launched over the year. 


Non-vascular self-expandable stents


Stents are used in the treatment of numerous biliary tract diseases, ranging from benign biliary diseases to malignant strictures. Two types of biliary stents find extensive use: plastic stents and self-expanding metallic stents. Amongst these while the self-expandable metal stents offer longer patency their prohibitive cost makes them unaffordable.CSIR-NCL in collaboration with a start-up has developed a new class of self-expandable stents based on a novel scroll design. These stents have been made with simple polymer-metal composites unlike the shape memory alloy based stents. These stents could be made a much lower costs than the currently available ones. Process for transferring the technology to two companies is on.

CSIR’s Divya Nayan for Visually Impound

CSIR-Central Scientific and Industrial Organization has developed a Personal Reading Machine named- Divya Nayan, for Visually Impaired which can read any printed and digital books available in Hindi and English. Divya Nayan has been tested with a number of visually impaired people with different age groups and has gained wide popularity.

Smart India Hackathon 2018: A non-stop 36-hour digital product development competition among Engineering/Technology Students


CSIR actively participated in Smart India Hackathon-2018-Software Edition and successfully organised 36-hour Grand Finale at CSIR-NCL, Pune. CSIR was a ‘Premier Partner’ in this initiative. After multiple rounds ,finally, 318 students and 75 mentors from various engineering collegesacross the country gathered to showcase their talent, while working on the problem statements. After rigorous interactions with all the shortlisted teams, finally three teams received awards i.e. of Rs. 1,00,000/- (Winner), Rs. 75,000/-(1stRunner up) and Rs. 50,000/-(2ndRunner up). Additionally, three more teams were selected for the “Persistent Inspiration Award”, “KPIT Award” and “Deloitte Innovation Award”.

CSIR teams up with NVIDIA to set up AI innovation centre in Delhi


The CSIR-CEERI - Nvidia Centre of Excellence (CNCoE) will be powered by a five-petaflop AI supercomputer, India's first industrial AI supercomputer, at CSIR-CEERI's New Delhi campus. This CNCoE is significant because it brings together Nvidia's cutting-edge AI platform with vast industrial scientific research expertise and capability from CSIR-CEERI. This combination will enable researchers and industry across the country to advance their AI systems development. This CNCoE has the potential to usher in a culture of AI based innovations in a variety of application domains.


AI based Movement Detection System to Boost Border Security


CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh has developed a technology which can differentiate human movement from that of vehicles and cattle to check terrorism, drug influx and ensure full-proof border security.  The system is based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) –driven warning system. It generates an alarm and sends sky information via email and text message to the registered users.

Development and licensing of affordable Water Disinfection System OneerTM

CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR), Lucknow has developed technology for “Drinking Water Disinfection System” with Trade name “OneerTM”. It is useful for continuous treatment of water. The technology of “Drinking Water Disinfection System” was transferred to M/s Bluebird Water Purifiers, New Delhi. Oneer developed by CSIR-IITR will provide safe and clean drinking water at a cost of just 2 Paise / Ltr. The Community level model is of 450 LPH capacity. It can be scaled up to 5000 to 1 lakh L/day;

CSIR and DoT partnership for establishing a nationwide Time Stamping & Time Synchronization network and traceability of Time Signal.The primary purpose of synchronizing the telecom network with IST time stamp is to enable the security agencies to overcome the difficulty in analyzing and correlating the cyber events in this era of greatly increasing network speed with advancement of telecom technology (2G to 3G to 4G to 5G etc.).The project will be implemented in two phases. 

Technologies for Milk testing licensed to REIL, Jaipur - An effort towards Make in India Mission. The detection of adulterants in the milk has been the need of Dairy industry, which could be addressed through the technological intervention. These technologies have been approved by FSSAI for use and will help in checking adulteration in milk and will ensure purity of milk and milk products for consumption by all.

CSIR-CIMAP designated as Coordinating Center on Medicinal Plants by Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) .The IORA is an association of 21 countries and 7 dialogue partners which have identified 6 areas of cooperation including medicinal plants.

CSIR Aroma Mission

The CSIR Aroma Mission is envisaged to bring transformative change in the aroma sector through desired interventions. It is aimed at development of superior aroma crop varieties and their agro-technologies and assessment of their suitability for the large scale cultivation in specific agro-climatic regions;

In 15 months since the project was launched, an area of about 2119 hectare has been brought under cultivation of aromatic plants across the country under the project.  


CSIR Phytopharmaceuticals Mission


The CSIR Phytopharmaceutical Mission is envisaged to bring transformative change in the medicinal plants sector through captive cultivation of selected medicinal plants, including rare, engendered and threatened species, production of quality planting material and development of region specific agro technologies; technology packages for production of GMP grade medicinal plant extracts; and phytopharmaceutical development from important medicinal plants.


In the first year of project implementation, mass multiplication of quality planting material and captive cultivation of target plant species up to an area of 120 hectare in different states/districts has been achieved. Further, plants of 25 Rare, Engendered and Threatened (RET) species have been collected for genebank.


Catalysis for Sustainable Development (CSD) Mission

The Indian Chemical Industry is the 3rd largest contributor to the overall chemical industry in Asia and the 8th largest chemicals producer worldwide with estimated size of about US$ 100 billion contributing about 6.7% of the Indian GDP. Chemical industry worldwide relies mostly on fossil feedstock. Due to geopolitical reasons, limited availability and fluctuations in price of these feedstock, it might be precarious to depend on them for our future needs. Thus, it is imperative to focus on alternative and renewable feedstock for chemicals synthesis. This mission mode program addresses this vital issue and intends to develop chemical products and processes utilizing renewable raw materials (in-edible biomass, carbon dioxide (CO2), water and shale (natural) gas) instead of the conventional fossil fuels.CSIR Mission Mode project entitled “Catalysis for Sustainable Development (CSD)” has been launched for duration of 3 years.


Innovative Processes and Technologies for Indian Pharmaceuticals and Agrochemical Industries (IMPROTICS)


CSIR has launched a Mission Mode Project on "Innovative Processes and Technologies for Indian Pharmaceuticals and Agrochemical Sector Industries (INPROTICS-Pharma and Agro)". The project aims to develop cost effective, profitable processes for key drugs and agrochemicals. In case of pharmaceuticals, new or non-infringing processes that are free to operate shall be developed. Thus this proposal wishes to serve the country with its contributions to ‘Make in India’ program and also toward better health and food security for all Indians.


CSIR Mission on ‘Safety and Security of Vital Installations’


CSIR has recently launched a mission on ‘Safety and Security of Vital Installations’ which envisages to address following issues: Earthquake Hazard quantification studies in Uttarakhand; Design and development of efficient slope stabilization measures of mitigate landslide hazards for the safety of vital installations in hilly religions of NW Himalayan Belt; Safety of Hospitals particularly in seismic prone zones; To evolve blast and impact resistant design of Hardened Aircraft Shelter with layered configuration for a specified threat; Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) through innovative solutions consisting of smart video camera system, smart video surveillance system, Real-time system for identification of outsiders; Border security management system based on intelligent multi-sensor approach; and Active Fire Protection System for the design and development of customized fire safety and security solutions for Hospitals.


CSIR has already prepared Earthquake Risk Index Map of the City of Dehradun which can be used to prepare for facing the expected Earthquake event in its aftermath.





CSIR Mission on Development of Fast, Durable and Energy Efficient Mass Housing Scheme


The mission is aimed at developing and deploying at a scale in partnership of stakeholders the prefab technologies for construction of fast, durable, energy efficient and affordable interventions for mass housing. Efficient design of precast structural panels using various materials will be developed to achieve desired performance such as light weight (50% reduction), improved fire rating (minimum 2hrs), durability (70-80years), cost effective (25% lesser compared to lowest available) with reduced cycle time of 5-7 days compared to existing 16-19 days.  The mass housing schemes are planned to be developed suiting to socio-cultural requirements in different geo-climatic regions across the country. The developed technology(ies)/ know-how(s) will be demonstrated by 3D virtual displays and by prototype demo units for the purpose of end to end training and needful deployment.



CSIR Mission on Technologies for Robust Structural Health Monitoring of Critical Infrastructure and Conservation & Restoration of Heritage Structures


The mission comprises of two verticals namely Robust Structural Health Monitoring Technologies for Critical Infrastructure Management (Vertical 1) & Conservation and Restoration of Heritage Structures (Vertical 2). Mission Vertical 1 is aimed at developing technologies for structural health monitoring of critical Infrastructure using advanced signal processing, machine learning techniques combining with IOT and cloud-enabled technologies for early detection of damage in civil infrastructure. Vertical 2 of the mission is aimed at developing state-of-the-art technologies for    conservation    and   restoration of heritage structures.Guidelines for conservation and restoration of heritage structures in India will also be prepared.


Waterless Chrome Tanning Technology- a Game Changing Technology


Chromium is the most sought after tanning agent with about 2.0 billion sq. ft. of leather being made in India. About 20 thousand tons of chrome tanning agent is discharged in the wastewater. In order to overcome the problem, CSIR-CLRI has developed waterless chrome tanning technology.

The waterless tanning technology has now found PAN INDIA acceptance, with tanners in all clusters enrolling for its adoption. The technology has been put to use in about 50 tanneries in the country. This is truly a game changing technology that has emerged from the CSIR through CLRI.


Zero liquid discharge leather technology


A zero wastewater discharge process technology based on Electro-oxidation (EO) has been developed for the first part of the leather manufacturing process, the pre-tanning processes. The potential environmental benefits and potential social impacts for India includes: No discharge of wastewater from tanneries; The possible reduction of cost will be about Rs. 96 million per annum from reduction in the cost of wastewater treatment; This system does not result in generation of sludge (about 160 tons’ sludge per annum) and less average annual fatalities due to release of H2S. The technology has been transferred to M/s Leayan Global Pvt ltd, Kanpur; M/s Royal Tanners, Kanpur; and AN Leathers Pvt Ltd, Agra.


High Grade Gelatin from and Protein Hydrolysate from Raw Hide and Skin Trimming Wastes


Gelatin is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry to make capsules for drugs as well as in the food industry to make jelly candies, ice cream, and as thickening agent in cakes and soups.Leather processing generates huge amount of raw trimming wastes. CSIR-CLRI has developed technology for making high grade gelatin from waste material-trimmings of raw hide. The technology developed by CSIR-CLRI is towards complete utilization of proteinous constituents present in the trimmings. This technology is exclusively licensed at a cost of Rs. One Crore to M/s Anipro Manufacturing Company for making gelatin and protein hydrolysate within India.


Coal dust collecting and briquetting system


It is pertinent to collect the dust from mine roads and put it to alternative use not only for reducing air pollution but also for improving the health of local populace. Road dust collecting system has been developed. CSIR-CIMFR has transferred the patented technology to M/s Tata Motors Limited, Mumbai.


Smart Electricity Meter


CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh has developed Smart Electricity Meter which is first of its kind, indigenous and self-monitoring. The new meter costs five times less than the existing meter and is best suitable for Indian climate.  This meter gives a real-time hourly reading as well.The technology has been transferred to M/s Atsuya Technologies, Mumbai.


Training Aid to Sharpen Shooting Skills of Defence Personnel


CSIR-NAL, Bengaluru has designed Electronic Target System (ETS), a technically superior and cost-effective solution for police, paramilitary and defence personnel looking at acquiring sharp shooting skills in small fire arms as well as honing efficiency in tactical field firing in association with BEL, Bengaluru


Phytopharmaceutical for Glucocorticoid-induced Osteoporosis


Globally glucocorticoid is the third biggest cause of osteoporosis. CSIR-CDRI has developed a standardized fraction of Cassia occidentalis Linn. for the treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis and muscular atrophy. Technology licensed to M/s Pharmanza Herbals Pvt Ltd., Gujarat for further development and commerciazation as a Phytopharmaceutical drug. The product is under development in Phyto-pharmaceutical mode and would be available in Indian and the U.S. market after completing necessary studies as per the regulatory guidelines


Safe Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste utilising high temperature plasma


The technology has been developed for effective & eco-friendly disposal of  municipal solid waste material generated on daily basis and generation of fuel gas containing predominantly CO and H2 utilizating high temperature (>3000 oC) Plasma arc.The technology has been licensed to M/s Positronics Innovation Pvt. Ltd, Kolkata, WB for commercialization on non-exclusive basis for a period of 5 years.

Development of Solar Tree/Artifacts for generation of power utilizing lesser ground area


Solar Power Tree is the perfect solution to the question of availability of the land in the future for generating solar power - It take up only a fraction of land consumed by conventional systems. To bring visibility to solar technology and to enhance the beautification of a site, CSIR-CMERI has developed solar artifacts.


Attapatram is of 1kWp capacity and can provide 0.5kW electricity for 3 hours. These can be installed in the beaches, river banks, parks and even in the lawn of a bungalow.


Solar Flora is of 3kWp capacity and can be installed in the road side, parks and other remote areas to provide electricity.


Surya Banaspati is of 5kWp capacity and can be installed in the road side, parks and other remote areas to provide electricity.


The technology has been transferred to 9 Industries for commercialization in non-exclusive basis for a period of 5 years.



Intelligent & powered wheel chair


CSIR-CMERI developed system has immense societal value for the physically challenged people, old age population for mobility and rehabilitation purpose. Intelligent & powered wheel chair design provides enhanced mobility and stability and capability to turn full 360 degrees in any narrow corridor. The Technology has been transferred to Indian Industry for commercialization for a period of 5 years.


Large Scale Production of Graphene Oxide


Graphene oxide is extensively used in energy storage devices, polymer composites, desalination of water, conducting ink, aqueous lubrication, nano-coolant, additive for phase change materials, etc.  Graphene oxide is not toxic and hazardous for the environment. The cost of commercially available graphene oxide is very high and scaled-up production of graphene oxide at reasonable price without compromising the quality is a challenging task. The technology developed by CSIR demonstrates the production of graphene oxide starting from natural flake graphite.The Technology has been transferred to one Indian Industry for commercialization for a period of 5 years.


Salivary Fluoride Detection Kit


The indigenous salivary fluoride level detection kit and sensor station is unprecedented in its kind towards diagnosis of salivary fluoride level for the welfare and betterment of the society. It protects from Dental Caries; helps in remineralization; protects against tooth decay; and helps prevent premature tooth loss. The Technology has been transferred to two Indian Industries for commercialization for a period of 5 years.


Boring machine based on trenchless technology


Trenchless construction limits the amount of excavation and the surface repairs needed after digging. Available imported machines are of large capacities for big projects and very expensive. No such machine is being manufactured indigenously. To address this gap, boring machine based on trenchless technology has been designed and developed.


The developed machine can bore upto 14 m length and 160 mm dia. holes under the roads and buildings for laying sewer/ pipe lines and cables. The developed machine is affordable and can be used by small/middle class contractors. It is light in weight, portable and requires low maintenance and Suitable for both wet and dry boring. The technology has been transferred to M/s Techno Industrial Marketing, Uttarakhand


Glass Textile Reinforced Concrete Crash Barrier System


As of today, the most popularly used crash barrier is made up of reinforced concrete, which has high rigidity but poor energy absorption. When a vehicle collides with such crash barrier, the vehicle is seriously damaged and occupants may be fatally injured due to the impact of the collision. Keeping in mind the safety of road users, a ready to use pre-fabricated Glass Textile Reinforced Concrete Crash Barrier System has been designed and developed. The developed crash barriers are lighter in weight, flexible and elastic with ability to absorb the energy of vehicle impact. It would provide improved safety to the vehicle passengers and result in less damage to the impacting vehicles. Technology has been demonstrated and negotiation are underway for technology transfer.


Indigenous 4-axis controller for multi-process micro machine


CSIR has developed a low cost micro machine test bed which houses an indigenously developed controller, software and graphical user interface that can conduct four micromachining operations i.e. micro turning/ micro milling/ micro drilling/ micro patterning in a single desktop system (60 cm X 60 cm). The developed system can be used by small and medium scale micro-machining industries such as Surgical tool industries, Jewellery making industries etc. besides skill development in engineering colleges for imparting training on CNC machine operations. Technology has been transferred to two industries on non-exclusive basis


Graphene Based Aqueous Lubricant


Technology for production of graphene based aqueous lubricant has been developed to replace graphite-based imported lubricant extensively used in hot-forging industries.Graphene oxide has several applications in the areas of energy storage and conversion, automotive and aerospace composite materials, coatings and corrosion, biomedical and structural engineering, defense, sensors, electronics, etc. Developed Graphene production technology (200g/batch) has been transferred to a specialty chemical company, Auropol Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata, West Bengal.


Micro Fuel Cell


Micro fuel cell is a power source for electronic devices that converts chemical energy into electrical energy. The scaled down fuel cells can be used in electronic devices such as digital cameras, radios, toys and other low power applications. CSIR has developed cost effective, simple and easy to fabricate micro fuel cell for use in low power applications. Technology has been transferred to M/s Victor Industries Pvt. Ltd., Sangli, Maharashtra on non-exclusive basis.


MoU signed between CSIR-NPL and HPCL for indigenous development of petroleum certified reference materials (CRMs) to save big chunk of foreign exchange through import substitution for CRMs.

This will not only ensure maintaining highest standard quality ecosystem for petroleum products used by all stakeholders including common man but also will save vital foreign exchange through import substitution for Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) which play a pivotal role for the calibration of laboratory testing equipment for quality assurance.

Technology on Recycling of Waste Plastic into Useful Tiles developed by CSIR-NPL licensed to NRDC

India generates about 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day its safe disposal is a huge challenge and big menace to environment, this technology offers a cost-effective solutions in solving the societal problems and produces wealth from the waste.


CSIR-IMTECH forges Partnership with Merck to establish a High-End Skill Development Centre. This will be first of its kind, Academia-Industry-led, ‘High End Skill Development Centre’ in Chandigarh that has been established to augment Government of India’s initiative for skilling India in the area of Life Science.



CSIR’s Skill Development Initiatives


  • CSIR has launched an Integrated Skill Development Initiative for gainful utilization of its state-of-the-art infrastructure and human resources through specific industry-oriented skilling programmes. Some major highlights of CSIR Integrated Skill Initiative during the year 2018 are as follows:


o Nearly 19,000candidates trained under CSIR Integrated Skill Initiative during the year 2018 at CSIR laboratories in various S&T domains;


  • CSIR-CLRI has skilled nearly 3000 artisans in different leather trades pan India with financial support from institutions like National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC).
  • CSIR-CSMCRI entered into a MoU with Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) to train 12500 fishermen of nine districts of Andhra Pradesh;


  • CSIR-NEIST Integrated Skill Initiative Program have been selected under NABARD’s Joint Liability Group (JLG) Promotion scheme for bank loans;


  • CSIR-CSIO’s Indo-Swiss Training Centre, won the first prize in Manufacturing & Engineering Sector in the State Level Competitions of India Skills Chandigarh 2018.


  • CSIR and Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Caste Co-operative Finance Corporation Ltd. (APSCCFC) have signed an Agreement for Skill training and Entrepreneurship in Leather Sector. The initiative is set to benefit 10,000 Scheduled Caste Candidates from Andhra Pradesh, creating income generation assets to the households and thus enabling social and economic development. An investment of Rs. 30 Crore is being made by APSCCFC in next 2-3 years.

CSIR Scientists Connecting with School Students

CSIR has launched a program named JIGYASA in collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The Programme envisaged to connect 1151 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 38 National Laboratories of CSIR.In the calendar year 2018 CSIR already implemented more than 200 programmes targeting nearly 27,000 students and 2,500 teachers from Kendriya Vidyalaya;



CSIR reaching North East Region

  • CSIR-Industry Meet for North East Region: CSIR Technologies and Knowledgebase for Creating and Supporting MSMEs and Start-ups in North-Eastern Region at Guwahati. About 100 industries for NER and 50 Scientists from CSIR participated in the event. Around 8 handshakes happened between Industry and CSIR during the event for future collaboration.



  • CSIR-NEIST has transferred the agro-practice on mushroom cultivation to 30,000 beneficiaries as well as the spawn production technology to 20 entrepreneurs/NGOs and generated employment to over 5000 people. The income to the beneficiary ranged from Rs. 10,000/month to Rs. 1,50,000/month from cultivation of mushroom from October to March, in a given year.




International Affairs

Bilateral Cooperation


CSIR’s International S&T linkages were further fostered and expanded through launch of new cooperation arrangements and implementation of existing programmes with leading academic and research institutions abroad. Several high level interactions between senior officials and scientists of CSIR and from partner countries including Republic of Korea, Germany, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia were held to identify cooperation priorities and pursue them further. Capacity building programmes for training and advanced exposure were offered to researchers and officials from Bangladesh (Oceanography). A joint workshop with Germany on “Sustainable Water Supply and Wastewater Management (disposal & re-use) - Research for Sustainable, Affordable Solution” was held at Delhi In addition to many institute level cooperation arrangements, six (6) new cooperation programmes were launched by concluding cooperation MoUs.



CSIR Lab Level Partnership Initiatives


Twinning Project between CSIR and Metals Industry Development Institute (MIDI), Ethiopia kick started in March 2018 .Ethiopia to implement a Capacity Building programme to Transform MIDI that provides for capacity building of MIDI researchers in CSIR for a period three years at a cost of US$ 6,806,000. The principal objective of this transformation program is to enhance the competitiveness of the metal and engineering industry.

In addition to participating in the international cooperation programmes of CSIR and developing their own partnership programmes, CSIR institutes actively participated in the inter-governmental programmes, both bilateral and multilateral, that are administered by DST/ DBT/ ICMR. Thirty two (32) collaborative research projects were funded to CSIR institutes for implementation with partners from Germany (6), Russia (6), UK (5), France (4), Japan (4), Republic of Korea, Austria, Hungary, Vietnam, Switzerland, Norway and Malaysia.



  • Capacity Building Programmes


  • During the Executive Session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), held in London on 19-20 April 2018, Prime Minister of India announced “India will champion capacity building programs through the Commonwealth, to help Small Island Developing States (SIDS) acquire the capacities to use modern technologies like remote sensing or multi beam hydrography, to better manage their ocean based national wealth. For this CSIR-National Institute of Oceanology (CSIR-NIO) with funding from MEA (under ITEC) has launched four (4) training programs.
  • Seven (7) young and bright CSIR scientists were awarded Raman Research Fellowships to pursue research in the Centres of Excellence abroad.
  • Under CSIR – The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), CSIR offered Twelve (12) Doctoral Fellowships and seven (7) Post-Doctoral Fellowships to researchers from developing countries to pursue research at CSIR institutes.



CSIR has been conducting research in frontier areas of science such as Energy and Engineering, Mining and Minerals, Generic Drugs and Chemicals, Aerospace and other areas of strategic concern.  CSIR contributions to drugs and pharma segment are outstanding - Eleven of the 14 new drugs developed in independent India are from CSIR.


Pioneer of India’s intellectual property movement, CSIR’s patent portfolio is focused at solving the problems faced by masses through desired S&T intervention and carving out global niches for the country in select technology domains on the other. In the year 2017-18, CSIR was granted 171 Indian and 376 Foreign patents.   







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The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, received His Excellency Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the President of the Republic of Maldivesat Rashtrapati Bhavan today (December 17, 2018). He also hosted a banquet in his honour. 

Welcoming the Maldives President to India, the President said that we are honoured that he has chosen to visit India on his first State Visit and that too, within a month of assuming office. This speaks for our close ties and special friendship. The President said that India attaches the highest importance to its relationship with Maldives. Maldives can always count on India as a steadfast partner in its progress as a nation.  

The President said that along with strengthening our bilateral relations, we must also enhance our partnership on global issues. Climate Change needs urgent attention and action. We are deeply concerned of its impact, and especially so on Maldives and other Small Island States that are most vulnerable to it. India has taken the lead to fight Climate Change through the International Solar Alliance. The President invited Maldives to become a member of the Alliance and strengthen its efforts. 

Subsequently, in his banquet speech, President Kovind said that India wishes to see a democratic, stable, prosperous and peaceful Maldives. As the Maldives Government embarks on its journey to fulfill the mandate given by the people of the country, India assures all possible support as a true friend.

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Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Giriraj Singh informed the Lok Sabha today that the National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC), a PSU under MSME Ministry, has organized 15129 Entrepreneurship Skill Development Programme (ESDP) and 1341 Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) during 2018-19 (till October ’18). He informed that during 2017-18, 7142 EDPs and 29295 ESDPs were organized.


NSIC organizes programmes for Skill Development and Self-Employment through its 8 technical centres located at Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Howrah (West Bengal), Hyderabad (Telangana), Okhla (New Delhi), Rajkot (Gujarat), Rajpura (Punjab) and Neemka (Haryana). In addition, NSIC is also imparting self-entrepreneurship through its incubation centres located at Okhla (New Delhi), Howrah (West Bengal), Guwahati (Assam), Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), Kolar (Karnataka), Deoria (Uttar Pradesh), Nawada (Bihar), Naini (Uttar Pradesh), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Kashipur (Uttarakhand), Rajkot (Gujarat) and Neemka (Haryana). 


The MSME Minister further stated that NSIC offers training in more than 100 trades. These include various hi-tech areas like robotics, solar energy, animation, PLC, SCADA and software development as well as conventional fields like fitter, mechanic, electrician and turner for promotion of wage employment and self employment.  He said the NSIC is in the process of establishing three business parks in Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar and New Delhi. The objective of setting up these parks is to provide entrepreneurs with built-up space for setting up offices. The parks also provide facilities like exhibition space, conference hall and food court under one roof.



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The National Steel Policy 2017 and Domestically Manufactured Iron & Steel Products Policy 2017, has led to huge growth in both production and consumption of steel. The per capita consumption has risen from 59 kgs in 2013-14 to 69 kgs in 2017-18. India has produced 103 Million Tonnes of steel in 2017-18 and will soon become the second largest producer of steel in the world in the year 2018. The capacity of steel production has increased from 97 Million Tonnes in 2012-13 to 138 Million Tonnes in 2017-18.The Government of India’s emphasis and commitment to building infrastructure,Make-in-India and Smart City Mission has led to the consumption of steel growing dramatically. More than 50% production is in the secondary steel sector comprising of small producers spread across the country employing a large number of people directly or indirectly.


  • Ministry of steel is promoting rural and urban development through low cost housing designs by INSDAG and various other structures like bridges, culverts, anganwadis, panchayat halls and community toilet.
  • Ministry of Steel has in collaboration with M/o Railways, Road Transport, Rural Development, Environment and Forest, Coal and Consumer Affairs increased steel usage and fast tracking of steel projects.

Use of Steel in Indian Railway tracks

  • The Ministry of Steel utilized MyGov platform to crowd source ideas for increasing steel consumption in India.
  • A contest was conducted inviting ideas in steel sector called #myLOVESTEELideas:

The first prize was awarded to Sumit Gupta from Delhi for his idea of Steel based expandable tiny homes for providing low cost basic housing with solar panels and bio toilets.

Second Prize was awarded to HareeshS. from Thiruvanthapuram for his idea of designs for Stainless steel waste bin, incorporating enclosed segregated storage and with provisions for advertising space.

Third prize was awarded to VasimMalek from Nadiad City, Gujarat for his idea of laying underground permanent steel utility ducting along roads and in apartments for eliminating disruption of daily life of citizens due to repeated digging up.


Flagship programmes like 100 Smart Cities Mission, Housing for all Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and high-speed bullet trains and metro trains all will hugely contribute in increasing steel demand in our country.

Birender Singh

Union Minister for Steel

Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh


Steel Industry without doubt is a major industrial sector which plays a very important role in the economic development of any nation. The Indian Steel Industry has made significant contribution to the all-round economic development of India.

Vishnu Deo Sai

Union Minister of State for Steel

Shri Vishnu Deo Sai


  • India is currently the world’s 3rd largest producers of crude steel in 2017 and already has become 2nd largest producers in the period Jan to Oct 2018.


(in million tonnes)







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South Korea














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Source: WSA, Statistical Year Book 2018



  • India is currently the world’s largest producer of direct reduced iron(DRI)/sponge iron.


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Source: WSA, Statistical Year Book 2018

  • The country is 3rd largest consumers of finished steel in world in 2017 and expected to be 2nd largest consumers soon.

Table 3: Top 10 Steel Using Countries 2017

(in million tonnes)







2018 (f)

2019 (f)









United States
























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Source: WSA, Statistical Year Book 2018, Short Range Outlook 2018


f - forecast

  • The per capita consumption of finished steel in India has been rise from 60 kg in 2013 to 69 kg in 2017 and 59 kg in 2013-14 to 69 kg in 2017-18

Table 4: Per capita apparent Steel use (production,ASDU in '000 tonnes)—Financial Year wise













 Apparent Steel Use (ASU)






% Growth






Population (eco survey 1718)






ASU per capita (kg)






 % Growth






Source: JPC

  • Crude steel capacity in country stood at 137.975 million tonnes in 2017-18 while production of crude steel reached at 103.131 million tonnes.

Table 5: Capacity and Production of Crude Steel

(in ‘000 tonnes)


Working Capacity


% Utilisation





















Source: JPC

  • India has been a net exporter of finished steel in last two years.

Table 6: Trade of Finished Steel

(in '000 tonnes)








Apr-Oct 2018

















Source: JPC





Memorandum of Understanding [MoUs] With Capital Goods Manufactures Under ‘Make In India’ Initiative


The National Steel Policy - 2017 envisages creation of 300 million tonnes (MT) of steel capacity in the country by 2030-31 as against existing capacity of about 137 MT. The estimated import of plant and equipment, for reaching 300 MT capacity, will be around USD 25 billion. Further, it is estimated that at 300 MT capacity level, India will have to spend about USD 500 million annually for import of proprietary and other spares.


Ministry of Steel organized a Conclave on “Capital Goods in Steel Sector: Manufacturing in India” in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha on 23.10.2018. The Conclave is an initiative to promote domestic capacity and capability building and manufacturing of capital goods in steel sector.


To accomplish the Vision of the Government of India, SAIL signed MOUs during the Conclave with Capital Goods manufacturers’ (BHEL, HEC and MECON) so as to give a boost to indigenization of manufacturing of Capital goods related to steel sector.


Award Scheme for Secondary Steel Producers

Ministry of Steel has instituted an Award Scheme for Secondary Steel Producers in the year 2018, to give recognition for their contribution in the national economy and to encourage these producers to achieve high standards of efficiency, quality, safety & economy in operation and also to promote innovation, waste utilization, reduction in GHG emission etc. The awards were given away at the Secondary Steel Sector Conclave held on September 13, 2018 for the performance year 2016-17.


The policy of preference to domestic manufacturers of iron and steel products (DMI&SP) which was rolled out in May,2017 has brought an estimated savings of around Rs.8500 crores worth of foreign exchange.

Steel Research and Technology Mission of India (SRTMI)

Government has facilitated setting up of an innovative institutional mechanism namely SRTMI to promote joint collaborative research projects of national importance in iron & steel sector in India. This is an industry driven platform and the initial corpus is being funded by the major steel companies. SRTMI has been registered under the Societies Registration Act on 14th October 2015. SRTMI is actively interacting with steel companies, research labs & academia to spearhead research for the iron & steel sector.


Budget for R&D


Ministry of Steel is financing thepromotion in Research and Development in Steel Sector, an R&D scheme. During the year 2018, 10 R&D projects have been approved with total cost of Rs 43.87 crore with financial assistance of Rs. 40.79 crore from the Government budget. 25 R&D projects are in progress. Ministry of Steel is also funding 50% (Rs. 5.52 crore) in 3 R&D projects being pursued under the IMPRINT Scheme of MHRD with a total cost of Rs 11.04 crore.


R&D through Steel Development Fund


During the year 2018, 9 on-going R&D projects were pursued with under the SDF assisted R&D scheme.


Centre of Excellence in Steel Technology

Ministry of Steel is providing financial assistance for setting up of Centre of Excellences for creation of world class facility for metallurgical engineering and also for development of human resource for the steel sector. Such facilities are promoting R&D for the iron & steel sector and also generate skilled manpower for the sector. Four such Centers have been set up/ approved at IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, IIT, BHU and IIT, Madras.  


Quality control of Steel and Steel Products

Ministry of Steel is the leading Ministry with maximum coverage of products under the BIS certifications marks scheme. More than 85% steel products in the country are covered under Mandatory Quality Control Orders. These orders prohibit, import, sale and distribution of substandard steel products. This ensures better health & safety standards for end-users. Ministry of Steel has so far covered 47 carbon steel and 6 stainless steel products standards under the Mandatory BIS Certification scheme.Government has been facilitating supply of quality steel for critical end-use applications such as infrastructure, construction, housing and engineering sector.


NEDO Model Projects

NEDO is the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) established as a Japanese Governmental organization in 1980 to promote the development and introduction of new energy technologies and research and development of industrial technology. NEDO is active in a wide variety of areas as one of the largest public research and development management organizations in Japan.


With the aim of raising the level of industrial technology, NEDO pursues research and development of advanced new technology. Drawing on its considerable management know-how, NEDO carries out projects to explore future technology seeds as well as mid- to long-term projects that form the basis of industrial development. It also supports research related to practical application.


Under the NEDO model projects, Ministry of Steel, with financial assistance from Government of Japan, facilitated setting up of model projects in integrated steel plants to promote energy efficient, clean and green technologies. During the period April 2014-March 2018, one model project on Energy Management System has been approved and is under implementation at ISP Burnpur of SAIL.


UNPD Project


Ministry of Steel in association with UNDP and AusAid have implemented the project “Up scaling Energy Efficient Production in Small Scale Steel Industry in India”. Through this project, skill development training was imparted to implement energy efficient technologies in 283 re-rolling mills and 4 induction furnace units for improvement of productivity, reduction in energy consumption and GHG emission. This resulted in average 24% reduction in energy consumption in these units. 


Blast furnace of Bhilai Steel Plant


Modernization& Expansion Plan of SAIL


  • Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) had undertaken modernisation& expansion of its five integrated steel plants at Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Bokaro (Jharkhand), Rourkela (Odisha), Durgapur (West Bengal) &Burnpur (West Bengal) and Special Steel Plant at Salem (Tamil Nadu) to enhance its crude steel capacity from 12.8 Million tonne per annum (Mtpa) to 21.4 Mtpa.


  • The modernisation& expansion of Salem Steel Plant, Rourkela Steel Plant, IISCO Steel Plant, Durgapur Steel Plant and Bokaro Steel Plant have been completed.  The new facilities are under operation, stabilization and production ramp up.


  • At Bhilai Steel Plant, major facilities under modernisation& expansion have been completedand the integrated process route is in operation. Prime Minister of India dedicated the Modernized and Expanded Bhilai Steel Plant to the Nation on 14.6.2018.


JV for Hydro Electric Power Plant


A Joint Venture has been formed between SAIL and Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha (GEDCOL), a subsidiary of the Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC), for installation of a 10 MW Hydro Electric Power Plant at Mandira dam of RSP. SAIL will hold 26% equity in the JV and balance 74% will be held by GEDCOL. The Joint Venture Company “GEDCOL SAIL Power Corporation Limited (GSPCL)” has been incorporated on 6.9.2018.


Development of Railway Line


Ministry of Railways, State Government of Chhattisgarh and SAIL are in the process of construction of Broad Gauge (BG) rail link between Dalli-Rajhara and Rowghat over a stretch of 95 kms. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), under the Ministry of Railways, has been mandated by the Ministry of Railways to construct this rail line between Dalli-Rajhara and Rowghat. The second segment of rail line construction from 17 km till 34 kms was completed during the year 2018. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurated this stretch in April this year. The line in now operational.


MoU with AAI


SAIL and Airports Authority of India (AAI) MoU in April 2018 on utilization of SAIL’s Rourkela, Bokaro and Burnpur airstrips under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – UDAN, a flagship project of Government of India.


Production at Steel Processing Unit (SPU) in Himachal Pradesh


SPU, Kandruori, Himachal Pradesh, with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes per annum of TMT Bars, commenced regular production during the year 2018. The Unit was earlier inaugurated by Prime Minister of India. The product of SPU, Kandrori is being sold mainly in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab for meeting requirement of projects and retail customers of the region.


Campaign to promote steel consumption:


The campaign ‘SAIL Steel – गांव की ओर’,launched by SAIL with the aim of increasing general awareness about usage of Steel, brand building at grass root levels, informing the masses in out-bound, far-flung and rural areas about importance of Steel, and connecting with the local contractors, engineers and users, continued to engage actively with the target population in 2018. Sixty-seven meets were organized during Apr-Nov’18. The participants include masons, representatives of local panchayat or tehsil, bank officials and professors, retired government employees, micro dealers of steel & cement, local consumers, engineers and retail channel partners of SAIL.


Upgradation of Ispat General Hospital at Rourkela


Rourkela Steel Plant in Odisha


The 600 bed, Ispat General Hospital at Rourkela of SAILhas been upgraded at an estimated cost of around Rs.295 crore. The hospital now offers post-graduate medical education in 6 disciplines:burns & plastic surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery and nephrology.


Ispat General Hospital is presently catering to the local population, apart from the employees of SAIL and their families and also extends free medical facilities under various CSR initiatives.


AnMoU has been signed between SAIL and Rourkela Steel Plant and National Buildings Corporation of India Ltd. on 13th August, 2018 for further development for the upgradation of the hospital.


Turnaround of SAIL


In the year ended March 2018, SAIL reported the highest ever turnover of around Rs. 58,297 crore, clocking a growth of 18.5% over the previous year. The Company also registered Cash Profit of Rs.2,583 crore in the year ended Mar 2018 vis-à-vis cash loss of Rs.153 crore in CPLY. Moreover, SAIL started the turnaround with reduction in losses by more than 80% on annual basis. In H2 2017-18, it turned into profits by registering PBT of Rs.1,268 crore.


Continuing with the strong performance, SAIL posted a turnover of Rs.32,284 crore, a growth of 23% over CPLY. PBT in H1 2018-19 stood at around Rs.1, 676crore, as against a loss before tax of around Rs. 2,028 crore during CPLY.



NISP Nagarnar, Bastar, Chhattisgarh

 The world standards 3MTPA integrated steel plant established at Nagarnar, in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh,will become operational in 2019. It will be operating with zero discharge and has been designed with state of art technology for energy efficient technology.


The plant is designed to have optimum use of water and power. Latest dedusting system, effluent treatment plant, pollution monitoring system are adopted. All air and other emission are over and above the world standards. The raw material handling system is completely automated and is equipped with high performance dust suppression systems.


The entire plant is installed in less than 1800 Acres having 25m width green belt all around the boundary wall and 33% of area is covered with trees.



  • Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) under the corporate entity RashtriyaIspat Nigam Ltd (RINL) is the first shore based Public Sector integrated steel plant in India. RINL-VSP has the distinction to be certified for ISO 27001 - Information Security Management Systems (ISMS).


  • RINL has undertaken modernization of its existing major production facilities like blast furnaces, steel melt shop converters and sinter plant to upkeep the health of major equipment, which are in operation for more than 2 decades.  The modernization programmes envisaged adoption of latest technology to make the units energy efficient and environment friendly.  The modernization has been completed except sinter machine-2, which is likely to be taken up duly considering optimum production model with 3 blast furnaces operation.  Along with modernization, one more converter and caster have been installed enhancing liquid steel capacity by 1 MTPA. i.e., from 6.3 MTPA to 7.3 MTPA. All the modernized & revamped units and additional converter and caster units are in operation.
  • Improvement was registered in all major production areas of RINL over the corresponding period of previous year. It registered a growth of 18% in hot metal, 19% in liquid steel, 15% in finished steel and 17% in saleable steel production over the corresponding period last year.


  • The Sales Turnover of RINL was Rs.13,059 crore, a growth of 39% over corresponding period last year and sale of 3.003 mt of steel, a growth of 15% over corresponding period last year.



  • MOIL is a miniratna state-owned manganese-ore mining company headquartered in Nagpur, India. With a market share of 50%, it was the largest producer of manganese ore in India in the fiscal year 2008. MOIL Limited has been ranked 486 among the top 500 companies in India and 9th in the mines and metals sector of the fortune India 500 list for 2011. MOIL operates 10 mines, six located in Nagpur and Bhandara districts of Maharashtra and four in the Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh. Of the 10, seven are underground mines (Kandri, Munsar, Beldongri, Gumgaon, Chikla, Balaghat and Ukwa mines) and three are opencast mines (DongriBuzurg, Sitapatore, and Tirodi). Its Balaghat mine is the deepest underground manganese mine in Asia.
  • Highest ever 9.81 Lakh MT production of manganese ore (non-fines) during FY 2017-18 as compared to 8.32 Lakh MT during FY 2016-17 works out to 117.91% achievement over last year.
  • MOIL recorded the highest ever sale of manganese ore (non-fines) during FY 2017-18 of 9.74 Lakh MT as compared to 9.59 Lakh MT during FY 2016-17.
  • MOIL also recorded the highest ever turnover of Rs. 1323.46 crores from operations during FY 2017-18 as compared to 989.84 crores during FY 2016-17.
  •  MOIL incurred the highest ever Capex expenditure of Rs. 207.04 crores during FY 2017-18 as compared to 120.74 Crores during FY 2016-17.
  • MOIL has filed patent application for “A composition useful as an alternative filling material for hydraulic stowing in an underground mine and the methods thereof”. All the research work for the product development and system has been carried out in–house by MOIL at Munsar and DongriBuzurg Mine.
  • MOIL is conducting further trials to develop a suitable material for hydraulic transportation to fill the voids in underground mines. This will help reduce the river sand consumption for underground filling purpose in the years to come and will reduce environmental impact due to mining of river sand.


  • MSTC Limited is a Mini Ratna Category-I PSU under the administrative control of the Ministry of Steel. The company was founded on 9th September 1964 to act as a regulating authority for export of ferrous scrap.
  • MSTC’s JV company Mahindra MSTC Recycling Private limited (MMRPL) is the first company to take up initiative to set up an organized recycling and shredding of End of Life vehicles and white goods in an environment-friendly manner. Towards this goal, the JV Company has leased land of approx. 6 acres with 44000 Sq.ft covered area for India’s first ever state-of-the-art collection and dismantling centreat Greater Noida which is operational.


  • The company buys old vehicles from individuals and institutions, from around Delhi and NCR for recycling. It offers attractive price for old vehicles along with add on services like towing. A shredding plant is in the process of being setup at Dahej, Gujarat, which will become operation next year and will be one of its own kinds in India. This will not only provide employment to locals but also substitute import of shredded scrap to India and save foreign exchange.
  • Scrap cars, once received, are transported to the recycling facility at Greater Noida, and dismantled, depolluted and baled, using world class technology and adopting the best practices followed across Europe and USA in the recycling sector.
  • MMRPL’s website cerorecycling.com has been launched and Radio advertisements have been started for spreading awareness of the benefits of the recycling facility for the society at large and about the resource optimisation in steel sector.
  • In order to meet the requirement of shredded scrap in India, 50-60 such shredding plants will need to be immediately setup in different parts of the country.



  • KIOCL Limited is a flagship Company under the Ministry of Steel. It is a mini-ratna company and has ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications. It is an export oriented unit having expertise in iron ore mining, filtration technology & production of high quality pellets. 
  • The annual capacity of the pellet plant is to produce about 3.5 million tons of iron ore Pellets. Other facilities include reclaimer to load pellets directly from stockyard to vessel. Pellets produced at the Mangalore Plant have high quality metallurgical properties and are an ideal feed for blast furnace and DRI units.
  • KIOCL has entered O&M contract with NMDC for Iron Ore Beneficiation and Pelletization Plant, with Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC) to operate and manage 1.4 MTPA Chrome Ore Beneficiation plant at Kaliapani Odisha and had operated Coke Handling System(Crusher Conveyors) of MRPL,Mangaluru.
  • Under the Make in India initiative, KIOCL has produced high grade pellets out of imported high grade ore procured from Brazil for exports.
  • In order to support and participate in the National Policy on Skill Development,KIOCL has signed an MoU with National Skill Development Corporation and Quess Corporation Ltd., an approved NSDC partner. Training will be givento employees, contract workers, local youth, women and disadvantaged groups and employees of other nearby establishments including CPUs.
  • Cumulative production of 23,27,000 Metric Tons and dispatches of 23,00,801 metric tons of pellets for the Financial Year 2017-18 are the highest since closure of Kudremukh mines.
  • Based on the market price traded in the stock exchanges as on March 31, 2018, KIOCL has been included amongst the top five hundred listed companies on market capitalization. As per list released by NSE. KIOCL was at 182nd number in top 500 list.
  • KIOCL has signed contract agreement with Odisha Mining Corporation Limited in July this yearfor completion of remaining works of their new chrome ore beneficiation plant at South Kaliapani, Odisha.



• Strengthens its position as a profit making CPSE

• Standalone and neutral e-commerce service provider

• Biggest e-auction platform

• E-commerce includes disposal of scrap, sale of coal, ferromanganese,

iron ore etc.

• Also involved in e-auction of allocation of spectrum, coal

linkages, mining leases etc.



• Has turned into profit making CPSE in 2017-18

• Leading multi-disciplinary Design, Engineering, Consultancy

and contracting organisation in the field of not only metals

and mining but also in Power, Oil and Gas, Infrastructure,

Refineries & Petrochemicals, Pipelines, Railways etc




• Leading profit making CPSE under Ministry of Steel

• Achieved highest ever production of 35.5 MT in 2017-18

• Achieved highest ever sale of 36.1 MT in 2017-18




• Continues to be profit making CPSE

• Achieved highest ever non-fines production of 9.81 lakh MT

during 2017-18.

• Manganese Ore production of 12.01 lakh MT in 2017-18

• All time high turnover of Rs.1333.35 crore in 2017-18.


• Profit making CPSE.

• Highest cumulative production of 23.27 lakh tons in 2017-

18, an increase of 57% over the previous year

• Highest cumulative despatches i.e. 23.00 lakh tonnes in

2017-18, an increase of 66% of previous year.

• Revenue of operations at Rs.1629 crore in 2017-18, an

increase of 75% over the previous year.


• Profit making subsidiary CPSE.

• Renders specialised services of scrap and slag management

in steel plants.

• Generates Wealth from Waste by recycling slag and scrap

generated during iron & steel making process.



• RINL has turned EBITDA positive in 2017-18

• Production of 4.972 MT (Prov.)of liquid steel achieved in

2017-18, 46% higher than 3.391 MT in 2013-14.

• Sales turnover of Rs.16625 crore (Prov.) in 2017-18, a growth

of around 31% over corresponding period last year.



• SAIL has considerably reduced its losses during 2017-18

• Highest ever production of hot metal at 15.983 MT in 2017-18

• Highest ever production of crude steel at 15.021 MT, with a growth of 4% over last year

• Highest ever production of saleable steel in 2017-18 at14.071 MT


Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh, unveiled the corporate sports policy for Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) under the Ministry of Steel this year. The policy provides a framework for promotion of sports by Steel Ministry CPSEs.

Sports is an indicator of a country’s economic development and strength and CPSEs, under the Steel Ministry, will strive to groom medal aspirants for the Olympic Games. CPSEs will discharge their responsibility through infrastructural and institutional support for talent spotting, scholarships, training and coaching.

Steel CPSEs will allocate a specific budget for sports activities, as per their financial strength, and this budget will be separate from the company’s CSR funds. The CPSEs under the Steel Ministry will encourage rural sports, sports for differently-abled and activities for homemakers by sponsoring annual and periodic sporting events. CPSEs of the Steel Ministry will also sponsor national and international sporting events.

All the Steel Ministry CPSEs will form an Apex Sports Body which will get affiliated to National Level Sports Associations and Federations, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Para Olympic Federation and Association. Maharatna and Navaratna CPSEs will set up Sports Academy in at least one of the identified sports discipline and maintain infrastructure there for including general fitness equipment and facilities.


India became co-chair in global Forum for steel excess capacity from January 2018.

In 2018, the Scrapping Policy of Ministry of Steel is being finalized.






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The Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu has said that India and Zambia historically share warm and friendly relations based on common values such as commitment to democracy, liberty, equality and rule of law. He was interacting with the Parliamentary Delegation from Zambia led by Dr. Patrick Matibini, Speaker, National Assembly of Zambia who called on him, here today.


The Vice President said that both India and Zambia are working together for the mutual benefit and prosperity of their people.


Shri Naidu said that India was one of the first countries to recognize Zambia after its independence in 1964. Our warm and friendly bilateral relations have evolved and strengthened over the years and the visit of President of India to Zambia this year has given a fresh impetus to these ties, he added.


The Vice President expressed his appreciation for Zambia’s unwavering commitment to democracy since its independence and the peaceful transfer of power in Zambia after every election. He also lauded Zambia for maintaining friendly and cordial relationships with all the 8 nations that surround it.


Shri Naidu welcomed Zambia as a member of the International Solar Alliance and expressed hope for an early ratification of the Framework Agreement by Zambia. He also assured that India would do its best to promote renewable energy including solar technologies to enhance incomes and to safeguard global environment.


The Vice President expressed pleasure that India-Zambia bilateral cooperation extended to a variety of sectors, such as health, education, capacity building, energy and infrastructure. India is willing to extend cooperation in mutually identified areas, he added.


Shri Naidu also welcomed frequent exchanges between the two parliaments and said that such interactions would be beneficial in sharing experience & learning from each other’s best practices. He said that the Indian Parliament would be happy to associate with the Zambian Parliament in any specific area, including training of its officials in the institutional or technical human resource development.


Shri Naidu thanked Zambia wholeheartedly for its continued support to India’s candidature to various international forums and UN agencies. He conveyed his best wishes for the peace, progress and prosperity of Zambia and well-being and good health of the friendly people of Zambia.




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The NITI Aayog organised the Third Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards 2018 and launched the upgraded portal of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform today.

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presided over as the chief guest of the event where he launched the WEP Portal 2.0 and conferred WTI Awards 2018.

The Vice President congratulated the NITI Aayog for creating Women Entrepreneurship Platform 2.0 and placing gender equality at the centre of it's policy decisions. He stated that the Women Entrepreneurship Platform will help to realise the dreams of Women Entrepreneurs across India and that the development story of a New India is being scripted with women at the forefront.

The Women Transforming India Awards were instituted to recognise and celebrate stories of exemplary women from across India. This year’s theme is “Women and Entrepreneurship” and fifteen winners have been chosen through an extensive six-month long process to identify fascinating and inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs.

The Women Entrepreneurship Platform seeks to transform the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country and shall be a one-stop resource centre for future and budding women entrepreneurs. It seeks to act as a medium for various stakeholders in the economy to come together and offer integrated services such as Incubation Support, Mentorship, Funding avenues, Compliance, Marketing Assistance etc.

The WEP Conclave saw participation of more than 400 people from various sectors, ranging from established entrepreneurs, industry veterans, renowned experts, senior government officials, budding entrepreneurs etc.

Spirited discussions on topics such as 'The Entrepreneur’s Perspective: from Startup to Growth' and 'Pay it forward-How WEP as a platform can help' were held where eminent speakers such as Ms Anna Roy, Adviser, NITI Aayog; Ms Shivani Wazir Pasrich, CEO & Managing Director, SWP Productions; Ms Raseel Gujral Ansal, Lifestyle Designer & Founding Member, Casa Paradox; Robin Chaurasiya, Founder, Kranti; Ms Geeta Chandran, Padma Shri awardee & Bharatnatyam Dancer; and Ms Tajamul Islam, the World Kickboxing Champion who inspired and regaled the audience with her story. The panels discussed the challenges women entrepreneurs face in their entrepreneurial journey and the role of WEP as a platform to support and promote entrepreneurs to help them overcome their barriers and tread the path of entrepreneurship.

Along with panel discussions, WEP Investment Council was also introduced by Ms Anjali Bansal, Head, WEP Investment Council and solutions to address funding related challenges faced by entrepreneurs were inter alia discussed. Later, Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog engaged in a candid conversation with renowned Tennis Player Ms Sania Mirza.

WTI Awards 2018 received over 2300 nominations this year, and through a highly objective and transparent screening and evaluation process have selected 15 winners from sectors such as Renewable Energy, Education, Sanitation, Art and Culture, Social Innovation and Impact to name a few.

The awardees for the Third Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards are:

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Kshetrimayum Indira Devi

Chanu Creations


Ajaita Shah

Frontier Markets Consulting Pvt Ltd.


Pranshu Patni

Hello English


Namita Banka

Banka Bioloo Ltd.


Ezhil Subbian

String Bio Pvt Ltd


Priyanka Agarwal

Wishberry Online Services Pvt. Ltd


Kavita Iyer Rodrigues

Zumutor Biologics Pvt Ltd


Neelima Chaturvedi

Korea Mahila Grih Udyog


Shikha Shah

Canva Fibre Labs LLP and BrewSight Analytics LLP


Devika Malik

Wheeling Happiness


Monika Shukla

LetsEndorse Development


Thinlas Chorol

Ladakhi Women's Travel Company


Tage Rita

Lambu Subu Food & Beverages


Yamuna Sastry V

Cab Dost


Seema Prem

FIA Technology Services Private Ltd.


Background of WEP

On November 28-30, 2017, NITI Aayog, Government of India in partnership with the Government of the United States of America hosted the 8th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India with the overarching theme of ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’. To take the idea forward, CEO, NITI Aayog announced setting up of Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) to promote and support established as well as aspiring women entrepreneurs in India.

WEP is the first of its kind unified access platform which enables meeting of several stakeholders in the entrepreneurial space on a single platform, work in collaboration with various partner organizations to provide a wide range of support services to women entrepreneurs under various service verticals of WEP. WEP partners such as Google, CRISIL, SIDBI, NIC, NASSCOM, UN India Business Forum, WEE Foundation, SEWA bank, MannDeshi Foundation, Shopclues, ICAI, ALC India, LK, GEN India, SSM have committed specific services such as WE check, Free Credit Rating, Free Ad credits, apprenticeship, mentorship, technical workshops etc. to WEP registered women entrepreneurs under verticals such as Financial Assistance and Funding Support, Entrepreneurship Skilling, Incubation and Acceleration, Compliance Assistance, Marketing Assistance and a dedicated vertical for Social Entrepreneurship.




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