Ministry of Shipping 2017- Year of Consolidation


Ministry of Shipping 2017- Year of Consolidation

For the Ministry of Shipping the year 2017 has been a year of consolidation, a year of building up on the good work of the past few years and strengthening the ground for further ongoing development.

  1. PORTS

1.1 Ports play an important role in the trade of the country. In fact they are the gateways for EXIM Trade. Over all the ports in India handle 90% by volume and 70% by value of India’s external trade.

Capacity and Traffic

1.2 In order to meet the ever increasing trade requirements of the country, the focus has been on the infrastructure development and capacity enhancement of the Ports. Over the years the cargo handling capacity of the major ports has been growing steadily as under:


Year Capacity
2012-13 744.91
2013-14 800.52
2014-15 871.34
2015-16 965.36
2016-17 1065.83

1.3 Traffic handled at the major ports has also been increasing as shown in the Table below:

(In MT)

Year Traffic
2012-13 545.79
2013-14 555.49
2014-15 581.34
2015-16 606.37
2016-17 648.40

(upto November, 2017)


Award of projects and investment

1.4 During 2016-17, 57 Projects were awarded, involving an investment of Rs. 9490.51 crore and additional capacity of 103.52 MTPA was created. In 2017-18, 59 projects have been targeted for award of which 12 have already been awarded. With a view to promote Port led development, the Sagarmala Programme was approved by the Cabinet on 25-03-2015. This is a flagship initiative of Government of India. Under this programme 142 Port Projects involving an investment of around Rs. 91,434 crore for capacity enhancement have been identified for implementation during the next 10-15 years.

Improvement in efficiency parameters

1.5 While increasing the capacity of major ports, Ministry of Shipping has been striving to improve their operational efficiencies through policy and procedural changes and mechanization. As a result key efficiency parameters have improved considerably. The Average Turnaround Time has improved from 87.36 Hrs in 2015-16 to 82.56 Hrs in 2016-17 and significant improvement to 63.33 Hrs during the 2017-18 (as on 31.10.2017). The Average Output Per Ship Berthday has increased from 13156 Tonnes in 2015-16 to 14583Tonnes in 2016-17 and to 14912 Tonnes in 2017-18(as on 31.10.2017). A study to benchmark the performance of Major Ports to comparable international ports was taken up with a view to improve the operational efficiency and profitability. Out of the 116 initiatives recommended by the consultants, 86 have already been implemented and the remaining will be implemented by 2019. The implementation of these recommendations is expected to lead to further improvement in the operational efficiency and productivity of the Major Ports in the coming years.

Policy initiatives to improve efficiency

1.6 The achievement of the Major Ports in terms of capacity augmentation, improved operational efficiency and higher operating surplus has been made possible due to certain pro-active policy initiatives taken by the Ministry of Shipping. A new Berthing Policy and Stevedoring Policy have been implemented. The tariff guidelines were revised to provide flexibility to port operators to align the tariff closer to market tariff subject to achievement of certain performance standards. 100% FDI is being allowed in PPP Projects in the Port Sector. The Model Concession Agreement is being amended with a view to obviate the problems being faced in execution of PPP Projects on account of certain provisions of the present MCA, in order to make the investments in the Port Sector more attractive. A new Major Ports Authorities Bill, 2016 to replace the existing Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 with a view to provide greater autonomy and modernization of institutional structure has been introduced in the Lok Sabha on 16.12.2016. The Bill has been examined by the Parliamentary Standing Committee and based on the recommendations made in the Committee’s Report, necessary Official amendments in the proposed Bill have been formulated. Inter –Ministerial consultations are being held before seeking approval of the Union Cabinet for introduction of the Official amendments in the proposed Bill.

Deendayal Port

1.7 In recognition of the invaluable contribution and sacrifices made by Pandit Deendayal Upadhaya towards serving the nation and also upliftment of the Poor & downtrodden, the name of Kandla Port has been changed to Deendayal Port. The Notification in this regard has been issued on 24/09/2017.

Ease of Doing Business

1.8 As part of promoting Ease of Doing Business to promote and facilitate business at ports, a number of activities which include elimination of manual forms, direct port delivery, installation of container scanners at ports, RFID based automation system etc have been undertaken. RFID system has already been put in place in 9 Major Ports and the system is expected to be in place in the remaining ports by March, 2018. Direct Port Delivery (DPD) volume is steadily growing. Further as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Green agenda, new schemes have been formulated for providing financial assistance to Major Ports for green initiatives and also for building their capacity for combating oil pollution. The ports are being rated on cleanliness. Major Ports are taking up renewable energy projects to generate more than 150 MW (solar & wind energy) in the next five years. 15 MW Solar and 6 MW Wind Powers has already been commissioned in the Major Ports during 2016-17 and by the end of 2018, 91.5 MW Solar and 45 MW Wind Powers is expected to be achieved. Focus is being given on setting up of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Coastal Economic Zones around major ports. SEZ at JNPT Smart Industrial Port Cities at Kandla and Paradip are under implementation.

1.9 100% cashless transaction have been achieved in all Major Ports, land records have been digitized, all ports pensioners linked with Aadhaar Biometric system etc.

Chahbahar Port in Iran

1.10 India is also engaged in the development of Chahbahar Port in Iran. An MoU has been signed between the two countries in this regard. Inauguration ceremony of the Phase-I of Shahid Beheshti Port at Chabahar, Iran was held on 3rd December,2017 by the Hon’ble President of Iran. At the ceremony the Indian delegation was led by Shri Pon. Radhakrishan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance & Shipping.


2.1 Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP)

  1. ‘Jal Marg Vikas’ (National Waterway-I: River Ganga) Project envisages to develop a fairway with upto 3 meters depth between Varanasi and Haldia covering a distance of 1380 kms at an estimated cost of Rs. 5369 crore. On completion, the project would enable commercial navigation of 1500-2000 ton vessels. The project is being implemented by the IWAI with technical and investment support of World Bank and is to be completed by 2022-23. The major activities under the project are construction of multi-modal terminals, jetties, river information system, channel marking, navigational lock, river training and conservancy works.

The project has been appraised by the Public Investment Board (PIB). The World Bank loan for the JMVP has been approved. The CCEA note on Implementation of JMVP has been approved by the Hon`ble Finance Minister subject to obtaining reconfirmation from Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change that Environmental Clearance is not required for maintenance dredging in rivers for navigation .

In the meantime, work has commenced on priority sub-projects i.e., construction of multi-modal terminals at Varanasi, Haldia, Sahibganj and navigational lock at Farakka. The status of these subprojects is given below:

2.2 Multi-modal Terminal , Varanasi

Work order for construction of Phase-I(A), mainly offshore works, awarded on 13.05.2016 at a cost of Rs. 196 crore. Foundation stone was laid by the Hon’ble Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways on 12.08.2016. Contractor has commenced work and it is scheduled to be completed by May 2018.

2.3 Multimodal Terminal , Sahibganj

Work for construction of Phase-I of the Terminal at a cost of Rs. 280.90 crore has been awarded on 27.10.2016. Foundation stone was laid by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 06.04.2017 and the project is scheduled to be completed in June, 2019.

2.4 Multimodal Terminal , Haldia

61 acres of land in the Haldia Dock Complex has been taken on 30 year lease from Kolkata Port Trust. Work for construction of the Terminal at a cost of Rs. 517 crore has been awarded on 27.12.2016 and is scheduled to be completed in Dec, 2019.

2.5 Construction of New Navigational Lock , Farakka

The work has been awarded on 15.11.2016 at a cost of Rs. 359.19 crore and is scheduled to be completed in April 2019.

2.6 Development of National Waterway-4

The Hon’ble Vice-President of India in the presence of Hon’ble Minster of Shipping and Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh laid the foundation stone for commencement of development work for Phase-I of National Waterway-4 from Muktiyala to Vijaywada on 3rd October, 2017. The project would facilitate movement of construction material for Amravati, the upcoming capital city of Andhra Pradesh. The work for dredging and setting up of floating terminals has commenced.

2.7 Movement of Cargo on NWs

The IWAI is focussing its energy on movement of cargo on the National Waterways so that by the time the terminals and other infrastructure are established they are utilized effectively. A pilot run of defence cargo (eight Army trucks and 20 personnel) transportation on IWAI’s Ro-Ro vessel, MV Gopinath Bordoloi (capacity 250 DWT from Pandu (Guwahati) to Bogibil (Dibrugarh) on National Waterway-2 (river Brahmaputra) in Assam was conducted successfully during 24th to 29th April, 2017. The pilot movement was part of IWAI’s sustained efforts to promote IWT on National Waterways in the North East.

IWAI’s cargo vessel MV V.V. Giri moved 240 metric tonnes of bagged cement of a prominent manufacturer from Lolaghat, West Bengal (Rupnarayan river) to Bhagalpur (on Ganga).

Transportation of 50,610 ton of cement from Gaighat (Patna) to Bhagalpur and 73,400 ton km stone chips from Sahibganj (Jharkhand) to Manihari (Bihar) on NW-1 was completed during April, 2017 by a bare boat charter agency.

2.8 Development of eight (08) new NWs

Mandovi, Zuari, Camberjua, Barak, Gandak, Rupnarayan, Alappuzha-Kottayam-Athirampuzha Canal and Sunderbans National Waterways were considered for development during 2017-18. The three NWs of Goa would be developed after signing of the MoU between IWAI, Mormugao Port Trust and Captain of the Ports, Govt. of Goa. The bandelling and channel marking in Gandak river has been issued and work will start shortly. Development of fairway in Barak river has been awarded and the contractor is mobilizing the equipment at site. The tendering for fairway and pantoon at Hemnagar of Sunderbans waterways is under finalization. The dredging and floating terminals at Rupnarayan river is also under finalization.

2.9 Raising of bonds by IWAI

On the basis of Finance Minister`s Budget Announcement 2016-17, IWAI was permitted to raise Rs. 1000 crore as bonds through Extra Budgetary Resources. IWAI raised Rs. 340 crore during the financial year 2016-17 and the balance amount of Rs. 660 crore has been raised in Oct, 2017. The EBRs raised are being utilized by IWAI exclusively for capital expenditure for development of National Waterways (NWs) during 2017-18.

2.10 Institutional funding for development and maintenance of National Waterways (NWs)- Allocation of 2.5 per cent of Central Road Fund

The Union Cabinet has accorded its approval to a proposal jointly moved by the Ministry of Shipping and the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) for amendment of Central Road Fund Act, 2000 to allocate 2.5 per cent of the proceeds of Central Road Fund (CRF) for development and maintenance of National Waterways (NWs) and a commensurate reduction in the share provided for development of National Highways. To implement the decision, the Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has been introduced in Lok Sabha on 24.07.2017.

The decision of the Cabinet is a major boost for development of IWT sector which was not able to take off in the past due to low public funding. An allocation of 2.5 per cent of CRF proceeds would provide approximately Rs. 2000 crore per annum for the development and maintenance of NWs at existing rates of duties funding the CRF. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has estimated that approximately Rs. 25,000 crore would be required for development of identified projects on NWs till 2022-23.

2.11 Freight Village and Logistics Hub at Varanasi

To improve logistics efficiency, it is proposed to set up a Freight Village and Logistics Hub in Varanasi in continuation of the multi-modal terminal under construction as part of the Jal Marg Vikas Project. The estimated cost of the Freight Village is Rs.3055 crore. To set up the Freight Village, the Screening Committee of the Department of Economic Affairs appraised a proposal seeking technical and financial assistance of US$240 million (Rs. 260 crore) and the World Bank has agreed to the proposal . IWAI has been advised to set up a Project Management Unit for this purpose.

2.12 International movement of cargo on NW-16 (River Barak)

International movement of cargo has commenced on NW-16 (River Barak). The first consignment of 200 MT Limestone was transported by Bangladeshi vessel M.V. Mia Mou from Karimganj (Assam) to Ashuganj (Bangladesh) through National Waterway – 16 on 22nd September, 2017.

2.13 MoU between India and Bangladesh on Passenger and Cruise Services on Coastal and Protocol Route

An MoU on Passenger and Cruise Services was signed by the two countries on 08.04.2017 during the visit of Hon`ble PM of Bangladesh. The draft SOP for commencement of Passenger and Cruise Services has been discussed with and is under finalisation in consultation with MEA.

2.14 MoU between India and Bangladesh on Fairway development of Ashuganj-Zakigunj and Sirajgunj-Daikhawa stretch of Indo Bangladesh Protocol Route

An MoU on Fairway Development of Ashuganj-Zakiganj and Sirajganj-Daikhawa stretches of Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route was signed on 08.04.2017. The fairway is to be developed by IWAI and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA). The tender documents for fairway development of both the stretches are under finalization. Ministry of External Affairs has agreed to bear the dredging cost of fairways development of the above stretches which would be Rs. 244.0 crore over a period of seven years.

2.15 Agreement between India and Bangladesh for use of Chittagong and Mongla Port for movement of goods to and from India

An MoU was signed by the two countries on 6th June, 2015. To administer the MoU, India forwarded a draft SOP for consideration of Bangladesh. However, Bangladesh desired that an Agreement is required for operationalization of the MoU. Therefore, it was decided that the Agreement as well as SOP will be finalized simultaneously during the Secretary (S) level talk at Dhaka on 07.12.2016.

Accordingly, the draft Agreement and SOP were forwarded to Govt. of Bangladesh. However, Bangladesh opined that the SOP will be finalised after signing of Agreement. The draft Agreement has been referred to Bangladesh for finalisation.


3.1 Legislation

a. The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Act, 2017

The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Act, 2017 was enacted on 9th August, 2017. The Act consolidates the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues and repeals five obsolete British statues on admiralty jurisdiction in civil matters. The Act confers admiralty jurisdiction on High Courts located in coastal states of India and this jurisdiction extends upto territorial waters. This Act will fulfill a long-standing demand of the maritime legal fraternity.

Now, High Courts of all the coastal states will exercise admiralty jurisdiction over maritime claims which include several aspects not limited to goods imported and chattel as earlier, but also other claims such as payment of wages of seamen, loss of life, salvages, mortgage, loss or damage, services and repairs, insurance, ownership and lien, threat of damage to environment etc. The legislation accords highest priority to payment of wages of the seafarers. It also provides for protection against wrongful and unjustified arrest and has provision for transfer of cases from one High Court to another High Court.

b. The Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016

MS Bill was referred to Parliamentary Standing Committee in December, 2016. The Committee has given its recommendations on 18th July, 2017. The recommendations of the Committee have been examined. Cabinet Note on proposal for acceptance/non-acceptance of the recommendations of the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism & Culture and introduction of Official amendments to Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016 was circulated for interministerial consultations on 10.10.2017 and is expected to be approved by Ministry of Law. Thereafter it will be submitted to the Cabinet and then Lok Sabha would be requested to take up the Bill for consideration and passing along with official amendments.

3.2 Indian Maritime Sector

Shipping industry is one of the most globalised industries operating in a highly competitive business environment. This industry is far more liberalized than most of the other industries and is, thus, intricately linked to the world economy and trade. Indian shipping tonnage, which was only 1.92 lakhs Gross Tonnage (GT) on the eve of Independence, now stands at 122.32 lakhs GT with 1359 ships as on 31.10.2017.

3.3 Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy

The Government of India has an ongoing Rs. 4000 Crore Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy for 10 years (2016-2026) to encourage domestic shipbuilding. Under this policy, financial assistance will be granted to Indian Shipyards equal to 20% of lower of “Contract Price” or the “Fair Price” of each vessel built by them.

  1. Ministry of Shipping has on 31.10. 2017 rolled out an updated version of the web application, along with an amended set of guidelines, for facilitating the shipyards to apply under the policy.

3.4 Upgradation of Environment Management Plan at Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yards

A loan agreement has been signed on 15.09.2017 between JICA and Ministry of Finance for grant of soft loan of US$ 76 million for upgradation of the environment management plan at Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yards.

3.5 Shipping Corporation of India

A second hand VLGC size Gas Tanker was delivered to Shipping Corporation of India on 14th September, 2017 at Khorfakkan, UAE. With this, SCI has become a 6 million DWT company.

3.6 Cochin Shipyard Limited

‘Make in India’ by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) : Under the Make in India initiative, Cochin Shipyard Ltd. is constructing four passenger-cum–cargo vessels as per order placed by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration. Two vessels will have a capacity of 500 persons and 150 tonne cargo and the other two will have a capacity of 1200 persons and 1000 tonne cargo.

3.6.1 International Ship Repair Facility

Hon’ble Minister of Shipping laid the foundation stone for International Ship Repair Facility at Cochin Port Trust, Kochi on 17.11.2017. This facility is being developed by Cochin Shipyard Limited at a cost of Rs. 970 crores. It will have a ship lift and transfer system, six work stations and allied facilities and is expected to generate employment for 1500 persons.

3.6.2 Dry Dock

Cochin Shipyard Ltd is also setting up a Dry Dock, to augment its shipbuilding/ ship repair capacity, at a project cost of Rs. 1799 crores. The contract for the project, which is expected to generate employment for 1500 persons, will be awarded shortly and is scheduled to be completed in 30 months thereafter.

3.6.3 Issue of IPO

In order to raise funds for the above two expansion projects, Cochin Shipyard Ltd went in for an IPO by way of issue of 3,39,84,000 shares of Rs. 10 each amounting to Rs 33.984 crores . The issue opened on 01 August 2017 and closed on 03 August 2017. The issue was oversubscribed by 76.18 times.

3.7 Lighthouses

  1. Establishment of Technical & Heritage Maritime Museum at Muttom Lighthouse

A Heritage Maritime Museum showcasing migration from Vintage technology to modern state of art Aids to Navigation, Musical Fountain, Children Park and viewing gallery has been established to promote tourism at lighthouses.

  1. Solarization of Lighthouses

Solarization of all 193 lighthouses completed, generating approx. 6.0 MWh energy per day thus reducing approx. 6.0 ton of greenhouse gases per day.

c. Establishment of new lighthouse at Vembar

A new lighthouse at Vembar has been established at Vembar for safety of mariners plying near the region. This lighthouse was inaugurated a dedicated to the nation by Shri Pon Radhakrishnan, Hon’ble Minister of State on 19.11.2017.

3.8 Indian Maritime University

i. IMU has introduced 3 new courses BBA (Logistics, Retailing and E-Commerce), M.Sc. (Commercial Shipping Logistics) and M.Tech (Marine Engineering & Management) from the Academic Year 2017 – 18. IMU has signed a MoU with Southampton Solent University.

ii. IMU headquarters is built at 300 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 130.80 crore at Chennai. Its work have been completed and ready for occupation.

iii. IMU Mumbai Campus has been bifurcated into IMU Mumbai Port Campus and IMU Navi Mumbai Campus. A new Academic Annex Building for installing Simulators has been inaugurated in June 2017.

iv. IMU has launched Employees Grievance Portal in order to redress the grievances of the Employees of IMU. About 20 new Ordinances framed / old Ordinances modified and published in the Gazette. Agreement to set up a Center of Excellence (CoE) at IMU, Visakhapatnam Campus with SPV comprising IRS, Siemens & Ministry is on hand.

3.9 International Cooperation

3.9.1 International Maritime Organization

India got re- elected as a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council under Category ‘B’ by getting second highest number of votes during the IMO Council election held at IMO on December 1, 2017.

3.9.2 Agreements/ MoUs signed

  1. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Institutional Cooperation on Maritime Transport was signed on January 25, 2017.
  2. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Federal Transport Authority- Land and Maritime in the United Arab Emirates and the Directorate General of Shipping in Republic of India on the Mutual Recognition of certificates of competency as per the provisions of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW, 78) and amendments thereof was signed on January 25, 2017.
  3. An Agreement on Merchant Shipping between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus was signed on April 28, 2017.
  4. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Netherlands for bilateral cooperation in the fields of ports, maritime transport and logistics which was originally signed on February 12, 2008 and subsequently renewed on 10 May, 2011 and 11 May, 2014 was further extended on 11 October, 2017 for a period of 3 years, till October 10, 2020 as per the renewal clause mentioned in the said MoU.
  5. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Austria on October 3, 2012 on Technology Cooperation in the Shipping and Ports infrastructure sector was valid for a period of 5 years till October 2, 2017 and was further renewed for another period of 5 years beginning from October 3, 2017 as per the renewal clause mentioned in the said MoU.

3.9.3 JWG/ JMC Meetings

  1. 1st meeting of India- Russia Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) was held through Video Conference on February 7, 2017.
  2. 1st meeting of the Joint Working Group between India and Greece on Maritime and Shipping Issues was held on March 6, 2017 through Video Conference.
  3. 1st meeting of the Working Group to discuss and finalize the BIMSTEC Coastal Shipping Agreement was held from November 28- 29, 2017.

3.10 Director General (Shipping)

3.10.1 Review of the process of distribution of examination fee to examiners/surveyors

A Committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary (Shipping) to review the process of distribution of remuneration out of examination fee to examiners/surveyors and other related issues. The Committee had made 15 recommendations of administrative nature. DG Shipping has been directed on 22.03.2017 to implement 10 recommendations of administrative nature. The five recommendations having financial implications have been referred to Department of Expenditure for concurrence.

3.10.2 Merchant Shipping (Continuous Discharge Certificate) Rules, 2017.

New Merchant Shipping (Continuous Discharge Certificate ) Rules, 2017 have been notified vide notification No. GSR 883€ dated 14th July, 2017. The main objective of the new CDC Rules is to facilitate the issuance of CDCs and hence smoothen the entry of a budding seafarers into maritime profession. The restrictive conditions in the previous CDC Rules for getting an Indian CDC were hindrance for entering into the profession. This was against the mantra of ‘ease of doing business’ and were also contrary to the stated objective of the Government of India for increasing the share of Indian seafarers in global shipping industry.


4.1 Conference on Cruise Tourism

The Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Tourism had jointly engaged a consortium of M/s Bermello & Ajamil & Partners to prepare a report on the “Action Plan for Development of Cruise Tourism in India”. The consultant has given recommendations on regulatory issues for customer friendly and hassle free logistical processes. To reach out to the Cruise Lines and tour operators and various stakeholders, a conference on Cruise Tourism was held on 8th August, 2017 in Mumbai which was inaugurated by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Shipping. Three documents were released in the workshop, (i) India’s sea cruise Road map, (ii) Cruise terminal in India and (iii) SOP of the Mumbai Port Trust.

4.2 National Workshop on Cruise Tourism with stake holders

A National Workshop on Action Plan for Development of Cruise Tourism in India was organised jointly by the Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Tourism in New Delhi on 27.6.2017. Shri Nitin Gadkari Hon`ble Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways and Dr Mahesh Sharma, the then Hon`ble Minister of State for Tourism addressed the workshop in which representatives of all stakeholder organizations – both from the Government and the private sector – including regulatory agencies which deal with issues impacting cruise tourism participated. In India, cruise terminals are being developed at five major ports – Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Mangalore and Chennai.

The stakeholders at the workshop discussed several regulatory issues pertaining to various aspects of cruise port operations, namely, security, immigration, customs, ports and worked towards drawing up Standard Operating Procedures for all Government organizations for cruise vessel handling. The Ministry of Shipping, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, has revised the SoPs for hassle free entry and exit of cruise passengers at various major ports in the country. These are based on the recommendations of a global consultant engaged by the Ministry to draw up an Action Plan to develop an enabling ecosystem necessary to promote and sustain cruise shipping in India.

4.3 Initiatives taken in cruise shipping

  1. To develop cruise shipping and tourism in the country, Government has constructed New cruise terminals at Mormugao port and Chennai Port.
  2. The revised SoPs have been implemented at major ports w.e.f 29.11.17.
  3. E-visa facility was extended to 5 major ports namely Mumbai Port, Mormugao Port, New Mangalore Port, Cochin Port and Chennai Port.
  4. A uniform tariff rate at all major ports has been fixed at $ 0.35 per GRT to attract cruise vessels in India.
  5. Facility for foreign flag passenger vessels to call at Indian ports without obtaining license from DG(S) has been extended from February, 2019 to February, 2024.

4.4 Coastal Shipping

On the request of Ministry of Shipping, Department of Fertilizer has included the primary movement of subsidized urea and P&K fertilizers by rail and/or coastal shipping or inland water transportation including road bridging on 29th March, 2017. Now movement of subsidized fertilizers by coastal route and road also qualifies for reimbursement of freight subsidy which will encourage the coastal movement of fertilizer.

Vision of the Government is ‘24×7 Power for All’ – All the States on board to achieve Target by March 2019: Shri R. K. Singh


Vision of the Government is ‘24×7 Power for All’ – All the States on board to achieve Target by March 2019: Shri R. K. Singh

Programmes to reduce Power Losses below 15% by March 2019 in all States on track, says Union Power Minister

Consensus among States on Ending Human Interface in billing process; Mandatory installation of Prepaid/Smart Meters to prevent corruption and increase compliance in Bill payments

States to ensure Cross Subsidization in Power Sector remains below 20%: Shri R.K. Singh

Separation of Carriage & Content in Power Distribution to be brought about through an amendment to Electricity Act

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Raj Kumar Singh, chaired a Conference of Power and Energy Ministers of States/ Union Territories (UTs), held here today. A total of 17 States and 1 UT attended the Conference and deliberated on a host of issues including progress on Union Government flagship schemes at the State level and reform measures that need to be brought about at both Union and State levels to ensure 24×7 Affordable and Quality Power for All.

Addressing the media, Shri Singh clearly laid out Union Government’s Vision behind holding this Conference. The Minister made very clear that 24×7 Power is a Fundamental Right of every citizen of the country and all States will have to ensure that by March 2019. The States have arrived at consensus-based roadmap to bring down losses in State Utilities/ DISCOMS to below 15% by then and any gratuitous load shedding by them after that deadline would attract penalties. “There can be no justification to pass on the burden of our inefficiency to the consumer and this shall not be allowed post March 2019. It is for the Power Utilities to devise strategy to reduce their losses, the consumer must not be burdened with high power tariffs irrationally”, the Minister added.

During the Inaugural Session of the Conference, Shri Singh said that Power is at the core of economic growth of the country. “Without power there can be no development; We are on our way towards becoming a developed country and power reforms are top priority. Industrialization and job creation is not possible without affordable and quality power for all. We are about to add 40 million new consumers by December 2018 and expected economic growth of 8 to 9% in the next 5 years, power demand would increase manifold. Further, electricity will edge out other forms of energy in the coming future as it is more efficient and easy to transport. Electricity will take place of fossil fuels for mobility, cooking etc. and will decrease the imports of petroleum products. Becoming self-sufficient in Power is essential for our strategic autonomy on the global stage. In addition to this, renewable energy will take place of fossil fuels in the near future as storage systems become viable”, the Minister said.

Government of India is providing funds to the States under ongoing Central Government schemes of over Rs. 85000 crores, for strengthening their power infrastructure. As the Country is power surplus presently, the States are now in a position to provide 24×7 power for all, which should be a primary obligation of the State Utilities, provided that the consumer pays for the power consumed, Shri Singh said. “It has been observed that some States are not able to bill the consumers effectively and are losing about 50% of the expected recoveries. Where the consumers are billed properly, the recovery is around 95%”, the Minister added.

Proposing a slew of reforms, Shri Singh said that in order to decrease the losses of the DISCOMs and make them viable, the Union Government is proposing to do away with human interface in meter reading and billing of consumers for power consumption. Mandatory installation of prepaid meters for small consumers and smart meters for large ones, with every connection in the future in each State, would prevent corruption and increase compliance in bill payments, the Minister stated.

“This will be a pro poor step as it will give the poor consumers flexibility to recharge that prepaid meters online through mobile phones, as and when they want, with a small amount at any given point of time. This would also do away with the human element in meter reading, billing and recovery of the amount from consumer and hence the corruption involved at the lowest level.”, said Shri Singh. Giving an example of a successful implementation of prepaid meters, the Minister said that Manipur has been able to reduce its losses by over 50% by installing prepaid meter in all its urban areas.

Shri Singh emphatically stated that if losses continue, no matter how much funds are injected into the Power Utilities, the Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) would start building up again and the DISCOMs would ultimately become unviable in the near future. “This is an unacceptable situation and we have to make the losses a thing of the past”, he added. The Minister also requested all the State Energy Ministers to take continuous review of DISCOM losses with senior officials of the State electricity department and ensure that the leakages are plugged and 24×7 power for all is mandatorily ensured by all States.

Speaking about the separation of carriage and content, the Minister said that it is proposed through an amendment in the electricity act to segregate the carriage from content in the distribution sector. It is planned to introduce multiple supply licensees in the content, based on market principles, and continue with the carriage as a regulated activity. Shri Singh further said that it is also proposed to set in place special police stations and courts to settle cases in the power sector at the earliest.

Talking about the reforms in the renewable energy sector, Shri Singh said that India has pledged to achieve 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022 and 40% of installed power capacity from renewable energy by 2030 as an action plan to fight climate change. To ensure the achievement of this goal, it is mandatorily ensured by State governments that the Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs) are fulfilled, the Minister added. Shri Singh also said that the Union Government is focusing on hydropower and soon the new hydro power policy will be formulated. “Hydropower is important as balancing power and will be instrumental in decreasing our dependence upon fossil fuels in the future”, Shri Singh added.

Stating other reform measures in Power Sector planned in near future, the Minister said that the Government of India is focusing on Make in India and the future industrialization and employment generation in the country has to be indigenous. “For giving a push to Make in India and Domestic Industrialization, we have to make quality power affordable for all and all States have to ensure that the Power Purchase Agreements are honored, tariffs are sustainable and the element of cross subsidization remains below 20%”, Shri Singh said.

Further, the Minister added that, to help the poor power consumers, the government is pushing for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of subsidy in power sector. This would make the industry more competitive and the burden of excessively high tariffs will be taken away from the consumers.

Ministers from the States of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and UT of Puducherry were present during the Conference with their senior officers. Other dignitaries present were Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary Power, along with other senior officers of the Ministry.

President of India to visit West Bengal, Mizoram and Nagaland from November 28 to December 1, 2017


President of India to visit West Bengal, Mizoram and Nagaland from November 28 to December 1, 2017

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will visit West Bengal, Mizoram and Nagaland from November 28 to December 1, 2017. This is his first visit to these states as the President of India.

On November 28, 2017, the President will attend a Civic Reception hosted in his honour at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata. On the same day, he will address a ‘Vigyan Chintan – Scientific Ecosystem in Kolkata’ event at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata.

On November 29, 2017, the President will visit the birthplace of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore at Jorasanko and Netaji Bhawan in Kolkata. He will also address the closing ceremony of the centenary celebrations of the Bose Institute in Kolkata and visit the Ramakrishna Mission and Math at Belur.

On the same day, at the Raj Bhavan, Aizawl, Mizoram, the President will inaugurate housing complexes for economically weaker sections under the ‘Basic Services to Urban Poor Scheme’. On November 30, 2017, the President will address a special session of the Mizoram Legislative Assembly.

On the same day, he will meet and interact with various prominent citizens and NGOs in Kohima, Nagaland. On December 1, 2017, the President will inaugurate the Hornbill Festival and State Formation Day celebrations of Nagaland in Kisama, before returning to Delhi.

National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Suggests NITI Ayog to Bring Some of The Welfare Schemes for Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers Under Its Purview


National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Suggests NITI Ayog to Bring Some of The Welfare Schemes for Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers Under Its Purview

National Commission for Safai Karamcharis has suggested to NITI Aayog that some of the welfare schemes for Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers may be brought under its purview. Shri Manhar Valji Bhai Zala, Chairman, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis along with the members of the Commission Smt. Manju Diler, Shri Dilip K. Hathibed and Shri Swami Sadanand Maharaj held a meeting with Sh. Rattan P. Wattal, Principal Advisor, NITI Aayog on 17th November, 2017 to share their views and concerns on various issues of Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers.

The Chairman raised the issue of empowering the Commission by making it a statutory or constitutional body and bestow it with the powers of a civil court so that it can discharge its mandate effectively. The Commission also expressed its dismay at the slow pace of implementation of “The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013” particularly the survey of Manual Scavengers. The Commission suggested the NITI Aayog for getting the survey of Manual Scavengers done through an independent third party having adequate representation of volunteers/activists from communities traditionally engaged in manual scavenging. Presently, the role of the Commission is merely of monitoring the implementation of the Central Government’s schemes for welfare of Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers. It has no scheme of its own. In this background, the Commission suggested that some of the welfare schemes for Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers may be brought under its purview.

Shri Ratan P. Wattal-Principal Advisor, NITI Aayog took note of the suggestions given by the Commission and assured the Commission that it would shortly convene a meeting of all the stakeholders on the subject to discuss and finalise a roadmap to achieve the ultimate objective of ending the inhuman practice of manual scavenging in the country .

President of India to visit Jharkhand tomorrow


President of India to visit Jharkhand tomorrow

The President of India, Shri Ram NathKovind, will visit Jharkhand tomorrow (November 15, 2017). This will be his first visit to Jharkhand as President of India.

The President will commence his engagements by paying tributes to freedom fighter Birsa Munda at his statue at BirsaChowk, Ranchi. Later in the day, he will grace the foundation day celebrations of Jharkhand state and inaugurate or lay the foundation stones of various projects in Ranchi. He will also receive the first copy of the Hindi translation of a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita at a function organised by the YogodaSatsanga Society before leaving Ranchi.

Primer: Burial Ceremony of Two WW-I Martyred Indian Army Soldiers on 12 Nov at Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France


Primer: Burial Ceremony of Two WW-I Martyred Indian Army Soldiers on 12 Nov at Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France

On 20th Sep 2016, during an excavation work on southern side of the village of Richebourg near Laventie Military Cemetery approximately 230 Kms away from Paris, two human remains were found. On examining their belongings, they were identified as causalities of 39th ROYAL GARHWAL RIFLES. The office of Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWWGC), which is curator of the graves of these unsung heroes, in consultation with the French Government and the Indian Embassy in France decided to hold a burial ceremony at Laventie Military Cemetery, with full military honours for these martyrs alongside the Annual Memorial Service to commemorate the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in France and Belgium. On behalf of the Indian Army, a delegation comprising of the Commandant and the Subedar Major of the GARHWAL RIFLES Regimental Centre, two bagpipers from the GARHWAL RIFLES Regimental Pipe band and Colonel Nitin Negi, grandson of late Naik Darwan Singh Negi, Victoria Cross, the gallant hero in the battle of Festubert, were nominated to attend the Ceremony. In a symbolic gesture the soil from the graves of these soldiers would be brought back to their homeland.

During World War I, the GARHWAL Brigade comprising of 1st/39th and 2nd /39th ROYAL GARHWAL RIFLES showed unparalleled bravery in those treacherous trenches of France and Flanders. The British and the Indian soldiers fought shoulder to shoulder and attained martyrdom in the call of duty. The GARHWAL Brigade earned six Battle Honours and two Victoria Cross in France and Flanders Theatre.

On the solemn occasion, homage will also be paid to the martyrs of Indian Meerut Division at Nueve Chapelle War Memorial by laying wreaths on behalf of the Chief of the Army Staff, Indian Army by Brigadier Indrajit Chatterjee, Commandant and Subedar Major Trilok Singh Negi of the GARHWAL RIFLES Regimental Centre.

Award of President’s Standard and Colours to 223 Squadron and 117 Helicopter Unit


ward of President’s Standard and Colours to 223 Squadron and 117 Helicopter Unit

The Hon’ble President of India and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Shri Ram Nath Kovind would be awarding the prestigious President’s standard to 223 Squadron and 117 Helicopter Unit during a ceremonial parade scheduled to be held at Air Force Station Adampur on 16 Nov 17. The commanding Officer of 223 Squadron, Group Captain Prabhat Malik and Commanding Officer of 117 Helicopter Unit, Wg Cdr N Batra will receive the President’s Standard. The President will also release a First Day Cover of 223 Squadron and 117 Helicopter Unit during the ceremony.

Operational outfits of IAF become eligible for award of President’s standard on completion of 18 years. The selection is based on their performance and achievements, both during peace and hostilities. This honour is and acknowledgement of the meritorious service rendered by the selected units. The President’s Standard is a visible symbol of excellence has been earned by these Units through their dedication and worthy contribution both during peace and war. The Presidential Award marks and epitomizes the hard work, valour and sacrifice of all the personnel posted to these Units since their inception. It is a befitting recognition of their selfless service dedicated to the nation.

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, AVSM VM VSM ADC Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command along with other dignitaries would also witness the ceremony. Retired Air warriors and previous Commanding Officers of both the recipient units are also invited for the occasion.

Various dignitaries expected to grace the President’s standard Presentation Ceremony on 16 Nov17, are the Governor of Punjab, Chief Minister of Punjab and senior Government Officers from Punjab Government.

PM’s statement prior to his departure to Philippines


PM’s statement prior to his departure to Philippines

Following is the text of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s departure statement prior to his visit to Philippines.

“I will be in Manila on a three-day visit starting 12th November. This will be my first bilateral visit to the Philippines where I will also participate in the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits. My participation in them symbolises India’s commitment to continue deepening relationship with ASEAN Member States, in particular, and with the Indo-Pacific region, in general, within the framework of my Government’s Act East Policy.

Besides these Summits, I would also participate in Special Celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders’ Meeting and ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.

The ASEAN Business and Investment Summit will boost our close cooperation to further enhance our trade ties with ASEAN member-states, which constitutes a significant 10.85% of our overall trade.

During my first visit to the Philippines, I look forward to have a bilateral meeting with President of the Philippines HE Mr. Rodrigo Duterte. I will also have interactions with other ASEAN and East Asia Summit Leaders.

I also look forward to connecting with the Indian community in Philippines. During my stay in Manila, I shall also visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Mahavir Philippines Foundation Inc. (MPFI).

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) through Scientific Research and Development has developed better quality of rice seed and helped the global community in addressing food scarcity issues. A large number of Indian scientists are working in IRRI and contributing to R&D in this field. My cabinet approved on 12 July 2017 a proposal for IRRI to set up its South Asia Regional Centre at Varanasi. This will be the first Research Centre by IRRI outside its headquarters in the Philippines. The Varanasi Centre would help increase farmers’ income by enhancing and supporting rice productivity, reducing cost of production, value addition, diversification and enhancement of farmers’ skills.

My visit to Mahavir Philippines Foundation Inc. (MPFI) will demonstrate India’s support for its activities in distributing free prosthesis “Jaipur Foot” among the needy amputees. Since its establishment in 1989, MPFI has fitted nearly 15,000 amputees in the Philippines with Jaipur Foot making them capable of living a new life. Government of India is making a modest contribution to the Foundation to support its noble humanitarian activities.

I am confident that my visit to Manila will give a new boost to India’s bilateral relations with the Philippines and also further strengthen the politico-security, economic and socio-cultural pillars of our engagement with ASEAN.”

Recommendations made On GST Rate changes by the GST Council as per discussions in its 23rd Meeting on 10th November, 2017 held at Guwahati


Recommendations made On GST Rate changes by the GST Council as per discussions in its 23rd Meeting on 10th November, 2017 held at Guwahati

  1. a)In the meeting held today, that is 10th November, 2017, the Council has recommended major relief in GST rates on certain goods and services. These recommendations spread across many sectors and across commodities.
  2. b)As per these recommendations, the list of 28% GST rated goods is recommended to be pruned substantially, from 224 tariff headings [about 18.5% of total tariff headings at 4-digit] to only 50 tariff headings including 4 headings which have been partially reduced to 18% [about 4% of total tariff headings at 4-digit].
  3. c)Further, the Council has recommended changes in GST rates on a number of goods, so as to rationalise the rate structure with a view to minimise classification disputes.
  4. d)The Council has also recommended issuance of certain clarifications to address the grievance of trade on issues relating to GST rates and taxability of certain goods and services.
  5. e)On the services side also, the Council recommended changes in GST rates to provide relief to aviation & handicraft sectors and restaurants.
  6. Major recommendations of the Council are summarised below.

(I)      Pruning of list of 28% rated goods:  The Council has recommended reduction in GST rate from 28% to 18% on goods falling in 178 headings at 4-digit level (including 4 tariff heading that are partially pruned). After these changes, only 50 items will attract GST rate of 28%.

  1. a)Goods on which the Council has recommended reduction in GST rate from 28% to 18% include:

v  Wire, cables, insulated conductors, electrical insulators, electrical plugs, switches, sockets, fuses, relays, electrical connectors

v   Electrical boards, panels, consoles, cabinets etc for electric control or distribution

v  Particle/fibre boards and ply wood. Article of wood, wooden frame, paving block

v  Furniture, mattress, bedding and similar furnishing

v  Trunk, suitcase, vanity cases, brief cases, travelling bags and other hand bags, cases

v  Detergents, washing and cleaning preparations

v  Liquid or cream for washing the skin

v  Shampoos; Hair cream, Hair dyes (natural, herbal or synthetic) and similar other goods; henna powder or paste, not mixed with any other ingredient;

v  Pre-shave, shaving or after-shave preparations, personal deodorants, bath preparations, perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations, room deodorisers

v  Perfumes and toilet waters

v  Beauty or make-up preparations

v  Fans, pumps, compressors

v  Lamp and light fitting

v  Primary cell and primary batteries

v  Sanitary ware and parts thereof of all kind

v  Articles of plastic, floor covering, baths, shower, sinks, washbasins, seats, sanitary ware of plastic

v  Slabs of marbles and granite

v  Goods of marble and granite such as tiles

v  Ceramic tiles of all kinds

v  Miscellaneous articles such as vacuum flasks, lighters,

v  Wrist watches, clocks, watch movement, watch cases, straps, parts

v  Article of apparel & clothing accessories of leather, guts, furskin, artificial fur and other articles such as saddlery and harness for any animal

v  Articles of cutlery, stoves, cookers and similar non electric domestic appliances

v  Razor and razor blades

v  Multi-functional printers, cartridges

v  Office or desk equipment

v  Door, windows and frames of aluminium.

v  Articles of plaster such as board, sheet,

v  Articles of cement or concrete or stone and artificial stone,

v  Articles of asphalt or slate,

v  Articles of mica

v  Ceramic flooring blocks, pipes, conduit, pipe fitting

v  Wall paper and wall covering

v  Glass of all kinds and articles thereof such as mirror, safety glass, sheets, glassware

v  Electrical, electronic weighing machinery

v  Fire extinguishers and fire extinguishing charge

v  Fork lifts, lifting and handling equipment,

v  Bull dozers, excavators, loaders, road rollers,

v  Earth moving and levelling machinery,

v  Escalators,

v  Cooling towers, pressure vessels, reactors

v  Crankshaft for sewing machine, tailor’s dummies, bearing housings, gears and gearing; ball or roller screws; gaskets

v  Electrical apparatus for radio and television broadcasting

v  Sound recording or reproducing apparatus

v  Signalling, safety or traffic control equipment for transports

v  Physical exercise equipment, festival and carnival equipment, swings, shooting galleries, roundabouts, gymnastic and athletic equipment

v  All musical instruments and their parts

v  Artificial flowers, foliage and artificial fruits

v  Explosive, anti-knocking preparation, fireworks

v  Cocoa butter, fat, oil powder,

v  Extract, essence ad concentrates of coffee, miscellaneous food preparations

v  Chocolates, Chewing gum / bubble gum

v  Malt extract and food preparations of flour, groats, meal, starch or malt extract

v  Waffles and wafers coated with chocolate or containing chocolate

v  Rubber tubes and miscellaneous articles of rubber

v  Goggles, binoculars, telescope,

v  Cinematographic cameras and projectors, image projector,

v  Microscope, specified laboratory equipment, specified scientific equipment such as for meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, geology

v  Solvent, thinners, hydraulic fluids, anti-freezing preparation

  1. b)Goods on which the Council has recommended reduction in GST rate from 28% to 12% are:

v Wet grinders consisting of stone as grinder

v Tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles

(II)        Other changes/rationalisation of GST rates on goods:


  1. a)18% to 12%
  2.          Condensed milk
  3.          Refined sugar and sugar cubes

                                        iii.         Pasta

  1.          Curry paste, mayonnaise and salad dressings, mixed condiments and mixed seasoning
  2.          Diabetic food
  3.          Medicinal grade oxygen

                                      vii.         Printing ink

                                    viii.         Hand bags and shopping bags of jute and cotton

  1.          Hats (knitted or crocheted)
  2.          Parts of specified agricultural, horticultural, forestry, harvesting or threshing machinery
  3.          Specified parts of sewing machine

                                      xii.         Spectacles frames

                                    xiii.         Furniture wholly made of bamboo or cane

  1. b)  18% to 5%
  2.             Puffed rice chikki, peanut chikki, sesame chikki, revdi, tilrevdi, khaza, kazuali, groundnut sweets gatta, kuliya
  3.             Flour of potatoes put up in unit container bearing a brand name

                                     iii.            Chutney powder

  1.             Fly ash
  2.             Sulphur recovered in refining of crude
  3.             Fly ash aggregate with 90% or more fly ash content

  1. c) 12% to 5%
  2.             Desiccated coconut
  3.             Narrow woven fabric including cotton newar [with no refund of unutilised input tax credit]

                                     iii.            Idli, dosa batter

  1.             Finished leather, chamois and composition leather
  2.             Coir cordage and ropes, jute twine, coir products
  3.             Fishing net and fishing hooks

                                   vii.            Worn clothing

                                 viii.            Fly ash brick

  1. d) 5% to nil
  2.             Guar meal
  3.             Hop cone (other than grounded, powdered or in pellet form)

                                        iii.            Certain dried vegetables such as sweet potatoes, maniac

  1.             Unworked coconut shell
  2.             Fish frozen or dried (not put up in unit container bearing a brand name)
  3.             Khandsari sugar
  4. e)Miscellaneous
  5.             GST rates on aircraft engines from 28%/18% to 5%, aircraft tyres from 28% to 5% and aircraft seats from 28% to 5%.
  6.             GST rate on bangles of lac/shellac from 3% GST rate to Nil.

(III)Exemption from IGST/GST in certain specified cases:

  1.             Exemption from IGST on imports of lifesaving medicine supplied free of cost by overseas supplier for patients, subject to certification by DGHS of Centre or State and certain other conditions
  2.             Exemption from IGST on imports of goods (other than motor vehicles) under a lease agreement if IGST is paid on the lease amount.

                  iii.            To extend IGST exemption presently applicable to skimmed milk powder or concentrated milk, when supplied to distinct person under section 25(4) for use in production of milk for distribution through dairy cooperatives to where such milk is distributed through companies registered under the Companies Act.

  1.             Exemption from IGST on imports of specified goods by a sports person of outstanding eminence, subject to specified conditions
  2.             Exemption from GST on specified goods, such as scientific or technical instruments, software, prototype supplied to public funded research institution or a university or IISc, or IITs or NIT.
  3.             Coverage of more items, such as temporary import of professional equipment by accredited press persons visiting India to cover certain events, broadcasting equipments, sports items, testing equipment, under ATA carnet system. These goods are to be re-exported after the specified use is over.

(IV)Other changes for simplification and harmonisation or clarification of issues

  1.             To clarify that inter-state movement of goods like rigs, tools, spares and goods on wheel like cranes, not being in the course of furtherance of supply of such goods, does not constitute a supply. This clarification gives major compliance relief to industry as there are frequent inter-state movement of such kind in the course of providing services to customers or for the purposes of getting such goods repaired or refurbished or for any self-use.  Service provided using such goods would in any case attract applicable tax.
  2.             To prescribe that GST on supply of raw cotton by agriculturist will be liable to be paid by the recipient of such supply under reverse charge.

                  iii.            Supply of e-waste attracts 5% GST rate. Concerned notification to be amended to make it amply clear that this rate applies only to e-waste discarded as waste by the consumer or bulk consumer.

(V)             Changes relating to GST rates on certain services

(A)        Exemptions / Changes in GST Rates / ITC Eligibility Criteria

  1.             All stand-alone restaurants irrespective of air conditioned or otherwise, will attract 5% without ITC. Food parcels (or takeaways) will also attract 5% GST without ITC.
  2.             Restaurants in hotel premises having room tariff of less than Rs 7500 per unit per day will attract GST of 5% without ITC.

                  iii.            Restaurants in hotel premises having room tariff of Rs 7500 and above per unit per day (even for a single room) will attract GST of 18% with full ITC.

  1.             Outdoor catering will continue to be at 18% with full ITC.
  2.             GST on services by way of admission to “protected monuments” to be exempted.
  3.             GST rate on job work services in relation to manufacture of those handicraft goods in respect of which the casual taxable person has been exempted from obtaining registration, to be reduced to 5% with full input tax credit.

(B)    Rationalization of certain exemption entries

  1.             The existing exemption entries with respect to services provided by Fair Price Shops to the Central Government, State Governments or Union Territories by way of sale of food grains, kerosene, sugar, edible oil, etc. under Public Distribution System (PDS) against consideration in the form of commission or margin, is being rationalized so as to remove ambiguity regarding list of items and the category of recipients to whom the exemption is available.
  2.             In order to maintain consistency, entry at item (vi) of Sr. No.3 of notification No. 11/2017-CT(R) will be aligned with the entries at items (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) of SI.No.3. [The word “services” in entry (vi) will be replaced with “Composite supply of Works contract as defined in clause 119 of Section 2 of CGST Act, 2017”].

                  iii.            In order to obviate dispute and litigation, it is proposed that irrespective of whether permanent transfer of Intellectual Property is a supply of goods or service.-

(i) permanent transfer of Intellectual Property other than Information Technology software attracts GST at the rate of 12%; and

(ii) permanent transfer of Intellectual Property in respect of Information Technology software attracts GST at the rate of 18%.

(C)    Clarifications

  1.             It is being clarified that credit of GST paid on aircraft engines, parts & accessories will be available for discharging GST on inter–state supply of such aircraft engines, parts & accessories by way of inter-state stock transfers between distinct persons as specified in section 25 of the CGST Act.
  2.             A Circular will be issued clarifying that processed products such as tea (i.e. black tea, white tea etc.), processed coffee beans or powder, pulses (de-husked or split), jaggery, processed spices, processed dry fruits & cashew nuts etc. fall outside the definition of agricultural produce given in notification No. 11/2017-CT(R) and 12/2017-CT(R) and therefore the exemption from GST is not available to their loading, packing, warehousing etc.

                  iii.            A suitable clarification will be issued that (i) services provided to the Central Government, State Government, Union territory under any insurance scheme for which total premium is paid by the Central Government, State Government, Union territory are exempt from GST under Sl. No. 40 of notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate);  (ii) services provided by State Government by way of general insurance (managed by government) to employees of the State government/ Police personnel, employees of Electricity Department or students are exempt vide entry 6 of notification No. 12/2017-CT(R) which exempts Services by Central Government, State Government, Union territory or local authority to individuals.

  1. It is proposed to issue notifications [giving effect to these recommendations of the Council] on 14th/15thNovember, 2017, to be effective from 00hrs on 15th of November, 2017

President of India writes to Governor of Maharashtra conveying his condolences on loss of lives in stampede in Mumbai


President of India writes to Governor of Maharashtra conveying his condolences on loss of lives in stampede in Mumbai

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, has written to the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao, conveying his condolences on the loss of lives in a stampede on a foot overbridge in Mumbai yesterday.

In his message, the President has said “I am sad to learn about the stampede on a foot overbridge in Mumbai in which a number of people lost their lives and others sustained serious injuries.

My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the accident. I am sure the State Government and other agencies are taking necessary steps to provide all possible help to the bereaved families as well as medical assistance to the injured.

Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured”.

Permission to display revised MRP due to Implementation of GST extends up to 31st December, 2017: Shri Ram Vilas Paswan


Permission to display revised MRP due to Implementation of GST extends up to 31st December, 2017: Shri Ram Vilas Paswan

On account of implementation of GST w.e.f. 1st July, 2017, there may be instances where the retail sale price of a pre-packaged commodity is required to be changed. In this context, Hon’ble Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution had allowed the manufacturers or packers or importers of pre-packaged commodities to declare the revised retail sale price (MRP) in addition to the existing retail sale price (MRP), for three months w.e.f. 1st July 2017 to 30th September, 2017. Declaration of the changed retail sale price (MRP) was allowed to be made by way of stamping or putting sticker or online printing, as the case may be.

Use of unexhausted packaging material/wrapper was also been allowed upto 30th September, 2017 after making the necessary corrections.

Considering the requests received to extend the permission for some more time it has been extended to display the revised MRP due to implementation of GST by way of stamping or putting sticker or online printing for a further period of three months, i.e. up to 31st December, 2017

Water Storage Level of 91 Major Reservoirs of the country goes up by two per cent


Water Storage Level of 91 Major Reservoirs of the country goes up by two per cent

              The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on September 21, 2017 was 96.952 BCM which is 61% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 59%for the week ending on September 14, 2017. The level of water storage in the week ending on September 21, 2017 was 88% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 82% of storage of average of last ten years.

              The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 BCM which is about 62% of the total storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.



The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are 6 reservoirs under Central Water Commission (CWC) monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 15.10 BCM which is 84% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 78% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 82% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period 

            EASTERN REGION

The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 12.00 BCM which is 64% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 80% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 75% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

            WESTERN REGION

The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 27.07 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 19.97 BCM which is 74% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 77% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 78% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period. 


The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 42.30 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 25.66 BCM which is 61% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 88% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 74% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.


The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states) Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 24.23 BCM which is 47% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 45% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 71% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year but is less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

              States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Tripura, Maharashtra, Karnataka Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having equal storage than last year for corresponding period is Uttarakhand. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states), Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Envoys of four nations present credentials to President of India


Envoys of four nations present credentials to President of India

Envoys of Tanzania, Ghana, Burundi and Pakistan presented their credentials to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (September 19, 2017).

The envoys who presented their credentials were: –

1. His Excellency Mr. Baraka Haran Luvanda, High Commissioner of Tanzania

2. His Excellency Mr. Michael Aaron Nii Nortey Oquaye, High Commissioner of Ghana

3. Her Excellency Mrs. Stella Bdiriganya, Ambassador of Burundi

4. His Excellency Mr. Sohail Mahmood, High Commissioner of Pakistan

Vice President condoles the loss of lives in UP Train Accident


Vice President condoles the loss of lives in UP Train Accident

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has condoled the loss of lives in the derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express at Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. In a message, he conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wished speedy recovery to the injured.
Following is the text of Vice President’s message:
“I am deeply grieved by the loss of lives in the derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express at Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. My thoughts are with the families of the bereaved.
I understand both the Railway authorities and the Uttar Pradesh government are providing all possible assistance to the bereaved families as well as the best of medical attention to the injured.
I join the people of the country in conveying my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wish speedy recovery to the injured persons.”

Frequent disruptions faced by Parliament and State legislatures were a matter of concern: Vice President


Frequent disruptions faced by Parliament and State legislatures were a matter of concern: Vice President

Addresses the State Reception being hosted by Government of Telangana

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed his concern over the frequent disruptions faced by Parliament and State legislatures and advised lawmakers to debate and decide instead of stalling legislative business. He was addressing the gathering at a State Reception given in his honour by the Telangana Government, in Hyderabad today.

The Vice President recalled the advice of former President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee to discuss, debate and decide. He further said that there should not be any scope for the fourth D – Disrupt. He called upon legislators to regularly interact with people and come out with effective laws for spurring the growth of the country.

The Vice President also counseled the Chief Ministers of the two Telugu-speaking States to resolve differences in an amicable manner and strive for promoting Telugu language. He also wanted the Chief Ministers to recapture the past glory of the Telugu States.

Recalling his association with Hyderabad, the Vice President said that he had been residing in the historic city for the past 40 years and his political career blossomed there. Paying rich tributes to Telangana culture and history, he said it is a land known for struggles and movements. He eulogized the contribution of the people from Telangana during the freedom struggle and recalled how they fought against the tyranny of Nizam and the Razaakars. Komaram Bheem, Sammakka- Sarakka and Chakali Ailamma were symbols of the rebellion, he added.

Making a special mention of Telangana cuisine, the Vice President said that Hyderabad biryani and haleem have become world famous. He further said that Hyderabad was the brand for promotion of Telangana and has put the State on the international map.

The Vice President said that everyone should strive to realize the dream of Mahatma Gandhi to establish ‘Ramrajya’. He stressed that ‘Swarajya’ should be transformed into ‘Surajya’.

The Governor of Telangana, Shri E.S.L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri MD Mohammad Ali, the Deputy Chief Minister of Talangana, Shri Kadiyam Srihari and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

“Transformation of SAIL has begun, let us all be part of it,” Says Chairman, SAIL to Rourkela Steel Plant collective


“Transformation of SAIL has begun, let us all be part of it,” Says Chairman, SAIL to Rourkela Steel Plant collective

‘Product Differentiation is the key strategy to meet the competition”

Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) Chairman, Shri P.K. Singh visited SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), on 18th August and interacted with a cross section of around 700 enthusiastic employees. Throwing light on the current scenario in the steel industry, Shri P. K. Singh said, “In the present circumstances, only the best in the class will survive. At a time of high overcapacities across the world, product differentiation is the requirement of the hour and we have to match the best in quality, variety and standards.” Shri Singh, exhorted the RSP collective that the transformation of SAIL has begun and “Let us all be part of it “. SAIL’s Director (Finance) Shri Anil Chaudhary, Director (Technical) Shri Raman and CEO, RSP Shri Ashwini Kumar were also part of the intensive interaction with the employees during the brainstorming session. Addressing the gathering, Chairman, SAIL, Shri PK Singh further said, “Rourkela has one of the best workforces in the industry where the ramping up after modernization was achieved in one of the shortest times. These interactions are aimed at enthusing the collective to exploit full potential of installed technologies and manpower. In the current challenging times, Company’s targets and priorities have to widely disseminate at all SAIL units.

SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), which boasts of a 4300 mm wide state-of-the-art New Plate Mill, has carved a name for itself as a unique producer of special grades of steels. This mill has the potential to capture demand from niche segments and be the desired choice for top consumers. Stepping decisively in the direction of ‘Make in India,’ the Plant has teamed up with the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) and the Indian Navy to develop special grade DMR-249A steel plates for Indian Naval requirements. Also, the plant will meet the indigenous requirements of various sectors including manufacturing, power etc. and the construction sector. SAIL RSP’s New Plate Mill along with Special Plate Plant have created unique facilities for making of special grades steels for defence applications thereby increasing the capacity of quenched, tempered plates with desired ballistic qualities. The plant also aims at catering to niche markets as well as to reduce the import burden on Nation. Plates with newer specifications (like API 5L X-70 PSL-2 grade), cost effective and quality plates for the construction sector produced using TMCP (Thermo Mechanically Controlled Process) are featuring in the new product basket of SAIL and import substituting products aimed for defence sector are already under development. Besides, the New Plate Mill is rolling boiler quality plates of a thickness of 140 mm in the grade IS 2002 GR-II, which is again an import substitution product.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to visit Udaipur on 29th August, 2017


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to visit Udaipur on 29th August, 2017

PM will inaugurate/do bhoomi poojan for NH projects worth Rs 15000 crores in Rajasthan

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate / lay the foundation stone for National Highways projects worth nearly Rs 15000 crores in Rajasthan. The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Udaipur on 29th of August, 2017. He will dedicate to the Nation eleven completed National Highways projects totalling a length of about 873 km. These include a 6-lane Cable Stayed Bridge across river Chambal at Kota. The list ‘A’ below gives details of these projects. In addition to this he will perform Bhoomi Poojan   for six NH projects of about 556 km , details of which are given in the list ‘B’ below.

  1. List of completed projects ready for dedication to Nation


Sl. No. Name of Project Length (Km.) Project Cost (Rs. in Cr.) Districts involved
Civil Cost Total Capital Cost
1 6-lane Cable Stayed Bridgeacross river Chambalat  Kota (not yet opened to traffic) 1.4 271.11 277.67 Kota
2 4-Laning of Gomati Chauraha – Udaipur section of NH-8 79.31 914.50 1128.25 Rajsamand


3 4-Laning of Rajsamand – Bhilwara section of NH-758. 87.25 702.83 1359.9 Rajsamand


4 Upgradation to 2-Lane with Paved Shoulder of Bheem – Parasoli section of NH-148-D. 33 80.38 88.67 Rajsamand


5 Upgradation to 2-Lane with Paved Shoulder of Parasoli – Gulabpura section of NH-148-D. 36.267 87.18 97.71 Bhilwara
6 Upgradation to 2-Lane with Paved Shoulder of Lambia – Raipur section of NH-458. 54.763 139.22 191.80 Pali
7 Upgradation to 2-Lane with Paved Shoulder of Ladnu – Degana – Merta city section of NH-458. 128.1 256.18 300.96 Nagaur
8 Upgradation to 2-Lane with Paved Shoulder of Bagundi – Barmer section of NH-112. 74.10 168.00 200.00 Barmer
9 Upgradation to 2-Lane with Paved Shoulder ofFatehpur-Salasar- Raj/Har border, NH-65 154.14 437.00 672.00 Sikar


10 Upgradation to 2-Lane with Paved Shoulder of Jodhpur – Pokransection of  NH-114 139.33 289.77 364.88 Jodhpur


11 Upgradation to 2-Lane with Paved Shoulder of Jodhpur – Pachpadra, section ofNH-112 85.615 219.23 243.28 Jodhpur


            Total 873.275 3565.40 4925.12  


  1. List of awarded projects ready for Bhoomi Poojan


Sl. No. Name of Project Length (Km.) Total Capital Cost (Rs. in Cr.) Districts involved
1 4-laning of Bar – Bilara – Jodhpur section of NH-112. 109.65 1248.58 Jodhpur


2 6 laning of Kishangarh-Gulabpura Section of NH-79A & 79 90 1183.48 Ajmer


3 6 laning of Gulabpura-end of Chittorgarh Section of NH-79 124.87 1377.63 Bhilwara


4 6 laning of Chittorgarh to Udaipur Section of NH-76 93.5 1222.53 Chittorgarh


5 6 laning of new  Udaipur Bypass  on NH-8 23.88 725.95 Udaipur
6 6 laning from Udaipur s to Rajasthan/ Gujarat Border section of NH-8 113.8 1615.77 Udaipur


Himmat Nagar (Sabarkantha)

                     Total 555.70 7373.94

Web Based System for Online Processing of Application for ICD/CFS/AFS


Web Based System for Online Processing of Application for ICD/CFS/AFS
(An Initiative under ‘Minimum Government Maximum Governance’)

The Government has simplified the process for companies to set up an Inland Container Depot/ Container Freight Station (CFS)/Air Freight Station (AFS). The improved procedure is aimed at ensuring a speedier and more transparent approval process. Towards this objective, companies can now make their application online and view its progress/update on-line, without a visit to any government office. Also this is a pioneer attempt as a major Inter-Ministerial IT application rather than a mere Intra-Ministerial IT initiative.

The approval process for setting up an ICD/CFS/AFS involves many departments. This is facilitated through an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) which consists of officials from Ministries of Commerce, Finance (Dept. of Revenue), Railways and Shipping. If required, the view of the respective State Government is also sought. This IMC is housed in the Department of Commerce which is mandated to act as a single window for the approval process.


In the current process the applicant submits as many as ten physical copies of the application form with the requisite documents to the Infrastructure Division at Department of Commerce (DoC), New Delhi, besides one copy with the Jurisdictional Commissioner of Customs.

 The current process of examination of the application is very cumbersome and the application form is very bulky with the ancillary material running into almost 500-1000 pages. This is initially scrutinized by the Department of Commerce for adherence to the land acquisition guidelines. Copies of the application are then sent to Ministry of Railways, Shipping, Civil Aviation and Department of Revenue (CBEC) for scrutiny and comments. Department of Revenue (CBEC) then sends the copies of this application to the Jurisdictional Commissioners in the field and thereafter on receiving a report from them sends their clearances to Department of Commerce. Upon receiving the comments from the Ministry of Railways, Shipping, Civil Aviation and Department of Revenue (CBEC), Department of Commerce convenes the meeting of Inter-Ministerial Committee where the application is reviewed on the basis of the comments received, and a decision taken on issue of the Letter of Intent (LoI) to the applicant.

Upon receiving the approval, the applicant is required to set up the infrastructure within one year from the date of approval. The IMC may grant an extension of six months after reviewing the justification for delays given by the party.

After the applicant has put up the required infrastructure, conformed with the security standards of the Jurisdictional Commissioner of Customs and provided a bond backed by bank guarantee to the Customs, a final clearance and Customs notification is issued by the Customs department which then declares the facility operational.


There have been frequent complaints from the Stakeholders (applicants) that the manual process is very cumbersome and not only does it result in loss of documents in the transit but also there is lack of transparency regarding the status of various clearances by the various agencies/departments. There have been persistent demands from the various stakeholders to streamline the processes and therefore, Department of Commerce embarked upon a project to have the complete process made online for the convenience of the applicants.

Now with the culmination of the project, the backend process will also be online and the applicant can see the various stages of processing of his application in the various Ministries/Departments as it is visible online.

Apart from saving reams of paper, the process also brings about greater transparency by disclosing the status of the application. This includes sending out SMS and Email alerts to keep all the stakeholders abreast with the progress.

This approach was conceived under the broader umbrella motto of the government – “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” espoused by honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

National Family Health Survey


National Family Health Survey

As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16), 35.7 per cent children below five years are underweight, 38.4 per cent are stunted and 21 per cent are wasted in the country. In the State of Madhya Pradesh 42.8 per cent children below five years are underweight, 42 per cent are stunted and 25.8 per cent are wasted

The indicator “Children under 5 years who are underweight (weight-for-age)” is one of the composite indicator for child malnutrition. As per NFHS-4 data, the national average of children under 5 years who are underweight has reduced from 42.5% as reported in NFHS-3(2005-06) to 35.7% in NFHS-4(2015-16) and in the State of Madhya Pradesh during the same period, underweight children under 5 years has gone down from 60%(NFHS-3) (2005-06) to 42.8%(NFHS-4). Further in the State of Madhya Pradesh the districts Barwani&Sheopur have reported highest (55%) of children under 5 years who are underweight during 2015-16 (NFHS-4).

A statement containing the percentage of stunted, wasted and underweight Children under 5 years,  State/UT/Districts wise from NFHS-4 (2015-16) is given below:

State/District wise  Children under 5 years who are stunted,wated and underweight   from NFHS 4(20015-16)      (%)
States Districts  Children under 5 years who are stunted (%) Children under 5 years who are wasted (%) Children under 5 years who are underweight (%)
Andaman & Nicobar   23.3 18.9 21.6
  Nicobars 20.3 7.4 10.5
  North  & Middle Andaman 32.5 31.7 33.5
  South Andaman 20.1 15.6 18.5
Andhra Pradesh   31.4 17.2 31.9
  Anantapur 40.3 15.2 39.3
  Chittoor 31.4 18.1 32.4
  East Godavari 27.7 15.3 27.1
  Guntur 22.1 17.9 29.1
  Krishna 22.6 20.7 27.7
  Kurnool 44.1 18.8 37.5
  Prakasam 28.2 15.3 30.3
  Sri PottiSriramulu Nellore 29.4 16.9 28.7
  Srikakulam 28.0 15.6 28.7
  Visakhapatnam 30.1 17.2 33.1
  Vizianagaram 36.8 18.8 34.4
  West Godavari 28.5 14.7 30.1
  Y.S.R. 36.3 17.9 34.4
Arunachal Pradesh   29.4 17.3 19.5
  Anjaw 21.0 18.3 10.4
  Changlang 23.5 16.0 20.1
  Dibang Valley 38.8 7.8 14.9
  East Kameng 42.0 15.1 20.5
  East Siang 21.0 18.1 16.9
  KurungKumey 38.9 23.2 26.1
  Lohit 27.0 21.4 23.9
  Lower Dibang Valley 22.3 21.7 15.4
  Lower Subansiri 35.1 23.9 21.8
  Papum Pare 25.3 9.5 11.6
  Tawang 20.5 19.4 8.1
  Tirap 39.7 25.2 35.0
  Upper Siang 24.6 29.4 21.5
  Upper Subansiri 28.3 12.3 12.2
  West Kameng 27.3 7.2 11.6
  West Siang 34.7 19.2 21.3
Assam   36.4 17.0 29.8
  Baksa 32.4 10.5 22.4
  Barpeta 41.7 16.6 33.1
  Bongaigaon 39.1 23.6 32.9
  Cachar 36.3 30.6 36.3
  Chirang 40.1 13.0 24.7
  Darrang 43.5 19.2 37.9
  Dhemaji 35.5 6.2 15.8
  Dhubri 47.4 22.2 39.0
  Dibrugarh 33.3 22.4 33.0
  DimaHasao 34.7 6.3 18.2
  Goalpara 42.7 22.1 39.5
  Golaghat 32.6 13.9 20.2
  Hailakandi 38.1 19.1 32.5
  Jorhat 25.5 14.8 18.1
  Kamrup 33.3 18.8 29.6
  Kamrup Metropolitan 24.6 11.0 23.2
  KarbiAnglong 28.1 18.7 23.7
  Karimganj 42.3 17.6 35.6
  Kokrajhar 30.6 15.7 27.1
  Lakhimpur 29.3 11.2 24.2
  Morigaon 38.4 10.3 25.8
  Nagaon 38.4 13.3 31.3
  Nalbari 26.8 15.3 20.0
  Sivasagar 35.5 8.3 22.2
  Sonitpur 28.7 21.5 26.9
  Tinsukia 36.0 14.8 32.7
  Udalguri 39.1 18.3 31.8
Bihar   48.3 20.8 43.9
  Araria 48.4 22.8 45.4
  Arwal 50.2 30.7 54.0
  Aurangabad 48.3 24.8 47.6
  Banka 49.6 26.0 48.5
  Begusarai 44.9 18.4 39.1
  Bhagalpur 46.6 23.1 40.8
  Bhojpur 43.5 26.0 47.2
  Buxar 43.9 19.6 41.2
  Darbhanga 49.0 16.6 41.1
  Gaya 52.9 25.6 53.1
  Gopalganj 35.6 16.5 30.5
  Jamui 45.9 29.4 47.2
  Jehanabad 52.1 19.6 47.1
  Kaimur (Bhabua) 53.8 21.4 48.1
  Katihar 49.2 20.7 45.1
  Khagaria 49.8 17.0 42.4
  Kishanganj 46.9 22.8 45.4
  Lakhisarai 50.6 20.1 47.3
  Madhepura 51.8 24.2 49.2
  Madhubani 51.8 19.1 45.4
  Munger 46.6 21.5 43.7
  Muzaffarpur 47.9 17.5 42.3
  Nalanda 54.1 24.3 50.2
  Nawada 48.4 21.4 45.9
  PashchimChamparan 43.6 21.7 39.1
  Patna 43.5 28.5 43.3
  PurbaChamparan 47.2 18.0 40.8
  Purnia 52.1 20.8 47.0
  Rohtas 48.5 19.9 45.1
  Saharsa 43.9 24.0 44.4
  Samastipur 49.2 18.4 41.3
  Saran 46.1 18.1 40.4
  Sheikhpura 46.4 28.9 51.7
  Sheohar 53.0 14.8 42.8
  Sitamarhi 57.3 15.8 47.7
  Siwan 37.9 15.0 31.6
  Supaul 48.1 20.9 43.4
  Vaishali 53.7 15.1 41.3
Chandigarh   28.66 10.86 24.48
Chhattisgarh   37.6 23.1 37.7
  Bastar 41.6 33.9 50.6
  Bijapur 48.2 26.0 47.2
  Bilaspur 34.1 26.8 33.3
  DakshinBastarDantewada 44.2 32.3 51.6
  Dhamtari 34.2 27.0 40.2
  Durg 34.3 21.2 36.3
  Janjgir – Champa 36.8 21.7 34.7
  Jashpur 35.1 18.6 35.2
  Kabirdham 40.4 17.6 38.4
  Korba 33.2 25.7 36.6
  Korea 30.6 29.0 34.5
  Mahasamund 43.7 19.8 38.1
  Narayanpur 49.0 30.5 49.2
  Raigarh 39.2 19.4 37.1
  Raipur 38.3 19.5 37.4
  Rajnandgaon 48.8 17.2 36.6
  Surguja 32.3 22.3 34.7
  Uttar BastarKanker 36.3 30.9 49.9
Dadra & Nagar Haveli   41.71 27.61 38.85
Daman & Diu   23.4 24.1 26.7
  Daman 18.9 26.4 25.2
  Diu 37.3 17.1 31.1
Delhi   32.3 17.1 27.0
  Central 36.6 22.9 34.7
  East 22.5 23.7 20.6
  New Delhi 28.5 20.3 32.0
  North 28.5 13.5 27.9
  North East 27.9 12.7 23.1
  North West 38.6 17.8 32.5
  South 31.3 21.2 28.7
  South West 32.7 12.6 21.1
  West 37.4 17.7 31.0
Goa   20.1 21.9 23.8
  North Goa 21.4 17.5 23.8
  South Goa 18.3 27.7 23.9
Gujarat   38.5 26.4 39.3
  Ahmadabad 29.4 27.1 31.0
  Amreli 37.8 24.6 31.7
  Anand 48.2 21.7 41.3
  Banaskantha 40.7 21.6 43.1
  Bharuch 41.5 29.4 44.2
  Bhavnagar 48.4 26.0 44.4
  Dohad 44.4 24.9 50.8
  Gandhinagar 36.5 29.0 42.7
  Jamnagar 27.9 31.3 29.3
  Junagadh 27.9 30.4 27.2
  Kachchh 40.8 31.4 39.0
  Kheda 45.5 27.2 48.1
  Mahesana 40.5 25.3 41.9
  Narmada 47.4 35.8 53.6
  Navsari 38.9 26.8 37.4
  Panchmahal 40.4 36.3 42.3
  Patan 37.6 24.5 38.4
  Porbandar 22.6 25.4 27.7
  Rajkot 30.9 23.4 31.4
  Sabarkantha 50.6 23.5 45.5
  Surat 30.0 26.2 36.1
  Surendranagar 45.5 27.7 45.9
  Tapi 35.9 35.8 42.4
  The Dangs 48.1 43.0 60.0
  Vadodara 43.8 16.3 39.1
  Valsad 43.3 30.3 41.9
Haryana   34.0 21.2 29.4
  Ambala 19.8 37.9 32.9
  Bhiwani 35.1 15.7 26.9
  Faridabad 29.7 19.7 20.5
  Gurgaon 41.2 17.9 30.6
  Hisar 25.6 23.5 23.5
  Jhajjar 22.3 15.5 21.0
  Jind 26.0 26.7 29.3
  Fatehabad 28.5 20.7 30.0
  Kaithal 33.6 23.8 37.5
  Karnal 41.0 19.8 32.5
  Kurukshetra 31.9 24.1 27.1
  Mahendragarh 23.5 19.2 26.1
  Mewat 52.3 17.2 40.2
  Palwal 34.0 21.4 27.5
  Panchkula 21.5 31.8 26.2
  Panipat 44.6 25.1 40.8
  Rewari 27.8 18.3 23.0
  Rohtak 36.6 13.6 25.2
  Sirsa 34.2 22.5 30.1
  Sonipat 40.2 21.6 30.4
  Yamunanagar 30.0 26.8 31.8
Himachal Pradesh   26.3 13.7 21.2
  Bilaspur 27.2 13.1 23.4
  Chamba 29.9 15.0 22.5
  Hamirpur 29.3 12.6 19.4
  Kangra 25.6 11.3 23.3
  Kinnaur 18.4 12.4 15.9
  Kullu 19.0 11.3 11.0
  Lahul&Spiti 23.0 20.8 16.1
  Mandi 26.3 13.1 16.2
  Shimla 30.3 15.0 24.8
  Sirmaur 23.5 19.5 25.3
  Solan 27.6 17.5 29.4
  Una 22.6 10.7 14.6
Jammu & Kashmir   27.4 12.1 16.6
  Anantnag 18.2 5.4 8.2
  Badgam 20.4 4.2 8.9
  Bandipore 20.5 6.2 9.9
  Baramula 28.6 14.5 12.8
  Doda 36.2 13.2 18.8
  Ganderbal 24.4 4.6 8.3
  Jammu 23.2 13.7 16.6
  Kargil 39.6 6.8 20.3
  Kathua 31.5 15.3 19.1
  Kishtwar 29.3 16.3 18.9
  Kulgam 20.9 7.4 10.2
  Kupwara 30.8 5.1 14.4
  Leh(Ladakh) 20.6 12.4 16.8
  Pulwama 22.7 10.4 11.5
  Punch 27.6 17.7 22.2
  Rajouri 36.7 11.1 22.8
  Ramban 33.6 16.2 18.8
  Reasi 25.4 17.4 22.7
  Samba 19.6 5.2 9.0
  Shupiyan 22.8 8.5 11.1
  Srinagar 26.9 24.8 23.2
  Udhampur 43.1 13.2 27.4
Jharkhand   45.3 29.0 47.8
  Bokaro 39.8 36.9 50.8
  Chatra 49.6 30.6 51.3
  Deoghar 44.8 23.8 46.0
  Dhanbad 38.5 28.1 42.6
  Dumka 43.8 41.4 53.5
  Garhwa 45.6 31.3 50.7
  Giridih 45.8 23.6 40.6
  Godda 54.0 24.8 46.0
  Gumla 45.8 31.7 47.7
  Hazaribagh 49.3 24.5 47.1
  Jamtara 44.1 29.8 48.8
  Khunti 40.1 43.0 53.8
  Kodarma 42.4 20.3 42.2
  Latehar 44.2 29.0 44.2
  Lohardaga 41.7 28.9 48.1
  Pakur 51.8 24.2 46.9
  Palamu 45.4 23.8 43.9
  PashchimiSinghbhum 59.4 37.5 66.9
  PurbiSinghbhum 39.3 40.6 49.8
  Ramgarh 38.7 30.3 46.3
  Ranchi 40.7 27.2 43.8
  Sahibganj 50.2 24.6 49.7
  SaraikelaKharsawan 45.1 23.3 52.6
  Simdega 39.2 36.7 47.9
Karnataka   36.2 26.1 35.2
  Bagalkot 47.3 24.6 44.6
  Bangalore 28.1 28.9 26.8
  Bangalore Rural 28.7 22.8 26.5
  Belgaum 36.7 31.7 38.5
  Bellary 49.5 26.9 53.3
  Bidar 42.8 23.6 39.4
  Bijapur 44.9 29.1 38.9
  Chamarajanagar 30.5 19.1 31.1
  Chikkaballapura 37.7 17.2 28.5
  Chikmagalur 21.1 22.3 24.6
  Chitradurga 28.6 31.8 29.9
  Dakshina Kannada 23.9 17.1 21.7
  Davanagere 46.4 22.4 41.9
  Dharwad 37.4 33.8 41.1
  Gadag 34.8 43.1 38.1
  Gulbarga 52.2 34.0 56.7
  Hassan 27.0 19.1 26.4
  Haveri 43.8 20.4 36.9
  Kodagu 29.8 16.4 25.7
  Kolar 32.0 18.4 27.7
  Koppal 55.8 26.4 49.9
  Mandya 18.6 23.2 20.3
  Mysore 25.1 17.3 24.9
  Raichur 37.2 34.9 41.2
  Ramanagara 22.0 20.3 22.9
  Shimoga 35.3 14.3 30.6
  Tumkur 28.6 26.2 26.0
  Udupi 21.1 20.9 22.3
  Uttara Kannada 37.9 18.3 30.1
  Yadgir 55.5 31.3 50.3
Kerala   19.7 15.7 16.1
  Alappuzha 14.5 16.6 17.2
  Ernakulam 12.4 15.9 12.0
  Idukki 15.1 24.2 14.8
  Kannur 25.3 10.2 10.5
  Kasaragod 18.7 9.7 13.9
  Kollam 14.4 18.8 14.2
  Kottayam 22.0 16.2 11.3
  Kozhikode 18.0 13.5 18.5
  Malappuram 26.3 22.3 17.3
  Palakkad 20.2 10.3 19.1
  Pathanamthitta 13.3 14.4 11.4
  Thiruvananthapuram 19.5 13.1 21.6
  Thrissur 20.8 15.3 14.0
  Wayanad 27.7 23.9 27.2
Lakshadweep   27.0 13.8 23.4
Madhya Pradesh   42.0 25.8 42.8
  Alirajpur 48.6 32.9 52.4
  Anuppur 33.5 30.0 40.0
  Ashoknagar 42.5 31.2 46.3
  Balaghat 32.1 32.4 41.5
  Barwani 52.0 28.3 55.0
  Betul 34.7 34.1 45.0
  Bhind 47.6 30.6 49.8
  Bhopal 47.6 21.0 39.5
  Burhanpur 50.0 20.1 46.1
  Chhatarpur 42.7 18.9 41.3
  Chhindwara 33.6 30.5 41.4
  Damoh 43.2 21.0 38.0
  Datia 48.9 26.2 46.9
  Dewas 42.0 25.7 44.7
  Dhar 42.6 31.4 47.9
  Dindori 45.8 27.4 46.6
  Guna 43.4 33.0 51.2
  Gwalior 42.8 28.0 48.5
  Harda 39.7 25.2 40.6
  Hoshangabad 37.2 29.6 40.7
  Indore 39.2 17.8 30.6
  Jabalpur 36.2 30.7 42.7
  Jhabua 45.6 24.4 43.6
  Katni 45.5 23.8 43.1
  Khandwa (East Nimar) 43.6 21.5 46.8
  Khargone (West Nimar) 48.3 21.2 44.7
  Mandla 36.9 33.5 49.8
  Mandsaur 34.0 21.9 31.2
  Morena 47.7 29.5 52.2
  Narsimhapur 37.9 21.9 35.3
  Neemuch 36.3 24.6 39.2
  Panna 42.3 24.0 40.8
  Raisen 45.8 24.9 44.4
  Rajgarh 38.8 32.1 46.8
  Ratlam 46.1 21.7 41.9
  Rewa 40.4 18.0 36.2
  Sagar 41.0 16.9 30.5
  Satna 41.2 26.6 39.6
  Sehore 33.6 27.0 39.9
  Seoni 34.7 32.4 43.8
  Shahdol 36.7 27.8 41.2
  Shajapur 48.1 30.0 48.6
  Sheopur 52.1 28.1 55.0
  Shivpuri 48.6 25.8 49.6
  Sidhi 48.7 24.9 43.9
  Singrauli 33.0 34.0 37.5
  Tikamgarh 49.7 19.2 43.3
  Ujjain 35.8 19.2 31.3
  Umaria 41.1 27.4 46.6
  Vidisha 41.1 21.4 40.4
Maharashtra   34.4 25.6 36.0
  Ahmadnagar 33.4 21.7 31.1
  Akola 41.2 22.7 39.3
  Amravati 38.1 24.7 33.0
  Aurangabad 38.6 20.8 36.0
  Bhandara 40.5 16.2 32.5
  Bid 37.8 29.5 36.9
  Buldana 43.9 21.1 41.3
  Chandrapur 32.2 31.3 40.3
  Dhule 39.6 30.3 47.5
  Gadchiroli 32.5 45.8 42.1
  Gondiya 34.7 29.7 40.1
  Hingoli 39.6 24.2 36.9
  Jalgaon 36.4 32.5 36.4
  Jalna 44.1 22.4 43.6
  Kolhapur 26.9 25.7 31.2
  Latur 34.7 22.5 34.5
  Mumbai 25.5 25.8 22.7
  Mumbai Suburban 21.3 20.3 28.9
  Nagpur 33.9 25.6 33.6
  Nanded 40.4 20.1 34.4
  Nandurbar 47.6 39.8 55.4
  Nashik 43.5 32.0 42.9
  Osmanabad 43.3 21.9 44.5
  Parbhani 46.4 19.8 42.3
  Pune 22.4 23.4 25.6
  Raigarh 29.9 28.9 38.6
  Ratnagiri 28.3 22.3 28.9
  Sangli 23.3 17.5 24.8
  Satara 23.3 23.5 27.8
  Sindhudurg 25.9 19.6 25.2
  Solapur 25.4 24.1 34.6
  Thane 38.5 29.2 40.3
  Wardha 30.5 26.2 36.1
  Washim 41.1 32.5 42.9
  Yavatmal 47.4 28.8 49.1
Manipur   28.9 6.8 13.8
  Bishnupur 24.7 6.9 13.7
  Chandel 36.1 7.5 13.2
  Churachandpur 35.7 6.6 11.3
  Imphal East 26.2 7.8 17.1
  Imphal West 21.0 4.7 8.4
  Senapati 35.0 8.2 14.7
  Tamenglong 37.1 8.2 16.3
  Thoubal 30.1 7.0 17.9
  Ukhrul 32.7 7.2 11.1
Meghalaya   43.8 15.3 29.0
  East Garo Hills 31.3 13.3 18.2
  East Khasi Hills 48.5 11.0 30.4
  Jaintia Hills 50.8 15.8 34.0
  Ribhoi 51.6 9.4 30.8
  South Garo Hills 16.8 36.0 32.6
  West Garo Hills 30.6 21.5 26.0
  West Khasi Hills 51.1 17.2 30.3
Mizoram   28.0 6.1 11.9
  Aizwal 23.7 2.3 6.7
  Champhai 32.9 6.1 12.7
  Kolasib 25.6 6.5 11.0
  Lawngtlai 35.3 12.0 21.3
  Lunglei 25.3 6.1 13.1
  Mamit 31.2 9.6 17.4
  Saiha 36.9 11.9 16.2
  Serchhip 25.6 9.5 12.3
Nagaland   28.6 11.2 16.8
  Dimapur 20.9 8.3 14.8
  Kiphire 41.8 13.9 25.6
  Kohima 24.7 11.7 15.2
  Longleng 26.1 16.3 17.1
  Mokokchung 19.8 1.8 5.8
  Mon 35.6 21.4 24.6
  Peren 29.8 4.1 10.3
  Phek 27.8 6.7 12.8
  Tuensang 36.4 11.6 21.0
  Wokha 18.7 11.7 11.6
  Zunheboto 31.1 9.5 13.7
Odhisa   34.1 20.4 34.4
  Anugul 31.8 21.6 35.3
  Balangir 44.4 26.1 44.7
  Baleshwar 33.2 18.0 33.7
  Bargarh 39.1 24.2 39.0
  Baudh 42.2 22.5 43.5
  Bhadrak 34.9 15.3 28.2
  Cuttack 15.3 9.1 17.1
  Debagarh 33.4 19.9 37.5
  Dhenkanal 26.1 19.0 29.2
  Gajapati 32.5 18.4 32.1
  Ganjam 28.9 16.4 21.3
  Jagatsinghapur 19.5 12.6 16.5
  Jajapur 30.3 16.5 30.0
  Jharsuguda 34.9 24.8 36.5
  Kalahandi 36.6 24.8 39.7
  Kandhamal 38.4 23.1 43.1
  Kendrapara 26.9 12.3 24.1
  Kendujhar 44.6 19.0 44.3
  Khordha 24.7 13.8 20.3
  Koraput 40.3 28.5 44.4
  Malkangiri 45.7 32.5 51.8
  Mayurbhanj 43.5 17.2 43.8
  Nabarangapur 45.8 36.0 51.0
  Nayagarh 28.0 17.5 25.4
  Nuapada 37.6 26.4 40.0
  Puri 16.1 12.1 17.2
  Rayagada 43.5 23.1 42.4
  Sambalpur 40.2 28.6 45.3
  Subarnapur 47.5 22.3 43.0
  Sundargarh 37.2 31.4 44.2
Pudducherry   23.7 23.6 22.0
  Karaikal 19.0 23.3 24.8
  Mahe 31.3 6.3 13.1
  Puducherry 24.1 24.6 21.3
  Yanam 32.0 17.1 27.4
Punjab   25.7 15.6 21.6
  Amritsar 22.4 10.7 12.8
  Barnala 24.6 11.8 17.9
  Bathinda 24.7 10.4 17.2
  Faridkot 34.8 22.6 26.9
  Fatehgarh Sahib 18.7 14.2 17.1
  Firozpur 28.3 21.9 30.8
  Gurdaspur 22.4 15.5 21.1
  Hoshiarpur 25.7 16.7 21.1
  Jalandhar 29.3 17.3 25.4
  Kapurthala 20.8 18.0 20.5
  Ludhiana 30.1 17.8 28.5
  Mansa 29.6 16.1 24.9
  Moga 28.6 20.0 24.4
  Muktsar 31.5 16.0 22.4
  Patiala 17.6 12.1 13.6
  Rupnagar 19.0 14.4 20.1
  SahibzadaAjit Singh Nagar 24.1 9.9 24.0
  Sangrur 27.3 18.0 19.2
  ShahidBhagat Singh Nagar 23.3 15.7 25.1
  Tarn Taran 23.2 9.5 14.3
Rajasthan   39.1 23.0 36.7
  Ajmer 33.5 31.6 39.6
  Alwar 41.8 18.5 35.6
  Banswara 50.0 30.8 50.7
  Baran 40.2 28.5 41.1
  Barmer 36.6 25.9 39.6
  Bharatpur 47.6 14.6 30.9
  Bhilwara 35.5 33.8 42.6
  Bikaner 33.7 24.4 33.2
  Bundi 38.4 27.7 43.4
  Chittaurgarh 37.4 23.8 41.9
  Churu 31.2 21.7 27.1
  Dausa 33.8 15.3 28.1
  Dhaulpur 54.3 15.8 39.8
  Dungarpur 46.8 37.5 53.4
  Ganganagar 29.1 20.6 29.3
  Hanumangarh 35.0 20.7 23.4
  Jaipur 35.7 12.8 25.2
  Jaisalmer 37.4 21.9 37.4
  Jalor 45.0 27.2 42.7
  Jhalawar 38.1 31.8 47.2
  Jhunjhunun 32.5 13.6 19.5
  Jodhpur 40.3 23.8 38.6
  Karauli 45.5 18.9 35.7
  Kota 32.0 27.7 39.7
  Nagaur 39.1 18.4 31.4
  Pali 44.4 21.7 41.3
  Pratapgarh 46.3 38.2 54.6
  Rajsamand 38.6 28.9 38.8
  SawaiMadhopur 39.4 16.4 34.4
  Sikar 28.4 11.5 20.5
  Sirohi 42.3 36.6 50.4
  Tonk 32.0 23.6 37.3
  Udaipur 47.5 29.9 52.0
Sikkim   29.6 14.2 14.2
  East District 24.0 11.9 11.2
  North District 24.1 19.3 17.9
  South District 32.8 18.5 20.5
  West District 42.3 14.5 14.7
Tamil Nadu   27.1 19.7 23.8
  Ariyalur 37.0 20.3 29.7
  Chennai 30.9 18.1 17.2
  Coimbatore 27.3 21.3 22.9
  Cuddalore 28.2 19.7 25.0
  Dharmapuri 24.2 33.0 29.6
  Dindigul 31.1 26.5 29.8
  Erode 25.6 16.3 16.1
  Kancheepuram 25.0 13.9 16.1
  Kanniyakumari 17.2 9.0 12.8
  Karur 27.5 23.0 28.9
  Krishnagiri 25.1 20.1 23.1
  Madurai 21.2 12.7 19.5
  Nagapattinam 24.5 17.4 22.9
  Namakkal 25.2 15.0 18.0
  Perambalur 24.0 18.2 22.0
  Pudukkottai 26.7 20.9 25.0
  Ramanathapuram 22.5 17.0 22.6
  Salem 27.0 22.5 22.2
  Sivaganga 20.9 18.8 22.7
  Thanjavur 26.0 20.4 22.9
  The Nilgiris 33.1 31.0 30.7
  Theni 27.4 14.0 22.0
  Thiruvallur 30.1 23.3 26.6
  Thiruvarur 28.4 22.1 29.6
  Thoothukkudi 21.2 12.4 17.6
  Tiruchirappalli 30.0 19.0 27.6
  Tirunelveli 30.8 12.9 22.7
  Tiruppur 29.4 20.4 24.9
  Tiruvannamalai 24.5 34.6 34.7
  Vellore 29.0 27.5 32.6
  Viluppuram 31.8 16.3 28.6
  Virudhunagar 29.9 17.7 25.7
Telangana   28.1 18.0 28.5
  Adilabad 38.3 22.1 35.8
  Hyderabad 15.7 14.1 16.8
  Karimnagar 24.3 19.3 25.4
  Khammam 26.5 13.7 22.2
  Mahbubnagar 37.1 18.6 34.5
  Medak 33.4 20.7 37.0
  Nalgonda 28.9 23.1 34.1
  Nizamabad 36.6 22.0 36.3
  Rangareddy 26.2 14.8 25.8
  Warangal 26.6 16.6 29.1
Tripura   24.3 16.8 24.1
  Dhalai 32.5 23.3 27.2
  North Tripura 29.0 14.8 30.7
  South Tripura 25.0 21.5 25.8
  West Tripura 19.5 14.2 19.0
Uttarpradesh   46.3 17.9 39.5
  Agra 44.7 14.9 34.8
  Aligarh 49.1 14.6 38.2
  Allahabad 43.8 20.0 43.4
  Ambedkar Nagar 43.0 22.7 41.0
  Auraiya 43.6 26.5 46.4
  Azamgarh 40.0 16.9 33.0
  Baghpat 35.8 14.9 33.3
  Bahraich 65.1 13.7 44.0
  Ballia 39.6 14.1 31.1
  Balrampur 62.8 10.3 43.5
  Banda 46.7 18.0 41.5
  Bara Banki 51.5 12.2 40.2
  Bareilly 45.6 18.8 42.1
  Basti 48.9 14.1 33.3
  Bijnor 42.6 22.4 41.8
  Budaun 55.1 20.1 53.6
  Bulandshahr 43.2 16.0 33.8
  Chandauli 43.3 17.8 34.8
  Chitrakoot 50.9 33.3 52.5
  Deoria 41.2 14.1 31.6
  Etah 51.0 9.6 32.2
  Etawah 53.2 11.4 32.6
  Faizabad 49.9 19.3 44.9
  Farrukhabad 49.1 8.4 31.4
  Fatehpur 52.4 14.9 40.4
  Firozabad 44.0 11.7 27.9
  Gautum Buddha Nagar 32.2 16.2 28.4
  Ghaziabad 34.7 13.9 29.6
  Ghazipur 41.4 17.7 31.7
  Gonda 56.9 9.8 38.6
  Gorakhpur 42.1 19.9 35.2
  Hamirpur 38.5 32.3 39.8
  Hardoi 50.5 14.7 39.9
  Jalaun 45.6 32.2 49.2
  Jaunpur 48.0 27.3 52.7
  Jhansi 36.1 27.2 39.5
  JyotibaPhule Nagar 44.7 22.8 42.4
  Kannauj 50.4 12.2 32.9
  Kanpur Dehat 45.9 15.4 36.1
  Kanpur Nagar 43.6 24.1 41.8
  Kanshiram Nagar 51.5 11.6 32.8
  Kaushambi 50.1 29.9 52.8
  Kheri 53.9 17.5 40.8
  Kushinagar 45.0 14.6 35.1
  Lalitpur 40.7 39.0 48.8
  Lucknow 37.5 33.6 44.5
  Mahamaya Nagar 44.2 9.7 31.7
  Mahoba 44.6 23.9 47.7
  Mahrajganj 53.3 12.5 37.1
  Mainpuri 46.5 11.5 32.5
  Mathura 40.8 12.9 27.7
  Mau 40.9 19.7 35.1
  Meerut 35.3 18.8 35.2
  Mirzapur 49.1 20.8 46.5
  Moradabad 45.1 16.4 43.2
  Muzaffarnagar 40.8 18.8 36.9
  Pilibhit 51.5 21.8 44.1
  Pratapgarh 41.3 23.8 42.6
  Rae Bareli 36.2 31.4 41.3
  Rampur 46.0 20.8 44.4
  Saharanpur 36.9 18.5 36.1
  SantKabir Nagar 50.5 10.9 36.5
  SantRavidas Nagar 51.4 21.5 49.1
  Shahjahanpur 49.3 23.6 54.3
  Shrawasti 63.5 10.1 39.2
  Siddharthnagar 57.9 13.7 43.5
  Sitapur 56.4 14.0 48.6
  Sonbhadra 45.9 22.5 46.4
  Sultanpur 45.9 19.1 39.8
  Unnao 46.5 13.1 34.3
  Varanasi 44.7 25.3 45.4
Uttarakhand   33.5 19.5 26.6
  Almora 32.9 14.4 22.5
  Bageshwar 25.1 26.3 27.2
  Chamoli 33.7 18.0 22.3
  Champawat 30.5 17.4 21.2
  Dehradun 28.5 30.1 30.7
  Garhwal 22.9 27.4 27.9
  Hardwar 39.1 12.3 24.7
  Nainital 32.1 9.0 17.0
  Pithoragarh 30.6 20.6 16.6
  Rudraprayag 29.9 18.4 25.9
  TehriGarhwal 30.1 46.9 44.2
  Udham Singh Nagar 37.8 12.0 27.1
  Uttarkashi 35.2 39.4 40.3
West Bengal   32.5 20.3 31.5
  Bankura 34.0 27.0 39.8
  Barddhaman 32.5 25.8 33.7
  Birbhum 40.5 29.5 43.1
  DakshinDinajpur 32.9 17.1 28.1
  Darjiling 29.1 11.3 25.7
  Haora 34.6 14.6 28.4
  Hugli 30.1 18.5 28.7
  Jalpaiguri 31.2 17.7 24.6
  Koch Bihar 32.9 20.1 29.3
  Kolkata 24.2 17.4 19.6
  Maldah 37.8 22.8 37.2
  Murshidabad 41.9 17.5 34.6
  Nadia 23.3 10.7 19.3
  North Twenty Four Parganas 23.8 13.6 18.3
  PaschimMedinipur 29.4 28.0 40.3
  PurbaMedinipur 29.9 24.5 32.8
  Puruliya 45.5 34.6 58.2
  South Twenty Four Parganas 27.3 20.1 27.9
  Uttar Dinajpur 40.4 14.0 34.7

Report on Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCD) gives statistics on Cause of death obtained through Civil Registration System under Registration of Births and Deaths Act 1969. It is published annually by Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India. As per MCCD, State-wise number of people who lost their life due to malnutrition for the period of 2013-2015 are given below:


Malnutrition Deaths*
Year     2013
State Male Female Total
All India 509 599 1108
Andhra Pradesh 7 6 13
A&N Island 3 0 3
Arunachal Pradesh 0 0 0
Assam 2 0 2
Bihar 5 6 11
Chandigarh 160 340 500
Chhattisgarh 0 1 1
Delhi 33 31 64
D&N Haveli 0 0 0
Daman and Diu 0 0 0
Goa 3 2 5
Himachal Pradesh 3 2 5
Jharkhand 0 0 0
Karnataka 102 65 167
Kerala 23 24 47
Lakshadweep 1 4 5
Madhya Pradesh 0 0 0
Maharashtra 63 44 107
Manipur 0 0 0
Meghalaya 6 5 11
Mizoram 1 1 2
Nagaland 0 0 0
Odisha 7 9 16
Puducherry 1 0 1
Punjab 10 5 15
Rajasthan 12 5 17
Sikkim 1 0 1
Tamil Nadu 55 38 93
Tripura 2 1 3
Uttrakhand 5 6 11
West Bengal 4 4 8
Year       2014
All India 613 407 1020
Andhra Pradesh 1 6 7
A&N Island 1 0 1
Arunachal Pradesh 0 0 0
Assam 303 172 475
Bihar 0 0 0
Chandigarh 8 2 10
Chhattisgarh 5 5 10
Delhi 36 34 70
D&N Haveli 0 0 0
Daman and Diu 0 0 0
Goa 4 5 9
Gujarat 13 12 25
Himachal Pradesh 3 0 3
Jharkhand 0 0 0
Karnataka 94 54 148
Kerala 6 1 7
Lakshadweep 1 4 5
Madhya Pradesh 0 0 0
Maharashtra 31 25 56
Manipur 1 1 2
Meghalaya 6 5 11
Mizoram 4 2 6
Nagaland 0 0 0
Odisha 14 10 24
Puducherry 17 5 22
Punjab 5 2 7
Rajasthan 13 6 19
Sikkim 1 0 1
Tamil Nadu 39 49 88
Telangana 0 0 0
Tripura 0 0 0
Uttrakhand 0 2 2
West Bengal 7 5 12
Year       2015
All India 641 462 1103
Andhra Pradesh 1 4 5
A&N Island 0 2 2
Arunanchal Pradesh 0 0 0
Assam 359 248 607
Bihar 3 5 8
Chandigarh 2 1 3
Chhattisgarh 7 2 9
Delhi 24 20 44
D&N Haveli 0 0 0
Daman and Diu 0 0 0
Goa 2 0 2
Gujarat 20 14 34
Himachal Pradesh 1 1 2
Jharkhand 0 0 0
Karnataka 95 72 167
Kerala 7 9 16
Lakshadweep 0 0 0
Madhya Pradesh 0 0 0
Maharashtra 32 25 57
Manipur 1 1 2
Meghalaya 12 12 24
Mizoram 2 1 3
Nagaland 0 0 0
Odisha 10 11 21
Puducherry 3 1 4
Punjab 0 0 0
Rajasthan 15 2 17
Sikkim 2 2 4
Tamil Nadu 38 25 63
Telangana 0 0 0
Tripura 1 0 1
Uttrakhand 1 4 5
West Bengal 3 0 3
Source * Report on Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCD) -2013, 2014, 2015 from Office of RG of India.

Central governments have initiated various programs like MAA (Mothers Absolute Affection) to promote exclusive breast feeding; PradhanMantriSurakshitMatritvaAbhiyan; and issued the following guidelines to the state governments including Madhya Pradesh to combat the challenges of malnutrition in the country.

  1. Operational Guidelines on Facility Based Management of Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
  2. Guidelines for Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) Children at Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (NRC)

iii.       Central government have also issued guidelines on India Newborn Action Plan (INAP) to all the state governments.

  1. National guidelines for enhancing optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices.
  2. Operational guidelines on Home Based Newborn Care (HBNC) and Facility Based Newborn Care (FBNC).
  3. National Iron Plus Initiative (NIPI) for anaemia control among children from 6 to 60 months of age.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Faggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today

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