1.       The summary of the Index of Eight Core Industries (base: 2011-12) is given at the Annexure.

2.       The Eight Core Industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).  The combined Index of Eight Core Industries stood at 134.8 in January, 2019, which was 1.8per centhigheras compared to the index of January, 2018. Its cumulative growth during April to January, 2018-19was 4.5per cent.

Coal

3.       Coal production (weight: 10.33per cent)increased by 1.7 per cent in January, 2019 over January, 2018. Its cumulative index increased by 7.1 per centduring April to January, 2018-19over corresponding period of the previous year.

Crude Oil

4.       Crude Oil production (weight: 8.98per cent) declinedby 4.3 per cent in January, 2019 over January, 2018. Its cumulative index declined by 3.8 per centduring April to January, 2018-19over the corresponding period of previous year.

Natural Gas

5.       The Natural Gas production (weight: 6.88per cent) increased by 6.2per cent in January, 2019 over January, 2018. Its cumulative index increased by 0.5 per centduring April to January, 2018-19 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Refinery Products

6.       Petroleum Refinery production (weight: 28.04per cent) declined by 2.6 per cent in January, 2019 over January, 2018. Its cumulative index increased by 3.4 per centduring April to January, 2018-19over the corresponding period of previous year.

Fertilizers

7.       Fertilizers production (weight: 2.63 per cent) increased by 10.5 per cent in January, 2019 over January, 2018. Its cumulative index declined by 0.3 per centduring April to January, 2018-19 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Steel

8.       Steel production (weight: 17.92per cent)increasedby 8.2 per cent in January, 2019 over January, 2018. Its cumulative index increased by 5.0per centduring April to January, 2018-19 over the corresponding period of previous year.

Cement

9.       Cement production (weight: 5.37per cent) increasedby 11.0per cent in January, 2019over January, 2018. Its cumulative index increased by 13.6per centduring April to January, 2018-19over the corresponding period of previous year.

Electricity

10.     Electricity generation (weight: 19.85per cent) declined by0.4per centin January, 2019over January, 2018. Its cumulative indexincreased by5.7per cent duringApril to January, 2018-19over the corresponding period of previous year.

Note 1: Data for November, 2018, December, 2018and January, 2019are provisional.

Note 2: Since April, 2014, Electricity generation data from Renewable sources are also included.

Note 3: The industry-wise weights indicated above are individual industry weight derived from IIP and blown up on pro rata basis to a combined weight of ICI equal to 100.

Note 4: Release of the index for February, 2019 will be on Monday, 1st April, 2019.

 

Annexure

Performance of Eight Core Industries

Yearly Index & Growth Rate

Base Year: 2011-12=100

 

Index

Sector

Weight

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Apr-Jan 2017-18

Apr-Jan 2018-19

Coal

10.3335

103.2

104.2

112.6

118.0

121.8

124.9

117.0

125.3

Crude Oil

8.9833

99.4

99.2

98.4

97.0

94.5

93.7

94.2

90.7

Natural Gas

6.8768

85.6

74.5

70.5

67.2

66.5

68.4

68.9

69.3

Refinery Products

28.0376

107.2

108.6

108.8

114.1

119.7

125.2

125.1

129.3

Fertilizers

2.6276

96.7

98.1

99.4

106.4

106.6

106.6

107.0

106.7

Steel

17.9166

107.9

115.8

121.7

120.2

133.1

140.5

139.1

146.1

Cement

5.3720

107.5

111.5

118.1

123.5

122.0

129.7

126.9

144.2

Electricity

19.8530

104.0

110.3

126.6

133.8

141.6

149.2

149.7

158.3

Overall Index

100.0000

103.8

106.5

111.7

115.1

120.5

125.7

124.7

130.3

 

Growth Rates(in per cent)

Sector

Weight

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Apr-Jan 2017-18

Apr-Jan 2018-19

Coal

10.3335

3.2

1.0

8.0

4.8

3.2

2.6

1.8

7.1

Crude Oil

8.9833

-0.6

-0.2

-0.9

-1.4

-2.5

-0.9

-0.7

-3.8

Natural Gas

6.8768

-14.4

-12.9

-5.3

-4.7

-1.0

2.9

3.5

0.5

Refinery Products

28.0376

7.2

1.4

0.2

4.9

4.9

4.6

4.7

3.4

Fertilizers

2.6276

-3.3

1.5

1.3

7.0

0.2

0.03

-0.7

-0.3

Steel

17.9166

7.9

7.3

5.1

-1.3

10.7

5.6

5.7

5.0

Cement

5.3720

7.5

3.7

5.9

4.6

-1.2

6.3

4.0

13.6

Electricity

19.8530

4.0

6.1

14.8

5.7

5.8

5.3

5.3

5.7

Overall Index

100.0000

3.8

2.6

4.9

3.0

4.8

4.3

4.1

4.5

 

Performance of Eight Core Industries

Monthly Index & Growth Rate

Base Year: 2011-12=100

Index

Sector

Coal

Crude Oil

Natural Gas

Refinery Products

Fertilizers

Steel

Cement

Electricity

Overall Index

Weight

10.3335

8.9833

6.8768

28.0376

2.6276

17.9166

5.3720

19.8530

100.0000

Jan-18

149.5

93.8

67.6

135.4

105.5

145.0

140.6

149.5

132.5

Feb-18

143.2

86.1

62.1

120.9

102.2

141.7

138.0

136.1

123.2

Mar-18

184.9

95.8

69.8

130.3

107.0

153.2

149.6

156.7

138.5

Apr-18

118.8

91.8

67.1

119.1

93.1

138.1

149.1

153.7

124.3

May-18

125.2

94.8

68.7

131.6

106.6

142.8

145.3

164.7

131.9

Jun-18

120.0

90.9

67.4

133.8

108.3

143.8

150.7

159.9

131.2

Jul-18

108.1

91.2

68.5

134.1

110.0

140.3

136.0

162.1

129.2

Aug-18

103.8

91.6

70.2

127.7

109.4

144.5

134.5

167.2

128.8

Sep-18

109.8

88.1

67.6

125.8

108.0

143.2

133.9

162.9

127.2

Oct-18

132.9

90.9

70.3

133.8

103.3

150.2

148.4

166.0

134.8

Nov-18

138.4

87.6

68.9

128.9

102.7

145.5

136.5

147.2

128.4

Dec-18

144.1

90.2

72.2

126.6

109.4

155.8

151.0

150.3

132.2

Jan-19

152.1

89.7

71.8

131.9

116.6

157.0

156.1

149.0

134.8

 

 

Growth Rates (in per cent)

Sector

Coal

Crude Oil

Natural Gas

Refinery Products

Fertilizers

Steel

Cement

Electricity

Overall Index

Weight

10.3335

8.9833

6.8768

28.0376

2.6276

17.9166

5.3720

19.8530

100.0000

Jan-18

3.8

-3.2

-1.2

11.0

-1.6

1.7

19.6

7.7

6.2

Feb-18

1.3

-2.4

-1.8

7.8

5.2

5.0

23.0

4.6

5.4

Mar-18

9.1

-1.6

1.0

1.1

3.2

4.7

13.5

6.0

4.5

Apr-18

15.2

-0.8

5.7

2.7

4.6

3.0

21.9

2.1

4.7

May-18

12.0

-2.9

-1.4

4.9

8.4

-0.1

13.0

4.1

4.1

Jun-18

11.5

-3.4

-2.7

12.1

1.0

4.2

14.2

8.4

7.8

Jul-18

9.8

-5.4

-5.2

12.3

1.3

6.9

11.2

6.7

7.3

Aug-18

2.4

-3.7

1.0

5.1

-5.3

4.0

14.6

7.6

4.7

Sep-18

6.4

-4.2

-1.7

2.5

2.5

3.2

11.8

8.2

4.3

Oct-18

11.3

-5.0

-0.9

1.3

-11.5

2.4

18.4

10.9

4.8

Nov-18

3.7

-3.5

0.5

2.3

-8.1

5.8

8.8

5.1

3.4

Dec-18

1.1

-4.3

4.2

-4.8

-2.4

12.9

11.6

4.4

2.7

Jan-19

1.7

-4.3

6.2

-2.6

10.5

8.2

11.0

-0.4

1.8

 

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Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today handed over the 100th Letter of Intent (LOI)  to the Compressed Bio-Gas(CBG) Entrepreneur (producer) under the SATAT scheme. SATAT is an initiative aimed at providing a Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation as a developmental effort that would benefit both vehicle-users as well as farmers and entrepreneurs.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pradhan hailed the occasion as a breakthrough in realizing the vision of a clean and green India as envisaged by the Government of India. He also reiterated that spreading the gas grid fed by CBG from thousands of such plants across the country would significantly reduce India's import burden and provide an economical and environment-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum fuels. Shri Pradhan said that it is a waste to wealth venture. He said that the scheme is lucrative for the prospective entrepreneurs, as it provides guaranteed rate of return, assured take-off by Oil marketing companies, there is availability of abundant raw material, and with no condition of any technology. The Minister said that the banks are ready to provide support to such projects due to their good viability. The Government is in talks with the UN environment Fund and Japanese Government for providing soft loans for such projects. The Minister said that CGD system will be available in 400 districts, providing ready market for the Compressed Bio-gas. Lauding the efforts of PSUs involved in the project, he said that within 5 months of its launch, over 100 LOIs have been issued. He expressed the hope that within a short period, thousands of such plants will be operational in the country, providing employment, reducing import dependence, helping in garbage management, and also enhancing the income of farmers.

SATAT was launched with a four-pronged agenda of utilising more than 62 million metric tonnes of waste generated every year in India, cutting down import dependence, supplementing job creation in the country and reducing vehicular emissions and pollution from burning of agricultural / organic waste.

Bio-gas is produced naturally through a process of anaerobic decomposition from waste / bio-mass sources like agriculture residue, cattle dung, sugarcane press mud, municipal solid waste, sewage treatment plant waste, etc. After purification, it is compressed and called CBG, which has pure methane content of over 90%.

Compressed Bio-Gas is exactly similar to the commercially available natural gas in its composition and energy potential. CBG can be used as an alternative, renewable automotive fuel. Given the abundance of biomass in the country, CBG has the potential to replace CNG in automotive, industrial and commercial uses in the coming years.

There are multiple benefits from converting agricultural residue, cattle dung and municipal solid waste into CBG on a commercial scale:

  • Responsible waste management, reduction in carbon emissions and pollution
  • Additional revenue source for farmers
  • Boost to entrepreneurship, rural economy and employment
  • Support to national commitments in achieving climate change goals
  • Reduction in import of natural gas and crude oil
  • Buffer against crude oil/gas price fluctuations

Compressed Bio-Gas plants are proposed to be set up mainly through independent entrepreneurs. CBG produced at these plants will be transported through cascades of cylinders to the fuel station networks of OMCs for marketing as a green transport fuel alternative.

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The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, presented the National e-Governance Awards, 2019 at a function organised by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, here today. With a view to recognize and promote Excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives, the Government of India presents National Awards on e-Governance every year.  The 14 Awards were given in 6 categories to recognize achievements in the area of e-Governance, with Gold and Silver Awards in each category. A Special Jury Award is also being presented in Category-I for IRCTC Rail Connect Mobile App.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narednra Modi had taken over with the commitment to give "maximum governance, minimum government" and the Government has been able to fulfill this commitment to a greater extent. He said that the Government’s emphasis has been on the digitization in the functioning of various schemes and the award winners have made an effort in this direction. The Minister congratulated the awardees for making these efforts. He said that the regional conferences organised by the DARPG in various parts of the country indicate that the Ministry of Personnel has taken these conferences out of  Delhi and moved to different places of country. The DARPG Ministry has held conferences at various places such as Guwahati, Jammu, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur and Hyderabad, among others.

The Minister said the Department received about 16 lakh grievances this year compared to about 2 lakh grievances four years ago. This is due to the better and prompt response from the government, he added. He called upon the State governments to follow the best practices developed by the DARPG and activate their grievance cells for prompt response to the citizens.  The Minister also expressed satisfaction that now about 99% grievances are being disposed by the Department. He also mentioned some other government decisions like self-attestation, doing away with the interviews for lower level posts in the government, Anubhav awards initiative, increasing the minimum pension amount, Pensions Portal and Employees Online (EO) app etc. These measures help in ease of living of citizens and shows trust shown by the Government in its youth, he added. Dr Jitendra Singh also spoke about the revolutionizing changes made in the format of PM Excellence Awards where the young bureaucrats are competing for the best performance in implementing flagship schemes of the Government.

On the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh also released a compendium and a booklet on excellence in e-governance. This Event also included an Exhibition where best practices, innovative technologies and ICT solutions were showcased.

The Secretary, Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare and Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Shri K.V. Eapen, said that awarding the best practices provides an opportunity for mutual learning for the participants and for the whole country. He said that the theme of this year is “Digital India: Success to Excellence”. This will help us to achieve good governance as a whole, he added.

The Additional Secretary, Shri V. Srinivas, said that the awards have been selected through a 3-month long process of selection, where 256 entries were shortlisted for the first round after receiving 411 nominations in 6 categories. After that, 100 nominations were recommended for spot study and 46 were selected for jury presentation, out of which 14 awards have been given in these 6 categories.

The Event also included an experience sharing session and presentations on some of the awarded initiatives such as: IRCTC Rail Connect Mobile App, UMANG, MDDA ERP, Punarvas, Hello Doctor 555, Wind Power forecasting services for the State of Tamil Nadu and Ultra Resolution UAV based Geo ICT enabled Property Tax Management System for Municipal Area of Bhiwani.

During presentation on Rail Connect Mobile App, it was disclosed that it has contributed to a large number of average daily Mobile bookings, which has resulted into the increase in revenue. The presentation also included data on average daily downloads, average daily logins and railway customer care services. The other presentation on UMNAG which stands for Unified Mobile Application for New Age, stated that this is one mobile app used for many Government services. It is available in 13 languages. Many services related to education, health, skill transport, income tax and housing were available here. Speaking about Wind power forecasting services for Tamil Nadu, the DG, National Institute of Wind Energy said that forecasting provides operational planner to schedule the generation and be able to manage the grid. He also spoke about the intra-day module and mixed physical statistical approach. He added that the institute is in the process of creating a resource data analytics portal. The District Magistrate, Bhiwani gave presentation on the property tax management for Municipal Council through Ultra Resolution UAV based Goe-ICT. He spoke about category wise property tax distribution, single window web-enabled solution and its impact on property tax base. Speaking about the Punarvas, the ADM of Srikakulam district said that this project aimed at computerization of all activities related to land acquisition for proposed nuclear power plant. He also spoke about the compensation payment and disbursement through digital payments in a transparent manner.

The National e-Governance Award recognizes some of the best Government to Government (G to G), Government to Citizen (G to C), Government to Business (G to B) initiatives taken by government departments. It also recognizes initiatives in Start ups, Academic Research Institutions as well as initiatives in adopting emerging technologies. The focus is on Citizen Centric Services and application of technology for encouraging development. 

The details of the awards are as follows:

 

 

CATEGORY I – EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNMENT PROCESS RE-ENGINEERING FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

 

Award

 

Awarded Project

 

Gold

 

Digital Land (Comprehensive System of Land Management)

Board of Revenue, Uttar Pradesh

 

Silver

 

Khanij Online

Mineral Resources Department, Government of Chhattisgarh

 

Special Jury Award

 

IRCTC Rail Connect Mobile App

Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Government of India

 

CATEGORY II EXCELLENCE IN PROVIDING CITIZEN-CENTRIC DELIVERY

 

Gold

 

UMANG

National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

(MeitY), Government of India

 

Silver

 

MahaRERA

Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority Authority, Government of Maharashtra

 

Silver

 

National Scholarship Portal 2.0

National Informatics Centre, New Delhi

 

CATEGORY III – EXCELLENCE IN DISTRICT LEVEL INITIATIVE IN E-GOVERNANCE

 

Gold

 

MDDA ERP

Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

 

Silver

 

Hello Doctor-555

Office of District Magistrate, New Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand

 

Gold

 

Punarvas

Srikakulam District Administration, Government of Andhra Pradesh

 

 

CATEGORY IV – OUTSTANDING RESEARCH ON CITIZEN CENTRIC SERVICES  BY ACADEMIC/RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS

 

Gold

 

Wind power forecasting services for the Whole state of Tamil Nadu

National Institute of Wind Energy, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India

 

Silver

 

Targeted Intervention to Expand and Strengthen TB Control Among the Tribal Population under RNTCP, India

National JALMA Institute for Leprosy and Other Mycobacterial Diseases, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW), Government of India

 

CATEGORY V – INNOVATIVE USE OF ICT IN E-GOVERNANCE SOLUTIONS BY STARTUPS

 

Silver

 

www.chemical4construction.com

Giribala Creative Ventures Pvt Ltd, Gujarat

 

CATEGORY VI – EXCELLENCE IN ADOPTING EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

 

Gold

 

Ultra Resolution UAV based Geo-ICT enabled Property Tax management system for Municipal area of Bhiwani

District Administration Bhiwani, Haryana

 

 

Silver

 

iStart Rajasthan

Department of Information Technology & Communication, Government of Rajasthan

 

 

 

 

LINK  OF CITATIONS FOR NATIONAL E-GOVERNANCE AWARD WINNER, 2019. 

 

 

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Suresh Prabhu addressing the Italian delegation during the 20th Session of India-Italy JCEC

 

The 20th Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) was held on 26 – 27 February, 2019 in New Delhi. The JCEC is an institutional mechanism for bilateral trade engagement. The meeting was co-chaired by the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu, from the Indian side and by Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Michele Geraci, from the Italian side.

Both sides reiterated the importance of the JCEC towards development of bilateral economic and trade relations through facilitating dialogue and enhancing cooperation in a wide range of issues of mutual interest like machinery, infrastructure and engineering, ICT including digitalization, agriculture and IPR.           

Speaking on the occasion, Commerce Minister highlighted the importance of Italy as a trade partner for India and said that Italy is India's 5th largest trading partner in the European Union and 25th in the World during 2017-18. Italy has inherent strengths in manufacturing, design and innovation and skills training while India has a vast pool of skilled human resources, competitive wage rates and an edge in sectors such as leather, gems and jewellery, auto components and textiles. There is an immense potential for Italian and Indian industries to have partnership and cooperation.

Suresh Prabhu informed that bilateral trade with Italy showed growth of 18.41% at USD 10.42 billion during 2017-18.  Exports to Italy registered growth of 16.47% at USD 5.71 billion during the period. Imports from Italy also saw a growth of 20.84% to USD 4.71 billion in 2017-2018 as compared to the last year. Total bilateral trade during first ten months of the current year increased by 5.62% at 9.02 billion with export decreased by 2.73% at USD 4.53 billion and imports increased by 15.61% at USD 4.49 billion. He said that both sides should make a concerted effort to promote and expand bilateral trade between the two nations.India’s bilateral trade with Italy during 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 were USD 8.30 billion, USD 8.80 billion and USD 10.42 billion respectively. Bilateral trade during the recent years has been increasing despite global slowdown.

The Commerce Minister said India has an attractive foreign investment policy and a number of liberalization measures have been undertaken in recent years. Italy ranks 17th in FDI inflow in India during April, 2000 to December, 2018.  Total FDI inflows from Italy are USD 2.72 billion during this period.

Suresh Prabhu thanked the Italian side for submitting the evaluation report on Tricyclazole (TCA) in rice to European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and removing the alert on Indian Incense Sticks from RAPEX portal.

The Indian Commerce Minister reiterated that India is committed to an early and balanced outcome of India-EU BTIA (Broad-based Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement) negotiations.

Mr. Michele Geraci,Deputy Minister of Economic Developmentof Italy said that Italian companies are keen to invest in India and it is time to put in place practical mechanism on the line of the working group on agriculture that has been set up to facilitate investment joint venture agricultural sector both countries. Mr.Geraci further said Italy is looking to work in areas like financial services, renewable energy, infrastructure, transport development in railways, construction and the auto motive sector.

Both Ministers reiterated that issues of market access for business and investment in both countries will be smoothened which will definitely have a positive impact on trade relations of both countries.

The meeting took place in an amicable atmosphere, reflecting the strategic nature of the partnership among the two countries and the desire to further develop and strengthen their economic and commercial ties on the basis of equity and mutual benefit.

As per the agenda of the 20th Session, the two sides reviewed the following issues of mutual interest:

1.   Economic Developments in India and Italy

2.   Trade (Bilateral Trade and Diversification of Trade)

3.   Bilateral Investment (Including Make in India, Startup India)

4.   Economic & Industrial Cooperation

 

The two Sides agreed to hold 21th Meeting of the Joint Commission in Italy in 2021.

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