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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Govt directs employees to avoid contacts with foreigners

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Govt directs employees to avoid contacts with foreigners

Government has directed its employees to avoid maintaining close liaison with foreigners as they could be spies wanting to extract classified information from them.

In a letter to Secretaries of all ministries and departments, the Home Ministry asked them to sensitise officers and other employees to avoid such contact with foreigners as they could be moles of foreign intelligence agencies working against India's interests.

The Home Ministry letter mentioned that a few incidents have been detected in the past where government employees shared classified information with foreigners which compromised country's interests, official sources said.

Old Age Homes for Senior Citizens

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Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Old Age Homes for Senior Citizens

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri D. Napoleon informed Rajay Sabha today in a written reply that an allocation of Rs.100 crore was made for a proposed Centrally-sponsored Scheme to assist construction of Old Age Homes for Indigent Senior Citizens in 2010-11. However, the Scheme could not be approved during the Eleventh Five Year Plan. 

Vacancies in Railway Hospitals in Rural Areas

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Vacancies in Railway Hospitals in Rural Areas

Vacancies of doctors in Railways, including in Railway hospital in rural areas, are filled up by posting Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) selected doctors. Short term vacancies are being filled up by appointing Contract Medical Practitioners or by deputing doctors from near-by Railway hospitals ensuring continuous availability of doctors in these Health Units. All Health Units have adequate availability of medicines. X-ray and Lab facilities are made available on basis of outsourcing. Instructions have been issued to provide 20 Medical Road Mobile Vans at different locations to provide easy access to medical facilities in remote & inaccessible areas. Presently there is no fixed tenure of rural posting for doctors as services are being satisfactorily managed by need based transfer and posting of doctors.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri K. H. Muniyappa in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Loss Due to Train Cancellation

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Ministry of Railways

Loss Due to Train Cancellation

The total number of passenger carrying trains cancelled due to Bandhs/blockade/agitations during 2009-10 was 3934; during 2010-11 it was 7100 and during 2011-12 it was 3399.

The loss is not calculated train wise of passenger carrying trains. The loss due to disruption of goods trains from 2009-12 is estimated to be Rs. 1933 crore approximately. In case of cancellation of trains and late running of trains by more than three hours, full refund of fare is permitted to passenger holding reserved tickets, subject to the condition that the ticket is surrendered within the stipulated periods. 

Maintenance of law and order in the Railway premises is the statutory responsibility of the State Governments concerned. Railway through Railway protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of the State Governments to ensure smooth running of train services. Punitive action is taken by the State Police (Civil Police and Government Railway Police) against the agitators under various laws of the land. RPF also register cases under the provisions of the Railways Act. Besides, Railways are maintaining close coordination with the civil and police authorities of the State Governments at Railway Board, Zonal and Divisional level to ensure smooth running of train services. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri K. H. Muniyappa in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 



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