Parliamentary Watch

PM GATI SHAKTI

 The government has commenced implementation of the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan and the concerned line ministries or departments will seek funding of their respective infrastructure projects serving the economic zones as per procedures laid under their respective schemes, for planning Rao Inderjit Singh said in response to a question in Lok Sabha.

WHITE GOODS PLI

Minister of state for commerce and industry Som Parkash told Lok Sabha that there is no plan to relax Production Linked.

Incentive Scheme for White Goods. He was replaying to a question on whether it is true that the ministry is planning to relax PLI scheme for white goods such as AC and LED.

INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR

A total of 127 plots admeasuring nearly 754 acers have been allotted to firms with investment worth over Rs. 16,750 crore including investors like Hyosung (South Korea), NLMK (Russia), Haier (China), Tata Chemicals & Amul so far in 4 greenfield smart industrial cities/nodes in the industrial corridors, Parliament was informed.

DELAYED PROJECTS

The infrastructure and project monitoring division of the ministry of statistics and Programme implementation has identified 438 projects out of 1680 central sector infrastructure projects being monitored that have seen cost overrun, minister of state for planning Rao Inderjit Singh said in response to a separate question in Lok Sabha. “The reasons for cost overruns are project-specific and depend on a variety of technical, financial and administrative factors,” he said.

PMKVY BENEFICIARIES

In six years, 13.2 million candidates have benefitted from the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, minister of state for skills development and entrepreneurship Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in Rajya Sabha. Presently, PMKVY 3.0 is being implemented across the country and the last date of enrollment under PMKVY 3.0 is December 30.

ECOMM JOBS

The government told Lok Sabha that no data regarding total estimated revenue via e-Commerce or jobs created in the sector is maintained. “No data regarding total estimated revenue through e-Commerce sector or number of jobs created in the e-Commerce sector is maintained” MoS for commerce and industry Som Prakash said.

NHAI BORROWINGS

     Total borrowings of state-owned National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) have increased over two-fold to Rs. 3,38,250 crores in three years to much 2021 against Rs. 1,22,561 crores as of much 2018, Parliament was informed. Replaying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said NHAI creates valuable road assets which are financially viable.

Gadkari said that tolling of the completed public funded road assets and monetizing the assets through ToT/InVIT modes are major steps taken by the government to generate revenue for repayment of the loans and further construction by NHAI. With a view to ensuring a sustainable debt level, regular exercise for balancing its assets and liabilities is undertaken by NHAI, he added.

CHINA TRADE

India’s imports from China were static between 2019-20 and 2020-21, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

Ministry of state for commerce and industry Anupriya Patel told Lok Sabha that the imports from China have increased to $65.21 billion in 2020-21 from $60.41 billion in 2014-15, exhibiting an increase of 7.94% over six years. “However, the imports were static between 2019-20 and 2020-21. The government of India has made sustained efforts to achieve a more balanced trade with China, including bilateral engagements to address to the non-tariff barriers on Indian exports to China, “Patel said. The exports from India to China have increased from $11.96 billion in 2014-15 to $21.19 billion in 2020-21, exhibiting an increase of 77.17% in six years. S-ET

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