Haryana becomes first State to accept all e-Payments
By Deepak Arora
New Delhi, April 25— Adding another to its bulging kitty of firsts and taking a revolutionary initiative to digitally empower and convenience the citizens, Haryana has become the first state in the country to offer its citizens the facility of making all payments to the government through Common Service Centres (CSCs) dotting the length and breadth of the state.
Stating this here today, an official spokesman said that on-line Government Receipts Accounting System (e-GRAS) is an e-Governance initiative taken by the state government under mission mode project category. It forms an integral part of the Integrated Financial Management System. e-GRAS facilitates collection of tax and non-tax revenue through CSCs.
e-GRAS covers 109 departments of the state government and all services of these departments like collection of bill payments, dues, fees and fines, taxes, non-taxable payments, online application payments etc, are covered under this initiative.
The spokesman said that before the integration and launch of these services citizens in the remote and rural areas, not having internet banking facility, had to travel long distances and spend time and resources on paying dues, taxes etc. This caused lot of inconvenience to them. With the launch of e-GRAS through CSCs the citizens can now avail themselves of these services close to the place of their residence.
The e-Stamping service through CSC helps the citizens in getting the stamp papers without visiting the treasury and sub-treasury office. They can now get the e-Stamp paper generated at CSC on the payment of nominal service charge of Rs 10 irrespective of the stamp value, and save time and money spent on travel.
The state government collects Rs 55,000 crore every year through e-GRAS. The facility would help the government in enhancing revenue collection besides making it convenient to the citizens. Also, it enables them to deposit the dues without going to the bank and saves them standing in long queues.
This is the first initiative in the country which has been taken by state government in conformity with the vision envisaged under Digital India. This would also help the department to reach the masses, especially those living in the rural areas. The Departments of Information Technology (IT), Finance and National Informatics Centre (NIC) have actively enabled in delivery of all such services to the citizens.
IFFCO's turnover jumps to Rs 29,000 crore
NEW DELHI, April 10: World's largest fertilizer cooperative, the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), has posted a 17.40 per cent increase in turnover to Rs 29,000 crore in 2015-16 on account of higher sales of soil nutrients, according to Dr U S Awasthi, Managing Director of IFFCO.
The cooperative's turnover stood at Rs 24,500 crore in the previous fiscal.
Total fertilizer sales has increased to 130 lakh tonnes including 78.7 lakh tonnes of urea in 2015-16 compared with 111 lakh tonnes in the previous fiscal.
"Despite rise in subsidy arrears due to the government to Rs 8,500 crore in 2015-16, the cooperative's turnover has gone up because of its overall efficient performance," according to Dr Awasthi.
Last year the subsidy arrears of the cooperative was at Rs 7,500 crore.
The Managing Director also said that IFFCO is keen to support and invest in startups and has set up a Rs 10 crore fund.
"We are very keen to support new ideas and proposals, preferably related to agriculture sector or even if any other sector. And if required the corpus size could also be increased," he said.
IFFCO has five fertilizer plants in the country one each at Paradeep in Odisha, Kandla and Kalol in Gujarat, and Phulpur and Aonla in Uttar Pradesh.
It has a combined capacity of 42.42 lakh tonnes of urea and 43.80 lakh tonnes of complex fertilizers.
Besides these five plants, the cooperative has a sulphuric acid plant in Jordan with an annual capacity of 4.75 lakh tonnes, while an urea plant in Oman, in partnership with Kribhco, with an annual capacity of 16.5 lakh tonnes.
Govt okays Rs 1,000 cr projects to ease Delhi, Gurgaon traffic
NEW DELHI, April 8: To ease traffic in Gurgaon and Delhi, the government today approved projects at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore under which underpasses and overbridges would be constructed at three junctions including Rajiv Chowk.
"The EFC (expenditure finance committee) today approved improvement of junctions at IFFCO Chowk, Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk to decongest traffic in Delhi and Gurgaon," a senior Road Transport and Highways Ministry official said.
The three projects would be constructed at a cost of about Rs 1,000 crore, he said adding that three-layered underpasses, grid and overpasses would be constructed at these junctions to ease traffic. The projects would be completed in a span of two-and-a-half years, the official said. The decision to build the projects was taken in the EFC meeting, headed by Road Transport and Highways Secretary Sanjay Mitra.
In a bid to fast-track highways projects, the government last year empowered Road Transport and Highways Ministry to approve projects with civil construction cost up to Rs 1,000 crore.
This would be done by segregating civil construction cost from capital cost of projects. "All NH projects with a civil construction cost of up to Rs 1,000 crore shall be appraised by SFC/EFC/PIB, headed by Secretary, Road Transport and Highways and approved by Minister, Road Transport and Highways," an official statement said.
Earlier, as per standard practice before getting an investment approval from the Cabinet/Cabinet Committee, all NH projects were first appraised by SFC/EFC/PIB/PPPAC. Besides, many rounds of appraisal were also carried out by various committees.