The Gist of Press Information Bureau (PIB): July 2014

The Gist of Press Information Bureau: July 2014

IRCON Signs MoU with Transparency International India

Ircon International Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Railways, signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Transparency International India (TII) for implementing Integrity Pact, here today. This MOU is aimed at maintaining complete transparency, integrity and accountability in all its major contracts and procurement. The MoU was signed by Shri Mohan Tiwari, CMD, IRCON, and Dr. S.K. Agarwal, Chairman, TII in the presence of senior officers of IRCON and TII.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Agarwal said that the Integrity Pact will not only ensure efficiency, but it also helps in building public trust and enhances the credibility of the organisation. So far, 47 PSUs have signed the Pact, he informed.

Integrity Pact is a tool conceived by the Berlin-based Transparency International to fight corruption in public procurement through a voluntary agreement between a buyer and the prospective vendors/bidders, refraining both sides to exercise any corrupt influence on any aspect of the contract.

The company has been voluntarily adopting all the Corporate Governance measures in its endeavour for transparency in public procurement, and implementing Integrity Pact is another step in this direction.
Expert Committee Regarding New Capital for Successor State of Andhra Pradesh Constituted The Centre has constituted the following Committee known as the Expert Committee to study the various alternatives regarding the new Capital for the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and make appropriate recommendations in pursuant to the Section 6 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014: -

(a) Shri K C Siva Ramakrishnan, IAS (Retd.), Research Professor & Chairman, Governing Board, CPR – Chairman
(b) Dr.Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute of Public Finance & Policy, New Delhi
(c) Shri Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bengaluru
(d) Prof.Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi
(e) Prof. K T Ravindran, Former Dean School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
The Terms of Reference of the Committee are as follows:

  1. To study various alternatives for locating the new capital of the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and evaluate their comparative suitability based on available data, site visits and consultations with the stakeholders, central government and the existing government of Andhra Pradesh and the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and submit its report within 31st August, 2014.
  2. To evaluate the possible alternatives and make appropriate recommendations based on the following considerations:

(a) Availability of sufficient land, water and other essential natural resources with due regard to the possibility of de-reservation of degraded forest land.
(b) Conduct an assessment of the potential for planned growth for the estimated population with appropriate zoning regulations as well as the feasibility of accommodating large structures to house the Raj-Bhawan, State Legislature (Assembly and Council), Secretariat, High Court, office buildings, guest houses, residential quarters and physical infrastructure including stadia, conference halls, convention centres, hotels, hospitals, schools, colleges, educational and training institutions, libraries, museums, theatres, places of recreation and tourism, parks and markets etc.
(c) Potential for connectivity by rail, road and air with various districts of the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and the present common capital of Hyderabad and other major cities of the region as well as the possibility to develop rapid mass transit systems within the city.
(d) Assess the potential for developing a vibrant economic, social and cultural infrastructure for a symbiotic growth with the other important cities in the region.


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