Welfare of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Women and other Weaker Sections (Ministry of Mines)
The Ministry of Mines, its attached office, subordinate office and the Public Sector Undertakings under its administrative control, have already strived to fill up the backlog vacancies in respect of SC/ST. For upliftment of weaker Sections of society, PSUs identifed and implemented a number of programmes in the peripheral area of their respective units/locations. A number of activities like, community education programmes, facilitating availability of drinking water, repair development of approach roads of surrounding areas, arranging health awareness programmes, and medical camps in rural areas, were undertaken by the PSUs for upliftment of the community in and around their townships as part of their social responsibility.
For the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities in the Ministry, due attention was given to Section 33 on reservation vcancies for Persons with Disabilities.
Protection of Rights and Full Participation), Act 1995, which provides that Government shall appoint in every establishment such percentage of vacancies not less than three per cent for persons or class of persons with disability, of which one per cent shall each shall be reserved for persons suffering from (i) blindness or low vision; (ii) hearing impairment; and (iii) locomotor disability or cerebral palsy; in the posts identified for each disability.
Vigilance Cases of the Ministry of Mines:
During the year 2011-12 (upto December, 2011), 37 complaints were received. After examination, 20 complaints were brought to their logical conclusion and 17 complaints are still under investigation. Vigilance Awareness Week was observed during 31st October, 2011 to 5th November, 2011. During this week, Essay Competition related to vigilance activities was organized in the Ministry.
Right to Information
Ministry of Mines, Attached Office, Subordinate Office and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) under the charge of the Ministry had appointed Central Public Information Officers (CPIO) and Appellate Authorities. The Ministry has also set up a Facilitation Counter for applicants and constituted a ‘Public Information Cell’ for processing of the requests and their monitoring in the Ministry. The Ministry alongwith its Attached Office, Subordinate Office and PSUs has been receiving various requests under RTI Act, which are properly and timely responded to. In 2011-2012 (1st April, 2011 to 31st December, 2011),352 applications were received in Ministry of Mines, which were timely responded. Out of 27 Appeals received from the applicants against the decision of the CPIOs, 27 Appeals were disposed of by the concerned Appellate Authorities within the stipulated time frame.
The Ministry along with its Attached Office, Subordinate Offices and PSUs has also been furnishing the quarterly and annual report on the receipt and disposal of the requests seeking the information, from time to time promptly and accurately.
The status regarding receipt and disposal of RTI Applications/ Appeals is given at Annexure 15.1 , 15.2 and 15.3 , respectively.