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 2020-21 (upto 31st December, 2020), 12 complaints were received. From the previous calendar year 21 complaints are pending. Out of these total 33 complaints, 19 have been brought to their logical conclusion and 14 complaints are pending as on 31.12.2020. Vigilance Awareness Week was observed from 27th October, 2020 to 02nd November, 2020 in the Ministry as well as in Subordinate/Attached Offices of the Ministry. During the week, Essay competition related to vigilance activities was organised 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 along with its Attached Office, Subordinate Office and PSUs has been receiving various requests under RTI Act, which are properly and timely responded to. During the year 2020 (1st January, 2020 to 31st December, 2020), the Ministry received 666 applications under the RTI Act, which were timely responded. 70 Appeals received against the decisions of the CPIOs 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 14.5 , 14.6 and 14.7 , respectively.
Redressal of Public Grievances
In pursuance of the instructions and guidelines issued on 1st March, 1988 by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances to strengthen the internal grievance redressal machinery in each Ministry/ Department of the Central Government, the Economic Advisor of the Ministry of Mines has been designated as the Director of Grievances and has been vested with adequate powers in respect of all matters pertaining to the grievances received in the Ministry. Whenever a grievance is found to be genuine, directives for appropriate corrective measures are given to the concerned executive authorities. The Ministry of Mines has, under its administrative control, one Attached office, one Subordinate Office, three Public Sector Undertakings and two Autonomous Bodies. The Chief Executives of the PSUs, the Heads of the Subordinate Office, Attached Office and the Autonomous Bodies have been entrusted with the responsibility of strengthening the grievance redressal machinery by designating senior level officers to look after the job and to report directly to the respective Chief Executive/Head. Quarterly reports about the grievances received and disposed of are submitted by the PSUs, Attached Office, Subordinate Office and the Autonomous Bodies of the Ministry.
The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DAR&PG) has developed the Centralised Public Grievances Redressal & Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) launched for prompt and effective redressal of grievances of citizens. The system is a single window grievance portal for the Ministries/ Departments/ Organisations to record and receive the grievances online and redress them indicating actions at different levels. The portal also facilitates to receive the grievances lodged online through Internet by the citizens from any geographical location. Moreover, the system effectively helps to monitor the grievances across the PSUs, Subordinate Offices and Attached Organizations and provides the overall scenario of grievances in the Ministry and its Organisations. The system enables the Ministry and its Organisations to settle grievances online and the system eliminates/ reduces correspondence and curtails time for settling grievances. The Economic Advisor (Mines) reviews the pending cases of Public Grievances on quarterly basis. The grievance cases are also being reviewed by Secretary (Mines) in Quarterly Performance Review Meetings of these Organisations. During
the period 1st January, 2020 to 31st December, 2020, 1150 Public Grievances were received and 295 pending cases were brought forward from the year 2019. A total of 1332 Public Grievances have been disposed of during the period and the remaining cases have been referred to the concerned Organization / Authority for taking further necessary action in the matter.