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By  NewsGram Staff Writer

The Central government has announced a national manufacturing policy to enhance the share of manufacturing in GDP to 25% paving the way for 100 million jobs in the coming years.  Nirmala Sitharaman informed that the Government has taken a number of important steps to gear up the manufacturing sector.

An investor facilitation cell has been created to make the investment process easy and accessible for  investors. Make in India’s web-portal will be used for the dissemination of information on twenty five sectors along with details of FDI policy, National Manufacturing Policy, Intellectual Property Rights, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and other National Industrial Corridors.

Fourteen  services cutting across Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Employee’s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Reserve bank of India and Department of Corporate Affairs have been integrated with the eBiz portal to improve ease of doing business in India.  For trading across borders the requirement of forms has been brought down to three. The process of registration with Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation has been made on line and real-time.

A unified portal for registration of units for LIN, reporting of inspection, submission of returns and grievance redressal has been launched by the Ministry of Labour & Employment.  The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has advised Ministries and State Governments to simplify and rationalize the regulatory environment through business process reengineering and use of information technology.

A large number of components of Defence Products’ list have been excluded from the purview of Industrial Licensing. Dual use items, having military as well as civilian applications (unless classifieds as defence items) have been excluded from requirement of Industrial Licence from Defence angle.

The application process for Industrial Licence and Industrial Entrepreneur’s Memorandum has been made easy by simplifying the form and making the processes online 24×7. The validity period of Industrial Licence and security clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs has been increased. The process of registration with Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation has been made on line and real-time.

The process of obtaining environment and forest clearances has been made online. Partial commencement of production is being treated as commencement of production of all the items included in the licence.

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Delhi Government Working Towards Robotic Solutions For Cleaning Sewers, Septic Tanks

Robots to clean sewers, septic tanks in Delhi? Find it out here

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FILE - A visitor shakes hands with a humanoid robot at 2018 China International Robot Show in Shanghai (VOA)

In an attempt to fully eradicate manual scavenging from the Indian capital, the Delhi government is working towards robotic solutions for cleaning sewers and septic tanks.

To achieve this goal, Delhi Cabinet Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam convened a meeting with experts from IIT, Delhi Technological University (DTU), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and Delhi Cantonment Board among others to discuss the possibilities and the need of robotic solution to sewer cleaning task, the government said on Thursday.

The idea was inspired from a Robot named Bandicoot, developed by Kerala-based start-up Genrobotics, that has been commissioned by municipal bodies in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

About 80 manual scavengers have been trained in these states to operate the robots in a bid to offset the loss of livelihood.

Bandicoot, a semi-automatic robot, only requires a human operator to stand on the street near the manhole.

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“The machine with its many cameras, a robotic arm with 360 degree mobility, and a handy bucket to collect the waste does the work. The operator is only needed for navigation when the manhole is of non-standard size or there are multiple sewer lines below,” a statement said.

“The Delhi government has already taken up various efforts to stop the inhuman practice of manual scavenging and would soon introduce fully mechanised system to clean the sewage system and septic tanks. Still there is a need for robotic solutions for smaller lanes and by lanes where machines cannot go,” the Minister said.

During the meeting, experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) said the robot is not constructed for the condition of Delhi. So they suggested that the DJB approach the company for demonstration and feasibility to use such machine in Delhi.

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While some experts suggested usage of censors in the manhole to check the status of toxic gases, some others suggested a database control room for various sewer line related data and a Helpline number for the same.

“The DJB has been asked to constitute a committee for implementation of various methods to use robot and other type of technology. The government will ensure funds to DJB for this purpose,” the Minister added. (IANS)