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OMC Receives Clearance for Kodingamali Bauxite Mine Development

Odisha Mining Corporation, which is run by the state government, has received a forest clearance by the environment ministry for the development of a bauxite mine in the state of Odisha. The purpose of this mine is to help bring relief to the refinery in Lanjigarh. This is a refinery that doesn’t have too many ores and needs to have raw material imported, even though they’re located in a state that is filled with minerals.

OMC already has a mine that is positioned on the Kodingamali plateau of the state. It has an 81 million metric ton reserve which can generate around 3 million metric tons annually. Back in late September of 2017, OMC received a note from the environmental ministry that granted them permission for the diversion of forestry, 435 hectares in size to be exact, reported The Economic Times. This received a lot of opposition from local villagers and concerned environmentalists. Despite this, the mine is expected to get an environmental clearance.

The mine was originally granted an environmental clearance back in 2008. This was a point in time when an alumina refinery about 3 kilometers away was going to be established but plans for this refinery eventually got canceled. Now, OMC needs to have their environmental clearance amended because they are planning to construct a new road from the mine. This road will make it easier for trucks to transport material from the mine rather than having to use a conveyor pipeline for this purpose. Once the road is completed, it is expected to allow 800 trucks to transport as much as 3.7 million metric tons of material annually.

According to the managing director of OMC, the amendment to the environmental clearance is already recommended by the appraisal committee and it is currently in process. Many local villagers who are opposed to the clearance had previously given their approval when they thought a refinery was going to be built nearby. This change of plan has them less than thrilled.

The future of 76 OAS candidate took for granted

On 1 April 1949, Odisha Public Service Commission was formed which is an agency of state government for conducting Civil Services Examination. However, it was reported by the candidates that Odisha Public Service Commission was not fulfilling its responsibility properly in conducting examinations. Delays in the final results were seen because of which OAS came under huge criticism. Candidates ultimately had to raise their voices when the final result of 2011 was declared after four years gap in February 2016. It was reported by the public that, Odisha Public Service Commission played with the fate of candidate by taking it for granted. Moreover, after the exams were held, its result was not announced by OPSC for almost nine months.

After the announcement of results in 2011, 76 candidates made it to Odisha Civil Services merit list but their future was at stake as the decision regarding their appointment was not decided for almost 10 months by the State government. In contrast to the candidates of 2015 who were placed in their positions, the 76 candidates of 2011 remained unlucky and had to suffer for no reason, reported The Indian Express.

According to some sources, 494 posts of different categories which come under Odisha Civil Services Examination were issued by the government in the form of advertisement during the year 2011, for attracting more candidates. In total, 418 aspirants got selected for various posts in that year, however, during last year’s February their names were recommended for the posting. Also, because of the Supreme Court’s ruling on reservation policy, no clarification was seen and because of this, the 76 posts previously reserved for Socially Economically Backward Caste (SEBC) were held back.

It was said by the apex court that 50% would be the limit for the reservation, however, the reservation for SEBC would be 12.5%. Previously, 27% for SEBC reservation was advertised by the State Government. However, despite the orders of Odisha Administrative Tribunal for announcing the merit list of 76 selected candidates to OPSC, it went to the high court and denounced it.

Later on 17th May, after sustained tribunal orders of the high court on 1st March, the candidate’s merit list was announced by the OPSC. Despite this, the candidates were still left neglected because of the procrastinating behavior of the State Government. AK Meena, who is secretary of General Administration Department provided an assurance regarding the posting of candidates before next financial year, by telling about the progress regarding the processing of their files. This gave them a hope for their futures.

JSPL Successfully Completes Its Basic Oxygen Furnace In Angul Odisha

India’s leading steel manufacturer Jindal Steel & Power Ltd, commonly abbreviated as JSPL, has announced the completion of its biggest project in history, a 250-ton Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF). This marks the successful completion of the company’s 6 million ton per annum (mtpa) combined steel project in its new facility located in Angul Odisha.

According to a statement released by the company to the newsrooms, the new steelmaking project will give JSPL the power to fully use its 4 million ton per annum blast furnace, which is among the biggest in the nation. The facility will give JSPL the opportunity to achieve effectiveness and efficiency as far as steel making is concerned as mentioned in the Economic Times.

While congratulating the Angul team for the timely completion of the project, Naveen Jindal, the chairman of JSPL said that the successful completion of the new facility will give the Angul Steel Complex, the ability to achieve optimal efficiencies and value as far as cost and operation processes are concerned. This is geared towards ensuring that JSPL marks its position as the leading steel manufacturer in the region.

The new facility is expected to produce approximately 3-million-ton high-grade steel per year. It should be understood that this is the first time in Indian history that a Dry Gas Cleaning System is being deployed thanks to JSPL. This system is powerful and more effective than the Wet Gas Cleaning plant system and it is environmental friendly also.

This facility will significantly reduce energy consumption and at the same time generate its own converter gas that will be used to power other units within the steel complex. The facility is designed to be the most energy efficient installations in the country. Some of the features of the facility include; the Dry Gas Cleaning System, zero waste generation capabilities, full utilization of slag for different purposes and the nil discharge capabilities. The steel manufacturer made the completion of the new facility possible by partnering with another major company called the SMS Group for the supply of major BOF equipment as well as engineering equipment.

In August 2017, JSPL launched India’s largest blast furnace, a 4 million tons per annum facility of 4554 cubic meters. At an investment of Rs 33,000 crores, the Angul’s steel complex is the largest and the most contemporary integrated steel plant in the entire state of Odisha. This complex will enable the state to develop, meet its steel supply needs, also it will create jobs in Odisha for the locals and improve the livelihoods of the people.

The latest facility is the biggest and the last major installation with a capacity of 6 million tons per annum by JSPL. With the new BOF facility, JSPL has completed its expansion and capital investment program in the area.

More than 15% of the BFSI workforce to migrate to new jobs that do not exist: EY report

A survey carried out by EY shows that approximately 15-20 percent of the Indian workforce particularly in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance sector, abbreviated as BFSI, would be deployed in new jobs that do not exist. The report titled ‘The Future of jobs in India: A 2022 Perspective’ gives an overview of the job creation rate across different sectors of the economy including the lucrative BFSI as well as describing different new jobs that will emerge in the next five years.

In the recent times, the BFSI sector has experienced changes in technology and is experiencing a move towards robotic process automation that will see an increase in efficiency and productivity in the daily activities. This means that the impact on the jobs in terms of skills is expected to be significant in this particular sector. To cushion workers and jobs in Manipur, there is a need for skilling and re-skilling programs. That is according to Abizer Diwanji, National Leader for Financial Services at EY India

Here are the key highlights of the report:

20-25 percent of the existing jobs in BFSI will face a significant threat.

At least 68 percent of the respondents surveyed reported that chatbots and blockchain technologies are changing the BFSI sector in India. It is clear that Indian banks are considering bringing in robotics and chatbots into their branches to work as virtual assistants and to assist their customers in daily activities and interactions as stated in Moneylife.

The industry is adopting top technological trends in social media mobile technologies and robotics or automation.

There will be new job roles in the BFSI sector and they will include credit analyst, cyber security specialist, process modeler expert, blockchain architect, and an expert in robot programming. Data entry operator, tellers, underwriters, data verification, and cashiers are some of the jobs that will be threatened in the BFSI sector.

The report points out that the future of jobs in India by the year 2022 would largely be determined by country’s response to the following megatrends:

  • Under globalization, which is characterized by the level of exports made by Indian companies, fast adoption of exponential technologies and its effect on offshoring.
  • Under adoption of the latest technologies by the Indian companies, which will bring about business innovation, optimized supply chains, smart connected services and products and new work arrangements.
  • Under demographic changes that can lead to increased urbanization, and the rise in the middle class.

A huge number of industry experts believe that the launch of smart products and services will lead to the growth of the sector and economy at large.

BHEL nails a contract of Rs 7,300 crore to establish plant in Tamil Nadu.

Nation’s largest power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) announced that they have recently won an order of Rs. 7,300 crore for building up a 1,320 Megawatt (MW) Supercritical Thermal Power Project (TPP) at Udangudi in Tamil Nadu.

This specific order is notably the fourth one that is secured by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (TANGEDCO) in the last three years for supercritical sets, and most importantly each one of these four orders have been won by BHEL.

Furthermore, the enterprise pointed out that on the basis of International Competition Bidding (ICB) the past three orders viz 2×660 MW Ennore SEZ, 1×800 MW North Chennai Supercritical Thermal Power Project (TPP) Stage-III and 2×800 MW Upper Thermal Power Project (TPP) were also prominently established by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), further boosting the company’s name as the utmost probable winner in the industry of power generation equipment in India.

The Greenfield project will be carried out by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) on the bases of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC), located at Udangudi in Thoothukudi region of Tamil Nadu, reported The Economic Times.

The present contract comprises of design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, commissioning and civil works for the whole plant also including seawater intake and outfall systems, all this associated in BHEL’s scope of work.

BHEL’s diverse plants sited throughout the country including Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Thirumayam and Bengaluru are the designated sectors where all the key equipment for the project will be assembled. At the same time the company’s ‘Power Sector – Southern Region’ will be responsible for handling all the civil work, erection and commissioning of the equipment.

The enactment of the new schemes of BHEL will end up being the finest outcome that will help stimulate growth and further development in Tamil Nadu and deliver clear access to electricity to all the individuals of the state. Moreover, the people of the state will find sufficient amount of government jobs in Tamil Nadu conveniently. Hence, this goes to prove that BHEL is veering to become a leading corporation as the best power generation equipment manufacturer in the domain.

In accordance with the policy note of Tamil Nadu energy sector 2017-18, the total cost of Udangudi project including IDC (Interest During Construction) is ₹10,615 crore. The project is predicted to be commissioned during 2020-21.