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India Produces 2.158 Million Tones of Flowers During 2015-16
Aug 02,2016

Due to favourable agro-climatic conditions prevailing in the country, India produces 2.158 million tones of flowers during 2015-16. Flower crops are grown in almost all the States. The major flower growing States are Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Haryana, Assam, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra. Flowers are being exported from India to about 150 countries in the world and Indias share in the world floriculture trade and exports is less than 1%.

The Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) provides assistance for development of horticultural crops including flowers. Floriculture farmers are provided assistance @ 40% of the cost ranging from Rs.40,000 per ha. to Rs.1.50 lakh per ha. limited to 2 ha per beneficiary. Besides, the technological support is provided by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, which has established a full-fledged Directorate of Floricultural Research at Pune to address the issues specific to floriculture research.

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Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation Being Promoted Under n++Per Drop More Cropn++ Component of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana
Aug 02,2016

Drip and sprinkler irrigation systems are being promoted under n++Per Drop More Cropn++ component of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) {erstwhile scheme on Micro Irrigation has been subsumed under PMKSY since 1st July, 2015}. Under the scheme, 15% additional assistance is provided to small and marginal farmers for installation of micro irrigation systems compared to other farmers for area covered under Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP), Desert Development Programme (DDP) and North Eastern and Himalayan States and 10% for other areas.

As per available information, during the last three years (2013-14 to 2015-16), 14.3 lakh hectare area have been covered under drip and sprinkler irrigation systems (Drip Irrigation- 9.04 lakh hectare, Sprinkler Irrigation- 5.26 lakh hectare) in the country including Punjab and Haryana

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Increase in Sugar Recovery From 10.01% in 2012-13 to 10.62% in 2015-16
Aug 02,2016

A number of sugarcane varieties, higher in cane yield and sugar content have been developed and are being cultivated in the country which is evident by increase in sugar recovery from 10.01% in sugar season of 2012-13 to 10.62% in 2015-16.

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) through Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI), Coimbatore, Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow and All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Sugarcane are already conducting research to improve the quality of sugarcane by increasing cane yield and sucrose content.

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2.16 crore bogus and ineligible ration cards deleted
Aug 02,2016

The National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) has been notified which provides for all India coverage of upto 75% of the rural population and up to 50% of the urban population of the country for receiving highly subsidized foodgrains. Corresponding to above coverage, State/UT-wise coverage for receiving highly subsidized foodgrains was determined by the then Planning Commission. Total 81,34,91,135 number of beneficiaries under NFSA/ Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) are to be identified by respective State/UT Governments and State/UT wise number of beneficiaries are fixed.

Under End to End Computerisation Programme, all State/UT Governments interalia have been requested to digitize the data of beneficiaries and to review the lists of beneficiaries for the purpose of deletion of ineligible families and inclusion of eligible families. As per the information reported by State/UTs Government upto 15 July 2016, approximately 2.16 crore number of de-duplicated/ghost/ineligible/forged/ fake etc. ration cards have been deleted by the State/UT Governments during the years 2013 to 2016.

Under the said Programme, following steps have also been initiated to bring transparency in distribution of foodgrains and to check its diversion :

n++Online allocation

n++Supply Chain Management

n++Application of IT tools for functioning of PDS.

n++Online/Toll free Grievance Redressal Mechanism

He said that 25 States have started implementing Online allocation system, 15 States have started supply chain management module and all State/UTs have started Online/Toll free Grievance Redressal Mechanism System.

On the basis of allocation Orders issued by Deptt. of Food & Public Distribution, Food Corporation of India[FCI] issues foodgrains [Wheat/Rice/Coarse grains] from FCI Depots to State Government and Government Departments. After making advance payment to FCI, State Government lifts foodgrains from FCI Depots and ensures delivery of Foodgrains at Fair Price Shop through their agencies for distribution to beneficiaries. The procedure for payment by dealers is laid down by the State/UTs and further allocation orders within the State/UTs are issued by the respective State/UT Governments.

Shri C.R Chaudhary said that in order to ensure timely availability of foodgrains, Government of India has been issuing orders for allocation of foodgrains under TPDS/NFSA in advance and has directed the State/UT Governments to lift the foodgrains before the allocation month. Besides, Advisories are issued from time to time to State/UT Governments to lift the foodgrain from FCI Depots well within time limit to improve the offtake of the same so that the same can be made available for distribution to beneficiaries under TPDS.

Under End-to-End Computerization Programme, Online allocation system, Supply Chain Management module and Grievance Redressal Mechanism have to be implemented by all the State/UT Governments to remove procedural delay between payment and release of foodgrains. This will ensure transparency as anyone can check the status of allocation for delivery of foodgrains upto FPS.

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Modernisation of Ayurvedic Drugs Manufacturing Process
Aug 02,2016

Modernisation of Ayurvedic Drugs Manufacturing Process Drugs & Cosmetics Rules 1945 have provisions for manufacturing of Ayurvedic drugs under license in accordance with the quality standards prescribed in Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia and Good Manufacturing Practices provided in Schedule-T. Evidence of safety and effectiveness is required for obtaining license to manufacture Ayurvedic medicines and shelf-life or date of expiry of various dosage forms has been prescribed in Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945. Due to emerging trade and export opportunities for Ayurvedic medicines, voluntary quality certification systems in accordance with WHO-GMP guidelines and Quality Council of India scheme of AYUSH Premium Mark have been introduced. Augmentation of pharmacopoieal standards has also been taken up for improving the quality of Ayurvedic medicines.

A proposal to frame legislation for regulating education and profession of pharmacy of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy and set up a Central Council for this purpose is under consideration of the Government.

Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 has provisions under Section 17 that no person other than a qualified practitioner can practice Indian Medicine in any state and penal provision also given in the Act for any person, who acts in contravention of such provision. Recognized qualifications of Indian Systems of Medicine are mentioned in the second, third and fourth schedules of the Act. Since health is a state subject and register of practitioners is maintained by the State Government, it is the responsibility of the State Government to take steps for preventing unskilled and unqualified persons from practicing Indian Systems of Medicine.

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Rainfall Situation during July has been 7% above the LPA
Aug 02,2016

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has released the latest data on the rainfall during June-July of 2016. This year the Southwest monsoon rainfall was 11% below the Long Period Average (LPA) during June, however, July rainfall has been 7% above the LPA.

A north-south belt comprising of the States and Meteorological sub divisions such as West Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, East Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Marathawada, Madhya Maharashtra, North interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema and Tamil Nadu have received wide spread and excess rainfall during July 2016. It has completely wiped out the 11% deficiency of June rainfall as the cumulative rainfall for the first half of the monsoon season (June-July) is normal with 0% departure from the LPA.The rainfall statistics are given in the following table:

Regions01 June-30 June01 July-31 July01 June-31 July% Dep. from LPA% Dep. from LPA% Dep. from LPACountry as a whole-11%7%0%Northwest India-7%9%6%Central India-17%18%6%South Peninsula26%-12%4%East & Northeast India-28%-2%-13%

According to IMD data, out of the last 46 years since 1970, July month rainfall was below 100% of LPA during 34 years. During last 10 years, 2016 is the only year after 2013 and 2010, when July month rainfall has been above 100% of LPA. The rainfall data of the month of July for last 46 years is given below: -

All India Rainfall (% Departure) in the month of JulyYearJulyYearJuly1970-161993-4.51971-9.7199420.81972-31.219953.51973-031996-7.31974-4.41997-1.61975061998-2.11976-0.91999-8.8197713.22000-7.719781.72001-4.81979-162002-54.219800120036.519816.52004-19.91982-23.1200514.71983-4.32006-021984-7.92007-2.41985-5.62008-16.51986-14.22009-4.31987-28.820102.8198826.62011-14.919895.12012-13.41990-4.120137.31991-8.72014-9.61991-8.72015-16.41992-19.120166.6

Forecast for second half (August-September) of 2016 monsoon: -

(a) Rainfall over the country as a whole during second half of southwest monsoon season (August to September) is most likely to be above normal (>106% of LPA) with a probability of 55%.

(b) Quantitatively, the rainfall for the country as a whole during second half of the season is likely to be 107% of LPA with a model error of n++8%.

(c) The rainfall during August is likely to be 104 n++ 9% of LPA as was forecasted in June.

(d) The season (June to September) rainfall over the country as a whole is likely to be 106% n++4% of LPA as was forecasted in June.

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MoC launches Twitter Sewa to address the complaints of common man
Aug 02,2016

Honble Minister of Communications Sh. Manoj Sinha today launched n++Twitter Sewan++ for addressing the complaints and concerns of common man and other stake-holders in the telecom and postal sectors. The twitter handle of the Minister will be @manojsinhabjp. Launching the Sewa here, Shri Sinha said that this is in tune with Shri Narendra Modis vision of n++minimum government, maximum governancen++ as from the Prime Minister himself to his ministers and their ministries are connecting with Indian citizens through live communications platform to provide a transparent, clean and responsive and accountable administration.

The Minister said that the telecom ministry and Department of Post will henceforth compile a list of complaints from this Twitter Sewa and categorize them into immediate, mid-term and long-term complaints, while adding that he has complete faith in his officers and staff, but since both the telecom and posts are service sectors, customer is the king here and this is all the more relevant for BSNL and MTNL. The TSPs (telecom service providers) are expected to resolve the complaints forwarded to them under this arrangement.

Shri Sinha said that the challenge is gigantic as India has the biggest postal network in the world and the number of mobile-phone subscribers had already crossed 1 billion in January this year. Therefore, we are aware that complaints are going to pour in from across the country and in great numbers. But I would like to assure you that Ministry will rise up to this challenge.

The Minister also underlined that there are chances that this twitter seva may be misused by some rogue elements but he expressed the hope that Twitter authorities will take care of the same.

Shri Sinha expressed hope that the Telecom operators from Government as well as private and the Department of Posts shall use the utility of n++Twitter sewan++ to the fullest to address the grievances of the public.

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Namami Gange Projects Worth Rs. 400 crore Approved
Aug 02,2016

In another major step towards implementation in Namami Gange in mission mode the empowered steering committee (ESC) of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) approved various projects worth Rs. 400 crore (approx). The projects include development of ghats and crematoria in the stretch from Rudraprayag to Guptkashi (Uttrakhand), rehabilitation/development works of ghats and crematoria at Kanpur, interception and diversion of flow of sisamau and other nalas of Kanpur city, development of ghats and crematoria in Bijnor on Ramganga, Uttar Pradesh, development works of ghats and crematorium at Allahabad, modernization/new construction of ghats including public amenities/ crematoria/ river front development work etc in Kahalgaon, Bihar, development of ghats and crematoria in the stretch from Sahibganj to Rajmahal, Jharkhand, construction and upgradation of electric crematoria at Bhatpara and Naihati in West Bengal afforestation programme in the state of West Bengal and development of 13 ghats and five crematoria at Bithoor in UP.

The developments of Ghats and crematoria in the stretch from Rudraprayag to Guptkashi in Uttrakahand will be taken up at Sumari, Tilwara, Silli, Augustmuni and Triveni ghats at a cost of Rs. 26 crore. The ghats and crematoria at Kanpur will be developed at a cost of Rs. 47.39 crore. Development of ghats and crematoria at Allahabad will be taken up at cost of Rs. 88.03 crore. An expenditure of Rs. 63.80 crore will be incurred on the interception and diversion of flow of sisamau and other nalas of Kanpur city. Development of ghats and crematoria in Bijnor on Ramganga in UP will cost Rs. 12.19 crore. Rs. 23.64 crore will be incurred towards modernization/new construction of ghats including public amenities/ crematoria/ river front development work etc in Kahalgaon, Bihar. An expenditure of Rs. 42.26 crore will be incurred on the development of ghats and crematoria in the stretch from Sahibganj to Rajmahal, Jharkhand. Rs. 6.26 crore will be spent on the construction and upgradation of electric crematoria at Bhatpara and Naihati in West Bengal. An amount of Rs. 11.16 crore will be spent on afforestation programme in the state of West Bengal. Rs. 70.11 crore will be spent on river front development activities at Bithoor in UP for development of 14 ghats and five crematorias.

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Cashless payment system operational on toll plazas at National Highways
Aug 02,2016

For seamless movement on National Highways, an IT based cashless payment mechanism i.e. Electronic Fee Collection (EFC) system has been rolled out by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. EFC system is operational on over 340 Fee Plazas on National Highways across the country. Besides, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has also implemented an IT based National Permit System in all States / Union Territories with effect from 08th May, 2010 to facilitate inter-state seamless movement of goods carriages.

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BS-IV auto fuel to be supplied in the entire country by 01.04.2017
Aug 02,2016

The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today that the Government has decided for supply of BS-IV auto fuels in the entire country by 01.4.2017 in a phased manner as indicated below:-
  BS-IV gasoline/diesel coverageTarget date for commencement of supplyWhole of Northern India covering J&K (Except Leh/Kargil), Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and the bordering districts of and parts of Rajasthan and Western Uttar Pradesh.1st April, 2015All of Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha and the Union Territories of Daman & Diu, Dadra-Nagar-Haveli and Andaman & Nicobar, parts of Maharashtra and parts of Gujarat.

Corridor spanning the highway link through Gujarat and Rajasthan linking Northern India to the ports on the West Coast will also be covered.

1st April, 2016Rest of the Country1st April, 2017

BS-IV auto fuel supply has already been commenced in the areas covered in the first two phases.   Further, the Ministry has also issued an order on 22.05.2015 to all Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs)& other stake holders conveying its readiness for switching over directly from BS-IV to BS-VI quality fuel w.e.f. 01.04.2020.  

In pursuance of the decision of the Government, Oil Companies have started upgrading their refineries with an investment of Rs. 30,000 crore for 100% BS-IV fuel quality by 2017. Further, an additional investment of Rs. 30,000 crore has been estimated for BS-VI fuel quality upgradation.  

Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs)/Refineries have already initiated actions to meet the BS-VI fuel quality across the country by 01.04.2020. Further, Department of Heavy Industries has informed that Vehicle Manufacturing Companies have not expressed any such inability. 

Government had constituted an Expert Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Soumitra Choudhuri, Ex-member, Planning Commission (now Niti Aayog), to draft Auto Fuel Vision and Policy, 2025. The Committee has submitted its report. As per recommendations, this Ministry has notified a schedule on 19.1.2015 for phased introduction of BS-IV fuels in the entire country by 01.04.2017.

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Rs 142 Crore allocated to for National Biogas and Manure Management Programme
Aug 02,2016

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is implementing the National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) for setting up of family type biogas plants in rural and semi-urban areas of the country. A target of 1,00,000 biogas plants has been fixed for the current year.

The family type biogas plants generate clean gaseous fuel particularly for cooking and meeting lighting needs and replaces use of fuel wood, avoid cutting of trees thereby reducing pressure on forests. Biogas plants help in reducing emission of Green House Gases (GHGs). A budget allocation of Rs. 142.00 crore has been provided for the Biogas Programme for the current year, 2016-17.

The other infrastructural frame work for trainings, publicity and information dissemination including technical assistance for setting up of such biogas plants is available from the Biogas Development and Training Centres (BDTCs) located in IITs/Universities across the country and also from the State Nodal Agencies (SNAs)/Departments and Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

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Timely delivery of possession of apartment/plot the essence of Agreement between promoter and buyer, says Draft Rules
Aug 02,2016

Timely completion of the project and timely delivery of the apartment or plot to the allottee by the promoter is the essence of the Agreement to be signed between the promoter and allottee under the Real Estate (Development & Regulation) Act, 2016. This has been explicitly incorporated in the Draft Agreement for Sale Rules, 2016 under the Real Estate Act approved by the Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu. Allottees on their part would be required to ensure timely payments.

Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has firmed up the Draft Agreement for Sale Rules, 2016 applicable for the five Union Territories of Chandigarh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep. These Draft Rules will now be placed in public domain for comments and suggestions before final notification.

The Draft Agreement for Sale Rules,2016 which specify the roles, responsibilities and obligations of promoters and allottees besides a Draft Agreement to be signed under the Act between promoter and allottee clearly stipulate that n++The Promoter agrees and understands that timely delivery of possession of the (Apartment/Plot) is the essence of the Agreementn++. Under these Draft Rules, promoter is required to clearly indicate the date of delivery of possession to the allottee in the Agreement itself. However, there is a provision for extension of this date in case of delay caused by due to war, floods, drought, fire, cyclone, earthquake or any other calamity caused by nature.

Under these Draft Agreement for Sale Rules,2016, there shall be a clear mention in the Agreement of date of grant of commencement certificate, clear land title giving the area of project and Khasra numbers, number of stories and plots in the project, carpet area and common area, share of allottee in common area, total price etc.

Total Price is defined as including cost of land, cost of construction of apartment and common areas, internal and external development charges, taxes, cost of electric wiring and fire fighting equipment. Rules stipulate that total price is escalation free except when development changes are altered.

In case of loss caused to allottee due to defective land title, promoter shall pay compensation to allottee and such claim shall not be barred by limitation provided under any law for the time being force.

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Target to achieve about 40 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030
Aug 02,2016

Under its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDCs), India has indicated that it will achieve about 40 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030 with the help of transfer of technology and low cost international finance including from Green Climate Fund (GCF). The contributions under INDC have to be achieved by 2030.

India has set renewable power deployment target of 175 GW by the year 2022, which includes 100 GW from solar and 60 GW from wind energy.

The revised Tariff Policy, notified by the government on 28 January 2016 has several provisions aimed at accelerating deployment of renewable energy in the country, including, inter alia, provisions for (a) 8% solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) by the year 2022; (b) Renewable Generation Obligation on new coal/lignite based thermal plants; (c) bundling of renewable power with power from plants in case of fully depreciated power plants whose Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) have expired; and (d) exemption of renewable energy from inter-state transmission charges. The Government has also issued guidelines for long term growth of RPOs for non-solar as well as solar energy.

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Residents Advised to Register or Update Mobile for Easy Online access of Government Services
Aug 02,2016

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has advised the residents to register or update their mobile number in Aadhaar for easy access of various government services online.

Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Chief Executive Officer, UIDAI, said, n++People can avail various government services online from the comfort of their home or from wherever they are in a hassle-free manner by using their Aadhaar - the unique and non-repudiable identifier. Those who have not registered their mobile number during Aadhaar enrolment should get their mobile number registered in Aadhaar or update their mobile in Aadhaar, to have better communications and effortless access to government services. Aadhaar based OTP identification empowers residents to avail these services online hassle-free and conveniently.n++

UIDAI has advised this in view of various applications of public use such as Digi-locker, eSign, eNPS, e-Hospital, e-verification of Income Tax Return (ITR), etc., being rolled out by the government departments using Aadhaar as identifier. Digi-locker, for instance, allows a resident to open a digital locker using his Aadhaar and keep all his valuable documents in that locker. Aadhaar eSign facility allows residents to use digital signature to avail a number of services online in a cashless, presence-less and paperless manner hassle-free. One can apply for a PAN card or update ones PAN card online using Aadhaar based eSign facility. The e-Hospital service allows a resident to book appointment with Aadhaar in AIIMS or any other hospital online without standing in a queue. The income tax department allows residents to e-verify the Income Tax Return using Aadhaar and then no physical papers need be sent. All these services are using Aadhaar based OTP authentication and enabling resident to identify themselves and avail the services online, hassle-free and conveniently.

n++To avail any of such online services where Aadhaar based OTP authentication is being used, the resident must have registered his/her mobile number in Aadhaarn++, said Dr. Pandey.

With over 103.5 crore Aadhaar generated, UIDAI has opened over 23000 Permanent Enrolment Centres (PECs) across the country. Residents can visit any of the PECs near to them and can update their mobile number in Aadhaar. The list of PECs is available at https://resident.uidai.net.in.

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Competition Commission of India Imposes Penalty on Karnataka Chemists & Druggist Association and pharmaceutical company Lupin
Aug 02,2016

The Competition Commission of India (Commission) has found the Karnataka Chemists and Druggist Association (KCDA) and Lupin (Lupin) to be in contravention of the provisions of the Competition Act, 2002 (the Act). In a case filed by M/s Maruti & Co., it was brought to the notice of the Commission that KCDA restraints pharmaceutical companies from appointing new stockists in the State of Karnataka unless a No Objection Certificate (NOC) is obtained from it. It was alleged that Lupin refused to supply drugs to M/s Maruti & Co. on account of not having obtained NOC from KCDA.

Following a detailed investigation by the Director General (DG), the Commission has found that KCDA was indulging in the anti-competitive practice of mandating NOC prior to the appointment of new stockists by pharmaceutical companies. This case highlights the obstinacy of chemists & druggist associations who, despite various orders by the Commission in similar cases in other parts of India with respect to this NOC practice, have not abstained from indulging in such anti-competitive conduct. Instead of desisting from such activity, these associations are mandating the NOC requirement, either verbally (in order to avoid any documentary evidence/proof) or under camouflaged congratulatory/intimation letters, with a view to hide their apparent anti-competitive behaviour behind these benign nomenclatures. The Commission has unambiguously clarified that the use of benign nomenclatures by these associations will not absolve them of the legal consequences of their anti-competitive conduct. Based on the evidence collected by the DG during investigation, the Commission concluded that KCDA has been indulging in the practice of NOC prior to the appointment of stockists by pharmaceutical companies, which has the effect of limiting and controlling of the supply of drugs in the market, in violation of the provisions of Section 3(1) read with 3(3)(b) of the Act. KCDA was thus found to have contravened the provisions of Section 3(1) read with Section 3(3)(b) of the Act.

The Commission also observed that the pharmaceutical companies, without any resistance, cooperate with such associations to implement their anti-competitive decisions, thereby becoming equally complicit in the anti-competitive effect of such practice. Instead of approaching the Commission, these pharmaceutical companies cooperate with the NOC requirement of the associations, thus becoming perpetrators of such anti-competitive practice.

The Commission has thus held the pharmaceutical company, Lupin, to be in contravention of the provisions of Section 3(1) of the Act for its anti-competitive arrangement/understanding with KCDA, which led to a refusal to supply of drugs to M/s Maruti & Co.

Further, the Commission has also found three office bearers of KCDA, namely Mr. K.E. Prakash, Mr. D.S. Guddodgi and Mr. A.K. Jeevan, responsible under Section 48 of the Act, for their active involvement in the anti-competitive practice of KCDA and also on account of the positions of responsibility held by them in KCDA during the period of contravention. Two of the officials of Lupin, namely Mr. Amit Kumar Dhiman and Mr. Nishant Ajmera, were found to be actively involved in the anti-competitive arrangement/understanding of Lupin with KCDA during the relevant period.

Accordingly, KCDA, Lupin and their office bearers/officials have been directed to cease and desist from indulging in the practice of mandating NOC prior to stockist appointment. The Commission imposed a monetary penalty of Rs. 8, 60,321/-, calculated at the rate of 10 % of the average income of KCDA, under the provisions of Section 27 of the Act. While imposing penalty on Lupin, the Commission observed that the refusal to supply by it was for a brief period, after which Lupin resumed supplies to M/s Maruti & Co. Considering this as a mitigating factor, the Commission imposed a penalty at the rate of 1% of Lupins average turnover, amounting to Rs. 72.96 crores. In addition, monetary penalties were imposed on the office bearers of KCDA and officials of Lupin at the rate of 10% and 1% of their incomes, respectively.

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