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(16 January 2023) Government Data Roundup: RBI’s Annual Report of Ombudsman Schemes, First Advance Estimates of National Income For 2022-23, Among The Data/Reports Released Recently


The twentieth edition of the fortnightly government data roundup covers data/reports released by RBI, MoSPI, CPCB, and the year-end reviews by various ministries.

In this twentieth edition of the Fortnightly Government Data Roundup,  we cover RBI’s Annual Report of Ombudsman Schemes (2020-21), MoSPI’s progress report on the Twenty Point Programme for April 2022 – September 2022 & First Advance Estimates of National Income for 2022-23, and Central Pollution Control Board’s report on Polluted River Stretches for Restoration of Water Quality- 2022. Apart from these, year-end reviews of various departments and ministries have also been discussed.

First Advance Estimates of National Income, 2022-23

Report nameFirst Advance Estimates of National Income, 2022-23 
Agency responsibleMinistry of Statistics & Programme Implementation
Frequency of releaseAnnual
Source LinkFirst Advance Estimates of National Income, 2022-23

About the report

The First Advance Estimates of GDP was introduced in 2016-17 to serve as essential inputs to the Budget exercise. It is based on limited data and compiled using the Benchmark-Indicator Method using the estimates available for the previous year. These are extrapolated using relevant indicators reflecting the performance of the sector. 

Key Highlights

  • The Real GDP in the year 2022-23 is estimated at Rs. 157.60 lakh crore, as against the Provisional Estimate of GDP for the year 2021-22 of Rs. 147.36 lakh crore. 
  • The growth in real GDP during 2022-23 is estimated at 7.0% as compared to 8.7% in 2021-22.
  • The nominal GDP in the year 2022-23 is estimated at Rs. 273.08 lakh crore, as against the Provisional Estimate of GDP for the year 2021-22 of Rs. 236.65 lakh crore. The growth in nominal GDP during 2022-23 is estimated at 15.4% as compared to 19.5% in 2021-22.

Annual Report of Ombudsman Schemes, 2021-22

Report nameAnnual Report of Ombudsman Schemes, 2021-22 
Agency responsibleRBI
Frequency of releaseAnnual
Source LinkAnnual Report of Ombudsman Schemes, 2021-22

Brief about the report

The Report is the first after the integration of three erstwhile Ombudsman Schemes i.e., the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, 2006 (BOS), the Ombudsman Scheme for Non-Banking Financial Companies, 2018 (OSNBFC), and the Ombudsman Scheme for Digital Transactions, 2019 (OSDT) in November 2021. The report also captures major developments during the year and the way forward in the area of consumer protection.

Key Highlights

  • The volume of complaints received under the Ombudsman Schemes/Consumer Education and Protection Cells during the year 2021-22 was over 4.18 lakhs marking an increase by 9.39% as compared to the previous year.
  • Of these, more than 3.04 lakh complaints were handled by the 22 Offices of RBI Ombudsman (ORBIOs), including the complaints received under the three erstwhile Ombudsman Schemes till November 2021, prior to the integration.
  • Complaints relating to digital modes of payment and transactions were the highest in number, constituting 42.12% of the total complaints received during the year.
  • Over 63% of the complaints were resolved through mutual settlement/conciliation /mediation.
  • The rate of disposal of complaints by RBIOs improved to 97.97% in 2021-22 from 96.59% in 2020-21.

Twenty Point Programme Progress Report (April 2022- Jun 2022)

Report nameTwenty Point Programme Progress Report (April 2022- Jun 2022)
Agency responsibleMinistry of Statistics and Programme Implementation
Frequency of releaseQuarterly
Source LinkTwenty Point Programme Progress Report April 2022- Jun 2022

Brief about the report

Twenty Point Programme was first initiated in 1975, and it underwent structural changes in 1982, 1986 and 2006. It is a combination of poverty alleviation programs, schemes for health and education, employment generation programs, and schemes impacting the environment and quality of life. The report consists of two parts: Part-I contains an analysis of the overall performance, whereas Part II deals with item-wise performance. The report is compiled based on data received from the Central Nodal Ministries and State Governments/UT Administrations. 14 parameters are taken for the performance analysis.

Key Highlights

  • In the 6 months between April to September 2022, 1.947 crore job cards were issued generating 135.8 crore person days of employment and Rs. 31,578 crores was paid as wages. 
  • 2.83 lakh SHGs were promoted, and 1.73 lahks were given Revolving Fund. 97,052 SHGs were provided with Community Investment Fund. 
  • 29.74 lakh houses were constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Grameen, and close to 3.3 lahks EWS/LIG houses were constructed in urban areas.
  • The length of roads constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was 9,753 km. 
  • 7.86 lakh million units of electricity were supplied.
  • Over 11 lakh hectares were covered under Plantation (Public and Forest Lands). 
  • 8.05 lakh individual houses had latrines constructed.
  • 70.26 lakh institutional deliveries were recorded. 

Polluted River Stretches for Restoration of Water Quality- 2022

Report namePolluted River Stretches for Restoration of Water Quality- 2022
Agency responsibleWater Quality Management (I) Division, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)
Source LinkPolluted River Stretches for Restoration of Water Quality- 2022

About the study

The study is based on the periodic analysis of water quality data generated. The data is generated by CPCB through the identification of polluted river stretches (PRS) using Bio-Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) as a criteria parameter. Out of the 603 rivers assessed, there are 311 Polluted stretches in 279 rivers in 30 States & Union Territories. State-wise analysis has also been done in the study. Similar assessments were earlier presented in 2009, 2015 and 2018.

Key Highlights

  • The number of polluted river stretches has decreased from 351 in the year 2018 to 311 in the year 2022. 
  • The state of Maharashtra had the highest number of polluted river stretches with 55, followed by Madhya Pradesh (19).
  • The number of polluted river stretches has increased in 13 States/UTs viz. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Marked improvement in previously identified 180 PRS has been observed, and 106 of these PRS no longer remain in the list of PRS.

Year-End Reviews for 2022

2022 – Air Quality Perspective in Delhi

  • The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change through a press release published ‘2022 – Air Quality Perspective in Delhi’ that reviews the trends in air quality in the national capital in the calendar year. 
  • Significant improvement in the air quality of Delhi was witnessed during 2022 as compared to the past years (barring 2020 due to COVID-19)
  • The air quality indices viz. PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations in 2022 were better than in 2021, despite there being restrictions for most of the year in 2021 
  • 3 months (January, February, and December) recorded the best daily average AQI.
  • The year also witnessed the best air quality during post-monsoon when air polluting activities are usually high due to farming burnings, climate, firecrackers, etc.

In the first fortnight of 2023, the Ministries of Home Affairs, Road Transport & Highways, Housing & Urban Affairs, Cooperation, Parliamentary Affairs and the Departments of Atomic Energy & Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation under the Ministry of Jal Shakti released their year-end reviews. Highlights of these reviews have been given below:

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs

  • Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Urban, more than 1.20 crore houses have been sanctioned and more than 64 lakhs houses have been completed
  • Around 134 lakh water tap connections and 102 lakh sewer/septage, connections have been provided under the AMRUT scheme
  • 4,830 projects worth ₹93,381 crores of Water Supply, Water Body Rejuvenation, Sewerage & Septage Management, Parks & Green Space Development have been approved under AMRUT 2.0 mission
  • About 83 kms of metro rail lines were commissioned in the cities of Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochi, Ahmedabad, and Nagpur under the Urban Transport Mission
  • All 4,715 cities/ towns in India have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). 3,547 cities have been certified as ODF+ and 1,191 cities are certified as ODF++. 14 cities have been certified as Water+ under the Swachh Bharat Mission- Urban (SBM-U).

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

  • The compensation for victims of hit-and-run motor accidents has been increased from Rs.12,500 to Rs. 50,000 for serious accidents and from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 2 lakhs in case of death.
  • The number of online citizen services without having to visit RTO has increased from 18 to 58.
  • Ministry is planning to develop 600+ state-of-the-art Way Side Amenities (WSA) at about every 40 km along the National Highways on PPP mode by 2024-25.  Facilities include fuel stations, EV charging stations, food court/restaurants, dhabas, convenience stores, clean and hygienic toilet facilities, drinking water, first aid/medical room, a dedicated area for promoting local artisans, car/bus/truck parking, helipad, etc.  144 WSAs have already been awarded and 72 WSAs are under bidding stage. 

Ministry of Cooperation

  • Registration of cooperative societies as ‘Buyers’ on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) platform was approved enabling the cooperative societies to access more than 45 Lakh vendors on a single platform and to follow a transparent, economic, and efficient procurement system.
  • Around 54 lakh products are listed across 9,702 product categories and 279 service categories. There was an estimated savings of around Rs.10,000 crores in 2021-22.
  • An allocation of Rs. 900 crores has been made in the Union Budget for the financial year 2022-23 for the implementation of various activities of the Ministry of Cooperation, which is about 2.5 times the budget provision for the year 2021-22.

Ministry of Home Affairs

  • There has been about a 54% reduction in terrorist incidents, 84% in the deaths of security forces and about 22% in the recruitment of terrorists. Further, no incidents of stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir were also reported. 
  • 6 out of 12 issues have been settled between Assam and Meghalaya and about 70 percent of the border between the two States has become dispute-free.
  • An agreement was signed between the Government of India, the Government of Assam, and representatives of eight Adivasi Groups to end the decades-old crisis of Adivasis and tea garden workers in Assam. After this agreement, 1,182 cadres of tribal groups of Assam joined the mainstream by laying down their arms.
  • The Ministry decided to reserve 10% vacancies for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles for Agniveers, completing four years under the Agnipath Scheme announced by the Government of India
  • Under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, a target to destroy 75,000 kilograms of narcotics was set. However, over 1.5 lakh kilogram of narcotics were destroyed, more than double the target set.

Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

  • Between April to November 2022, 19 Bills were introduced (18 in the Lok Sabha and 1 in the Rajya Sabha) in addition to the pending 33 Bills. Out of these 52 Bills, 16 Bills were passed by both Houses.
  • In 2022, a total of 799 Implementation Reports were laid in Lok Sabha (total number of assurances pending as of date is 760) and 317 Implementation Reports were laid in Rajya Sabha (total number of assurances pending as of date is 520). OAMS (Online Assurance Monitoring System) helped reduce the pendency in assurances. 
  • For the implementation of the National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA), 21 Legislatures of 19 States signed MoU with the Ministry. 17 legislatures of 15 States sanctioned the project along with the release of required funds.

Department of Atomic Energy

  • Tata Memorial Centre registered close to 80,000 new patients and over 650,000 follow-ups annually in Mumbai alone. It provides high-quality cancer care to patients from across the country regardless of socio-economic status and their ability to pay and more than 60% of patients are treated almost free of cost.
  • Baba Atomic Research Centre developed a handheld low-cost 12-Channel Tele-ECG Instrument, suitable for rural health care. The instrument can be operated using Mobile phones via Bluetooth.

Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti

  • National Mission for Clean Ganga completed 50 projects and sanctioned 43 new projects amounting to Rs. 2056 Crores.
  • Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) for 2021-26 with an outlay of Rs. 93,068 Crore was approved by the Union Ministry to benefit 22 lakh farmers. 
  • Ken-Betwa Link Project, the first inter-linking of rivers project being implemented with an estimated cost of Rs. 44,605 crores with central support of Rs. 39,317 crores is planned to be completed by March 2030
  • As of November 2022, more than 29,229 irrigation wells have been constructed and a command area of more than 77,123 hectares has been created, benefiting nearly 66,440 small and marginal farmers under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana – Har Khet Ko Pani – Ground Water.

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