Wednesday, 23 August 2017

PM condoles the demise of former CM of Manipur Mr. Rishang Keishing

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of former Chief Minister of Manipur and senior politician Mr. Rishang Keishing.
“The demise of Mr. Rishang Keishing leaves a great void in the politics of the Northeast, a region he served with great diligence.
My thoughts are with the family and well-wishers of Mr. Rishang Keishing in this sad hour”, the Prime Minister said.


Union Home Minister to visit the Kyrgyz Republic

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh is leading a delegation today to the Kyrgyz Republic to attend the 9th Meeting of Heads of Governments of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member states to be held on August 24-25, 2017, dealing with the prevention and elimination of emergency situations. The Indian delegation includes senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Ministry of External Affairs.
India got the full membership of SCO this year and the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi attended Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s annual Summit meeting held in Astana, Kazakhstan in June, 2017. The participation of India as SCO Member will open the additional opportunities for giving new impetus to the development of international cooperation in the field of protecting the population and territories from emergency situations within the framework of the SCO and will bring it qualitatively new positions in regional and global formats.
Meeting of Heads of Government authorities of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Member states will consider and approve the draft Action Plan for 2018-2019 for the implementation of the agreement between the governments of the SCO Member States on cooperation in providing assistance in the elimination of emergency situations.
During the visit, the Home Minister is likely to have bilateral meetings with the Ministers of some of the SCO Member States.


National Sports Museum to be established in New Delhi

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is going to establish National Sports Museum, first of its kind, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The decision was taken three months back and after a series of meetings and his personal visits to several locations in the capital, the current venue for museum was finalized by the Sports Minister Shri Vijay Goel himself. 

Shri Vijay Goel said, the Museum will showcase the India’s achievements in sports and also focus on the traditional sports within the country. He said, the aim of the Museum is to popularise the sports as a way of life within the country. Accordingly, the proposed Museum would go beyond the classical approach of a collection of memorabilia to become an interactive venue of interest for all age groups. In addition, Shri Goel said, it will display achievements of the Indian greats in sports and also act as an educational hub and offer opportunity for the young to delve into some sporting activity. 

Shri Vijay Goel has appealed to all past and present sports persons and members of public to contribute any memorabilia held by them for permanent display in the National Sports Museum. He said such contribution will be recognized and acknowledged. 

Shri Goel said that it is proposed that the Museum will have audio-visual display of rules and legacy events pertaining to various sports as part of education for the budding sportspersons, a well-equipped library of sports and physical fitness, painting gallery and amphitheater for screening of legacy matches/ contests/games is also planned.

He said, the Museum will also have a cafeteria, an activity zone, a souvenir/pro shop and a play area. It is proposed that the activities planned in various segments will include sporting activities, sports related computer games and kiosks selling sports memorabilia and sports equipment.

Shri Vijay Goel said the first phase for establishing the museum will commence soon as the idea has been transformed from concept to museum model stage by the experts.


India and Uzbekistan should work for increasing trade: Vice President

Uzbekistan Foreign Minister calls on Vice President
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India and Uzbekistan should work for increasing trade between these two nations to the tune of 1 bn USD by March 2018. He was interacting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uzbekistan, Mr. Abdulaziz Kamilov who called on him, here today.

The Vice President said that India and Uzbekistan have close cultural and historical connections and our peoples have similar developmental aspirations. He further said that traders and travelers over centuries helped exchange of ideas between countries. He expressed his happiness over several cultural events which were held in Uzbekistan to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between these two nations.

The Uzbekistan Foreign Minister has expressed his happiness over visiting India which has strong cultural heritage. He hoped that discussions during the visit will help in identifying new areas of cooperation and take relationship to a higher level, he added. 


Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chairs 42nd AGM of Nehru Memorial Museum & Library Society

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the 42nd Annual General Body Meeting of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Society here today. 

The Meeting approved the Annual Report & Audited Accounts of the NMML Society for the years 2014-15 and 2015-16. During the meeting various issues including upgradation and renovation of Museum, Digitization of documents, Acquisition of Books in regional languages and setting up of a Museum for former Prime Ministers, were discussed.

In his address to the AGM, Shri Rajnath Singh, who is the Vice-President of the NMML Society, said the planned Museum for the former Prime Ministers will be showcased by the NMML Society as an iconic one and will utilize 3D technology to offer a virtual reality experience. He said the NMML has undertaken an ambitious digitization programme and the first stage of its upgradation and modernization programme is due to be completed soon.

The members of the NMML Society who attended the meeting included Shri MJ Akbar, MoS (External Affairs), Shri Mallikarjun Khagre, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, MPs - Dr. Karan Singh & Shri Swapan Dasgupta, Shri Jairam Ramesh, representative of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Prof. Lokesh Chandra, President ICCR, Dr. A Suryaprakash, Chairman, Prasar Bharati, Dr. VS Chauhan, Chairman UGC, Shri TN Chaturvedi, Shri MK Rasgotra, Shri Nitin Desai, Dr. BP Singh, Prof. Nayanjot Lahiri, Prof. Udayon Misra and Shri AGK Menon. Shri Shakti Sinha, Director, NMML conducted the proceedings.


PM addresses Young CEOs at the "Champions of Change" initiative organised by NITI Aayog

The Prime Minister today interacted with Young CEOs at the "Champions of Change - Transforming India through G2B partnership" initiative organised by NITI Aayog at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra. Today was the Prime Minister's second address in this series, following his interaction with young entrepreneurs last week. 

Six groups of young CEOs made presentations before the PM on themes such as Make in India; Doubling Farmers' Income; World Class Infrastructure; Cities of Tomorrow; Reforming the Financial Sector; and New India by 2022. 

Appreciating the new ideas and innovations envisaged in the presentations made by the CEOs, the Prime Minister thanked them for the valuable inputs and time devoted to ideation for the benefit of the country. 

He said the key decision making team of the Government has listened carefully to the presentations, and will surely benefit in their policy-making, from the 360 degree view of issues that have been presented. 

The Prime Minister said people's participation is an important element of governance. Similarly, he said, this attempt at CEOs partnership with Government is aimed at enhancing their participation towards welfare of the people, and the nation. 

Recalling India's freedom struggle, he said Mahatma Gandhi made all Indians, soldiers for freedom, even as they continued to do their own work. Hence, he helped the freedom struggle become a mass movement. 

The Prime Minister said that today, development too, must become a mass movement. He said that a spirit should be created, whereby we all set targets for our contribution to India, by 2022. You are my team, and we need to work together to take India forward, the Prime Minister told the CEOs. 

Giving the example of value addition in agriculture, the Prime Minister said a multi-pronged approach is essential for achieving desired objectives such as doubling of agriculture incomes. Emphasizing the importance of food processing, the Prime Minister said lack of infrastructure is leading to huge losses in the agriculture sector. 

The Prime Minister said the Union Government has taken a number of decisions that have brought about fundamental transformation. He gave the illustration of decisions taken for urea availability and production - such as gas price pooling; remuneration for excess production etc. This led to additional production of 20 lakh tonnes of urea. He said Neem-coating of urea ended its large scale diversion. 

He said that the Government wants to move towards making India a less-cash society. He asked CEOs to partner with Government to build momentum in this regard. 

Similarly, he said that on occasions such as festivals, Khadi could be promoted through gifting etc - and this would greatly help the poor. He said an atmosphere must be created to take the poor along in every sphere of life. 

The Prime Minister gave the example of Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to show how small traders are competing successfully in provision of supplies to the Government. He said 1000 crore rupees have been transacted through GeM so far and 28,000 suppliers have contributed to this platform. 

The Prime Minister said Indians must take pride in their own country. He said each one should develop a temperament to promote tourist destinations within India, spontaneously among their contacts. 

Giving the example of "waste to wealth" entrepreneurs, the Prime Minister said that this can help achieve the objectives of Swachh Bharat and clean environment. He said the aim of entrepreneurs and business should be to provide products which solve simple problems faced by people in the country. 

Several Union Ministers and senior Government officials were present on the occasion.   


CSC to Play Major Role in The Making of New India

Union Minister for Electronics & IT and Law & Justice, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad said today that the Government is committed to evolve new India, free of hunger & deprivation, by the year 2022. VLEs, the ambassadors of change, will play a major role in bringing about revolutionary changes in rural India. The Minister said the NDA Government has total faith in these agents of change. He said with Patanjali & IFFCO agreeing to provide their range of products from these outlets scope & viability of CSC will get a big boost.

Addressing the audience of more than 2500 VLEs, the Hon’ Minister hailed the outstanding efforts of CSC VLEs in delivering digital services in rural areas of country. He praised the women VLEs, who provide government services through their CSCs in far flung areas, particularly mentioning the name of Smt. Janki Kashyap, who provides digital services in the naxal affected area of Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

The Hon’ Minister announced that his Ministry will send five best performing women VLEs to the United States and further award Rs. 1 lakh to outstanding District VLE societies. He also administered ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’ pledge to all VLEs and officials present on the occasion. He said that, 40,000 CSCs have registered with Patanjali for medical tele-consultations through 800 ayurvedic practitioners, benefiting citizens in rural India.

On the occasion, Acharya Balkrishna ji announced provision of free Yoga training to CSC VLEs at Patanjali Yog Pith to teach Yoga in rural areas to realise the dream of making India disease free. While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI, admired the achievements of CSC VLEs in discharging Aadhaar services in rural areas. Mr. Bhushan said, VLEs in rural areas have helped UIDAI in enrolling small children, old people, patients and those who could not travel to Aadhaar centres by enrolling them by visiting their households.

On the occasion, following new services will be launched–

1.      Launch of Patanjali products through CSCs:
CSC SPV has tied up with Patanjali Ayurveda for sale of Patanjali products at the last mile through the vast network of Common Services Centers. The products would be sold through distributor model through CSC District VLE Societies.

2.      Launch of Bharat Bill Pay service through CSCs:
Bharat Bill Pay Service (BBPS) is a unified bill payment system under the umbrella of National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI). With CSC SPV becoming a Bharat Bill Pay Operating Unit, CSCs can provide BBPS services and further enable the villagers to pay their Electricity, Water, Gas, DTH and Mobile bills.

3.      Launch of Deposit Service in Aadhaar Enabled Payment System – Digi Pay:
CSC SPV, in Collaboration with NPCI, launched its Aadhaar Enabled Payment service ‘Digi Pay’ to address need for financial services of rural people. Now on August 22, 2017, its cash deposit service will also be launched under Digi Pay, enabling citizens to deposit cash in their Aadhaar seeded account of any bank.

4.      Exchange of MOU for Sale of IFFCO Products like Fertilizers, Seeds etc through CSCs:
CSC has partnered with IFFCO to market all products and service offerings of IFFCO and Group Companies through Digital Seva portal. Under this service, once VLE accepts significant quantity of orders from farmers for agri-inputs and other services, the VLE can place orders on CSC Portal and remits payment.

5.      Exchange of MOU between CSC & IGNOU:
CSC SPV is partnering with IGNOU to extend its online services through the network of CSCs across the country. The services include facility of online admission form & examination form submissions, online re-registration, and online payment facilitation through the Digital Seva portal for prospective and enrolled students of IGNOU.

6.      Exchange of MOU between NeGD & IGNOU:
NeGD is partnering with IGNOU to collaborate on and develop synergies to advance its Digital India Capacity Building agenda. Under the partnership, IGNOU will provide NeGD access to its state-of-art facilities for developing content for its capacity building and awareness and communication activities.

7.      Exchange of MOU for Tele-Radiology service through CSC:
5C Network, India’s first diagnostic network that connects hospitals and diagnostic centers with X-Ray, CT and MRI to radiologists, is partnering with CSC SPV to leverage last mile network of CSCs to provide radio-diagnostic facility at grassroot level.

8.      Exchange of MOU for Tally GST Service:
CSC SPV is partnering with Tally Education, a subsidiary of Tally Solutions, to increase adoption of computerized accounting and GST compliance across the rural and sub-urban parts of country. Under the partnership, VLEs enabling GST compliance for small businesses and traders, will receive complimentary license for the most recent version of the GST billing and compliance software from Tally.


PM condoles the demise of former CM of Manipur Mr. Rishang Keishing

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of former Chief Minister of Manipur and senior politician Mr. Rishang Keish...