Friday, 23 February 2018

Prime Minister to visit 2 States & 2 Union Territories over the next two days

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will embark on a visit to two states: Gujarat and Tamil Nadu; and two Union Territories: Daman & Diu and Puducherry, over the next two days.

The Prime Minister will arrive in Daman on Saturday. He will launch various development projects, and hand over certificates to beneficiaries of various official schemes. 

The Prime Minister will then travel to Tamil Nadu. At Chennai, he will attend the event to mark the inauguration of the Amma Two Wheeler Scheme – a welfare scheme of the State Government.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister will visit Puducherry. At Aurobindo Ashram, he will offer floral tributes to Shri Aurobindo, and interact with students of Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. Shri Narendra Modi will also visit Auroville. He will release a commemorative postage stamp on the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Auroville. He will deliver an address on the occasion.

The Prime Minister will also address a public meeting in Puducherry.

On Sunday evening, the Prime Minister will be in Surat, Gujarat, for the flagging off of the “Run for New India Marathon.”

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Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh addresses farmers at the North Zone Regional Farmers Fair-2018 in Varanasi

All efforts directed to double farmer’s income by 2022, the year in which India celebrates 75 years of Independence: Union Agriculture Minister

In last three years, Budget allocation to agriculture sector has seen a rise with allocation at Rs. 58,080 Crores in 2018-19: Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Challenging task to double farmers’ income but Government is working on it: Union Agriculture Minister

India is a land of agriculture and farmers withsixty five per cent population dependent on agriculture. If agriculture is adopted as a business, it will not only help farmers live a life of self-esteem but also enable them to double their income in five years i.e. by 2022. This was stated by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh while addressing a gathering at North Zone Regional Farmers Fair-2018 in Varanasi. Shri Singh said all efforts are directed to double farmer’s income by 2022, the year in which India celebrates 75 years of Independence.

The Fair was jointly organized by ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi; Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India; Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Rights Authority (PPVFRA), India; Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh and Association for Promotion of Innovations in Vegetables (APIV). The 3-day North Zone Regional Farmers Fair-2018 saw participation of farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and New Delhi. The Fair will provide detailed information on ways to double farmer’s income through food nutrition and livelihood security. Scientific and technical guidance are also being provided to farmers in order to help them solve the problems related to agriculture sector.

Shri Singh said that India is home to 17.6% of world population, 15% livestock, 4.2% water body, 2.4% land and with only 124 million hectare of agriculture land, it is a challenging task to double farmers’ income but the Government is working on it. In order to achieve this objective, several programs are being run at the national level by the Ministry and ICAR. 

The Minister said that such farmer fairs are a part of India’s social fabric. It helps in the transfer of advanced agricultural scientific techniques related to horticulture, fishing, poultry, animal husbandry and food processing and value addition among the farmers of rural areas. The Minister assured that the three day Fair will help impart advanced technologies to the farmers.For the purpose of agriculture diversification, the Fair will be helpful in providing information about the techniques of sustainable and profitable farming in horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry, mushrooms cultivation and organic farming. This will enable them to double their earnings.

Shri Singh said that the Ministry is working to make farmers of India rich. For this, several programs are being implemented like Farmer FIRST, ARYA, student READY, MeraGaonMera Gaurav, post-harvest technology, food processing, price augmentation, region-specific agriculture education and Research & dissemination. 

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Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India Sign $ 84 Million Loan for Improvement and Expansion of Water Supply in the State of Bihar

The Government of India and The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $84 million loan today for improvement and expansion of water supply in Bhagalpur and Gaya towns in Bihar.

The tranche 2 loan is part of the $200 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) for the Bihar Urban Development Investment Program that was approved by ADB in 2012 to provide sustainable urban infrastructure and services in four towns in Bihar – Bhagalpur, Gaya, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.

“The Project 2 will improve access to better quality and sustainable water supply, for the people of Bhagalpur and Gaya towns. It will also promote better water management practices that will result in a citywide coverage with 24-hour uninterrupted supply of treated water of 135 litres per capita per day in both cities,” said Shri Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, who signed the loan agreement for Government of India.

“The loan finances will support civil works subprojects and would benefit 1.1 million people in the two project towns with increased coverage of treated water supply by 2021; train 400 urban local body (ULB) staff in the management and operation and maintenance (O&M) of water supply systems, and help ULBs improve technical and financial management of the water supply operations,” said Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission who signed the agreement for ADB. The project agreement was signed by Shri Vipin Kumar, Resident Commissioner on behalf of the Government of Bihar.

The two towns under the project would achieve the national urban service goals or match many of the national averages for urban service delivery performance in India. The investment program will assist ULBs in designing affordable tariffs for O&M cost recovery.

The loan will have a 25-year term, including a grace period of 5 years, an annual interest rate determined in accordance with ADB’s lending facility based on the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR), and a commitment charge of 0.15% per year.

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MOU between DEA and NBCC for construction of housing for IES officers signed

Finance Minister confers awards on IES Officers under Research Promotion Scheme

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley, today graced the occasion of signing of MoU between Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) and National Buildings Construction Corporation (India) Ltd for construction of housing project for Indian Economic Service (IES) Officers.

• Ministry of Urban Development has allotted 3519 square metre of land on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, New Delhi, for construction of 90 dwelling units for IES Officers.

• Driving force behind undertaking the housing project is acute shortage of houses under Government General Pool Accommodation, particularly for junior-level officers.

• Project Management Consultancy (PMC) for the project has been awarded to NBCC, for which the MOU has been signed.

The Minister also conferred awards to IES officers, winners under the Research Promotion Scheme.

• Research Promotion Scheme for IES officers has been instituted, comprising award of two annual cash prizes for the First and Second best Research Papers by IES officers.

• Certificates of Appreciation were presented for Papers placed at Third and Fourth positions.
An Evaluation Committee headed by the Chief Economic Adviser has selected the four best Research Papers, out of twelve Papers received in the first year after institution of the Scheme.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Jaitley said that it was a joyous opportunity that the MoU was seeing the light of the day. Congratulating the winners under the Research Promotion Scheme, the Minister said that he hoped this continues every year so that the interest in scholarship is alive and going.

Other dignitaries present during on the occasion included Shri Subhash Chandra Garg Secretary, DEA, Shri Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser and other senior officers of the Ministry.

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Indian Railways inducts two State-of-the-Art High Horse Power Locomotives

These High Horse Power Locomotives are designed & developed under the Make in India Program under PPP Agreement with M/s General Electric

First Fully Digitally Enabled Locomotive with greater Reliability, Maintainability and Availability

Indian Railways in collaboration with M/S General Electric (GE) under the Public Private Partnership initiative has inducted two Digitally Enabled Locomotives based on the state of the art insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) technology which enables the combined advantages of high efficiency and fast switching. As a gesture of inducting the two HHP locomotives on the Indian Railway system, GE handed over the symbolic reverser keys to Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani at a ceremony held at Northern Railway’s Diesel Loco Shed, Alambagh, Lucknow.

The two HHP prototypes locomotives were wholly designed in India under the Make in India program and manufactured under the Public Private partnership through a MOU with GE. The total investment amount is Rs.13000 crore and under the agreement Indian Railways has a 26% stake. The first GE manufactured Diesel locomotive No 49001 for Indian Railways, shipped from USA, landed in the country on 11th October 2017 and was put to extensive trials. The Salient features of the GE Locomotive are four stroke engine, 12 cylinders, 06 traction motors, AC Dual Cab locomotive; Safety features for self load, toilet facility, Upgraded Computer Controlled Braking (CCB system), Electronic Fuel Injection system, Fuel Efficient locomotive, IGBT based traction technology, Compliant with India’s UIC emission norm. The locomotive is also the first fully digitally enabled locomotive with greater reliability and availability and is also provided with a device to manage disasters. In a bid to setting higher benchmarks in maintenance of its assets for better reliability and safety, the Indian Railways had set up maintenance sheds at Roza, UP and Gandhidham, Gujarat.

GE is providing locomotive technology to Indian Railway and by 2025, through a joint venture company it will manufacture 1000 fuel-efficient locomotives (100 per year) that will be used for freight traffic hauling. Amongst these 700 locomotives will be 4500HP WDG4G and rest 300 locomotives will be of 6000HP. Initially 40 fuel efficient diesel locomotives will be manufactured in GE facility at Erie, Pennsylvania, USA and the rest 960 diesel locomotives will be manufactured in Marhoura, Saran District, Bihar. This production unit spread over 9.15 hectares, with township facility with a total area of 200 acres. This factory will start loco manufacturing from October 2018. Locos will be maintained in Roza, UP and Gandhidham, Gujarat.

IGBT Technology has a three-terminal power semiconductor device primarily used as an electronic switch which and was later developed to give the combined advantages of high efficiency and fast switching. It offers greater power gain than the standard bipolar type transistor combined with the higher voltage operation and lower input losses.

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Press statement by PM Shri Narendra Modi during visit of Prime Minister of Canada to India

You're Excellency, The Right Honourable Prime Minister ट्रूडो, 

Distinguished Delegation Members, 

Friends from the Media, 

भारत के राजकीय दौरे पर आए प्रधान मंत्री ट्रूडो का स्वागत करके मुझे खुशी हो रही है।

हालांकि प्रधान मंत्री के तौर पर यह उनका पहला दौरा है, इन्होंने अपने पिता और तत्कालीन प्रधान मंत्री पियर ट्रूडो के साथ 1983 में भारत का दौरा किया था। 

Mr. Prime Minister, आपका दौरा बहुत समय से प्रतिक्षित था। हमें प्रसन्नता है कि आप अपनी पत्नी और बच्चों के साथ आए हैं। हमें यह भी खुशी है कि हमारी आज की मुलाकात से पहले आपने भारत के विभिन्न शहरों का दौरा किया है। 

वर्ष 2015 में कनाडा की मेरी यात्रा 42 वर्षों में किसी भारतीय प्रधान मंत्री की पहली द्विपक्षीय यात्रा थी। तब मैं वैंकुवर, टोरंटो और ओटावा गया था। भारत के प्रति कनाडा की जनता के लगाव और प्रेम का मैंने अनुभव किया। 

मुझे विश्वास है कि प्रधान मंत्री Trudeau ने भी कनाडा के प्रति भारत में गर्मजोशी और स्वाभाविक बंधुत्व का अनुभव किया होगा। उन्होंने हमारे देश की विविधता और हमारे लोकतंत्र की जीवंतता को भी महसूस किया होगा। 

Friends, 

कनाडा के साथ अपने strategic partnership को आगे बढ़ाने को भारत बहुत अधिक महत्व देता है।

हमारे सम्बन्ध लोकतंत्र, बहुलवाद, कानून की सर्वोच्चता और आपसी संपर्क पर आधारित हैं। 

व्यापार और निवेश से लेकर ऊर्जा तक; विज्ञान और इनोवेशन से लेकर शिक्षा और कौशल विकास तक; सागर से लेकर अंतरिक्ष तक, हर सेक्टर में भारत और कनाडा एक साथ काम कर सकते हैं। 

हमारी आज की चर्चा में, हमने अपने संबंधों के पूरे आयाम की समीक्षा की और आपसी सहयोग को बढ़ाने के लिए ठोस उपायों की पहचान की। 

सबसे पहले, हम अपने सुरक्षा सहयोग को सुदृढ़ करने पर सहमत हुए हैं। आतंकवाद और उग्रवाद भारत और कनाडा जैसे लोकतांत्रिक, बहुलवादी समाजों के लिए खतरा हैं। इन ताकतों का मुकाबला करने के लिए हमारा साथ आना महत्वपूर्ण है। 

संप्रदाय का राजनीतिक उद्देश्य के लिए दुरूपयोग करने वालों और बॅंटवारे की खाई खोदने वालों के लिए कोई जगह नहीं होनी चाहिए। 

हमारे देशों की संप्रभुता, एकता और अखंडता को चुनौती देने वालों को भी बर्दाश्त नहीं किया जा सकता। 

आतंकवाद और उग्रवाद के विरूद्ध लड़ने के लिए प्रधान मंत्री Trudeau और मैं सहमत हुए हैं। हमारे NSAs भी पहले मिले हैं। उन्होंने Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism को अंतिम रूप दिया है। 

Friends, 

हमने अपने आर्थिक संबंधों की भी समीक्षा की है। हम सहमत हुए हैं कि भारत और कनाडा के बीच आर्थिक संबंधों को हम और गहरा बनायेंगे।

भारत की तेज और सतत आर्थिक प्रगति और economic reforms प्रचुर अवसर प्रदान करते हैं। कनाडाई पेंशन फंड भारत के इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर विकास का प्रबल साझेदार बना हुआ है। 

हमारी आर्थिक साझेदारी के लिए एक संस्थागत ढ़ांचे की व्यवस्था करना भी आवश्यक है। इस परिप्रेक्ष्य में, Bilateral Investment and Promotion Agreement और Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement को अंतिम रूप देने के लिए हमने अपने वार्ताकारों को प्रयास दोगुना करने का निर्देश दिया है। 

आज दोनों देशों के CEOs से भी हमें बातचीत करने का हमें अवसर मिलेगा।

उच्च शिक्षा के लिए कनाडा, भारतीय विद्यार्थियों का महत्वपूर्ण destination है। आज, कनाडा में एक लाख बीस हज़ार से अधिक भारतीय विद्यार्थी हैं। MoU on Higher Education से, जिसे आज renew किया गया है, दोनों पक्ष के विद्यार्थियों एवं शिक्षकों की अधिक आवाजाही को सुगम बनाने में मदद मिलेगी। 

मैंने Skilled professionals की आवाजाही को बढ़ावा देनेऔर इसे सुगम बनाने के लिए प्रधान मंत्री Trudeau से आग्रह किया है। इससे हमारे दोनों देश लाभान्वित होंगे और कनाडाई अर्थव्यवस्था को अधिक प्रतिस्पर्धी बनाएंगे। 

हमारी technology partnership में विशाल संभावनाएं हैं। हमारे वैज्ञानिकों एवं शोधकर्ताओं द्वारा नवीन technology और प्रणालियां प्रकाश में लाई जा रही हैं इनसे भारत एवं कनाडा, दोनों ही देशों पर सकारात्मक प्रभाव पड़ेगा। कनाडा Technology Summit 2017 का Partner Country था। सूचना एवं संचार तकनीक के क्षेत्र में सहयोग को सुदृढ़ करने के लिए भी हमारी सरकारें सहमत हुई हैं। 

कनाडा energy super power है और हमारी बढ़ती ऊर्जा जरूरतों को पूरा कर सकता है। आज, हमने अपने Energy Dialogue का विस्तार करने और हमारी ऊर्जा साझेदारी के भविष्य की रूप-रेखा तैयार करने का निर्णय किया है। 

हमारे Atomic Energy सहयोग की दृढ़ता यूरेनियम की निर्बाध आपूर्ति से दिखती है। आज, हम अपने सहयोग में nuclear Science, Technology & Innovation जोड़ रहे हैं। 

Friends, 

मेरे मित्र प्रधान मंत्री Trudeau और मैंने क्षेत्रीय एवं वैश्विक स्थिति पर अपने विचारों का आदान-प्रदान किया। 

अफगानिस्तान की स्थिति पर विस्तार से चर्चा हुई। अफगानिस्तान की सरकार और वहां की जनता को सीमा-पार आतंकवाद की चुनौतियों से निबटने और एक शांतिपूर्ण, सुरक्षित, समृद्ध और लोकतांत्रिक अफगानिस्तान के निर्माण में उनके प्रयासों में सहयोग करने की आवश्यकता स्पष्ट है। 

इंडो-पैसिफिक में समुद्री परिवहन की स्वतंत्रता; उत्तर कोरिया से जुड़ी प्रोलिफरेशन की कड़ियों के ख़तरे; और मालदीव में लोकतांत्रिक संस्थानों की स्वतंत्रता की बहाली पर हमारे विचारों में समानता है।

हम शांति स्थापना के क्षेत्र में सहयोग को मजबूत करने के साथ तीसरे देशों में capacity building पर भी विशेष ध्यान देने पर सहमत हुए हैं। 

Friends, 

People-to-people संपर्क हमारी Strategic Partnership का ठोस आधार है। 

कनाडा स्थित भारतीय समुदाय की उपलब्धियों पर भारत को गर्व है। मुझे यह देख कर खुशी है कि प्रधान मंत्री उनमें से बहुतों को अपने साथ इस दौरे पर लाए हैं। 

कनाडा स्थित भारतीय समुदाय के साथ मित्रता और सद्भावना के निर्माण हेतु हम प्रतिबद्ध हैं और भारत की प्रगति और विकास में उनकी सक्रिय भागीदारी चाहते हैं। 

Mr. Prime Minister, 

भारत-कनाडा साझा मूल्यों की एक स्वाभाविक साझेदारी है। मुझे दोनों देशों के बीच अधिक मजबूत साझेदारी और इससे हमारे दोनों देशों के उज्ज्वल भविष्य की आशा है। 

धन्यवाद।

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Indo-German MOU on technical cooperation under Sustainable Urban Development programme & Smart Cities in India

To develop & apply concepts for provision of Urban basic services & housing in Smart Cities

Technical cooperation to support approaches in integrated planning, affordable housing & basic services: Hardeep Puri

An Indo-German MOU has been signed for an “Implementation Agreement in Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities in India”, here today. The objective of the programme is to develop and apply concepts for sustainable urban development about the provision of urban basic services and housing in selected cities and Smart Cities in India. The Agreement was signed between Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs(MoHUA), Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ) GmbH, India on behalf of the Government of Federal Republic of Germany in the presence of Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (IC) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and Dr. Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to India. The agreement was signed by Shri. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Ms. Annette Röckel, Deputy Country Director and Ms. Tanja Feldmann, Cluster Coordinator, Sustainable Urban and Industrial Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India.

Speaking after signing of the MOU, Shri Hardeep Puri said that the technical cooperation measure will support approaches for sustainable urban development in the area of integrated planning, provision of affordable housing and basic services with particular focus on water, waste water and solid waste management and mobility. The ‘Sustainable Urban Development Programme - Smart Cities in India’ project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and jointly implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The project support to Government of India will seek to achieve the set target of promoting sustainable urban development under the national urban missions/programmes such as Smart Cities Mission, linking with the Sustainable Development Goal No. 11 ‘Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’. The German contribution to the project is up to 8 million EUR. The project will continue for a duration of three years (starting from 2018 till December 2020).

MoHUA and GIZ will jointly work on implementing Government of India’s missions, the optimisation of the national orientation framework and the dissemination of practice-proven approaches on sustainable urban development. Amongst others, focus is given to integrated planning approaches for the three Smart Cities with development of local innovations and pilot approaches pertaining to the provision of affordable housing and basic services within the three cities. Experiences and learnings from previous technical cooperation measures in the area of the provision of housing and sanitation as well as solid waste management will be integrated into the new project.

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Prime Minister to visit 2 States & 2 Union Territories over the next two days

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will embark on a visit to two states: Gujarat and Tamil Nadu; and two Union Territories: Daman &...