Friday, 15 February 2019

Text of PM’s speech at the flagging off Vande Bharat Express

सबसे पहले मैं पुलवामा के आतंक के हमले में शहीद जवानों को आदरपूर्वक श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित करता हूं। उन्‍होंने देश की सेवा करते हुए अपने प्राण न्‍योच्‍छावर किए हैं। दुख की इस घड़ी में मेरी और हर भारतीय की संवेदनाएं उनके परिवार के साथ हैं।

इस हमले की वजह से देश में जितना आक्रोश है, लोगों का खून खोल रहा है; ये मैं भलीभांति समझ पा रहा हूं। इस समय जो देश की अपेक्षाएं हैं, कुछ कर गुजरने की भावनाएं हैं, वो भी स्‍वाभाविक हैं। हमारे सुरक्षा बलों को पूर्ण स्‍वतंत्रता दे दी गई है। हमें अपने सैनिकों के शोर्य पर, उनकी बहादुरी पर पूरा भरोसा है। मूझे पूरा भरोसा है कि देशभक्ति के रंग में रंगे लोग सही जानकारियां भी हमारी एजेंसियों तक पहुंचाएंगे ताकि आतंक को कुचलने में हमारी लड़ाई और तेज हो सके।

मैं आतंकी संगठनों को और उनके सरपरस्‍तों को कहना चाहता हूं कि वे बहुत बड़ी गलती कर चुके हैं, बहुत बड़ी कीमत उनको चुकानी पड़ेगी।

मैं देश को भरोसा देता हूं कि हमले के पीछे जो ताकते हैं, इस हमले के पीछे जो भी गुनहगार हैं, उन्‍हें उनके किए की सजा अवश्‍य मिलेगी। जो हमारी आलोचना कर रहे हैं, उनकी भावनाओं का भी मैं आदर करता हूं। उनकी भावनाओं को मैं भी समझ पाता हूं और आलोचना करने का उनका पूरा अधिकार भी है।

लेकिन मेरा सभी साथियों से अनुरोध है कि ये वक्‍त बहुत ही संवेदनशील और भावुक पल है। पक्ष में या विपक्ष में, हम सब राजनीतिक छींटाकशी से दूर रहें। इस हमले का देश एकजुट हो करके मुकाबला कर रहा है, देश एक साथ है, देश का एक ही स्‍वर है और यही विश्‍व में सुनाई देना चाहिए क्‍योंकि लड़ाई हम जीतने के लिए लड़ रहे हैं।

पूरे विश्‍व में अलग-थलग पड़ चुका हमारा पड़ोसी देश अगर ये समझता है कि जिस तरह के कृत्‍य वो कर रहा है, जिस तरह की साजिशें रच रहा है, उससे भारत में अस्थिरता पैदा करने में सफल हो जाएगा तो वो ख्‍वाब हमेशा-हमेशा के लिए छोड़ दे। वो कभी ये नहीं कर पाएगा और न कभी ये होने वाला है।

इस समय बड़ी आर्थिक बदहाली के दौर से गुजर रहे हमारे पड़ोसी देश को ये भी लगता है कि वो ऐसी तबाही मचाकर भारत को बदहाल कर सकता है; उसके ये मंसूबू भी कभी पूरे होने वाले नहीं हैं। वक्‍त ने सिद्ध कर दिया है कि जिस रास्‍ते पर वो चले हैं, वो तबाही देखते चले हैं और हमने जो रास्‍ता अख्तियार किया है, वो तरक्‍की करता चला जा रहा है।

130 करोड़ हिन्‍दुस्‍तानी ऐसी हर साजिश, ऐसे हर हमले का मुंहतोड़ जवाब देगा। कई बड़े देशों ने बहुत ही सख्‍त शब्‍दों में इस आतंकी हमले की निंदा की है और भारत के साथ खड़े होने की, भारत को समर्थन की भावना जताई है।

मैं उन सभी देशों का आभारी हूं और सभी से आह्वान करता हूं कि आतंकवाद के खिलाफ सभी मानवतावादी शक्तियों को एक हो करके लड़ना ही होगा, मानवतावादी शक्तियों ने एक हो करके आतंकवाद को परास्‍त करना ही होगा।

आतंक से लड़ने के लिए जब सभी देश एकमत, एक स्‍वर, एक दिशा से चलेंगे तो आतंकवादक कुछ पल से ज्‍यादा नहीं टिक सकता है।

साथियो, पुलवामा हमले के बाद अभी मन:स्थिति और माहौल दुख के साथ आक्रोश से भरा हुआ है। ऐसे हमलों का देश डटकर मुकाबला करेगा। ये देश रुकने वाला नहीं है। हमारे वीर शहीदों ने अपने प्राणों की आहुति दी है। और देश के लिए मर-मिटने वाला हर शहीद दो सपनों के लिए जिंदगी लगाता है- पहला, देश की सुरक्षा, दूसरा, देश की समृद्धि। मैं सभी वीर शहीदों को, उनकी आत्‍मा को नमन करते हुए, उनके आशीर्वाद लेते हुए, मैं फिर एक बार विश्‍वास जताता हूं‍ कि जिन दो सपनों को ले करके उन्‍होंने जीवन को आहुत किया है, उन सपनों को पूरा करने के लिए हम जीवन का पल-पल खपा देंगे। समृद्धि के रास्‍ते को भी हम और अधिक गति दे करके, विकास के रास्‍ते को और अधिक ताकत दे करके, हमारे इन वीर शहीदों की आत्‍मा को नमन करते हुए आगे बढ़ेंगे और उसी सिलसिले में मैं वंदे भारत एक्‍सप्रेस के concept और डिजाइन से लेकर इसको जमीन पर उतारने वाले हर इंजीनियर, हर कामगार का आभार व्‍यक्‍त करता हूं।

चेन्‍नई में बनी ये ट्रेन दिल्‍ली से काशी के बीच पहला सफर करने वाली है। यही एक भारत-श्रेष्‍ठ भारत की सच्‍ची ताकत है, वंदे भारत एक्‍सप्रेस की ताकत है।

साथियो, बीते साढ़े चार वर्षों में हमने भारतीय रेल की स्थिति को बहुत ईमानदारी के साथ, बहुत परिश्रम के साथ बदलने का प्रयास किया है; वंदे भारत एक्‍सप्रेस उन कार्यों की ही एक झलक है। बीते वर्षों में रेलवे उन सेक्‍टर्स में रहा है जिसने Make in India के तहत manufacturing में बहुत प्रगति की है। साथ ही, देश में रेल कोच फैक्‍टरियों का आधुनिकीकरण, डीजल इंजनों का इलेक्ट्रिक में बदलने का काम, और इसके लिए नए कारखाने भी शुरू किए गए हैं।

आपको याद होगा, पहले रेलवे टिकट में ऑनलाइन रिजर्वेशन की क्‍याहालत थी। उस समय एक मिनट में दो हजार से ज्‍यादा टिकट बुक न हीं हो सकते थे। अब आज मुझे बहुत संतोष है कि रेलवे की वेबसाइट बहुत user friendly हुई है और एक मिनट में 20 हजार से ज्‍यादा टिकट बुक हो सकते हैं। पहले हालात ये थे कि एक रेलवे प्रोजेक्‍ट को स्‍वीकृति मिलने में कम से कम दो साल लग जाते थे, अब देश में एक रेलवे प्रोजेक्‍ट तीन या चार या ज्‍यादा से ज्‍यादा छह महीने में स्‍वीकृत हो जाते हैं। ऐसे ही प्रयास से रेलवे के कार्यों में नई गति आई है। पूरे देश में broad gauge की लाइनों से unmanned crossing को एक बड़ा अभियान चलाकर खत्‍म कर दिया गया है।

अब जब हम सरकार में आए थे तो देश में 8 हजार 300 से ज्‍यादा मानव रहित railway crossing थीं, इस वजह से आए दिन हादसे होते रहते थे। अब broad gauge लाइनों पर मानव रहित रेल के क्रॉसिंग खत्‍म होने से हादसे भी कम हुए हैं।

देश में रेलवे पटरियों को बिछाने का काम हो या फिर बिजलीकरण का काम, पहले से दोगुनी रफ्तार से हो रहा है। देश के सबसे व्‍यस्‍त रूटों को प्राथमिकता देकर उन्‍हें पारम्‍परिक ट्रेनों से मुक्‍त किया जा रहा है। बिजली से चलने वाली ट्रेनों में हम देख रहे हैं कि प्रदूषण भी कम होगा, डीजल का खर्च भी बचेगा और ट्रेनों की गति भी बढ़ जाएगी।

जाहिर है, रेलवे को आधुनिक बनाने के इन प्रयासों से रोजगार के नए अवसर भी बने हैं। मुझे बताया गया है कि 2014 से लेकर अब तक करीब-करीब डेढ़ लाख कर्मचारियों की नियुक्ति रेलवे में हुई है। अभी जो भर्ती अभियान चल रहा है, उसके बाद ये संख्‍या सवा दो लाख तक पहुंचने की उम्‍मीद है।

सा‍थियो, मैं ये दावा नहीं करता कि इतने कम समय में हम लोगों ने सब कोशिश करने के बावजूद भी भारतीय रेल में हमने सब कुछ बदल दिया है, ऐसा दावा न हम कभी करते हैं; अभी भी बहुत कुछ करना बाकी है। इतना मैं जरूर कह सकता हूं कि भारतीय रेल को आधुनिक रेल सेवा बनाने की दिशा में हम तेज गति से आगे बढ़ रहे हैं और मैं विश्‍वास दिलाता हूं कि इस विकास की यात्रा को और गति देंगे, और ताकत देंगे। जल हो, थल हो, नभ हो; हिन्‍दुस्‍तान का पूर्व हो, पश्चिम हो, उत्‍तर हो, दक्षिण हो; सबका साथ-सबका विकास, इसी मंत्र को ले करके विकास की इस राह को आगे बढ़ाएंगे। विकास के माध्‍यम से भी देश के लिए मर-मिटने वालों को हम नमन करते रहेंगे और सुरक्षा के क्षेत्र में भी पूरी ताकत से गुनहगारों को सजा दे करके देश की रक्षा के लिए जीवन न्‍योच्‍छावर करने वालों का जो भी रक्‍त है, उस एक-एक रक्‍त की बूंद की कीमत लेकर रहेंगे।

इसी विश्‍वास के साथ मैं मेरी वाणी को विराम देता हूं। इन शहीदों के नाम मेरे साथ बोलिए-

वंदे मातरम - वंदे मातरम

वंदे मातरम – वंदे मातरम

वंदे मातरम - वंदे मातरम

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

Prime Minister’s Statement on terror attack in Pulwama

Perpetrators of Pulwama terror attack act will be punished, says PM 

PM warns the perpetrators and those aiding and abetting terrorists that they have made a big mistake and will have to pay a heavy price 

Free hand has been given to security forces to act:PM

Warns Pakistan not to live in illusion that it can destabilize India 

PM praises the valour and pride of Indian soldiers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that perpetrators of Pulwama terror attack act will be punished. He has warned the perpetrators and those aiding and abetting terrorists that they have made a big mistake and will have to pay a heavy price. Stating that free hand has been given to the security forces to act, PM dared Pakistan not to live in illusion that it can destabilize India.

He was addressing a public gathering today before flagging off Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Varansi from New Delhi Railway Station.

Following is the preliminary draft of English rendering of PM’s statement on terror attack in Pulwama based on the extracts from his speech on this occasion.

“At the outset, my tributes to the soldiers martyred in the terror attack in Pulwama. They have laid down their lives for the country. My heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their near and dear ones in this hour of grief.

I know there is deep anger, your blood boils looking at what has happened. At this moment, there are expectations and the feelings of a strong response which is quite natural.

We have given full freedom to the security forces. We have full faith in the bravery and valour of our security forces. I am hopeful that the patriotic fervour will ensure that people will provide correct information to our agencies so that we can intensify our efforts to crush terror.

I want to tell the terror outfits and those aiding and abetting them that they have made a big mistake.They will have to pay a very heavy price for their actions.

Let me assure the nation that those behind this attack, the perpetrators of this attack will be punished.

I also understand the sentiments of those who are criticising us. They have full rights. However, it is my request to all my friends that it is a very sensitive and emotional moment and the nation stands united in its fight against terror. We should speak in one voice and rise above politics.The message which should go across the world is that we are one nation, one voice in our fight against terror, the fight which we have to win.

Our neighbour which is already isolated by the global community is in a state of illusion, if it thinks that it can demoralize India with its dastardly acts and nefarious designs. Let me state categorically that it should stop day dreaming to destabilize India. This neighbour of ours which is in a state of economic despair

Must know that nay such attempt is destined to fail and will be foiled.

Times and again it has been proved that those which follow such routes are destroyed themselves. The course which we have adopted is one of progress and development.

130 crore Indian will give a befitting reply to any such act or attack. Many big countries have strongly condemned this terror attack, have stood behind India and expressed support for India. I am thankful to all these nations and appeal to them to join hands in the global fight against terrorism. The menace of terror can be contained only when the nations are united in the fight against terrorism. 

Friends, after Pulwama terror attack, we are in a state of grief as well as deep anger. However, let me tell you, nation will counter such attacks strongly.India will not be intimidated. Our brave soldiers have laid down their lives. The martyrs live for two dreams- for Suraksha - safety of the nation and for sammridhi- prosperity of the nation. I salute our martyrs, seek their blessings and assure you that we will leave no stone unturned to fulfil their dreams for which they have laid down their lives for the nation. We will strive hard to gather momentum on the road to development as a mark of our respect to the martyrs. 

My compliments to every engineer, worker who has been behind the concept, design and operationalization of Vande Bharat Express. Made in Chennai, this train is going to have its maiden run between New Delhi and Varanasi today. This is the strength of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat and that of Vande Bharat.

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

President of India to present Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony in national capital on 18 th February 2019

The President of India will present the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony to Shri Rajkumar Singhajit Singh; Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh); and Shri Ram Sutar Vanji for the years 2014, 2015 & 2016 respectively on 18.02.2019 at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi.

Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony was instituted by the Government of India from 2012 recognizing the contributions made by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore to humanity at large with his works and ideas, as part of the Commemoration of his 150th Birth Anniversary in 2012, for promoting values of Cultural Harmony. 

It is awarded annually and carries an amount of Rs. One Crore (convertible to foreign currency), a citation in a Scroll, a Plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft / handloom item.  The Award may be divided between two persons / institutions who are considered by the Jury to be equally deserving of recognition in a given year.

As per para 2 of Chapter VII of Code of Procedure of Tagore Award, the Jury  comprises of the following persons:-

1.
Prime Minister of India
Chairman (ex-officio)
2.
Chief Justice of India

Member (ex-officio)
3.
Leader of the Opposition recognized as such in the Lok Sabha or where there is no such Leader of Opposition then, the Leader of the single largest opposition party in that House

Member (ex-officio)
4.
Eminent person

Nominated Member
5.
Eminent person

Nominated member

Shri N. Gopalaswami  and Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) & President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations were nominated by Chairman of the Jury i.e Prime Minister of India as members on the Jury of Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for a period of three years (16.07.2018 to 15.07.2021).

This annual award is given to individuals, associations, institutions or organizations for their outstanding contribution towards promoting values of Cultural Harmony. The Award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or gender. Normally, contributions made during ten years immediately preceding the nomination are considered.  Older contributions may also be considered if their significance has become apparent only recently.  A written work, in order to be eligible for consideration, should have been published during the last ten years. Work by a person since deceased cannot be the subject of an Award.  If, however, his death occurred subsequent to a proposal having been submitted to the Jury in the manner stipulated in the Code of Procedure, then a Posthumous Award may be made.
The Ministry of Culture, Government of India invites nominations from the categories of persons/organizations in accordance with the provisions of Para I of Chapter IV of the Code of Procedure.
The First Tagore Award – 2012 was conferred upon Pt. Ravi Shankar,  the Indian Sitar Maestro and the Second Award – 2013 was conferred upon Maestro Zubin Mehta.
Shri Rajkumar Singhajit Singh, Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh); and Shri Ram Sutar Vanji have been selected for the year 2014, 2015 & 2016.


Courtesy: pib.gov.in

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan (PM- SYM) to be Implemented from February 15


Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) will be rolled out by the Ministry of Labour and Employment tomorrow i.e. 15.02.2019. The scheme announced in the Interim Budget was notified by the Ministry recently. As many as 42 crore workers are estimated to be engaged in the unorganized sector of the country.
 The unorganised workers mostly engaged as home based workers, street vendors, mid-day meal workers, head loaders, brick kiln workers, cobblers, rag pickers, domestic workers, washer men, rickshaw pullers, landless labourers, own account workers, agricultural workers, construction workers, beedi workers, handloom workers, leather workers, audio- visual workers and similar other occupations whose monthly income is Rs 15,000/ per month or less and belong to the entry age group of 18-40 years are eligible for the scheme. They should not be covered under New Pension Scheme (NPS), Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) scheme or Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). Further, he/she should not be an income tax payer.
Following are the salient Features of PM-SYM:
  • Minimum Assured Pension: Each subscriber under the PM-SYM, shall receive minimum assured pension of Rs 3000/- per month after attaining the age of 60 years.
  • Family Pension: During the receipt of pension, if the subscriber dies, the spouse of the beneficiary shall be entitled to receive 50% of the pension received by the beneficiary as family pension. Family pension is applicable only to spouse.
(iii)   If a beneficiary has given regular contribution and died due to any cause (before age of 60 years), his/her spouse will be entitled to join and continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution or exit the scheme as per provisions of exit and withdrawal. 
Contribution by the Subscriber:  The subscriber’s contributions to PM-SYM shall be made through ‘auto-debit’ facility from his/ her savings bank account/ Jan- Dhan account. The subscriber is required to contribute the prescribed contribution amount from the age of joining PM-SYM till the age of 60 years. The chart showing details of entry age specific monthly contribution is as under:

Entry Age
Superannuation Age
Member's  monthly contribution
(Rs)
Central Govt's  monthly contribution
(Rs)
Total monthly contribution  (Rs)
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)= (3)+(4)
18
60
55
55
110
19
60
58
58
116
20
60
61
61
122
21
60
64
64
128
22
60
68
68
136
23
60
72
72
144
24
60
76
76
152
25
60
80
80
160
26
60
85
85
170
27
60
90
90
180
28
60
95
95
190
29
60
100
100
200
30
60
105
105
210
31
60
110
110
220
32
60
120
120
240
33
60
130
130
260
34
60
140
140
280
35
60
150
150
300
36
60
160
160
320
37
60
170
170
340
38
60
180
180
360
39
60
190
190
380
40
60
200
200
400

Matching contribution by the Central Government:  PM-SYM is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme on a 50:50 basis where prescribed age-specific contribution shall be made by the beneficiary and the matching contribution by the Central Government as per the chart. For example, if a person enters the scheme at an age of 29 years, he is required to contribute Rs 100/ - per month till the age of 60 years. An equal amount of Rs 100/- will be contributed by the Central Government.

Enrolment Process under PM-SYM: 
The subscriber will be required to have a mobile phone, savings bank account and Aadhaar number. The eligible subscriber may visit the nearest CSCs and get enrolled for PM-SYM using Aadhaar number and savings bank account/ Jan-Dhan account number on self-certification basis.

Later, facility will be provided where the subscriber can also visit the PM-SYM web portal or can download the mobile app and self-register using Aadhar number/ savings bank account/ Jan-Dhan account number on self-certification basis.

Enrollment agencies: The enrolment will be carried out by all the Community Service Centers (CSCs).  The unorganised workers may visit their nearest CSCs along with their Aadhar Card and Savings Bank account passbook/Jandhan account and get registered themselves for the Scheme.  Contribution amount for the first month shall be paid in cash for which they will be provided with a receipt.

Facilitation Centres: All the branch offices of LIC, the offices of ESIC/EPFO and all Labour offices of Central and State Governments will facilitate the unorganised workers about the Scheme, its benefits and the procedure to be followed, at their respective centers. 

In this respect, the arrangements to be made by all offices of LIC, ESIC, EPFO all Labour offices of Central and State Governments are given below, for ease of reference:

  1. All LIC, EPFO/ESIC and all Labour offices of Central and State Governments may set up a “Facilitation Desk” to facilitate the unorganised workers, guide about the features of the Scheme and direct them to nearest CSC.
  2. Each desk may consist of at least one staff.
  3. They will have backdrop, standi at the main gate and sufficient number of brochures printed in Hindi and regional languages to be provided to the unorganised workers.
  4. Unorganised workers will visit these centres with Aadhaar Card, Savings bank account/ Jandhan account and mobile phone.
  5. Help desk will have onsite suitable sitting and other necessary facilities for these workers.
  6. Any other measures intended to facilitate the unorganised workers about the Scheme, in their respective centers.
Fund Management:  PM-SYM will be a Central Sector Scheme administered by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India and CSCs. LIC will be the Pension Fund Manager and responsible for Pension pay out.  The amount collected under PM-SYM pension scheme shall be invested as per the investment pattern specified by Government of India.
Exit and Withdrawal: Considering the hardships and erratic nature of employability of these workers, the exit provisions of scheme have been kept flexible. Exit provisions are as under: 
  • In case subscriber exits the scheme within a period of less than 10 years, the beneficiary’s share of contribution only will be returned to him with savings bank interest rate.
  • If subscriber exits after a period of 10 years or more but before superannuation age i.e. 60 years of age, the beneficiary’s share of contribution along with accumulated interest as actually earned by fund or at the savings bank interest rate whichever is higher.
  • If a beneficiary has given regular contributions and died due to any cause, his/ her spouse will be entitled to continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution or exit by receiving the beneficiary’s contribution along with accumulated interest as actually earned by fund or at the savings bank interest rate whichever is higher.
  • If a beneficiary has given regular contributions and become permanently disabled due to any cause before the superannuation age, i.e. 60 years, and unable to continue to contribute under the scheme, his/ her spouse will be entitled to continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution or exit the scheme by receiving the beneficiary’s contribution with interest as actually earned by fund or at the savings bank interest rate whichever is higher.
  • After the death of subscriber as well as his/her spouse, the entire corpus will be credited back to the fund.
  • Any other exit provision, as may be decided by the Government on advice of NSSB.
Default of Contributions: 
If a subscriber has not paid the contribution continuously he/she will be allowed to regularize his contribution by paying entire outstanding dues, along with penalty charges, if any, decided by the Government.
Pension Pay out:
Once the beneficiary joins the scheme at the entry age of 18-40 years, the beneficiary has to contribute till 60 years of age. On attaining the age of 60 years, the subscriber will get the assured monthly pension of Rs.3000/- with benefit of family pension, as the case may be. 
Doubt and Clarification: In case of any doubt on the scheme, clarification provided by the JS& DGLW will be final.  

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

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