NFAI to support State Governments for safeguarding country’s cinematic heritage: Secretary I&B

Film preservation should become People’s Movement: Shri Ajay Mittal

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is exploring possibilities of extending financial and technical support to State Governments in their endeavor to safeguard the country’s filmic heritage. The objective of preserving the country’s cinematic heritage has to be achieved in collaboration with State Governments said Shri Ajay Mittal, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. He was speaking on the sidelines of a High Level Committee meeting on National Film Heritage Mission, held in NFAI Pune today.  
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Mittal said that the High Level Committee has reviewed the progress of the National Film Heritage Mission and taken some major decisions to expand the horizons of the same. The mission would ensure not only the preservation of filmic heritage but also its dissemination and access to the last mile. This would enable awareness amongst youth and children about our rich cultural heritage.
 Appreciating the efforts of officers at NFAI in implementing the Mission, Shri Mittal said, all necessary steps are being undertaken to involve International organizations and institutions to ensure project’s implementation as per global standards. He further added that NFAI’s facilities would be augmented by creating new state of the art vaults in its premises.

Speaking about the need of enhancing research on Indian cinema, Shri Mittal said, Government is exploring the possibility of extending NFAI’s research fellowship to the University level through formal institutional mechanisms. NFAI would reach out to major Universities for short and long term courses in the area of film studies incorporating subject of film archiving and preservation. This would ensure building of skilled manpower in the niche area of film preservation.

The High Level Committee meeting was attended by senior officers of the Ministry which included Shri Subhash Sharma, AS&FA, Shri Sanjay Murthy, JS, Shri Mukesh Sharma, DG Films Division, Shri Prakash Magdum, Director NFAI, Shri Santosh Ajmera, Officer on special duty, NFHM along with film-makers Shri Jahnu Barua & Shri Rajeev Mehrotra. The meeting was chaired by Shri Ajay Mittal, Secretary Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

National Film Heritage Mission is the prestigious project of Government of India for digitization, restoration, preservation and conservation of Country’s rich filmic heritage. The mission has budgetary outlay of Rs. 597.41Cr and is to be implemented till 2021. National Film Archive of India is the implementing agency for the mission. The High Level Committee chaired by Secretary I&B has been mandated to oversee project’s implementation as per envisaged objectives of the Mission.

Environment Ministry Observes Swacchhta Pakhwada

As part of the Government’s effort to accelerate efforts to achieve total sanitisation and cleanliness by October 2, 2019 under Swacchh Bharat Mission, a Swacchh Bharat Fortnight is being organised theme-wise by different Ministries.  Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change organised the Swacchh Bharat Pakhwada from August 1-15, 2016 in line with International Youth Day, which fell on August 12.    
Addressing a joint press briefing here today with Secretary, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Parameswaran Iyer, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Smt. Amita Prasad, said that the Eco-Clubs established under the National Green Corps programme of the Ministry carried out various activities relating to Swacchhta such as Safai Abhiyan at nearby commercial areas and cleaning of public wells, ponds and rivers of the locality.  Tree plantation drive/greening neighbourhood, Nukkad ‘nataks’ were played in prayer time to convey this message to their family & neighbourhood; volunteers took pledges on related themes; organised rallies and poster and slogan competitions on related themes.
            Apart from routine activities, the Youth volunteers sensitise citizens and slum dwellers about safe sanitary practices and DSWM and youth groups also took mass pledges on and undertook cleaning drives in various locations in cities and uploaded pictures on  Approximately five lakh participants undertook mass pledges on and around 2, 500 pictures were uploaded on

Sl No
Youth volunteers sensitise citizens and slum dwellers about safe sanitary practices and DSWM
No of awareness campaigns conducted in this regard = 3, 519
* No of participants –    1, 38, 630
Youth groups take mass pledges on and undertake cleaning drives in various locations in the cities and upload pictures on
No of participants undertook mass pledges on – 5, 56, 500
* No of cleaning drives = 1, 36, 190
* Location of cleaning drives, temple premises, parks, roads, institution camps, slum area, school campuses, nearby markets, banks, hospitals, public places etc.
* No of pictures uploaded on – 2, 650
Details of other activities conducted during the fortnight
Tree plantation, water conservation, rally programme, debate, drawing sheet theatre, awareness on low carbon lifestyle, solid waste management.
* No of participants –  11, 24, 090

            Earlier in June, the Ministry had launched a cleanliness drive in national parks for safe disposal of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste and Standard Operating Procedures in Tiger Reserves and Zoos. In order to extend the scope of Swachhta Campaign to include waste management concepts and recent regulations, a specific mandate of this Ministry, special drives were launched in 10 selected Protected Areas to sensitise the visitors on the regulatory regime for waste management. In particular, segregation, transportation and processing of wet waste at source, as well as segregation of bio-degradable waste from other types of wastes were demonstrated. 


Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh assures NSG of upgrading their infrastructure and training needs

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has assured the National Security Guard (NSG) of upgrading their infrastructure and training needs. Inaugurating the Composite Building complex of 52 Special Action Group here today, Shri Rajnath Singh also stressed upon the NSG to conduct regular exercises with counterpart forces from friendly countries. Pointing out that such exercises will help the NSG soldiers hone their skills, the Home Minister said that today no developed country can claim immunity from terrorist strikes. All progressive societies have to stand up against terrorism, he added. 

Underlining that the people of India have reposed faith in the NSG as the elite anti-terrorist force, Shri Rajnath Singh said that even during the attack on the Pathankot airbase in January, 2016, the security forces prevented any damage to vital strategic assets and installations. 

Noting that 19 NSG personnel have laid down their lives in the service of the nation since the force was set up in 1984, the Union Home Minister called upon the NSG to bring out illustrated booklets containing biographies of the NSG martyrs as an inspiration for the youth. The NSG must commemorate the martyrdom day of the force’s martyrs with at least one NSG Officer visiting their families and organising programmes at their homes by involving the community. Shri Rajnath Singh also assured to consider instituting more medals for the NSG personnel. 

Earlier, Director General, NSG Shri RC Tayal said that all State Police Forces have now set up their specialized Counter-Terrorism Units. The NSG conducts regular exercises with them, he added. 


Sports Minister Constitutes Two Member Committee to inquire into the allegations of Marathon runner O.P.Jaisha

It has been widely reported in the media that Ms. O.P. Jaisha, Marathon runner collapsed at the end of the marathon run in Rio Olympics 2016, as there were no Indian officials present to provide her water and energy drinks at refreshment points and that there were officials from all other countries to provide refreshments to their runners at designated points after every 2.5 km. 

The Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Vijay Goal has constituted a two-member Committee consisting of Shri Onkar Kedia, Joint Secretary (Sports) and Shri Vivek Narayan, Director (Sports) to enquire into the allegations of Ms. O.P. Jaisha. 

The two member committee will submit its report in 7 days. 


India and Germany join hands on skill agenda Germany Contributes 22.6 CRORES INR for Skill Development in India

India and Germany are deepening their collaboration in the area of skill development. An implementation agreement was signed between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and (German International Cooperation (GIZ), to initiate a new project focused on adapting elements of the German dual system in select industrial clusters in India. 

This new project will run for three years starting August 2016 with a budget of EUR 3,000,000 (22.6 Crores INR) – made available by the German Government and aims to foster conditions which will help create and improve cooperative workplace-based vocational training in India’s industrial clusters. The project will be implemented in three selected clusters, which include the Automobile cluster in Maharashtra and Electronics cluster in Bangalore. 

German technical assistance will be used to enhance industry institute partnerships between Indian and German organizations, build capacity of local training institutions and foster industry linkages which will help adapt elements of the German dual system, into the Indian context. This new project will also play an important role in supporting MSDE’s existing programmes to scale up apprenticeship training. 

The project will be implemented under the umbrella of the ‘Joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of Skill Development and Vocational Education and Training (VET)’, signed during the Indo- German intergovernmental consultations on 5th October 2015 in New Delhi. 

The Joint Working Group, under the MoU held its first meeting on 26 July 2016, in New Delhi. At the meeting, the two countries agreed to deepen their collaboration in a number of specific areas including: curriculum development, research and sharing of best practices, training of trainers, and establishing cooperative workplace based skill training programmes in three industrial clusters. 

Commenting on the Indo-German partnership in the area of skill development, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “We in India recognize the fact that Germany’s dual system is widely acclaimed as one of the best in the world, noted for its close linkages between industry and training institutions. This provides a competitive edge to German industry and businesses. We need to adapt elements of the German VET system to the Indian context to ensure that skill training in India is closely aligned with the requirements of industry.” 

“Germany has been one of countries which is on top of the manufacturing and innovation pyramid and continues to develop most high end products. It has some of the best working models in sustainable workforce development which is the reason for the country’s economic progress. This partnership with Germany will help strengthen our skill development initiatives. The recent budget allocations that have been made for promoting apprenticeship programs in the country will help our plans see daylight” said Shri Rohit Nandan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. 

“Germany is known for its excellent vocational education system that relies on the strong participation and engagement of the private sector. Having a very long standing partnership with India, Germany is pleased to support the “Skill India” and “Make in India” initiatives with a new bilateral programme on vocational education and training. Herein, the engagement of private enterprises, including German firms, as carriers for skill development will be crucial for the success“, said German Ambassador to India, Dr Martin Ney, today during an official signing ceremony for the launch of a new bilateral partner programme at the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). 


Akashvani Maitree Channel can play a Significant Role in Promoting and Preserving the Composite Bengali Cultural Heritage, says President

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee launched Akashvani’s Maitree Channel in Kolkata, West Bengal today (August 23, 2016). 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Akashvani Maitree channel can play a significant role in promoting and preserving the composite Bengali cultural heritage which is the proud inheritance of all Bengali speaking people irrespective of their geographical location. He said that he was sure that the blending of content from both India and Bangladesh in the fields of art, culture, literature, music, sports and also on shared socio-economic issues will make the channel a unique one and establish it in the hearts of millions of radio loving people both in India and Bangladesh as well as outside. 

The President said that India and Bangladesh are not just neighbours but are bound by an umbilical connection of ethnicity and kinship. India always attaches highest importance to bilateral relations with Bangladesh because of our shared history, heritage, culture, language, physical proximity and also the role which the two nations can play together for the development and prosperity of the entire subcontinent and beyond. The bedrock on which the edifice of this unique relationship stands is the unwavering faith of both the countries in democratic values, principles of liberalism, egalitarianism, secularism and respect for each other’s sovereignty and integrity. He stated that with the launch of Akashvani Maitree, a new chapter is being added in the annals of India- Bangladesh relations. He said that Akashvani Maitree and its multimedia website is a unique venture and initiative of All India Radio not only for the Bengali listeners in West Bengal, Bangladesh and the adjoining areas but the entire Bengali speaking Diaspora living in different parts of the globe. 


Shri J P Nadda commemorates a decade of Integrated Food Law in the country

Provisions of safe food should become a part of our ingrained culture: J P Nadda 

FSSAI announces 10@10 initiatives 

Commemorating a decade of integrated food law in the country, and marking ten years of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his congratulatory message underscored the ‘need for the Authority to focus on empowering the consumers so that the manufacturers and suppliers of food products become responsive to consumer needs, demands and expectations.’ He further added that ‘safe an, wholesome and hygienic food will create a ‘Swasth Bharat’. And this has to be cornerstone of the efforts of FSSAI.’ 

Speaking at the function organised by FSSAI to commemorate 10 years of the enactment of Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSAI Act), here recently, Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, stated that “Food safety is a very important health and economic issue. It has high employment potential, can boost exports of agro-products out of the country, and also provide better returns to farmers for their produce. Provisions of safe food should become a part of ingrained culture in our country.” He further added that the FSSAI Act is a paradigm shift from regulatory regime under the provisions of Food Adulteration Act to self-regulatory and facilitatory regime. “Now, basic ground work is done. We are ready for big leap forward,” Shri Nadda said. Shri C K Mishra, Health Secretary, Government of India was the Special Guest on this occasion. 

Shri Nadda appreciated the unrelenting efforts of FSSAI towards food safety in India. In his address, he emphasized upon ‘two-way communication’ between the food businesses and the regulator. He advised that the Authority should be fully aware of the need and concerns of small food businesses as well in its work of standard formulation and compliance. He further added that during the last 10 years, considerable ground has been covered in terms of achieving the goals of laying down scientific standards and regulating the manufacturing, storage, distribution, sale and import of food items for the people of India. FSSAI stands for trust and compliance and the synergy between the industry and the authority will ensure that this trust is well placed.” 

On this occasion, the Union Health Minister also released the special commemorative volume – a compilation of the history and over fifty invited articles from the scientists, experts, industry people and consumer organizations. Shri C K Mishra, Union Health Secretary also addressed the audience with inspiring messages on the need for collaborative efforts towards setting up of food standards and its implementation strategies. 

In his opening address, Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Chairperson, FSSAI said, “One of the most significant provisions of the formation of FSSAI was for setting national benchmarks, regulations and guiding principles for Food Safety and Nutrition. We have completed 10 formative years of this act and are now striving to work towards a collective approach for building safe food culture in India because Food Safety cannot be ensured by enforcement alone.” 

Commemorating this milestone, FSSAI also announced 10@10 – 10th anniversary with 10 initiatives. The primary focus of the 10@10 initiative is to engage with stakeholders and consumers to create food safety culture in the country. This bouquet of 10 initiatives focused on safe and nutritious food at home, school, workplace, religious places, in trains and railway stations, in restaurants and other places. The event also saw launch of Food Safety Display Boards that would help to connect the consumers directly to food safety officers. Under the Corporates4FoodSafety initiative, the corporates committed themselves to collaborate, educate and inspire other stakeholders towards food safety as responsible food businesses. 

Referring to the 10@10 initiatives, CEO, FSSAI, Shri Pawan Agarwal said that all these initiatives have been developed collaboratively over the past few months along with other stakeholders and partners. He informed that States would be facilitated to implement them on pilot basis over the next few months and thereafter national roll out of these initiatives would be done possibly by next year. He also referred to other initiatives of the FSSAI such as on national milk quality survey, food fortification, farm to trade - bridging the standards divide, rediscovering the rich culinary heritage of India, standards for organic food, eLearning Portal and simplification of registration and licensing regulations. 

There were two panel discussions prior to the main event. One on “Food Safety in unorganized sector – Challenges & Opportunities” focused around mass training programme for small and petty food businesses like street food vendors, fruits and vegetable vendors and other in partnership with Skill India and sustaining these efforts with corporate participation. The second panel discussion on “Food Safety a shared responsibility” dealt with need for taking joint responsibility by all stakeholders in assuring food safety. 

Also present at the function were members of the food sector fraternity including the science community, industry - big corporates as well as small and medium food businesses represented by their associations, consumer and citizen organizations, international organizations and foreign missions, experts and government officials from Central ministries and States and other key stakeholders.