Saturday, 19 October 2019

Address by the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind

At The India-Philippines Business Conclave and 4th India-Asean Business Summit
  • I am pleased to address the India-Philippines Business Conclave and the 4th ASEAN-India Business Summit. I thank the business organisations and government bodies from the Philippines and India for organising today’s event.
  • This is my first State Visit to the Philippines. I am here to mark and celebrate 70 years of the Philippines-India diplomatic relations. Yesterday, I had wide-ranging discussions with President Duterte. We agreed to take forward and broaden our bilateral ties, in particular trade and economic relations. The Philippines is our natural partner in the ASEAN region. In recent years, we have seen an up-swing in bilateral trade and investment. We need to not just maintain the present momentum but to accelerate it further.
  • The potential for the Philippines-India economic collaboration is significant. Both countries share mutual complementarities which can be utilised to deepen trade and investment ties. Both India and the Philippines are among the fastest growing economies; both possess large, young and aspirational population; both are invested in new technologies, innovation and start-ups; both are services powerhouse; and both are committed to inclusive growth, fighting corruption and bringing about transformative changes in people’s life.
  • India’s “Make in India” and next-generation infrastructure programmes and the Philippines’ “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure initiative present immense opportunities for companies and investors on both sides. In the coming years, India will be spending about 1.3 trillion US dollars to develop next-generation infrastructure, from Smart cities, ports, airports, expressways to digital i-ways. A focussed business approach which combines investors with opportunities, and partnerships with projects, is the way forward. I am happy that your deliberations earlier today have been most helpful on this score.
Ladies and gentlemen,
  • The Philippines-India business story is an encouraging one. While bilateral trade has shown continuous progress, the real gain has been our collaboration in the IT-BPO segment. Leading Indian IT majors have set up enterprises in Manila creating job opportunities for the youth and value addition for the global economy. As we race into the digital age, we have immense opportunities before us to fill e-commerce shelves, create fin-tech services, develop imaginative entertainment platforms, and power green and clean solutions.
  • In recent years, we have seen two-way investment grow in infrastructure and energy sectors. More prospects wait to be converted into concrete projects, from airport terminals, LNG pipelines to waste management solutions. The Indian pharma and healthcare sectors offer immense value to the Philippines. And while Indian tourists to the Philippines continue to grow, medical tourist numbers from here to India are also on the rise. Our world class healthcare services at affordable cost are bringing joy to people’s lives in this country. There is scope to enhance partnership in several other areas - from trade, investment, services, agriculture, engineering to new technologies. 
Ladies and gentlemen,
  • I just gave you a snapshot of the Philippines-India business collaboration. Philippines’ economic dynamism and India’s growth call for greater and deeper engagement. India is the sixth largest economy in the world today. We have set a target to become a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2025. India’s economic and business environment is undergoing a transformation like never before. We have undertaken path-breaking taxation and banking reforms. Our sustained reform efforts have led to a spectacular jump of 65 places for India on the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index. We have also moved 44 ranks on the Logistics Performance Index. We have worked hard to strengthen the IPR regime. Most recently, we have slashed corporate tax rate to boost growth and investment. As a result of our efforts, in the last 5 years, we have received FDI worth 286 billion US dollars. This is half of India's total FDI inflow in the last 20 years. 
  • India is following a strong growth path. But we are equally conscious of equity. To distribute the fruits of development, we have undertaken the world's largest financial inclusion initiative under which over 370 million people, at the bottom of the pyramid, have been made bankable. Small and medium enterprises have a major role to play in the Philippines and Indian economies. A major constraint for small entrepreneurs is the lack of collateral for finance. Last year alone, under our MUDRA scheme we disbursed collateral free loans worth 44 billion US dollars. Our two countries have much to share and learn from each other, even as we do our best to promote the Small and Medium Enterprises segment.
  • India is home to the third largest Start-up network in the world with over 21,000 enterprises. The Philippines is also making significant progress in innovation and entrepreneurship sectors. I am told that the GO NEGOSYO movement in the Philippines has made significant contribution to fostering new enterprises. I had the pleasure of presenting India’s Padma Shri award to Presidential Advisor for Entrepreneurship, Mr. Jose Conception present here, in New Delhi last year for his work in this field. Secretary Lopez has also provided valuable support to the initiative. I am happy that the 2nd ASEAN-India Innovation and Technology Summit is taking place in Davao in November 2019. I wish the Summit all success. 
Ladies and gentlemen,
  • ASEAN-India relations are special. Our “Act East” policy puts this region at the centre of our engagement with the Indo-Pacific. Last year, I had the honour to host Heads of State and Government from all the ASEAN countries as Guest of Honour at our Republic Day celebrations. The ASEAN is one of the most economically dynamic regions of the world today. We have deep political and people-to-people relations with each and every country in the ASEAN. We wish to bring our economic and business relations up to the same level. 
  • ASEAN-India trade has jumped significantly in the past few years. Last year alone, the trade increased by 19 per cent to reach 96.79 billion US dollars. However, we still have a long distance to cover to reach the target of 200 billion US dollars by 2022. Effective use of existing mechanisms, particularly the ASEAN-India Business Council can go a long way in realizing this goal. Just as Indian companies see significant opportunities in the region, I am sure the ASEAN business community also recognises the tremendous business potential in India. India wishes to participate in your growth story and we invite all of the ASEAN to participate in ours.
Ladies and gentlemen,
  • Today’s event embodies the spirit of both bilateral partnership and regional cooperation. I am confident that your discussions today will contribute to further strengthening of not just the Philippines-India business ties, but ASEAN-India trade and investment relations as well. I wish you success in your future endeavours.

Maraming Salamat! Thank you!

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President of India Addresses India-Philippines Business Conclave and 4th Asean-India Business Summit; Invites Asean Business Community to Participate in India’s Growth Story

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, addressed the India-Philippines Business Conclave and the 4th ASEAN-India Business Summit in Manila, Philippines today (October 19, 2019). 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the potential for the Philippines-India economic collaboration is significant. Both countries share mutual complementarities which can be utilised to deepen trade and investment ties. He said that India’s “Make in India” and next-generation infrastructure programmes and the Philippines’ “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure initiative present immense opportunities for companies and investors on both sides. 

The President said that the Philippines-India business story is an encouraging one. While bilateral trade has shown continuous progress, the real gain has been our collaboration in the IT-BPO segment. As we race into the digital age, we have immense opportunities before us to fill e-commerce shelves, create fin-tech services, develop imaginative entertainment platforms, and power green and clean solutions. 

The President said that in recent years, India-Philippines have seen two-way investment grow in infrastructure and energy sectors. More prospects wait to be converted into concrete projects, from airport terminals, LNG pipelines to waste management solutions. The Indian pharma and healthcare sectors offer immense value to the Philippines. There is scope to enhance partnership in several other areas - from trade, investment, services, agriculture, engineering to new technologies. 

The President said that the ASEAN is one of the most economically dynamic regions of the world today. India has deep political and people-to-people relations with each and every country in the ASEAN. We wish to bring our economic and business relations up to the same level. He noted that ASEAN-India trade has jumped significantly in the past few years. However, he said, we still have a long distance to cover to reach the target of US$ 200 billion by 2022. Effective use of existing mechanisms, particularly the ASEAN-India Business Council can go a long way in realizing this goal. He said that just as Indian companies see significant opportunities in the region, he was confident the ASEAN business community also recognises the tremendous business potential in India. He said that India wishes to participate in ASEAN’s growth story and it invites all of the ASEAN to participate in its. 

Earlier in this morning, the President met and interacted with the parents of babies who underwent liver transplant in India under the Philippine – India Pediatric Liver Transplant Program. On the occasion, the President was happy to note that India’s engagement in the Philippines has brought people’s causes and life-giving projects within its expanding ambit. He said that there is nothing more valuable than human life. And for parents there can be nothing more important than the health and well-being of their children. So to see the healthy, happy babies today and the smiles on the faces of their parents is truly heart-warming for him. He congratulated all stakeholders for facilitating this human connection between the Philippines and India. 

The President also visited the University of the Philippines Manila Museum to attend an event organised by Mahaveer Philippines Foundation.

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

Multimedia exhibition on the 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi organized at India Pavilion at the Frankfurt International Book Fair

Multi media exhibition on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was organized in the India Pavilion at the Frankfurt International Book Fair. The life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated by performing Dandi Yatra today. Participants in huge number took part in the Yatra which was made vibrant by young students and their enthusiasm.

Speaking at the occasion the Consul General of India in Frankfurt Smt Pratibha Parkar said that the whole world is celebrating the 150th Birth anniversary of Gandhiji to re-emphasize his message of truth and non violence. She also distributed away the prizes to the students who participated in the event. The event culminated with the pledge by participants to follow the path shown by Bapu to make the world a better place.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting participates in Frankfurt Book Fair every year but this is the first time when a multimedia exhibition has been organised. The Pavilion is centre of attraction this year as people get to have relevant information on Gandhiji and other eminent leaders in a short span with the touch of a screen.

The Frankfurt International Book Fair is the largest and most important book fair which is held annually in the month of October. This year the five day fair is being organised from 16th to 20th October.

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Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman at the IMF - World Bank Annual Meetings 2019

Gives a clarion call for ‘concerted action’ to mitigate the disruption on account of synchronous slowdown and to invoke the spirit of multilateralism for global growth

Highlights the promising nature of a unified approach to the nexus and profit allocation challenges in developing a consensus solution to the tax challenges arising from digitalization

Union Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman led the Indian delegation to the Annual Meetings Plenary session of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group held in Washington DC yesterday . She also attended the Working Lunch Session of the Development Committee (DC), the ministerial-level committee of the IMF and the World Bank. In the DC Lunch, the members discussed about the global economic outlook. In her intervention, the Finance Minister mentioned that trade wars and protectionism have generated uncertainties that will ultimately impact flow of capital, goods and services. She called for ‘concerted action’ to mitigate the disruption on account of synchronous slowdown and to invoke the spirit of multilateralism for global growth. She further said that the increased trade integration, geopolitical uncertainties, and high accumulated debt levels necessitate strong global coordination and that we need not wait for the slowdown to become a crisis.

The 40th meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) of the IMF are being held at this year’s Annual Meetings. During the day, three sessions of the IMFC took place. The IMFC Introductory Session was focused on Global Developments and Prospects and the discussions centred on the World Economic Outlook released on October 15, 2019. The Early Warning Exercise discussed upcoming risks to global economy and stability. A special session on IMF resources and governance was also held early in the day, in the context of the 15th Round of the quota discussions concluding this year. Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Shri Atanu Chakraborty, led the Indian delegation at this session.

Earlier in the day , Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman also led the Indian delegation to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in which the deliberations centred on international taxation and Stablecoins. The Ministers and Governors also took updates from the G20 Deputies on Quality Infrastructure Investment, Debt Sustainability, Financing for Universal Health Care and Building Effective Country Platforms, and from the Africa Advisory Group on the Compact with Africa (CwA) initiative. On the discussions at the session regarding the work underway on developing a consensus solution on tax challenges arising from digitalization, the Finance Minister stated that a unified approach to the nexus and profit allocation challenges is a promising one that merits serious attention. A solution that is simple to implement, simple to administer and simple to comply with is needed.

On the side-line of the above meetings, the Finance Minister held several bilateral meetings, including with the First Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Russia, Mr. Anton Siluanov; Finance Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ms. Baktygul Jeenbaeva; Finance Minister of Switzerland, Mr. Ulei Maurer; the Australian Treasurer, Mr. Josh Frydenberg; and the Finance Minister of Maldives, Mr. Ibrahim Ameer. In these meetings, the two sides discussed issues of common interest.

Secretary , Economic Affairs , Shri. Atanu Chakraborty also held a few one-on-one meetings on the side-lines. He met the Director General of the French Treasury, Ms. Renaud Basso; and the Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank, Ms. Anshula Kant. He also addressed investors in a session organized by JP Morgan.

The Finance Minister is currently on an official tour to Washington DC to attend the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank and other associated meetings. She is accompanied by Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, and other officials from the Department.


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President of India in Philippines; attends bilateral meetings; leads delegation level talks; says engagement with ASEAN has been, and will remain, a critical element of India’s ‘act east’ policy

India and Philippines sign and exchange four agreements in the fields of maritime domain, security, tourism, science and technology and culture

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind reached Manila, Philippines, yesterday (October 17, 2019) in the first leg of his visit to two nations - Philippines and Japan.

Today (October 18, 2019), the President commenced his engagements with visit to the Rizal Park where he paid tributes to Dr Jose Rizal, the national hero of Philippines. He was also presented the ‘Key to the City’ by the Mayor of Manila City, Mr Domagoso at the Rizal Park.

Subsequently, the President visited the Malacanan Palace where he was received by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of Philippines and accorded a ceremonial welcome. During the one-to-one discussions, the two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation as well as regional and global issues of the day.

Subsequently, the President led delegation-level talks between the two sides. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that as two vibrant democracies that believe in a rules-based international order, respect for international law and sovereign equality of nations, the Philippines and India are natural partners in the pursuit of their respective national development and security objectives.

The President said that there is immense potential to further deepen the Philippines - India economic ties. The Philippines is emerging as an important focus country for India’s corporate sector. Indian companies are interested in partner Filipino companies in digital industries, innovation and start-ups, health and pharma and in the crucial area of agricultural development. India is also keen to participate in infrastructure development as well as in defence modernization of the Philippines. In both these areas, he said, Indian companies have made their mark and attained global reputation. He invited companies from the Philippines to invest in India’s transformative growth and development.

The President said that for India, ASEAN is a region of great importance. India wants to see a strong, unified and prosperous ASEAN playing a central role in the emerging dynamic of the Indo-Pacific. Engagement with ASEAN has been, and will remain, a critical element of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and strategy.

India and Philippines signed and exchanged four agreements in the fields of maritime domain, security, tourism, science and technology and culture in the presence of the two Presidents.

Later in the evening, the President attended a banquet hosted in his honour by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of Philippines. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that this year is a landmark in our bilateral journey. The President said that this visit is undertaken to celebrate the 70th anniversary of our diplomatic relations and to yet again commit ourselves to the Philippines-India bilateral partnership.

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

Vice President urges civil servants to improve delivery of people-centric programs

Swachh Bharat was a classic example of societal transformation: Vice President

India growing at a faster rate than other major economies despite global slowdown;

VP asks institutions like IIPA to become knowledge hubs;

Addresses 65th Annual Meeting of IIPA’s General Body

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has urged civil servants to improve the delivery of people-centric programs like Swachh Bharat, Per drop more crop and Skill India so that the fruits of development reach the most deserving.

Addressing the 65th Annual Meeting of the General Body of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, in New Delhi today, he said that people’s involvement was vital in development activities.

Observing that Swachh Bharat was a classic example of societal transformation in which extraordinary results were made possible through active involvement of people, he said “This is the kind of approach which seems to hold great promise in most of the societal projects”.

Stating that the bottom-up approach of grass-root level transformation by active involvement of citizens was the best way to achieve inclusive growth, the Vice President said that it was the same approach proposed by the father of the nation – Mahatma Gandhi to achieve Poorna Swaraj. 

Observing that Gandhi’s overarching vision of Poorna Swaraj could provide the inspiration for country’s relentless efforts to reform administration and transform governance, he said the primary objective of Gandhi Ji’s constructive programme was to ensure basic freedoms and a peaceful and good quality of life for all citizens.

The Vice President, who also happens to be the Ex-Officio President of IIPA remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary and said that all of us need to introspect as to what extent we have imbibed Gandhi Ji’s teachings in our personal and professional lives.

Pointing out that India was growing at a faster rate than many other major economies of the world, despite the global slowdown, the Vice President expressed his happiness that India’s programmes to build infrastructure and connect India were going on at unprecedented pace and citizen services were improving in both reach and quality.

He said the government was keen to unleash the forces of growth and was not only making India an attractive investment destination but also making every Indian an agent of change.

He complimented the Government for focusing on human and social development and for providing better access to quality healthcare through Ayushman Bharat Programme and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).

He also stressed the need to attach special attention on harnessing the inner talent and energy in the country to realize the demographic dividend and propel the country to move into a higher development trajectory.

Speaking on IIPA’s role, the Vice President wanted such institutions to become knowledge hubs and catalyze the transformative process. He expressed happiness that IIPA training, hitherto limited to the Central Government officers, has now expanded to the State Governments and Foreign Governments too.

The Vice President appreciated IIPA’s role in enhancing the development objectives and appreciated its various initiatives with several Ministries. He expressed hope that IIPA’s evaluations being done with scientific rigour will help the government to further improve the effectiveness and efficiency in all the programmes.

On this occasion, the Vice President also gave away prize to awardees in various categories and released various Publications.

The Chairman of IIPA, Shri T.N. Chaturvedi, the Secretary to the Vice President of India, Dr. I.V. Subba Rao, the Vice President of IIPA, Shri Shekhar Dutt, the Director of IIPA, Shri Surendra Nath Tripathi, the Registrar of IIPA, Shri Amitabh Ranjan and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

“As the President of IIPA, I take immense pleasure in presiding over this 65th Annual Meeting of the General Body of the Institute. I welcome all the eminent members, various awardees and other guests.

Friends, As the entire world celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year, I would like all of us to remember his timeless legacy and some of his thoughts on national development. For Gandhiji, “constructive programme which is designed to build up the nation ‘from the very bottom upward’, was the truthful and non-violent way of winning Poorna Swaraj”.

Ensuring that all citizens enjoyed basic freedoms and a peaceful and good quality of life was the primary objective of Gandhiji’s constructive programme. 

What goes into the constructive programme can vary with time as Gandhiji himself said. 

But what is important is the vision of national development. 

What is remarkable is the bottom-up approach of grass-root level transformation and active involvement of citizens in development.

This overarching vision can provide the inspiration for our country’s relentless efforts to reform administration and transform governance.

Institutions like IIPA should be knowledge hubs, exchanging information and knowledge and catalyzing this transformative process.

I am happy to note that IIPA has been making rapid progress over the years in this direction. It has done commendable work both in Capacity Building as well as in Research. The IIPA training, hitherto limited to the Central Government officers has now expanded to the State Governments and Foreign Governments too.

The Judicial Officers of the State of Uttar Pradesh are now being trained by IIPA along with officers of Indian Revenue Service and other central services. Foreign officials are also being trained by IIPA under ITEC programme of Ministry of External Affairs as also under other programmes, which is quite appreciable.

I am also happy to note that IIPA is collaborating with foreign government institutions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and the USA, among others. These efforts of IIPA are creating a culture of excellence and blending academic rigour with a policy orientation.

I am aware that IIPA, apart from imparting training, is working closely with various government departments and organizations in providing policy and research advisory. The faculty of IIPA are evaluating the schemes of Department of Post, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Rural Development, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and MeitY in a big way.

Similarly, the functioning of the newly created AIIMS in different states is also being evaluated by IIPA as also, the audit of Government hospitals of Delhi which is a commendable job.

I am also happy to note that Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, has started a new Centre on Tribal research. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and the Ministry of Commerce are also planning similar initiatives on service standardization at IIPA. Already the Centres of IIPA-- Centre for Consumer Studies (CSS) and Centre for Urban Studies (CUS) are enhancing the development objectives of the respective ministries.

I welcome Shri S N Tripathi who has recently joined as Director IIPA. The Faculty and Officers of IIPA have been working hard and under the guidance of Shri Chaturvedi ji and the new Director, I am sure, they would be able to perform even better.

I have also learned that the financial condition of IIPA has improved in the last five years but its long term liabilities have also increased and have reached Rs.97 Crore. It is a matter of concern and we should find a way to improve the Institute’s financial situation.

Since IIPA has been engaged in the evaluation of many schemes of the Government of India, its academic circle is fully aware that the focus of the current government is on people-centric schemes which can transform the lives of each citizen in the country.

I am sure IIPA’s evaluations are being done with scientific rigour and are providing answers to key questions on the quality of programmes. 

India is moving fast towards major transformation. Despite, the global slowdown, our economy is growing at a faster rate than many major economies of the world.

The programmes to build infrastructure and connect India are going on at unprecedented pace.

Citizen services are improving in reach and quality.

Government is focusing on human and social development. Access to quality health care is being considerably enhanced through the Ayushman Bharat Programme and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).

India is establishing a skill ecosystem that equips its youth, comprising two thirds of its population, with the skills required for the 21st century through the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

The draft National Education Policy seeks to enrich the human resources of the country. The focus is on fully harnessing the inner talent and energy in the country to realize the demographic dividend and propel the country to move into a higher development trajectory.

Clearly, Indian government is keen to unleash the forces of growth and is not only making Indian an attractive investment destination but also making every Indian an active agent of change. 

Swach Bharat is a classic example of societal transformation in which extraordinary results are made possible through active involvement of people. This is the kind of approach which seems to hold great promise in most of the societal projects. 

In the case of infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships seem to be a promising modality. Digitalization and simplification of archaic procedures seems to have streamlined service delivery.

I do hope IIPA’s evaluations will help the government to further improve the effectiveness and efficiency in all these programmes.

I also wish that you should collate best practices from within the country and abroad and prepare policy briefs for fostering innovation at various levels.

Your research and evaluation studies must be shared widely and should become the basis for your training programmes. 

Ultimately, it is the successful implementation that is the touchstone of effective governance. 

We are painfully aware of the numerous gaps between the noble intentions of a good policy and a poorly executive programme.

That’s the moment IIPA has to step in and play a constructive role. You need to identify the gaps in implementation, the inadequacies and inefficiencies.

You must provide the requisite knowledge and skills to the personnel to bridge this gap.

IIPA has a long history of over six decades as a premier think-tank. It has played a laudable role. But we should not rest on our past laurels.

We should reposition IIPA in the light of current and emerging challenges. We have to come up with a sound strategy for institutional reforms and make IIPA a fit organization to catalyse the new wave of governance reforms.

I am glad that IIPA has a strong network of institutions at the State and local level as well as a growing number of distinguished alumni. We must build on this collective strength.

I suggest that we constitute a small group of IIPA members to examine how we can make this Institute an even better resource centre for the country. I shall look forward to having a report of this deliberation in about three months from now.

I wish to see IIPA set new ambitious goals in the next few months, benchmarking itself as one of the best institutions with similar mandate around the globe.

I wish to see IIPA becoming an active hub of knowledge-exchange, skill development, robust evaluation and policy advice.

I again wish to thank all of you present here.

Jai Hind!”


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Friday, 18 October 2019

डॉ. जितेन्‍द्र सिंह ने 11वें परमाणु ऊर्जा सम्‍मेलन का उद्घाटन किया

सम्‍मेलन का विषय : "परमाणु ऊर्जा का अर्थशास्त्र’’

सुरक्षित और किफायती प्रौद्योगिकियों की दिशा में नवाचार

सरकार विभिन्न सामाजिक क्षेत्रों में परमाणु ऊर्जा के अनुप्रयोगों में विविधता लेकर आई है : डॉ. जितेन्‍द्र सिंह

केंद्रीय पूर्वोत्तर क्षेत्र विकास (स्वतंत्र प्रभार) एवं प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय,कार्मिक,जन शिकायत और पेंशन,परमाणु ऊर्जा एवं अंतरिक्ष राज्य मंत्री डॉ. जितेंद्र सिंह ने कहा है कि देश होमी भाभा के सपनों को साकार करने में सफल रहा है। श्री सिंह ने आज नई दिल्‍ली में 11वें परमाणु ऊर्जा सम्‍मेलन को संबोधित करते हुए कहा कि होमी भाभा कहा करते थे कि भारत की परमाणु ऊर्जा शांतिपूर्ण कार्यो के लिए है। श्री सिंह ने कहा कि सरकार विभिन्न सामाजिक क्षेत्रों में परमाणु ऊर्जा के अनुप्रयोगों में विविधता लेकर आई है।

केन्‍द्रीय मंत्री ने कहा कि सरकार ने देश में और विशेषकर परमाणु ऊर्जा और अंतरिक्ष विभाग में वैज्ञानिक सोच को बढ़ावा देने के लिए कई कदम उठाये है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि पहले परमाणु ऊर्जा संयंत्र केवल दक्षिण भारत तक सीमित थे, लेकिन अब सरकार ने ऐसे संयंत्र देश के अन्‍य हिस्‍सों में भी लगाने शुरू कर दिये हैं। उन्‍होंने बताया कि ऐसा ही एक परमाणु संयंत्र हरियाणा के गोरखपुर में लगाया जा रहा है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि परमाणु ऊर्जा और अंतरिक्ष विभाग दोनों का मुख्‍यालय दिल्‍ली से बाहर है। ऐसे में छात्रों और आम जनता को परमाणु ऊर्जा के इस्‍तेमाल के बारे में जानकारी देने के लिए दिल्‍ली के प्रगति मैदान में ‘हॉल ऑफ न्‍यूक्लिर एनर्जी’ खोला गया था। अंतरिक्ष विभाग के लिए भी ऐसा ही एक हॉल खोले जाने की योजना है।

डॉ. जितेन्‍द्र सिंह ने कहा कि प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्‍द्र मोदी के नेतृत्‍व में पिछले पांच वर्षों के दौरान परमाणु ऊर्जा के क्षेत्र में हमने काफी कुछ हासिल कर लिया है। उन्‍होंने इस बारे में परमाणु ऊर्जा के लिए संयुक्‍त उपक्रम लगाने और परमाणु ऊर्जा के लिए बजट बढ़ाने जैसे सरकारी उपायों का जिक्र किया। उन्‍होंने बीमारियों और विशेषकर कैंसर के ईलाज में परमाणु ऊर्जा के इस्‍तेमाल पर प्रकाश डाला। उन्‍होंने इस संदर्भ में गुवाहाटी के डॉक्‍टर बी.बरूआ, कैंसर इंस्‍टीट्यूट का जिक्र करते हुए कहा कि इसे मुम्‍बई के टाटा मैमोरियल सेंटर फॉर कैंसर के साथ जोड़ा गया है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि परमाणु ऊर्जा विभाग कई प्रमुख सरकारी योजनाओं को लागू करने में भी बड़ी भूमिका निभा रहा है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि परमाणु ऊर्जा को लेकर लोगों के मन मे पैदा भ्रांतियों को दूर करने की जरूरत पर बल देते हुए कहा कि देश की बढ़ती ऊर्जा जरूरतों को पूरा करने के लिए परमाणु ऊर्जा एक बड़ा स्रोत है।

परमाणु ऊर्जा विभाग के सचिव और परमाणु ऊर्जा आयोग (एईसी) के अध्‍यक्ष डॉ. के.एन. व्‍यास ने इस अवसर पर कहा कि जलवायु परिवर्तन गंभीर रूप ले रहा है। मानवता के लिए ये बड़ा खतरा है। यदि सब कुछ ऐसा ही चलता रहा, तो आगे स्थितियां बिगड़ जाएगी। उन्‍होंने कहा कि बढ़ते वैश्विक तापमान को रोकने के लिए परमाणु ऊर्जा का इस्‍तेमाल सबसे बेहतर विकल्‍प है।

एईसी के पूर्व अध्‍यक्ष डॉ. अनिल काकोडकर ने कहा कि परमाणु ऊर्जा के लिए हमारा बड़े पैमाने पर यूरेनियम आयात करना सही नहीं होगा। ऐसा करने से परमाणु ऊर्जा कार्यक्रम का खर्च बढ़ जाएगा, इसलिए हमें कम संसाधनों के साथ ही इस दिशा में आगे बढ़ना होगा। सौर ऊर्जा इसके लिए बेहतर विकल्‍प है। भारत इसका बड़े पैमाने पर उत्‍पादन कर स्‍वच्‍छ और सुरक्षित ऊर्जा का निर्यात कर सकता है।

एईसी के सदस्‍य डॉ. आर.के ग्रोवर ने कहा कि वैश्विक स्‍तर पर बिजली के उत्‍पादन से 40 प्रतिशत कार्बन का उत्‍सर्जन होता है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि ऐसे में किसी भी बेहतर प्रौद्योगिकी का वाणिज्यिक इस्‍तेमाल तभी संभव है, जब वह बड़े पैमाने पर उपलब्‍ध हो।

इस अवसर पर परमाणु ऊर्जा समूह, इंडिया एनर्जी फोरम, होमी भाभा नेशनल इंस्‍टीट्यूट के चांसलर ने भी परमाणु ऊर्जा पर अपने विचार रखें।

सम्‍मेलन के दौरान परमाणु ऊर्जा उद्योग के समक्ष अवसर और चुनौतियों, शहरी कचरे के निस्‍तारण और स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य सेवाओं में परमाणु ऊर्जा के इस्‍तेमाल तथा परमाणु संयंत्रों की सुरक्षा के लिए उभरती प्रौद्योगिकी जैसे विषयों पर तीन तकनीकी सत्र भी आयोजित किये गये।

सौजन्य से: pib.gov.in

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