Tuesday, 23 July 2019

PM Shri Narendra Modi’s message on Launch of Chandrayaan 2

Text of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s message on the launch of Chandrayaan 2 is as follows:

“Special moments that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history! The launch of Chandrayaan 2 illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science. Every Indian is immensely proud today!

Indian at heart, Indian in spirit! What would make every Indian overjoyed is the fact that Chandrayaan 2 is a fully indigenous mission. It will have an Orbiter for remote sensing the Moon and also a Lander-Rover module for analysis of lunar surface.

Chandrayaan 2 is unique because it will explore and perform studies on the south pole region of lunar terrain which is not explored and sampled by any past mission. This mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon.

Efforts such as Chandrayaan 2 will further encourage our bright youngsters towards science, top quality research and innovation. Thanks to Chandrayaan, India’s Lunar Programme will get a substantial boost. Our existing knowledge of the Moon will be significantly enhanced.”


Parliament passes the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 unanimously

Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah appeals to all the members of Rajya Sabha to support the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Democratic institutions cannot function amidst an environment of distrust: Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah

The Rajya Sabha passed the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 unanimously today (22-07-2019) after a fervent appeal from the Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah.

Clarifying on the transparency of the selection process for the Chairperson and Members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Shri Amit Shah said that the selection committee was a diverse one, containing opposition leaders from both the houses in addition to the Prime Minister; Union Home Minister; Speaker, Lok Sabha and Deputy Chairperson, Rajya Sabha. A decision of such a vast and diverse committee should not be seen with distrust, said Shri Shah.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Nityanand Rai said that the Amendment had been prepared based on the challenges faced in the last thirteen years, and will increase the efficiency of the Commission. He also said that the Modi Government is committed to the independence and autonomy of the Commission.

The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 was enacted to provide for the constitution of a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and the Human Rights Courts for protection of human rights.

The NHRC has proposed certain amendments to the Act to address the concerns raised at certain global platforms. Besides this, certain State Governments have also proposed for amendment of the Act, as they have been facing difficulties in finding suitable candidates to the post of Chairperson of the respective State Commissions owing to the existing eligibility criteria to the said post.

The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019, inter alia, provides
that a person who has been a Judge of the Supreme Court is also made eligible to be appointed as Chairperson of the Commission in addition to the person who has been the Chief Justice of India;
to increase the Members of the Commission from two to three of which, one shall be a woman;
to include Chairperson of the National Commission for Backward Classes, Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities as deemed Members of the Commission;
to reduce the term of the Chairperson and Members of the Commission and the State Commissions from five to three years and shall be eligible for re-appointment;
to provide that a person who has been a Judge of a High Court is also made eligible to be appointed as Chairperson of the State Commission in addition to the person who has been the Chief Justice of the High Court; and,
to confer upon State Commissions, the functions relating to human rights being discharged by the Union territories, other than the Union territory of Delhi, which will be dealt with by the Commission.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Prakash Javadekar presents Report Card of First Fifty Days of Government

Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar interacted with Media persons and presented a report card of the First Fifty Days of the Government earlier today. He said that the government has hit the ground running in its second term and has strived to fulfil the goal of ‘SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas, SabkaVishwas’.The resolve of Reform, Welfare and Justice for All has been the driving force for the government.He highlighted that the primary focus of the government has been towards farmers, soldiers, youth, labourers, businessmen, research, relation with neighbouring countries, investment, infrastructure development, fight against corruption and social justice.

The Minister enumerated several key decisions of the government. Rs. 6000 will now be provided to all farmers. MSP for several crops has doubled, and in some cases trebled in comparison to 2014 rates. 10,000 Farmers Producer Organization are being formed. Changes in Labour Code will benefit 40 crore informal sector workers through wage and labour security. For the first time, pension has been provided for traders. The Minister also highlighted the reduction in ESI contribution rates, for both employees and employers.

The Minister highlighted the steps taken to boost investment in the country. Rs 70,000 crore has been provided for Public Sector Banks (PSB) recapitalisation. India is striving towards becoming a 5 trillion dollar economy. A separate TV channel for start-ups will soon be started.Non-functional financial up gradation has been provided to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) officers.

He said that in the next 5 years, Rs. 100 lakh crore will be invested towards development of infrastructure. He highlighted that the government is working in mission mode to comprehensively address water-related issues, which is evident through the formation of Jal Shakti Mantralaya.

He also highlighted the success of steps taken by the Government in reducing the impact of separatists in Jammu & Kashmir. He added that India has emerged as a global leader through BIMSTEC and G-20, while highlighting the significance of the visit of Prime Minister to Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Shri Javadekar expressed confidence in the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 and added that India’s manned mission to space, Gaganyaan, will be launched in 2022.

He also highlighted the massive action taken against corruption in bureaucracy. Steps have been taken to strengthen action against economic offenders. A Bill is being brought to act against Ponzi schemes.

Shri Javadekar also talked about the decisiveness of government in safeguarding children against sexual crimes through amendments to POCSO Act. He also talked about steps taken to reform medical education in the country and to ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country.

The Minister stressed that making India a 5 trillion dollar economy is no more just a dream but a roadmap towards achieving it has been laid down in these fifty days.

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

Friday, 19 July 2019

Carriage of DD channels on Cable TV Network

In view of the contribution of Doordarshan towards dissemination of accurate information about policies and programmes of government, acceleration of socio-economic change, promotion of national integration and stimulation of scientific temper, it is mandated that all Cable TV Networks should carry DD channels. However, it is noticed that the same is not being done by several cable operators, which is in contravention of existing rules.

An affidavit has been sought from all MSOs to ensure that all mandated DD channels are being carried on their TV Network: Union Minister @PrakashJavdekar

📡https://t.co/SmSbLgQunH@MIB_India @DDNewsLive @airnewsalertspic.twitter.com/2ZhrXczfpi— PIB India (@PIB_India) July 19, 2019

It has accordingly been decided that an Affidavit be sought from both existing MSOs as well as fresh applicants that they are carrying all 24 DD Channels, besides Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels, on their TV network. The same has to be submitted within one month of issue of notice.

Format of the Affidavit may be accessed at www.mib.gov.in, www.digitalindiamib.com and also under the procedure for submission of applications online on the portal www.broadcastseva.gov.in.

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

Commerce and Industry Minister reviews action plan to achieve Rs. One Lakh Crore GMV on GeM in FY 2019-20

Ease of registration and greater transparency key to on board more buyers and sellers: Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal, last evening, chaired a meeting to review and formulate an action plan for Government e Marketplace (GeM) to achieve a target for Rs. lakh crore Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) on GeM in FY 2019-20.

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Som Parkash also attended the meeting. Chairman, Railway Board and Secretaries of Departments of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Commerce and Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and Secretaries of Ministries of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Housing and Urban Affairs, New & Renewable Energy and Power also participated in the meeting to explore various possibilities of bringing on board more Government of India Ministries/ Departments, PSUs under Ministries and State Governments on the GeM platform.

Commerce & Industry Minister appreciated the transformation in public procurement driven through GeM platform. He directed the officers to maximize the use of GeM to ensure transparency and saving in procurements. He said that the procedure for using the GeM platform has to be made more simple, less time consuming and attractive so that more and more vendors, especially from the MSME sector, come on board. Ease of getting registered on the GeM platform has to be ensured so that public sector banks, PSUs, Ministries and Departments of the State Governments and local bodies at the district level are able to procure from GeM easily and smoothly.

Piyush Goyal urged GeM officers to work proactively with all the Ministries and State Governments and hand hold them to show that GeM is beneficial for them. Greater transparency and quality of products must be ensured on the platform in order to get the Railways, Defence, Telecom and PSUs like Oil, Power, Heavy Industry to place orders of more than one lakh crore through the GeM platform, said the Minister.

Possibilities may also be explored for incentivizing Ministries and States who procure more products and services from GeM. During the review meeting Commerce and Industry Minister also examined the possibility of DGFT to provide the services of their staff in regional centres all over the country to promote GeM and increase the procurement through GeM in their areas.

During the review meeting Commerce & Industry Minister also discussed ways with the Secretaries, who were present, of bringing in external technical experts for specialized products required by railways, Oil PSUs, health sector etc., so that more categories are created in GeM in shortest time and complaints about substandard material is completely eliminated.

Commerce & Industry Minister requested all Ministries and Departments of Government of India to nominate a Joint Secretary level officer to coordinate with GeM and to identify more products and services that may be procured through the GeM platform. 

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

Commerce & Industry Minister to Launch GII on 24th July 2019

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal will launch the Global Innovation Index (GII) on 24th July, 2019 in New Delhi. Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization, Mr. Francis Gurry, will also be present during the event.

The launch of GII will reveal the innovation rankings of economies and the findings for this year. It will be the 12th edition of GII with 129 countries under its observation. The GII measures how innovation friendly the environments of global economies are based on 80 detailed metrics.

The GII operates with a theme every year to track global innovation. This year’s theme is “Evaluating the Medical Innovation Scenario of the Next Decade”. It aims to highlight the role and dynamics of medical innovation in order to understand how it can form the future of healthcare and the potential impact this may have on economic growth.

The Global Innovation Index has been a charter for assessing the innovation capabilities of national economies worldwide. The initiative to understand how countries facilitate innovation was espoused by INSEAD and World Business in 2007. Since its genesis the GII has become a credible authority on providing insight into the multi-dimensional aspects of innovation-driven growth. The GII is a valuable benchmarking tool that can help in gauging as well as encouraging public-private dialogue and where policy-makers, entrepreneurial leaders and other stakeholders can assess innovation progress on an annual basis.

On the 24th July 2019 there will be two panel discussions on subjects like Asia: The future hub of Innovation. The second panel discussion will be on Creating Healthy Lives - The Future of Medical Innovation.

There will also be a special session on India’s R&D Expenditure Ecosystem which will be addressed by Mr. Carsten Fink, Chief Economist of World Intellectual Property Organization, B.N. Satpathy,Member of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (PMEAC) and Prof. K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India.

Ratan P Watal, Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog and Member Secretary, PMEAC will release India’s R&D Expenditure Ecosystem report.

Secretary Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade, Ramesh Abhishek, will deliver the special address during the launch of the Global Innovation Index 2019.

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

Secure, Efficient, Affordable and Sustainable Energy will have to be ensured to fuel the $5 trillion economy, says Sh Dharmendra Pradhan

The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has said that Secure, Efficient, Affordable and Sustainable Energy will have to be ensured to fuel the $5 trillion economy. Delivering a keynote address at Energy Horizons 2019, a flagship event of CEEW in New Delhi today, he dwelt upon the trends that are crucial to India’s energy transition. The Minister said that We will have to deal with volatility in the energy market due to geo-politics and play a significant global role. He said that Transition in Mobility is here, and we have to set the road map for India. Cautioning the businesses to prepare for disruption, he said that there will be disruptive trends, which shall call for out-of-the-box thinking, such as future refineries having to demonstrate flexibilities to switch products and if needed have petrochemical as an output. On the future of work and need to prepare workforce, the Minister said that Organizations and the country should assess their talent readiness and take action to prepare them for the disruptions.

Shri Pradhan said “We live in a world which is at the cusp of major energy transitions. India, as one of the fastest growing large economies in the world and the third largest consumer of energy globally, is indeed embracing the energy transition.” He said that the robust growth of India in the last five years has been achieved through a series of policy reforms covering the vast spectrum of economic and social activities. Our Government remains committed to inclusive, holistic and sustainable high economic growth. We are working on a mission mode to build India into a US$ 5 trillion economy by 2024, he added.

Identifying the trends crucial to the discussion on India’s energy transition, Shri Pradhan said that Secure, Efficient, Affordable and Sustainable Energy will have to be ensured to fuel the $5 trillion economy. India’s energy consumption is projected to grow at 4.2 percent per annum up to 2035, faster than all major economies of the world. While India’s energy demand increased to 754 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2017, the per capita consumption of energy is still much lower than the world average. India’s share of total global primary energy demand is set to roughly double to about 11 percent by 2040, driven by strong economic development. Given the complex and fast growing nature of our energy needs, we will depend on all sources of energy that are secure, efficient, affordable and sustainable. Coal, oil, gas, bio-fuels, nuclear, hydro, solar and wind will have to meaningfully contribute.

The minister said “We will have to deal with volatility in the energy market due to geo-politics and play a significant global role.” On the supply side, energy geopolitics and the impact of factors beyond the locus of control have emerged instrumental in shaping the trends. India will continue to play an active role in shaping the geo-political landscape, and work towards safeguarding its crude supply, going forward. He said “In the last five years, our engagement with the global community has increased manifold and India has become an important influencer as a major consuming nation – highlighting the need for energy justice. Indian companies are taking large stake in operating upstream assets abroad, fully factoring in risks.”

Sh Pradhan said “the Transition in Mobility is here, that we have to set the road map for India.” From a consumption standpoint, the trend is increasingly tilting towards adoption of cleaner fuel. Gas is already established as a transition fuel and increasing the share of gas in the overall primary energy mix has emerged as a priority for India. We are soon transitioning to BS VI by early 2020 and given the award of the City Gas Distribution (CGD) licenses, soon 75 percent of the country will have gas retail network. “Earlier this week, I said that EV is a priority but the incremental requirement of fuel will have to be met through a combination ofBS-VI grade petrol and diesel, CNG and biofuels alongside EVs.”, the minister added. He said that capital outlay plan in the coming years, across a number of areas, such as refinery upgradation, petrochemicals, pipeline, city gas network, LNG terminals and marketing network has to increase. This has a huge potential for direct and indirect economic impact as well as employment generation potential.

Sh Pradhan said that Businesses will have to prepare for disruption. There will be disruptive trends, which shall call for out-of-the-box thinking, such as future refineries having to demonstrate flexibilities to switch products and if needed have petrochemical as an output. There is also exponential development with respect to digital technologies such as Advanced analytics, Cloud computing, drones, Internet of things (IOT), sensors, wearables, robotics process automation (RPA) and Block Chain. Indian companies – Industrial Revolution 4.0 is truly here. Indian companies will have to quickly adapt to these technologies and unlike the earlier industrial revolutions, India cannot afford to miss this one.

On the issue of Future of work and need to prepare workforce, Sh Pradhan said that Organizations and the country should assess their talent readiness and take action to prepare them for the disruptions. He said “We have to focus on lower-skilled workers. While low-wage workers are most likely to see their jobs disrupted by technology, they are less likely to receive corporate training. Given the challenges many lower-skilled workers face, governments can assist in building a pathway to better jobs and higher wages. Governments can help reduce the information gap between employees and employers by engaging in innovative public-private partnerships and providing industry information directly.”

The Minister said that Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry continues to endeavour to “Reform, Perform and Transform’ the sector. The Government has taken several reformswith far-reaching impacts in the sectors of Exploration and Production, Refinery, Marketing, Natural Gas and International Cooperation. “Today, India’s voice as a large, reliable energy consuming nation is heard with respect. We have been able to convince the oil suppliers about India’s as well as all consuming nations’ justified stand for a responsible and reasonable pricing. We have raised the issue of responsible pricing and for abolishing Asian Premium with OPEC and its member countries. India has forged partnerships with major energy consumers like Japan and China to work together and synergize areas of our mutual interest in the oil and gas sector. India and the US have established a Strategic Energy Partnership last year. With US, we also constituted a Joint Task Force on Natural Gas, which aims at increasing the share of gas in India’s primary energy mix. The increase in the supply-demand gap in energy sector is inevitable and will lead to greater innovations and investments in the ongoing energy transition.” Sh Pradhan said.

Courtesy: pib.gov.in

PM Shri Narendra Modi’s message on Launch of Chandrayaan 2

Text of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s message on the launch of Chandrayaan 2 is as follows: “Special moments that will be et...