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Eminent Engineer Award- 2019

Eminent Engineer  Award- 2019
Shri Prabhakar Singh ,Director General, Central Public Works Department has been chosen for the ‘Eminent Engineer Award for the Year 2019’ by the Institution of Engineers (India) for his distinguished and exemplary Service in the field of Engineering and Technology. 

This Elite and Prestigious Award shall be conferred to him on the ‘Engineers Day’ on September 15, 2019 in New Delhi.

Here is the text of press release:

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
Shri Prabhakar Singh ,Director  General, CPWD chosen for ‘Eminent Engineer  Award- 2019’
Posted On: 25 AUG 2019

Shri Prabhakar Singh ,Director General, Central Public Works Department has been chosen for the ‘Eminent Engineer Award for the Year 2019’ by the Institution of Engineers (India) for his distinguished and exemplary Service in the field of Engineering and Technology. 

This Elite and Prestigious Award shall be conferred to him on the ‘Engineers Day’ on September 15, 2019 in New Delhi.

Shri Prabhakar Singh, an IIT Graduate and MBA from one of the Premier Business Institute of the Country. His enormous contributions and dedicated Service to the Nation as an Eminent Technocrat has been instrumental in transforming the Premier Engineering Organisation of the Central Government – CPWD.  

Source: PIB


Mann Ki Baat 2.0 on 25.08.2019

Text of Prime Minister's Mann Ki Baat 2.0 Given on 25th August, 2019

Prime Minister of India addressed to the nation through his favorite programme Mann Ki Baat on the eve of starting of festive season on 25th August, 2019. Here is the full text of english rendering of the PM's address:

Prime Minister's Office
English rendering of PM’s address in 3rd Episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat 2.0’ on 25.08.2019
25 AUG 2019

My dear countrymen, Namaskar. On the one hand, these days, our country is enjoying the feast of rains; on the other, every corner of the country is celebrating festivals and fairs. And this will go on till Diwali. Perhaps our ancestors intricately wove the annual seasonal cycle, the economy cycle and social & life systems in a way that ensured, that under no circumstances, dullness crept into society. We celebrated quite a few festivals in the days gone by. Yesterday, Krishna- Janma Mahotsav, the festival of the birth of Lord Krishna was celebrated throughout India. Can anyone even imagine the greatness of his personality, that, even after thousands of years, the festival comes along with renewed novelty, a new inspiration with fresh energy. And the noble being that he was; although millennia ago, yet it is relevant in providing solutions to problems as well as inspiration even today. Everyone can find solutions to present day problems from Shri Krishna’s life. Despite the tremendous might that he possessed, there were times when he would immerse himself in performing the RAAS; at other times he would be in the midst of cows and cowherds; sometimes indulging in sports & games; often playing the flute. A personality brimming with diverse talents and immense capability, yet devoted to empowering society and people, a persona that embodied pioneering accomplishments, a repository, a savior of people. What qualities should the virtue of friendship possess? Who can forget the incident of Sudama? And on the battlefield? Despite his myriad facets of greatness, assuming the role of a charioteer! Or running errands such as lifting a hillock, or at other times picking up leftover leaf plates! One feels a sense of newness in whatever he does. And that’s why today, as I converse with you, my attention is drawn towards two Mohans. One is the Sudarshan Chakra bearing Mohan and the other is the Charkha bearing Mohan. The Sudarshan Chakra bearing Mohan left the banks of the Yamuna for the sea beach of Gujarat, establishing himself in the city of Dwarika, while the Mohan born on the sea beach reached the banks of the Yamuna, breathing his last in Delhi. Sudarshan Chakra bearing Mohan, thousands of years ago, had amply used his wisdom, his sense of duty, his might, his worldview to avert war, to prevent conflict, a sign of the times then. And spinning-wheel bearing Mohan too chose a similar path, for the sake of Freedom, for preserving human values, for strengthening the basic elements of personality & character- for this he lent a certain hue to the Freedom struggle, a turn, that left the whole world awe struck, which it still remains today. The importance of selfless service, the importance of knowledge, or be it marching ahead smilingly, amidst the trials and tribulations of life, we can learn all these from Lord Krishna’s life’s message. And that is why Shri Krishna is known as Jagatguru – teacher to the world… ‘Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum’.

Today, as we discuss festivities, preparations are under way for a mega festival in India. Not just in India, it is a part of the discourse in the whole world. My dear countrymen, I’m referring to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. On the 2nd of October, 1869, at the beach of Porbandar, in Kirti Mandir as it is known today,… in that tiny abode, not just a person; an era was born, that charted the course of human history on an altogether new path, with trail blazing accomplishments on the way. One attribute has always been part & parcel of Mahatma Gandhi’s being – and that was his sense of service and the sense of duty towards it. If you view his life in entirety, you will note that he served communities in South Africa that were bearing the brunt of apartheid – in those times, it was, by no means a small feat. He served farmers in Champaran who were being discriminated against. He served millworkers who were being underpaid. He served the poor, the destitute, the weak and the hungry… he took it as life’s prime duty. There were many myths associated with leprosy then. In order to dispel them, he closely served people suffering from leprosy. He presented shining examples through the medium of service in his own life. He set examples of the sense of service for others to learn- not through words, but through deeds. Gandhiji shared an unbreakable bond with truth; he shared a similar unique bond with the spirit of service. Whoever, needed him, and wherever, Gandhiji was present to serve. He emphasized not only on the spirit of service, but also on the inner happiness it led to. Service as a virtue is meaningful when it is performed with a sense of joy-‘Seva Parmo Dharmah’. But simultaneously, deep inner joy, the essence of ‘Swantah Sukhaayah’ is inbuilt in the spirit of service. We can understand this from Bapu’s life. Mahatma Gandhi, of course, became the voice of innumerable Indians, in the larger backdrop of upholding human values & human dignity; in a way, he had become the voice of the world. For Mahatma Gandhi, the individual and society, human beings & humanity was everything. Whether it was the Phoenix Farm or the Tolstoy Farm in Africa, the Sabarmati Ashram or Wardha, he laid special emphasis on community mobilization in his own distinct way. I have been extremely fortunate to have been blessed with the opportunity to visit a number of significant places associated with revered Mahatma Gandhi and pay my homage. I can say that Gandhi emphasized on the spirit of collectiveness through a sense of service. Community service and community mobilization are virtues which we have to imbibe into our real lives. This would be the real way of paying true tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the Karyanjali, the offering of deeds. Opportunities like these come often & we get associated with them. But should Gandhi 150 just come & go; will it be acceptable to us? No dear countrymen. All of us should introspect, dwell upon it, discuss it, bring it into collective discourse. Joining hands with more people of the society, from all strata, from all age groups; people from villages, cities, men, women, we should ask ourselves. As an individual, what can I add to the effort? What value addition could be there from my side? And being collective acquires its own strength. In all the programmes of Gandhi 150, let there be a sense of collectiveness, let there be a spirit of service. Why don’t we join hands and let the entire neighbourhood move together? If there is a football team, then the entire team. Of course we’ll play football, but along with it, we’ll pick up a deed to perform in conformity with one of Gandhi’s ideals of service. There could be a Ladies’ club! Routine tasks of a modern day Ladies’ club shall be taken up, but besides that, let all members of the Ladies’ club come together & perform an activity of service! We can do a lot. Collect old books, distribute them amongst the poor, spread the glow of knowledge. And I do believe that perhaps 130 crore countrymen are endowed with 130 crore ideas & there could be 130 crore endeavours. There is no limit- whatever that comes to your mind- but only with a genuine wish, a noble intention, within the realms of harmony, and with complete dedication… that too for the sake of enjoying that rare inner bliss, the core of ‘Swaantah Sukhaayah’.

My dear countrymen, a few months ago, I was in Dandi. In our Freedom struggle, the salt satyagrah at Dandi was an important turning point. There I’d inaugurated a state of the art museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. I sincerely urge you to visit at least one place associated with Mahatma Gandhi in the days to come. It could be any site… such as Porbandar, Sabarmati Ashram, Champaran, the Ashram at Wardha or spots in Delhi related to Mahatma Gandhi. When you visit them, do share your photographs on social media so that others may be inspired. And do pen a couple of sentences or couplets to express your feelings. Emotions that emanate from the core of your heart will be more compelling than any great literary composition. And it is possible that in present times, from your viewpoint, the pen-picture of Gandhi sketched by you, may perhaps appear more relevant. In the times to come, many programmes, competitions & exhibitions have been planned. In this context I feel like sharing with you something very interesting. There is a famous art show called the Venice Biennale’, where people from the world over congregate. This time, in the India Pavilion at the Venice Biennale’, a very interesting exhibition based on memories of Gandhiji was organized. Of special interest were the Haripura Panels. You may remember that in the Haripura Congress Session in Gujarat, Subhash Chandra Bose being elected as President is recorded in history. These Art Panels have a beautiful past. Before the Haripura Session, in 1937-38, Mahatma Gandhi had invited the then Principal of Shantiniketan Kala Bhavan, Nandlal Bose. It was Gandhiji’s wish that the lifestyle of the people of India be depicted through the medium of art and this artwork may be exhibited during the session. This is the same Nandlal Bose whose artwork adorns our Constitution; lends to the Constitution a new, unique identity. The very commitment & reverence of Nandlal Bose have made him, along with the Constitution, immortal. Nandlal Bose toured villages around Haripura, concluding with a few works of art canvas, depicting glimpses of life in rural India. This invaluable artwork was a high point of discourse at Venice. Once again, along with greetings on Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary, I express my expectations from every Indian, of one resolve or the other. One should do something for the sake of the country, society or just for someone else. This will be a good, true & genuine Karyanjali to Bapu, a tribute through a good deed.

O glorious children of Mother India, you may remember that for the last few years, we have been running a countrywide campaign ‘Swachchata Hi Sewa’, ‘the quest for cleanliness is service’, around a couple of weeks before the 2nd of October. This time around it will commence on the 11th of September. During this period, all of us will move out of home, donating toil & sweat through ‘Shramdaan’, as a ‘Karyanjali’ to Mahatma Gandhi. Home or the neighbourhood lane, street circles, crossings, or drains, schools and colleges … we have to involve ourselves in a Mega campaign of ensuring cleanliness at public places. This time our emphasis must be on plastic. On 15th August, I had urged you from the Red Fort…the way one hundred & twenty five crore countrymen ran a campaign for cleanliness with utmost enthusiasm and energy, and toiled tirelessly towards freedom from open defecation; in a similar manner, we have to join hands in curbing ‘single use plastic’. This campaign has enthused people from all strata of society. Many of my merchant brothers & sisters have put up a placard at their establishments, boldly mentioning that customers ought to carry shopping bags with them. This will result in monetary savings, as well as one would be able to contribute towards protection of the environment. This year, on the 2nd of October, when we celebrate Bapu’s 150th birth anniversary, we shall not only dedicate to him an India that is Open Defecation Free, but also shall lay the foundation of a new revolution against plastic, by people themselves, throughout the country. I appeal to all strata of society, residents of every village, town & city, take it as a prayer with folded hands; let us celebrate Gandhi Jayanti this year as a mark of our plastic free Mother India. Let us celebrate 2nd October as a special day. Let us celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary as a special ‘Shramdaan’ Festival, where everyone will donate one’s own labour. I urge all municipalities, municipal corporations, District Administration, Gram Panchayats, Government & non Governmental bodies, organizations; in fact each & every citizen to work towards ensuring adequate arrangement for collection & storage of plastic waste. I also appeal to the corporate sector to come out with ways & means proactively for appropriate disposal of all accumulated plastic. It can be recycled; it can be transformed into fuel. This way we can accomplish our task of ensuring safe disposal of plastic waste before this Diwali. All that is needed is a resolve. And for inspiration, there’s no need to look hither- tither; what can be a greater inspiration than Gandhi?

My dear countrymen, our Sanskrit Subhashit, epigrammatic verses are, in a way, gems of wisdom. We can derive from them whatever we need in life. These days I’m not in regular touch with the form… earlier it was frequent. Today I want to touch upon a very important point from a Sanskrit Subhashit. These lines were written centuries ago, but even today, carry great relevance. There is an excellent Subhashit that mentions –

“ पृथिव्यां त्रीणि रत्नानि जलमन्नं सुभाषितम् |

मूढैःपाषाणखण्डेषु रत्नसंज्ञा प्रदीयते” ||

That is, water, grain and subhashit are the three gems found on earth. Imprudent people call stones as gems. In our culture much glory has been ascribed to food. We have even converted the knowledge about food into a science. Balanced and nutritious food is essential for all of us, more so for women and the new-born, since these two categories are the foundation of the future of our society. Under the ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ campaign, nutrition made available with the help of modern scientific methods is being converted into a mass movement all over the country. People are fighting a battle against malnutrition in innovative and interesting ways.

Once, an interesting fact was brought to my notice. The ‘Mutthi Bhar Dhaanya’ initiative has turned into a big movement in Nashik. In this novel scheme, during the harvest period, Anganwadi workers collect a handful of rice grain from the people. This grain is used to make piping hot food for children and women. In this way, the person contributing the handful of grain transmutes into a conscientious civil social worker. In the process, he gets himself dedicated to this cause and becomes a soldier of that movement. All of us have heard about the ‘Ann Praashan Sanskar’, the first solid morsel ritual for toddlers in families all across India. This ritual is performed when the toddler starts feeding on solid food for the first time; solid and not liquid food!

In 2010, Gujarat embarked upon planning to provide kids complimentary food on the occasion of 'Ann Praashan Sanskar' so that this initiative spreads awareness among the masses. This is a great initiative that can be adopted anywhere. In many states, people run meal campaigns on certain dates. If the family celebrates a birthday, certain auspicious day or observe an in- memoriam day, then the family members with self-prepared nutritious and delicious food, go to the Anganwadis and also to the schools and these family members themselves serve the children and feed them. They not only share their happiness but in the process receive happiness magnified manifold! There is a wonderful confluence of a sense of service and satisfaction.

My Friends, there are many little things that can be employed in our country’s effective fight against malnutrition. Today, due to lack of awareness, both poor and affluent families are affected by malnutrition. The month of September will be celebrated as ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ across the country. You must get connected with it, get information about this initiative, add some new facet to ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ by contributing to it. If you manage to save a few people from malnutrition, it would mean that we can bring the country out of the circle of malnutrition.

Srishti Ji thank you for your phone call and just like you KK Pandey ji from Sohna, Haryana, and Aishwarya Sharma from Surat and many other people have expressed a desire to know more about the 'Man vs. Wild’ television episode aired on Discovery Channel. This time when I was thinking about 'Mann ki Baat', I was sure that a lot of questions would crop up about this subject and that’s what exactly happened. In the last few weeks wherever I went and met people, 'Man vs. Wild' gets a mention! With this one episode, I have not only formed a connect with the youth around the world but I had never thought that I would find a certain place in young hearts in this way. I had never thought that the youth of our country and the world pay attention to diverse things.

I had never thought that there would be an opportunity in my life to touch the hearts of young people around the world. And look what happens? Just last week I went to Bhutan. I have seen that whenever I have had the opportunity to go as Prime Minister, and of course credit also goes to International Yoga Day, the situation now is that wherever I go in the world or interact with someone, people invariably spend close to 5-7 minutes asking questions on yoga.

There must hardly be a major world leader who has not discussed yoga with me and this has been my experience all over the world. But these days I’m experiencing something new. Whoever I meet or wherever there is a chance to talk, the focus is on Wildlife, discussions about the environment, the Tiger, the Asiatic Lion, evolution etc. and I am amazed how interested people are in nature.

The Discovery Channel plans to broadcast this programme in 165 countries in their respective languages. Today, when there is a global churning of thought on environment, Global Warming, and Climate Change, I do hope that in such circumstances, this episode of Discovery Channel will help greatly in familiarizing the world with the message from India, the traditions of India and the empathy for nature in India's trail of glorious traditions.

It is my firm belief that people want to know the steps taken in the direction of climate justice and clean environment in India. But there is another interesting thing, some people ask me one thing albeit with some hesitation -Modi ji, you were speaking in Hindi and Bear Grylls does not know Hindi, so how did you carry on such a fast conversation between the two of you? Was this episode edited later? How many times did the shooting happen for this episode and how it happened? They ask with great curiosity.

Now, there is no secret in this. Many people have this question in their minds, so I will unravel this secret. Well, in a way it is no secret at all! The reality is that technology was used extensively in my conversation with Bear Grylls. Whenever I spoke immediately there was a simultaneous translation into English or simultaneous interpretation and Bear Grylls had a small cordless instrument in his ear. So I used to speak in Hindi but he heard it in English and because of that the communication became very easy and this is an amazing aspect about technology.

After the broadcast of this show, a large number of people have been discussing about Jim Corbett National Park. You must also visit sites associated with nature and wild life and animals. As I have said before, and I emphasize, that you must visit the north-east in your lifetime. What a glorious abundance of nature exists there. You will be left wonderstruck! Your horizon will expand. On 15th August, I urged all of you from the ramparts of the Red Fort to visit at least 15 places within a span of the next 3 years, 15 places within India and for 100% tourism, visit these 15 sites! Witness and observe. Do take the family and spend some time there.

Our country is full of diversity and this wide range of diversity will also inculcate variations within you as a teacher. Your life will be enriched. Your thinking will expand. And trust me, there are places within India from where you will come back with renewed energy, enthusiasm, zeal and inspiration, and maybe you will feel like returning to certain places again and again; your family too would feel the same.

My dear countrymen, the concern and care for the environment in India seems natural. Last month I had the privilege of releasing the tiger census in the country. Do you know how many tigers there are in India? The tiger population in India is 2967, two thousand nine hundred sixty seven.

A few years ago, we were with great difficulty at a figure half of what we have at present. The Tiger summit took place in 2010 at St. Petersburg, Russia. At this summit, a resolution was taken expressing concern about the dwindling tiger population in the world. It was resolved to double the number of tigers worldwide by 2022. But this is New India, where we accomplish goals in the quickest time possible. We doubled our tiger numbers in 2019 itself. Not only the tiger population in India was doubled, but the number of protected areas and community reserves has also increased.

At the time I was releasing the data on tigers, I also remembered the Asiatic lion of the Gir in Gujarat. I had the charge of the Chief Minister of Gujrat at a period of time when the habitat of lions in the forests of Gir was shrinking. Their number was decreasing. We took several innovative steps, one after the other in the Gir. In 2007, it was decided to deploy female guards. There were improvements in the infrastructure to increase tourism. Whenever we talk about nature and wildlife, we only talk about conservation. But, we now have to move beyond conservation and think about compassion. Our scriptures have provided great guidance with respect to this subject. Our scriptures have said centuries ago: -

निर्वनो बध्यते व्याघ्रो, निर्व्याघ्रं छिद्यते वनम | 

तस्माद् व्याघ्रो वनं रक्षेत्, वनं व्याघ्रं न पालयेत् ||

That is, if there are no forests, tigers are forced to venture into the human habitat and are killed, and if there are no tigers in the forest, then man cuts the forest and destroys it, so in fact the tiger protects the forest and not that the forest protects the tiger - our forefathers explained this great truth in a befitting manner. Therefore, we need to not only conserve our forests, flora and fauna, but also create an environment wherein they can flourish properly.

My dear countrymen, who can forget the historic speech of Swami Vivekananda delivered on September 11, 1893. This young monk of India, who shook the conscience of the human race of the entire world, imparted onto this world a glorious identity of India. The enslaved India which was gazed at by the world in a much distorted manner was forced to change its way of looking at India due to the words of a great man like Swami Vivekananda on September 11, 1893. Come, let us look anew at India which Swami Vivekananda had seen and let us put in practice the inherent strength of India realized by Swami Vivekananda. We possess everything within us, let us proceed with confidence.

My dear countrymen, all of you will remember that the 29th of August is celebrated as 'National Sports Day'. On this occasion, we are going to launch the 'Fit India Movement' across the country. We have to keep ourselves fit and the nation has to be made fit. It will be a very interesting campaign for everyone - children, the elderly, the young and women and it will be your own movement. But today I am not going to reveal its specifics; you must wait for 29thAugust!  I will tell you about 'Fit India Movement' in detail on 29thAugust and I am not going to forget connecting you with the movement because I want to see you fit! I want to make you aware about fitness and for a fit India, we should unite to set some goals for the country.

My dear countrymen, I will be waiting for your participation on 29th August in 'Fit India Movement', in ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ during the month of September and especially in the 'Swachhata Abhiyan'  beginning from the 11th of September to the 2nd of October. And 2nd October as a day has been totally dedicated to riddance from plastic. All of us with all our might must try to get rid of plastics from our home and everywhere outside our houses. And I know that all these campaigns will make a big splash on social media. Come, let us proceed with a new zeal, new resolve and renewed strength.

My dear countrymen, this is all that this episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has in store for you today. I shall be meeting you later. I will wait for your say and your suggestions. Come, let us all march together to make the India which was dreamt of by our freedom fighters and realize Gandhi's dreams - 'Swantah: Sukhayah'. Let us proceed, enjoying our inner bliss, expressing our spirit of service.

Many many Thanks.


Source: PIB

PM addresses Indian Community in Bahrain

Prime Minister's Office

PM addresses Indian Community in Bahrain

Posted On: 24 AUG 2019 by PIB Delhi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the Indian community in Bahrain.

The PM said “My visit to Bahrain may be as the head of the government, as the Prime Minister, but my aim is  to meet the Indians settled here and communicate with millions of Bahraini friends. Today is the holy festival of Janmashtami. I have been told that there is still the tradition of narrating Krishna Katha on Janmashtami in the Gulf region. Tomorrow I will visit Shrinathji's temple and pray for the prosperity and peace of all of you and your host country”.

“I know how you and the devotees from India celebrated this occasion with reverence and gaiety. It is also a matter of happiness that tomorrow the redevelopment work of this temple will also be formally started”, PM added.

The PM said that there is immense goodwill  at Bahrain for Indians  for their  honesty, loyalty, ability and their contribution to the socio-economic life of Bahrain.  “You have made a place for yourself here with your hard work. We have to strengthen this Goodwill. Whenever I hear the praise of the Indian colleagues of the government here, the business people here, the people who settled here, the colleagues working here, my heart is filled with happiness”, the PM added.

PM said that today almost every family in India is connected to banking services. Mobile phones, Internet are within reach of normal family of India. The cheapest internet data in the world is in India. Efforts are being done so that most of the services in India could be digitally delivered.

PM added that every Indian has come to believe that India's dreams can be fulfilled, hopes and aspirations can be fulfilled. “Our goals are high, but when you have the arms of 130 crore people, you get encouragement. India is moving forward today, not only with the efforts of the government, but with the participation of crores of Indians. Government is at the steering only, it is the people of the country who are pressing the accelerator”, the PM said.

He said that the facilities like BHIM app, UPI and Jan Dhan account have made banking in India accessible to the common citizens. Our Rupay card is now becoming a preferred medium of transaction all over the world. Now our Rupay cards are accepted by banks and sellers all over the world.

“I am glad that you will be able to transact in Bahrain soon with RuPay card. Today there is a MoU signed for use of RuPay card. Our intention is to provide you the facility to send money to your home in India through RuPay Card. Now you will be able to say that Bahrain - Pay with RuPay”, he added.

He said that in the last 5 years, it has been our endeavor that the head of crores of Indians living abroad, along with 130 crore Indians in the country, always remain high. Today, if India sees the world with respect, then the  big reason behind it are lakhs of companions like you.

Talking about developments in India, he said that India is moving towards ‘one nation one card’ for seamless mobility. Entire India is connected by ‘one nation one grid’ and ‘one nation one tax’ in the form of GST. India has put in place all the measures for Ease of Living and Ease of Business. All solutions are deviced in India,  by the youth of India. Indian youth is working with utmost sincerety to find ‘local solutions with global applications’. Indian talent is being recognised globally. It is working wonders in global projects and institutions. Indian scientists are being appreciated world over for achieving feat like Chandrayaan in such small budget. Such a quality is not only our advantage but our identity as well, that we don’t focus on budgets but willpower to achieve our goals.

The PM said, in 2022, India will complete 75 years of independence. I will  urge you to take some new resolutions at your level. You decide that every person, every year, will motivate some of their Bahraini friends for tour to India, to see beautiful hill stations to rich spiritual and cultural heritage of India. We have also taken a pledge to free India of single use plastic by 2022.

PM said “Let India and Bahrain work together towards our shared values and interests. India and Bahrain are modern nations with ancient civilisation. Both have immense potential. I have full confidence that my fellow Indians at Bahrain will strengthen this bond of relationship and possibilities to take India- Bahrain to new heights”.

Source: PIB

Smriti Zubin Irani confers POSHAN Abhiyaan Awards

Ministry of Women and Child Development

Smriti Zubin Irani confers POSHAN Abhiyaan Awards

Posted On: 23 AUG 2019 by PIB Delhi

Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD)recognized significant contributions of State Governments, District teams, Block level teams and Field Functionaries at the POSHAN Abhiyaan Award Ceremony for 2018-19 held in New Delhi, today. The commitment of Associated Ministries and Development Partners were also appreciated during the Program and they were also felicitated with a Certificate. The POSHAN Abhiyaan Awards Ceremony was graced by Union Minister for Women & Child Development,Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of State,Debasree Chaudhuri, Secretary, WCD, Rabindra Panwar, Additional Secretary, Ajay Tirkey, and Joint Secretary, Sajjan Singh Yadav.

During the award ceremony, nine States - Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand and three Union Territories - Chandigarh, Daman &Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli were given 23 excellence awards consisting of a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 1 crore to 1st position and Rs. 50 lakh to the 2nd position for ICDS-CAS implementation and capacity building, convergence, behaviour change and community mobilisation. For overall excellence, the award amount was Rs. 1.5 crore to 1st position holders and Rs. 75 lakh to 2nd position holders. At the District Level, 53 officers of19 districts of different States/UTs were given awards comprising of a certificate and a medal. At the Block Level, 50 officers of 24 Blocks of different States/UTs were also given awards comprising of a certificate and a medal.

Moreover, for exemplary services, 237 field functionaries comprising of Anganwadi Workers, Anganwadi Helpers, Lady Supervisors, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurse and Midwives (ANM) were given a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each, a certificate and a medal. Total 363 POSHAN Abhiyaan Awards were given away with total cash prize of Rs 22 crore.Twenty-two certificates of appreciation were also given to the line Ministries and Development Partners.

Ajay Tirkey, Additional Secretary read out the message of the Prime Minister of India. The Prime Minister in his message highlighted that “Health and Nutrition are priority areas of our Government. Health remains one of the key areas in our quest of building an inclusive and new India. An Integral part of our vision is achieving ‘KuposhanMukt Bharat’ by 2022. POSHAN has been implemented to combat malnutrition and enhance the nutritional status of targeted beneficiaries. Digital technology, convergence and targeted approach are being optimally utilized to reduce malnutrition. This one of a kind initiative is an endeavour to fight malnutrition through multimodal intervention to prevent further diseases. We remain firmly committed to provide affordable and quality healthcare to the poor, needy and disadvantaged sections of the society. The emphasis on health and nutrition will surely make a lasting contribution in furthering healthcare to every nook and corner of the country. However, such schemes can succeed only through large scale community participation. The initiative to present incentive awards for POSHAN is an acknowledgement and appreciation of the untiring efforts of the workforce at the grassroots level such as Anganwadi Workers and Helpers, Auxiliary Nurses, Midwives, lady supervisors and ASHA workers”. Prime Minister congratulated and conveyed his best wishes to all the winners of the POSHAN Abhiyaan Award.

At the felicitation ceremony, Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti ZubinIrani, launched #ThankyouAnganwadiDidi- a Short Film which recognises the contribution of Anganwadi workers towards the development of a healthy child. Hon'ble Minister also urged everyone to join this Campaign. She emphasized that, as a Nation, we are grateful to AnganwadiDidi for looking after our children & laying a strong foundation for their better tomorrow.

WCD Minister stated the 5 pillars of POSHAN Abhiyaan i.e. ‘’importance of First 1000 days, detection and right treatment of Anemia&Diarrohea, Personal Hygiene, Sanitation and PaushtikAahaar’’. The vision of Suposhit Bharat can only be realised when we join our hands and work effortlessly. The Ministry of Women and Child Development urges everyone to make the upcoming RashtriyaPoshanMaah a great success.

Minister of State, Debasree Chaudhuri, shared that malnutrition is inter-generational cycle. Synergised efforts are required from all concerned Departments for achieving the targets under POSHAN Abhiyaan. She has stated that Anganwadi Workers, Anganwadi Helpers, Lady Supervisors, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurse and Midwives (ANM) are the most important field functionaries for effective delivery of services under POSHAN Abhiyaan.

Secretary WCD, RabindraPanwar, in his opening remarks, highlighted that 2018 has been a landmark year during which the Government of India catapulted nutrition to the centre-stage of the National Development Agenda.  The launch of POSHAN Abhiyaan by the Hon’ble Prime Minister has been a crucial step in this direction. The synergized efforts of stakeholders have transformed this Abhiyaan into a Jan Andolan.

Source: PIB

Launch of commencement of work ceremony for 10th CGD Bidding Round on 26th August 2019

Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas

Launch of commencement of work ceremony for 10th CGD Bidding Round on 26th August 2019

Posted On: 23 AUG 2019 by PIB Delhi

During 2018-19, PNGRB had successfully completed award of 136 Geographical Areas (GAs) for development of City Gas Development Network under 9th & 10th CGD Bidding Rounds. After 10th round, 70% of India’s population, 53% of geographical area, covering more than 400 districts, spread over 27 states and union territories, would have access to CGD network.

Commencement of work for 9th CGD Bidding Round and launch of 10th CGD Bidding Round was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 22nd November, 2018. The Letters of Intent were distributed by Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship to successful entities for 50 GAs under 10th CGD Bidding Round in a ceremony held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 1st March, 2019.

Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan will launch the “commencement of work ceremony” for 50 GAs awarded under 10th CGD Bidding Round for development of City Gas Development Network on 26th August, 2019 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. These GAs have committed work program of more than 3500 CNG stations, 2 Crore PNG connections and 58,000 Inch KM of steel pipeline over a period of 8 years. These GAs are likely to infuse investment of Rs. 50,000 Crore and generate significant direct and indirect employment in the country.

Source: PIB

Dr Jitendra Singh presents Smart Policing Awards at the Homeland Security 2019 conference

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Dr Jitendra Singh presents Smart Policing Awards at the Homeland Security 2019 conference

Policing has evolved over the years to adapt to new challenges, says Minister

Nation is eternally indebted to our security forces: Dr Jitendra Singh

Government will always stand for its security forces, assures MoS PMO

Posted On: 23 AUG 2019 by PIB Delhi

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Departments of Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that policing has evolved over the years to adapt to the changing circumstances in view of the challenges arising out of the technological advances and other developments. He was speaking while presenting the Smart Policing Awards, at the Homeland Security 2019 Conference organised, here today.

During the event, 35 Smart Policing awards were given to the officers for working in the areas of anti-insurgency, child safety, community policing, crime investigation & prosecution, cyber crime management, emergency response, human trafficking, road safety & traffic management, smart police station, surveillance & monitoring, training & capacity building, women safety and other police initiatives. The Minister also released a compendium on ‘Best Practices in Policing’ on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Jitendra Singh said that these kind of initiatives are supplementary to the efforts of the Government and society as a whole. Congratulating the awardees, he said that they have worked hard to earn this kind of distinction. He said that the nature of policing and the challenges has changed over the years since independence. Some of the changes could not even be imagined few years ago, he added. He spoke about the challenges faced by police such as militancy, terrorism and cyber crime. He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, many initiatives have been taken for the benefit of security forces. The Minister further said that the Central Government is committed to make policing more effective specially with regard to laws related to women and drug trafficking.

Speaking about the recent developments, the Minister said that after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, this year has been the most peaceful festive season in the valley in recent past. This is because of the decisive approach followed by the Centre Government, he said. The Minister assured that the Government will always stand for its forces. 

The former Union Home Secretary, Shri G K Pillai and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

Source: PIB

MoS (PP) Dr Jitendra Singh presents ANUBHAV awards, 2019

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

MoS (PP) Dr Jitendra Singh presents ANUBHAV awards, 2019

All India Pension Adalat organized by Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare 

Pre-retirement counseling workshop held for the benefit of retiring employees

Retired employees are an asset for the country and their experience need to be utilized in an effective way: Dr Jitendra Singh

Posted On: 23 AUG 2019 by PIB Delhi

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Departments of Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the retired employees are an asset for the country and their energies should be utilised in an effective way. He was speaking at the Pre-Retirement counseling workshop and the ANUBHAV Awards, 2019 function organized by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, here today. The Secretary, DARPG and Pensions, Shri K. V. Eapen and the senior officers of the Ministry were also present on the occasion.

Dr Jitendra Singh also presented the ANUBHAV awards, 2019 on the occasion. The Anubhav portal was created on the call of Prime Minister in 2015 with a vision to preserve rich experience of retired official in digital form. It is envisaged that their rich experience will be preserved for future generation to learn and explore knowledge on various aspects of governance, culture & development history of a particular region. An award scheme to incentivize and encourage more retiring employees to submit their write-ups was introduced in 2016 and till three annual awards ceremony has been organized. This was fourth annual award in the series.

The Minister also inaugurated the All India Pension Adalat organised on the occasion. The Pension Adalats were also organised by various ministries and departments at different parts of the country. The Minister interacted with the nodal officers and the pensioners present at these Pension Adalats through live video conferencing. Thousands of cases were taken up during these Pension Adalats throughout the country. More than 50 centres were connected through live video conferencing with the event being organised in Delhi. During this year, at the Pension Adalat organised by the Department at New Delhi, 42 cases were taken up. These cases belonged to different ministries such as Ministry of Culture, Department of Atomic Energy, Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha secretariat, etc. The Pension Adalat brings all stakeholder on a common table i.e. the aggrieved pensioner, the concerned department, the bank or CGHS representative, wherever relevant, so that such cases can be settled across the table within the framework of extant rules. States/UTs, are also conducting Pension Adalat for All India Service retired officers. It is a strategic initiative of Department of Pension & PW within 100 days of taking over of new Government.

The pre-retirement counselling workshop focussed on educating the retiring employees about various procedures related to the retirement. These included:  pension disbursement process, transfer of pension from one bank to another, role of CPPC in pension disbursement, Bhavishya portal, Digital Life certificate, Pensioners’ Portal/CPENGRAMS and welfare schemes of DoP&PW, medical facilities after retirement, wealth management and income tax concessions & other special facilities for senior citizens. The Minister also released a Booklet titled “Know Your Retirement Benefits”.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that pensioners are an important and valuable asset for the nation and their experience should be utilised for the benefit of country. He added that the number of pensioners is almost equal to the number of serving employees, so their (retired employees) energies also need to be channelized in a right direction. He said that in Prime Minister’s ‘New India’, these pensioners can contribute through their vision, capability and experience.  Congratulating the award winners, the Minister said that ‘Anubhavs’ (experiences) documented by them should be a subject matter of research. He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, various initiatives have been taken for the benefit of pensioners, such as Digital life certificates, Pensions Portal, Grievance Cell for Pensioners and various other benefits for Army and CAPFs.

He expressed happiness that the Pension Adalats are being organised throughout the country. He said that technology has been utilized by the Department for the benefit of pensioners. He stressed upon the need of Regional Pension Adalats. While interacting with the pensioners during the Pension Adalat organized by the Department here today, the Minister said  that the banks also need to be sensitised about the problems being faced by the pensioners. He also emphasized upon the simplification of procedures, so that practical problems and avoidable inconveniences of the pensioners can be resolved.

The Secretary, Pensions, Shri K. V. Eapen said that last year, 12, 849 cases were taken up at the Pension Adalat, out of which 9,368 cases were resolved. He said that this is an initiative to ensure that the retirement becomes smooth for the pensioners.  A Pension Dashboard has been opened for monitoring and various new innovations are being done in making the grievance mechanism more effective, he added.  He said that this effort is a part of 100 Day agenda of the Government which focuses on making the life of pensioners simpler.

Source: PIB

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