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English Release 24-July 2014
Date Month Year
  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India condoles the loss of lives of school children in a bus accident in Telangana
  • President of India inaugurates bank and post office at their new locations in the President’s estate
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • Nagaland Governor calls on PM
  • PM condoles loss of lives in accident in Medak district
  • Delegation from Aga Khan Foundation meets PM
  • Department of Atomic Energy
  • Production of Atomic Energy in Gujarat
  • Preparation of Nuclear and Radiation Safety Policy
  • Facilities for Workers in Atomic Projects
  • Concern Over Nuclear Liability Law
  • Rare Earths in Kollam
  • Department of Space
  • Launching of Mars Orbiter Mission Spacecraft
  • Launching of SAARC Satellite
  • Problem of Waste Deposits in Space
  • Space Projects Initiated/Pending Completion
  • Min of Civil Aviation
  • Civil Aviation Minister Directs Officials to Improve Maintenance at Chennai Airport
  • Min of Coal
  • Import Policy for Coal
  • Projects of CIL
  • Min of Defence
  • MALABAR – 2014
  • Min of External Affairs
  • Strengthening of India-Asean ties
  • Revisiting of nuclear liability bill
  • Hiring of consultants for business promotion
  • Complicated procedure for passports
  • Text of the Statement on Calling Attention Motion on "Situation Arising out of Indians Stranded in Iraq and Steps Taken by the Government in this Regard" in the Lok Sabha by the Minister
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Indirect Tax Revenue (Provisional) Collections During April-June 2014 Increase from Rs 1,08,639 Crore to Rs.1,13,570 Crore Registering an Increase of 4.5 % over the Corresponding Period in last Financial Year
  • Government Approves 19 Proposals of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Amounting to about Rs. 2326.72 Crore
  • Special Arrangements Made for Accepting Returns of Income
  • Min of Minority Affairs
  • Social and Educational Uplift of Minorities
  • Scholarship to Students of Minority Community
  • Setting up of Minority Commission
  • Min of New and Renewable Energy
  • Setting up of Biogas Plants
  • Production of Bio-Compressed Natural Gas
  • Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission
  • Installation of Solar Water Pumps
  • Min of Overseas Indian Affairs
  • Support to Indian workers overseas
  • Problem due to weak immigration laws
  • Legal assistance to overseas Indians
  • Complaints against fraudulent recruiting agents
  • Centre to help Indian workers abroad
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • Combined Medical Services Examination, 2014
  • Special Cadre for Super Specialist Doctors
  • Award to Industrious Government Staffers
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Delhi MPs meet the Petroleum and Natural gas Minister to discuss PNG issues
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket decreased to US$ 105.56 per bbl on 23.07.2014
  • Min of Power
  • Privatisation of Electricity Production
  • Power for All
  • Steps Taken To Increase Power Production
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Advance Booking of Reserved Train Tickets
  • Advance Booking of Reserved Train Tickets
  • Modernisation of Railway Network
  • Running of Summer Special Trains
  • Development of Railway Stations for Tourism
  • Emergency Medical Facilities in Trains
  • Min of Social Justice & Empowerment
  • National Commission for Backward Classes
  • National Overseas Scholarships for SC's
  • Legislature on Eradication of Manual Scavenging
  • Drug Abuse among Citizens
  • Min of Statistics & Programme Implementation
  • Review of Function of MPLADS
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Narmada Canal Project
  • Ganga Manthan
  • Areas under Water Bodies
  • Water Logging and Salinity in Command Areas
  • Availability of Surface and Ground Water
  • Indo-Nepal Joint Ministerial Commission on Water Resources
  • Flood Management
  • Min of Women and Child Development
  • Two lakh Anganwadi Centre Buildings approved for construction by Government in 12th Plan
  • Logo Design Competition launched for ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ Campaign

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Prime Minister's Office01-November, 2012 11:18 IST
PM’s opening remarks at the meeting of Council of Ministers

Following is the text of Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s opening remarks at the meeting of Council of Ministers in New Delhi today:

“My Cabinet Colleagues and Members of the Union Council of Ministers,

I welcome you to this meeting of the full Council of Ministers. Since a number of new colleagues have joined the Council following the recent reshuffle, I thought it opportune to convene this meeting to welcome them and also to share with all of you a few thoughts on the agenda of our Government.

The UPA Government is now in its ninth year. We should take pride in the fact that, during this time, we have notched up significant achievements in the field of social and economic policy-making. Flagship initiatives like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the setting up of the Unique Identification Authority of India to provide every resident with an “Aadhaar” number to access social support services, Rural Health Mission, Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission, Skill Development Mission and legislation bringing into effect the Right to Information and the Right to Education – these are only a few examples of the UPA Government’s work in order to realize its fundamental objective of inclusive growth.

We have also, during most of this time, enjoyed sustained and robust economic growth, which in turn has made possible the enhanced social sector spending necessary to support our initiatives in the fields of health, education, employment, agriculture and rural development and other vital areas.

While we should take justifiable pride in our successes, it is important to recognize that we are now also experiencing the fallout of difficult economic conditions worldwide. As a result, our growth has decelerated, our exports have fallen and our fiscal deficits are expanding. Of particular concern is the fiscal deficit, which is too high and acts as a deterrent for domestic and foreign investment. These issues have a rippling effect across the economy and on the work of many departments that are represented here. In order to have a clearer appreciation of the macro-economic picture that we are faced with, I have also requested Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram to share an assessment of the economic situation with us. My own view is that while we need not be unduly gloomy about our prospects, we certainly need to redouble our resolve to meet the challenges before us and rise to the task of governance.

One area that is at the top of our agenda and will require particular attention and effort at multiple levels across government is infrastructure. During the Twelfth Plan, we have set ourselves a target of realizing nearly 1 trillion dollars of investment in infrastructure sectors. To do so, we will have to overcome the constraints that currently deter or slow down this investment. Fuel supply arrangements, security and environmental clearances and financing difficulties are among these constraints. The growing gap between demand and supply of energy has emerged as a major constraint on our development. It is a major factor in widening the deficit on current account of our balance of payments as well as the fiscal deficit. It is imperative that we come to a common understanding on these issues and work out mechanisms and remedial measures that will enable us to tackle these critical deficiences on a priority basis.

Friends, I am of the firm belief that the future holds great promise for India. We can achieve the targets we have set for ourselves, provided we approach the task with courage and with conviction. I am aware that we are working against the political calendar, but we should not lose sight of the fact that we are also involved in the task of nation-building. Our responsibilities and our commitment therefore need to transcend other considerations. I have no doubt that, in the time that is available to us, each one of you will bring your best efforts to complete the unfinished task before us and extend your support to all our colleagues across government in achieving the objectives we have set for ourselves.

In addition, since a number of energetic and younger colleagues have now joined the Council of Ministers, I would also request my senior Cabinet colleagues to make full use of the capacities and capabilities of their Ministers of State by assigning them substantive tasks.

I thank you for your attention. I now invite the Finance Minister to share his thoughts with us.”

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