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English Release 27-February 2015
Date Month Year
  • Vice President's Secretariat
  • VICE PRESIDENT RELEASES HINDI TRANSLATION OF BOOKS BY LATE DR. NARENDRA DABHOLKAR
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • Text of PM's reply to the debate on Motion of thanks to President’s Address
  • AYUSH
  • Panchagavya Therapy
  • Election Commission
  • Bye-elections to the Council of States from various States.
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Sowing Area Under Rabi Rice and Summer Pulses And Oilseeds
  • Online Agri Platforms for Sale of Agri Produce
  • Malpractices in Cooperative Societies
  • Decrease in Crops Sowing Area
  • Dependence on Imported Pulses
  • Infrastructure for Online Trading
  • Fertility of Agricultural Land
  • Setting up of Fish Brood Banks
  • Production of Foodgrains and Fruits in Maharashtra
  • Min of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • Steps Taken to Keep the Prices of P&K Fertilizers at Reasonable Rates
  • No Proposal for Deregulation of Urea
  • Min of Commerce & Industry
  • 'Make in India' Programme
  • Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor
  • Ease of Doing Business Index
  • Ban on Import of Poultry Products from United States
  • Boost to Leather Sector
  • Min of Comm. & Information Technology
  • TRAI issues draft Tariff Order prescribing framework for commercial interoperability of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) in DTH services, for consultation.
  • TRAI issues a draft Amendment to the Telecommunication Tariff Order, 1999 for revision of tariff regime for national roaming service for comments of the stakeholders.
  • Min of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
  • Recommendations for Restructuring of FCI are Under Consideration of the Government
  • National Food Security Act Implemented in Eleven States
  • Steps to Ensure Better Targeting of Food Subsidies
  • 612.91 Lakh Tons of PDS Foodgrains Allocated to the States During Current Year
  • Rs 16,904 Crore Subsidy Released to the States for Procuring Foodgrains for Central Pool
  • Damage in Central Pools Stocks Brought Down to 0.044%
  • Min of Corporate Affairs
  • National Company Law Tribunal
  • Regulation of Salary
  • Contribution to Political Parties
  • Corporate Frauds
  • Competition Commission of India
  • Min of Culture
  • Government accepts the resignation of Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar from the Chairmanship of Coordination Committee of Zonal Cultural Centres (CCZCC)
  • Min of Defence
  • Indian Navy Concludes Its Annual Exercise
  • Participation of States in Republic Day Celebrations
  • Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme
  • Setting up of Technology Development Board
  • Transportation of Arms and Ammunitions
  • Aircraft and Helicopter Crashes
  • Shortage of Articles in Army
  • Procurement of Arms and Ammunition
  • Production of Defence Equipment
  • Road Projects of BRO
  • Illegal Entry of Foreign Vessels

  • To be Answered on the 27th February, 2015
  • National Cadet Corps
  • Development of Defence Industries
  • Import of Defence Equipment
  • Veterans Commission
  • Export of Defence Products
  • Submarine Construction Project
  • Purchase of Fighter Aircraft
  • Replacement of Avro Fleet
  • Blacklisting of Companies
  • Min of Earth Science
  • Maldivian Minister Calls on the Minister for Science & Technology and Earh Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan to Discuss Issues Relating to Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (Rimes)
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Dr. Kshatrapati Shivaji, IAS(MH:86) Appointed as Chairman and Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India(SIDBI) on Deputation Basis for a period of Three Years
  • ED Investigation on Black Money
  • Recommendations made by the Shome Committee/Tax Administration Refroms Commission
  • Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana; Provides Health Insurance to Unorganized Workers Belonging to BPL Category and their Families
  • Cut in Repo Rate
  • Payment of Dividents from Public Sector Banks
  • Improvement in Female Literacy and Educational Challenges
  • Wiping Every Tear from Every Eye: The Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and Mobile Numbers Provide the Solution
  • Major Reform Initiatives Undertaken by Government in Banking, Insurance and Financial Sector
  • Economic Survey highlights the need for balance between ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skilling India’
  • A Growth Rate of over 8 Per Cent Expected for the Coming Year
  • Government Remains Committed to Fiscal Consolidation; Economic Survey says Enhanced Revenue Generation is a Priority
  • Infrastructure Growth in terms of Eight Core Industries Higher than Industrial Growth since 2011-12
  • India’s National Solar Mission Being Scaled up Five-Fold to 100,000 Megawatts
  • India needs to create additional Fiscal Space: Economic Survey 2014 – 15
  • Economic Survey Recommends Reform of Railway’s Structure, Commercial Practices, Overhaul of Technology
  • Skill Development and Employment are major Challenges: Economic Survey
  • Economic Survey 2014-15 Highlights
  • The Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) will enhance Fiscal Federalism in India: Economic Survey 2014-15
  • Government approves a Rs. 200 crore Central Sector Scheme for implementing e-platform for agri-marketing
  • Hyper-Growth in Tech start ups in India, says Economic Survey on Services Sector
  • Services Sector Clocks Double Digit Growth
  • External Sector is returning to the path of strength and resilience: Economic Survey
  • Inflation shows a declining trend during the year 2014-15 (April-December)
  • Foodgrains production for 2014-15 estimated at 257.07 million tonnes; will exceed average food grain production of last five years by 8.5 million tones
  • From Carbon Subsidy to Carbon Tax: India’s Green Actions
  • Food Subsidy Bill stands at Rs. 107823.75 crore during 2014-15 (upto January, 2015), shows an increase of 20% over previous year
  • Create National Common Market in Agricultural Commodities: Economic Survey 2014-15
  • Revive public investment to improve investment climate: Economic Survey 2014 – 15
  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Medical Facilities in Tribal Areas
  • Mission Indradhanush will Provide Immunization Against 7 Life-Threatening Diseases
  • Steps Taken to Reduce IMR and MMR
  • National Deworming Drive Launched in 11 States
  • Healthcare of Elderly People
  • Health Research
  • AIIMS Like Institutions
  • Essential Drugs
  • Stufies for Assessment of Health and Family Welfare
  • Polio Eradication Programmes
  • National Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Therapy
  • Evaluation of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA)
  • Steps Taken for Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Rajnath Singh calls for Promotion of Education with Scientific Temper and Skills
  • Min of Law & Justice
  • Press Communique Related to Appointment of Shri Justice Amitava Roy, Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court as the Judge of the Supreme Court
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • ACC Appointments
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 59.19 per bbl on 26.02.2015
  • Min of Planning
  • The Government to continue the financial assistance to 88 districts for Left Wing Extremism Affected Districts
  • Initiatives to improve the performance in infrastructure sectors
  • Min of Science & Technology
  • National Science Day 2015
  • CSIR Wins International Competition to Set up Wax Deoiling Technology at Numaligarh Refinery of BPCL
  • Min of Women and Child Development
  • 2774 adoptions during April-December, 2014
  • 26.55% reduction in moderately/severely underweight children under ICDS between 2009-10 to 2013-14
  • 887 Lakh rupees released to States/UTs for effective implementation of District Action Plans under BBBP programme
  • An amount of Rs 12727 lakh for Child Care Institutions and Rs 915 lakh for Specialized Adoption Agencies allocated under ICPS during 2014-15
  • Setting up of Special Juvenile Police Units under JJ Act, 2000
  • A sum of Rs. 400 lakhs and a total of 24000 beneficiaries covered under the STEP Scheme till date during 2014-15

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Planning Commission27-December, 2012 14:49 IST
Montek for lowering Growth target

National Development Council Meeting

Following is the text of Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Sh. Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s speech at the National Development Council meeting to-day

. “In preparing the document that is before you, we were guided by the directions given by the N.D.C when it considered the Approach Paper over a year ago. We have also engaged in wide ranging consultations with the State Governments, both individually through the process of annual plan discussions, and also in groups through regional meetings. I thank all Chief Ministers and State delegations for the time they spent in these consultations and input they gave us.

. We have also consulted with many other stakeholders, including a very large number of civil society organizations.

. Plan discussions often tend to focus on Plan programmes, their funding arrangements and their performance in terms of expenditure. These are indeed important issues, but the end result we want must be seen in terms of the impact of these programmes on the ground. Both the Centre and the States must therefore subject programmes to a vigorous performance audit.

. More broadly, the outcome we want in terms of improving the living standards of the aam aadmi depends not on plan programmes alone, but on the performance of the economy as a whole, in terms of the pace of economic growth, its sectoral composition, the pace of employment generation, and the spread of income earning opportunities across different categories of the population and regions.

. These outcomes depend on what happens to investment and also the productivity of investment. Public sector investment is about 25 percent of total investment in the economy. The other 75 percent consists of private investment which covers the household sector, including small firms and farms, and also investment by the private corporate sector. It follows that both the Centre and the States need to focus on policies that will promote these different components of investment, and also increase their efficiency.

. In analysing policy options we have distinguished areas of policy intervention that are largely in the hands of the Centre and those that are largely in the hands of the States. We find that much of what needs to be done has to be done at the State level. We also find that many States are taking innovative steps in several areas, which is why growth over the past ten years has been high and also regionally well dispersed. We need to spread knowledge of best practice wherever we find it.

. The Twelfth Plan does not present a single growth projection. Instead, it recognises that growth outcomes will depend upon the extent to which we are able to take the difficult decisions needed to generate inclusive growth. In this context, the Plan identifies an aspirational Scenario 1 of “strong inclusive growth”, in which the economy is projected to grow at about 8.2 percent per year based on successful policy interventions at multiple leverage points which will generate virtuous circles

.. Scenario 2 is one where policies move in the right direction, but are not fully implemented: in this case, growth will be limited to between 6 and 6.5 percent with correspondingly lower progress on inclusiveness. The Plan also refers to a third Scenario which is described as “Policy Logjam”. This is the Scenario where there is very little progress on the different decisions identified. In this case, growth will be stuck between 5 and 5.5 percent. The Plan document emphasises that Scenario 1 is the only scenario that will meet the aspirations of the people.

. There is need to modify Scenario 1 in the light of two recent developments. First, the estimates of growth in 2012-13 presented by the Finance Ministry to Parliament a few days ago have been revised downwards to between 5.7 and 5.9 percent. Second, the latest assessment about global economic prospects released by the UN a few days ago suggests that the global economy will be significantly weaker in 2012 and also in 2013 than was projected earlier. In view of these developments, the growth rate associated with Scenario 1 could be scaled down to 8 percent.


. Finally, let me refer to an issue frequently raised by Chief Ministers relating to the need to restructure Centrally Sponsored Schemes. The B.K. Chaturvedi Committee has looked into this issue and has held extensive discussions with State Governments. The Committee has made a number of recommendations. Based on these recommendations, it is proposed to consolidate Centrally Sponsored Schemes into a smaller number and also to increase the degree of flexibility in the guidelines under which these schemes operate. It is also proposed to introduce a special flexi-fund window within each flagship scheme which will give States freedom to experiment and innovate even beyond the flexible guidelines. We expect to implement the new system with effect from April 1, 2013. I believe these changes will go a long way to meeting the demands of Chief Ministers.”

. NNK/MD
(Release ID :91194)

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