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English Release 22-July 2014
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  • President's Secretariat
  • President participates in ‘DUA’ on the occasion of Khatam Shareef at the President’s Estate Masjid
  • President of India completes two years in office on July 25, 2014
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • PM wishes Indian athletes ahead of CWG 2014
  • HH Sri Vishvesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt calls on PM
  • PM's telephonic conversation with Korean President
  • Gujarat Governor calls on PM
  • Shri Tarun Vijay presents book to PM
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Cotton Development Programme as a Sub Scheme Under NFSM
  • Target for Foodgrain Production during 2014-15
  • Schemes to Enhancing Production and Productivity of Agricultural Production
  • Promoting Modern Method of Paddy Cultivation
  • Promoting Conversion of Crop Residues into Biochar
  • Min of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • Availability of Drugs and Their Prices
  • Min of Civil Aviation
  • Upgradation of Airports to International Standard
  • Government Plans to Upgrade Jaipur and Jodhpur Airports
  • Eighteen Tourist Destinations Under Air Services Agreement with Sri Lanka
  • Specific Provisions Fixed for Tendering by Delhi and Mumbai Airports
  • Three Low Cost Airports for Bihar
  • AAI holds 26% Equity in DIAL and MIAL
  • Government Undertakes Development of 35 Non-metro Airports
  • Government Takes Measures to Revive Aviation Industry
  • Pre-feasibility Study for Jagdalpur Airport Conducted
  • AI’s Merger with Indian Airlines Almost Complete
  • Min of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
  • Measures to Clear Pendency of Cases at Consumer Fora
  • Foodgrains Storage Capacity of 203.76 lakh MT to be Constructed in 19 States
  • States Requested to Ensure Implementation of Food Security Act within Next Three Months
  • Min of Corporate Affairs
  • Changes in Companies Act
  • Provision Regarding Contribution to Political Parties by the Companies
  • Utilisation of CSR Funds for Welfare of SCS/STS
  • Min of Culture
  • Media reports on delay in key appointments to Cultural Bodies are factually incorrect: Ministry of Culture
  • Preservation of Heritage Sites
  • Monuments of National Importance
  • Local Languages
  • Development of Tribal Culture and Museums
  • Contribution of Great Personalities
  • Min of Defence
  • General Body meeting of Veteran Sailors’ Forum
  • Shortage of Officers and Personnel in Army
  • Implementation of OROP
  • Purchase of Used and Old Warships
  • Inquiry Into Accidents Involving IAF Aircrafts
  • FDI in the Defence Sector
  • Rafale Jet Contract
  • Suicides and Premature Retirement in the Armed Forces
  • Special Recruitment Drive for Tribals in Armed Forces
  • Accidents of IAF Aircrafts
  • Investigation into VVIP Helicopter Deal
  • Amendment to the Works of Defence Act, 1903
  • New Defence Production Policy
  • Induction of INS Kamorta
  • Strengthening of Security Near the Andamans
  • M777 Howitzer Deal with BAE Systems
  • Steps to Prevent Border Infiltration
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley Stresses on Capital Increase and the Need for Voice Reforms in the World Bank ; World Bank President Assures Support of the World Bank Group to Partner India’s Development Strategies and Aspirations Through Delivery of a Diversified Programme of Financing, Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building
  • Tax Structure Needs to be Simplified to Help the Taxpayers Becoming Tax Compliant Rather than Tax Evaders: Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Finance
  • Auction for Sale (Re-Issue) of Government Stocks
  • Min of Food Processing Industries
  • Mega Food Parks
  • Preservation of Perishable Fruits and Vegetables
  • Vision Document – 2015
  • Storage Facilities
  • Organic Food Processing Zones
  • Incentives to Food Processing Units
  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Statement by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare in both the Houses of Parliament on 22nd July 2014 regarding Doctor -- Pathological laboratory/ Diagnostic centres collusion defrauding the patient/consumer as revealed through sting operation titled “Operation Jonk” aired by News Nation TV channel on July 21, 2014
  • Lack of Cancer Specialists in the country
  • Improvement in the Health-Caresector for Children
  • Measures for Checking Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Government Working Towards Eradication of Measles by 2020
  • Medical Institutions Upgraded under PMSSY
  • Rural Health Infrastructure
  • Trauma Centres on National Highways
  • Treatment of Poor at AIIMS, New Delhi
  • Upgradation of Mental Healthcare Facilities
  • Victims of Contagious Diseases
  • Action Plan for National Urban Health Mission(NUHM)

  • Prosecutions Under COTPA, 2003
  • Quality Assessment of Ayush Facilities
  • Revision of National Health Policy
  • Approval for Additional MBBS Seats
  • Rise in Smoking Among Women
  • AIIMS-Like Institutes in the States
  • Disposal of Bio-Medical Waste
  • New Diagnostic Test for TB in Children
  • Opening of Metro Blood Banks
  • Production of Vaccines
  • Contract Workers Employed in NRHM
  • Promotion of AYUSH System of Medicines
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • NIA Investigations Adhere to Procedure Laid Down in Law
  • Indo-Australian Meeting on Illegal Migration
  • Disclosure of Foreign Funds/Donations
  • Quitting of Jobs by CRPF Personnel
  • Strength of Police Personnel
  • Overcrowding in Jails
  • Report of Interlocutors on J&K
  • Min of Human Resource Development
  • Strengthening Educational Ties Between India and Norway
  • Min of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Lack of Exposure to Khadi and Village Industries
  • Khadi Industry
  • Contribution Of MSMEs To GDP, Exports and Employment
  • Role of Cottage and Small Industries
  • MSME Refinance Fund
  • Min of Minority Affairs
  • Allocation of Fund for Development of Minorities
  • Multi-Sectoral Development Programme for Minorities
  • Multi-Sectoral Development Programme
  • Equal Opportunity Commission
  • Health Scheme for Minorities
  • Minority Status to Seng Khasi Tribes
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • Joint Indo-French Science Council proposed
  • Inauguration of DoPT’s Basic Leadership Skills Module and Learning Resource Centre
  • Revised Rules for Declaration of Assets by Public Servants Under Provisions of the Lokpal Act
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket decreased to US$ 104.83. per bbl on 21.07.2014
  • Min of Social Justice & Empowerment
  • Empowerment of Transgender Community
  • Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers
  • Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana
  • Review of National Policy for Senior Citizens
  • Abuse of Elderly Persons
  • Inclusion of Castes in SC Category
  • Vayoshreshtha Samman
  • Inter-Caste Marriages
  • Budget Expenditure on SC/OBC
  • Census of Persons with Disabilities
  • Allotment of Land to Physically Handicapped
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Tourism Development in Telangana
  • Revenue Generation in Tourism Sector
  • Assistance for Development of Tourism
  • Tourism Promotion
  • Promoting Tourism
  • Multilingual Helpline for Tourists
  • Medical Tourism
  • Development of Kodaikanal
  • Min of Women and Child Development
  • Adoption guidelines being simplified to minimize delay in adoption process says Union Minister of Women and Child Development
  • Rs. 17,978 cr Spent on Schemes of Ministry of Women & Child Development in 2013-14

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Prime Minister's Office31-January, 2013 12:09 IST
PM’s Address at the Inaugural Session of Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

Following is the text of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s address at the inaugural session of Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi today:

“I am very happy to be present here today in the midst of such a distinguished gathering on the occasion of the inaugural session of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013. I would particularly like to extend a very warm welcome to the numerous foreign dignitaries who have come to Delhi from all over the world to attend this event.

Since 2001, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit has evolved into a unique gathering in the global sustainable development calendar, attracting and providing a platform for some of the best minds and leaders from all over the world who have an abiding concern for protecting the fragile ecosystems of our planet. I congratulate The Energy and Resources Institute and Dr. Pachauri for this initiative and for their unstinted commitment to sustainable development.

The world community met in Rio last year on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the path-breaking Rio Summit of 1992. Rio+20 was a poignant reminder that the ambitious goals that we had set for ourselves at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 remain far from being realized. It also served to remind us that a meaningful consensus on environmental and ecological issues is perhaps harder to achieve today than it was some 20 years ago.

But, it is not as if we have achieved nothing during this period. We have witnessed an extraordinary and welcome growth of environmental consciousness in the world and we can take great satisfaction from the fact that sustainable development today is an accepted and integral part of international discourse. The global environmental agenda and the global development agenda are now closely inter-linked, with the economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainable development providing a sound framework. The Rio principles of 1992 are still seen as relevant and fundamental, and were reaffirmed at Rio+20.

We in our India take due satisfaction in this development. Some 40 years ago, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was one of the few leaders of the developing world to be present at the Stockholm Conference. Even then, she had made our commitment to environmental protection clear. But she had also pointed out that our challenge was ensuring development for all. It is a matter of some satisfaction to us that recent discourse has seen an implicit understanding that unless we find pathways for development that address the concerns of all, rather than the interests of a select few, our objective of global sustainable development will remain elusive.

In this context, the theme of this year’s sustainable Summit, “The Global Challenge of Resource-Efficient Growth and Development”, has a particular resonance. Humanity has traditionally put its faith in advances of technology to resolve problems of resource scarcities. However, there is now a growing realization that there may be no easy alternatives for some resources, particularly environmental resources. Resource-efficiency is, thus, a necessary condition for sustainable development, and a key element of the economic pillar of sustainability.

In addition, there are genuine concerns that in an unequal world, scarcity of resources would affect the poor more adversely, and key resources may become accessible only to a small section of people on this planet, leading to the exclusion of a large number of people who live in poverty and persistent deprivation. Resource efficiency is thus a critical element of inclusive growth and development agenda. The challenge is to build resilient and efficient economies, which will eradicate poverty and also ensure that the poor, already living on the margins of survival, are not made even more vulnerable. As a corollary, we should enhance efforts to develop technologies that ensure efficiency gains, which allow for more equitable distribution and use of these available resources. A global growth model, which is both inclusive and sustainable, would also assist developing countries to pursue their national development objectives.

Climate change has become the face of many challenges in our pursuit of sustainable development. This problem can only be tackled through coordinated global action. It is therefore crucial to look at sustainable development from a global rather than a purely national perspective. Nevertheless, given the varying levels of development across the world, it is important that our responses be predicated on the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities. I am happy that the recent Doha climate conference reaffirmed these principles. They should form the bedrock of future arrangements post-2020 and we should ensure that the development aspirations and poverty reduction efforts of the developing countries are not constrained.

The adoption of a second commitment period till 2020 under the Kyoto Protocol for emissions reductions by the industrialized world is also a welcome development. But, real progress cannot be achieved if developed countries are not willing to enhance their ambition levels.

For its part, our country is committed to meeting its domestic mitigation goal of reducing the emissions intensity of our GDP by 20-25% by year 2020 compared with 2005 levels. We have already taken several major steps on the path of low carbon growth. Now is the time for the richer industrialized countries to show that they too are willing to move decisively along this path. If they fail to do that in the commitments they will make under the Kyoto Protocol and other agreements, then it will be difficult to persuade governments, industry and the general public in India and other developing countries to step up the pace at which they are moving on this path.

When we talk about efficient use of resources, we have to also focus on many other areas which are crucial in ensuring the sustainability of the earth’s ecosystems. Biological diversity is an important environmental resource for developing countries, which touches the lives of common people. We have to ensure that this is preserved and used carefully, gainfully and sustainably. Last year, India hosted the 11th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biodiversity in Hyderabad. An important outcome was the recognition of biodiversity as a driver of sustainable development and environmental protection and an agreement to create institutional mechanisms that would facilitate financial and technological flows to developing countries for protecting biodiversity. We hope that the decisions taken will be fully implemented.

We in India are fully conscious of the need to conserve our resources through their utilization in a truly sustainable manner. We believe that efficient use of resources has to begin with ensuring the efficiency of use of human resources, and this requires building skills, capabilities and systems by which countries can ensure higher efficiency in every human endeavour. In Hyderabad last year, I announced an allocation of $50 million as part of the Hyderabad pledge to strengthen the institutional mechanisms for biodiversity conservation in India.

In the field of climate change, our National Action Plan on Climate Change is now an important part of our development strategy, both nationally and at the level of states. One of its eight missions mandates the establishment of 20,000 MW of power generating potential using solar energy within the next 10 years. I also recall launching from this very platform in 2008 the TERI programme on ‘Lighting a Billion Lives’. I am informed that this programme has now benefitted around 2000 villages in the country where families and households are using lanterns charged by solar energy to provide them with clean, reliable and pollution-free lighting. This programme has also been extended to countries in Africa and other parts of Asia. The involvement of the private sector has helped in expanding this approach through market-based dissemination of solar lanterns and other forms of decentralized lighting systems based on photovoltaic technology. We invite our international partners to work with us to exploit the tremendous potential of renewable energy technologies in our country.

One resource of particular concern to us in India and in many other developing countries is that of fresh water. The depletion of groundwater has already become a major problem in many districts in our country. Meeting the rising urban demand for fresh water implies rising costs as supplies have to come from great and greater distances. Projections of water demand and availability give an alarming picture of rising scarcities. We need, therefore, to focus attention on water conservation and water efficiency with the sort of zeal that today drives energy conservation and efficiency in the use of energy.

I would also like to mention that protection of the environment and promoting development need not amount to a zero sum game. What is required is regulatory regimes that are transparent, accountable and subject to oversight and monitoring. Indeed, regulatory regimes are often the basic necessary condition to ensure that environmental and economic objectives are pursued in tandem.

Our experience has shown that success in sustainable development efforts is also dependent on the degree of use of innovative mechanisms. Adequate attention should, therefore, be given to the importance and economic value of ecosystem services in development strategies and policies, particularly while addressing the needs of the vulnerable and poor and marginalised communities. Concepts like Green National Accounting are useful tools that could help us ensure that goods and services are produced with minimal ecological and social impact.

Growing populations, changing consumption patterns and the consequent pressure on precious natural resources are real challenges that we face in our pursuit of economic growth and the amelioration of poverty. The present global inequities built into the global economic order are patently unsustainable. At the same time, we also have to share the ecological and economic space of only one Earth. This in turn will demand re-engineering our economies in ways that are both frugal and innovative in their use of scarce resources. This is where we must look for solutions in the future. India looks forward to working closely with the global community in this endeavour. With these words, I wish the Summit all success in its deliberations and I look forward to specific recommendations for pursuing a resource efficient and sustainable development strategy.

I thank you for your attention.”

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