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English Release 19-December 2014
Date Month Year
  • President's Secretariat
  • President Mukherjee Receives the President of Bangladesh in Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • PM tweets in Hebrew to greet people on the occasion of Hanukkah
  • PM's meeting with H.E. Md. Abdul Hamid, President of Bangladesh
  • Dainik Jagran CMD calls on PM, presents demand drafts worth Rs 4 crores towards PMNRF
  • Text of PM's statement in the Lok Sabha on the granting of bail to 26/11 accused, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, in Pakistan
  • PM conveys best wishes to people of Goa, on Goa Liberation Day
  • PM condoles the passing away of eminent Gandhian Shri Chunibhai Vaidya
  • Election Commission
  • Bye-elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from Kanpur Division Graduates’ Constituency
  • Min for Develop. of North-East Region
  • DoNER Minister Convenes Meeting of MPs from North East
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Rise in Price of Onion
  • Performance of National Food Security Mission (NFSM)
  • Use of Modern Agricultural Techniques
  • Antibiotic Content in Chicken Meat
  • Setting up of National Centres for Developing
  • Cold Storage Facilities for Horticulture Products
  • Conservation of Indigenous Cattles
  • Agricultural Production in Bihar
  • Area Coverage Under Rabi Crops
  • Avian Influenza at Sukhna Lake Chandigarh
  • Min of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  • Prices of Fertilizers Remained About the Same Over Last Two Years
  • Min of Commerce & Industry
  • Trade Agreement with GCC
  • Incentives to Special Economic Zones
  • Foreign Trade
  • Export by Small and Medium Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Export Through Micro, Small and Medium Industries
  • Awareness About Filing Patents
  • Area Norms Under NIMZs
  • Compulsory Licensing on Patented Drugs
  • Min of Comm. & Information Technology
  • Shri Ravishankar Prasad says that ‘Digital India’ will be a Game Changer for the Country
  • Min of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
  • Improvement in PDS is one of Government's key priorities
  • Measures to reduce pendency of cases in the consumer courts
  • Min of Corporate Affairs
  • International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Norms of Corporate Fraud Reporting
  • Sharing Data with Regulators
  • Certificate Programme in CSR
  • Conducting of CA Exams
  • Min of Defence
  • DRDO Tests 1000 Kg Class Indigenous Guided Glide Bomb
  • DRDO's Parachute System for Recovery of Mission Crew Capsule
  • Manufacturing of Aircraft
  • Losses to S&T Laboratories due to Hudhud Cyclone
  • Construction of Border Roads
  • Recognition of Soldiers as Martyr
  • Chairman COSC & CAS Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha leaves for a two day visit to Mumbai
  • Supply of Sub-Standard Food to Soldiers
  • Laboratories of DRDO
  • Import of Weapons
  • Construction of Roads in Border Areas
  • Procurement in Defence Sector
  • Science Audit of DRDO
  • Induction of Tejas in Indian Air Force
  • Armed Forces Participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions
  • Use of Helicopters
  • Illegal Entry of Helicopters / Aircraft
  • Defence Production Units
  • Special Uniform for Soldiers
  • Civilians Working in Defence Sector
  • Advanced Jet Trainer
  • Attack on Fishermen
  • Modernization Projects of Army
  • Min of Environment and Forests
  • Report of the High Level Committee headed by Shri T.S.R. Subramanian to review various Acts administered by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change
  • Min of External Affairs
  • Statement by External Affairs Minister and Minister of Overseas Indian affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley Intoduces the Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Lok Sabha;
  • India Signs First Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement (APA) With A Japanese Company; APA Period is Five Years;
  • Zero Mass Foundation
  • Overdraft Fdcilities by Banks
  • India’s Role in IMF and WB
  • Gold Holding Countries
  • Indian/Foreign MNCs
  • Corrigendum to Exchange Rate Notification 115/2014-Customs (NT) Dated 17.12.2014
  • Government Firmly Committed to Meeting its Fiscal Deficit Target for Current Year: Mid-Year Economic Analysis (MYEA) 2014-15
  • 7th India-China Financial Dialogue held Today
  • Exchange Rate of Foreign Currency Relating to Imported and Export Goods Notified
  • Terror Links of Chit Fund Companies
  • Performance of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)
  • Cheque Clearance by Banks
  • Home Loans in Rural Areas by Public/Private
  • Expansion of Spmcil
  • Simplifying Norms for Crop Loan
  • Joint Fixed Deposit
  • Refinancing of Export Purchase Bills of Exporters
  • Bank Loan To Industries
  • Development of Smart Cities
  • Kisan Vikas Patra
  • Bharat Bill Payment System
  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Initiatives taken to Reduce Malnutrition
  • Ingredients in Soft Drinks
  • Indian Medical Students in Ukraine
  • Institutes of Aging and Advanced Nursing
  • Medical Entrance Test
  • Quality and Safety of Generic Drugs
  • Treatment to Road Accident Victims and Women in Labour
  • Funds for AYUSH Facilities
  • Utilization of Imprest Money by Hospitals
  • Assistance by USA for Mothers and Newly Born Children
  • Diagnosis of Thalassemia, Sickle Cell and Haemophilia
  • CGHS Wellness Centres
  • OncoNet Project for Cancer Treatment
  • Online Services for Patients
  • Cancer Care Facilities
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Union Home Minister says India and Mongolia need increased cooperation to prevent transnational crimes
  • Min of Labour & Employment
  • Shri Bandaru Dattareya chairs 205th meeting of Central Board of Trustees of EPF
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • Press Note
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Production Performance of Oil & Natural Gas Sector for the month of November, 2014
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 58.22 per bbl on 18.12.2014
  • Min of Power
  • Delhi’s Power Infrastructure Upgradation Begins with Dedication of 220kv GIS Sub Station at Peera Garhi & Foundation Stone Laying of 220 kv Sub Station at Pappan Kalan
  • Electricity Amendment Bill, 2014 Introduced in Lok Sabha; Changes Aimed at Promoting Competition, Efficiency in Operations and Improvement in Quality of Supply of Electricity
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Railways to Plan Seven More Premium Trains
  • Work Progress on Dedicated Freight Corridor Project
  • Indian Railways Install 229 CCTVs at Various PRS Locations
  • Indian Railways to Run Three More Pilgrim Special Tourist Trains
  • Railways’ Green Energy Initiatives
  • 362 Major Ongoing Railway Projects at Various Stages of Execution on Indin Railways
  • China Identifies Two Indian Railway Stations for Developing with Modern Amenities
  • Indian Railways to Undertake 102 Sites for Commeercial Development
  • Min of Statistics & Programme Implementation
  • Key indicators of situation of Agricultural Households in India
  • Key Indicators of Situation of Agricultural Households in India
  • Key Indicators of Land and Livestock Holdings in India Released
  • Key Indicators of Debt and Investment in India for 2013
  • Min of Urban Development
  • Nomination to Delhi Development Authority
  • Inauguration of Sarita Vihar Underpass in Delhi by the Union Urban Development Minister
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on December 18, 2014
  • Min of Women and Child Development
  • Complaints of Sexual harassment of women at workplace show an increase
  • Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012
  • Drug and Substance abuse among children
  • 289 Projects sanctioned by the Government under ‘Ujjawala’ Scheme
  • Min of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Sporty India
  • Planning Commission
  • Rs 2537.50 crore released so far for development of KBK region
  • Special assistance for the development of Himalayan states
  • Steps for the development of knowledge based industries
  • Inter-ministerial committee to consider state specific guidelines for Centrally Sponsored Schemes
  • Consultations with different stakeholders for setting up of new institution for policy planning is underway

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Prime Minister's Office21-April, 2013 11:43 IST
Prime Minister's speech at Civil Services Day function

Following is the text of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh's speech at Civil Services Day function in New Delhi today:

“I am very happy to be with you today, as you begin your deliberations on the occasion of the 8th Civil Services Day. In these inaugural remarks, I wish to make a few points about the topics on your agenda. I also propose to touch upon some issues that are not a part of the agenda but which I feel are of particular relevance to the functioning of our Civil Services in the present difficult times.

But let me first congratulate the bright Civil Servants whose work we have honored today. India's rapid progress depends critically on our ability to be innovative and enterprising in a diverse range of areas particularly in the field of Public Administration. I am happy that we have recognized the innovation and enterprise these Civil Servants have shown in finding practical, pragmatic solutions to various problems. We need more creativity of this kind. And we need to build an environment in our country where creativity, entrepreneurship and enterprise are encouraged and amply rewarded. While on this subject, I would also like to compliment the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances for bringing out a compilation of 14 good governance initiatives from various parts of our country titled Thinking out of the Box.

This brings me to the issue of the collective capability of our Civil Services to be innovative in their approach to solving problems and to think out of the box. This is also broadly the first subject on the agenda of this conference. Making the Civil Services Fit for Future requires efforts in many dimensions, some of which are listed in the papers that have been circulated. I would, however, confine myself to making some general remarks on this issue.

In the last two decades or so, the role of the Government has undergone a major transformation in many sectors of the economy. We have moved far away from the command and control economy of the earlier times. Ensuring good governance and managing the economy today are extremely complex tasks. How to ensure that our Civil Services have the required sets of skills to manage this complexity is a major challenge before us. I would urge you to consider ways and means of meeting this challenge. I would also like to emphasize here that officers in the Civil Services need to be provided top class training early in their careers to equip them with the tools necessary to understand the underlying logic and complexities of governance and having good systems in place.

Another issue that will determine how fit the Civil Services are for the future is whether we have an effective system in place to incentivize innovation and remove inefficiency. We could perhaps learn from best practices across the world how such a system could be evolved.

I understand that you will also be discussing ways and means of addressing the challenges in delivery of public services. Providing access to basic services to our people is one of the primary responsibilities of any modern Government. Our citizens need access to quality education, quality health services at affordable costs, provision of safe drinking water, sanitation and so on. And in providing these services we have to take special care of the needs of those sections of the society which are socially and economically backward and under privileged. We must recognize that we have a lot of work to do to bring the delivery of some of our basic public services up to the requisite standards. I am happy that we have made good progress in putting in place a legal framework which would help us in improving matters. The Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011 is under consideration of our Parliament. This, when enacted, will give our citizens the right to receive specified goods and services in a time bound manner. It is encouraging that several States have also taken the initiative to enact similar laws for their own states.

Our Government has also made sustained efforts to curb corruption, enhance transparency and accountability in the work of public authorities. There are several legislative initiatives that we have taken in this regard, for example the Right to Information Act, the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill and the Whistleblowers Protection Bill. These are intended to also help in improving the standards of delivery of public services in our country.

However, in a country as diverse and as complex as ours, we cannot always find standardized solutions for improving the delivery of public services across various regions and States. These solutions would often have to be area specific and would depend on a host of local factors.

We also need to make full use of new and modern technology not only in the delivery of public services but in governance in general. A good example of such use is the Aadhar program for providing all the residents of our country a unique identity, and also the Direct Benefits Transfer scheme based on Aadhar numbers that our Government launched a few months back. The Direct Benefits Transfer scheme now covers 121 districts of our country. It will lead to better targeting of subsidies and reducing delays in the delivery of benefits such as scholarships and pensions to the intended beneficiaries. It will also help in curbing wastages and leakages, and result in greater financial inclusion. I think it is also important to recognize the fact that the programs like the Direct Benefits Scheme also give a sense of empowerment to our people, increase their faith in the processes of Governance and therefore have a far larger positive effect than can be measured by the direct advantages they confer. I would urge those of you who are involved directly or indirectly in the implementation of the Direct Benefits Transfer scheme to ensure that the scheme is a success.

The subjects of strengthening our rural economy and expanding employment opportunities close to rural areas are vast and complex. But, the criticality of agriculture to good performance of our economy is pretty obvious. I am happy that in the 11th Plan we have achieved a record agricultural growth. We need to build on this momentum. I would not like to go into the specifics of what needs to be done to strengthen agricultural performance in the country as a whole. But, I do wish to point out that States should give greater attention to this vital sector of our economy, especially in the areas of agricultural research and extension services and selection of officers in their agriculture departments. The agriculture sector deserves the best and brightest of our Civil Servants.

We must also make concerted efforts for developing skills in our young men and women, both in rural and urban areas, to enable them to gain productive employment. This is the only way to reap advantages of our potential demographic dividend. Our Government has launched a massive program of skill development, which I hope will be implemented effectively. I would also like to mention in passing the need for strengthening the implementation of our flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, which by most accounts has been a success.

Even as we make efforts to strengthen the rural economy, we must keep in mind that with India’s economic growth, there will be large movements of people from rural to urban areas. Management of urbanization, therefore, is an area which requires much greater attention on the part of all our planners. It is estimated that in 20 years time, nearly 50 percent of our population will be living in urban areas. We have, therefore, to ensure that our towns and cities provide public services of a high quality to their residents. To that end, much greater attention has to be paid to the modernization of the processes of municipal governance. This is the subject which has not received the attention it deserves. I urge, all our Civil Services also should be better equipped with skills for managing processes of urbanization and urban spaces. Our Civil Servants should be given requisite training to master the skill in the early part of their careers.

Before I conclude, I would like to touch upon three other subjects that I consider important. The first concerns the safety, security and status of women in our society. It is widely accepted that, as a country, we have vast improvements to make in this vital area. These issues came into sharper focus after the horrific gang-rape incident in Delhi last December. The gruesome assault on a little girl a few days back reminds us once again of the need to work collectively to root out this sort of depravity from our society. The agitations that have followed the two incidents also point to the need for showing concern and sensitivity while dealing with the public anxiety that such incidents generate.

Our Government has moved with speed in strengthening the law to be able to deal more effectively with offences against women. But, this is only a small part of what needs to be done. All of us, as responsible citizens, have a special obligation to contribute to the social and economic empowerment of women in our country. We need a wide spread national movement in that direction. As leaders in Government your responsibility to ensure this outcome is even greater.

The second subject relates to our economy which is passing through difficult times. As I have said earlier, I believe that we are facing only a temporary downturn that we should correct as quickly as possible. Without going into the reasons for the downturn, I wish to emphasize the need for boosting investment across sectors to help us emerge from the existing difficult situation. Our Government has taken a major initiative in setting up the Cabinet Committee on Investment for far-reaching industrial and infrastructural projects. The Committee has made encouraging progress. But much more needs to be done, particularly for building a climate that is perceived to be friendly to enterprise and investment. Many of you work in areas and organizations that have a direct bearing on the achievement of this task and I would urge you to give the maximum possible attention to it.

Yet another area which I would like to stress relates to the management of national disasters. Owing to its peculiar geo-climatic conditions, our country has always been vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes and landslides. Climate change is likely to further accentuate the frequency and intensity of these natural disasters. In addition, unsafe building practices in rapidly growing urban settlements also constitute a major challenge for those charged with the responsibility of managing disasters. Handling disasters requires a multi-disciplinary approach and specialized skills acquired over a long period of time. Some of our civil servants get first-hand experience in the area of disaster management very early in their career. We ought to identify best practices, document them properly and disseminate them widely so that we are prepared when a disaster hits us. While relief and rehabilitation are central to our approach in managing the fall out once a disaster happens, we should not lose sight of pre-disaster issues of prevention, mitigation, and preparedness.

I believe that each one of our Civil Servants, whatever their seniority or assignment, has a very meaningful contribution to make to our society and our country. Today’s occasion gives you an opportunity to reflect on your role and performance, your successes and, if I may say so, some failures. I hope you will make full use of this opportunity to find even more efficient ways of discharging your responsibilities in the service of Indian people. I wish you all the best in your endeavors.”

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