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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
  • 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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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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