PM makes appointments to NITI Aayog

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launching the National Programme for LED Street Lighting and LED Home Lighting, in New Delhi on January 05, 2015. The Lt. Governor Delhi, Shri Najeeb Jung and the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal are also seen

PM makes appointments to NITI Aayog

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has made the following appointments to the NITI Aayog:

Vice Chairman
Shri Arvind Panagariya, Economist

Full-Time Members
Shri Bibek Debroy, Economist
Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Former Secretary Defence R&D

Ex-officio members
Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Minister
Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister
Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister

Special Invitees
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister
Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister
Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister



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he Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launching the National Programme for LED Street Lighting and LED Home Lighting, in New Delhi on January 05, 2015. The Lt. Governor Delhi, Shri Najeeb Jung is also seen.

PM launches: • Scheme for LED bulb distribution under domestic efficient lighting programme in Delhi
• National Programme for LED-based Home and Street Lighting


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described the LED bulb as a “Prakash Path” – “way to light,” as he launched a scheme for LED bulb distribution under the domestic efficient lighting programme in Delhi; and a National Programme for LED-based Home and Street Lighting.

The Prime Minister also symbolically replaced one bulb in South Block, with an LED bulb. Replacement of all bulbs in South Block with LED bulbs will enable savings of 7000 units of energy each month.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister called for making energy conservation through the spread of LED bulbs, a people’s movement. He noted that it is much more economical to conserve power, than to produce power. However, he added, it is much more difficult to conserve power, than to produce power, because while one producing entity can produce a large quantity of power, it requires the active participation of crores of people to conserve that amount of power. Therefore, he called for generating awareness among people for the same. He called for extensive involvement of celebrities and eminent citizens in these programmes, who could motivate people to adopt LED bulbs.

The Prime Minister said these programmes launched today also represent a challenge to manufacturers, to rise to the occasion, and produce LED bulbs without any compromise on quality.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressing at the launch of the National Programme for LED Street Lighting and LED Home Lighting, in New Delhi on January 05, 2015. The Lt. Governor Delhi, Shri Najeeb Jung, the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal are also seen.


Suggesting innovative ways to generate awareness and spread the message of energy efficiency, the Prime Minister said gifts such as diaries and calendars on New Year should be replaced by gifts of LEDs. Companies could distribute LED bulbs along with dividend payments, he suggested.

The Prime Minister called for setting district level goals, and to prioritize this scheme in all towns with population above one lakh.

The Prime Minister said involvement of entrepreneurs, eminent citizens and common people in this programme would represent an act of patriotism – as it would reduce import bills, and an act of social service – as it would save the environment.

The initiative is part of the Government’s efforts to spread the message of energy efficiency in the country. LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs, and 8-10 times that of CFLs, and therefore provide both energy and cost savings in the medium term.

The Prime Minister launched a web-based system to enable consumers in Delhi to register requests for procuring LED bulbs under Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme” (DELP). Consumers can register either through the programme website (www.eeslindia.org/Delhi-Launch) or by sending an SMS to a designated number. Shri Narendra Modi also handed over two LED bulbs to one common citizen of Delhi – who was the first person to register.

LED bulbs shall be distributed in a phased manner from March 2015 onwards. The entire project of installing LED bulbs for domestic and street-lighting in 100 cities is targeted for completion by March 2016.

In Delhi, LED bulbs will be provided to all domestic consumers at an initial payment of Rs. 10 each and recovery of Rs. 10 each for 12 months from their electricity bill. Hence, the cost for an LED bulb to domestic consumer will be Rs 130 through this programme due to bulk procurement, compared to the current open market retail price in the range of Rs. 350-600 for LED bulbs. The estimated annual savings for households in Delhi per LED bulb will be Rs. 162. The LED bulbs will have a warranty of 3 years.

Lt. Governor of Delhi Shri Najeeb Jung, Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan, and Union MoS(I/C) for Power Shri Piyush Goyal were present on the occasion. MPs from Delhi were also present on the occasion.

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Prime Minister Greets Dr Murli Manohar Joshi on his birthday
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has greeted Dr Murli Manohar Joshi on his birthday.

“ Birthday greetings to Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi. His scholarly zeal and contribution to public life are immense. I wish him a long and healthy life, ” the Prime Minister said.

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PM greets Shri Kalyan Singh on his birthday


The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has greeted Shri Kalyan Singh on his birthday.

"Spoke to Kalyan Singh ji and greeted him on his birthday. Wished him a long life filled with good health", the Prime Minister said.

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Finalisation of issues related to Spectrum in various bands

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal of the Department of Telecom to proceed with auction in 800, 900 & 1800 MHz bands.

The Reserve price approved is Rs 3646 Cr pan-India per MHZ in 800 MHz, Rs. 3980 Cr.  for 900 MHz band pan India excluding Delhi,  Mumbai, Kolkatta,  and J&K;  Rs 2191 cr pan India (excluding Maharashtra and West Bengal) in 1800 MHz band

The quantum of spectrum to be put to auction is 103.75 MHz in 800 MHz band in all service areas, 177.8 MHz   in 17 LSAs in 900 MHz band  and 99.2 MHz in 15 LSAs in 1800 MHz band. Thus a total of 380.75 MHz in 800,900 & 1800 MHz is being put to auction.

Payment terms, eligibility criteria and auction objectives shall be as in the previous auction of Feb 2014. (Salient conditions given in the Annexure)

Cabinet also decided that intent to put 2100 MHz to simultaneous auction may be announced along with auction of other bands. Details of this will be announced later on.

The estimated revenues from this auction are Rs 64840 cr (excluding 2100 MHz spectrum) of which Rs 16000 cr is expected to be realized in the current financial year.



Annexure

Objectives of the Auction



The Government has set itself the following objectives for the Auctions:



§   Obtain a market determined price of Spectrum in various bands through a transparent process;

§   Ensure efficient use of spectrum and avoid hoarding;

§   Stimulate competition in the sector;

§   Promote rollout of the respective services;

§   Maximise revenue proceeds from the Auctions within the set parameters.

Eligibility Criterion

(i)           Any licensee that holds a UAS/ CMTS/ UL(AS)/UL licence with authorization for Access Services for that Service Area; or

(ii)         Any licensee that fulfils the eligibility for obtaining a Unified License with authorization for Access Services; or

(iii)       Any entity that gives an undertaking to obtain a Unified License for access service authorisation through a New Entrant Nominee as per the DoT guidelines/licence conditions.

can bid for the Spectrum (subject to other provisions of the Notice).

Payment Terms

Successful Bidders shall make the payment in any of the following two options:

a)               Full upfront payment within 10 days of declaration of final price or pre-payment of one or more annual instalments; or

b)               Deferred payment, subject to the following conditions:

(i)              An upfront payment; of 33% in the case of 1800MHz band, and 25% in case of 900MHz and 800 MHz; of the final bid amount shall be made within 10 days of declaration of successful bidders and final price;

(ii)            There shall be a moratorium of 2 years for payment of balance amount of one time charges for the spectrum, which shall be recovered in 10 equal annual instalments.

(iii)          The 1st instalment of the balance due shall become due on the third anniversary of the scheduled date of the first payment. Subsequent instalment shall become due on the same date of each following year. Prepayment of one or more instalments will be allowed on each annual anniversary date of the first upfront payment, based upon the principle that the Net Present Value of the payment is protected.

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