PM speaks on telephone to French President Francois Hollande



PM speaks on telephone to French President Francois Hollande, strongly condemning the attack in Paris


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi spoke on telephone to French President Francois Hollande today.


Prime Minister condemned the terrorist attack in Paris in the strongest terms, conveyed condolences on behalf of the people of India and expressed solidarity with the people of France. He expressed confidence that President Hollande and the people of France will deal with this moment of grief and challenge with fortitude and that they will succeed in combating the forces of terrorism. Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to counter-terrorism cooperation as a key element of the growing strategic partnership between the two countries.

President Hollande thanked Prime Minister for the telephone call and for the solidarity and support France had received from the people, government, political parties and media of India. He added that this support from the world`s largest democracy meant a lot to the people of France. He underlined his commitment to deepen India-France defence and security cooperation and looked forward to receiving Prime Minister in France this year.

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PM chairs meeting on healthcare
PM asks Health Ministry to establish mechanisms to ensure accountability among public sector health officials


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today instructed the Health Ministry to establish mechanisms to ensure accountability among doctors and health officials in the public sector. Chairing a high-level meeting on healthcare, the Prime Minister said that in order to achieve the desired goal of health for all, there is need to substantially improve the efficiency of existing mechanisms and schemes. Giving an example of insurance, the Prime Minister called for establishing synergy in all schemes for the health sector being run by the Central and State Governments. 

Reviewing progress of key health indicators such as under-5 mortality rate and Maternal Mortality Ratio, the Prime Minister asked for specific identification of worst-performing districts, and even within them, particular blocks which required maximum attention. He said these areas should be targeted in a two-pronged approach – prioritized health intervention, and appropriate social interventions to dispel local beliefs and customs that may be hindering progress. He said animation films should be shown to women in health centres immediately post-delivery, to promote good health and nutrition habits. He said simple technology interventions such as SMS should be used to reach ASHA workers across the country on a real-time basis. 

The Prime Minister emphasized that the effects of Swachhta Abhiyan should also become visible in hospitals and public health facilities across the country. Officials from the Health Ministry said that Swachhta Abhiyan would contribute greatly to achieving health goals. The Prime Minister asked for a comprehensive audit of all medical equipment in public health facilities. 

Describing Yoga as one of the most-effective preventive health mechanisms, the Prime Minister asked the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to draw up plans for International Yoga Day, on June 21st. 

Expressing acute concern about the prevalence of diseases like encephalitis, especially among children, the Prime Minister asked officials to prepare a roadmap to tackle such diseases, just like natural disasters and other national calamities are tackled. 

The Prime Minister referred to an earlier announcement made by him, of India’s promise of help to ensure that the entire SAARC region becomes polio-free. He asked the Health Ministry to prepare a proper follow-up action plan in this regard. 

The Prime Minister called for institutionalizing a comprehensive database, containing individual health records, which could be eventually linked to the Aadhar system. 

Health Minister Shri J.P. Nadda, and senior officers of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and PMO were present on the occasion. 

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PM writes a letter to Sri Lanka’s President-elect, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, congratulating him on the victory


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has written a letter to Sri Lanka’s President-elect, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, congratulating him on the victory.

"Your historic victory is a tribute to your vision for Sri Lanka your capacity to connect with people`s yearning for change.

I look forward to working with you to take our relationship to a new level for benefit of our people and our region.

I wish you all the success in building a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka, on foundations of genuine and effective reconciliation", the Prime Minister wrote to Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, in his letter.

The Prime Minister has also invited President-elect Sirisena to visit India and wrote that he looks forward to receive him in India.

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PM congratulates Shri Maithripala Sirisena and people of Sri Lanka 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, called Shri Maithripala Sirisena and congratulated him and the people of Sri Lanka on the peaceful and democratic poll process. 

"I spoke to Shri Maithripala Sirisena and congratulated him. I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on the peaceful and democratic poll process. As a close friend and neighbour, reaffirmed India`s continued solidarity and support for Sri Lanka`s peace, development and prosperity," the Prime Minister said. 

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Union Agriculture Minister calls upon the farmers to use modern techniques and machinery 

Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh called upon the horticulture farmers to use modern techniques and machinery as per international standards to produce horticultural products. He spoke about showcasing imported moden equipments and machinery and promoting their use by providing subsidy for this purpose. He was speaking during a function titled ‘Horticulture Sangam’ jointly organised by National Horticulture Board and Horticulture Department of Government of Karnataka at Lalbagh, Bengaluru today. 

Shri Singh said that organisation of such events gives inspiration to horticulture fraternity to work together and facilitates the availability of horticulture products of various states at single place. The ethos behind organising this event is in consonance with Integral part of Indian culture ie, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. Attributing, horticultural production at 275 million tonnes during 2014-15 (as per initial estimates) to the efforts of farmers, Shri Singh said that Government has intergrated all horticulture programme into Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), so that farmers and entrepreneurs are benefitted. Indian horticulture products such as, mango, lichi, grapes, saffron, have their disctinct identity in global market. By exporting horticulture products, farmers have contributed in increasing the country’s foreign exchange, he added. 

Shri Singh said that Government is facilitating the use of advanced horticulture techniques through its Horticulture Central Programmes so that farmers can achieve high productivity with quality and efficiency in cultivation of horticulture products. Government is also promoting chain of cold storage across the country so as to avoid wastage of horticulture products. In this ‘Horticulture Sangam’ business groups such as Mother Dairy, Reliance, Walmart, Big Bazaar, Spencer are participating so that farmers can directly sell their products to them, he said. 

The programme was inaugurated by Union Minister of Fertilisers and Chemicals, Shri Ananth Kumar. Diginitaries present on this occasion included State Government Ministers, MLAs, MD (National Horticulture Board, Ministry of Agriculture) and Senior officials of State Government. 

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Area Coverage under Rabi Crops 

As per Rabi Crops data released by Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture, total area coverage as on today under Rabi crops moves to 566.18 lakh hectares while last year’s sowing area was at 597.15 lakh hectare. Wheat`s sowing area is at 299.33 lakh hectares as compared to last year’s 304.25 lakh hectares. The area under sowing of total Coarse cereals is at 52.60 lakh hectares as compared to last year’s 57.17 lakh hectares. The area under sowing of Gram is at 81.01 lakh hectares this year while the last year’s figure was 95.81 lakh hectares. Area coverage under Total Pulses is at 131.34 lakh hectares while the last year’s sowing area coverage was 145.86 lakh hectares. Similarly sowing area under total oilseeds is at 76.91 lakh hectares as compared to 83.87 lakh hectares last year. 

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Union Agriculture Minister emphasises about the potential of ‘neem’ coated urea 

Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh while addressing farmers in a function at the launching of ‘Neem’ coated urea organised by KRIBHCO, Hebbal, Bengaluru today, emphasised on the maximum use of neem coated urea for increase of production and reduction in production cost. He further said that ‘neem’ coated urea is helpful in reducing the pollution of water, soil and air. Shri Singh said that India have to import about 70 lakh ton of urea every year, which affects the foreign exchange. He further said that plants cannot absorb nitrogen found in urea to its maximum extent as a result a large component of it goes waste. By increasing the utility factor of nitrogen (through ‘neem’ coated urea), the consumption of urea can be reduced, he added. 

India has been using neem over the centuries in one way or the other. ‘Neem’ is a true friend of farmers from ancient times. KRIBHCO has developed neem coated urea, by mixing ‘neem’ oil in urea, which is being used by various farmers across the country and they are benefitted by it. Shri Singh further said that by using neem coated urea the utility capacity of nitrogen can be increased by 10 to 15%. By balanced use of fertilizers, the health of soil can be sustained over a long period, he said. 

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Union Agriculture Minister urges ICAR to have programme to improve indigenous breeds of cattle 

Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh while addressing a programme at National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (NIVEDI) in Bengaluru today, urged upon ICAR to have major programs to improve the indigenous breeds as the products from the indigenous cattle also have health attributes to humans. He said that empirical evidence suggests that our indigenous breeds of cattle are relatively less prone to diseases as compared to exotic and cross-bred. He further said that the efforts should be made to improve indigenous stock in terms of production and productivity. He mentioned that the best indigenous breeds like Gir, Tharparkar, Rathi, Sahiwal etc. have better heat tolerance, feed conversion efficiency and disease resistance. 

Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that in the XII Five Year Plan, the institute was renamed as the National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics to expand its research activities with 32 AICRP centers covering all states and union territories of the country. Shri Singh mentioned that the role of scientists of NIVEDI continues to be in the prevention, control and eradication of diseases to help maximize animal production and safeguarding human health from those diseases transmitted by animals and their products using risk analysis data and precise diagnostics. He urged the institute to research and study the aspects which make the indigenous breeds resistant to diseases. 

Shri Singh complimented NIVEDI for developing excellence in several frontier areas in veterinary and animal sciences in terms of specialized laboratories, human resource development, technology generation and dissemination. He said that as the role of animal health and production has an important place for sustainable livestock production systems in improving the country’s economy, NIVEDI has a role to play in this direction. 

Shri Singh congratulated the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for setting up of a world class facility for research on epidemiology of animal diseases at National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (NIVEDI) in Bengaluru. 

In addition to development of diagnositics, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said research partnership between the public and private sector is also essential to achieve faster progress and dissemination of technology to the end-users. Thus, there is a need to link these two sectors to have their activities complemented in a “Public Private Partnership” mode. He expressed hope that the institute will make use of the new opportunities to give a new direction to their R&D and other service sector activities in a huge way. 

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Union Agriculture Minister told “ The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” He urged all to join hands to provide quality health to the animals. 

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