Postal network can become a driving force for Indian Economy



The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot launching the Helpline for Drug De-Addiction, in New Delhi on January 07, 2015.

PM: Postal network can become a driving force for Indian Economy

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said that the postal network can become a driving force for the Indian Economy, just like the Indian Railways. His remarks came during the presentation of a report by the task force on leveraging the post office network. The Prime Minister, after an initial discussion on various aspects of the report, has directed that the recommendations of the task force be studied in detail within a short period of time, so that necessary follow-up action can be initiated. 


The Prime Minister said the postman, along with the teacher, is the most respected Government employee in rural areas. 

The Prime Minister said the Department of Posts has huge assets across India, and ways should be explored to suitably use these assets for the benefit of the people. He said post offices in rural areas can be used to deliver services and important government information to individual households. 

The Minister for Communication and IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, was present on the occasion. The presentation on behalf of the task force was given by its Chairman, Shri T.S.R. Subramanian. 

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Prime Minister condoles loss of lives in Anantapur accident

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the unfortunate accident in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. He has extended condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. 

Shri Modi also wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the accident. 

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Citizenship (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 Promulgated 

The President of India has promulgated the Citizenship (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 on January 06, 2015 with immediate effect which provides for the following amendments to the Indian Citizen Act, 1955: 

At present one year continuous stay in India is mandatory for Indian Citizenship which is relaxed stating that if the Central Government is satisfied that special circumstances exist, it may, after recording such circumstances in writing, relax the period of twelve months specified upto a maximum of thirty days which may be in different breaks. 

To enable for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) by a minor, whose parents are Indian Citizens. 

To enable for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) by a child or a grand-child or a great grandchild of such a citizen. 

To enable for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) by such spouse of a citizen of India or spouse of an OCI registered under Section 7A and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years immediately preceding the presentation of the application under this section. 

In respect of existing PIO card holders central government may, by notification in Official Gazette, specify a particular date from which all existing PIO card holders will be deemed to be OCI card holders. 

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 provides for acquisition, termination, deprivation, determination of Indian Citizenship and other related aspects. The Act provides for acquisition of Indian citizenship by birth, descent, registration, naturalization and incorporation of territory under certain circumstances, and also for the termination and deprivation of citizenship. 

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External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister's address at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015

Following is the text of the External Affairs Minister`s address at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Hon’ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbanand Sonowal ji;
Hon’ble Member of Parliament from the UK, Ms. Priti Patel;
Members of the diplomatic corps;
Senior Officials present here;
And above all my young friends;

It is a pleasure to join you all for the inaugural session of the Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas.

As India’s External and Overseas Affairs Minister, I get the opportunity to meet statesmen and leaders from across the world. Most recently I was in South Korea. But I must say it is a special joy to interact with this gathering of youth from across the world who share a special bond with India, a bond of the heart.

It is also very appropriate that we should be meeting so early in the new year, which always brings tidings full of hope and promise. So let me wish everyone present here a very happy, fulfilling and prosperous 2015. 

Let me also take this opportunity to welcome you all to Gujarat, a state that is known for its rich traditions, entrepreneurial spirit, resourcefulness and work ethic. You, the young generation of Pravasis, are also known for the same attributes. But this Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas is not just about match-making, it is also about discovering your roots, and learning about and appreciating your heritage. If I were to put it in a nutshell, this Youth PBD is about 3Cs. 

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Railways’ Revenue Earnings up by 12.57 per cent during April 2014 - December 2014 

The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April 2014 to 31st December 2014 were Rs. 114656.13 crore compared to Rs. 101856.45 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 12.57 per cent. 

The total approximate earnings from goods during 1st April 2014 – 31st December 2014 were Rs. 77161.55 crore compared to Rs. 68776.35 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 12.19 per cent. 

The total approximate revenue earnings from passengers during 1st April 2014 – 31st December 2014 were Rs. 31955.07 crore compared to Rs. 27646.13 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 15.59 percent. 

The approximate revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs.3021.94 crore during April 2014 – December 2014 compared to Rs. 2862.19 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 5.58 per cent. 

The total approximate numbers of passengers booked during 1st April 2014 – 31st December 2014 were 6256.16 million compared to 6360.15 million during the same period last year, showing a decrease of 1.64 per cent. In the suburban and non-suburban sectors, the numbers of passengers booked during April 2014 - December 2014 were 3409.61 million and 2846.55 million compared to 3416.02 million and 2944.13 million registering a decrease of 0.19 per cent and of 3.31 per cent respectively during the same period last year. 

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