Shri Harishankar Bramha takes over as new CEC



Shri Harishankar Bramha takes over as new CEC 

Nationwide launch of Electronic Roll Management System on 25th january : Sh Bramha 

Shri Harishankar Bramha has assumed charge as the 19th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) succeeding Shri V.S. Sampath here today. Shri V.S. Sampath laid off his office yesterday after completing his tenure. 


Prior to this, Shri Bramha has served as Election Commissioner since 25th August, 2010. Belonging to the 1975 batch (AP Cadre) of Indian Administrative Service, Shri Bramha served as Secretary in Ministry of Power before joining the Election Commission. Born on 19th April, 1950, he completed his Post Graduation in Political Science from Guwahati University (Assam) and graduated from St. Edmund’s College, Shillong. He did his schooling from Don Bosco School, Guwahati. He has held various senior level posts in the Government of India and State Government prior to the present posting. 

Elucidating his priorities after taking over as new CEC, Shri Bramha said that it will be his personal endeavor to use the latest technologies to improve the quality of election management, wherein he announced that on 25th January, which is celebrated as National Voters’ Day, the ECI will launch nationwide Electronic Roll Management System (ERMS), which will provide country wide voters list and enable voters to see their details. 

Shri Bramha also stated that the Commission will prepare the ground work for extending the voting rights to the NRI voters following the directions of the Supreme Court. 

The full text of Sh. Bramha Statement on assumption of charge is as follows: 

“Friends, indeed I am humbled and honored with the great opportunity and responsibility entrusted to me by our Government and my country. It will be my endeavor to ensure that we maintain the dignity and image of this organization. I am very proud to say that Election Commission of India has established the gold standards in election management of our great country. It will be our endeavor to ensure that we improve upon it everyday and every year. My first priority and mission objective is to ensure that we conduct the election to the Delhi Legislative Assembly in absolutely free and fair manner. Our long term goal at the Election Commission of India, which I visualize, is to “deliver excellence”. In other words, every aspects of our activity, we shall try to exhibit excellence in our work in every field. 

Secondly, to improve quality, transparency and speed, it will be my personal endeavor to use the latest technology both internet and digital technology to improve the quality of our election management, especially in voting.” 

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The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh holding a meeting with the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Ananthkumar, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju and the senior DoNER officials to finalize fortnightly roster for the Union Ministers to tour the eight Northeastern States, in New Delhi on January 16, 2015.
Union Ministers to tour North-East every fortnight 

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, attended a meeting among others by Shri Ananth Kumar, Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs and senior officers of the Ministry of DoNER to finalize the roster for the tour of various Ministers to the North-East. Eight Union Ministers will tour North-East every fortnight, including Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State with Independent Charge and Ministers of State. 

These tour programmes, Dr Jitendra Singh said, had been planned on the directions of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who is keen for a special focus on Northeast. During these tours, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the visiting Minister will take a review of the works related to his/her Department and also participate in important events taking place in the region. 

At today’s meeting, it was also decided that in order to ensure maximum utility of the tour by Union Ministers, on the one hand the North Eastern Council (NEC) with its headquarters at Shillong will coordinate, on the other hand, the DoNER Ministry will also fix responsibility of its officers stationed at Guwahati to maintain liaison with the visiting Ministers since Guwahati is the first airport at which dignitaries are expected to land for undertaking further tours in the region. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh further informed that during the first fortnight from 1st to 15th January, among others, Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports and Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs undertook tour of the States of Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam and Nagaland. In the second fortnight of January, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Mines and Steel, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Minister of Law and Justice, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation and Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Agriculture are likely to undertake similar tours to eight Northeast States. 

Dr Jitendra Singh stated that Shri Ananth Kumar, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Sushri Uma Bharati, Minister of Water Resources, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment and Dr. Najma Heptulla, Minister of Minority Affairs will be requested to undertake similar tours during the first fortnight of next month. Among the Ministers of States with Independent Charge and Ministers of States, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State (I/C) for Planning, Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways and Shri P. Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping are also being requested to undertake tours during the month of February. 

Dr Jitendra Singh informed that he himself will be travelling to one of the eight Northeast States at least once in a month. 


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The Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh and the Minister of Agriculture & Horticulture Development of Haryana, Shri Om Prakash Dhankar at the 4th India International Potato Expo-2015, in Chandigarh on January 16, 2015.
Union Agriculture Minister Emphasises that Proper Marketing is Essential for Ensuring Increase in the Income of the Farmers 

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture, stressed the need for strengthening the marketing of the agricultural produce on priority to ensure that agriculture becomes beneficial for the farmers of the country. In his valedictory address at 4th India International Potato Expo 2015 today at Chandigarh the Minister said that allied sectors of the agriculture like horticulture, diary, and fisheries be promoted and diversification of the crops especially their proper marketing is essential to ensure to increase the income of the farmers. He said that Haryana Horticulture University will be opened soon in consultation with the State Government. 
The Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh addressing at the 4th India International Potato Expo-2015, in Chandigarh on January 16, 2015.
He informed the gathering that the final draft of Irrigation Policy has been prepared and the same will be implemented in all the states. This policy will be able to provide water to every district and work for everybody. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Om Prakash Dhankar, Minister of Agriculture & Horticulture Development, Government of Haryana mentioned that Excellency Centres in every districts for horticulture in Haryana will be opened to provide better marketing. 

Dr. Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Agriculture said that market linkage is the only solution for the potato farmers in India. Hence, effort should be made to develop better market for the farmers domestically and internationally. 

Government officials, scientists and industry experts deliberated on the problems being faced by potato industry including lower potential yield, early harvesting, uneconomic landholdings, requirement of capital that is mostly unavailable with farmers, shortage of farm labour, wrong dose of fertilizer, inadequate and inefficient transport infrastructure, enhanced pest resistance, global warming, and inefficient cold storage facility. It was felt that the selection of seed, water and pesticides are very important to generate good quality potato. This will help the farmers to get better market domestically and internationally. 

The 4th India International Potato Expo 2015 was supported by Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Ministry of Agriculture, NABARD, Food and Agriculture Organization, Department of Horticulture, Government of Haryana, Government of Bihar, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Government of Uttrakhand, Government of Meghalaya and National Horticulture Board. 


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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 576.73 lakh hectares while last year’s sowing area was at 618.20 lakh hectare. Wheat`s sowing area is at 303.51 lakh hectares as compared to last year’s 313.69 lakh hectares. The area under sowing of total Coarse cereals is at 54.34 lakh hectares as compared to last year’s 58.42 lakh hectares. The area under sowing of Gram is at 81.98 lakh hectares this year while the last year’s figure was 98.16 lakh hectares. Area coverage under Total Pulses is at 133.41 lakh hectares while the last year’s sowing area coverage was 149.17 lakh hectares. Similarly sowing area under total oilseeds is at 77.45 lakh hectares as compared to 86.53 lakh hectares last year. 

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The Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh addressing at a function of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ICAR), in Karnal, Haryana on January 16, 2015.
Union Agriculture Minister Inaugurates Brain Storming Programme to Search Best Talent in Agriculture at ICAR-NDRI, Karnal 

Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, inaugurated a two day brain storming programme “Optimizing talent search for the National Agricultural Research & Education System” at ICAR-NDRI, Karnal on January 16, 2015. The brain storming programme is being organized by Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) – an apex body involved in the recruitment of scientists in the country. 
The Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh at a function of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ICAR), in Karnal, Haryana on January 16, 2015.


While addressing the gathering, Union Agriculture Minister stressed upon the need to attract youth to agriculture and to make the scientist selection process more effective. On this occasion, he also emphasized the role of local and need based research and said that it should be the integral part of the career development process of scientists. He also stressed the need of crop diversification to make the agriculture more remunerative to farmers. He informed that Agriculture Ministry has a plan to introduce soil health card to farmers for improving the agricultural production. He also indicated that the policies are being framed to increase the availability of water for irrigation purpose, especially for small farmers. He said that in the changing climate, the local breeds of dairy animals are more resilient and thus, more research should be done in this direction. He also announced the setup of two National Breeding Centers – one in southern India and another in Northern India to augment the breeding of dairy animals in the country. He informed that the infrastructure available at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) would be strengthened further, as KVKs have important role in the extension of agricultural technologies. He also interacted with the students of ICAR-NDRI. 

Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, stressed upon the need of attracting researchers/ scientists of Indian origin working in the premier foreign laboratories to the national agricultural research & education system. The ASRB should frame policies to attract such talent as part of the brain gain. He also called upon the policy makers to raise the standards of education and research in state agriculture universities at par with ICAR institutes. He encouraged the ICAR-NDRI scientists to work in the Sex Semen Technology to further boost the breeding of elite animals in the country. 

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Director General, ICAR complimented Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board. Prof. D.P. Agarwal, former Chairman, UPSC also presented his views on the present education system and emphasized that we should all work together to find ways to bring in structured reforms in the education system. 

While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB said that the present two day brainstorming–cum-workshop is an attempt by the ASRB to frame the policies to bring the best talent in the National Agriculture Research System. He also emphasized that agriculture growth in the country has to go in tandem with development in other areas as more than 60% population depends directly or indirectly on agriculture. In this direction, more efforts would be made to make the recruitment process more transparent. 

Dr. A.K Srivastava, Director and Vice-chancellor, ICAR-NDRI, Karnal informed the gathering about the recent achievements of ICAR-NDRI in cloning of dairy animals, ovum pick-up technique, starting of farmers’ school and success of women self-help group supported by the research of ICAR-NDRI. 

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