President of India Congratulates DRDO on the Successful Test-Firing of Agni-V



President of India Congratulates DRDO on the Successful Test-Firing of Agni-V

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee congratulated DRDO on the successful test-firing of the third developmental trial of Agni-V surface-to-surface missile.


In his message to Dr. Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Director-General, DRDO, the President has said, “I extend hearty congratulations to all those associated with the successful test-firing of the third developmental trial of India’s indigenous Agni-V surface-to-surface missile.

I am happy to know that many new technologies relating to navigation and guidance, warhead as well as engine has been tried out in this version. I understand today’s test is also the first time the missile has been tried out in a canisterised version.

Kindly convey my felicitations to the members of your team of scientists, engineers, and all others involved in this effort. Our nation is grateful for their hard work and proud of their accomplishment”.

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President’s Message on the Occasion of 38th Anniversary of Indian Coast Guard

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to all ranks of the Indian Coast Guard and their families on the occasion of 38th Anniversary of Indian Coast Guard to be celebrated on February 1, 2015.

In his message, the President has said, “I am happy to learn that the Indian Coast Guard is celebrating its 38th Anniversary on February 1, 2015.

Over the years, the Indian Coast Guard has been valiantly serving the nation by ensuring the safety and security of fishermen and mariners as also guarding our long coastline and maritime borders. The personnel of the Indian Coast Guard have always risen to the occasion in the face of emerging maritime challenges and responded beyond the call of duty. I am sure that the Indian Coast Guard will continue to pursue excellence and discharge its duties with alacrity, dedication and professionalism.

I extend my heartiest greetings to all ranks of the Indian Coast Guard and their families. Let the Indian Coast Guard achieve continued success in all its future endeavours”.

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PM reviews PaHaL Scheme for Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG Subsidy


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today reviewed, in a high level meeting, PaHaL (Pratyaksha Hastaantarit Laabh), the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme for LPG Subsidy.

PaHaL, which covers more than. 9.75 crore LPG consumers, is perhaps the world’s largest cash transfer program as compared to similar programs in other countries, such as China, Mexico and Brazil.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, made the presentation on PahaL to the Prime Minister at the high level meeting.

Under PaHaL, LPG cylinders are sold at market rates and entitled consumers get the subsidy directly into their bank accounts. This is done either through an Aadhaar linkage or a bank account linkage.

PaHaL aims to reduce diversion and eliminate duplicate or bogus LPG connections.

The Prime Minister conveyed his congratulations for the scheme having witnessed massive enrolment in a short span of time. As on date, 9.75 crore LPG consumers have joined the scheme. This is 66% of the total consumer base of 15 crore.

An amount of Rs. 3654 crore has already been transferred into the bank accounts of LPG consumers through 9.25 crore transactions. The modified scheme has put in place various mechanisms to simplify enrolment and enhance consumer convenience, and thus, only 1.09 lakh complaints have been received so far, which constitute a mere 0.1% of the transactions. Over 85% of the complaints have been resolved.

Preliminary data from 54 districts indicate that the growth of subsidised LPG has reduced significantly accompanied by a corresponding increase in sale of commercial LPG. This indicates that the scheme will enable substantive savings in subsidy which can then be deployed for other productive purposes, without reducing any entitlements of existing consumers.

The success of the scheme is a result of an intensive Information Education Campaign comprising advertising through various means, direct reaching out to consumers, and dealer level campaigns. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has undertaken several innovative measures such as guardian officers for each district, deployment of technology by use of SMS, and a single window portal www.mylpg.in to enable consumers to join the scheme. This portal is an important step in bringing transparency and gives details of who is benefiting from subsidy.

The Prime Minister said that after Pradhaan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, this is the next big scheme which will substantially benefit the economy. He directed that all steps should be taken to bring the remaining LPG consumers into the fold of PaHaL as soon as possible. He wanted Aadhaar enrolment and linkages with bank accounts to be expedited, taking advantage of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. The Prime Minister has also asked for an impact analysis of the programme to be conducted in a professional manner.

The Prime Minister complimented the staff and management of Oil PSUs and dealers for the successful rollout of the scheme.

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PM salutes our scientists, on the successful test-firing of Agni V missile


The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has saluted our scientists, on the successful test-firing of Agni V missile.

"Successful test-firing of Agni V from a canister makes the missile a prized asset for our forces. I salute our scientists for their efforts", the Prime Minister said.

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Commemorative Postage Stamp on Swachh Bharat Released

Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications & IT has come out with a set of Commemorative Postage Stamps on the theme Swachh Bharat. The Union Minister of Communications &IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad released a set of Commemorative Postage stamps on Swachh Bharat.

Speaking on the occasion, the MOC&IT said that cleanliness was close to the heart of Mahatma Gandhi and to realise his cherished ideal there is a strong need to observe Swachhagraha just as Gandhiji had launched Satyagraha. He also exhorted all citizens to participate whole heartedly in the Clean India campaign and to work strenuously to develop the culture of cleanliness and hygiene.

The MOC&IT was hopeful that the stamp on Swachh Bharat will provide impetus and momentum to the Clean India campaign started by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 2nd October, 2014 with the target of achieving the Clean India goal by 2019,when the nation will celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
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