Shri ArunJaitley Chairs Consultative Committee Meeting of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting




Shri ArunJaitley Chairs Consultative Committee Meeting of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Shri ArunJaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, today chaired the meeting of Consultative Committee of the I&B Ministry to discuss the issue of “India as a soft power –As a Filming Destination”. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for I&B was also present in the meeting.


Welcoming the members, Shri Jaitley said the topic for discussion was extremely important in view of the efforts being made to project India’s ability and standing as a soft power and a Filming Destination. The conceptwould not only facilitate the contours of growth of the Film Industry, it would also promote the diversity of India to the world through the medium of Films and Cinema. This initiative and proactive stance would boost the inflow of tourism in India from other countries. The Minister later mentioned that in order to promote India as a soft power, all efforts need to be taken to give the concept a strong ‘Brand Push’. The branding could be undertaken by creating and promoting a capsule that incorporated the key features of India’s professional ability i.e. skills, human resources, diverse locales, filming support from institutional structures and core strengths of India’s Film industry. This capsule needed to be showcased at all major international film festivals. As part of the efforts to promote the ‘filming destination concept’, Shri Jaitely also emphasized that there was a need to simplify procedures and rules in order to promote the idea in letter and spirit.

A presentation was made on behalf of the Ministry giving an overview of the steps and initiatives undertaken so far to promote India as a soft power. The presentation provided an overview of the processes involved to promote filming in India with reference to the multi pronged strategy adopted by the Ministry. In the presentation specific references were made to promotion to film festivals and film bazaars, co-production units, the proposed legislative framework and policy initiatives to promote skill development in the film industry.

Members of the committee while appreciating the measures taken by the Ministry for this important initiatives also gave suggestions to ensure that the concerns of the stakeholders were addressed and the idea was implemented in totality. It was emphasized that skill development was a critical area and necessary measures needed to be taken by the Government and the industry together. It was also suggested that rules and guidelines for promoting the destination concept required a relook. Laws and rules needed to be in sync with contemporary technological tools. It was also mentioned that the concept required collaboration and partnership between the ministry and the state governments and other stakeholders.


Shri ArunJaitley Chairs Consultative Committee Meeting of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Shri ArunJaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, today chaired the meeting of Consultative Committee of the I&B Ministry to discuss the issue of “India as a soft power –As a Filming Destination”. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for I&B was also present in the meeting.

Welcoming the members, Shri Jaitley said the topic for discussion was extremely important in view of the efforts being made to project India’s ability and standing as a soft power and a Filming Destination. The conceptwould not only facilitate the contours of growth of the Film Industry, it would also promote the diversity of India to the world through the medium of Films and Cinema. This initiative and proactive stance would boost the inflow of tourism in India from other countries. The Minister later mentioned that in order to promote India as a soft power, all efforts need to be taken to give the concept a strong ‘Brand Push’. The branding could be undertaken by creating and promoting a capsule that incorporated the key features of India’s professional ability i.e. skills, human resources, diverse locales, filming support from institutional structures and core strengths of India’s Film industry. This capsule needed to be showcased at all major international film festivals. As part of the efforts to promote the ‘filming destination concept’, Shri Jaitely also emphasized that there was a need to simplify procedures and rules in order to promote the idea in letter and spirit.

A presentation was made on behalf of the Ministry giving an overview of the steps and initiatives undertaken so far to promote India as a soft power. The presentation provided an overview of the processes involved to promote filming in India with reference to the multi pronged strategy adopted by the Ministry. In the presentation specific references were made to promotion to film festivals and film bazaars, co-production units, the proposed legislative framework and policy initiatives to promote skill development in the film industry.

Members of the committee while appreciating the measures taken by the Ministry for this important initiatives also gave suggestions to ensure that the concerns of the stakeholders were addressed and the idea was implemented in totality. It was emphasized that skill development was a critical area and necessary measures needed to be taken by the Government and the industry together. It was also suggested that rules and guidelines for promoting the destination concept required a relook. Laws and rules needed to be in sync with contemporary technological tools. It was also mentioned that the concept required collaboration and partnership between the ministry and the state governments and other stakeholders.

Members who attended the meeting Dr. JayakumarJyavardhan, Shri Tapas Paul, Smt. V. Sathyabama, Shri Harivansh, Dr. K. Keshava Rao, Shri M.P. Achuthan, Shri Madhusudan Mistry, Shri P. Rajeeve, Shri Pawan Kumar Varma and Shri Vivek Gupta.


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Ministry of Labour and Employment Moves Forward for Implementation of Amended Apprentices Act

Ministry of Labour and Employment has taken quick steps to implement the amended Apprentices Act. Draft recommendations for Rules under the Act have been placed on web-site (at news updates http://www.labour.gov.in/content, at news updates http://www.dget.gov.in/content) for public comments. Comments can be sent by 2nd March, 2015.
The Government has taken several initiatives to revamp apprenticeship scheme. The Apprentices Act, 1961 has been amended and brought into effect from 22nd December, 2014. These amendments have been made with the objective of expanding the apprenticeship opportunities for youth. Non engineering graduates and diploma holders have been made eligible for apprenticeship. A portal is being setup to make all approvals transparent and time bound. Apprenticeship can be taken up in new occupations also.

In light of the new amendments, the Apprenticeship Rules, 1992 are required to be framed/amended in consultation with the Central Apprenticeship Council-a statutory body under the Act.

A Working Group has been constituted by Ministry of Labour and Employment for framing draft apprenticeship rules.

The Working Group in its meeting held on 12.1.2015 has prepared draft recommendations on the proposed amendments in Apprenticeship Rules, 1992 and guidelines of Third Party Agencies (TPA). Proposed amendments and Guidelines for TPA are uploaded at the web-sites of the Ministry of Labour & Employment and DGE&T.

Comments/suggestions are invited on these draft recommendations by 2nd  March, 2015 at ddgat-dget@nic.in. These comments/suggestions shall be considered by the Working Group before finalizing its recommendations. Thereafter Apprenticeship Rules will be framed in consultation with Central Apprenticeship Council.
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PM To Inaugurate First Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet On Sunday; Over 2500 Delegates and Exhibitors from 45 Countries To Participate In The Three Day Event;

Piyush Goyal Says RE-INVEST Aims To Project India As An Attractive Investment Destination And To Evolve Innovative Financial Models.

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, will inaugurate the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo, Re-invest 2015 on the 15th February (Sunday) at 10.30 am in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal & Renewable Energy, Shri. Piyush Goyal and the Minister of State (I /C) for Commerce & Industry Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman will also grace the occasion. The venue of the three day global meet, organized by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will be Hotel Ashok, New Delhi.

Elaborating the details of Reinvest 2015 at a news conference here, the Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal & Renewable Energy, Shri. Piyush Goyal said the aim of the event is to evolve innovative financial models for funding and to ensure the partnership of states and the Centre in harnessing renewable energy. It will also showcase the Government of India`s commitment to the development and scaling up of renewable energy to meet the national energy requirement in a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable manner.

Shri Piyush Goyal said the government is looking at embedding rooftop power, off- grid power in new buildings and embedding green energy features in Building Code. He said the renewable energy industry would be able to stand on its feet in next three years and would not need any subsidy.  The Minister said Re- Invest will be a platform to engage various stakeholders and to have a clear understanding of the difficulties faced by them.

Reinvest 2015 will include several sessions headed by senior representatives from the renewable energy industry, equipment manufacturers, global financial institutions, Public Sector Enterprises, regulatory authorities, Central and state governments, research institutions and academia. After the inauguration, there will be a session to deliberate and evolve success strategies for financing Renewable energy, which will be chaired by
Chief Economic Adviser Shri Arvind Subramanian and will include prominent environmentalist and scientist Dr. R K Pachauri, and CMDs & CEOs of major banking and financial institutions from India and abroad. The afternoon sessions of the day will be on the key policy interventions and support mechanisms to incentivize domestic production & also Renewable Energy manufacturing for exports, Renewable Energy Roadmap 2030 and Investment opportunities in Bio-Energy in India. Secretaries from Government of India and Heads of International Agencies like International Energy Agency, International New & Renewable Energy Agency and also of MNCs will be participating in these sessions.

The second day will start with a session on India as a New Investment Destination for Renewable Energy which will be chaired by Union Minister for Renewable Energy Shri. Piyush Goyal, and will have participation of dignitaries from World Bank, United Nations, and many foreign Governments as well as Non-Governmental Agencies. Another session chaired by Shri. Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Railways, will be to showcase the policy incentives by states. The afternoon sessions will be chaired by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and also by Secretaries to Government of India. It will be attended by representatives of international financial institutions, foreign Ministers and CEOs of several Multi National Companies. Sessions on “Different country experiences,” “Equity perspective on financing renewables” and “Sustainable renewable energy storage” are scheduled. The Asian Development Bank, United States Agency for International Development, British High Commission, Bridge to India and several Banks will also be participating.

The final day will start with simultaneous sessions on Innovative Financing Models; Grid connected Wind Power, Approaches to tackle high costs of capital in RE Financing chaired by Secretaries to the Govt. of India, and heads of International Organisations. On the same day, a CEOs Roundtable chaired by Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal will be conducted. Union Minister of Urban Development, Shri Venkaiah Naidu will chair a conference on showcase of policy incentives by states.

In the valedictory session there will be a panel discussion chaired by the Union Finance Minister Shri. Arun Jaitley and the panel will include Union Ministers Shri. Piyush Goyal, Shri. Suresh Prabhu, Shri. Prakash Javadekar,   Chief Economic Advisor Shri. Arvind Subramanian and NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Shri Arvind Panagariya.

 RE-INVEST 2015 will be the first major platform for investment promotion in this sector to connect the global investment community with the renewable energy stakeholders in India. Over 2500 delegates including exhibitors from 45 countries will be attending this event.

Government Initiatives in Renewable Energy Sector:-
 The government plans to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy to more than 160 GW by 2022 including 100 GW solar energy and 60 GW wind energy. Increased focus is being given on small hydro, bio energy, new and emerging technologies. The government also aims setting up RE manufacturing bases in the country and establishment of RE University and creating multiple job opportunities.

Giving a fillip to the country’s renewable energy programme, the government has taken a slew of decisions in the last few months to boost “Clean Energy” in the country.  In order to facilitate the speedy growth of Renewable energy Power generation in the country, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is preparing a Renewable Energy Bill. There are several schemes in pipeline which include providing support of Rs 1000 crore to Central Public Sector units to set up over 1,000 MW grid connected solar photovoltaic power projects, setting up of over 300 MW of  Grid-Connected Solar PV Power Projects by Defence, Ultra Mega Solar Power projects in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Ladakh, 25 solar energy projects with 20,000 MW capacity to be developed by 2019 and setting up of over 300 MW of solar power projects by Defence and Para military establishments. The  Government  has also approved the Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW of Grid-Connected Solar PV Power Projects with VGF (Viability Gap Fund) support of Rs.1000 crore, in three years period from 2015-16 to 2017-18.
The Union Government had restored Accelerated Depreciation benefit in the Union Budget 2014 to give the much-needed relief to wind power developers and to ensure ramp-up of production The Government approved continuation of: (i) National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP), (ii) Scheme to Support Promotion of Grid-Interactive Biomass Power and Bagasse Co-generation in Sugar Mills, (iii) Programme for the Development of Small Hydro Power, and (iv)Off-grid and Decentralized Solar Applications under JNNSM, during the 12th Plan period. The Government amicably resolved the anti-dumping duty dispute. A whole host of measures have been undertaken to make India a “Solar manufacturing hub” with priority for domestic players in line with “Make in India” programme.

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NTPC to Contribute to the Improvement of Indian Power Sector

Appreciating NTPC`s performance and contribution to the Nation, Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy said the company has still bigger goals by aligning with the national mission. Addressing NTPC`s International Power Plant Operation and Maintenance Conference in New Delhi today with theme `Fuel Adequacy` to commemorate commencement of service from its first ever generating unit at Singrauli, on the same day in 1982, he said NTPC has seen turbulences & crisis and evolved as a better organization over a period of time. Shri Goyal added that it is his target to make NTPC the world`s most valuable company in next 5 years and urged all the employees to take this as a challenge and personal commitment by providing cheap and quality electricity to the masses.

Shri D.V. Kapoor, Founder Chairman of NTPC ,Shri A S Bakshi, Member Central Electricity Regulatory Commission and former Chairperson Central Electricity Authority , Dr Arup Roy Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC and Shri K K Sharma , Director (Operations), NTPC Ltd also spoke during the inaugural session.

In his address, Shri D.V. Kapoor said that NTPC was created to escalate power generation at the time when India was suffering from acute power shortage. NTPC took up the challenge and emerged as most efficient company that set benchmarks for the sector, he added. He appreciated the role of Finance and HR for the success of the organization along with Engineering.

Shri A.S. Bakshi in his address called NTPC Nation`s Pride which has brought innovative practices in the sector. He said the purpose of the conference is to share and learn from each other.

Dr. Arup Roy Choudhury , CMD NTPC emphasized on the need for improvement in efficiency to bring down cost of generation. He said fuel and water are scarce and a judicious use of these two is important and need retrospection in forums like these. He spoke about the need to weed out old redundant practices with new and more efficient ones at all power stations.

Shri K. K. Sharma assured the gathering of NTPC`s commitment to efficient generation while naming environment and fuel as the biggest challenges.

The conference is being attended by over 300 delegates with power industry representatives from USA, Germany, China, Japan, Australia as well as from domestic players like TATA Power, Adani group, GMR group, and many State Sector Power companies. Power Sector Stakeholders like Indian Railways, Central Water Commission, Central Pollution Control Board, institutions like TERI and manufactures and service providers like GE, Alstom, BHEL, Hitachi, Toshiba, Mecon etc . are also participating. Seven international papers and eighty three domestic technical papers are slated to be presented during the conference.


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