President marks birthday launching several initiatives





President marks birthday launching several initiatives
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee marked his 79th birthday launching several new initiatives in RashtrapatiBhavan today (December 11, 2014).

The President unveiled on the President of India website (www.presidentofindia.nic.in) a new Electronic Art Catalogue titled ‘Art Heritage of RashtrapatiBhavan: A Selection’ and laid the foundation stone for a staff Housing Complex of two ten storey residential towers.
The President witnessed performances of nursery and KG students as well as differently-abled children of the Estate and launched ‘Samagam’, a community initiative for senior citizens residing in the President’s Estate. Both the children and senior citizens joined the President in cutting a cake.
The President inaugurated a Financial Literacy Centre and a Financial Library at Dr.Rajendra Prasad SarvodayaVidyalaya in the President’s Estate. A Financial Awareness Festival was also held in which students of Dr.Rajendra Prasad SarvodayaVidyalaya as well as residents of the President’s Estate were trained in financial literacy using a model bank branch of the State Bank of India. NPCI through RuPay Cards gave Rs. 25/- credit to each student to buy books, educating them thereby about card transactions. Financial games, quizzes and other activities were also organized for students, children and parents. 
The President further inaugurated a ‘RB Cycle’ initiative under which, 50 cycles are to be made available at four locations in the Estate to promote fitness and health amongst residents of the President’s Estate.
Dignitaries who called on the President to greet him on his birthday included Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari; Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi; Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan; former Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh; Smt. Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson; Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha Shri PJ Kurien; Union Ministers Shri ArunJaitley, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Shri Kalraj Mishra, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shri Ashok Gajpati Raju and Governors of Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya and Sikkim.  The President was also greeted on twitter by Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Karnataka.  
Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the E Art Catalogue, the President said the Catalogue would be of great use to researchers, art lovers and visitors to RashtrapatiBhavan.  Maintenance of art and heritage is as important as its creation. Every effort must be made to preserve the rich art repository in RashtrapatiBhavan.  He drew attention to the historical context of many of the art objects and paintings in RashtrapatiBhavan, such as, the painting of Louis XV which was won by the British as spoils in the battle against the French in 1757 and asked that the Catalogue be progressively expanded. He said greater efforts should be made to locate and research the history of art objects transferred from Calcutta and Shimla to Delhi as well as those left behind.
Background 
E Art Catalogue
Very few people in India and abroad are aware of the rich repository of art available within RashtrapatiBhavan.  Visitors to the RashtrapatiBhavan are able to see only a limited part of the entire collection.  Moreover, the location of the paintings, lighting, distance from the viewers etc. makes it difficult for casual visitors to study and fully appreciate the paintings.
Through the E Art Catalogue, the RashtrapatiBhavan has opened to people from across the world for the first time a cross section of the entire art collection of RashtrapatiBhavan. The Catalogue contains 114 high quality photographs of paintings and select art objects in the collection of RashtrapatiBhavan. It will enable viewers enlarge the paintings as well as zoom in to see the details in a manner far superior to viewing with the naked eye. The catalogue is user friendly and designed to look like a photo album, with photos of the paintings on the left page and a description of the item,   background of the artist as well as the subject of the painting on the right side. Viewers can browse through the catalogue by category or by location.
Paintings/art objects have been categorized into nine groups namely Indian antiquities; Murals and Frescos; French portraits; Portraits of British Royals, Viceroys and  Vicereines; Chinese paintings and Tapestries; Company Paintings, Lutyens sketches and Walcott watercolours; History paintings and portraits of Indian leaders; Sculptures, Busts, Zardosis and Carpets and Modern Indian art.
Housing Complex
The Housing Complex will have two residential towers with 36 type-II and type III quarters each. The green Complex will consist of features like insulated roof slab and outer walls, rain water harvesting, recycling of waste water, solar water heating, LED street lighting etc. The likely date of completion of this Complex is April, 2017.  

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurating the ‘SAMAGAM’, a Community initiative for Senior Citizens of the President’s Estate, in New Delhi on December 11, 2014.
 


‘Samagam’
‘Samagam’ will offer an opportunity for all Senior citizens residing in the President’s Estate to get together everyday. The facilities that are being made available on a daily basis are Yoga Classes, Board Games such as Carrom, Ludo and Chess, newspapers and magazines, Television and Radio, community singing and counselling Services. Periodic health checks will also be conducted for senior citizens from time to time with the first check up being held today.
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Moving towards full Financial Inclusion

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated today (December 11, 2014) a Financial Literacy Centre and a Financial Library at Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in the President’s Estate. A Financial Awareness Festival was also held in which students of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya as well as residents of the President’s Estate were trained in financial literacy using a model bank branch of the State Bank of India. NPCI through RuPay Cards gave Rs. 25/- credit to each student to buy books, educating them thereby about card transactions. Financial games, quizzes and other activities were also organized for students, children and parents.
           The Rashtrapati Bhavan launched a campaign for turning the President’s Estate into a financially inclusive township (FIT) on September 27, 2014.
The campaign included:-
·                A financial literacy programme
·                Enrolling all residents in UIDAI’s Aadhar scheme.
·                Opening of Saving Bank Accounts for the unbanked under the Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
·                Enrolment of people in ‘Swavalamban’, - a special scheme of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority for those belonging to the unorganized sector.
·                Issue of RuPay Cards to new as well as existing account holders of the United Bank of India within the Estate.
To develop a comprehensive strategy, an action plan was developed in association with representatives of United Bank of India, State Bank of India, National Payment Corporation of India,Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority, UIDAI etc. Financial literacy-cum-inclusion camps for residents of the Estate were organized on September 27-28, 2014 and December 7-9, 2014to enrol residents of the President’s Estate in various schemes.Special attention was given to senior citizens, women, special children, domestic help and contractual workers.
Subsequent to the camp held in September 2014, the United Bank of India carried out a comprehensive survey through door-to-door mapping to ensure that there are no households left without any bank account.  Domestic help and contractual workers not covered under any health scheme were also provided benefits under the Delhi Government’s Arogya Yojana.
The pilot project to make President’s Estate an FIT has been undertaken to establish a model of convergence in government programmes and services and ensure that benefits of various schemes accrue to all residents of the President’s Estate, who number around 5000 persons.
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President of India to attend the valedictory function of 89th foundation course for all India services tomorrow
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will visit Uttarakhand (Mussoorie) tomorrow (December 12, 2014) where he will be the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Function of 89th Foundation Course for All India Services at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration.
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