24 Young Bravehearts Bag National Bravery Awards – 2014

Winners of the National Bravery Awards-2014, at a function, in New Delhi on January 17, 2015.
24 Young Bravehearts Bag National Bravery Awards – 2014 

Twenty four children – 8 girls and 16 boys – have been selected for the National Bravery Awards for the year 2014. Four of the Awards have been given posthumously.The coveted Bharat Award for showing exceptionally gallant deed has been conferred on 16½ year old Km ReshamFatma of Uttar Pradesh, a victim of Acid attack, for putting on a brave face while fighting off her tormentor. 

The prestigious Geeta Chopra Award has been conferred on13½ year old Km. Gunjan Sharma of Assam who displayed exemplary valour in saving her friends from the clutches of the abductor. The Sanjay Chopra Award has been given to 16½ year old Master Devesh Kumar of Uttar Pradesh who displayed outstanding courage while confronting two chain-snatchers. 

Master RumohMeto (13½ years) of Arunachal Pradesh, Late Km. Riya Chaudhary (15 years) of Uttar Pradesh and Late Km. Monika (16 years) of Uttarakhand have been given the BapuGaidhani Awards. Master RumohMeto saved a person from electrocution, Km. Riya Chaudhary sacrificed her life while trying to save her father when some miscreants, who attacked her family members. Km. Monika lost her life while trying to save a child from drowning. 

The other recipients are Km. Zeal JitendraMarathe, Master HiralJitubhaiHalpati and Late Master Gaurav Kumar Bharti (all from Gujarat), Master Sahanesh R (Karnataka), Km. AshwiniBanduUghade (Maharashtra), Master L. Brainson Singh and Master G. Tooldev Sharma (both from Manipur), Km. Ripa Das (Tripura), Master BalramDansena (Chhattisgarh), Master Rajdeep Das (Jharkhand), Master Anjith.P, Master Aqil Mohammad NK and Master Midhun PP (all from Kerala), Master Stevenson Lawriniang (Meghalaya), Late Master MesakK.Remnalalnghaka (Mizoram), Ms. MhonbeniEqung (Nagaland), Master Labhanshu (Uttarakhand) and Late Master Gaurav Kumar Bharti (Uttar Pradesh) 

The selection was made by a high powered committee comprising representatives of various Ministries/Departments, non-governmental organisations as well as Office Bearers of Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW). 

The children will receive their Awards from the Prime Minister of India on 24th January 2015 in a special function and will participate in the Republic Day parade. 

The President of India and several other dignitaries will also host receptions in their honour. Several States also organize functions to honour them at the State level. 

The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the ICCW to give due recognition to the children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service and to inspire other children to emulate their examples. 

It was in 1957 that two children – a boy and a girl – were first rewarded for their presence of mind and courage. Since then ICCW decided to confer national awards on children every year. 

In 1987-88 ICCW instituted the Bharat Award for an exceptionally outstanding, meritorious and gallant deed. The other special awards include the Geeta Chopra and Sanjay Chopra awards (instituted by ICCW in 1978) and the BapuGaidhani Awards (instituted in 1988-89). 

The awardees receive a medal, certificate and cash.Eligible awardees will be granted financial assistance until they complete their schooling. Some State Governments also provide financial assistance to them. In addition, ICCW provides financial assistance under its Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme to those undertaking professional courses such as engineering and medicine. For the others, this assistance is provided till they complete their graduation. The Government of India has reserved some seats for the awardees in medical and engineering colleges and polytechnics. 

Since the inception of the scheme in 1957, the ICCW has given awards to 895 brave children - 634 boys and 261 girls. 

The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley at the Pre-Budget Consultation with the representatives of the Trade Union Groups, in New Delhi on January 17, 2015. The Minister of State for Finance, Shri Jayant Sinha is also seen.

FM: Government has no Intention to Privatise Either Railways or Coal India;

Focus of his Government is to Create More Jobs and Employment Opportunities beside Safeguarding the Existing Jobs and Give Better Environment for Ease of Living for the Common Man 

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley assured the representatives of various Trade Unions that the Government has no intention to privatise either railways or Coal India. He said that focus of his Government is to create more jobs and employment opportunities beside safeguarding the existing jobs and give better environment for ease of living for the common man. The Finance Minister said that’s why we need more money for investment in infrastructure sector in order to create more job opportunities for our youth. He said that our approaches may be different but goal is same.The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley was making the Opening Remarks during his Pre Budget Consultative Meeting with the representatives of Trade Union Groups here today. He said that the Government wants to create better social security system for the labour force working both in organized and unorganized sector. 

The Finance Minister Shri Jaitley said that more than 63 percentage of population in our country is in age group of 15-59 years which is defined as India’s “demographic dividend”. The challenge for the country now is in planning and acting towards converting its ‘potential’ into enhanced opportunities of growth by dovetailing the quality of manpower through skill development etc. The Finance Minister mentioned that according to an Indian Labour Report (2007), 300 million youth would enter the labour force by 2025. The main issue to address today is not just providing employment but of increasing the employability of labour force in India. He said that skill deficit among the labour force has been recognized as a major factor that drives a large number towards low income levels and perpetrates inequality. Consequently, the Finance Minister said that the thrust on skill development as well as on ‘Make in India’ are Government’s endeavors to improve employability and generate employment avenues. 

The Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley informed the trade union representatives that a cause for concern is that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of employment decelerated during 2004-05 to 2011-12 to 0.5 per cent, as compared to the 2.8 per cent growth during 1999-2000 to 2004-05. Highlighting the major initiatives of his Government in labour sector, the Finance Minister said that the Apprentice Act 1961 was amended on 18.12.2014 to make it more responsive to industry and youth. He said that the Government is also working affirmatively to bring a single uniform law for MSME sector to ensure their operational efficiency and improve productivity while ensuring job creation at a large scale. The Finance Minister further said that a unified Labour Portal Scheme called ‘Shram Suvidha Portal’ has been launched to for timely redressal of grievances and to create a conducive environment for industrial development. Its main features are : (1) Unique Labour Identification Number (LIN) allotted to around six lakhs units facilitating online registration. (2) Filing of self-certified, simplified single online return instead of 16 separate returns by industries. (3) Transparent Labour Inspection Scheme via computerized system as per risk based criteria and uploading of Inspection Reports within 72 hours by labour inspectors. He said that many States like Rajasthan have also introduced major reforms in three labour legislations viz. the Industrial Disputes Act, the Factories Act and the Contract Labour Act. 

The meeting was attended among others by Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance, , Shri Shaktikanta Dass, Revenue Secretary, Shri Ratan P. Watal, Secretary (Expenditure), Dr Hasmukh Aadhia, Secretary (DFS), Ms. Ardhana Johri, Secretary (Disinvestment), Secretary, Labour, Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser, Ms. Anita Kapur, Chairperson, CBDT and Shri Kaushal Srivastava, Chairman, CBEC. Among the representatives of Trade Union Groups attended the meeting included Shri Vrijesh Upadhyay (BMS), Shri B.Surendran (BMS), Shri S.Q.Zama (INTUC), Shri K.K.Tiwari, (INTUC), Shri D.L.Sachdev (AITUC), Shri S.D.Tyagi (HMS), Shri Surendra Lal (HMS), Shri Tapan Sen (CITU), Shri R.K.Sharma (AIUTUC), Shri S.P.Tiwary (TUCC), Smt. Jyotiben Macwan (SEWA), Smt. Manali Shah (SEWA), Shri Santosh Roy (AICCTU), Shri M.Shanmugam (LPF), Shri Deepak Jaiswal (NFITU), Shri Shrikant Lachake (NFITU), Ms Panudda Boonpala (ILO) and Shri Ashok Ghosh (UTUC). 

Various suggestions were made by representatives of representatives of Trade Union Groups. Major suggestions include more allocation for social security schemes for workers, same wages for contract labour as being paid to regular worker for the same job on the principle of ‘same pay for same work’, regularization of Contract Labour after certain time, to ensure strict compliance of labour laws by MNCs, prior consultation with trade unions before initiating any amendment of any laws affecting directly or indirectly the interests of labour force, and increase in minimum wages based on the decision of the Raptakos Judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court . 

Other suggestions include to keep prices of food items and other essential items under check, increase in purchasing power of common man, make living easies for them, revival of viable sick industries, post budget interaction with representatives of trade unions, expansion of MGNREGA to all the districts and increase in number of working days to 200, more allocation of funds in budget for social sector including health and education sector and 10% cut in defence expenditure, no privatization of coal, railways and insurance sectors, PF Act be amended to cover every employee/worker under EPF Act, and role of labour market institutions be strengthened among others. 

Other suggestions include raise in Corporate tax, impose tax on SEZ and FDIsand use this for enhanced social security expenditures, convergence of all medical schemes and benefits into one scheme for the benefit of unorganized sector workers, support price for tea, rubber, cardamom and other agriculture products , budgetary support for traditional industries like jute, textiles, handloom, silk and carpet, establish universal PDS, and special package to retrieve the closed and abandoned plantations etc. among others.


President launches Pulse Polio Programme for 2015 

Shri J P Nadda credits sustained hard work and support of volunteers and partners for ‘Polio Free India’ 

The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee launched the Pulse Polio programme for 2015 by administering polio drops to children less than five years old, at the Rahstrapati Bhawan, here today. Tomorrow is the National Immunization Day. Around 174 million children of less than five years across the country will be given polio drops as part of the drive of Government of India to sustain polio eradication from the country. 

Speaking at the function on the eve of the National Immunization Day, the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda applauded the sustained hard work of nearly 23 lakh volunteers and 1.5 lakh supervisors, along with donor partners for eradicating polio from India. The Health Minister stated that there has been no case of wild polio since 13 January 2011. India was certified Polio Free last year, and is part of the 11 countries of South-East Asia Region of WHO (along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People`s Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste) which are polio free. 

Affirming that India is looking forward to playing a major role in the implementation of “Polio endgame strategy”, the Minister informed about introduction of inactivated polio vaccine in routine immunization program and a switch from trivalent OPV to bivalent OPV six months later in a synchronized manner globally. 

The Health Minister stated that efforts to keep the country polio free are being sustained. Being mindful of the risk of importation from other countries including the neighbourhood, immunity against polio infection is maintained through National and Sub National Polio rounds along with sustained high quality polio surveillance. A travel advisory has also been issued as per WHO guidelines to vaccinate all travellers who are travelling between India and eight polio-infected countries comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Cameroon, Syria, Ethiopia, Somalia & Kenya. Moreover, Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP) has been put in place under which Rapid Response Teams (RRT) have been formed in all States/UTs to respond urgently to any importations. 


Ministry of Water Resources to celebrate 2015-16 as Jal Kranti Varsh 

The Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ms Uma Bharati today said that the Year 2015-16 will be celebrated as ‘Jal Kranti Varsh (Year)’ across the country. Delivering the valedictory address at the 3rd India Water Week here, she said the programme will be celebrated in each district of the country and all efforts will be made to conserve and save water. She also informed that all the State Governments are on board in this noble mission. Referring to Prime Minister’s call for making Water Conservation a true Public Movement, She said, Centre and States should make joint efforts in this endeavour. 

Making a strong pitch for the revival of Yamuna, Ms Bharati said, inter-linking of rivers has achieved considerable progress and through Yamuna-Sharada link and Pancheswar project of Nepal, more water will flow in the Yamuna in the coming years. She said, Shri Narendra Modi during his Visit to Nepal in the middle of this year took the Pancheshwar issue with the highest authorities in Kathmandu. The Minister expressed confidence that by next year city of Mumbai will also get drinking water through linking of rivers. On Clean Ganga mission, She asserted that power mafia will be crushed and they will not be allowed to kill the holy river. 

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Prof Sanwar Lal Jat underlined the need for optimum utilisation of water resources for maximum irrigation. He also called upon all the stakeholders and the common man to take steps for recharge of ground water through small conservation methods. 

In his address, acting CEO, Australian Water Commission Richard Mcloughlin said, both the countries can cooperate in the areas like Clean Ganga Mission and Water management, besides in the specific areas like water markets, recovering water table, river-basin planning and irrigation water management. 
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