Health Minister Shri J P Nadda chairs high level inter-ministerial meeting on JE/AES

Health Minister Shri J P Nadda chairs high level inter-ministerial meeting on JE/AES 

Assures affected five states all technical and financial support 

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda chaired a high-level inter-ministerial meeting of secretaries/senior officials from participating Ministries/Departments of the Government of India, as also health secretaries of five states affected by JE/AES, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Tamil Nadu, here today. The participating Ministries/Departments were Drinking Water and Sanitation; Women and Child Development; Social Justice and Empowerment; Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation; School Education and Literacy; and Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries. 

The Minister emphasised that the stakeholders do everything in their means to prevent deaths due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). While vaccination in JE has helped in dramatic reduction of mortality due to this disease, it was necessary to maintain high coverage and implement vector control measures in a coordinated manner for AES. The Ministers pointed out that clean drinking water is a key requirement and for this purpose he urged that the States to make full use of the funding made available by the Department of Drinking Water & Supply. Noting that a large number of children affected by JE and AES becomes disabled with physical, mental and neurological disorder, it was agreed that the District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC) should be made fully functional. The Minister advised that the Central Ministries should depute officers to visit the affected States particularly field areas for addressing various problems which may arise in actual implementation of the schemes. 

The states made detailed presentations on the status of the activities being undertaken to prevent and clinically mange the JE/AES cases. The Health Minister assured that the Centre will provide all technical support through the Dept. of Health Research, ICMR and NVBDCP. 

Shri Nadda stated that while he has already toured Tamil Nadu to assess the situation first hand, he will be visiting Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh this month and other affected areas very shortly. 

The Union Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj lighting the lamp at the inaugural session of the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 07, 2015.

External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Inaugurates Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 
Exhorts Global Indian Youth to Come, Connect, Celebrate, Contribute to build Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat 

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015

External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gandhinagar today, as a precursor to the main Pravasi Bharatiya Divas starting tomorrow. She exhorted young global Indians to come, Connect, Celebrate and  Contribute to build Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.
Smt. Sushma Swaraj speaking at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas said, what excites the world today is India`s economy which is showing new dynamism under the new government under PM Narendra Modi. Even though situated thousands of  miles away, Indian Diaspora have kept the spirit of Bharat alive. The Minister said,  providing skills to  our people, particularly the young, is also our priority

The External Affairs Minister and Overseas Affairs Minister said that she feels great joy in addressing this gathering of youth from across the world, who share a special bond with India, a bond of the heart. Speaking to the young generation of Pravasis, she said that this Youth PBD is about 3Cs.

The Union Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj addressing at the inaugural session of the youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 07, 2015.

The first C is Connect.
Today, an estimated 25 million people of Indian origin and non-resident Indians live and work outside India. The Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas is essentially a platform to connect this Indian diaspora with the motherland and involve the diaspora in the development and advancement of India. With this PBD we mark 100 years of the return of the greatest ‘Pravasi Bharatiya’, Shri Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who arrived back in India from South Africa on January 9, 1915, she said. Today, India is seen as a rising power, and appreciated across the world for the way it has converged strong democratic institutions with rapid development. The biggest asset of this new India is its youth.
Even though India is an old civilization, today it is also one of the youngest countries in the world, with more than 50 per cent of our population being under the age of 25, which means that soon one fifth of the world’s working age population will be in India.
The Youth PBD seeks to connect the new generation of Indians who are confident, aspirational and transcend the old boundaries of caste and class, the minister said.
The second C is Celebrate.
We want the young Pravasis to take pride in the history and civilizational heritage of India which is their cultural inheritance. M K Gandhi came back to India a hundred years ago and brought about momentous changes to this land, which made him a Mahatma. Gandhi thought that it was necessary for him to get to know India better before he launched himself into the national freedom movement. He went around the country on trains, always traveling in third class, to be among the people, and observed many things about the country. This voyage of discovery opened his eyes to the true face of India and its problems, which he then set out to solve. To know more about India, its traditions, and its art and culture, a session on ‘Bharat ko Jano’ will tell you that zero and the decimal system were India’s gift to the world. The value of ‘Pi’ was first calculated by Budhayana in the sixth century. The world’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. The earliest school of medicine known to humans was Ayurveda which was consolidated by Charaka, the father of medicine, some 2,500 years ago.

Ideas such as non-violence, tolerance and respect for diversity and difference are enshrined in our way of life and have shown the world the way to live with peace and harmony. In second plenary session called ‘Bharat ko Mano’ tells youth about the remarkable strides that modern India has taken, especially in the fields of science and technology. The nation which gave the world the concept of zero, has also mastered the nuclear cycle, sent expeditions to Antarctica and even unmanned missions to the moon and Mars. In fact ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission ‘Mangalyaan’ was recently named among the best inventions of 2014 by TIME magazine. The spacecraft, which took just four years from feasibility study to arrival in Mars orbit, cost approximately 25 million dollars, less than the budget for the Hollywood film ‘Gravity’. India also became the first nation to reach Mars orbit in its very first attempt.

India’s soft power has also been spreading around the world. The intensity of India’s international engagement has also increased manifold which can be seen from the calendar of high level visits both to and from India. Prime Minister Modi’s out-of-the-box initiatives and whirlwind tours have raised India’s global profile. In a few days from now President Obama will grace our Republic Day parade as the Chief Guest, she said. The Indian economy which is now the third largest in terms of purchasing power parity,  is showing new dynamism under the NDA government , with a complete transformation in the business sentiment vis-à-vis India.

To enhance ease of doing business, the Government has taken multiple steps to simplify procedures, rationalize rules and increase use of technology for efficient and effective governance. Efforts are on to identify obsolete laws and regulations which need to be repealed. Skilling our people, particularly the young, is also a priority.

There is also a clear focus on infrastructure. Several steps have been taken to enhance financing of infrastructure, and we have moved towards a more transparent policy on natural resources. Given the enormous requirements for infrastructure development over the next few years, foreign investment is going to be extremely important.

And the third C – Contribute.

We want you, the Pravasis, to contribute to the development of India. We want you to participate in the vision that Prime Minister Modi has for India’s future. We have launched several programmes that have the potential to transform India. The Jan Dhan Yojana, the world’s largest programme of financial inclusion, has just crossed the 100 million mark and 98.4 per cent of households in India now have bank accounts.

The Swachh Bharat campaign for cleanliness has become a mass movement. This is an issue that affects not only people’s health but is also an attack on social ills like untouchability and manual scavenging.

The ‘Make in India’ programme signals our commitment to transforming India into the manufacturing hub of the world.

The ‘Digital India’ initiative aims at delivering government services electronically by 2018. It will encompass not only e-governance, but also broad­band for all, IT-enabled education and telemedicine. We have already rolled out biometric attendance in government offices as a practical example of this initiative.

The Smart Cities programme aims to build 100 smart cities in India which will be well-planned, technologically integrated and environment-friendly.

The Government has been working in mission mode to implement all these programmes. The Modi Government is fully committed to good governance, efficiency, accountability, transparency, and speedy decision making. There are tremendous opportunities today for you to join us, especially in the fields of manufacturing, infrastructure development, education, health, skills development, science and technology, research and innovation, knowledge economy and youth development as part of our effort to realise India’s full potential. Friends, just as Mahatma Gandhi was the greatest ambassador of peace, non-violence and truth during his time, you can become the ambassadors of the new India. Today, the pravasi is the most significant example of India’s ‘soft power’. Through your work abroad as software gurus, tech wizards, eminent academics and trail blazing business persons, a clear and powerful message of India’s capabilities has been conveyed to the world. Your honest work ethic, law abiding and hard working nature have contributed to the global image of India and Indians.

The Minister said that most important of all, the diaspora have retained a bit of India in their hearts. Even though situated thousands of miles away, you have kept the spirit of Bharat alive. For some of you this may be the very first visit to the land of your fathers or forefathers. For some others it may be yet another link in the voyage of discovery that you have embarked upon. So global Indians, come, Connect, Celebrate, Contribute and become a part of the momentous transformation taking place in the country to build Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

Earlier, delivering the keynote address, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda  Sonowal said, Indian diaspora shared strong links with motherland and have been partners in progress. He said overseas Indian remittances totalled $ 70 billion last fiscal. The Minister further said "these are exciting times for partnering. Ideas and investments are needed for Clean Ganga, Smart Cities and Make In India initiatives, which in turn offer tremendous opportunities". He said the government is also simplifying rules to promote engagement for building a modern India.

Two interesting sessions on the opening day deal with themes - `Bharat Ko Jaano` focusing on Indian Diaspora youth linkage with traditions, culture and philosophy, and `Bharat Ko Maano` highlighting innovations and contributions of  modern India.

           Also speaking during the inaugural function , the British MP , Priti Patel informed the gathering that the British Prime Minister , David Cameron is keen to deepen ties with India.She said her government is going to honour Mahatma Gandhi with a statue in London this year.

         Speaking later , Dr. Rashmi Das , Chairperson , World Organisation of Students & Youth highlighted the virtues of Indians as knowledge seekers and peaceful . Now under Prime Minister Modi , Indians are also acquiring the virtues of work efficiency .


19th National Youth Festival, 2015 to be held at Guwahati, Assam from 8th to 12th January 

The 19th National Youth Festival is to be held at Guwahati, Assam from 8th to 12th January, 2015 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the Greatest Youth Icon of India. Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi will be the Chief Guest and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affair and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal will preside over the opening ceremony at Nehru Stadium, Guwahati. 

National Youth Festival is one of the most important events organized by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports wherein about 5000 youth from all over the country congregate to show their grit and metal in the field of art and culture. 

The five-day festival will showcase various shades of youth talent through Yuva Kriti, Food Festival, Young Artist Camp, Youth Convention, Suvichar and Adventure activities. Besides these there will be other competitive and non-competitive events which will reflect youth power from different states. 

The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge), Shri Sarbananda Sonowal delivering the keynote address at the inaugural session of the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 07, 2015.

Speech of Shri Sarbananda Sonowal at “Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas” at Gandhinagar, Gujarat 

Following are the excerpts of the speech of the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal at “Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas” at Gandhinagar, Gujarat today:

            “At the outset, I would like to compliment the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs for creating an excellent platform in the form of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, for engaging with the distinguished Indian Diaspora from around the world and more so, for deciding to celebrate the first day of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas as the Youth PBD. 

            The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas this year is very special, as we celebrate the centenary of the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa as a Pravasi Indian. Mahatma Gandhi was 24 year-old young Indian when he first landed in South Africa and then, he led a non-violent struggle for justice in South Africa for 21 years, before finally returning to India to lead us to freedom.

            The youth are indeed the most dynamic and vibrant segment of the population in any country. India is one of the youngest nations in the world, with about 65% population under 35 years of age.    It is expected that by the year 2020, the population of India would have a median age of 28 years only as against 38 years for US, 42 years for China and 48 years for Japan.

            The Indian Youth have always been highly talented, hard-working and enterprising. A large number of young Indians have moved to various parts of the world and have made valuable contributions. A sizeable section of Overseas Indian community comprises of highly skilled young professionals, who have been extremely successful in their respective spheres of work. Indian IT professionals command respect all over the world. Today, over a dozen top Global Corporations have Indian CEOs, including MicroSoft, Pepsico and Deutsche Bank.

            Despite their success around the world, the Indian Diaspora have continued to share strong bonds with their motherland.  They have continued to play an important role in supporting the India growth story in many ways. During 2013-14, the Overseas Indians sent home remittances totalling about 70 billion US Dollars, making India the global leader in terms of receipt of such remittances.

            These are exciting times in India.  The new Government under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji, has embarked on the mission of building a united, strong and modern India – “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat”, following the principle of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”.  A number of path-breaking initiatives have been taken during last 7 months. ‘Make in India’ campaign has been launched to develop India as a global manufacturing hub. ‘Digital India’ initiative seeks to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. ‘Skill India’ is being launched to impart necessary skills to prepare Indians for the opportunities in Indian Economy as also the opportunities abroad. A number of initiatives, including Smart Cities Project, have been launched for developing infrastructure. ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ and ‘Clean Ganga’ Mission have been launched for building a clean and green India.

            All these initiatives of the Government require active involvement and support of all stakeholders. Huge investments will be necessary. The young Indian Diaspora can play an important role in this ambitious task of building a modern and prosperous India. The Government has also initiated various steps to facilitate this process by simplifying rules and procedures for the Overseas Indians.

            My Ministry is engaged in the noble task of developing the personality and leadership qualities of the youth by involving them in community service and various nation-building activities. This is being done, inter-alia, through two youth volunteer organisations, namely, National Service Scheme (NSS) and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS). NYKS currently has 8.1 million youth volunteers enrolled through 2.85 lakh youth clubs with presence in entire rural India and NSS has 3.3 million student volunteers in senior secondary schools and colleges all over the country.  In fact, NSS was started in 1969, the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi had once said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. In the same spirit, the Motto of NSS is “Not Me, but You”. The Overseas Indian youth willing to make contribution to various social causes can connect to these organisations and work with them. In fact, some of these volunteers are present here today. This is an opportunity for the Indian Diaspora to interact with them.

            I am glad to inform that  in addition  to the task of developing the personality and leadership qualities of the youth, my Ministry is also conducting Post Graduate and Graduate academic courses in Sports Coaching, Sports Medicine, Physical Education, Yoga, Youth Empowerment, Gender Studies, Life Skills Education, Career Counselling and other research and doctorate programme through our reputed institutions like Sports Authority of India`s Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Trivandrum,  Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior, and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development, Sriperumbudur (Tamilnadu).

            India is one of the oldest civilization of the world and the world is a witness to the rich traditions and literature such as Vedas and Upanishads which speaks not only about religion but also about the human values and duties towards family and society.  The tradition of joint family and family values has been kept alive in India. On this occasion, I call upon all Pravasi Bharityas to preserve the values and traditions of their forefathers who came from India to different parts of the world to spread the word of human values.  Stable family makes a Stable Society and a stable society leads to a stable Nation.    India has a great past and our Government has set out on the task of projecting India and its richness to the world. I take this opportunity to urge upon all young Overseas Indians to join us in this gigantic task to spread the richness, talent and values of Indian tradition to the different parts of the World. 

            In the end, I once again convey my best wishes to all our Overseas Indian friends and all the distinguished delegates present here. I am confident that the deliberations during the Youth PBD today will result in further strengthening our ties with our Overseas Indian friends.”

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