India and US to ties in the Field of Electronic Manufacturing and Information Technology

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chairing a meeting on the enrollment of Service Voters in Electoral Rolls, in New Delhi on January 14, 2015. The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar, the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Cabinet Secretary, Shri Ajit Seth are also seen.
India and US to Furher Strengthen their Ties in the Field of Electronic Manufacturing and Information Technology 

The USA, Under Secretary of State Ms. Catherine Novelli met the Minister for Communications and Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad last evening. 

The Minister shared the Digital India vision with the Under Secretary and its broad constituents namely- the digital infrastructure, digital delivery of services and digital empowerment of citizens. He informed the Under Secretary about Idukki- the first district where NOFN has been commissioned. The government is in the process of digitizing the services of the states. We have launched Digital Literacy Mission to educate the citizens about the usage of digital technology. He shared the recent initiative of Jeevan Pramaan- a biometric identity based pension certification system and the biometric attendance system. MyGov is a participative platform developed for citizens to take active participation in the process of governance. Electronic manufacturing is an area that this government is promoting in a big way. The government has launched various incentives for promoting manufacturing in India. 

The Under Secretary Ms. Novelli expressed that the companies from the USA are very excited to join India in promoting manufacturing. But she felt that the constraints of global supply chain must also be understood while promoting Make in India. Minister assured the Under Secretary that if US companies are investing in India, they will be treated at par with the Indian companies and they are not subjected to any different conditions for investing in India. If they manufacture in India, they not only sell their products in India but also export it to the rest of the world and avail incentives. 

The Minister shared that the Cyber Security is another area of great concern for cooperation between India and the USA. He further raised the issue of governance of Internet and net neutrality. The Under Secretary felt that the discussions on internet governance has become more broad based and inclusive. There is a need to have dialogues with engineers, IT professionals, companies, stakeholders. Net neutrality is an area on which the US federal government has taken a firm stand that we do not want any compromises on net neutrality. To this the Minister shared that the Internet must promote local along with the global. For India, net neutrality is very important. It is an instrument for the masses and it must remain an instrument for the masses. As far as government architecture to deal with this issue is concerned India is studying this and discussing it with stakeholders. 

Shri Ravi Shanker Prasad also shared with Ms. Novelli, India’s global representation in the internet governance the need to increase this. He felt that an open and democratic society must allow larger space to each other. Ms. Novelli said that it is very important for the USA also and the USA would like to see India playing larger role in the internet issues of the world. The USA is open to talk more about these issues and would like to be on the same side of these issues. 


Agreement for Commercializing Novel Superabsorbent Hydrogels Technology Signed 

            National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) an enterprise under the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and M/s Reliance Industries Limited, Mumbai executed an agreement for commercialization of “A Novel Superabsorbent Hydrogels” technology.  This involves a novel hydrophilic super absorbent polymer indigenously developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi to meet the requirements of water productivity in Agriculture. The scientists had successfully demonstrated the potential of resolving the problem of poor water use efficiency in agricultural crops. Besides, improved nutrient use efficiency, an array of other benefits have been achieved by using this product.

            NRDC is about to execute another agreement with a Chennai based company for the transfer of the same technology. NRDC has already executed agreements with five companies.

            Hydrogel absorbs a minimum of 350 times its weight of pure water at 500C. It exhibits absorbency at high temperatures suitable for semi-arid and arid regions. Besides, low rate of application it also improves physical properties of soil such as porosity, aggregate stability and hydraulic conductivity.

Key Characteristics:

·        Less affected by the presence of salts in its immediate environment
·        Improves physical properties of soils and the soil less media
·        Improves seed germination and the rate of seedling emergence
·        Improves root growth and density
·        Helps plants withstand prolonged moisture stress
·        Reduces nursery establishment period
·        Reduces irrigation and fertilization requirements of crops with improved input use efficiency

No undesirable effect on the crops raised in the fields treated with hydrogel has ever been observed or reported by the experimenters or the end users, the farmers


Press Note 

The Department of Health and Family Welfare proposes to introduce the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Amendment) Bill 2015  to amend the provisions of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003.  As part of pre-legislative consultations the said amendment Bill along with the notes on clauses have been placed at www. with a view to elicit the comments/views of the stakeholders including the general public.

The comments/views may be forwarded to Under Secretary (Tobacco Control), Department of Health and Family Welfare, Room No- 425 ‘C’, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 or emailed at ntcp.mohfw@gmail.comon or before 15th February, 2015.


Anant Geete Inaugurates International Workshop on ‘Performance Evaluation and Management of State Owned Enterprises 

Ask Country Representatives and CPSE Officials to Discuss Possibilities of Leveraging their Strengths to Collaborate and Expand their Operations 

GM Siddeshwara Calls for Ensuring the Growth of State Owned Enterprises as a Strong And Profitable Public Sector 

A two day long  international workshop on ‘Performance Evaluation and Management of State Owned Enterprises’ began here in New Delhi with a remark of  hope of finding possibilities of  future collaborations and expansion of  operations in varied areas by the Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Anant Geete. He was accompanied by the MoS Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri G.M Siddeshwara and Shri Kapil Dev Tripathi, Secretary Department of Public Enterprises, Shri Satish B. Agnihotri, Secretary, Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India  and Shri Arvind Subramanian,  noted economist and the currently, Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India on the occasion.

The Minister appreciated the initiative taken to bring together policy makers, academicians, SOE officers and experts in the field of management of SOEs from all over the world with the objective of sharing best practices and experiences in this area.  Welcoming the delegates he said It is heartening to note the overwhelming participation from both developed and developing countries and in my opinion this is a reflection of the continued relevance and importance of SOEs in the present liberalized economic environment.

He said , SOEs referred to as Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) in India have been  at the forefront of our country’s developmental efforts since independence. They have played a pivotal role in the balanced social, economic and industrial development of the country. The strong presence of CPSEs in strategic areas such as petroleum, mining, power generation and transmission, shipping etc have been the building blocks of our economy. With the opening up of our economy, CPSEs have been exposed to both national and international competitive forces and though they have risen to the challenge, there is scope for higher levels of performance.

The Boards of CPSEs have been provided with a large measure of flexibility and autonomy to deal with day to day management issues. In addition, we have identified select profit making CPSEs as Maharatna, Navratna or Miniratna and empowered their Boards with operational and financial powers in the areas of capital expenditure, investment in joint ventures/subsidiaries, human resources management, entering into technology joint ventures or strategic alliances, etc, Shri Geete added. He suggested the country representatives and CPSE officials to  take this opportunity to discuss possibilities of leveraging their respective strengths to collaborate and expand their operations.

The minister said  all organizations need to constantly reflect on their performance standards and work on strategies to constantly improve such standards and the organization of this workshop is outcome of such realization. While discussing the issue of performance of State Owned Enterprises, it is generally agreed that metrics of assessing performance cannot be completely similar to that of the private sectorSince, the challenges of management of SOEs remain more or less similar across countries; it would be very useful to learn about initiatives taken by other countries as we share our experiences in this regard, the minister noted.

Shri Geete expected of stimulating discussions on various issues relating to management and evaluation of performance of SOEs during the course of conference with suitable conclusions.  He said  an institutional network should be established which would allow cross learning on a continuous basis. Hoping that senior officers and Chief Executives and Directors of our CPSEs getting  benefitted  from the discussions in the workshop as well as interactions with their international peers and such interaction would lead to innovative policy interventions. He welcomed participating delegates coming from 11 countries and thanked the DPE as well as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World bank in organising the 1st ever such workshop in India.

Minister of State in the M/o Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Shri G.M Siddeshwara said India with its mixed economic system had accorded its State owned enterprises, known here as Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), a crucial role in facilitating balanced social, economic and regional development of the country. In terms of governance structure, our CPSEs come under the administrative jurisdiction of line Ministries and agencies such as Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Finance, Department of Personnel & Training, etc. coordinate matters concerning all CPSEs.

Shri Siddeshwara said the strong performance of our CPSEs can be gauged from the figures which speak for themselves. He said we started from 5 CPSEs in 1951 and there are  more 270 CPSEs operating in almost all critical sectors of the economy. Our CPSEs have aggregate investment of around ninety three thousand million US dollars and a turnover of more than sixty thousand million US dollars for the year 2012-13. The total net profit of 228 operating CPSEs was around twelve thousand million US dollars and our CPSEs contributed more than thirteen thousand million US dollars to the Central Exchequer by way of excise duty, customs duty, corporate tax, dividend, etc. during the year 2012-13.

The Minister said , Government is  aware of the dynamic nature of the business environment of CPSEs and has taken appropriate policy initiatives. The system of Memorandum of Understanding has facilitated the process of indication of the Government’s expectations to the management of CPSEs in an objective manner. In tune with the current business scenario, while profitability has been a major consideration for commercial CPSEs, parameters such as Research & Development, Corporate Governance, Exports, Capital Expenditure, Human Resources Development, Project Implementation, etc. have been given due importance in the MOUs of all CPSEs so that management of CPSEs does not lose sight of these important aspects.

He said Government of India remains fully committed to a strong and vibrant public sector so that it can supplement efforts of the Government to fulfil aspirations of the common people and to ensure development of all parts of the country with every section of the society getting its rightful benefits. The Government will continue to take appropriate and required policy measures to further improve the performance of CPSEs in the coming years. 

Shri Satish B. Agnihotri, Secretary, Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India in his presentation outlined the basics required to gauze the working and performance of State Owned Enterprises.  He deliberated on the challenges ahead and insisted on continuous learning and sharing of experiences from counterparts. He also advocated for the inculcation of new technologies to better the performance of SoEs.

Shri Arvind Subramanian,  noted economist and the currently, Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, in his address referred to the changes occurred in the Indian economy during the past 15 months and hailed the upward trend of positive signs and its revival notes. He said with the change of regime conditions on economic front have also become favorable for India.  Mr. Subramanian emphasized on the enhanced investment by the public sector   towards the economic growth .

The workshop will have 06 Plenary Sessions.

1       The speakers in these sessions include: Mr. Alexandre Arrobbio, Practice Manager, Governance, South Asia Region, World Bank; Mr. Bruno Cirilo Mendonça de Campos, COPAR, Brazil; Dr. Ravi Ramamurti, D’Amore-McKim Distinguished Professor of International Business & Strategy; Director, Center for Emerging Markets, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Boston, USA; Prof. Junki Kim, Professor of Public Policy, Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University,– Mr. Rajan S Katoch, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India;  Prof. Rehman Sobhan, Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh ; Dr. K.R.S. Murthy, former Director, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; Mr. Richard Ndubai, former Head, Public Sector Reforms Unit, Office of the President, Kenya and currently Consultant – implementing Performance Management System in the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho;  Prof. Gelase Mutahaba, Professor of Public Administration, Department of Political Science and Public Administration; Tanzania Dr. V. Gopal, Dean, Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappall;i Dr. Damber S Kharka, Director,  Corporate Performance Department, Druk Holdings and Investments (DHI), Bhutan; Mr. Wonhee Lee, Director, Research Center for State-Owned Entities, Korea Institute of Public Finance (KIPF)  Dr. G.P. Pokhariyal, Professor of Mathematics, School of Mathematics, University of Nairobi; Ms. Sheoli Pargal, Lead Economist, World Bank Group; Mr. Liu Yuan, Deputy Director General, Bureau of Performance Assessment, SASAC/China; – Dr. A.K. Rath, Chairman & Professor, Centre for Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility, IMI; – Dr. R.K. Mishra, Director, Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad; Prof. M. Panduranga Vithal, Professor of Finance and Strategy, Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore; Mr. Chongmin Du, Director, Bureau of Enterprise Remuneration, SASAC / China and  Chairmen & Managing Directors of    Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited: Shri Mr. B.P. Rao; National Thermal Power Corporation Limited: Dr. Arup Roy Choudhury;  Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited: Ms. Nishi Vasudeva and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited: Dr. R.K. Tyagi.

The sessions are being chaired by Mr. Anil Razdan, former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Power; Mr. R.C. Panda former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises; Dr. Ajay Dua, former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Industry &Commerce; Prof. Junki Kim, Professor of Public Policy, Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University; Mr. Richard Ndubai, former Head, Public Sector Reforms Unit, Office of the President, Kenya and currently Consultant – implementing Performance Management System in the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho and Mr. Alexandre Arrobbio, Practice Manager, Governance, South Asia Region, World Ban

The topics of these sessions are as follows:

Existing Models of Governance of SOEs, Structure of Performance Contracts in SOEs, Measurement of the Performance of SOEs vis-à-vis targets given in Performance Contracts, Methods of Progressive yet Realistic Target Setting and Linkages of Performance Outcomes with Incentives.

These sessions will focus on issues of enabling environment including the policy environment, the various ownership models of SOEs, inter-relationship with administrative ministries/regulating institutions/audit institutions, accountability and corporate governance issues etc. Also, Issues like scope of performance contracts in SOEs in various countries including the performance indicators in the financial and non-financial parameters, institutional structure for performance monitoring, the actual process of contracting and frequency of reviews etc will also be given pondering. 

Moreover, there will be issues like measurement methodology, scale of measurement, scoring/grading, measurement of non-financial parameters, types of evaluation – self-evaluation, 360 degree evaluation, balanced score cards, third party evaluation, techniques for inputting findings from evaluation for system improvements etc for consideration.

In addition, issues like methods of target setting for SOEs, benchmarking techniques, alignment with national priorities/state priorities, compare and contrast with issues of target setting in private sector etc will also be discussed.

Ultimately, the focus will be on how performance evaluation and outcomes are linked to incentives which may be monetary/non-monetary in nature, challenges in implementing incentive systems, successful practices in this area, leveraging technology etc.


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