Let 2015 be a Year of Peace, Progress and Harmony, says President in his New Year Message to Governors

Let 2015 be a Year of Peace, Progress and Harmony, says President in his New Year Message to Governors

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivered through Video Conferencing a New Year Message to the Governors/Lt. Governors using the National Knowledge Network from Rashtrapati Bhavan today (January 10, 2015).

Addressing the Governors/Lt. Governors, the President said the year gone by is significant. After three decades, the General Elections 2014 provided a stable government at the Centre with a clear majority for a single party, with a mandate for good governance. To realize the aspirations of our countrymen and guide India’s rightful ascent in the comity of nations, both the Central and the State Governments have to collectively share the responsibility.

The President reminded that as Governors, they are the first citizens of their states. They draw their authority from the Constitution and are oath-bound to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution and work for the welfare of the people of the state. India’s secular, democratic fabric is guaranteed by the Constitution. The Preamble proclaims securing to all its citizens ‘liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship’. They are further guaranteed by Articles 19 to 28 of the Constitution. The Constitution respects all religions. We have to be ever vigilant against all efforts to disturb peace and tranquility. Celebration of plurality, promotion of tolerance and understanding amongst all sections of the society must guide action in the discharge of Constitutional duties.

The President said Governors have the responsibility to play an active part in the development of Fifth and Sixth Scheduled Areas. The scourge of Left Wing Extremism should be tackled through the twin-pronged strategy of development and deterrence. For those who are Governors and Lt. Governors in States and Union Territories having international borders, another major issue is security in the border areas. While India is committed to peace and non-violence, we cannot afford the luxury of being complacent on our borders. Repeated violations of the ceasefire on the Line of Control and recent incidents of incursions off our coastal line are a matter of serious concern. We should be ready to take all steps necessary to ensure both internal and external security, and protect territorial integrity of our nation.

The President said education is an essential part of development. A sound education system is the bedrock of an enlightened society. He called upon Governors to pay special attention to educational institutions to ensure that they provide quality education and inculcate the core civilizational values of patriotism, compassion, honesty, tolerance, performance of duty and respect for women.

The President said a number of important initiatives like Swachh Bharat Mission, Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Make in India campaign and the Digital India programme have been launched in 2014. For successful implementation of these initiatives, wise leadership and gentle influence of Governors is essential. Their power of persuasion can act as a catalyst in this process of transformation. He called upon all contribute to the process of change.


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting with Australian Delegation led by Mr. Andrew Robb, at New Sachivalaya, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 10, 2015.

PM's bilateral engagements on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat summit - Jan 10, 2015

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the Second Minister for Trade & Industry of Singapore, Mr. S. Iswaran, at New Sachivalaya, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 10, 2015.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met the Prime Minister of Bhutan Mr. Tshering Tobgay, on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat summit in Gandhinagar. The two leaders discussed security cooperation in the light of recent incidents of violence in Assam. The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts made by Bhutan for intensive vigilance in the border areas and real time sharing of information. Cooperation in the Hydropower sector was also discussed. A total of ten Indian-assisted hydropower projects will have a combined capacity of well over 6400 MW by 2022-23.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the Japanese delegation led by the State Minister for Economy, Trade & Industry of Japan, Mr. Yosuke Takagi, at New Sachivalaya, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 10, 2015.

In his meeting with Lord Ian Livingstone, the Minister of Trade and Investment, United Kingdom, the Prime Minister appreciated the extensive cooperation extended by the UK as a partner country for the Vibrant Gujarat summit. Both sides expressed keenness to deepen cooperation in areas such as education, science and technology. The Prime Minister invited investment from UK, especially in sectors such as telecom, defence, railways and other manufacturing. Counter-terror cooperation was also discussed particularly in light of the recent attacks in Paris.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the Japanese delegation led by the State Minister for Economy, Trade & Industry of Japan, Mr. Yosuke Takagi, at New Sachivalaya, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 10, 2015.

The Prime Minister met Australian Trade Minister Mr. Andrew Robb and the Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird. Trade and counter-terror cooperation dominated the discussions. The Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) also came up for discussion.

In his meeting with Mr. S Iswaran, Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, the Prime Minister expressed happiness at Singapore`s participation in Vibrant Gujarat as a partner country. The Prime Minister said he looked forward to Singapore President Tony Tan`s visit to India next month. Both sides discussed cooperation in sectors such as smart cities, urban planning, water management and skill development.

The Prime Minister welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Mr. Janusz Piechocinski, on his first visit to India. Both sides discussed cooperation in the mining sector, and cooperation in defence manufacturing as part of the Make in India vision.

The Prime Minister met Mr. Yosuke Takagi, Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Both sides agreed to quickly implement the agreement between Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister Modi on doubling Japanese investment in India.


Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad to Commission India First Hi-Speed Rural Broadband Network in Kerala

Hon’ble Minister for Communications & IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad will be commissioning India’s First Hi-Speed Rural Broadband Network in Idukki District, Kerala under the Digital India Programme at a function to be held in Thiruvananthapuram at 12th January, 2015 at 5.30 p.m.

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala Shri Oommen Chandy will be the Guest of Honour at the function which will be held in the august presence of Shri P.K. Kunhalikutty, Hon’ble Minister for Industries & IT, Govt. of Kerala, Shri M.K. Muneer, Hon’ble Minister for Panachayats & Social Welfare, Govt. of Kerala, Shri P.J. Joseph, Hon’ble Minister, Irrigation, Govt. of Kerala, Shri V.S. Achuthanandan, Hon’ble Leader of Opposition, Kerala, Shri V. Muraleedharan, State President BJP, Kerala and Shri Joice George, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Idukki.

The event marks a key milestone in ushering in a new era of Digital India. NOFN is the largest rural connectivity project of its kind in the world. It seeks to link each of the 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats of India through Broadband optical fibre network. On its completion, NOFN is expected to facilitate Broadband connectivity to over 600 million rural citizens of the country.

NOFN, which is being funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt. of India is envisaged as a non-discriminatory telecom infrastructure, which will bridge the gap in rural telecom access.

NOFN will enable each of the 2.5 Lakh GPs to have 100 Mbps of bandwidth, thereby facilitating the delivery of various e-Services and applications including e-health, e-education, e-governance and e-commerce in the future.

In the first phase NOFN shall be extended to cover 50,000 GPs, with the balance 2,00,000 GPs expected to be covered in a phased manner by 2016. The project is being implemented by three central PSUs (CPSUs) namely BSNL, PGCIL and Railtel in the phase first.

A key feature of the project is that the GPON equipment used in the project has been indigenously designed and developed by C-DOT and manufactured domestically. The project will be centrally managed by BBNL through a high capacity Network Management System being developed by C-DOT.

With the commissioning of Idukki, the district, which is relatively inaccessible and has a large tribal and rural population, will become the first district in the country to have all its GPs connected through NOFN. It is expected that the establishment of NOFN would open up new avenues for access service providers like mobile operators, cable TV Operators etc. to launch next generation services, and spur creation of local employment opportunities encompassing e-commerce, IT outsourcing etc. as well as services such as e-banking, e-health and e-education for inclusive growth. This will also enable delivery of various services such as local planning, management, monitoring and payments under Government schemes at panchayat level.

Digital India is a flagship programme of the Central Government which aims to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The provision of broadband connectivity to every citizen is one of the key objectives of Digital India, and the commissioning of the NOFN network at Idukki is expected to mark a significant step towards realization of this ambitious vision.

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