Shri J P Nadda at Vibrant Gujarat Health Summit: Research and innovation need to be people-centric

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda at the 7th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2015, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 12, 2015. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel, the Secretary (Health), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Lov Verma and other dignitaries are also seen.

Shri J P Nadda at Vibrant Gujarat Health Summit: Research and innovation need to be people-centric 

Any research in the field of medicine, whether it be in the area of medical equipments and devices, drugs or even in best practises and systems change, needs to have people at its centre. Innovation can be complete and meaningful only when it benefits the last person in the delivery chain, and those who are most vulnerable and needy. 

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda stated this while delivering the keynote address at the Vibrant Gujarat Health Summit at Gandhinagar, today. 

The Health Minister stated that there needs to be balance between medical needs and commercial needs. He pointed out that technological innovations even when they do not have commercial viability need to be pursued if these benefit humanity at large. A distinction needs to be made between technology that serves commercial ends and one that benefits mankind. The Health Minister stated that India with its predominant rural population needs innovations not only in medical technology to make drugs affordable and easily accessible, but also in improved systems that provide efficient health services to the last person in the delivery chain. Citing the example of the recently launched Mission Indradhanush, the Health Minister said that such systems have been devised with the aid of technology that will ensure that the partially covered and uncovered areas for universal immunisation of children against seven vaccine preventable diseases, are fully covered. “We have identified 201 high focus districts in the country in the first phase which have nearly 50% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children. These districts will be targeted by intensive efforts to improve the routine immunization coverage.” The Minister stated that of the 201 districts, 82 districts are in just four states of UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and nearly 25% of the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children of India are in these 82 districts of 4 states. 

The Health Minister emphasised on the need to have integrated research where all the research organisations operate in tandem and work on solutions to health problems challenging the country in unison. Moreover, it needs to be ensured that the research is people centric and benefits the needy, he pointed out. 

Shri J P Nadda assured that there is complete political commitment to resolving the health problems in the country. He affirmed that he is committed to removing all bottlenecks in the road to implementation of the health schemes, if there are any. 

Also present at the Health Summit were Shri Nitin Patel, Health Minister of Gujarat, Shri Lov Verma, Health Secretary, Ms. Nata Menabde, WHO Country representative and senior officials of the Government of Gujarat. 


Government has taken Several Measures to Attract Investments, Says Shri Rajnath Singh 

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has said that the Government has taken a series of measures to attract investments with special focus on providing an impetus to the manufacturing sector. Addressing the gathering at the `Vibrant Gujarat` Summit in Gandhinagar today, Shri Rajnath Singh that the Government has also moved ahead with putting in place the regulatory clearance systems that are business friendly. To this end, efforts are currently on to integrate a number of central and state services with the e-Biz portal, he added. 

The Union Home Minister said that the `Vibrant Gujarat` Summit is not just about investments, it is about injecting positivity in the economic environment. Shri Rajnath Singh said that the event is about bringing Global and Local inclusiveness in our economic processes. Encouraging the entrepreneurs to invest in India, he said the Government wants to know what more it needs to do to accelerate the pace of development of industry and business in the country. 

Shri Rajnath Singh said that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has changed the political idiom and political discourse in the country. Now everyone is talking about good governance and development in the country, he remarked. The Union Home Minister said that Gujarat is not only a `Land of Opportunities` but also a `Mother of Opportunities`. Shri Rajnath Singh said that Gujarat has made rapid strides in improving its physical and social infrastructure and has proved to be the growth engine of modern India. Over the years this Summit has transformed itself from an Investment Promotion Exercise into a Growth Propelling Event, he added. 

Highlighting the role of Mahatma Gandhi in India`s freedom struggle, the Union Home Minister said that Gujarat has given birth to many great personalities. Shri Rajnath Singh hailed the role of Sardar Patel in uniting the country and ensuring the integrity of the nation. 

Noting that the six `Vibrant Gujarat` summits held so far have been a resounding success, Shri Rajnath Singh said that the event has contributed to transformation of Gujarat into a global business hub. 


No Place for Violence in Democracy, Says Shri Rajnath Singh 

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has ruled out negotiations with any group indulging in violence. Attending the concluding ceremony of the 19th National Youth Festival in Guwahati today, Shri Rajnath Singh called upon the youth to wipe out violence from the country. He also said that there is no place for violence in democracy. 

Shri Singh urged the sportspersons to campaign to eradicate the drugs menace. The Home Minister said that the government has taken various steps to create employment opportunities. He said that the Centre and state governments would work in cooperation to provide employment to the youth. Paying tributes to Swami Vivekananda, the Home Minister remembered him as the source of inspiration for the youth of the entire world. 

Shri Rajnath Singh said that nobody can disconnect North East from rest of India. The Home Minister termed Guwahati and Assam as the highway of India connecting Delhi. Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi and Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also spoke on the occasion. Union Sports Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal and several sportspersons attended the programme. 


National Disaster Response Force Raising Day Celebration 

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is celebrating its 10th Raising Day on January 21, 2015. 

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will grace the occasion as the Chief Guest. The Raising Day function will be held at Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi. 

The NDRF has also arranged a live demonstration to create awareness about the disaster related issues. The demonstration would be organised at Hamsadhwani Open Air Theatre at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi in the afternoon. Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs will grace the occasion as the Chief Guest at the NDRF awareness programme. 


Module Released on the Occasion of 152nd Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda 

The Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ms.Vrinda Sarup, inaugurated the National Lecturer Series organised by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in New Delhi today. A module on Swami Vivekananda entitled “Swami Vivekananda and Education: Empowering Teacher Educators” prepared by NCTE, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development was also formally released on this occasion. 

While speaking the function, Ms. Vrinda Sarup, Secretary School Education & Literacy expressed her desire that the NCTE’s plans and interventions should explore the possibilities of preparing teachers and teacher educators for the 21st century. She further said that this event of celebrating Swami Vivekananda’s 152nd birth anniversary would be a great land mark in opening up the scope for inspiring young teacher educators who need to be empowered through such programmes. 

A key note lecture was delivered by Prof. Aniruddha Deshpande, National Secretary, Swami Vivekananda Sardh Shati Samaroh Samiti. He mentioned that Swamiji looked at education as a journey from individuality to personality. Prof. Deshpande made extensive references to the key ideas of Swamiji which are relevant for revamping the educational system today. 

Prof. Santosh Panda, Chairperson, National Council for Teacher Education, welcomed the dignitaries and the participating members and explained at length about the various steps taken by the NCTE to empower teachers and teacher educators, specifically the interventions presently introduced. 

In this Series, NCTE in order to offer effective coverage of the ideas has decided to organise lecturers and workshops all through the year, on great thinkers of the country. Some of them who figure in the list are: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Bharat Ratan Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Bharat Ratna Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Sri Aurobindo and Sant Kabir etc. 

The function was attended by senior officers from the Ministry of HRD, Heads of Educational Institutions, Educationists, Deans/Professors, teachers and students from different schools/colleges. 


PIB launches Webpage on Swami Vivekananda 

The Press Information Bureau today launched a webpage to mark the 152nd Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, which is also celebrated as National Youth Day. The webpage, which is linked to the PIB website, contains rare archival photographs of Vivekananda and audio recordings of Swami Vivekananda’s famous speech at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago on September 11, 1893. The slides on the website document Swami Vivekananda’s journey, in a chronological way, from early childhood days, to his meeting with Ramakrishna Parahamsa, his tour across India and the World, and his experience at the Parliament of Religions. 

The page has been constructed from material obtained from the Exhibition Wing of DAVP, Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, Howrah, Advaita Ashram, Kolkota and Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi. Features on Swami Vivekananda, by eminent journalists, is also a part of the page. 


ACC Appointment 

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of tenure of Shri Ramesh Abhishek, IAS (BH:82), as Chairman, Forward Markets Commission for a period of three months beyond 08.01.2015 or until the appointment of the new incumbent or until further orders, whichever is earliest. 


Modi Government is Committed to Provide Affordable and Clean Power 24x7 for all 

Speaking at a seminar “Sustainable Energy for All ” on the sidelines of Vibrant Gujarat, in Gandhinagar today, the Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal said that his government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is committed to delivering 24x7 power for all. This requires significant augmentation of energy generation, effective transmission and distribution system and finally efficient consumption. At the same time, he reiterated that commitment to economic development and concern for environment, go hand in hand. 

Energy for all is at the centre of all plans. India is enormously energy starved, since average per capita consumption is just a tinge over 900 units per year versus Gujarat at 1,800 units and developed countries at 15,000 a year. 280 million people in 56 million homes are bereft of any electricity whatsoever. Further, a large number of people who are connected to the grid, receive sporadic and inconsistent electricity in many states of India. He hoped to make a long-lasting, transformative impact on the lives of millions of fellow Indians. 

In the last 7 months, since assuming office, the govt. has focused on increasing production of key inputs for power generation. The action plan for doubling production of Coal India Limited to 1 billion tons in 5 years is ready. His Ministry is tripling exploration, investing $1 Billion for 250 additional rakes and expediting evacuation (particularly, 3 critical railway lines which can evacuate 200 million tons). Within a month of the Supreme Court`s judgment cancelling 204 coal blocks, the centre promulgated an ordinance and the auction process has already begun in the most transparent e-bidding format. This will help in augmentation of domestic production and go a long way in eliminating the need to import thermal coal, at great cost to the exchequer. The govt. has also initiated a coal linkage rationalization exercise to link plants with their nearest coal mines to ensure minimum transportation of coal, unclog railway network, reduce ash related damage to the environment and pass-on the savings of approx. $1 billion to the consumers. The first swap has already been completed between Gujarat and NTPC-Sipat in Chhattisgarh, saving the consumers, particularly Gujarat, $50 million. This idea was received from Saurabhbhai Patel, Minister for Energy & Petrochemicals & Finance, Government of Gujarat. This govt. was going for compulsory crushing and washing of coal, to further minimize ash transportation, and taking up afforestation programs at scale. Beside initiating studies to ensure that rivers stay perennial, wherever a hydro project has been planned or is already in operation.

The minister said the centre was laying_ unprecedented thrust on renewable sources of energy for the long-term energy security of India to meet our commitment to preserve the environment. Thomas Alva Edison in 1931 in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone said: "We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature`s inexhaustible sources of energy-sun, wind and tide. I`d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don`t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that." The govt. has quintupled the solar energy target to 100,000 MW by 2022 and have a clear roadmap to achieve this ambitious target he said. Of this, 40,000 MW will be rooftop solar, where millions of people will become micro-entrepreneurs and sell to the grid, thereby augmenting their income and reducing power bills, since they will only have to pay the "net" amount. Similarly, the govt. is tripling wind power generation capacity to 60,000 MW. India will become one of the principal markets for renewable energy development in the near future. The Unnatchulhaabhiyaan is an innovative clean cookstove programme, which functions on biomass and renewable fuels, and will save women and children from carcinogenic fumes emanating when traditional fuels are burned. 

The govt. foresees an investment of over $150 billion in renewables over the next few years. A Renewable Energy Investment Summit (RE-Invest 2015) is being hosted in mid-February to attract such large quantum of investments. The ocean of opportunity ahead for India for clean energy is simply enormous. Shri Goyal said India recognizes that its development programme should be dovetailed with its commitment to saving the environment. The Hon`ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has often alluded to our activities causing "zero effect" to the environment. He said Modi is a great proponent of an action-oriented approach to protect the environment as reflected in his book "Convenient Action" penned a few years ago. 

India`s carbon dioxide emissions are 1.64 tons per capita as against 16-17 tons per capita in many countries of the developed world. Considering the large population, in the aggregate the carbon footprint seems quite big. However, one must appreciate that India is at the cusp of its development cycle taking off and has to rapidly expand its infrastructure, home building programes affordable energy generation etc. Millions of people have to be brought out of poverty and access to education, healthcare and equal job opportunities need to be accelerated. Hence it is essential to calibrate the environment protection program to our development needs, the minister said. Renewable energy sources and energy efficient technologies feature prominently are in the agenda, but "energy access for all" is the first step. Also, from a cost perspective, while the trajectory of renewables looks promising, at present, thermal power is indeed the cheapest source of energy generation. For a country whose per-capita GDP is a modest $1,500, it unreasonable to burden the common man with significantly higher costs in the present, considering the large investments required; while major polluters in the world have not done so themselves during their own development period. The Centre believes it is only fair to have a reciprocal and just arrangement inter-se the developed and developing countries of the world. 

Shri Piyush Goyal said, while generation is obviously important, a strong infrastructure in transmission and distribution is equally essential. Unfortunately, this sector has remained historically under-invested. The government has launched two flagship schemes - the Deen Daya lUpadhyay Gram JyotiYojana (DDUGJY) and Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), with central government grants of $18 billion. 

He added, DDUGJY was inspired by the pioneering initiative of the Gujarat Government (Jyoti Gram Yojana). It will focus on feeder segregation in rural areas, proper metering of usage and strengthening sub- transmission & distribution infrastructure including replacement of suboptimal and burnt out transformers, so that farmers receive adequate power and rural homes and small-scale industries receive 24x7 power. Moreover, remote villages with small population will also be connected to the grid, where feasible, or will be provided power through off-grid and micro-grid solutions powered by renewable energy. 


Indian Innovation Centre Will be Established : Y.S. Chowdary 

While addressing a Seminar “Innovation : the torchbearer of 21st Century” held on under the aegis of Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2015 at Gandhinagar, Union Minister of State for Science & Technology and earth Sciences Shri Y.S. Chowdary said that his Ministry is thinking to establish an Indian Innovation Centre and all states of the country will be members of this innovation centre. He also expresses the need to establish science city in every state of country. 

Minister said that he was glad to speak at Vibrant Gujarat. He said that science has no religion or region. Entire world feels the same requirement and importance of science. India gave basic math’s knowledge to the world and even Einstein recognized it, he added. 

The Minister Shri Chowdary spoke about the challenges that science sector is facing. He said that many scientists published many research papers but they did not get proper connectivity and network. Innovations have been done but they did not get proper recognition. Innovation can solve the problem of how to showcase once a product is in the market and how to reach the needful people, he added. The Minister said that youth get certificates but not skills and that creates the problem of unemployment. Each and every youth should get the job that is the challenge for us today. 

Shri Chowdary stressed the significance of innovation by saying that through innovation we can promote women to enhance their productivity, farmers to take insurance for their health and crop, development of medical instruments and applications. He said that his Ministry is committed to recognize the need of people and promote the innovations for them. 

In this Seminar, Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel inaugurated Gujarat Innovation portal and Gujarat National Law University‘s centre for intellectual property rights centre. Some MoUs were also signed with leading biotech and IT companies. 


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