2014 Batch IAS Probationers Call on Dr. Jitendra Singh

The IAS Probationers calls on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on February 16, 2015. The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh is also seen.

2014 Batch IAS Probationers Call on Dr. Jitendra Singh

The 2014 batch of 183 IAS probationers, including 3 from the Royal Bhutan Service, called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, here today. While interacting, the Minister said “you are the true torch - bearers of the Narendra Modi government’s vision of good governance”.

The new IAS probationers met Dr. Jitendra Singh who handles matters related to IAS services in his capacity as MoS, Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT).They were accompanied by Shri Rajeev Kapoor, Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie and Deputy Directors LBSNAA, Shri Mansoor Alam and Ms. Jaspreet Talwar.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, over the years Indian Administrative Service (IAS) has, notwithstanding several pitfalls, managed to maintain its standard of excellence and even today continues to be one of the most sought after vocations for an average Indian youth. Even in the new IAS batch consisting of 183 candidates, 56 happen to be women candidates accounting for 31% which, in other words, places these services as a benchmark for gender empowerment in 21st century India.

Dr. Jitendra Singh also said that the requirements and expectations from the IAS have undergone tremendous change while at the same time, the accountability and transparency have also increased manifold.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, even though IAS is considered to be a legacy of the erstwhile Indian Civil Service (ICS), he has always believed that the two services are not totally similar. For example, the job of an ICS Collector was to collect revenue for the British colonial Raj whereas the responsibility of an IAS Collector is to generate revenue for the benefit of the masses.

Soon after independence, Dr. Jitendra Singh recalled, when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel envisaged the concept of a professional All India Services, he had possibly visualized for these functionaries a quiet, silent but a significant role in the development and growth of modern India. Often, he said, at one or the other stage, a young officer might be faced with the dilemma as to who he really works for, but as he grows through the process of evolution, he realizes that the real test of his work lies in how much it has benefitted the common people. In this regard, he also mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice to each of the IAS officers who have put in long years of service to visit their first place of posting to understand what they left behind and where the things stand now.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, in the last few months, DOPT has consciously taken several initiatives to make the service conditions more office-friendly. In this context, he referred to the amendments proposed in the Delhi Police Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act . Similarly, for officers coming from States on deputation to the union capital, DOPT is contemplating provision of comfortable transport and housing facility even for the lower level officers to whom it was not available earlier.


Minister of Power, Government of Sri Lanka meeting the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Power, Government of Sri Lanka met the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, today to discuss bilateral cooperation in oil and gas sector. The two Ministers reviewed the existing cooperation between the two countries on hydrocarbon sector. It was agreed that all avenues must be explored to enhance the relationship in this sector.


A delegation led by Parliamentary Under Secretary of state for Energy and Climate change of United Kingdom Baroness Verma meeting the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Baroness Sandip Verma called on the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, to discuss bilateral cooperation in oil and gas sector between India and United Kingdom today. She mentioned that some UK companies have already invested in India and UK Government was exploring how the Indian market could grow and be more competitive, thus encouraging other UK companies to invest in India. India’s E&P sector and prospects for securing energy through investments abroad were explained. It was explained that Indian PSU’s look for Joint Ventures with other companies including companies from UK. India welcome potential partners to share knowledge and information in E&P sector including exploration and exploitation of Shale Gas/ Oil, Gas Hydrates and Sand Oil. The Baroness agreed that UK and Indian counterparts may share best practices to reduce scale of process, thus increasing efficacy. The meeting ended with a decision that both Indian and UK companies would interact to further bilateral cooperation in hydrocarbon sector.


Bandaru Dattatreya Felicitates Nobel Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi Says Labour & Employment Ministry is Making Concerted Efforts for the Elimination of Child Labour

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, has said that elimination of Child Labour is an area of great concern for Ministry of Labour & Employment and Ministry is making concerted efforts for the same. He was speaking in an event specially convened by the Ministry of Labour & Employment to felicitate Nobel Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi here in New Delhi today. Honouring Shri Kailash Satyarthi, the Minister recalled the monumental efforts made by Shri Satyarthi for eradication of child labour. He said that it was a privilege to honour someone who had stood tall and committed to this noble cause with such zeal and vigour. He said that the compassion, empathy and love shown by Shri Satyarthi for the deprived children and his sacrifices for the cause are laudable and India is proud of his achievements and recognition accorded to him worldwide.

The Minister observed that India is one of the youngest countries and to reap the benefits of this exceptional demographic dividend, it is necessary to ensure the linkages between education and vocational training. He said that Government is taking a three pronged strategy for eradication of Child Labour.

The Minister informed that The Child Labour (Prohibition and Rehabilitation) Amendment Bill, 2012, before the Parliament, interalia include, for the first time ever, total prohibition of employment of children below 14 years of age as well as prohibition for aged between 14-18 of employment in hazardous occupations and processes. The amendment also seeks to link the age of prohibition to age under Right To Education Act, 2009.

Government is also implementing National Child Labour Project (NCLP) since 1989 in 21 states which focuses on rescue, mainstreaming through Special Training Centre and rehabilitation of children. Convergence with the schemes of Government for education of children and economic upliftment of poor families is another focus area for the Ministry.

The Minister expressed satisfaction over the fact that with concerted efforts of Government, the number of working children in Census 2011 had come down to 43 lakh as compared to 125 lakh in Census 2001.

Shri Satyarthi in his address said that the recognition accorded to him is an honour for all those enumerable faceless and identity-less children who were forgotten till date. He said that his honour in fact is recognition to all known and unknown persons and their efforts for the betterment of the society. He said that as the highest national policy making body for child labour, the Ministry of Labour & Employment is a partner in his recognition. Shri Satyarthi recalled his meeting with the Hon’ble President of India and stated that he has donated his prize money and dedicated his award to the nation for the cause of the deprived children. He recognized efforts of the Ministry to pursue the cause of vulnerable children. He said that the times of confrontation are now giving way to concerted and collaborative efforts by all the stakeholders. He echoed the vision of the Prime Minister of India and called for making efforts to reap the benefits of exceptional demographic dividend available to us.


Day Four of “Vanaj”- National Tribal Festival- 2015

The Fourth  day of  first National Tribal Festival “VANAJ”-2015  will see the screening of documentary Films  titled  “For a Dorbar of people(Meghalaya)and  “Jharkhand ke gaurav:Chero”  on Monday ( 16.02.2015) from 3pm to 5.30 pm.   In addition a seminar discussion is being organized from 3.30  p.m  to  5.00  p.m where‐in  eminent  panelists  will  deliberate on the topic   ‘Traditional Tribal Medicine and Healing system’. For both , the venue will be Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) auditorium, Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi.

These activities are a part of the Ministry of Ministry of Tribal Affairs initiatives  to organise the first National Tribal Festival – 2015 ‘VANAJ’  in New Delhi from 13th to 18th February, 2015. It is the same time when spring time tribal festivals of  Phagu,Phagua and Phagun Parab, ‘VANAJ’ celebrates tribal life and creates an opportunity for  the people of Delhi to appreciate the rich and diverse tribal culture. The festival show cases India’s unique Tribal culture, art, painting, music, dance, tribal medicine, tribal crops, tribal food, and a special attraction- tribal cuisine!  The festival is being simultaneously held at three venues i.e Central Park-Cannaught Place, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi.

Entries to all the venues are free. Visitors to the festival venues in Cannaught Place i.e Central Park and Baba Kharak Singh Marg are requested to park their vehicles at NDMC authorized parking slots only.

For venue wise details of events visitors are requested to visit www.tribal.nic.in/  or  www.tribal.gov.in/


5th National Level Painting Competition Held Sanwar Lal Jat Stresses the need to Coserve Water

Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation organized 5th National Level Painting Competition today here  at A.P. Shinde Symposium Hall, NASC Complex, PUSA, New Delhi. Sh. Sanwar Lal Jat, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners of the State Level Painting Competition totaling 92 students from all States / UT’s have participated in it.

Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat emphasized the role of children in conservation and protection of water resources. He said that the beautiful ideas presented by the children in their paintings will motivate others for conservation and judicious utilization of water. He gave the message that children are at an age where we can imbibe them with all good habits. Conservation of water which is important to all of us has to come in their habit and mind so that they turn into a water conscious human being.  He called upon the students, their parents as well as teachers to join hands in creating awareness about water conservation and protection of water resources.
Dr. Amarjit Singh, Additional Secretary emphasized that children are the water ambassador for the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. He told them to carry the message of water conservation to their parts of states. He said that water use efficiency has to be increased in order to assure maximum yield per unit of irrigated area.
The painting competition was conducted throughout the country by Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation ,Govt. of India with the theme on Water Conservation at School Level. More than 18,500 schools and  over  17.50 lakh students in all over the country have participated at School Level. Out of these, 50 students selected by the Jury in each State, were invited to participate in the State Level Painting Competition which was organized in the last week of November, 2014 on the theme “ SAVE A DROP, SAVE THE FUTURE”.  The 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners of the State Level Painting Competitions were invited to participate in the National Level Painting Competition at New Delhi. The theme of competition this year was “Save Water for the Future”.
In the National Level Painting Competition, in all 13 students were declared winners. Master / Abhayam Rathod of class VIII of Bridge Ford School, Ranchi of Jharkhand state won the first prize of Rs 1,00,000/- (One Lakh). Besides this, four second prizes of Rs. 50,000 each, eight third prizes of Rs 25,000/- each  and consolation  prizes of  Rs. 5000/- each to the remaining participants were awarded. The list of winners is as follows:-

Prize  Student Name Location/State
First Master Abhayam Rathod  Jharkhand
Second Kumari Sharmistha Parida  Odisha
Second Kumari Sudhruti Padhiary  Odisha
Second Kumari Swosti Shree Mohanty  Odisha
Second Master Utkarsh Bankar  Karnataka
Third Kumari Anjana L.                    Kerala
Third Master Sathwik D. Amin  Karnataka
Third Kumari Shibalika Narayan Bhowmik Tripura
Third Kumari Shreshtha Shrivastava Rajasthan
Third Kumari Shreya Narwal  Haryana
Third Kumari Tribedi Tanaya Das  Assam
Third Kumari K. M. Vinisha  Tamil Nadu
Third Master Zone Zeneith Das  Delhi
Central Ground Water Board, South Eastern Coastal Region, Chennai has won the trophy for registering the participation of more than 4.70 lakh  students.
The programme was organized under guidance of Shri.K.B. Biswas, Chairman, Central Ground Water Board, The function was attended by the students and their parents/teachers, senior officers of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt. of India, Central Water Commission, Central Soil and Material Research Station, WAPCOS and other Central and State Government Organizations and NGOs.
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