Health Minister Shri J P Nadda launches National Deworming Initiative

Health Minister Shri J P Nadda launches National Deworming Initiative

One of the biggest in the world; aims to deworm 24 crore children

The Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda launched the National Deworming initiative aimed to protect more than 24 crore children in the ages of 1-19 years from intestinal worms, on the eve of the National Deworming Day, at Jaipur today. Also present at the function were Shri Rajendra Rathore, Health Minister, Rajasthan. They administered the deworming tablets to some school going children.

Speaking at the function, the Union Health Minister stated that after getting the ‘Polio-free’ status, India now wants to target intestinal parasitic worms among the children to achieve status of being ‘Worm-free’. Pointing out that this was a historical occasion in public health, the Union Minister stated that the deworming initiative was one of the largest programmes in the world undertaken to deworm children. According to WHO estimates, nearly 24 crore children in the age group of 1-14 years are at risk of intestinal parasitic worm infestation. He informed that the Deworming Initiative of the Health Ministry aims to deworm all pre-school and school-age children (enrolled and non-enrolled) between the ages of 1-19 years. In the first phase about 14 crore children across eleven States/UT of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Tripura will be covered; while nearly 10 crore will be targeted in the second phase. In the first phase staring from the National Deworming Day on 10th February 2015, Albendazole tablets will be given to all targeted children; half tablet to 1-2 years children and one full tablet for 2-19 years. The children who are left out will be covered by a mop-up round to be carried out till 14th February 2015, the Health Minister added.

The Union Health Minister urged participation of all MPs, MLAs, and local public representatives in addition to school teachers, ASHAs and Anganwadi workers for converging and supporting the Government in its mission to achieve Worm Free India. He said that this initiative needs to be coupled with improved sanitation, hygiene, and availability of safe drinking water for reducing worm load. This needs active partnership and participation of the other ministries such as M/o Women and Child Development, M/O Human Resources Development, M/o Panchayati Raj and M/o Water and Sanitation, he said. The deworming initiative would help us to achieve the aim of ‘Swachh Bharat’ as envisioned by the Prime Minister, stated the Health Minister.

Further, the Minister pointed out that the health sector in the country faces several challenges in the context of the diverse geo-spatial, socio-cultural and sub-national disparities prevailing across various regions. Given these challenges, the Minister stressed on ensuring that quality services are provided to the patients at various hospitals and health centers.

Also present at the function were Shri B P Sharma, Secretary (Health), M/o Health and Family Welfare; Shri Mukesh Sharma, Principal Secretary (Health ), Rajasthan; and other senior officers of the Union Health Ministry and from the Government of Rajasthan.

15th International Seminar on Counter IED Strategy

The National Security Guard (NSG) will conduct 15th International Seminar on Counter IED Strategy on 10th & 11th Feb 2015, at NSG Training Centre, Manesar, Gurgaon. The theme for the seminar is “Addressing Vulnerabilities in CI-IED Strategy”. The seminar provides a platform to the national and international experts of armed forces/law enforcement/security/ intelligence/forensic agencies and other allied organizations for exchange of expertise, ideas and experiences. This year, besides delegates from leading security agencies of India, experts from Canada, Egypt, US, Japan, Russia, Bhutan and Spain will also be attending the seminar.

The seminar will be conducted in two parts. Day one of the seminar will be held at the HQrs of National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) located at NSG Campus, Manesar and delegates will be witnessing a demonstration of Post Blast Operations & Analysis, case studies & analysis of counter terrorism besides a visit to the NBDC. Day two of the seminar will be held at Manekshaw Auditorium, Delhi Cantt., wherein Shri Alok Joshi, OSD, NTRO will be the Chief Guest who will deliver the key note address after welcome address by the Director General, NSG, Shri J N Choudhury. The Chief Guest will also unveil ‘Bomb Shell’ Magazine 2015 which contains details of various IED explosions that occurred in various parts of the world in the year 2014 besides articles by several experts. It is pertinent to mention that NBDC has been the pioneer in collection, collation and analysis of various IED incidents since it came into being in 1988 which in turn help in discerning the modus operandi of different terrorist organizations which help in formulating strategies to effectively counter the activities such groups.

Union Home Minister reviews developmental projects in LWE affected States

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh reviewed the developmental projects relating to roads, bridges, railway lines, mobile towers, post offices, banking infrastructure, education, health, radio and TV connectivity and forest and environmental clearances in Left Wing Extremism affected States of Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Odisha and Maharashtra here today.

Shri Rajnath Singh mentioned that the Bastar region requires special attention for early completion of developmental projects and a coordinated action for tackling Left Wing Extremism problems in the area. He highlighted the long pending problem of Extremism in the area and assured the States of necessary central assistance.

The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways & Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt Smriti Irani, Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary and Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore attended the meeting.

The Union Ministers heard the views of the respective State Governments and assured the necessary assistance to them. They also highlighted their concern regarding the requirement of funds for these projects. It was agreed that the LWE affected States in general and Bastar region in particular required special assistance from the centre and the Government of India may consider necessary relaxations in the policies and schemes for the development of these areas.

The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh mentioned that about 700 kms of sanctioned roads remain to be completed in the State in addition to the construction of two major bridges. About 900 sites for mobile towers have been finalised and the approximately the same number of sites are still to be finalised. The issue of opening more post offices and banking infrastructure in the LWE affected areas was also highlighted in the meeting. The Chief Minister also brought out the need for installing higher capacity TV / radio stations including FM radio stations for better connectivity in the Bastar region. The requirement of more schools with residential facilities was also highlighted.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis also highlighted the issue of pending road works of about 150 kms and the work of Indirawati bridge awarded in January last year. The Chief Minister also raised the issue of construction work of laying railway track in the LWE affected areas.

The Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Odisha and Telangana also highlighted the developmental projects pending in their States and necessary central assistance required for their early clearances and completions.

The meeting was attended by Union Home Secretary, Shri L.C. Goyal, Secretaries and senior officers from the Ministries of Home, Finance, Railways, Human Resource Development, Health, Information Technology, Information & Broadcasting and Environment & Forests. The representatives of Central Armed Police Forces and Security Agencies were also present.

Need to harness Digital Technology; Printed books ought to be made available through Digital medium – Shri Arun Jaitley

Shri Jaitley releases India/Bharat - 2015 Reference Annual

E-version of India/Bharat Reference Annual from next year

The Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs, and Information and Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley has said that the publication India 2015 reflected a great tradition of authentic and updated information on different aspects of India’s development. The Minister emphasized that Books and other knowledge products presently in printed format ought to be made available through digital medium in view of the shift in technology paradigms. The new Digital medium would provide enhanced accessibility and affordability of information to a wider audience. Shri Jaitley stated this while releasing India /Bharat 2015 Reference Annual published by Publications Division and New Media Wing under the aegis of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting here today.

Elaborating further, Shri Jaitley said that the Digital version of ‘The Making of the Constitution of India’ documentary was a fine instance of utilizing the digital media for archival and preservation of knowledge traditionally held in printed form. Digitization of printed books having valuable information on India’s development would be useful reference material for the youth and to the audience worldwide. Despite multiple platforms, the relevance of the traditional formats still existed as in the case of India/Bharat 2015 Reference Annual. As a rich repository of relevant information, India/Bharat 2015 Reference Annual would be a good addition to all the libraries, the Minister added. The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present on the occasion.

Speaking earlier, Secretary I&B Shri Bimal Julka said that the unique feature of this year’s Reference Annual was the addition of a special chapter on flagship programmes of the Government of India like Swachh Bharat Mission, Make in India, and Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. A diary of national events was also added this year. To ensure mobility and easy accessibility, the e- version of the Reference Annual would be made available in the next year. Digitizing, archiving, and preserving rich knowledge content available in print format would be given priority.

India/Bharat - 2015 holds place of pride among the annual publications of this genre as being an exhaustive and authentic repository of information about the activities, progress and achievements of various ministries and departments of Government of India during the year. The publication deals with all aspects of developments from rural to urban, industry to infrastructure, science and technology, art and culture, polity, economy, health, defence, education and mass communication. The 59th year of publication of Reference Annual has seen an increase in its print order to 1,15000 copies this year up from 37,000 copies in 2007.


Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy

Invites Views/Suggestions on the subject “The Electricity (amendment) Bill 2014”

            The Standing Committee on Energy (Sixteenth Lok Sabha) under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Kirit Somaiya, M.P. have been referred the “Electricity Amendment Bill, 2014” for examination and presenting a Report thereon to Parliament.

          All those desirous of submitting their views to the Committee may send their written Memoranda, either in English or Hindi on the Subject to Director, Lok Sabha Secretariat, Room No. 514, fifth Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi – 110 001 or e-mail them at within twenty days of publication of this Communiqué.

              The Memoranda submitted to the Committee would form part of the records of the Committee and would be treated as ‘confidential’ and would enjoy privileges of the Committee.


Railway Minister Flags off Eight New Trains

The Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off eight new trains by remote control at a function here today. These trains are; i) 22813/22814 Paradeep-Howrah Express (Weekly), ii) 58505/58506 Gunupur-Visakhapatnam Passenger (Daily), iii) 56035/56036- Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli passenger (Daily), iv) 58659/58660- Hatia-Rourkela Passenger (Daily), v) 16863/16864 Mannargudi-Bhagat ki Kothi (Jodhpur) Express (Weekly), vi) 15547/15548 Jaynagar-Mumbai Jansadhran Express (Daily), vii)14613/14614- Ferozpur-Chandigarh Express (Daily) and viii) 56665/56666- Byndoor-Kasargod Passenger (Daily).

These trains are a part of the budget announcements made in the Railway Budget 2014-15 (February and July). A total number of 22 new train services and one extension of existing train service will be implemented over a period of next ten days. Out of these 22 train services, eight trains were flagged off by the Railway Minister today and remaining train services will be implemented in the course of next nine days.

The Minister of State Shri Manoj Sinha was present on the occasion. Also present on the occasion among others were Board members and senior railway officials.


New Web Based System Inaugurated to Make Payment Process for NH Works more Transparent

With the inauguration of a web based payment monitoring system by the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari here today, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made payment process for National Highways (NHs) related works and services more transparent. Besides, the new monitoring system will also facilitate easy communication between various offices and allow a user to track the status of a bill.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Gadkari said that the time bound and result oriented initiative would have a very effective impact on the system. This system has many other features such as, by using this system Ministry can independently check position of processing of bills office wise and utilization of funds scheme wise. Feedback generated from the system will assist Ministry in identifying bottlenecks and making entire process mechanism more efficient, he added.

For payment of works and services related to NHs, division offices of Public Works Department (PWD), after verification of bills, forward it to the Regional Office of the Ministry. Regional Officers, after exercising checks in the capacity of Drawing and Disbursing Officer, forward bills to Regional Pay and Accounts Office which makes the payment. Ministry has already issued direction to entertain bills on the first cum first serve basis. Time limit of five working days to dispose off a bill has also been prescribed.


Use of Re-rolled Steel obtained from Ship Recycling Yards

As a step towards meeting the heightened demand for steel by ship and barge builders, Ministry of Shipping has decided that re-rolled steel obtained from re-cycling yards/ship breaking units, after ascertaining its sourcing and processing,  would be certified for use in construction of inland barges, river sea vessels (RSV Types 1 & 2) and port and harbour crafts. The use of re-rolled steel will help in bringing down the cost of constructions of barges, river sea vessels and port and harbour crafts.

The prescribed procedure for certification and usage of re-rolled steel for shipbuilding purpose as laid down by Indian Register of Shipping is now available on the website of the Ministry of Shipping :


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