IAS Probationers call on the President

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing the Officers Trainees, attending IAS Professional Course Phase-I for 2014 Batch at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on February 20, 2015. 
IAS Probationers call on the President 

A group of 183 IAS probationers including 3 officer trainees from the Royal Bhutan Civil Services attending the IAS Professional Course Phase –I for the 2014 Batch called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (February 20, 2015). 

Addressing the probationers, the President said that he was glad to have an opportunity to meet the young officers who will have a definitive role in steering the destiny of the nation for the next three decades and more. He said that since independence, there have been several officers of the Indian Administrative Service who have left an imprint on the nation by their illustrious service. 

The President stated that over the years the nation’s growth has witnessed enormous expansion and transformation. As the young officers progress in their career, they will have newer challenges. To deal with them effectively, they must be proactive, innovative and responsive.

The President said that the vast multitude of people in the country expected them to deliver and supervise the implementation of programmes meant for them. He advised the young officers that they should carry out their duties by paying special attention to the vulnerable sections of the society. He asked them to always remember the mantra of Mahatma Gandhi: “When you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself: If the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him? Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to ‘Swaraj’ for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubt and your ‘self’ melting away.” 

The probationers are in Delhi to attend the training at Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training from February 14 to 20, 2015. 


President of India Greets King of Bhutan on his Birthday 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has conveyed his greetings and felicitations to His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan on his birthday which is on February 21. 

In his message, the President has said, “It gives me great pleasure to convey the warm greetings and felicitations of the Government and people of India on the occasion of Your Majesty’s birth anniversary. 

The people of India appreciate and value the contribution of the visionary Druk Gyalpos to the present state of excellent relations between India and Bhutan. Your Majesty`s personal commitment to our bilateral relations and Your Majesty’s leadership have brought further strength and substance to the unique relationship between India and Bhutan. We wish you a long life of good health and happiness as you guide the people of Bhutan towards ever greater progress and prosperity. 

I take this opportunity to also once again thank Your Majesty and the Royal Family of Bhutan for my very productive state visit to Bhutan in November 2014”. 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi arrives at the ceremony to inaugurate the New Railway Line between Hazaribag and Kodarma, in Jharkhand on February 20, 2015. The Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Shri Raghubar Das, the Minister of State for Finance, Shri Jayant Sinha, the Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat and other dignitaries are also seen. 
PM in Hazaribag

PM inaugurates new railway line from Hazaribag to Koderma

PM: Government working towards modernization and improved service delivery in the Indian Railways

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said the Government was working towards modernization and improved service delivery in the Indian Railways. He was speaking on the occasion of the dedication to the nation of Koderma-Hazaribag Railway Line, and the flagging off of DEMU train service between Hazaribag and Koderma. 

The Prime Minister thanked the farmers who had given land for this project, and said they had made a huge contribution for future generations. He said the railways were not just a means of transport, but could become the backbone of the Indian economy. 

The Prime Minister said Jharkhand should focus on rail and road connectivity for its mineral wealth, in order to boost its prosperity. He urged the people of Jharkhand to provide full support to the construction of railways and roads in the state. 

The Prime Minister referred to the Supreme Court`s decision in September 2014 cancelling allocation of 204 coal blocks. He also referred to the CAG`s observations in this regard. He said 40 of these blocks are in Jharkhand. 

The Prime Minister said within four months of the Supreme Court`s decision, auction of coal blocks had begun. He said the auction of 15 coal blocks so far had yielded Rs. 75,000 crore. 

The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment that he would not tolerate corruption. He said the poor need to be provided with opportunities to defeat poverty. 

The Governor of Jharkhand Shri Syed Ahmed, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri Raghubar Das, the Union Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu, the Union MoS for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha, the Union MoS for Rural Development Shri Sudarshan Bhagat and the Union MoS for Finance Shri Jayant Sinha were present on the occasion. 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi flagging off the AC express between Naharlagun and New Delhi, at Itanagar, in Arunachal Pradesh on February 20, 2015. 
PM in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal getting both "Gati" - momentum, and "Urja" - energy today 

Electricity, education are best weapons in the fight against poverty 

Dedicates to nation, the Harmuti-Naharlagun Rail Line 

Flags off AC Express between Naharlagun and New Delhi; Inter-City Express between Naharlagun and Guwahati 

Inaugurates Festival of Arunachal 2015 

Releases Souvenir to mark 29th Statehood Day 

Inaugurates Water Supply Scheme for Itanagar 

Lays Foundation Stone of 132 KV Transmission Line 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi said Arunachal Pradesh is getting both "gati" (momentum) and urja (energy) today. Stating that poverty eradication cannot happen on the basis of mere slogans, the Prime Minister said that the projects being launched today, would boost connectivity and provide electricity - which would in turn become strong weapons in the fight against poverty. 

He was addressing a large gathering in Itanagar, after dedicating to the nation the Harmuti-Naharlagun Rail Line. The Prime Minister flagged off an AC Express between Naharlagun and New Delhi; and the Inter-City Express between Naharlagun and Guwahati. 

The Prime Minister inaugurated the Festival of Arunachal 2015, and released a souvenir to mark the 29th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh. He inaugurated a Water Supply Scheme for Itanagar and laid the Foundation Stone of a 132 KV Transmission Line. 

The Prime Minister emphasized that poor connectivity was the biggest reason for under-development in the north-east, and these projects would contribute to improving connectivity. 

The Prime Minister spoke about the immense hydropower potential of Arunachal Pradesh. He gave examples of how Nepal and Bhutan were harnessing hydropower to transform their economy, and how Himachal Pradesh had done the same for India. He said Arunachal Pradesh could provide electricity to the entire country. He called for development of the state`s hydropower potential, simultaneously providing proper compensation to people who get displaced by hydropower projects. 

The Prime Minister said the Union Government plans to establish new six agricultural universities in the Northeast, and could become a major centre for organic farming famous around the world. He said FM radio services would be expanded in the region. He said "Make in Northeast" was being envisaged as an integral part of "Make in India." 

The Prime Minister said Ministers and senior officers of the Union Government are now working in close coordination with the Northeast states to remove bottlenecks in development. 

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma (Retd.), the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Nabam Tuki, the Union Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu, the Union MoS for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha, and the Union MoS for Home Shri Kiren Rijiju were present on the occasion. 


PM conveys his greetings to the people of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on their Statehood Day

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has conveyed his greetings to the people of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on their Statehood Day. 

"Wishing my sisters and brothers of Mizoram on the State`s Statehood Day. 

Wishing my sisters and brothers of Mizoram on the State`s Statehood Day. pic.twitter.com/wkx5kCl4P0

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 20, 2015

Statehood Day greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh", the Prime Minister said. 

Statehood Day greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/nLfAkqMSzo

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 20, 2015

The Minister of State for AAYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik addressing at the State/UTs AYUSH Health Ministers conference to discuss various issues connected with the propagation and mainstreaming of AYUSH, in New Delhi on February 20, 2015. 
Shripad Naik Emphasizes on Availability of Quality Raw Material for Production of Quality AYUSH Drugs 

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH and Health and Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik has underlined the importance of availability of quality raw material for production of quality drugs. He was addressing the State/UTs AYUSH/Health Ministers Conference here today. The Minister also suggested that review meetings should be held from time to time with all stakeholders to understand the bottlenecks they face in taking up large cultivation of medical plants. Shri Naik said the issues impacting medicinal plants cut across many sectors, and therefore, inter-sectoral coordination must be taken up in right earnest. He suggested that the State Medicinal Plants Boards (SMPBs) could be the nodal agencies for this. 

Shri Naik said the National AYUSH Mission (NAM) is a turning point as it, inter-alia, envisages better access to AYUSH services through increase in number of AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries ensuring availability of AYUSH drugs and trained manpower. The Minister added that 20% of total available resources are earmarked for flexible components to enable the State Governments to focus on need based activities to promote and develop AYUSH systems in the States/UTs. 

Emphasizing on institutional strengthening, the Minister said it has been envisaged as one of the core activities under the NAM. He said, the enhancement in the number of upgraded educational institutions, increase in the number of Pharmacies, Drug Testing Laboratories and improved drug enforcement mechanism in terms of making available quality standards paraphernalia will ensure the availability of qualified practitioners and safe drugs to the society. For this purpose, he said, the State Governments are also expected to establish the AYUSH administrative infrastructure at state, district and block levels.Laying emphasis on the education regulations for Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, the Minister said the States should give top priority to fulfil the mandatory requirements of infrastructure, facilities and functionality of concerned Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy Colleges and Hospitals as per provisions under the relevant Act and Regulations. 

The Minister also informed that the Ministry of AYUSH has decided to undertake a programme on ‘Homeopathy for Healthy Child’. Initially, the program is being undertaken on pilot basis in one District/Region each of Assam (Kamrup), Delhi (West Delhi), Maharashtra (Palghar), Odisha (Cuttak) and two districts of Uttar Pradesh (Gautam Budh Nagar & Gorakhpur. The Minister requested the respective States to cooperate for effective implementation of the project. The Ministry of AYUSH is also planning to organize a mega event on International Yoga Day falling on 21st June. 
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