India Committed to Promoting Manufacturing and Export of Telecom- Ravi Shankar

India Committed to Promoting Manufacturing and Export of Telecom- Ravi Shankar

The Union Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad said today that India had proven its capabilities in ICT Sector as a preferred destination for services and outsourced R&D. Inaugurating the Buyer Seller Meet , he said that in the backdrop of large domestic demand for telecom equipments in India, Indian companies are now using innovation and R&D to create world class products for India as well as for other emerging markets having similar needs. The Digital India, Make in India and Skill India programs provide an ideal platform for Indian companies to build a foundation for domestic success which can be used for exports. Success in Indian market requires best technology, highest quality and affordable costs. The fact that buyers from Peru to Philippines and from Mexico to Malaysia participated in this event gives confidence that Indian products are gaining acceptance in the global markets. He assured that the Government is fully committed to promoting manufacturing and exports of telecom as a focus area.

Shri Rajiv Kher, Commerce Secretary said that the emerging markets of Africa, Latin America, SE Asia and CIS countries were the natural destination for Indian exports, since they would have the highest growth potential in the coming years. Telecom equipment is increasingly being differentiated by design and software in which India has very strong and proven capabilities.

Shri Rakesh Garg, Telecom Secretary underscored India’s ability in frugal innovation to develop world-class telecom equipments that was helping operators to offer services at very low costs. He expressed satisfaction that Indian companies were increasing the exports of telecom equipments and services. He stressed the need to build long-term partnerships between overseas buyers and Indian companies, keeping in view the continuous technological changes happening in telecom sector.

Shri Sanjay Nayak, Vice Chairman TEPC and MD Tejas Networks, on behalf of the industry, described this as a very high impact event which was directly facilitating the domestic industry to generate business in overseas markets by bringing together a large number of buyers and manufacturers under one umbrella.

Shri Rajiv Mehrotra, Chairman VNL, assured that Indian industry is geared for innovation and global competition and can act as long-term technology partners for emerging market countries.

TEPC has created this platform to bring potential buyers from across the globe to meet the quality telecom equipment and services suppliers of India to develop long term business relations. The main objective of the event is to provide opportunities to Indian telecom exporters to meet qualified overseas buyers. This event provides one to one meeting opportunities between buyers from different countries and Indian exporters who can enlighten them about their products and technology solutions. This year for the TEPC is also conducted an exhibitions on the side line of the event where more than 25 telecom exporters showcase their products and capabilities.

TEPC organized the 6th Reverse Buyer Seller Meet today at India Habitat Centre, in which 49 buyers from 19 countries came to India for sourcing telecom equipments and services. These buyers represent Telecom Service Providers and System Integrators largely from South-East Asia, Latin America as well as from Africa.


BIS to Develop Standards for Solid Waste Management and Potable Drinking Water

PDS Vigilance Committees to be Set Up at Block Level with Due Representation of SCs,STs, Women

Ram Vilas Paswan Chairs Parliamentary Consultative his Ministry

Under the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” BIS is developing standards for “solid waste management” and promoting the use of available Indian Standards on street food and public supply of potable drinking water. These standards will be made mandatory in phased manner. The Ministry Of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Ministry has also drawn up nine points action to further strengthen Public distribution System. This was stated by the Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister, Sri Ram Vilas Paswan after the Second meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry in Guwahati today.

Shri Paswan said that keeping in mind the new government’s priority to give special focus on the North Eastern Region. Meeting on both the days were chaired by the Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister, Sri Ram Vilas Paswan and attended by Members of Parliament, members of the committee and senior officials of the Ministry, Beaura of Indian Standers (BIS) and Food Corporation of India (FCI).

North Eastern Region has been accorded high priority by the Government. In the two days meetings amendments to the BIS Act, strengthening and improving Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), Ministry’s role in “Make in India” programme and “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” was discussed.

Chairing the meeting, the Minister said BIS Act is being amended comprehensively for the first ever after it being enacted in the year 1986. These amendments will empower the government to bring more products under mandatory certification. While simplifying the procedure for grant of new licences, the amendments provide for harsher penalties. Misuse of ISI mark is being made a cognizable offence. For the first time, provision is being made to make distributor and retailer liable for conformity to quality standards. Product liability and power to recall products and provision of compensation to consumers is also proposed.

BIS is actively engaged in the “Make in India” campaign by formulating/updating standards in the identified sectors. In consultation with the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), 46 products have already been identified for this purpose.

BIS is also preparing for an aggressive media plan for promotion of its brand. It will facilitate the consumers for not only getting quality products but also save them from cheating and fraud.

Initiatives for North East

The Minister directed to strengthen BIS in the North-East. He stressed for time bound upgradation and augmentation of BIS testing lab in Guwahati. Direction was also given for exploring the possibility of utilising the existing facilities available with the NTH, IIT, Guwahati, University of Tezpur, Regional Research Lab Jorhat and Tea Research Institute, Jorhat. The Minister said that the testing facilities available in forest Research Institute to test ISI marked ply board should also be utilized.

The Minister asserted that more and more youth in the NE Region should be given training for testing of various products.

To ensure better compliance of standards, the Minister directed BIS to set up new laboratories in a phased manner. Apart from augmenting infrastructure in the testing labs at Guwahati and Patna, five new labs would be set up by March, 2016. Based on the requirements, 4 new labs may be set up every year afterwards, he said.

Strengthening of TPDS

The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution also discussed issues related to strengthening of Targeted Public Distribution System(TPDS). He apprised the Members of Parliament about steps being taken for making the TPDS more effective so that benefits reach the intended beneficiaries. He also apprised them of nine points action plan drawn by the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution which inter alia includes “door-step delivery of foodgrains to Fair Price Shop (FPS)”, elimination of bogus ration cards, end to end computerization of supply chain and involvement of local bodies, self-help groups and cooperatives etc in running of fair price shops and distribution of foodgrains.

The Minister said that the States have been requested to set up vigilance committees at district, block and FPS level with due representation of SCs/STs, women and local bodies to ensure transparency and proper functioning of TPDS. States have also being asked to host a toll free common number for grievance registration and a web portal for PDS.

Regarding implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA), the Minister said eleven states have implemented the Act. Remaining States have conveyed that identification of beneficiaries and other preparatory work is being completed for the implementation.

The Minister said that the strengthening the TPDS in North East is a priority for the government. Allocation of foodgrains to Assam is being continued under TPDS as NFSA is yet to be implemented by the state. He clarified that no cut in state’s allocation has been made. He also expressed the hope that workers in Tea Estates will continue to get the subsidized foodgrains as the Assam Government has reportedly included them in the list of beneficiaries under NFSA.

Participating in the discussion Hon’ble Members of Parliament gave a number of suggestions for improving the functioning of BIS and TPDS. They suggested that grievance redressal under TPDS should be strengthened and Panchayats and other local bodies should be given important role in it. They also stressed on the need for proper storage facilities to avoid any damage to foodgrains. The discussions were attended by Hon’ble MPs Shri Ramesh Chandra Kaushik, Shri Balbhadra Majhi, Shri Ram Prasad Sharma, Shri Bhupendra Singh.

Apart from the above, a review of the ongoing broad gauge conversion on Lumding-Badarpur section of Railways was done with senior officials of Railways and State Government. This project is very important for ensuring smooth supply of foodgrains to North Eastern States.


Shri Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab calls on Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation

The Chief Minister of Punjab, Shri Parkash Singh Badal called on Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi today. Various issues about the development of cultural heritage and tourism in the state of Punjab were discussed in the meeting.

The Chief Minister of Punjab, Shri Parkash Singh Badal said that his government is building a War Memorial and museum in Amritsar. He said that Punjab Government is also developing a memorial named Jang-e-Azadi in Kartarpur district which will showcase the freedom struggle movement at large scale. He told Dr Mahesh Sharma that Virasat-e-Khalsa museum on Sikhism at Anandpur Sahib is attracting a large number of visitors every day. Other projects like Bhagwan Valmik Tirath Sthal were also discussed during the meeting.

The Union Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma assured the Chief Minister of Punjab of all support of the government of India to promote the rich pilgrimage and heritage of Punjab. He also said that Amritsar is one of the twelve cities identified under the scheme PRASAD which aims at the promotion and development of pilgrimage sites. The Minister also suggested that a small film can be shown before entering all cultural and heritage places which can throw light upon the history of that particular place. He said the government is making all efforts to promote rich heritage all over the country and will support the Punjab government in their efforts to build museums and other memorials.

Senior officials of the Ministry were also present in the meeting.


Board of Governer Meeting of Army Welfare Placement Organisation (Awpo) Held in New Delhi From 12-13 Feb

          The Board of Governors Meeting (BoG) of Army Welfare Placement Organisation (AWPO) was held in New Delhi on 12 & 13 Feb 2015.  The representatives from All Commands, selected Regimental Centres and all Directors of Placement Nodes attended the meeting.

AWPO is a Society of Indian Army raised in 1995 with an aim to assist veteran getting a ‘Second Career’ post retirement in public and private sectors.  Over the years this Organisation has grown in size and strength.  Today it has Pan India network of 15 Placement Nodes and 50 Placement Cells.  Approx 10,000 personnel are suitably placed every year.  AWPO has emerged as one point contact for all the Human Resourse requirements for the Corporate/ Industry due to following strengths :-

(a)             Ex-servicemen (ESM) from 159 trades on Pan India/Global basis.

(b)             Large Data base of more than 200,000 personnel with more than 15 years experience.

(c)             Senior Executives (Officers) with qualification being Graduates/Post Graduates, B.Tech/M.Tech, M.Phill, PhD and MBAs.

(d)             Junior Executives (JCOs/NCOs) with minimum qualification being 10+2 and diploma in the age group of 32 years onwards.

(e)             Names offered for employment after diligent screening befitting the profile.

AWPO runs a  Web Portal, “” which provides access to serving/ex-servicemen in planning the Second Career.

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