Ram Vilas Paswan reviews Implementation of Food Security Act’s implementation in North East

Ram Vilas Paswan reviews Implementation of Food Security Act’s implementation in North East

Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan today reviewed Targeted Public Distribution System in the Mega-Block affected states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura with the senior officers of the concerned State Govts, Railways and Food Corporation of India in Imphal.

The Minister directed the officials that all efforts should be taken to ensure adequate supply of foodgrains in the region. The state representatives informed that there is sufficient stocks for TPDS beneficiaries for about 70-90 days . The monthly requirement of these states is 82744 MT for which storage capacity of 126443 MTs is available with FCI against which FCI is having stock of 1,19,000 MTs food grains in various godowns.

The Minister assured that the supply of the food grains will not allowed to be affected because of Lumding –Sichar Broad-guage conversion. FCI is transporting about 85000 MTs per month to these four states by road from various BG terminals in and around Guwahati.

Railway officers during the meeting assured the Minister that the Broad-guage conversion on Lumding –Silchar section will be completed by March,2015.

The Minister also reviewed the preparatory work for the implementation of National Food Security Act in the states of Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram during the meeting.

Computerisation of data has been completed 90 % in Mizoram and Tripura while Manipur has done 77% and Assam 62%. Assam and Tripura informed that they will be ready to roll out the Act in June,2015 while Manipur informed they will implement the Act by July 2015.

The Minister directed FCI officials to look into the grievances of Manipur truck drivers regarding transportation from Jiribam to Imphal .


Parrikar Gets a Glimpse of Navy’s Operational Capability on Western Seaboard

MiG 29K Aircraft Carry out Manoeuvres from INS Vikramaditya BrahMos Fired from INS Kolkota Hits Target with Precision

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar today said the Indian Navy must remain a superior Force in the Indian Ocean Region and the Government will give all support to the Navy so that it becomes a truly Blue Water Navy. Addressing the sailors and officers of the INS Vikramaditya after witnessing two days’ of Theatre Readiness Operational Level Exercise (TROPEX-2015), off the coast of Goa in the Arabian Sea, Shri Parrikar said his stay on board INS Vikramaditya has helped him understand many a difficult situations that the Defence Forces especially sailors and officers of the Indian Navy face while ensuring the safety and security of the nation. TROPEX provides the Navy a valuable opportunity to validate its concept of operations and integration of new acquisitions with the Fleet.

Shri Parrikar was accompanied by the Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh, the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, the Chief Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command Vice Admiral AK Chopra.

The two completely networked fleets of the Indian Navy- the Eastern and the Western- were kept widely dispersed across seas in the Indian Ocean, operating in a dense electronic environment to match their professional and technical proficiency. All the operations were facilitated by a robust and seamless communication network, including satellite communications under the Navy’s overall thrust on Network Centric Operations, aligned with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India’. Shri Parrikar also released a postage stamp commemorating the indigenous Naval communication satellite Rukmani, which is a dedicated Naval satellite, taking the Navy to the step in achieving complete digitisation of communications. The Stamp Release which took place on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya was relayed live to naval units at sea, as well as to Maritime Operations Centres ashore. Rukmani has been pivotal in ensuring seamless connectivity between the triad of surface, sub-surface and air platforms of the Navy.

New weapons, sensors, communication systems and tactics were being tested and tried to optimize the net combat power of the fleets. Over forty surface combatants of various classes including the two aircraft carriers (Vikramaditya and Viraat), submarines including the INS Chakra, a large number of aircraft and UAVs are participating in the exercise. As would be the case in any operation of the twenty first century, the exercise had a jointmanship element of IAF with participation by aircraft such as Sukhois, Mirages and Jaguars.

During the embarkation, the dignitaries were provided an overview of the multi-dimensional capabilities of the Indian Navy. The Navy demonstrated multiple facets of operations during the period which encompassed a variety of weapon firings, MiG 29K and Sea Harrier operations from the two aircraft carriers, integration of the P8I aircraft with fleet, and operations by the Navy’s Marine Commandos.

Notably, after many years, the Navy has deployed two Carrier Task Forces during the exercise. The Defence Minister also witnessed a successful and impressive vertical launch of the Brahmos, supersonic long range anti- shipping cruise missile, from the recently commissioned stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, a major milestone in itself. This was particularly satisfying as the launch of the missile was an affirmation of our indigenous weapon capabilities.

In pursuit of the Navy’s thrust to inspire the young generation, 30 NCC cadets from 8 Karwar NU NCC embarked onboard INS Mumbai and witnessed the operations. Two of these cadets also got an opportunity to be transferred at sea to INS Vikramaditya by ‘Jackstay’ – an evolution wherein ships transfer men and material between them. Shri Parrikar hoped this practice will be continued with larger number of cadets being given exposure to the ways of our Forces so that they understand their valour and inspire them to join the Navy, Army and Air Force in large numbers.

Shri Parrikar’s embarkation provided the Navy an opportunity to re-emphasise the Indian Navy’s readiness, whilst showcasing the high levels of motivation and professionalism of the officers and men who man the Navy’s ships, submarines and aircraft. Whereas the quick integration of new ships was a reflection of the Indian Navy’s high standards of professionalism in operations and training, the sustenance of potency and combat efficiency of a couple of surface combatants over a few decades old, reflected the Indian Navy’s sound maintenance practices and technical prowess.

The transformation of the Indian Navy to a future- ready network- enabled force was epitomised in the operations room of INS Vikramaditya, the Flag ship of the Western Fleet. The power of a networked force was demonstrated as operational plots and pictures from remote sensors were transferred and collated, in a flash, to present a comprehensive picture of the battle- space and effect optimal use of the weapons on board the various potent ships.

A critical part of Anti- Missile Defence being Surface to Air Missiles (SAM), the Defence Minister witnessed the successful interception of a fast, low flying, Surface to Surface missile by a SAM. A clear dark night laid an ideal setting for this demonstration of precision targeting.

Shri Parrikar also witnessed a full scale air power demonstration from INS Vikramaditya and INS Viraat with MiG 29 Ks, Sea Harriers, Seakings, UH3H, ALHs and Chetaks participating.

The recently acquired MiG 29Ks proved their mettle by showing the STOBAR operations including the bombing runs. Shri Parrikar was also shown the reputed professionalism of the MARCOS as they carried out a demonstration of insertion and extraction in the middle of the ocean by slithering. During this battle, the Defence Minister also witnessed, first hand, the potency of the upgraded Sea Harriers particularly in the networked environment.

In addition to operational activities, various in-house innovations and efforts towards increased indigenisation were also presented to the RM, which helped showcase the Navy’s efforts towards self-reliance.

TROPEX 2015 will continue over the next few days and the successful missile launches and interceptions, uninterrupted seamless operations in a networked condition with BVR interceptions herald the emergence of a capable and potent `future ready` Indian Navy.


Rajnath Singh assures all possible help in repatriation of all Bru migrants

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has assured all possible help in repatriation of all Bru migrants in Tripura. The Home Minister was interacting with the representatives of Bru migrants living in relief camps at Kanchanpur during his visit to Tripura, today. The Government has released fund amounting to Rs. 242.35 crore for the year 2014-15 for maintenance of the Bru migrants living in relief camps.

Earlier, Shri Rajnath Singh has visited border areas along Chittagong Hill tracts to meet BSF personnel at Khantlang (North Tripura). BSF jawans have explained the functioning of monitoring equipments used at the BoPs. While addressing, Shri Rajnath Singh has underlined the importance of their presence in border areas and saluted their courage. I salute these brave men who stay away from home to perform their national duty, he added.

The Union Home Minister has met the Chief Minister of Tripura, Shri Manik Sarkar and reviewed the security situation in the state. While addressing a press conference, Shri Rajnath Singh has said that Insurgency was the biggest problem facing the North-Eastern region. Our government is committed to the North East development but insurgency and militancy hamper its progress, he added. The Union Home Minister has appealed to insurgent groups operating in the North-East to shun violence and give the region a change to progress and develop.

The Union Home Minister has assured Tripura government of all cooperation to deal with the issues of insurgency and other security related issues. Government is planning 100 percent repatriation of all Bru refugees and the Centre will provide all assistance to expedite the process, he added. The Union Home Minister appealed to Mizoram government to provide adequate security to Bru refugees and help them in their rehabilitation.


Publications Division to outline a roadmap focusing on e-mode methods and strategies-Shri Bimal Julka

Secretary, I&B inaugurates Publications Division’s pavilion at ‘New Delhi World Bookfair’

Secretary I&B Shri Bimal Julka has said the Publications Division was in the process of outlining a roadmap that would keep the Media Unit in sync with contemporary trends, technological tools, marketing and distribution strategies related with the publishing industry. The proposed roadmap would focus on e-mode methods and strategies for marketing and distribution, publication of e-books, digitization of content, restoration of archival print material and schemes that would modernize the approach of the division towards the publishing domain. Shri Julka stated this while inaugurating the Publications Division’s pavilion at the ‘New Delhi World Book Fair’ here today.

Elaborating further Shri Julka mentioned that as part of the roadmap initiative the Publications Division would invite ideas and suggestions from the people for improvement in all critical segments of the Publications domain. The suggestions would be received on the social media platforms of the I&B Ministry. Thereafter the information would be collated and reviewed by a committee of experts. As part of the initiative to encourage new talent, Shri Julka invited creative and innovative content/suggestions through crowdsourcing via the New Media Platforms as well as the traditional platforms. A new scheme was under discussion that would focus on digitization of the rare print material under the Division.

On the occasion, Shri Julka released new editions of five books on Sardar Patel, the architect of modern India. These included biographies of the eminent leader under the prestigious builders of modern India series in Hindi and English written by Shri I.G. Patel, an academician and former V.C. of Sardar Patel University, Vidyanagar, Lohpurush Sardar Patel - a colourful and inspiring children’s book in Hindi authored by Shri Mukut Bihari Verma and ‘Desh ki Ekta ka Nirman’ – a collection of the speeches of the eminent leader, devoted to the theme of national unity delivered between 1946-1950. He also released a set of children’s books namely Chocolate, Nabh Mein Aaya Indradhanush and Thodi Kasam Phir se Khayi. Smt.Sadhna Rout, ADG, Publications Division and Joint Secretary, Shri Mihir Kumar Singh of the I&B Ministry along with senior officials of the Publications Division and the Ministry of I&B were also present at the inaugural function.


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

The second day of first National Tribal Festival “VANAJ”-2015 witnessed a new stage when Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram inaugurated its new pack of activities at the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA) here in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion the minister said it is just like a visit to past especially in the tribal weekly haats for entertainment as well as purchase of daily need goods from the village markets. He said this week is a unique opportunity for the city dwellers to have a direct contact with their tribal brothers hailing from the far flung areas of our country. The minister said such contact will oly generate a feeling of one ness for our diversified cultures and societies.

At the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA) a replica of rural tribal market as well as plateform for the cultural presentation is set up where visitors have an access to both the rural crafts, herbs and medicines. All this has been done to to show case the rich diversity of Tribal culture, art, painting, music, dance, tribal medicine, tribal food, and a special attraction- tribal cuisine.

Later in the afternoon Documentary Films titled “Lodha – A Sylvan Community” and “Prakriti Ki Santan – Mising Tribe” will be screened at the IGNCA auditorium from 3pm to 5.30 pm. Also there is a seminar being organized from 3.30 p.m to 5.00 p.m where‐in eminent panelists will deliberate on the topic ‘Traditional Tribal Knowledge, Wisdom and Skills’.

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


Third Day of “VANAJ”- National Tribal Festival- 2015

The third  day of  first National Tribal Festival “VANAJ”-2015  will see the screening of documentary Films  titled  “Participation of women in Gram Sabha” and  “Gujjar” tomorrow ( on 15.02.2015)  from 3pm to 5.30 pm at the  Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) auditorium, Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi. In addition, at the  the IGNCA  Auditorium a seminar discussion will also  be organized from 3.30  p.m  to  5.00  p.m where‐in  eminent  panelists  will  deliberate on the topic   ‘Tribal folklore and oral tradition’.

The week long festival coincides with the with the 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 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.

At the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA) a replica of rural tribal market as well as plateform for the cultural presentation is set up where visitors have an access to both the rural crafts, herbs and medicines. All this has been done to  to show case the rich diversity of Tribal culture, art, painting, music, dance, tribal medicine, tribal food, and a special attraction- tribal cuisine.

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