Corrigendum to the Press Release ‘Issuance Calendar for Marketable Dated Securities’ dated 23rd March, 2015

Corrigendum to the Press Release ‘Issuance Calendar for Marketable Dated Securities’ dated 23rd March, 2015

This is with reference to PIB Press Release issued on March 23, 2015 titled ‘Issuance Calendar for Marketable Dated Securities for April 2015-September 2015’, in the list attached with the aforesaid Press Release may please be read as under:

17 New Mega Food Parks Announced Entailing a Fresh Investment of Rs.2330 crore 

17 new Mega Food Parks (MFPs) sanctioned by the Government today shall entail fresh investment of around Rs. 2330 crores. This will include grant-in-aid for an amount of Rs.850 crores. Announcing this at a press conference in the Capital today, Food Processing Minister Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that these 17 new MFPs spread across 11 States would attract a total investment of around Rs.4,000 crores and the annual turnover of the Food Processing units in these MFPs would be more than Rs.8,000 crores. She informed that these new MFPs will generate direct/indirect employment for around 2.5 lakh people and it is expected that more than 12 lakh farmers would be benefited after these MFPs are operational. 

Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal informed that this time a change was made in the eligibility criteria and Govt. organisations/ State Govts were also allowed to apply. Out of the 17 MPFs, 06 have been sanctioned for the State Govt. authorities and 11 to private sector. Out of the ongoing 25 Mega Food Parks, 2 have already been inaugurated and 3 more are expected to be operationalised by middle of this year vis-a-vis 2 Mega Food Parks operationalised by the previous Government since 2008. 

She expressed the hope that once these 42 MFPs, inclusive of the 25 sanctioned by the previous Govt., become operational, the farmers would be greatly benefited in terms of better price for their produce and consumers would get wider choice at a very reasonable price. 


17 New Mega Food Parks Sanctioned 

To give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage and loss at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Food Mega Food Parks Scheme in the country since the year 2008. Financial Assistance upto Rs. 50.00 Crore is provided for setting up Mega Food Parks for creation of modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market. A Mega Food Park located in the area of a minimum of 50 acres work in a cluster based approach based on a hub and spokes model.  Infrastructure is created for primary processing and storage near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centres (PPCs), Collection Centres (CCs) located in production areas. Common facilities and enabling infrastructure at Central Processing Centre like modern warehousing, cold storage, IQF, sorting, grading, packaging, pulping, ripening chambers and tetra packaging units roads, electricity, water, ETP facilities etc. This helps in reducing the cost of individual units significantly and makes them more viable. Induction of latest technology, quality assurance of processed food products through better process control and meeting of environmental and safety standards are other major benefits of Mega Food Parks.
Total 42 Mega Food Parks have been sanctioned by the Government for setting-up in the country. Currently, 25 projects are under implementation, Expression of Interest (EoI) was invited on all India basis on 10.02.2014 with the last date of 31.07.2014 to fill up vacancies. Ministry received 72 proposals and after going through a stringent and transparent process of scrutiny, 17 suitable proposals from 11 States of the country have been selected and approved for implementation.
This step of the Government will create huge modern infrastructure for food processing sector and provide impetus to the growth of the sector. These 17 newly selected Mega Food Parks are likely to attract investment of around Rs. 2000 crore in modern infrastructure, additional collective investment of around Rs. 4000 crore in 500 food processing units in the Parks and an annual turn-overof Rs. 8000 crore.These Parks,when fully functional, will create employment for about 80000 persons and benefit about 5 lakh farmers directly and indirectly.
The timely completion of these Mega Food Park will provide a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the concerned state, help in providing better price to farmers, reduce wastage of perishables, add value to the agricultural produce and create huge employment opportunities especially in rural areas. These will also help in stabilizing prices of food products and contain inflation in the country. 


Health Minister stresses on systems improvement, innovation, stakeholder involvement and greater awareness to fight TB 

The Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda stressed on the crucial role that various stakeholders, including people’s representatives at various levels, can play in fighting the scourge of tuberculosis in the country. All stakeholders have their own constituencies of influences with their own significant impact factor, he stated. Their involvement will enrich policymaking and effective implementation of the TB control programme in the country. The Health Minister stated this at a function to mark the World TB Day, here today. 

Speaking at the occasion, the Health Minister stated that although there have been many challenges, the Ministry through the Revised National TB Control programme (RNTCP) has been able to achieve significant achievements in terms of treating people and saving precious lives. The process however, of addressing the challenges that lie ahead is continuous, he mentioned. Through innovations in systems, constant vigilance, effective surveillance and sturdy monitoring combined with awareness among the masses regarding RNTCP, TB can be controlled. 

The Health Minister highlighted that inter-sectoral convergence is a crucial component of the Health Ministry’s policies where various sectors and Ministries handling sanitation, water, environment etc., will be brought on board for an all-inclusive and comprehensive policymaking for health issues. He informed that the Ministry has been interacting with Members of Parliament to keep them informed about the various initiatives taken up by the Ministry and to seek their active involvement in creating awareness regarding not only the available cure but also spread message of preventive health. 

The Health Minister launched the website of the National TB Control Programme, released the RNTCP Annual Report 2015 along with the special issue on TB of the Global Policy Journal, and launched the project on “Innovative intensified TB cases finding and appropriate treatment at high burden ART Centres in India”. 

Also present at the function were Shri Anurag Thakur, MP; Shri Dalbir Singh, President National TB Forum; Dr. Nata Menabde, WHO country representative; Health Secretary Shri B P Sharma; DGHS Dr. Jagdish Prasad, senior officers of the Health Ministry and representatives from the civil society. 


Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju addresses valedictory function of the 23rd 

All India Forensic Science Conference and lays foundation stone of CFSL, Bhopal 

More use of forensic sciences can expedite cases and help tackle crimes: Kiren Rijiju 

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju has said that the forensic expansion programme can address the issue of high level of pendency of cases and in tackling crimes especially crime-against women in a time bound manner. Addressing the Valedictory function of the 23rd All India Forensic Science Conference in Bhopal today, Shri Kiren Rijiju said that for complete development, the women should feel secure in this society. 

The theme of the two-day Conference was ‘Role of Forensic Science in countering crime against women’. About 300 forensic science experts participated in the conference organised by the Directorate of Forensic Science Services (DFSS) of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. 

Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Babulal Gaur, said that the Annual Forensic Conferences are an appropriate and effective platform to discuss sensitive crime investigation and deliberate upon research on cyber crimes, forensic reforms, development and modernisation programme keeping in pace with international standards. 

The Directors of the Central and State FSLs recognized the importance of accreditation of the laboratories. Some of the laboratories are already accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). Other laboratories also resolved to initiate steps towards accreditation. With a view to streamline case handling, the Directors also decided to update and revise the Standard Operating Procedures and Manuals for various forensic disciplines such as DNA, Chemistry, Ballistics, questioned documents etc. 

Participants were sensitized on the need for victim-centric approach in handling sexual assault cases. Mr. Wim Van Geloven, Director of Academy, Netherlands Forensics Institute, Netherlands presented a small kit for handling sexual offences. 

At the end of the two-day Conference, eight Best Papers were awarded in Oral and Poster category in main forensic disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Documents. Shri Rijiju announced the call of nominations for Union Home Minister’s Award for Forensic Sciences. Awards would include Life Time Achievement Award (Rs.1.00 lakhs with Medal and Citation), R&D Award (three awards for Rs.50,000/- each) and Young Scientist Award (Rs.10,000. /-).

Shri Rijiju also laid the foundation stone for the new Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) at Bhopal. The new CFSL to be constructed by National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) at a cost of Rs.53.72 crores will have Divisions for Digital Forensics, Forensic DNA, Narcotic Drugs, Toxicology, Ballistics etc. 


Union Home Minister chairs High Level Committee meeting for Central assistance to states affected by natural disasters 

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of the High Level Committee (HLC) for Central Assistance to States under the National Disaster Response Fund, here today. The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley, the Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh and senior officers of the Ministries of Home, Finance and Agriculture have participated in the discussions. 

The Committee examined the proposals, based on the visits of the Central Team to the States affected by severe Natural Disasters during the last year. The HLC decided the assistance from NDRF in respect of Himachal Pradesh regarding floods / landslides, Uttar Pradesh floods and Maharashtra drought during Kharif crop. 


Dr. Mahesh Sharma discusses TVOA scheme with Rajnath Singh 

The Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation and Culture (Independent Charge), Dr. Mahesh Sharma met the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh here today to discuss mainly the issues related to Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) scheme. 

Shri Rajnath Singh also approved a Committee under the Chairmanship of Additional Secretary (Foreigners) with three Joint Secretaries from MHA, Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Civil Aviation as members. This Committee will meet periodically and resolve issues concerning Visa facilitation and Tourism promotion. 

On the issue of distribution of Welcome Cards printed by Ministry of Tourism at Indian Airports to tourists arriving in India, Shri Rajnath Singh assured that instructions will be sent to Bureau of Immigration for taking urgent necessary action in this regard. 

Regarding issue of biometric collection at airports, it was suggested that during the next one year 150 countries will be covered under TVOA scheme, which includes biometric collection on arrival. The issue raised by Ministry of Tourism will be resolved as far as foreign tourists are concerned. 

As far as increase in number of countries and number of airports are concerned, the Home Minister assured the Minister for Tourism that these suggestions will definitely be considered in taking the decision very shortly. Shri Rajnath Singh also promised that suggestion regarding double entry for TVOA applicants and increasing the period from one month to two months will also be examined keeping in view the security considerations. 

Dr. Mahesh Sharma suggested that Bureau of Immigration officials should be given training as they are the first point of contacts with the tourists. Shri Rajnath Singh asked the Minister for Tourism to submit a proposal to MHA in this regard so that the same can be considered expeditiously. 


ISCS Signs Framework Agreement with Forum of Federations 

The Inter-State Council Secretariat (ISCS) under the Ministry of Home Affairs has signed an Agreement with the Forum of Federations (FoF) based at Ottawa, Canada here today for next three years. The Agreement was signed by Shri H. K. Dash, Secretary, ISCS and Dr. Rupak Chattopadhyay, Forum’s President and Chief Executive Officer in the presence of the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. 

Shri Rajnath Singh wished great success for ISCS and FoF and hoped that these organizations will contribute significantly for the promotion of democracy and freedom in the world. 

The Agreement provides for creating a mutually supportive international partnership with India for improving governance and enhancing democracy by promoting dialogue on the practices, principles and possibilities of federalism. 

The Forum of Federations is an international organization of federal countries. It is based in Canada and brings together government practitioners and academics to improve governance and enhance democracy by promoting dialogue and providing policy research on federalism and the challenges of multi-level governance. The Forum offers partner countries the opportunity to be part of a global network which provides a mechanism for insight into both internal and international governance debates. The Forum works in the international arena to improve the practice of federalism by addressing the needs of practitioners of federalism through three broad core functions i.e. serving as a clearing house for information and resources on the practice of federalism, offering and implementing policy and partnership programmes with the governments and encouraging future practitioners to develop an interest and expertise in federalism. 

The Forum organizes Development Assistance Programmes for even those developing countries having a federal set up, which may not be partners in the Forum. The Forum is funded by its 10 member countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Switzerland. Some more states have evinced interest in joining the Forum. The Forum has a Strategic Council which renders advice on the strategic plan and programme of work of the Forum. Each partner country finds representation in the Strategic Council. 

The Forum has, in the past, worked closely with India on several important issues pertaining to federal governance, fiscal federalism, public security, environmental governance and local government. India has been a Forum partner country since 2005 and has been represented on the Board of Directors by the Secretary, Inter-State Council Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs. Senior Officials from India have been involved in a wide range of key activities of the Forum, including capacity building, imparting training and rendering technical advice on federal issues. 

India has benefitted from participation in international conferences and workshops on various aspects of federalism organized by the Forum. India hosted the Fourth International Conference on Federalism in New Delhi on November 5-8, 2007. Recently India participated in the Board of Governors meeting in Switzerland. The Forum has planned some India specific activities in the next three years and associating Indian experts in its capacity building programs in several developing countries, including some in South Asia. It is proposed to organize an International Conference on Cooperative Federalism in New Delhi later this year with the Forum as a knowledge partner during 2015-18. The proceedings will pave the way for mutually supportive international activities and programmes. 


Country Need to Develop as a Whole; Sense of Denial in any Sect not Acceptable - State Minorities Commissions 

At the Annual Conference of State Minorities Commissions, the Participants uniformly stressed the importance of India’s multi religious character and emphasized the need for the country to develop as a whole. Backwardness and any sense of deprivation in any section of society was not an acceptable option. This emerged in the conference held here yesterday. 

The Conference is held every year for discussing and sharing the experiences of State Minorities Commissions in tackling problems faced by the minorities in the States and arriving at remedial measures to ensure the rights of minorities and their socio-economic development. The Conference was inaugurated by ShriRajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister. Dr. Najma A. Heptullah, Hon’ble Minister of Minority Affairs delivered the presidential address. ShriMukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Hon’ble Minister of State for Minority Affairs, and Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State, Prime Minister Office, also graced the occasion. The Chairman and members of the National and State Minorities Commissions, NGOs and senior officers of the State Governments dealing with minorities, also participated in the Conference. 

Two sessions were held during the Conference on ‘Capacity Building of Minority Educational Institutions in India’ and ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Development of Minorities in India’. During the first session the importance of education for a developed, civilized, healthy, peaceful and happy society was discussed. In spite of 67 years of our independence, still a large population of our country is not able to get quality and affordable education, for which the Government is committed to all at their doorsteps. 

The second session stressed the need of the private companies to undertake Corporate Social Responsibility work and ensure that it spends in every financial year at least 2% of the average profits of the company made during the three immediately preceding financial years. Valuable suggestions were received from speakers and stakeholders to enable the minorities to draw optimal benefit to better their conditions. 

Eminent keynote speakers and guests of honour during the two technical sessions namely Justice M.S. A. Siddiqui (Retd.), former Chairman, National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions; Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, JamiaMiliaIslamia; Shri R.K. Dhoot, Member of Parliament and Shri S.S. Mundra, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India also gave their insights and suggestions for expediting progress of minorities. 

The Conference ended with a valedictory address by Chairman, National Commission for Minorities. 


Govt to hold 'stress relief' programmes for officers: Dr. Jitendra Singh 

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said here today that the Govt of India`s Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) will hold a series of regular "stress relief" and rejuvenating programmes including Yoga, workshops, sports, cultural events, etc. for IAS, Civil Services and other government officers in order to help them maintain a conducive frame of mind and ensure a harmonious well-being. At the same time, DoPT has also mooted a "stress management" segment in the Induction course for new employees joining State Services in the three States of Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, and based on the experience from these three States, the same practice would be replicated in other States as well. 

Dr Jitendra Singh said such efforts not only help in rejuvenating the energies and spirits of officers who are subjected to increasing work load and office stress but also help in bringing together the fraternity of civil service officers from all over India thus promoting a spirit of comradeship among them. 

Increasing accountability and rising expectation level in administrative work tend to take their toll, said Dr Jitendra Singh and therefore, in-house provisions for stress management are called for. In this context, he referred to a two-day "Stress management" programme for officers being organized at New Delhi on 28th and 29th of this month followed by a Yoga course for officers beginning from April in forty different centers across India. 

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the DoPT will not only plan events for government officials but will also devise programmes for their children in the form of academic tutorials, summer coaching camps, etc. 


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