Lifting of Ban by EU on Import of Mango from India





Lifting of Ban by EU on Import of Mango from India

The European Commission has notified lifting of the ban on mango through Commission Implementing Decision no. 2015/237 of 12th February, 2015.


Indian export of mango to the EU during 2012 and 2013 were valued at US$ 6.73 million and 10.09 million respectively. Ban on import of vegetables from India has not been lifted by EU.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been developed by the Government for pest free export of fresh vegetables to EU wherein the vegetables are processed in pack houses approved by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the supervision of Plant Quarantine before export to EU.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Initiatives to Arrest Slowdown in Industrial Production

The industrial growth, measured in terms of Index of Industrial Production (IIP), has declined during the last three years from 2.9% in 2011-12 to 1.1% in 2012-13 and further to (-) 0.1% in 2013-14. IIP has thereafter, recorded a positive growth of 2.1% (Provisional) during April-December in 2014-15.

Several initiatives have been taken recently to give the necessary thrust for pacing up the industrial sector which enhances job opportunities, through policy amendments, procedural simplifications as well as promotional measures. These include pruning the list of industries that can be considered as defence industries requiring industrial license, two extensions of two years each in the initial validity of three years of the industrial license permitted up to seven years, removal of stipulation of annual capacity in the industrial license, and deregulating the annual capacity for defence items for Industrial License. Certain instances of inverted duty structure affecting domestic industry have been addressed. The recent amendments in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy include allowing FDI in Defence up to 49% and FDI in Railway infrastructure up to 100%, easing the norms for FDI in construction and exempting FDI in medical devices from sectoral restrictions of pharmaceuticals.

Improvement in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in India through simplification and rationalization of the existing rules and use of information technology to make governance more efficient and effective has been taken up. Integration of 14 Central Services through the e-Biz Platform has been already completed. The Government has launched a “Make in India” initiative with 25 thrust sectors to provide a major push to manufacturing in India. Information on the thrust sectors has been put up on ‘Make in India’s web portal (http://www.makeinindia.com) along with details of FDI Policy, National Manufacturing Policy, Intellectual Property Rights and the envisaged National Industrial Corridors including the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor. An Investor Facilitation Cell, with back end support up to the State level has also been created in ‘Invest India’ to assist, guide, hand-hold and facilitate investors during the various phases of the business life cycle. The ordinance has been issued to make land acquisition easier for important projects. The Government has also developed unified Web Portal ‘Shram Suvidha’ facilitating industries in allotment of Unique Labour Identification Number (UN) to units; allowing filing a single self-certified online return for 16 labour laws; enabling random computerized inspections based on objective criteria and facilitating reports to be uploaded by inspectors within 72 hours of inspection.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Export of Leather Products

Export of leather products from the country has increased from USD 5015.41 million in 2012-13 to USD 5908.82 million in 2013-14 showing an increase of 17.81 %. A positive growth of 14.04% has been registered in the export of leather and leather products during the period April, 2014 – January, 2015 (USD 5628.50 million) as compared to the corresponding period April, 2013 – January, 2014 (USD 4935.43 million).

To boost export of leather and leather products from India, leather sector has been included as one of the Focus Sectors under ‘Make-in-India’ programme launched by the Government which includes short term and medium term initiatives like scaling up of availability of finished leather, skilled manpower and establishment of a technology mission. The Government has adopted various measures under Foreign Trade Policy 2009 -14 such as i) 4% Duty credit scrip under Focus Product Scheme for notified leather products and footwear, ii) 2% Duty Credit Scrip for Finished Leather under Focus Product Scheme, iii) Duty free import entitlement of specified items @ 3% of FOB value of exports realized during the preceding financial year, iv) Zero Duty Scheme implemented under Export Promotion Capital Goods Scheme (EPCG), v) 1% Duty Credit Scrip under Status Holders Incentive Scrip (SHIS) scheme for leather sector (excluding tanning sector) for import of Capital Goods, vi) Recognition of Kanpur, Ambur and Agra as “Towns of Export Excellence” for leather products and vii) Implementation of Incremental Exports Incentivization Scheme. Assistance is also being provided to the Leather Sector under Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP), Market Access Initiative (MAI) and Market Development Assistance (MDA) schemes of Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Industrial Growth Rate

The industrial growth, measured in terms of Index of Industrial Production (IIP), has declined during the last two years from 1.1% in 2012-13 to (-) 0.1% in 2013-14. IIP has thereafter recorded a positive growth of 2.1% (Provisional) during April-December, 2014-15. The reasons for the decline in industrial growth are, inter-alia, moderation in domestic demand, inflationary pressures, increase in input costs and slowdown in economies of other parts of the world, etc.

The Government has taken a number of steps to revive the growth in the industrial sector, which comprises policy amendments, procedural simplifications as well as promotional measures. These include pruning the list of industries that can be considered as defence industries requiring industrial license, two extensions of two years each in the initial validity of three years of the industrial license permitted up to seven years, removal of stipulation of annual capacity in the industrial license, and deregulating the annual capacity for defence items for Industrial License. Certain instances of inverted duty structure affecting domestic industry have been addressed. The recent amendments in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy include allowing FDI in Defence up to 49% and FDI in Railway infrastructure up to 100%, easing the norms for FDI in construction and exempting FDI in medical devices from sectoral restrictions of pharmaceuticals.

Improvement in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in India through simplification and rationalization of the existing rules and use of information technology to make governance more efficient and effective has been taken up. Integration of 14 Central Services through the e-Biz Platform has been already completed. The Government has launched a “Make in India” initiative with 25 thrust sectors to provide a major push to manufacturing in India. Information on the thrust sectors has been put up on ‘Make in India’s web portal (http://www.makeinindia.com) along with details of FDI Policy, National Manufacturing Policy, Intellectual Property Rights and the envisaged National Industrial Corridors including the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor. An Investor Facilitation Cell, with back end support up to the State level has also been created in ‘Invest India’ to assist, guide, hand-hold and facilitate investors during the various phases of the business life cycle. The ordinance has been issued to make land acquisition easier for important projects. The Government has also developed unified Web Portal ‘Shram Suvidha’ facilitating industries in allotment of Unique Labour Identification Number (UN) to units; allowing filing a single self-certified online return for 16 labour laws; enabling random computerized inspections based on objective criteria and facilitating reports to be uploaded by inspectors within 72 hours of inspection.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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Impact of Import of Rubber


The quantity of natural rubber (NR) imported in to India during the last three years is as under:-

Import of Natural Rubber



Natural rubber is imported because of domestic production falling short of total consumption by the domestic industry. While the domestic prices of rubber have fallen during the last year, partly due to the impact of low rubber prices in the international market, the domestic prices of NR have continued to be higher than the international price of NR. The details in this regard are given below:-

Price of Natural Rubber (Rs/Kg)



The Government has taken steps to regulate imports by increasing the duty on import of dry rubber from “20% or Rs. 20 per kg whichever is lower” to “20% or Rs. 30 per kg whichever is lower” from 20 December 2013. Monthly price of RSS4 grade rubber have stated increasing from December 2014.  Government has also reduced the period of utilization under advance licensing scheme for import of rubber from 18 months to 6 months.  An ‘Expert Committee’ consisting of representatives from rubber producers/growers, state governments, rubber consumers and user industry, central government and other stakeholders is functioning to examine issues related to rubber production, development, consumption and exports and suggest a ‘National Policy on Rubber’.



Department of Commerce  has advised the Department of Revenue on 10.12.2014 to enhance/revise import duty on dry forms of Natural Rubber (HS 400121, 400122, 400129) from existing 20% or Rs. 30 per kg whichever is lower to 25% vide this department’s OM dated 10.12.2014.



This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.



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Measures to Increase Foreign Trade

Exports are supported through schemes of Foreign Trade Policy as well as various promotional schemes of concerned Ministries/Departments. The schemes of Foreign Trade Policy are Focus Market Scheme, Market Linked Focus Product Scheme, Focus Product Scheme and Duty Drawback Scheme.  Exporters can also avail duty free import of capital Goods under EPCG Scheme and raw materials under Advance Authorisation Scheme. The Government of India continuously monitors the export performance of different sectors and takes need based measures from time to time, keeping in view the financial and overall economic implications.

During 2012-13, exports declined by 1.82% in comparison to 2011-12, whereas in 2013-14 exports increased by 4.66%. During the current year 2014-15 (Apr-Jan) exports have witnessed a growth of 2.44% over the corresponding period of last year.



This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Effect of Receding Economy of China on India's Global Market

Government is not of the view that China’s economy is receding. It is up to the businessmen and industrialists of the country to identify opportunities, consolidate the advantage and increase their market share in the respective sector by manufacturing and supplying quality goods to the world market at competitive prices.

No specific study has been carried out to identify India’s export strength vis-à-vis China. However based on export-import profile analysis of India-China trade, sectors like Pharmaceuticals, Information Technology (IT) & Information Technology Enabled services (ITES), Auto Components, Agro Products, Tourism, Film & Entertainment are potential sectors of India’s export interest to China.

The Prime Minister of India launched ‘Make in India’ global initiative on 25th September, 2014 from Vigyan Bhawan. ‘Make in India’ initiative intends to invite both domestic and foreign investors to invest in India.

‘Make in India’ has identified 25 sectors in manufacturing, infrastructure and service activities and detailed information including existing opportunities for investment is being shared with investors through meetings, seminars interactive web-portal and professionally developed brochures.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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Export of Tea

The decline in exports during January-November, 2014 is attributable, inter alia, to loss of Assam Orthodox tea production to the tune of almost 20 million kg. During May-July, 2014 caused by delayed rains, lower demand in the high-value markets such as USA, Iran and Russia, lower prices of teas from Africa at USD 2 per kg. in the international market, and decrease in demand from Bangladesh due to re-imposition of tariff with effect from April, 2014. Notably, India ranks second in world production of tea and fourth in the world market as tea exporting country.

Kenya and Sri Lanka have emerged as important exporters of tea in the international market. Africa, particularly Kenya has had record output for consecutive two years as a result of which the prices of African tea have declined by almost USD 1 per kg. and the teas from Africa are being sold at an average price of USD 2 per kg. in the international market. Sri Lanka has also gained markets by providing attractive credit terms to its buyers. Kenya, producer of Crush, Tear and Curl (CTC) tea and Sri Lanka, producer mainly of Orthodox Tea have low domestic demand of tea and are largely dependent on tea exports whereas the domestic demand of tea in India is continuously increasing.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Visit of US Delegation to India

A delegation led by US Trade Representative Mr. Michael Froman visited India during the 8th Ministerial-level Meeting of the India-United States Trade Policy Forum (TPF) held in New Delhi on November 25, 2014.

India and United States discussed issues relating to Market Access for Agricultural Products, Services, Investment in Manufacturing and Intellectual Property Rights. India and United States signalled their readiness to enhance bilateral trade and investment ties in a manner that promotes economic growth and job creation in both the countries. Work Plans on Services, Agriculture, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Investment in Manufacturing were also adopted for continued engagement.

India-US TPF is already in existence since the time it was established in July, 2005. The India-US TPF is designed to enhance bilateral trade and investment relations between India and the United States.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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Aadhar Linked Digital Locker

Digital Locker is one of the key initiatives under the Digital India Programme. A beta version of the same has been released on 10.02.2015 by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India. Digital Locker is aimed at minimising the usage of physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across agencies. The sharing of the e-documents will be done through registered repositories thereby ensuring the authenticity of the documents online. Residents can also upload their own electronic documents and digitally sign them using the e-sign facility. These digitally signed documents can be shared with Government organisations or other entities.

This information was given by the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad in Lok Sabha today.


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The Minister for Communication & Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Launched Contest for Development of Mobile App for the PMO

The Minister for Communication & Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a contest for development of a Mobile App for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at a function in New Delhi today.

The Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi at his recent address at the 25th foundation day of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) had announced the intention to launch a mobile App for PMO.

The Government of India’s citizen engagement platform MyGov will host this contest in association with Google. The contest will be organized over the next three months in three plashes of ideation, wireframe development and the App development. The best App will be then presented to the PMO. The team developing the wining app will get a chance to visit the headquarters of Google in the USA.

The contest is open for all citizens of India above the age 18 years, who are registered on MyGov (https://mygov.in). Participants can submit their entries on the contest page. Each phase will be assessed by an independent jury constituted by MyGov.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad said that views of the citizens collected through the MyGov and other forum have been incorporated into railway and Union Budgets. The need to tackle benami properties, the idea for introduction of sovereign gold bound scheme have come through some suggestions from the people. He said this Government wants to take follow up action on ideas obtained through crowd sourcing and also wants to use social media for public good.

Shri R.S. Sharma, Secretary, DeitY gave an overview of the Digital India program, whose aim is to first digitally connect all citizens of the government and then digitally empower them in participative process of policy making and being continuously informed of various government initiatives and programs.

Shri Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO MyGov, charted out the evolution of MyGov, since its launch on 26th July 2014 and laid out some key features of the newly released MyGov Version 2.0.

Shri Rajan Anandan, MD, Google India, MyGov’s partner in the contest, spoke of Google`s commitment to partner India`s digital drive at multiple levels.

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List of 46 famous monuments/sites submitted by India for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

India has submitted a revised tentative list of 46 famous monuments/sites for inclusion in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The list was submitted to the World Heritage Centre in April, 2014.

Ancient Buddhist Site (Sarnath, Varanasi), Chilika Lake, Kangchendzonga National Park, Dholavira: A Harappan City, Mountain Railways of India (Extension), Silk Road Sites in India, Sri Harimandir Sahib (Amritsar, Punjab), Mughal Gardens in Kashmir are some of the sites out of the total 46 sites which have been included in the list.

Due to the present bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh the monuments of Golconda Fort and Charminar fall in Telengana.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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3 Buddhist Circuits identified by the Ministry of Tourism


Three Buddhist Circuits have been identified by the Ministry of Tourism in the country to be developed with the help of Central Government/State Government/Private Stake Holders.  These include the following:-


Circuit 1:        The Dharmayatra or the Sacred Circuit

 This will be a 5 to 7 days circuit and will include visits to Gaya (Bodhgaya), Varanasi (Sarnath), Kushinagar, Piparva (Kapilvastu) with a day trip to Lumbini in Nepal.

Circuit 2:        Extended Dharmayatra or Extended Sacred Circuit or Retracing Buddha’s Footsteps

This will be a 10 to 15 day circuit and will include visits to Bodhgaya (Nalanda, Rajgir, Barabar caves, Pragbodhi Hill, Gaya), Patna (Vaishali, Lauriya Nandangarh, Lauriya Areraj, Kesariya, Patna Museum), Varanasi (Sarnath), Kushinagar, Piparva (Kapilvastu, Shravasti, Sankisa) with a day trip to Lumbini in Nepal

Circuit 3:        Buddhist Heritage Trails (State Circuits)

i.                    Jammu and Kashmir - Ladakh, Srinagar (Harwan, Parihaspora) and Jammu (Ambaran).
ii.         Himachal Pradesh - Dharamshala, Spiti, Kinnaur and Lahaul.
iii.        Punjab - Sanghon.
iv.        Haryana – Jind (Assan), Yamunanagar(Sugh).
v.         Maharashtra -Aurangabad (Ajanta, Ellora, Pithalkora Caves), Pune (Karla Caves), Mumbai (Kanheri Caves), Pune (Bhaja Caves) and Nashik (Pandavleni Caves).
vi.        Andhra Pradesh - Amravati, Nagarjunakonda, Vizag (Borra Caves, Salihundum Caves).
vii.       Madhya Pradesh - Sanchi, Satdhara, Andher, Sonari, Murulkurd.
viii.      Odisha (Dhauli, Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Udaygiri, Langudi, Khandagiri).
ix.        Chhattisgarh – Sirpur.
x.         West Bengal - Kolkata (Indian Museum)
xi.        Sikkim - Rumtek, Enchay and other Monasteries.
xii.       Arunachal Pradesh –Tawang and Bomdila.



This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), & Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a reply to an Unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Weather Forcast Centres

Earth System Science Organization (ESSO)-India Meteorological Department (IMD) is responsible for monitoring, detection and forecasting of severe weather phenomena like norwesters (severe thunder storms), duststorms, heavy rains and snow, cold and heat waves, etc., which cause destruction of life and property. ESSO-IMD also operates Flood Meteorological Offices (FMOs) at ten locations viz., Agra, Ahmedabad, Asansol, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jalpaiguri, Lucknow, New Delhi and Patna.

During the flood season, FMOs provide valuable meteorological support to the Central Water Commission (CWC) for issuing flood warnings in respect of the 43 rivers of India: i)Agra -Lower Yamuna and Betwa ; ii)Ahmedabad -Narmada, Tapi, Mahi, Sabarmati, Banas and Deman Ganga; iii)Asansol -Ajay, Mayurakshi and Kangsabati; iv)Bhubaneshwar -Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baiterini, Bruhaba-lang,Subernarekha, Rushkulya and Vansdhara; v)Guwahati -Brahmaputra and Barak; vi)Hyderabad -Godawari and Krishna; vii)Jalpaiguri –Teesta; viii)Lucknow -Ganga, Ramganga, Gomti, Sai, Rapti Ghagra and Samda; ix)New Delhi -Upper Yamuna, Lower Yamuna, Sahibi; x)Patna -Kosi, Mahananda, Baghmati, Kamla, Gandak, Buri Gandak, North Koel, Kanhar, PunPun and Upper Sone.

ESSO-IMD is issuing special weather forecasts for tourist places and they are available on the National and Regional websites of IMD. Special forecasts are also issued for pilgrim tourists for Char Dham Yatra, Amarnathji Yatra etc. The weather information (Maximum, Minimum temperatures, Rainfall and Sky condition, etc.) and forecast for next 7 days for 310 important cities and towns in all the states and union territories of India including 107 tourist locations, is currently being issued under tourism forecasts by the IMD.

This information was given by Minister of Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha today.

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Mobile Application for Weather Forecast

Earth System Science Organization–India Meteorological Department (ESSO-IMD) has developed and launched a mobile application for android based smart phone / tablets in January 2013. The mobile app by the name ‘Indian Weather’ is downloadable from Google play store, free of cost. Presently, the app provides current weather and 4 days weather forecast across the country for 310 cities. The mobile app. shall also be hosted for free download from the government mobile app store (https:/apps.mgov.gov.in/indwx.isp).

The Integrated Agro-meteorological Advisory Service (IAAS) of the ESSO-IMD has been successful in providing the crop specific advisories to the farmers at the district level twice weekly through different print/visual/Radio/ IT based- wider dissemination media including short message service (SMS) and Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS). Presently, 8.01 million farmers are receiving the agromet advisories on their mobile.

This information was given by Minister of Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha today.


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Speech of Hon’ble Minister for the Fifteenth Session of African Ministerial Conference on Environment, Cairo, 4-6 March 2015


His Excellency Prime Minister of Egypt, Ibrahim Mehleb, Chairman of AMCEN-15, Dr. Binilette Mehenge, Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment of the Arab Republic of Egypt,  Ministers from various African nations, Mr. Acheim Steiner , Executive Director of UNEP, delegates from various countries and organisations, media persons and colleagues.

It is a great honour for me to be able to attend this very important African Ministerial Conference on Environment. This conference has become an institute and this is its 15th edition. First time, you have invited India and we have responded. India will always echo African aspirations and partner in our effort to fight the challenge presented by climate change. India has always stood with Africa since the days of the African struggle against colonial rule and apartheid, and we will take this cooperation to a new level as the new Government in India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi values African continent as an important ally. Many of us have bright sunshine . We have tremendous solar potential. Let us work together on the path of clean energy.

Mr. President,

It is interesting to note that many of the sustainable development goals resonate our own national priorities.  For example, our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has initiated a campaign for Swachch Bharat in order to improve sanitation across the country, which has direct bearing on the proposed sustainable development goal no.6: “Ensure availability and sustainable water and sanitation for all.”

You will also be happy to learn that our Hon’ble Prime Minister has initiated a project of setting up of 100 smart cities.  We also have National Mission on Sustainable Habitat which is in line with SDG 11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.  As a matter of fact our slogan for development is “Sab ka saath sab ka vikas” which implies inclusive development for all.  Very recently we started the Jandhan Yojana aiming at financial inclusion of the poorer sections of society, and in 100 days, we opened 13.5 million bank accounts of the poorer sections of the society. Its a unique record of its kind. This is a big step in our fight againt poverty, which we want to eradicate.  Gender equality is one of the most important issues which we are addressing and we have initiated the campaign “Beti Bachao and Beti Padao” to encourage parents to educate the girl child. All these goals that we have set for ourselves gel closely with proposed SDGs.

The proposed SDG 7: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” is very significant to countries like India and other developing nations in Africa.  Our own electricity consumption is way below the average of developed nations.  We intend ambitious addition to our power generation capacity over the next few years to meet our development goals.  We are giving priority to solar power.   Our National Solar Mission is being scaled up five-fold from 20,000 megawatts to 100,000 megawatts. WInd energy targets are set to generare 60,000 megawatts of power. We will generate 10,000 MW with biomass, 5,000 megawatts of small hydel power, and 10,000 MW of nuclear energy in next five-seven years. This will change our energy mix. This is a huge contribution of India.   This will mean an additional investment of nearly 150 billion dollars and savings of about 300 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.  In this context, I shall like to emphasise the difference between green business and green action.  Green business is business.   Green action is a contribution that we look forward to.

Mr. President,

Another milestone event scheduled this year will be the 21st Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC.  Lima Climate Call  has recognized that any negotiations under UNFCCC are based on the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities. The Convention lays down certain principles for global cooperation which need to be respected. Food security and poverty eradication have to be top most in our agenda. Any negotiations must be based on the principles of equity and fairness.  There has to be equitable sharing of the carbon space. The developed world which has occupied large carbon space today must vacate the space to accomodate developing and emerging economies. We need to understand that ultimately the per capita emission of both developed and developing countries need to move towards a convergent path. We must also respect the equilibrium of commitments under the convention between developed and developing countries. The right to development has to be respected while collectively moving towards greener growth trajectory.  

The developed countries have to take lead in this regard.  The emission reduction targets that developed countries agree to for pre 2020 period must be ambitious and reflective of their commitment to the cause.  We on our part shall do our actions on our own commitment for inter-generational equity and in our fight against climate change though we are not required to such actions  as per Kyoto Protocol.

However, as we formulate Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), certain issues need immediate attention.  One of those is technology transfer along with know how at an affordable cost, so that we are able to move expeditiously towards lowering of the energy intensity of our economic growth and improving energy efficiency in various sectors.

As we all prepare ourselves for the Paris meeting of the Conference of the Parties, we need to recognise that both adaptation and mitigation must be accorded equal importance.  Developing countries like African countries and India are particularly impacted by adverse impacts of climate change.

The pledges for Green Climate Fund are inadequate. The issue of critical technology is still unresolved. Time is short. The world must act fast. If we want Paris Convention to happen smoothly, we need to sort out these issues well in time. Let us welcome that every country is ready for some kind of action. We should appreciate this global effort and allow it to work as per the INDCs to be presented by each country.

Before I conclude, I shall like to extend greetings to people of Egypt and to the nations present here. I am sure that deliberation here shall prove extremely useful and our exchange of ideas shall provide us with a constructive way forward.  I shall like to express my gratitude for the hospitality extended to me by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, particularly to His Excellency Dr. Khaled Fahmy.

Thank you.


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Dr. Shripad Yesso Naik gives away awards to the winners of the Hindi Pakhwada

Calls Hindi our ‘Samparkbhasa’

The Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik gave away the awards of the winners of various competitions which were held during Hindi Pakhwara celebrated at the Ministry last year, at New Delhi today. Also present at the award distribution were the Secretary (Health) Shri B P Sharma, DGHS, Dr. Jagdish Prasad and Joint Secretary, Dr. Rakesh Kumar.

Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of State stated that this is our part of our constitutional responsibility to work in Hindi language in our day to day routine as well as for official purpose. He said that Hindi is not only Rajbhasa and Rashtrabhasa but ‘Samparkbhasa’ as well. He added we need to strive to use it more in our daily work.

The Secretary (Health), Shri B P Sharma congratulated all the winners and participants and said we should use technology to improve Hindi language. He also said that Hindi is very simple language but we have to make it simpler.

The DGHS, Dr Jagdish Prasad said that we should try to evolve ways for improvement of the Rajbhasha. The Joint Secretary, Dr. Rakesh Kumar said that we are regularly trying to improve Hindi skills in the Ministry. He informed that Rajbhasha Vibhag will soon establish a language lab in this Ministry. This will provide training to the employees within the Ministry, who would earlier be sent outside for such training. He also said that the Ministry is trying to encourage people to work in Hindi at least on Mondays, to begin with.

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