President Confers Gallantry and Distinguished Service Awards

IC-30702N LIEUTENANT GENERAL PHILIP CAMPOSE, AVSM**, VSM, MECHANISED INFANTRY


President Confers Gallantry and Distinguished Service Awards



The President and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred one Kirti Chakra and eleven Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here today. Three of the Shaurya Chakra were given posthumously.




            The President also conferred fourteen Param Vishisht Seva Medals, three Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and twenty six Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order. The following is the list of awardees in order of presentation:-



Param Vishisht Seva Medal

·        IC-30702N LIEUTENANT GENERAL PHILIP CAMPOSE, AVSM**, VSM, MECHANISED INFANTRY

·        IC-31348W LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAJAN BAKSHI, UYSM, ARMOURED CORPS

·        IC-31324M LIEUTENANT GENERAL KOTHENETH SURENDRANATH, AVSM**, SM, VSM, ARMOURED CORPS

·        IC-30682L LIEUTENANT GENERAL MANVENDER SINGH, AVSM, VSM, INFANTRY

·        IC-31638N LIEUTENANT GENERAL OM PRAKASH, UYSM, AVSM, SM, INFANTRY

·        IC-31653H LIEUTENANT GENERAL ANIL KUMAR BHALLA, AVSM, VSM, ARMOURED CORPS

·        IC-31642W LIEUTENANT GENERAL NURSINGHA PRASAD PADHI, VSM, ENGINEERS

·        MR-04006Y LIEUTENANT GENERAL VED PRAKASH CHATURVEDI, VSM, ARMY MEDICAL CORPS

·        DR-10298H LIEUTENANT GENERAL VIMAL ARORA, AVSM, VSM**, ARMY DENTAL CORPS

·        IC-31134A LIEUTENANT GENERAL GAUTAM MOORTHY, AVSM, VSM, ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS (RETIRED)

·        VICE ADMIRAL KR NAIR, AVSM, VSM, (50575-T)

·        AIR MARSHAL PARAMJIT SINGH GILL, AVSM, VM (14097) FLYING (PILOT) (RETIRED)

·        AIR MARSHAL PACKIRISWAMY KANAKARAJ, AVSM, VSM (15066), AE(M) (RETIRED)

·        AIR MARSHAL SUBRAMANYA SUKUMAR AVSM, VM (14672) FLYING (PILOT) (RETIRED)



KIRTI CHAKRA

·        IC-74786-M, CAPTAIN JAIDEV, THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)/3RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES



UTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL

·        IC-34385P LIEUTENANT GENERAL ANIL KUMAR AHUJA, AVSM, SM, VSM**, ARTILLARY

·        IC-34392L LIEUTENANT GENERAL GURMIT SINGH, AVSM, VSM, INFANTRY

·        IC-34605N LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAKESH SHARMA, AVSM, VSM, INFANTRY



ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

·        IC-34014M LIEUTENANT GENERAL AMIT SHARMA, VSM, ARMOURED CORPS
·        AIR MARSHAL BIRENDER SINGH DHANOA, YSM, VM (15405) FLYING (PILOT)
·        IC-34098L LIEUTENANT GENERAL HARMINDERJIT SINGH SACHDEV, SM, INFANTRY
·        IC-35040A LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAKESH MOHAN MITTAL, SM, VSM, ENGINEERS
·        IC-31663M LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAKESH NANDAN, SM, ARMY AIR DEFENCE
·        IC-34760P LIEUTENANT GENERAL PRAVEEN BAKSHI, VSM, ARMOURED CORPS
·        IC-34888A LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAVINDRA PRATAP SAHI, INFANTRY
·        MR-03911F LIEUTENANT GENERAL MANOJ KUMAR UNNI, VSM, ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
·        IC-30727A LIEUTENANT GENERAL TEJWANT SINGH GILL, SM, VSM, INFANTRY (RETIRED)
·        VICE ADMIRAL JK KORDE, VSM, ( 01912-W)
·        AIR MARSHAL SUKHCHAIN SINGH, VSM (15808) AE(L)
·        IC-35481W MAJOR GENERAL RAJIV NARAYANAN, VSM, ARMOURED CORPS
·        IC-35941M MAJOR GENERAL PRAKASH NARAYAN TRIPATHI, VSM, ARMY AIR DEFENCE
·        IC-37555Y MAJOR GENERAL VINOD G KHANDARE, SM, INFANTRY
·        IC-38708K MAJOR GENERAL ASHOK AMBRE, SM, INFANTRY
·        IC-38753W MAJOR GENERAL JASWINDER SINGH SANDHU, VSM, INFANTRY
·        IC-39295X MAJOR GENERAL PARMINDER JIT SINGH PANNU, VSM, INFANTRY
·        REAR ADMIRAL SUDHARSHAN YASHWANT SRIKHANDE (02152-R)
·        REAR ADMIRAL G ASHOK KUMAR, VSM, (02470-N)
·        REAR ADMIRAL AJAY KUMAR SAXENA, VSM, (50763-W)
·        AIR VICE MARSHAL RAGHUNATH NAMBIAR VM* (16378) FLYING (PILOT)
·        AIR VICE MARSHAL RAJAN PARADAYIL GEORGE (15751) LOGISTICS
·        AIR COMMODORE SUNIL KUMAR, YSM (17713) FLYING (PILOT)
·        AIR COMMODORE PRAVIN RAMCHANDRA NAVALKAR (17173) FLYING (PILOT)
·        AIR COMMODORE KRISHNA IYENGAR RAVI VSM (17674) AE (M)
·        AIR COMMODORE SURAT SINGH, VM, VSM (18563) FLYING (PILOT)
SHAURYA CHAKRA
·        4368146K NAIK ANSAIGRA BASUMATARY, 5TH BATTALION THE  ASSAM REGIMENT
·        JC-539962H SUBEDAR PRAKASH CHAND, 8TH BATTALION THE KUMAON REGIMENT (POSTHUMOUS)
·        IC-72726Y MAJOR SATNAM SINGH, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS/ 15TH BATTALION THE ASSAM RIFLES
·        IC-64002M MAJOR ABHISHEK KUMAR,THE PUNJAB REGIMENT/22ND BATTALION, THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
·        LIEUTENANT COMMANDER MANORANJAN KUMAR (52423-T) (POSTHUMOUS)
·        WING COMMANDER HUVEY UPADHYAYA (25850) FLYING (PILOT)
·        13769423L RIFLEMAN MANGA RAM, 3RD BATTALION THE JAMMU & KASHMIR RIFLES
·        IC-71174K MAJOR R VAMSHI KRISHNAN, CORPS OF ENGINEERS/ 50TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
·        COMMANDER GOSAVI KAUSTUBH VIJAYKUMAR, NM, (03657-K)
·        IC-69696F MAJOR MUKUL SHARMA, 4TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCE)
·        IC-70688P MAJOR ABHIJAI, CORPS OF ENGINEERS, 39 (INDEPENDENT), RECONNAISSANCE AND OBSERVATION FLIGHT  (POSTHUMOUS)

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Dr Mahesh Sharma greets the people of India on the occasion of various festivals

The Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma has greeted the people of India on the auspicious occasion of various festivals in India. He has greeted countrymen on the occasion of Gudi Padava, Ugadi, Sajibu Nongmapanba, Navreh, Navroj, Vikrami Samvat, Navratri and Cheti Chand.

In his message Dr Sharma said that these festivals celebrated across country depict the rich traditions and culture of our country. These festivals are the symbol of brotherhood and prosperity, he added.

“May these festivals bring prosperity and joy to all countrymen”, the minister said.

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Dr Mahesh Sharma pays tribute to noted Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan on his birth anniversary

The Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma has paid his tributes to the Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan on his birth anniversary today. Remembering the great musician, he said that Ustad Bismillah Khan will always be remembered for his contribution to Indian Music for popularizing the musical instrument and playing the art of shehnai.

Ustad Bismillah Khan not only kept the tradition of classical music alive, but also took it to new levels. He has left behind a legacy for Indian music for which country will always remember him. He was also awarded Bharat Ratna for his contribution, the minister said.



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Commencement of National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Priority Medical Devices and Health Technology Policy

The First WHO Collaborating Centre in South East Asia Region

World Health Organization (WHO) Country office for India in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC), formally announced the commencement of National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC), as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Priority Medical Devices and Health Technology Policy, here yesterday. This is the first WHO Collaborating Centre in South East Asia Region. The event was inaugurated by Shri B P Sharma, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India. Dr Nata Menabde, WHO Representative to India, handed over the designation of WHO Collaborating Centre commencement at NHSRC to the Health Secretary.

On the occasion, the Health Secretary stated that “Prioritizing medical devices and health technology in the country is an important agenda item. It is critical to have the specifications in place for the medical devices and equipments that are already procured and used in the system. There is also need for dedicated medical devices testing laboratories to ensure the safety and efficacy of these devices”.

Dr. Nata Menabde congratulated the healthcare technology team of NHSRC on being designated as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Priority Medical Devices, the first center in South East Asia. “There is a need for appropriate and applicable health care technology in India. Our medical devices industry is underinvested and heavily import driven at present, but with the current “Make in India” campaign, there is a huge opportunity for growth and expansion of the medical device industry. This would highly improve the access of essential medical devices and healthcare technology to patients in India”, she said.

The Division of Healthcare Technology & Innovation at NHSRC has been working in the area of health technologies and related policy interface. The scope of its work includes: framing of technical specifications for technologies procured under National Health Mission; best practices for technology life cycle management and maintenance; secretariat for assessment and uptake of innovations into public health systems; health technology systems research such as proposing roadmap for establishing testing laboratories; supporting the Health Ministry on issues related to free essential diagnostics and other technology intensive services; domestic manufacturing capacity, quality and safety criteria for healthcare technologies; and conducting health technology assessments.

The Division of Healthcare Technologies & Innovations, NHSRC now becoming the ‘WHO Collaborating Centre for Priority Medical Devices and Health Technology Policy’, would further strengthen the technical association with WHO, for greater reach, acceptability and use of critical knowledge amongst public health partners, and foster advancement of health goals in India as well as mission of the World Health Organization.

Present at the occasion were senior officials of the Health Ministry including Shri C K Mishra, Additional Secretary and Mission Director (National Health Mission); Shri Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary (Policy); Shri K L Sharma, Joint Secretary (Regulations); Shri Nagesh Prabhu, Joint Secretary (Department of Health Research); Ms Adriana Velasquez, Senior Advisor, Medical Devices, WHO HQ, Geneva and Dr Madhur Gupta, Technical Officer- Pharmaceuticals, WHO India.


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Global Community has to come together to Counter Terrorism: Kiren Rijiju

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju has said that terrorism should be treated as a challenge to human kind and the Global Community will have to come together to counter terrorism . Speaking at the Valediction session of the three day International Conference on Counter Terrorism 2015 held at Jaipur today, Shri Rijiju said that terrorism is now not the problem of any one country, instead it has spread to different parts of the world. Expressing concern on the present security scenario, Shri Rijiju said that the challenges of countering terrorism are increasing day by day and we have to be ready always to control the situation. For this, the police forces and other stakeholders need to be trained to counter terrorism, he added.

The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said that the response to terror activities would range from high tech to simple. He said that the war of terrorism has to be fought by the society. Giving the example of how terror groups like ISIS trying hard to capture the young minds, he said that the parents and the Indian society have been able to prevent young people from joining such groups.

On the deliberations of International Conference, Shri Kiren Rijiju said that it will benefit the functioning of the Ministry in counter terrorism. He said that the country needed a professionally managed counter terrorism school. He invited the think tanks and the other stakeholders to collaborate to counter terrorism.


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Meeting to Discuss Consultative Process for Formulation of New Education Policy Held

To discuss the consultative process for formulation of New Education Policy (NEP), the Ministry of Human Resource Development organised a meeting of State Education Ministers and State School/Higher Education Secretaries here today.

Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development in her keynote address congratulated the State Education Ministers for the success that the Government was able to achieve in the preceding ten months due to the cooperative federalism and by practicing minimum government and maximum governance. The main objective of the meeting was to initiate discussion on the consultation process for the New Education Policy and seek views, comments and suggestions of different States.

The Minister highlighted that for the first time in the history of education policy making, every citizen is given an opportunity to express his/her views. The consultation process involves participation from the grassroot level to the state, regional and national levels in bringing out a comprehensive policy which will reflect the aspirations and needs of the country. It will also seek to meet the inherent needs of stakeholders, students and their parents whose goal is to make their children a better human being and a better citizen. The Minister stressed the point that the meeting is for open consultation and the way forward for cooperative federalism.

The MHRD presentation also explained the grassroot consultation process which was followed by a presentation by the MyGov portal team on the ICT enablement to make this process work at the grassroot level through the state machinery.

There was an active participation from the State Governments both with regard to the content that needs to go into the policy and the processes involved.

The meeting was attended by 22 State/UT Education Ministers along-with Education Secretaries and other senior officers including State Information Officers (SIOs). Both the Secretaries of School Education & Literacy and Higher Education addressed the august gathering and gave an overview of the identified themes. Senior officers of both the Department of Higher Education and Department & Literacy of Ministry of Human Resource Development also participated in the meeting.

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National Action Plan for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities Launched
25 Lakh Persons with Disabilities to be trained under the Plan
Decision to hold 1st Indian Open Paralympics Games 2015 in New Delhi

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot has said that the Government is committed to the holistic empowerment of persons with disabilities through education, rehabilitation and especially skill development and employment.

Shri Gehlot said that the National Action Plan is a partnership between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability for skilling 2.5 million Person with Disability (PwD) over seven years

He was speaking on the occasion of launching of the National Action Plan for Skill Training of Persons with Disabilities at a Conference held here today. The Plan was jointly launched with the Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy. The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar was also present on the occasion. A large gathering of corporates, PSU officials, experts, NGOs, civil society organizations and stakeholders are participating in the one-day Conference.

On this occasion, Shri Gehlot also announced that the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has taken the initiative to conduct the 1st Indian Open Paralympics Games 2015 in New Delhi from May 2 to 9, 2015 for promoting the talents of the differently abled community in sports”.

The Minister of State (IC) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy stated that the Skill Development is of the highest priority of Prime Minister of India as only around 2% of the workforce in India is skilled. Under the overall guidance of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Skill Development has decided to constitute a separate “Sector Skill Council” for PWDs to scale up the initiative with Quality Standards as acceptable by industry. He also announced that the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has decided to contribute 100 crore to this initiative and support MSJE at every step. National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) will be the implementing agency for the National Action Plan.

Lauding the initiative of the Ministry of Social Justice, Shri Rudy said that it is a noble endeavour by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and it our honour to be a part of this National Action Plan.

The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar stated that the Central Government would need proactive cooperation from State Governments to implement legislation in letter and spirit, to enable persons with disabilities to get employment, access markets for their products and learn cutting-edge skills.

According to census 2011, there are 2.68 Crore Persons with Disability (PwDs) in India. About 1.34 crores persons with disabilities are in the employable age of 15 to 59 years.

The National Action Plan (NAP) seeks to provide a synergistic framework for people with disability, for improving vocational training and employment opportunities for them with the eventual goal of providing them with livelihoods and independence. The plan envisages use of Information Technology for content, training delivery and employer connect. The goals of empowering and capacitating PwDs will have substantial gains for the broader economy.

An MOU for implementation of the National Action Plan was signed by the two secretaries – Mr. Lov Verma, Secretary of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Mr. Sunil Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

The launch was followed by experience-sharing sessions, interactions on successful paradigms of skill training, on pedagogy, outreach to rural areas, on-line training platforms and possible funding models.

During the meeting, stakeholders and experts discussed ways in which private sector involvement in skill training of PwDs could be enhanced and capacity building initiatives offered by various ministries/departments to the PwDs that could be standardized and synergized to meet skill-development, training and employability targets.

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities will collaborate with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to work out innovative initiatives for people with disability.

The national conference will be followed by regional level workshops with NGOs, private and public sector undertakings and training partners to effectively implement the National Action Plan.

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Ministry of Tourism sanctions Rs 50 cr for Nabakalebar Rath Yatra Festival

Strengthening ties with Indian Ocean Rim neighbours will help improve security and age-old cultural bonds: Dr Mahesh Sharma

The Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned an amount of Rs 50 cr for the Nabakalebar Rath Yatra Festival in Odisha. Announcing this at a high level meeting of officials in Bhubaneswar today, the Union Minister of State for Tourism(Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma said the funds have been sanctioned under the newly launched scheme ‘PRASAD’ of the Ministry of Tourism. The Union Petroleum Minister, Sh Dharmendra Pradhan ; Tourism and Culture Minister of Govt. of Orissa Sh. Ashok Chandra Panda, and Chief Secretary of Orissa were among those present at the meeting.

Dr Mahesh Sharma said that Orissa is the soul of India and Government is making all efforts to promote the rich cultural heritage of the state as well as the country. The Minister also disclosed that a museum is being set up by theMinistry of Culture at Lalitgiri. The state will be benefitted by the two circuits ie Budhist Circuit and Coastal Circuit under the new scheme of Swadesh Darshan, he added. Puri will also be developed under the HRIDAY sheme of Ministry of Urban Development , the Minister explained. Dr Sharma said that Orissa will be projected on the international map through its campaigns.

The Brochure on PRASAD scheme was also released by the Minister.

Earlier, Dr Mahesh Sharma chaired the Plenary session of the International Conference on “India and the Indian Ocean: Renewing the civilizational linkages” in Bhubaneswar today. Addressing the Plenary, the Minister laid stress on developing, deepening and strengthening relations with the Indian Ocean Rim(IOR) countries, which have civilizational links with India. Prime Minister Shri Modi’s recent visit to Seychelles, Mauritius, Sri Lanka is the example of New government’s initiative in this direction, the Minister said. Prime Minister has given more importance to promote ties with our IOR neighbours which will not only strengthen the security of our vast sea lanes in Indian Ocean but also secure our age-old cultural relations with them, Dr Mahesh Sharma explained.

The Minister said that the Center would be laying more focus on coastal circuit tourism. India has a long coastline of 7500 Km which possesses rich culture and heritage. If this can be harnessed along with beach tourism, culture and pilgrim tourism, all states particularly coastal states like Odisha will be benefited, Dr Sharma said. The three day international conference is being attended by the representatives of 20 countries situated in Indian Ocean Region.

The Tourism Minister also paid a visit to the Hotel Kalinga Ashok at Bhubaneswar today and conducted a round of inspection. He urged the hotel employees to change their work culture and make it delivery oriented especially in terms of quality of services.

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Government Committed to Ensure e-flow of Yamuna Says Uma Bharti

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has said that an inter-ministerial committee constituted under the chairmanship of the Additional Secretary of her Ministry to suggest measures to tackle pollution in Yamuna and to ensure e-flow of the river will submit its interim report within a week. This was stated by the Minister while chairing the 6th meeting of Upper Yamuna Review Committee held here yesterday. Referring to the sentiments of people agitating for pollution free Yamuna the Minister said this committee will also go through the reports of Ravi Chopra committee, Chaturvedi committee and IIT consortium.

Referring to the order of NGT to ensure e-flow of river Yamuna the Minister requested the states of UP, HP, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Delhi to send their suggestions to the Union Environment Ministry within a week so the Ministry could submit it before the Principal Committee of NGT. Sushri Bharti said that urgent steps will have to be taken to stop the flow of pollutants from Hindon river and Shahdara drain into river Yamuna.

Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar lal Khattar, Delhi CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal, irrigation Ministers of UP and Rajasthan and senior officials of HP and Uttarakhand attended the meeting.

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Sports Minister seeks States’ co-operation in implementation of Sports Code

Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has urged the States to help the center in bringing transparency and accountability in sports by implementing sports code. Speaking at the concluding session of the Conference of Ministers of States/ UTs in-charge of Youth Affairs and Sports here today, he said his Ministry has taken several initiatives to keep sports free from controversies and corruption and it is his sincere request to State/ Union Territories to implement these initiatives particularly in reference to various NSFs. He said his Ministry is working on Prevention of Sports Fraud Bill. In its continuing efforts for cleansing of sports in the country.


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Conference of Ministers of States/UTs in charge of Youth Affairs and Sports

The Union Finance, Corporate Affairs and I &B Minister Shri Arun Jaitley has suggested that concentration on sports of core competence such as Hockey, Wrestling, Archery, Badminton, Boxing and shooting etc can produce better results for the country in international sports events like Olympics. Speaking as a chief guest at the Conference of Ministers of States/UTs in charge of Youth Affairs and Sports here today, he said that past experience has shown that all countries cannot excel in all sports and a focused approach on sports of core competence has yielded better results for the countries world over.

Shri Jaitley said, for creating talent in Sports an adequate infrastructure is needed and a system has to be created where Government and sports federations need to contribute to create infrastructure at least up to the district level. Giving the example of Cricket, the Minister said, Cricket Stadiums are owned by Federations / associations and this practice has to be extended to other sports to meet the shortage of the sports infrastructure. He said , State resources , Efforts of the Federations and CSR funding can do a lot for betterment of sports and sportspersons in the country.

Referring to the issue of Management in sports , Shri Jaitley said while the sports is a state subject, the Centre gives representation to the country in International sports, the actual management of sports is with Sports Federations. He urged the Federations to professionalize their structure for better management of sports in the country.

The Minister said, Delhi has adequate sports infrastructure due to various international events held in the past, however, he said, this infrastructure is underutilized. He suggested that with a liberal approach people in Delhi and NCR should be encouraged to utilize these facilities properly for sporting purposes after making a reasonable payment.

Speaking at the Inaugural session, the Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbanand Sonowal said that the Union budget has provided funds for innovative schemes. Funds have been allocated for setting up National Sports University at Manipur. He said, Manipur is the nursery of sports talent and has given many internationals and Olympians. This will go on a long way in promoting sports in the North Eastern Region. Similarly, Finance Minister has given a special package for promotion of sports in Jammu & Kashmir, which had suffered a lot. Shri sonowal said, his Ministry will do its best to channelize the youth of Jammu & Kashmir to join the main stream and bring laurels for the country. He said , It was the noble idea of Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to tap young talent at school level and the Budget has provided funds for launching of National Sports Talent Search Scheme to tap young talent with sports potential from schools and provide them support to achieve their peak of excellence in sports. Another pioneering effort is being launched is to identify medal prospects for the Olympic Games 2016 and 2020 and has given us the scheme called `Target Olympic Podium’(TOP) Scheme. The Finance Minister has further extended his support to TOP scheme by arranging a contribution of Rs.10.00 crores per annum for the next three years through a PSU under him, the Minister added.

Referring to Youth Affairs, the Minister said, National Service Scheme (NSS). NYKS has about 8.1 million youth volunteers enrolled through 2.85 lakh youth clubs and NSS has 3.3 million student volunteers in senior secondary schools, colleges and universities.

He said, NYKS has launched an important programme called ‘Punarjagaran’ (Rejuvenation) on 2nd October, 2014. The programme aims at creating a youth movement, involving them in national-building activities like spreading the message of peace and universal brotherhood, promoting the spirit of volunteerism, campaigning on social issues and creating awareness about the Government programmes. The Programme will directly cover about 10,000 villages in 100 Districts and will culminate at Mathura (UP), the birth place of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, on 25.09.2015, on his birth centenary - with a National Youth Convention of about 10,000 youth. He urged all the States and UTs to provide whole-hearted support for this important initiative.

Shri Sonowal Said, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) under his Ministry is an important institution of national importance in the field of youth development. He said, We have started the ‘National Young Leaders Programme’ as announced by the Finance Minister in the Budget speech 2014-15. The Minister said, India has potential to do well in the field of sports. Timely identification of sports talent and its nurturing is of key importance.

He said, it is extremely important to develop sports infrastructure and support sports activities at grassroots level. Towards this end, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) was introduced in 2014-15 to build a sports complex in every Block, in a phased manner, over a period of 5 years. The minister said that he is confident that with active support of States, this Scheme will pick up pace in the coming years. Shri Sonowal said, an important dimension is the change in circumstances in the light of the new scheme of devolution of funds to States. In this context, he solicited the views of the Ministers of Sports from States and UTs for effective implementation of RGKA from 2015-16 onwards. In the light of the experience during the last one year in implementing RGKA Scheme, He also invited suggestions from all the States to re-address this noble scheme which had earlier aimed at creating sports infrastructure and sports environment at grass root level at villages through Panchayats.

Referring to a number of other initiatives being taken to strengthen the sports infrastructure in the country, Shri Sonowal said, National Sports Academies for junior and seniors in major sports disciplines are proposed to be set up in various parts of the country.

Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy in his Speech said that his ministry is focussing on various sectors to bring improvement in life of youth of the country through different Skill Development initiatives under one umbrella. He said, in Sports. programmes/ policies of Skill Development can help sportspersons in a big way once their active playing career is over and they look forward to other opportunities in their life.

The two-day meeting of State/Union Territory Ministers and Secretaries which began from 20th March, 2015 has discussed among other things schemes/programmes/initiatives of Department of Youth Affairs and Department of Sports. During the course of the meeting deliberations have taken place on Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, National Sports Talent Search Scheme, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, National Young Leaders Programme and National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development etc.

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