President of India congratulates Indian Cricket Team for victory against Ireland in ICC World Cup, 2015





President of India congratulates Indian Cricket Team for victory against Ireland in ICC World Cup, 2015 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated the Indian Cricket team for victory against Ireland in today’s match of the ICC World Cup, 2015.

In his Tweet, the President said, “Bravo & well done Team India on the 5th straight win in the ICC World Cup 2015 by winning today`s match against Ireland”. 

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Statement by Prime Minister prior to his departure for Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka

I am keenly looking forward to my three nation tour of Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka on March 10-14. We have a strong, multifaceted and important relationship with each, and they all occupy a very important place in our foreign policy. 

My visit to the three Indian Ocean Island countries reflects our foreign policy priorities in India’s immediate and extended neighbourhood. India attaches paramount importance to strengthening relations with this region, which is vital for India’s security and progress. 

My first destination will be Seychelles. India’s relationship with Seychelles has been built on the foundation of mutual trust and shared values. My visit to Seychelles will be the first Prime Ministerial visit to Seychelles since 1981. I am keenly looking forward to my meeting with President James Michel, a great friend of India. 

On March 11-12, I will be in Mauritius. I am honoured to have been invited to be the Chief Guest at the Independence Day celebrations in Mauritius on 12 March, a date special to all Indians because Mahatma Gandhi began his Dandi March on the same date in 1930. My visit to Mauritius will aim to strengthen our age-old civilizational ties with “Chhota Bharat”. 

I am honoured to be invited to address the National Assembly of Mauritius. I will be participating in the joint commissioning of Indian-built Offshore Patrol Vessel Barracuda, and in the beginning of construction works for the building of World Hindi Secretariat. 

I look forward to discussing with Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth ways in which we can further deepen our strategic partnership. I also look forward to meeting the entire political leadership of Mauritius, which has provided unstinting support for this relationship. 

My visit to Sri Lanka will be the first standalone Prime Ministerial visit to Sri Lanka since 1987. This will be our second Summit in a month’s time since the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to India last month. 

I see this visit as an opportunity to further strengthen our relationship in all its dimensions – political, strategic, economic, cultural, and above all, people to people contacts. 

This visit is also part of my objective of maintaining frequent contact with our neighbouring countries. I am delighted with the opportunity to visit one of our most important neighbours. 

I look forward to discussing our bilateral relations with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. I am also looking forward to meeting other political leaders of Sri Lanka. We will work together to forge a new partnership between our countries. 

I am deeply honoured to be invited to address the Parliament of Sri Lanka. My programme also includes some of the most important symbols of our timeless relationship. I will be visiting the Mahabodhi Society in Colombo, and travel to Anuradhapura, Talaimannar and Jaffna, and interact with the cross-section of society. In Jaffna, I will be laying the foundation stone for the iconic Jaffna Cultural Centre that will come up adjacent to the historic Jaffna Public Library. 

I am confident that my visits to all three countries will reinvigorate our relations with them in this all-important region we call home – the Indian Ocean. 

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PM salutes CISF personnel on 46th Raising Day of CISF

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has saluted the bravery of CISF personnel on the 46th Raising Day of the Central Industrial Security Force. 

"On the 46th Raising Day of CISF I salute the CISF personnel for their bravery and sense of duty with which they have served our Nation for years. Providing security cover to several key units and establishments across India, CISF`s contribution to our Nation`s progress is vital," the Prime Minister said.

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Manufacturing the Ayush Medicines 

There are 9044 licensed manufacturing units of Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathic medicines in the country as per information available up to 1st April 2014. State/UT-wise and system-wise number of these units is as follows:

State/UT-wise and system-wise distribution of Licensed Manufacturing units of Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathic  drugs as on 1-4-2014



The Government of India, Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) notified on 25th August, 2014 a Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Chancellor, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana- Deemed University, Bengaluru to explore the possibility of promoting the concept of Holistic Health in the country. 

Government of India approved and notified National AYUSH Mission as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme on 29th September 2014. Through this scheme grant-in-aid to the tune of 80% of the state resource pool can be provided to the states on receipt of year-wise State Annual Action Plans for development of AYUSH services, educational institutions, drugs quality control, medicinal plants and 20% of the state resource pool for flexible components.  The pattern of funding in respect of Central and State share for all components of AYUSH Services, Educational Institutions and Quality Control of ASU&H Drugs  is 75% and 25% except for North Eastern States and Hilly States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir for whom it is 90% and 10% . Funding for Medicinal Plants activities comprise of 100% from Central Government to the North Eastern States and Hilly States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir and in the ratio of 90% and 10% for other states.  The State Annual Action Plans are considered by the Mission Directorate of the scheme chaired by Secretary (AYUSH). Appraisal of the state proposals is done by the Appraisal Committee chaired by Joint Secretary. Funds for approved proposals are to be transferred through Reserve Bank of India to the State Government for release to State AYUSH society and then to the implementing agencies.  

 This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri  Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha  today

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Specialized Centres for Ayush System of Medicines 

The Government of India has approved and notified National AYUSH Mission (NAM) on 29.09.2014 under which provision has been made for setting up of new AYUSH Hospitals in the States/UTs. Further, provision has also been kept for up gradation of existing Government AYUSH Hospitals in the States/UTs.
The status of funds approved/released to States/UTs  for setting up of 50 bedded Intergraded AYUSH Hospital under erstwhile Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Ministry and  National AYUSH Mission(NAM) is as follows:


Government has taken following steps to make people aware about AYUSH system of medicines in the country:

1.Under Central Sector Scheme of Promotion of Information Education and Communication(IEC) in AYUSH, following activities are undertaken:

         i.      Organization of Arogya Fairs both at the National and State Level;

       ii.      Participation in Health Fairs/ Melas / Exhibitions organized by Government Departments, State Governments and other reputed Organizations;

      iii.      Preparation and distribution of authentic Publicity material on AYUSH Systems including Multi-media/print media campaigns, audio visual materials for popularization of AYUSH Systems;

     iv.      Providing financial assistance to reputed organizations, Non-Government Organizations, Educational/ Research Institutes for organizing Seminars, Conferences, Symposiums, Workshop, Meeting on AYUSH Systems.

       v.      Providing incentives to AYUSH Industry to participate in Arogya and other Fairs/ Melas/ Exhibitions/ Conferences/ Seminars organized by Central/ State Governments/ Government organizations/ reputed organizations like Chemexil, Pharmexcil, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), ASSOCHAM, India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) at State/ National level.


The State-wise activities conducted are as below:



2. Under National AYUSH Mission (NAM) provision has been made for following activities:

i) Behavior Change Communication (BCC) has been included under National AYUSH Mission (NAM) as a strategy of Mass Media Communication incorporating AYUSH strengths in early prevention of diseases through promotion of healthy diet and life style to be adopted by the community which will be advocated by the states.

ii) Public Health Outreach activity under National AYUSH Mission(NAM) has been included to focus on increasing awareness about AYUSH’s strength in solving community health problems resulting from nutritional deficiencies, epidemics and vector-borne diseases, Maternal and Child Health Care.

iii) AYUSH Gramis a concept wherein one village per block will be selected for adoption of method and practice of AYUSH way of life and interventions of health care. In AYUSH village AYUSH based lifestyles are promoted through behavioral change communication, training of village health workers towards identification and use of local medicinal herbs and provision of AYUSH health services.

The status of fund/ resource pool allocated and released to Himachal Pradesh under erstwhile Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Ministry during the last three years and National AYUSH Mission during current year is as follows:



*        Amount includes Rs 900.00 lakhs for setting up of 50 bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospital.

This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri  Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha  today.

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Action Plan for Development of Unani System of Medicines 

The Ministry has established Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) with the mandate to undertake Research and development of Unani Medicine through its 23 Central Research Institutes. 

National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM) has also been set up at Bangalore for imparting Post Graduate education in Unani Medicine. The Ministry has also launched National AYUSH Mission for the development of AYUSH systems of Medicine including Unani in the country. This will give impetus to expand the outreach of Unani system of medicine. The Ministry provides grants to institutes conducting research in Unani system under Extra Mural Research (EMR) scheme. 

This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Mechanism for Certifying Ayurvedic Medicines 

The mechanism of licensing and certification of Good Manufacturing Practices to manufacture Ayurvedic medicines is provided under Rule 152 and Rule 155-B of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. For this purpose the Licensing Authorities are appointed by the State Governments. Scheme of certification of pharmaceutical products (COPP) under WHO Guidelines is extended to Ayurvedic medicines and it is administered by the Office of Drugs Controller General (India). Voluntary certification scheme for Ayurvedic medicines has also been implemented by the Quality Council of India. 

For doing medical practice of Ayurveda, recognized qualification and registration of the Ayurvedic practitioner is required as per the provisions of Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970. Sale license is not required for Ayurvedic medicines, however medicines containing poisonous substances specified in Schedule E1 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 have to be labeled conspicuously with the words “Caution: to be taken under medical supervision” both in English and Hindi languages. 

The legal definition of Ayurvedic drug is given in Section 3(a) the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, which includes all medicines intended for internal or external use for or in the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of disease or disorder in human beings or animals, and manufactured exclusively in accordance with the formulae described in the authoritative books of Ayurvedic system specified in the First Schedule of the Act. Patent or Proprietary medicines in relation to Ayurvedic system are all formulations containing only such ingredients, which are mentioned in the formulae described in the authoritative books of Ayurveda specified in the First Schedule of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and does not include a medicine administered by parenteral route and also a formulation included in the authoritative books as specified in clause (a) of Section 3 of the Act. 

This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Scientific Validation of Unani Medicines 

Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), an autonomous organization under Ministry of AYUSH is engaged in the Scientific validation of Unani Pharmacopoeial formulations in various diseases, since 2012. So far validation studies on 20 Pharmacopoeial formulations in 10 disease conditions have been completed and in another 41 formulations, in 27 disease conditions is in progress. 

The Government has taken following steps to increase the volume of research in Unani system of medicines and develop safe and cost effective treatment for various deadly diseases: 

(i) time bound research projects have been allotted under the Intramural Research policy. 

(ii) greater emphasis has been laid on undertaking collaborative research studies with reputed scientific organizations and allopathic hospital like AIIMS, New Delhi. 

(iii) randomized Control Trials in different non-communicable diseases such as Diabetes mellitus, Hypertension, Vitiligo have been carried out at different institutes under CCRUM. 

(iv) research projects on Unani medicine have also been awarded under the EMR scheme of Ministry of AYUSH to different scientific institutions/colleges/Universities. 

(v) the institutes under CCRUM have also been suitably strengthened by providing better infrastructure. 

This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 

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Improving Ayush Infrastructure 

Certain State/UT Governments have submitted   State Annual Action Plans (SAAPs) under National AYUSH Mission (NAM) for the year    2014-15 for release of funds for improving infrastructure and facilities under various streams of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). The details thereof along with the action taken by the Government thereon, State/UT-wise is as below:

Rs. in lakhs



This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri  Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha  today.


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Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancies in State Legislative Assemblies of Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand – Regarding. 

There are clear vacancies from the following Assembly Constituencies of the States mentioned against those, which need to be filled up:


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Production of Gram 

Production of Gram in the country has been generally increasing and its production has gone up from 7.48 million tonnes in 2009-10 to 9.53 million tonnes in 2013-14. In order to further increase production of pulses including Gram in the 12th Plan Period, the Government is implementing National Food Security Mission (NFSM)-Pulses in 622 districts of 27 States. Under the above Scheme, the focus is on cropping system approach instead of individual crop with interventions in terms of improved technologies i.e. need-based inputs, crop-based cropping systems, cluster demonstration of quality seeds, enhancing farm efficiency through improved agronomic practices such as line sowing, soil amendments, integrated nutrient management, integrated pest management, water use efficiency tools, farm machineries & implements etc. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today. 


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Drought Management Policy 

There is a Crop Weather Watch Group (CWWG) representing concerned Central Ministries/Departments under Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC) which meets on regular basis to take stock of rainfall, weather forecast, progress of sowing, crop health, level of water in the major water reservoirs in the country, etc. The meeting of CWWG is coordinated by the National Crop Forecasting Centre (NCFC) under the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation. The information received on rainfall and its forecast, water storage in reservoirs, pest control, inputs availability, crop sowing status and prices are shared among the members of the Group for formulating strategy to meet the contingencies, if any. The findings of CWWG and India Meteorological Department reports are also discussed by Secretary (A&C) with the Senior Officers and the requirements for agricultural and allied sector are assessed and appropriate actions taken by the Central Government. The State Governments are also advised suitably and their efforts are supplemented from the Central resources, whenever the situation warrants for immediate intervention for mitigating the hardships of agricultural sector. 

DAC is the nodal department for coordination of relief efforts necessitated by drought. The Crisis Management Group on drought headed by the Central Drought Relief Commissioner reviews situation with the representatives of all the Line Departments, as and when warranted. A Crisis Management Plan is released annually to guide and formulate the Contingency Plan for all the sectors linked with the impact of drought to mitigate the impact of drought situation. State Governments are also advised to prepare district-wise contingency plans accordingly. Contingency Plan has been prepared in 580 districts. 

In case of severe drought situation in the country, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary also reviews the situation and takes necessary decisions to mitigate the drought situation. Separate Minister-level and Secretary level committees are in place to tackle the situation. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today. 

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Growth Rate of Agriculture 

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation estimates, annual growth rates for various economic activities including agriculture. CSO has released the first Advance Estimates of Growth Rate during the year 2014-15 on 9th February,2015. 

The estimated growth rate for agriculture and allied sectors during 2014-15 at 2-11-12 basic prices is 1.1 percent. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Sh.Mohanbhai Kundaria in Lok Sabha today. 

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Depot Online project for automation of FCI 

The Government has approved implementation of the Depot Online project in FCI with the objective of automating the operations of FCI at the depot level. This includes procurement, storage and movement of foodgrains. The Depot Online Project will bring in efficiency and reliability in the operations of FCI & help the FCI in managing its operations better. This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

The Minister said that the Depot Online System will help to fix accountability and responsibility at depot level for storage losses of foodgrains and all depot operations will be online right from the point of entry of foodgrains till the exit of the same. 

Shri Paswan said that as per the approved action plan, FCI has selected the project consultants for managing the implementation of the project. NIC has helped FCI to select the Software Development Agency and accordingly NICSI has been requested to provide the Proforma Invoice for Software Development & Rollout. The project is to be implemented in a timeframe of six months from the date of signing of contract by NICSI with the Software Development Agency. 


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Foodgrains godowns of 153.71 lakh MT to be constructed in twenty states 

The Government is implementing a Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee (PEG) Scheme in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode for creation of storage capacity through Private Entrepreneurs, as well as Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and State Warehousing Corporations (SWCs). This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

            The Minister said that this scheme is being implemented in 20 states namely, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand and West Bengal. Under this scheme, as on 31.01.2015, capacity of 153.71 lakh MT has been sanctioned for construction of godowns.  Out of this, construction of 122.38 lakh MT capacity has already been completed.

State-wise and year-wise details of the storage capacity created under peg scheme



State –wise details PEG projects which are under construction or for which work is yet to start







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