President of India extends his greetings on the eve of Central Industrial Security Force Raising day 2015




President of India extends his greetings on the eve of Central Industrial Security Force Raising day 2015 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to all officers, soldiers, civilians, ex-servicemen and their families on the eve of CISF Raising Day 2015. 


In his message, the President has said, “I am happy to learn that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is celebrating its 46th Raising Day on 10th March, 2015. 

The CISF is a dedicated professional force which provides security to a wide range of critical infrastructure assets of the nation. Rapidly changing technology and ever increasing public awareness calls for continuous adaptation, skill upgradation and acquisition of new technologies by the CISF. I have no doubt that the CISF will continue to scale greater heights in the years to come. 

On the occasion of the Raising Day of CISF, I pay my respect to the gallant officers and men who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and will remain the pride of the nation. 

I extend greetings and felicitations to all ranks of the CISF and their families. I wish the Raising Day Celebrations every success”. 

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PM launches first indigenously developed and manufactured vaccine against Rotavirus

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today launched the first indigenously developed and manufactured Rotavirus vaccine: `Rotavac.` The indigenously developed vaccine will boost efforts to combat infant mortality due to diarrhoea. 

Each year, diarrhoea caused by rotavirus results up to 10 lakh hospitalizations and kills nearly 80 thousand children under the age of 5 years. Besides causing emotional stress to the affected families, it also pushes many Indian families below the poverty line and also imposes significant economic burden on the country. 

The Prime Minister felicitated all the partners in the development of the first indigenous rotavirus vaccine, which involved the complete cycle from basic research to product development of this advanced vaccine in India. 

The Prime Minister also lauded this initiative as an example of India`s capabilities for high-end research and development; manufacture of sophisticated pharmaceutical products in India; and, effective Public-Private-Partnership model for finding affordable solutions to societal challenges. 

The Prime Minister remarked that India is characterised by large size and diversity; and, continues to face a number of socio-economic challenges. He hoped that the development of the rotavirus vaccine would inspire higher levels of research, development and manufacturing activities in India, not just in medical science, but also in other advanced areas of science and technology. Prime Minister felt that solutions found in India would have great relevance to the rest of the world, especially the developing world. 

He also highlighted the vaccine as a successful example of collaboration between India and the United States in the area of medical research, for the benefit of ordinary citizens. 

The vaccine has been developed under an innovative public-private partnership model. It involved partnership between the Ministry of Science and Technology, the institutions of the US Government, various government institutions and NGOs in India, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Funding by Government of India supported basic research in educational and scientific institutions in India. This was also supplemented by the support of U.S. Government institutions like the National Institute of Health. The Gates Foundation and Bharat Biotech India Limited contributed towards product development and testing. The successful launch of the first indigenously developed and produced vaccine today was the result of an extraordinary effort spread over the last 25 years. 

The Bharat Biotech India Limited that was involved in the development and production of the vaccine was selected in 1997-1998 by the India-U.S. Vaccine Action Programme and the standard government procedures. The company has been given undertaken to keep the cost of the vaccine at US$ 1 per dose. This is the third such vaccine available globally against Rotavirus and, at the current prices, the cheapest. 

Union Ministers Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Shri J.P. Nadda and Shri Harsh Vardhan were present on the occasion. 

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The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Kumari Mamata Banerjee meeting the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on March 09, 2015.


PM's Meeting with West Bengal CM

The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Km. Mamata Banerjee, met the Prime Minister today in Parliament House. Subsequently, a delegation of MPs from the Trinamool Congress along with the Chief Minister met the Prime Minister. 

During the meeting, Chief Minister of West Bengal raised the debt problem that the state was facing, most of which was a result of the actions of past governments. This debt burden, leading to high interest payments, was affecting development expenditure in West Bengal. She asked for debt relief and relief from interest payments. She was also concerned about pending releases. 

The Prime Minister explained that he is a firm believer in Cooperative Federalism. He has constantly been saying that only strong states can make a strong India and therefore, states must be strengthened to meet development needs of their people. 

West Bengal and Kolkata have to develop, for their own sake, and for the benefit of the region. That is why we have the "Act East" policy. The region has talented people and a lot of resources. The Prime Minister stated that he is fully committed for West Bengal`s and Kolkata`s development. 

It is with this in view that the Central Government has agreed to devolve 42% of the divisible pool of taxes to states for the next five years. This is unprecedented and a rise from 32% which is the current share. In addition, the Central Government has accepted other recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission relating to Revenue Deficit Grants and other Grants. 

Among the large states, West Bengal is one the most important beneficiaries of this decision. The major benefits that come to West Bengal are: 

Five Years 2015-2020

a. The tax devolution in the next five years, from 2015-16 to 2019-20 will be around Rs.2,90,000 crore as compared to Rs.1,06,000 crore in the last five years. This is an increase of Rs.1,80,000 crore, i.e., 174%.

b. West Bengal’s share of taxes has been increased from 7.264% to 7.324%.

c. Most importantly, West Bengal is getting a Revenue Deficit Grant of Rs 8,449 crore in 2015-16 and a total Revenue Deficit Grant of Rs 11,760 crore. The only other non-special category states getting this grant are Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The Revenue Deficit Grant takes into account the interest burden on the state because of debt. 

d. Therefore, the total Additional Resources going to West Bengal over the next five years [tax devolution and FC grants] will rise by Rs.2,05,900 crore, an increase of 174% compared to the last five years. They will rise from Rs 1.18 lakh crores to Rs 3.24 lakh crores. 

2015-16

e. The tax devolution to West Bengal in 2015-16 will rise by Rs 13,000 crore compared to 2014-15. It was Rs 25,340 crore in 2014-15 and is estimated to be Rs 38,461 crore in 2015-16

f. West Bengal is getting a Revenue Deficit Grant of Rs 8,449 crore in 2015-16. There are also grants to Local Bodies which have almost doubled. 

g. If all these transfers are put together, on a year to year basis, the increase in resources to West Bengal will be Rs 22,000 crores in 2015-16 compared to 2014-15, an increase of 80%.

On the problem of debt, the Prime Minister said that you have inherited a large burden. We too have inherited a large burden. The Centre and States have to collectively find a solution to this. In any case, the 14th Finance Commission has taken into account the interest burden on states and has fully compensated the revenue deficit arising as a result of this. This is why West Bengal is getting an additional Revenue Deficit Grant along with only two other non-Special Category States. Therefore, interest burden should not affect development activities any more in future. 

The additional financial resources being made available by the Central Government from the current fiscal onwards will substantially improve the position of the State to discharge interest liability and free up funds for developmental activities to boost growth. 

The Prime Minister also pointed out that, the Union Government has decided to give West Bengal the royalty on coal and other minerals. This will provide a benefit of Rs 1,600 crore to the state annually. In addition, West Bengal will get Rs 11,200 crore from the coal blocks that have been auctioned so far and there will even more revenue in future. 

In this scenario, West Bengal is better placed as compared to the past and has adequate funds to meet its development needs fully. 

On the issue of releasing funds under MNREGA, the Prime Minister assured that this scheme is fully provided for. West Bengal has already received Rs 3,744 crores this year and pending claims of Rs 1,500 crore will be settled in March itself. 

The Prime Minister said that no stone will be left unturned for the development of West Bengal. 

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PM condoles the demise of Shri Narayanbhai Bhandari

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has condoled the passing of veteran professor Shri Narayanbhai Bhandari. 

"Very sad to hear about the demise of Narayanbhai Bhandari, a veteran professor in Ahmedabad and someone I interacted with very closely. Till his final moments, Narayanbhai was always connected to his students. His exemplary personality will be remembered forever," the Prime Minister said.

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Saiha district in Mizoram selected for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme 

The Government of India’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” (Save Girl-child, Educate Girl-child) programme, which was announced by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has been formally launched in Northeast and the Saiha District in Mizoram has been selected among 100 districts from across India for this unique initiative. 

Disclosing this, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said here today, there could have been no better Women’s Day gift than this for the underdeveloped region of Northeast. He said, this is also an indication of the high priority and concern that the Shri Narendra Modi Government has for peripheral States of Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir. In addition, the decision is also motivated by a progressive decline in the number of girls in the region, he observed. However, he added that unlike in other parts of the country, the decreasing number of girls in Northeast is not only the result of female foeticide but also due to high incidence of infant mortality rate. 

Complimenting the Maraland Autonomous District Council and its Chief Executive Member Shri R.T. Zachono for having formally flagged off medical teams to cover rural areas of the region under the scheme, Dr. Jitendra Singh hoped that the example will be followed by others as well and soon, people across the country will begin to “Look East” for inspiration in matters of women empowerment. 

Dr. Jitendra Singh said Northeast is endowed with rich cultural and vocational heritage, and women folk in the region have always worked shoulder to shoulder with their men peers in every sphere of life. Therefore, grooming the girl child and empowering women can, in fact, prove a great asset for overall development of the region, he added. 

Unlike in some of the more developed states of the country, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, Northeastern States suffer from a dearth of appropriate avenues for higher education. As a result, while the boys travel to other parts of the country for higher education, the number of girls travelling out is lesser which adds to lower rate of higher education among women, he said. To that extent, the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” programme will help to create awareness regarding literacy among women in the region, he added. 

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The Agriculture and Rural Development Minister of Poland, Mr. Marek Sawicki meeting the Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, in New Delhi on March 09, 2015.

Meeting of Union Agriculture Minister with the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister of Poland in New Delhi Today 

Union Agriculture Minister Sh.Radha Mohan Singh said that India-Poland relation are deep rooted and have traditionally been close, friendly and characterized by goodwill and cooperation. 

He said that India has become one of the most preferred investment destinations. He informed that India has achieved tremendous progress in Agriculture and Allied Sectors after Independence and has become a net exporter of agriculture commodities. Agriculture in India contributes substantially to GDP and about 2/3rd of the population still depends on agriculture for sustenance. 

He said that a proposal for cooperation in the field of Agriculture & Allied Sector is under considerations which will be beneficial for both the countries. Sh. Singh made a mention of recent meeting between Dy.Prime Minister, Poland and MOS, Agriculture on the occasion of Vibrant Gujarat where India was apprised of agriculture and export policy of Poland. 

On this occasion Sh. Singh said the visit of the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister of Poland H.E. Marek Sawicki, has provided an opportunity for further enhancing the bilateral relationship between the two countries. 


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