President of India to inaugurate week long Festival of Innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 7, 2015




President of India to inaugurate week long Festival of Innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 7, 2015




The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a week long ‘Festival of Innovations’ on March 7, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Festival is being organized by the President’s Secretariat in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation.
 On the first day of the Festival (March 7, 2015), the President will give away National Biennial Awards for Grassroots Innovations.  The President will also interact with a new batch of Innovation Scholars In-Residence and Writers In-Residence.
To coincide with the Festival of Innovations, and thereby create synergy between the events, In-Residence Programmes for Innovation Scholars and Writers are also being organized from 7th to 21st March, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Thereafter, the President will inaugurate the Annual Innovation Exhibition organized by National Innovation Foundation.
Other events which are part of the Festival of Innovations include:
·                    Sunday, 8th March 2015 – A Global Roundtable on Inclusive Innovation will be held which aims at developing a universal, open, reciprocal and responsive innovation platform through sharing of strategies used by different countries. The participants of the Conference include Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and other distinguished thinkers, policy makers, academicians and entrepreneurs.

The Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award will also be presented on the day.
·                    Monday, 9th March 2015 – A Workshop of innovative children for harnessing their creativity in order to overcome the difficulties of economically  disadvantaged children.  

·                    Tuesday, 10th March 2015 – Meeting of National Innovation Clubs and interaction between grassroots innovators and entrepreneurs;  sharing of experiences between Innovation Clubs and a Poster exhibition on outstanding achievements by National Clubs and Best Technology Business Incubators.

·                    Wednesday, 11th March 2015 – Visit by Minister of Health to see the medical science and bio-technology innovations in the Exhibition.

·                    Thursday, 12th March 2015 – National consultation on innovations for Clean India or ‘Swachh Bharat’.

·                     Friday, 13th March 2015 – A Summary of key recommendations emanating from the Roundtable discussions will be presented to the President of India who will also address the gathering. He will also interact with leaders of banking and financial sectors about financing innovations.

The Annual Innovation Exhibition will remain open for the public including visitors to the Mughal Gardens.


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President of India’s message on the eve of National Day of Bulgaria

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria on the occasion of their National Day on March 3, 2015.

In his message to His Excellency Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, I have great pleasure in conveying to Your Excellency and to the friendly people of Bulgaria, warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your National Day.

India and Bulgaria have shared warm and friendly ties over the last sixty years of the establishment of our diplomatic relations. We enjoy a close, cordial and multi-faceted relationship that has grown and deepened across sectors. I am confident that our bilateral relations would continue to consolidate and diversify further in the coming years to the mutual benefit of the peoples of our two countries.

Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your personal good health and well-being, as well as for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Bulgaria.

With the assurances of my highest consideration”.


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Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, former PM of Nepal calls on the President

President Pranab Mukherjee received Shri Baburam Bhattarai, former Prime Minister of Nepal and Senior Leader of UCPN(M) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

During the meeting, the President recalled the progress in Nepal’s ongoing political transition and expressed the hope that the draft Constitution would be finalized at the earliest.

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Increase in Demand for Medicinal Plants

National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) of Ministry of AYUSH has been implementing the Central Sector Scheme for Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants under which a grant of Rs.144.28 crores has been released over the last three years to various organizations including State Forest Departments, R&D institutions for taking up activities relating to overall development of medicinal plant sector. An area of about 30929 hectare has been covered for resource augmentation, in-situ conservation and setting up Medicinal Plants Conservation Areas (MPCAs) for these plants, in addition to other related activities.

Besides, under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of “National Mission on Medicinal Plants”, the NMPB has released Rs.140.43crores to different State Governments over the last three years for cultivation of medicinal plants on farmers land, alongwith backward and forward linkages.

In addition to the above, a network of 670 protected areas (102 National Parks, 517 Wild Life Sanctuaries, four Community Reserves and 47 Conservations Reserves) in different bio-geographic regions of the country have been setup under the programmes of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, for conservation and management of flora and fauna of the country, including medicinal plants.

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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Election Commission launches National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP) from today

AIMS at bringing a totally error free and Authenticated Electoral Rolls

Linking of Aadhar data with Electoral Database

The Election Commission of India has launched “National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme” (NERPAP) throughout the country from today with the prime objective of bringing a totally error free and authenticated electoral roll.

During the programme, EPIC data of electors will be linked with Aadhar data of UIDAI for the purpose of authentication. NERPAP will focus on improving image quality of electors along with sorting issues like corrections of errors etc.

Electors have been provided the facility to feed their respective Aadhar number through sms, email, mobile application and National Voters Service Portal (NVSP) using web services through election commission website. Electors can also feed Aadhar number by making a call at 1950 to state call centres or by submitting the details of Aadhar number and EPIC number in a hard copy of duly filled up Form along with photocopy of both the documents, namely EPIC and Aadhar card.

Besides, collection and feeding of Aadhar will also be done by Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) by organizing Special Camp, Voter Facilitation Centres, e-Seva centres and Citizen Service Centres authorised by the DEOs. Booth Level Officers (BLOs) will also collect the details of electors during door to door survey. To ensure maximum public participation, nationwide special camps will be organized by the Electoral Registration Officer on 12.04.2015

Under NERPAP, facility has also been provided for voluntarily Disclosure of Multiple Entries by the Voters. The electors with multiple registrations in electoral roll(s) are advised to fill Form-7 for deletion of their names from the places except where they ordinarily reside. The electors may submit Form-7 through Web Portal of NVSP or at ERO’s Facilitation Centres /Special Camps/Other Centres such as E-Seva, CSC and so on.

The Programme will culminate on 15th August ,2015.


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Government to promote Northeast Study Center in JNU

Government of India has decided to promote Northeast Study Centre in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as a part of its initiative to obtain a better understanding of the peculiar characteristics of the region through institutionalized research based on evidence and data. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said here today, during an interactive seminar held at JNU focusing on the areas and concerns of students from Northeast. Vice Chancellor JNU Prof. S.K. Sopory and other senior faculty members were also present on the occasion.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the picture is not as pessimistic as it is sometimes made out to be. In this context he referred to the figures and stated that many people are not aware of the fact that out of a total strength of over 8000 students in JNU, around 500 belong to Northeast, which accounts for nearly around 6% of the total student population in the campus. On an average, there could be 60 students each from each of the eight Northeastern States studying in JNU. This number is quite remarkable when compared to the students in JNU from other peripheral States like Jammu & Kashmir or Himachal Pradesh.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the students had an advantage of serving as active ambassadors of Northeast in India because at this age, they are endowed with energy, activism and urge to perform. He advised them that after having completed their studies in JNU, they should prefer to go back to Northeast and enrich their native State with the knowledge and academic empowerment obtained from here.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, it is for the young members of the community, and particularly students, to make an extra effort to highlight all the good work and good contribution being made by the Northeast community living in the Union Capital, so that the media is compelled to project Northeast only for good reasons and never otherwise.

Referring to Prime Minister’s special focus at Northeast, Dr. Jitendra Singh mentioned, the allocation of Rs.2,362 Cr. made in the current budget presented in the Parliament on February 28, 2015 and the announcement to setup a Film Production Institute and an AIIMS both of which will go a long way in providing employment as well as better vocational avenues for youngsters in the Northeast without having to move out to other cities in the country.

Dr. Jitendra Singh called upon the student community from Northeast to feel free to communicate with him and said that after setting-up two hostels in the JNU and the Delhi University South Campus respectively, DoNER Ministry will work on identifying other places also for similar hostels.


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GIS System for Fisheries Sector


The components of the scheme for strengthening of database and geographical information system GIS for fisheries sector are as under:
                                  (i).          Sample Survey for Estimation of Inland Fishery Resources and their Potential
                                (ii).          Census on Marine Fisheries
                              (iii).          Catch Assessment Survey Inland and Marine Fisheries
                              (iv).          Development of Geographical Information System
                                (v).          Development of database of fishery cooperative of India,
                              (vi).          Mapping of smaller water bodies and development of Geographical Information System based fishery management system,
                            (vii).          Strengthening of Statistical Unit at Headquarter,
                          (viii).          Evaluation Studies/ Professional services,
                              (ix).          Monitoring Control and Surveillance (MCS).
The component-wise earmarking of funds to various states is not done under the scheme.

The GIS based mapping of water bodies of more than 0.5 ha in size in Maharashtra has been completed during 11th five Year Plan. The details are as under:

·         In the year 2007-2008, procurement of image was initiated and completed.
·         In the year 2008-2009, image processing and delineation of water bodies works were done.
·         In the year 2009-2010, e-Atlas were prepared for the dissemination of mapping information.
·         Total water area in different categories is as following.


Category (Hectare) Total no of water bodies  Total area (Hectare)
0.5-2 ha 7905 88575.93
2-5 ha 4591 144853.78
5-10 ha 2196 154712.81
10-50 ha 2139 469446.11
50-100ha 349 240214.03
100-500 ha 244 541696.51
above 500 ha 94 2759012.62


This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Dr.Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in Lok Sabha today.


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Employment in Agriculture

As per Population Census 2011, the total number of agricultural workers in the country, comprising of cultivators and agricultural labourers, have increased from 234.1 million (127.3 million cultivators and 106.8 million agricultural labourers) in 2001 to 263.1 million (118.8 million cultivators and 144.3 million agricultural labourers) in 2011.

In order to promote the agriculture sector in the country, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has strengthened, re-structured and prioritized research and development programmes in rice, wheat, maize, millets, fodder crops, oilseeds, pulses, sugarcane, cotton, fiber and horticultural crops through research institutes and All India Coordinated Research Projects (AICRPs)/All India Network Projects (AINPs). Research and development activities for mechanization of farm operations focused on reducing the cost of production and the post-harvest losses in agriculture, enhancing input use efficiency in crops, precision in agriculture techniques and use of Nano-technology.

ICAR’s endeavor to promote high quality research in agriculture include 16 consortia research platforms initiated during the 12th Five Year Plan covering almost all facets of the agricultural research. In addition, a major research programme ‘National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA)’ has also been taken to address the sustainability and climate change issues in agriculture.

Government has taken several steps to increase the profitability and employment opportunities in the agriculture sector by improving farm practices, increasing investment, creating rural infrastructure, ensuring timely delivery of credit, technology and other inputs, fostering backward and forward linkages, etc. Furthermore, government fixes Minimum Support Price (MSP) of various agricultural commodities with a view to ensure remunerative returns to the farmers for their produce.

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

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Use of Modern Equipments in Fruits Production

The Government of India is implementing scheme of Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) in all states and Union Territories, for the development of horticulture crops including fruit crops like mango, litchi and grapes and spice like saffron. Mission envisages production and productivity enhancement of horticulture crops along with creation of infrastructure for post harvest management and marketing by adopting a cluster approach. The scheme also has provisions for capacity building and skill upgradation of farmers through training and demonstration of latest technologies.

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


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Formation of Multi State Cooperative Societies

Multi State Cooperative Societies (MSCS) registered in the State of Maharashtra including Pune for last five years is as under:



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


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