President of India’s message on the eve of International Women’s Day



President of India’s message on the eve of International Women’s Day

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has in a message issued on the eve of International Women’s Day (observed every year on March 8) said: - 



“On the occasion of International Women’s Day, I extend warm greetings and good wishes to the women of India.

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore wrote "Woman is the builder and moulder of a nation`s destiny. She is the supreme inspiration for man`s onward march". Women have played an extraordinary role in shaping the destiny of our nation. I pay tribute to all women who have given this nation their invaluable gift of labour and love.

The celebration of International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to the security and welfare of women. Despite numerous legislations enacted to safeguard women, there is much that still remains to be done. Legislation alone cannot emancipate our women. There is a need for a fundamental re-setting of our mental and moral make-up as well as social conduct.

Let us on this International Women’s Day apply ourselves to the goal of bettering the lives and prospects of the women of India. Let us ensure that honour and respect is accorded to women at all times.”

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Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Eighth National Presidential Biennial Award function for Grassroots Innovations and Outstanding Traditional Knowledge and Innovation Exhibition
1. I am indeed happy to be a part of this Presentation Ceremony of the Eighth National Presidential Biennial Award for Grassroots Innovations and Outstanding Traditional Knowledge. At the outset, let me congratulate all the award winners for their work and contribution in the field of innovation. I take this opportunity to also compliment the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) - India for unleashing the creative potential of the grassroots innovators and for championing the cause of inclusive innovation through its various initiatives. In particular, I would like to place on record my high appreciation for the outstanding contribution of Prof. Mashelkar and Prof. Anil Gupta in making innovation take the shape of a movement in our country. 
Ladies and Gentlemen: 
2. Innovation is the key to progress and prosperity. There are many social needs that public, private and civil society institutions have not been able to meet fully. At the same time, there is tremendous ingenuity amongst the people, which if tapped, could address the necessities of the common man. Much as the blooming of the spring, the innovations by local communities, students, farmers and others could bring smiles on the faces of millions of our people. 
3. The process of innovation converts knowledge into social good and economic wealth. It encourages the engagement of talent with the society to improve the quality of life. India always has had a strong tradition of knowledge. Our knowledge system offer tremendous scope for research involving land-to-lab investigation and lab-to-land transfer of technology. It is important that the vast repository of indigenous knowledge is protected, documented and preserved in active collaboration with prominent practitioners of traditional knowledge. 
4. Inclusive development is possible only when ideas and innovations of common people are supported whole-heartedly. Mid-way through this Decade (2010-20) of Innovations, we perhaps need to assess and if necessary recalibrate our approach towards harnessing the creativity of our grassroots innovators and students. Increasing the scalability of grassroots innovations necessitates a strong linkage between the invaluable knowledge bank prevalent in our society and the formal education system. To use our innovation potential for the greater good, the nodal governmental agencies must play an enabling role. 
Ladies and Gentlemen: 
5. Building viable linkages between formal and informal sectors also call for deepening the involvement of the leaders of technological, financial and educational sectors with the creativity of common people and young students. A Festival of Innovation has been started at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this year. It will help to provide a platform to bring different stakeholders together and make these entities active partners in inclusive innovation. The innovators participating in this programme have come from various parts of our country. I hope that an empathetic value chain for disseminating good ideas can be built upon this initiative. 
6. I am told that the Innovation Exhibition will showcase novel solutions to problems in multiple domains such as engineering, agriculture, health and other socio-economic sectors. These innovations are aimed at improving productivity and efficiency, and enhancing affordability and environmental quality. They provide a veritable impetus to the ‘Make in India’ mission in our country. Apart from developing appropriate linkages with investors, entrepreneurs and financial institutions, the Union and State governments should also consider taking up these innovations for wider diffusion through their administrative channels, particularly in economically backward regions, and tribal and remote areas. 
7. In this context, it is only appropriate that agricultural universities, public sector R&D laboratories, IITs and NITs are supporting the NIF in validating and value-adding grassroots technologies. Even then, NIF faces a potent challenge in scouting more women innovators and outstanding traditional knowledge holders. I am sure that with sustained effort, NIF will overcome these hurdles. Greater involvement of crucial stakeholders will provide the stimulus required for inclusive growth and development. 
Ladies and Gentlemen: 
8. India has the potential to be at the forefront of innovation. The encouraging steps in this direction notwithstanding, our country lags behind many others. India is ranked 76th in the Global Innovation Index 2014, much below China which is at the 29th position. Even Russia, at the 49th place and Brazil at 61, performed better than us. 
9. The contribution of grassroots innovators and innovations by the MSME and the informal sector are considerable in our country. Yet, there are lessons to be learnt from others and experiences to be shared with countries and organizations, which have taken the lead in the field of inclusive innovation. I am glad to learn that this pertinent topic - inclusive innovations - will be the subject of round-table discussions today and tomorrow. I look forward to the summary of the deliberations today evening and I hope that the discussions with delegates from various countries will help India take this agenda forward. 
Ladies and Gentlemen: 
10. Through the conferences of vice chancellors of central universities and of directors of IITs and NITs, I have been urging our higher educational institutions to set up Innovation Clubs. These clubs are intended to be a platform for exchange of innovative ideas between the teaching and student communities, and grassroots innovators. These clubs are expected to sense the unmet social needs, and search, spread and celebrate grassroots innovations. Once these unmet needs are mapped, our pedagogy and research process could be reoriented suitably. The representatives of Innovation Clubs will meet here during this week to discuss their achievements and future strategies. This Festival will provide a forum to the faculty and student representatives to learn from the grassroots innovators about frugal and sustainable innovations. 
11. To promote and nurture the creative potential of our people, the Rashtrapati Bhavan has been opened for innovation scholars, writers, artists, scholars from NITs and inspired teachers. Today, the second batch of innovation scholars, writers and artists have joined us here for the In-Residence Programme. I welcome all of them to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. I hope that this Festival of Innovations will create synergy amongst these creative people. 
12. I once again applaud the award winners and call upon all the innovators present here to continue generating ingenious solutions to overcome poverty, create employment and make the society healthier, happier and harmonious. I wish the Festival of Innovations a great success. Let me conclude in the words of Albert Einstein: 
“Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of diagrams and equations”. 
Thank you. 
Jai Hind. 
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Innovation is the key to progress and prosperity, says President 
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a week long ‘Festival of Innovations’ today (March 7, 2015) at Rashtrapati Bhavan and gave away National Biennial Awards for Grassroots Innovations. The President also interacted with a new batch of Innovation Scholars In-Residence and Writers In-Residence. 
Speaking on the occasion the President said Innovation is the key to progress and prosperity. The process of innovation converts knowledge into social good and economic wealth. It encourages the engagement of talent with the society to improve the quality of life. India always has had a strong tradition of knowledge. Our knowledge system offer tremendous scope for research involving land-to-lab investigation and lab-to-land transfer of technology. It is important that the vast repository of indigenous knowledge is protected, documented and preserved in active collaboration with prominent practitioners of traditional knowledge. 
The President said building viable linkages between formal and informal sectors also call for deepening the involvement of the leaders of technological, financial and educational sectors with the creativity of common people and young students. A Festival of Innovation has been started at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this year. It will help to provide a platform to bring different stakeholders together and make these entities active partners in inclusive innovation. The innovators participating in this programme have come from various parts of our country. I hope that an empathetic value chain for disseminating good ideas can be built upon this initiative. 
The President said India has the potential to be at the forefront of innovation. The encouraging steps in this direction notwithstanding, our country lags behind many others. India is ranked 76th in the Global Innovation Index 2014, much below China which is at the 29th position. Even Russia, at the 49th place and Brazil at 61, performed better than us. 
The President called upon all the innovators present here to continue generating ingenious solutions to overcome poverty, create employment and make the society healthier, happier and harmonious. 
On the occasion, a total of 41 awards were given to 40 innovators and 6 communities. The President gave away 16 National, one lifetime achievement and one posthumous award. 
After the award ceremony the President also inaugurated the Innovation Exhibition at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This will remain open for the public till 13th March, 2015. 
Click here to see List of Awardees:  

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PM condoles the demise of Kerala Assembly Speaker, Shri G.Karthikeyan


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Kerala Assembly Speaker, Shri G.Karthikeyan. 

"My condolences to the family and well-wishers of Kerala Assembly Speaker, Shri G.Karthikeyan on his demise. May his soul rest in peace. 

Shri G.Karthikeyan will be remembered as a grassroots leader who dedicated his life to serving the people of Kerala", the Prime Minister said.

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Union Agriculture minister will participate in BRICS Agriculture minister’s meeting on 11-13 March 2015 

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture shall participate in the IVth Meeting of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, S. Africa) Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development, to be held in Brasilia, on 11- 13 March 2015. Additional Secretary for Agriculture, Government of India Shri Avinash Srivastava and delegation of other officials will also present there. 

On 11th March seminar on Public Policy for Food and Nutrition Security and Strengthening Family Farming will be organized and also meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Agricultural Cooperation (discussion of priority areas and writing of Ministerial Declaration) will he held. 

On 12th March meeting of the BRICS Working Group will be continued and after the meeting Shri Radha Mohan Singh will visit to Brazil’s supreme institution of agricultural research "Embrapa Cerrados".

Ministerial meeting and bilateral meetings will be held on 13th March 2015. 

Agricultural cooperation, one of the most traditional and promising areas of the BRICS, is guided by the 2012-2016 Action Plan, adopted in 2011, In Chengdu(China), which chose priority sectors such as exchange of information, food security, climate change, innovation and agricultural technology, and trade and investments. 

The scope of this cooperation highlights the opportunities and challenges faced by the five countries. The BRICS are countries engaged with the guarantee of food security in their own countries and the world; are key actors m the production and trade of food in the world, and are holders of cutting-edge technology in varied agricultural sectors. 


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President Inaugurates ‘Festival of Innovations’ 

 

President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has said that innovation is the key to Progress and Prosperity of the country. He was inaugurating the weeklong ‘Festival of at Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi today. The President said the process of innovation converts knowledge into social good and economic wealth. He asserted that this would encourage the engagement of talent within the society to improve the quality of life. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed happiness that the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) an autonomous organization attached to his ministry had paved the path for grassroots innovators with concrete incentives and institutional support to serve the society. He said in the recent union budget, the government decided to create Atal Innovation Mission in the NITI and has embarked upon a major policy of Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) for supporting startups by common people.  He called upon NIF to throw up many more challenges in the field of sanitation, quality drinking water and other socially relevant areas where our society has witnessed too much of inertia far too long.  He also urged the scientists to come forward to join hands with the grassroots innovators and students to take their ideas forward. 
 
The Minister of state for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Y.S. Chowdary, who also spoke on the occasion, hoped that all grassroots innovations that are being encouraged would contribute for the improvement of quality of life in Rural India.
 
The President also gave away 8th National Biennial Awards for Grassroots Innovations at the function.  The Competition for these awards ran from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2013 and saw over 35,000 submissions. Out of these 41 awardees were selected.



Details of some of the awardees is as below:

No.
Name of the
Innovation Scholar


Innovation Title & Summary
1
Ms. Priyanka Mathikshara

(15 yrs)

Super Stocker 3C – Ultra Model Dustbin

It is an innovative public dustbin having three modulesviz. solar trash crusher, level communicator and solar street light.

 The innovation can play a vital role to promote cleanliness and sanitation in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.



2






Shri Mansukh Jagani

( 50 yrs )


Bullet Santi : Multipurpose Agriculture Machine 

It has retrofitted attachment with two wheels at the rear. This attachment has a toolbar to fit various farm implements. 

This meets various needs such as ploughing, weeding and sowing seeds and spraying.

3
Shri Anand T.S.

( 28 yrs )


Prosthetic knee for uneven terrain

Synthesis and design of indigenous polycentric knee for transfemoral prosthesis.

It takes into account dual needs of stability and greater floor clearance to prevent stumbling on uneven surfaces.
No.
Name of the
Innovation Scholar

Innovation Title & Summary
4


Shri Rai Singh Dahiya

( 48 yrs )


Enersol Bio power –Biomass Gasifier System
Conventional design of gratifiers were changed, specially the filters and cooling units, to get clean gas and ensure smooth operation of engine at low operational cost.

5.
Master Diptanshu Malviya ( 15 yrs )
and
Master Mukul Malviya (17 yrs)
Wrapper Picker

The wrapper picker is a motorized device, which automatically picks up littered pieces of wrappers, papers, pouches, etc. and collects them in a storage bin.




6

Shri Shantanu Pathak

( 27 yrs )



Care Mother - Mobile Pregnancy Care

Mobile pregnancy care integrated end to end solution which provides remote and regular healthcare access at doorstep, predicts and identifies high risk pregnancies and connects with doctor before complications can occur through innovative operating model.


No.
Name of the
Innovation Scholar

Innovation Title & Summary

7

Shri Vikas Karade

( 28 yrs )



3D model generation from 2D X-Ray images

This is a software /algorithm, which can generate 3D model of bone shapes from its 2D X-ray image.
It is an alternative to the conventional method of building 3D models from CT scans.
The application involves 3D surgery planning, implant design, surgery training etc.





8

Shri Mohanlal  B.

( 60 yrs)


Reversible Reduction Gear for Marine Diesel Engine and Z-drive propeller

A gearbox manually tiltable Z-drive system for small capacity diesel engines to overcome difficulties in maneuverability, fuel efficiency.
The innovativeness lies in application of helical gears with inner spline cut, dual sided jaw and dog clutch. This provides smooth running and better power transmission for marine diesel engines.


9

Master Sarthak Shukla

( 14 yrs )


Cylindrical shaped refrigerator with rotatory tray.

The trays can be rotated for easy access of the items kept at the back.

The cylindrical refrigerator comprises a refrigeration unit, cylindrical base with rotatable trays and mechanism for each tray which can be rotated to make all portions accessible.

No.
Name of the
Innovation Scholar

Innovation Title & Summary

10

Shri Kamruddin Saifi

( 70 yrs )



Chaff cutter with clutch and brake system

The Fodder Cutter machine has in-built safety mechanism which consists of a clutch, brake and automatic lock system operated by a foot lever. It prevents accident as one can stop the rotating blades immediately by pressing a lever.



The President later inaugurated and witnessed the exhibits at the Annual Innovation Exhibition which will remain open from 7th to 13th March, 2015 for the public including to visitors to the Mughal Gardens.


Shri Pranab Mukherjee also interacted with some of the participants of the In-Residence Programmes for Innovation Scholars and Writers being organized from 7th to 21st March, 2015 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
 
The Festival is being organized by the President’s Secretariat in collaboration with the NIF.
 
Details of the weeklong 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 entire Speech of the Hon’ble President of India and a Press Release relating to it are also on the PIB website. Please see.)

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Financial Business and Ordinance Bills to be the focus of Budget session next week 

Amendment Bills in respect of Motor Vehicles and Mines and Minerals Ordinances listed in Rajya Sabha 

Eight Bills passed during the first two weeks; Motion of Thanks to President’s Addressed adopted by both Houses 

Financial business inlcuding the discussion on Railway and General Budgets for 2015-15 and Consideration and Passing of the Bills to replace the Ordinances will be the main focus of the business before both the Houses of Parliament during the third week of the Budget session of Parliament beginning March 9, 2015. 

Government Business in the Lok Sabha for the next week includes consideration and passing of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 besides General Discussion and voting on Railway Budget for 2015-16, Demands for Grants on Account(Railways) for 2015-16 and Supplementary Demands for Grants for Railways for 2014-15 and Consideration and Passing of related Appropriate Bills and General Discussion and Voting on General Budget for 2015-16, Demands for Grants on Account for the next fiscal, Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2014-15 and Demands for Excess Grants for 2012-13 and Passing of the related Appropriate Bills. 

Eight hours have been allocated for discussion on the LARR (Amendment) Bill,2015 in the Lok Sabha. The House will also take up discussion on the agrarian situation in the country next week. 

In the Rajya Sabha, two Bills to replace Ordinances viz., The Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015 and Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015, both as passed by Lok Sabha have been listed for consideration and passing on Monday i.e March 9, 2015. Statutory Resolutions seeking disapproval of the two related Ordinances will also be taken up along with the Bills. Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2014 is one of the three Bills already pending in the Rajya Sabha, for the withdrawal of which the Government has earlier moved Motions and the same were deferred following some issues raised by the opposition. The other two pending Bills relate to hiking FDI limit in insurance sector and allocation of coal blocks throgh open bidding. 

Discussion and voting on Railway Budget for 2015-16 and Supplementary Demand for Grants for 2014-15 and passing of related Appropriation Bills is the financial business to be taken up in the Rajya Sabha during the next week. 

The Government has also proposed consideration and passing of the Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2014, as passed during the winter session of Parliament by Lok Sabha in the Upper House next week. 

Both the Houses will take up for consideration a Resolution seeking approval to constitute a new Railway Convention Committee for determination of Rate of Dividend payable by the Railways to the General Revenues and other ancilliary matters next week. 

During the first two weeks of current Budget session of Parliament, Lok Sabha has passed five Bills seeking to replace five respective Ordinances relating to Amending the Citizenship Act, introduction of e-rikshaws, allocation of coal mines through open bidding, hiking FDI in insurance sector and allocation of non-coal mineral resources through auction. Rajya Sabha has passed three Bills including the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill replacing the related Ordinance, The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Persons) Amendment Bill, 2014, earlier passed by the Lok Sabha. 

During the last two weeks, both the Houses have adopted the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address after marathon debates with the Rajya Sabha adopting an amendment to the Motion. The Upper House also discussed the agrarian situation in the country last week. 

Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri J.P.Nadda made a suo-moto statement in swine-flu situation in both the Houses during the first week of current session of Parliament. 

The Government seeks to have the Bills replacing the six Ordinances passed by both the Houses of Parliament before March 20, 2015 when the Parliament has been scheduled to be adjourned to enable the Parliamentary Standing Committees scrutinise the Demands for Grants of various ministries. Parliament is scheduled to be reconvened on April 20, 2015 while the six Ordinances will lapse on April 5, 2015 as per the provisions of the Constitution. 


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President of India condoles the passing away of Shri G. Karthikeyan

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of Shri G. Karthikeyan, Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. 

In a condolence message to his wife, Dr. (Smt.) M.T. Sulekha, the President has said, “I am saddened to learn about the passing away of Shri G. Karthikeyan. 

Shri Karthikeyan made immense contribution to the State of Kerala as a senior Congress leader, six term MLA, Minister and Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. I fondly remember the meticulous care and attention with which he organised my address to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in October, 2012 on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. 

In his death, the nation has lost a tall leader whose selfless service to the people of Kerala will be always remembered. 

I pray to the Almighty to give your family and you the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to all members of your family”. 

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Rajnath Singh reviews the situation in Nagaland 

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has reviewed the situation in Dimapur with the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Shri T.R. Zeliang telephonically, today in the wake of recent lynching of a rape convict by a strong mob. The Union Home Minister asked the Chief Minister to ensure law and order in the town. 

Shri Rajnath Singh asked Shri Zeliang to take strict action against the culprits. He also assured necessary assistance from the Centre. 

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British Experts on River Cleaning calls on Uma Bharti 

A team of experts from UK called on Union Minister for water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti to discuss Clean Ganga Mission. The three member team was accompanied by British Deputy High Commissioner in India Mr.Julian Evans and Second Secretary Energy Security Ms. Melissa Else.The British experts also gave a power point presentation on measures taken to clean River Thames in UK. 

During the discussions the Minister emphasized on the need to utilise the assets already created in Varanasi during Ganga Action Plan at the first instance so that it can be revived by July this year. Dr.Martin Griffiths, Former Head of Water Quality for the UK Environment Agency and Deputy Director of Regulation in the Department of Environment ,Food and Rural Affairs , who was one of the member of the team gave a detailed account of the assets created and presently lying unutilized on the banks of Ganga at Varanasi.Dr.Griffiths was one of the experts who was associated with Ganga Action Plan-I. The other two experts were Mr.Ben Piper, Hydrologist and water resource planner from Atkins consultants and Mr. Gwyn Rees, Director , Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Science Area Lead for water resources..Sushri Bharti thanked British experts and expressed the hope that her Ministry looks forward for a long and fruitful association with them in Clean Ganga Mission. 

Secretary of the Ministry Shri AK Bishnoi,Additional Secretay Dr.Amarjeet Singh, Director National Mission on Clean Ganga, Shri TVSN Prasad and senior officials of the Ministry were also present during the discussions. 

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