Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the President’s standard presentation




Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the President’s standard presentation to 21 Squadron and 116 Helicopter Unit 



1. It gives me immense pleasure to be here today at Air Force Station Jodhpur, one of the oldest and premier air bases of the Indian Air Force in the Rajasthan Sector, to award Standards to 21 Squadron and 116 Helicopter Unit. These distinguished flying Units have a glorious past and a rich tradition of professional excellence. Since their inception, they have rendered illustrious service to the nation and done us proud. Their rich heritage and stellar efforts in the pursuit of excellence have set a benchmark for others to emulate. For their selfless devotion, professionalism and courage in the face of adversity, the nation honours them today with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation. 

2. The Indian Air Force has been fulfilling its role of protecting the Indian skies and safeguarding the sovereignty of our Nation, and has also provided aid to its citizens during natural calamities. The resilience and tenacity displayed by the Air Warriors is a great source of encouragement and a matter of pride for the Nation. The massive relief operations undertaken by the Indian Air Force in the past is etched in our memories. The nation is immensely proud of Indian Air Force and remains indebted to the air warriors for their selflessness and sacrifice. 

3. As a responsible nation, India is firmly committed to peace and stability for which we need an effective deterrence and a strong defence force. While the nation is striving for an all-round economic growth and social empowerment of its citizens, we remain equally focused on building our defence capability that safeguards our sovereignty and territorial integrity. Thus, the confidence inspired by the Armed Forces, for the nation to progress resolutely on the path of development is really praiseworthy. The Air Warriors, who stand before us today, epitomize grit and determination in fulfilling their responsibilities towards the Nation by upholding the highest standards of service ethos. I take this opportunity to congratulate all the Air Warriors on parade for their impeccable drill and smart turnout. 

4. 21 Squadron known as the "Ankush” was formed in Ambala in October 1965 with Gnat Mk-I aircraft. The Squadron has actively participated in the 1971 Indo-Pak war carrying out 108 Air Defence missions and was decorated with three Vayu Sena Medals. During "Operation Safed Sagar” in 1999 the squadron was handed over the responsibility to guard the Srinagar Valley. The commendable performance of the personnel of the squadron during various operations has been recognised and appreciated in the form of gallantry awards. Over the years the squadron has successfully operatedGnat Mk-I andMiG 21 aircraft, from nine different locations. The squadron has always lived up to its motto of “Siddhirvasti Sahase” which translates into ‘Success Lies in Courage’ and I am sure they will continue to excel in the times to come. 

5. 116 Helicopter Unit has had a glorious operational record. It was formed in Sarsawa in August 1967 with Mi-4 Helicopters. Later, the Unit has operated Chetak and recently, the Dhruv helicopter with distinction and accomplishment. This was also one of the first helicopter units to be equipped with Anti Tank Guided Missiles, thus assuming the name of ‘Tankbusters’ that the unit bears proudly till date.The unit undertook various operations in different roles like Casualty Evacuation, Logistic Support, Armed Reconnaissance and also operations in support of the Army. The Unit has carried out extensive flying on numerous occasions to bring relief to the stranded people and saved innumerable lives. Hence their motto “AAPATSU MITRAM”meaning “Friends in Distress” truly reflects the Unit’s noble and gallant involvement towards the conduct of relief and rescue operations. I am confident that the ‘Tankbusters’ will continue to grow from strength to strength in the years to come. 

6. In acknowledgement and recognition of their outstanding performance, I award Standards to 21 Squadron and 116 Helicopter Unit. On this occasion, I take the opportunity to compliment the personnel and families of 21 Squadron and 116 Helicopter Unit, both past and present, for their selfless service and dedication towards the nation. The nation is indeed proud of you. I wish you all the very best for a glorious future. 

JAI HIND


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India firmly committed to Peace and Stability, says the President 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the President’s Standard to 31 Squadron and 116 Helicopter Unit of Indian Air Force today (March 4, 2015) at Jodhpur (Rajasthan). 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said India is firmly committed to peace and stability for which we need an effective deterrence and a strong defence force. The Indian Air Force has been fulfilling its role of protecting the Indian skies and safeguarding the sovereignty of our Nation and has also provided aid to its citizens during natural calamities. The resilience and tenacity displayed by the Air Warriors is a great source of encouragement and a matter of pride for the Nation. While the nation is striving for an all-round economic growth and social empowerment of its citizens, we remain equally focused on building our defence capability that safeguards our sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

The President said the two units are being presented the Standard for their selfless devotion, professionalism and courage in the face of adversity. The nation honours them with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation. 


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Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) issued for e-auction of 135 Private FM Radio Channels in 69 Cities in First Batch of FM Phase III 

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India has issued the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for e-auction of 135 channels of Private FM Radio in 69 existing cities of Phase II in the first batch of FM Phase III on 2nd March, 2015.

The first batch auction will pave the way for FM Phase III regime, which will bestow many new facilities on the operators under the regime. In Phase III, license will be for 15 years as against 10 years in Phase II. Total FDI/ FII allowed in new regime is 26% as compared to 20% in Phase II. An operator in Phase III regime may own upto 40% of channels in the same city subject to three different operators in the city, whereas earlier policy provided for only one channel per city per operator. New regime also gives an operator networking facility in its own network within the country. Unlike Phase II, Phase III regime permits the operators to carry the news bulletins of All India Radio in unaltered form on mutually agreed terms and conditions with Prasar Bharati.

As the government has rejuvenated its approach towards North Eastern part of India with its ‘Act East’ policy, FM phase III policy also exudes this sentiment. It provides much needed support to the FM radio broadcasting services in cities of North Eastern part of India as in the cities of Jammu & Kashmir and Island territories, with provision of annual fee of the channels in these areas at half the rates for first three years, besides Prasar Bharati Infrastructure at half the lease rentals.

The Notice comprises the eligibility criteria, application procedures, reserve prices of channels, frequencies available for selection, auction rules, etc. and is aimed at inviting applications from the interested companies for participation in the forthcoming auction. Applications are required to be submitted latest by 5.00 PM on 23rd March, 2015. Based on the Applications, the Government shall pre-qualify Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for participation in the auction.

The Notice, available on Ministry’s website www.mib.nic.in, is definitive and takes precedence. Its issuance is part of the process that began with the notification of FM Phase III Policy dated 25.07.2011, read with its modified paragraph 31 dated 21.01.2015 for expansion of FM radio broadcasting through private agencies, with the objectives of attracting the agencies to supplement and complement the efforts of All India Radio.


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Skill Development Centres in Maoist Affected Areas 

Ministry of Tribal Affairs provides funds to the State Governments including those effected with Maoist activities to carry out skill development and employment-cum-income generation programmes. During the current financial year, the Ministry has provided funds to the State Governments and impressed upon them for promotion of need based integrated livelihood / skill development initiatives among tribals such as, diversified crops, horticulture, dairy, poultry, fisheries, apiculture, sericulture etc. with proper market linkages, financing under line department schemes like milk cooperatives, marketable traditional skills like paintings, handlooms, handicrafts, artisans, skilled employment and other arts,entrepreneurship, modern skills, solar cell assembly and electrician, mobile phone repair etc. with appropriate placements, eco tourism in Tribal areas and skills for women, computer training hospitality, paramedics, Ayurvedic and tribal medicines and medical practices etc. 

There is no restriction on States/UTs for adopting PPP route for skill development centers funded by the Ministry. 

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today 
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