Food Processing Industries

Food Processing Industries

The Indian food processing industry, supported with a large base of agricultural, horticultural, dairy, meat and fish production holds huge potential for growth.

With a view to promote the sector, Government is implementing various Central Sector Schemes, namely (i) Scheme for Development of Infrastructure for Food Processing having components of Mega Food Parks, Integrated Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure and Modernization of Abattoirs (ii) Scheme for Quality Assurance, Codex Standards, Research & Development and Other Promotional Activities. Ministry also has two academic-cum-research institutions viz. National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) at Kundli, Sonepat, Haryana and Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT) at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. These institutions provide academic programmes at Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. level, undertake research in various aspects of food processing and also conduct short-term training programmes for stakeholders.

Ministry had launched a Centrally Sponsored Scheme namely National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) during 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), w.e.f. 1st April, 2012, which was implemented through State/UT Governments. However, NMFP has been delinked from Central Government support from current financial year (2015-16) excepting the U.Ts.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Smt Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti in Rajya Sabha today.

National Mission on Food Processing

Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) launched a Centrally Sponsored Scheme - National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) to be implemented through State / UT Governments during 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). The scheme aimed at decentralization of implementation of the schemes, leading to substantial participation of State Governments/UTs. The State / UT Governments were given flexibility in implementing the schemes included in the NMFP based on the needs of local area.  

However, Government of India (GOI) has delinked the NMFP from Central Government support from the current financial year. State Governments may decide to continue (or not) NMFP scheme out of their increased resources resulting from the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission.

The following schemes of 11th Five Year Plan were subsumed under the Mission during first year of 12th Plan (2012-13):

(i)          Scheme for Technology Up-gradation / Establishment / Modernisation of Food Processing Industries.
(ii)        Scheme for Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure for Non Horticultural Products.
(iii)      Scheme for Human Resource Development (HRD).
(iv)      Scheme for Promotional Activities.

The following new components were included for the remainder of 12th Plan (2013-17) under the Mission:  
(i)             Scheme for Creating Primary Processing Centres / Collection Centres in Rural Areas.
(ii)           Modernisation of Meat Shops.
(iii)         Reefer Vehicles.
(iv)         Scheme for Setting-up / Modernisation / Expansion of Abattoirs (implemented w.e.f 2014-15).

Since the Mission was implemented by State / UT Governments, Ministry had not fixed any physical targets for 12th Five Year Plan. The State Governments were given flexibility to set their own physical targets and identify focus areas to harness the potential of value addition by using locally grown raw material.

The NMFP was to augment the capacity of the food processing by adoption of new technologies and improving the quality of food products as per the National / International standards. Mission also aimed to reduce wastage of agricultural produce, infuse new technologies, upgrade human resource capacities to provide impetus to the development of food processing sector in the country.  

This information was given by the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Smt Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti in Rajya Sabha today.


Shri Arun Jaitley Chairs Consultative Committee Meeting of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, today chaired the meeting of Consultative Committee of the I&B Ministry to discuss the issue of “Harnessing role of Social Media”. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for I&B was also present in the meeting.

Welcoming the members, Shri Jaitley said that the digital mode had become an effective medium to communicate to the wide audience while at the same time it offered opportunities to innovate. Citing the initiative of the “Talkathon”, the Minister said that as the “Talkathon” serves as independent interview which runs live on social media and taken up by all private channels as well, it offered an opportunity to integrate communication across platforms as well as a direct interface with the audiences. On the DD App, the Minister mentioned that this initiative provided an opportunity to address the needs of the audience which followed the dissemination of information on the digital mode. Shri Jaitley also mentioned that efforts would be made to popularize the digital mode of the 100 volumes of Mahatma Gandhi compiled by Directorate of Publication Division on the social media platforms of the Ministry.

A presentation was made by Secretary (I&B) on behalf of the Ministry giving an overview of the steps and initiatives undertaken so far by the Ministry in harnessing the potential of the social media for disseminating the information relating to the important initiatives of the Government.

Members of the committee while appreciating the measures taken by the Ministry for this important initiatives also gave suggestions to enhance the reach of the Government coverage through AIR and Doordarshan, especially in areas that required dissemination. It was emphasized that efforts needed to be taken to promote the reach of social media to those segments which at times suffered due to lack of technological access. It was also suggested that measures need to be taken to facilitate information flow to the young target audience and institutions in rural areas. Members also suggested that content needed to be tailored consistently to address the information needs of the people.

Members who attended the meeting Dr. Jayakumar Jayavardhan, Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, Shri Tapas Paul, Smt. V. Sathyabama, Shri Anil Madhav Dave, Smt. Jaya Bachchan, Dr. K. Keshava Rao, Shri Madhusudan Mistry, Shri Neeraj Shekhar and Shri Vivek Gupta.


Achal Kumar Joti Appointed as Election Commissioner in the Election Commission

The President has appointed Shri Achal Kumar Joti, IAS (GJ:75) as Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India with effect from the date he assumes the office.


Government to consider Institute for impaired hearing: Dr Jitendra

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said here today that the Government will sympathetically consider setting up “Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre” as an independent body for the benefit of those suffering from impaired hearing. He was talking to a delegation of “National Association of the Deaf” (NAD) led by its Secretary, Shri A.S. Narayanan, who requested for withdrawal of the order placing the proposed Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre under “Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped” (AYJNIHH). They demanded that the proposed autonomous institute for sign language research and training should, instead of being placed under another institute, be managed by concerned experts dealing with hearing impairment as well as by representatives of the Association of the deaf.

Dr. Jitendra Singh gave the deputation a patient hearing and said, the number of persons suffering from hearing impairment in India has gone up in recent years and even though the official census placed their number at 5 million, some of the other surveys have placed their number at much higher figure. In this background, he said, special consideration has to be given to the peculiar requirements of this section of society, so that their talent and aptitudes can be put to the best use and their potential can be exploited in the best possible manner.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, he has understood the contention expressed by the representatives of NAD that “Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped” deals more with therapeutic management like cochlear implant, etc., to restore hearing and may not be actually imparting the non-pharmaceutical training like sign language, etc. He would, therefore, take up the issue and try to find a way out, he said.


ACC Appointments

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following:

1. The extension of tenure of Shri Prabhas Kumar Jha, IAS (UP:82), Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Department of Food and Public Distribution for a period of six months beyond 25.5.2015.

2. The extension of tenure of Shri Hem Kumar Panda, IAS (WB:82), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for a period of six months beyond 07.5.2015.


Shri Arvind Saxena appointed Member, UPSC

The President is pleased to appoint Shri Arvind Saxena as Member, Union Public Service Commission.

The tenure of Shri Saxena will commence from the date he enters upon the office of Member, UPSC. He is presently Director and Ex-officio Special Secretary, Aviation Research Centre (ARC).


Central Projects

As per data maintained by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) for on-going central sector projects costing Rs. 150 crore and above for the period ending December 2014, 59 projects were completed during 2014-15 and involved time overruns between two to seventy-five months. As reported by implementing agencies, major reasons of time overruns are delay in land acquisition, environmental & forest clearances, fund constraints, rehabilitation & resettlement of project affected persons, delay in supply of equipment, contractual disputes, law & order problems, etc. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

The Minister said that as per data maintained by MOSPI for the on-going central sector projects costing Rs. 150 crore and above for the period ending December 2014, out of a total of 738 projects, 224 projects involve cost escalation. The major steps undertaken to ensure completion of projects without cost escalation include rigorous project appraisal; On-line Computerized Monitoring System (OCMS) for better monitoring; setting up of Standing Committees in the Ministries for fixation of responsibility for time and cost overruns; regular review of projects by the concerned administrative Ministries; and setting up of Central Sector Projects Coordination Committees (CSPCCs) in the States under the Chief Secretaries for removal of bottlenecks and for facilitating speedy and timely implementation of major projects.


Setting up of Cold Storage Facilities

Under a pilot project called “Kisan Vision Project”, Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and Central Railside Warehouse Company Limited (CRWC) were asked to provide infrastructure at following locations in addition to Azadpur in Delhi on Indian Railways to encourage development of facilities for setting up of cold storage and temperature controlled perishable cargo centers as well as developing agri - retail outlets to be allotted to different parties  through Public private partnership (PPP) mode.
          The details and the present status of the said projects is as under:-
·           Nasik (Maharashtra): The centre is located at Nasik in Nasik District of Maharashtra. The centre is functional with effect from 23.02.2013.
·           New Jalpaiguri (West Bengal): The perishable Cargo Centre at Bagdogra airport was taken over by CONCOR on 22.02.2011 from Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) which was functional.  Under the provision of agreement signed between SJDA & CONCOR, SJDA was required to obtain requisite license from State Government authorities. SJDA was not able to obtain the same and the facility is intended to be returned back.
·           Singur (West Bengal):  The Perishable Cargo Centre was made functional on 18.12.2011. However, due to very low utilization, the service provider has abandoned the contract.  Expression of interest for fresh contract for operation and maintenance of the facility has been floated.
·           Dankuni (West Bengal): Central Railside warehouse Company Ltd. has been entrusted with the responsibility of developing Perishable Cargo Centre at Dankuni.
·           Mecheda/ Murshidabad (West Bengal): The Perishable Cargo Centre at Murshidabad (in lieu of Mecheda) has not been found viable as per study taken by CONCOR.
In addition to the above, Central Railside Warehouse Company Limited (CRWC) has been entrusted to carry out the preliminary work such as surveys pertaining to availability of land, feasibility; layout plans etc for construction of temperature controlled storages at 10 locations Vatva, Vishakhapatnam, Badagara, Udhna, Cheriyanad, Bhivandi Road, Azara, Navlur, Kalamboli and Yashwantpura in the country to boost rail movement of fruits & vegetables in different part of the country. CRWC has been allowed a maximum of two years of gestation period from the date of executing individual agreement with the Railways for construction and operationalization on the ware houses complex.
At Nasik 3257.78 Metric Tonnes cut flowers and fruits were stored during the last year. The Perishable Cargo Centre (PCC) at Kela Godown, New Ajadpur is located in the vicinity of Adarsh Nagar Station where huge quantity of banana is coming by rail. The storage is able to provide the linkage to banana/mango traders to keep these fruits in cold store chambers/ripening chambers which are being transported by rail/road. The PCC has been commissioned by Hon’ble Minister of Railways on 24.03.2015.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


Indian Railways Carry 1.14 Million Tonnes of Freight During April 2015

Indian Railways have carried 89.81 million tonnes of revenue earning freight traffic during April 2015. The freight carried shows an increase of 1.01 million tonnes over the freight traffic of 83.68 million tonnes actually carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 1.14 per cent.


Requirement of Escalators for Multi-Platform Railway Stations

In order to facilitate easy movement of elderly and differently abled passengers, as per the existing guidelines, escalators are being provided at ‘A1’, ‘A’, ‘C’ category stations and stations of tourist importance based on techno commercial feasibility and availability of funds. So far, 244 no. of escalators at 96 stations have been provided. In addition, 400 no. of escalators at 171 stations have been sanctioned.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


Improvement in Railways’ Catering Services

Improvement of catering services is an on-going process. Steps taken/being taken to further improve the catering services include (i)Third Party Audit of catering services to be conducted at periodic intervals by independent and reputed auditing agencies accredited by NABCB (National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies) as empanelled by the zonal railways. The parameters for audit include all aspects of catering services like personal hygiene, infrastructure facilities, cleaning and sanitation, food safety, storage facilities, implementation of regulatory, statutory and safety regulations, quality of presentation etc. (ii) Introduction of E-Catering so that passengers can book the food of their choice through internet. (iii) Introduction of Pre-cooked Food (ready to eat) meals of reputed brands to improve the quality, hygiene and to provide variety of options of meals to the passengers. (iv) A centralized Catering Service Monitoring Cell (CSMC) has been set up having a toll free number 1800-111-321 for prompt redressal of the passenger grievances related to the catering activities for real time assistance to travelling public. (iv) Imposition of stringent punitive action including heavy penalties in case of deficiencies in services.

About 17,440 complaints have been reported regarding catering services in Railways during the last three years and current year (i.e. 01.01.2012 to 31.03.2015). Penal action has been taken on the defaulter licensees including termination of contracts in 9 cases and imposition of fines in 5903 cases.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


Mobilisation of Resources for Major Railway Projects

The Interim Report of the Committee headed by Dr. Bibek Debroy for Mobilisation of Resources for Major Railway Projects and Restructuring of Railway Ministry & Railway Board submitted in March, 2015 contains various recommendations on Reforms. These include, inter-alia, the following:-

Ø                Allowing Private entry into running both freight and passenger trains in competition with Indian Railways (IR) and Private Participation in various Railway Infrastructure services and Non-core activities like Production and Construction.

Ø                Allowing Private entry for the proposed Rolling Stock Units in Rae Bareilly, Bhilwara, Sonepat, Chhapra, Jalpaiguri, Kacharapara & Palakkad in addition to Madhepura and Marhowra.

Ø                Refine/Restructure the existing accounting system and the financial statements of IR need to be redrawn, consistent with principles and norms nationally and internationally accepted.

The Interim Report of the Committee has also suggested that IR should focus on core activities to efficiently compete with the private sector. It has recommended that Railway Protection Force (RPF) should be de-linked from IR system and there should be phased pruning of the functions and numbers of Indian Railway Medical Service (IRMS) along with possibility of integrating the Railway Hospitals with Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) & integration of the existing Railway Schools into the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathana set-up.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


E-Catering Service for Train Passengers

E-catering service has been started by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on pilot basis exclusively for passengers travelling in trains without pantry where passenger can book preferred meal of reputed brands through e-catering website as well as through phone and SMS. The website address is and phone numbers are 1800-1034-139 (Toll-free), 0120-4383892-99 (Toll) and SMS MEAL to 139. Further, Railways have also conducted trials for service of pre-cooked (ready-to-eat) meals of reputed brands on some trains. A policy guideline on “Ready to Eat Meals” has been issued to Zonal Railways on 30.01.2015. North Western Railway has been nominated for shortlisting/empanelment of branded and reputed Ready-to-eat Companies/vendors.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


Criticism of New Road Transport & Safety Bill Not Founded on Reasoning: Shri Nitin Gadkari

“The criticism of the new Road Transport and Safety Bill 2015, in a section of stakeholders, is not founded on reasoning”, said Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari while addressing the inaugural session of the National Convention of Transporters here today. The Bill ensures to adopt those standards and practices which provide safety on roads, development of better services to road-users and generation of more employment, he added.

Shri Nitin Gadkari said that the new Bill does not violate the rights of the states. As regards Inter-State contract carriage permits, these are envisaged to be issued by the National Transport Authority and the revenues due to each state would be transferred to concerned state on the analogy of National Permit System for goods carriers. The Minister also said the quantum of fines in the case of law offenders has been brought down from the amount in the earlier draft in view of the paying capacity of the people, except in cases of very serious offence.

Shri Gadkari, underscoring the urgency to make transport sector more modernized and investment friendly, urged the transporters to take initiatives to develop state-of-the-art facilities for improving driving skill along with pollution certification and fitness test of vehicles. He drew the attention of transporters towards the immediate requirement of establishing Transport Nagar and Highway Villages at different locations to cater to the needs of drivers on long routes. To recognise the contribution of drivers, at least three drivers from each state should be honoured every year, he said. Addressing the concern of the transporters in respect of road toll, the Minister said that abolition of toll is not possible though relaxation in this regard may be considered. He assured that a change in the Carriage by Road Act is also under active consideration of the Government.


Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr Kentaro SONOURA meets Union Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma

A delegation led by the Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr Kentaro SONOURA, met the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi today.

They discussed various issues ranging from World Heritage Sites, rich culture and heritage of India and Japan and the restoration of the Historical/Cultural sites of quake-hit Nepal.

Dr Mahesh Sharma said that India shares a strong bonding with Japan and India is proud of these relations. The Minister said that India is overwhelmed by the welcome given by Japan to the Prime Minister, Dr Narendra Modi during his visit there. He also said that Shri Narendra Modi signed a deal with his Japanese counterpart Mr Shinzo Abe to convert Varanasi into a 'smart heritage city' on the Kyoto model during his visit to Japan.

Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the relations of Japan and India have reached a new height and India shares the vision of Japan in promoting cultural heritage. Both India and Japan together have a large share of world’s cultural heritage and there is a lot of potential in exploring it jointly, he added.

While discussing the recent tragedy of Nepal, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that India and Japan can join hands for the conservation of the heritage sites that have been damaged by the recent earthquake. He said that the restoration work of Shri Pashupatinath Temple is already being carried out by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and reconstruction and restoration work can be jointly taken by the India and Japan for other temples in Nepal.

Mr. Kentaro SONOURA said that both the countries should contribute to the long-term cooperation in the construction of Nepal and experts should assess the damage that has been done there. Responding to his suggestion, Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the rescue and relief operations are nearly drawing to a close in Nepal and the assessment of work required for restoring historical/cultural sites can be taken up once the reconstruction work starts there.

Both sides to further enhance their Cultural ties.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Culture were also present at the meeting.


Dr Mahesh Sharma holds consultations with MPs of UP, Bihar and Ladakh for developing the Buddhist Circuit

End-to-end tourism will be developed in the Buddhist circuit with a wholistic approach says Minister

The Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma held consultations with the Members of Parliament (MPs) from UP, Bihar and Ladakh in New Delhi today to discuss modalities for developing the Buddhist Circuit. The meeting was attended by those MPs whose constituencies have important Buddhist sites which can be developed under the Buddhist Circuit identified under the new Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the Union Ministry of Tourism.

Among those who participated in the meeting include Sh. Yogi Adityanath, (MP, Gorakhpur), Sh.Jagdambika Pal, (MP, Domariyaganj), Sh. Rajesh Pandey (MP,Kushi Nagar), Sh.SharadTripathi, (MP, SantKabir Nagar), Sh.Daddan Mishra (MP,Shrawasti), Sh. Vinod Kumar (MP, Kaushambi), Sh.ThupstanChhewang (MP,Ladakh), Sh. Rama Kishore Singh(MP,Vaishali).

Addressing the MPs, Dr Mahesh Sharmasaid that the Prime Minister, Sh. Narendra Modi attaches utmost importance to the development of theme based circuits in the country, and especially the Buddhist Circuit. The Minister said thatthe opinion of the MPs is very valuable,keeping in mind the local requirements and ground realities of these constituencies falling under the Buddhist Circuit.

Buddhist Circuit is one of the five circuits identified under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Rs. 120 crore havebeen allocated this year for the development of the Buddhist Circuit under the Scheme, the Minister said.The Buddhist circuit will include places like Gorakhpur, Kushinagar,Sarnath, Sidharth Nagar,SantKabir Nagar, Shrawasti, Piprawa,Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, Nalandaamong others.

At the meeting, the Members of Parliament raised issues related to their constituencies with respect to the development of Buddhist Circuit. They highlighted the issue of connectivity which is standing in the way of development of Tourism in these areas. The MPs suggested that a Buddhist National Highway should be created connecting the important places within the Circuit. The MPs also wanted improved air connectivity by developing airports at Kushi Nagar and Shrawasti,development of budget hotels, common amenities and infrastructure in these areas were discussed during the meeting. The MPs appreciated the efforts of Ministry of Tourism in taking initiatives in development of the Buddhist Circuit as Buddhism is the fourth largest religion of the world and the development of this circuit willattract more foreign followers of Buddhism to India.

The MPs highlighted the economic benefits of developing the Buddhist circuit. They estimated that the number of tourist visitors can be easily increased to ten lakhs if the Circuit is developed properly, which will help the country to earn Rs 6000 cr of foreign exchange. The inflow of foreign tourists will not only lead to increased inflow of foreign exchange earnings of India , but will also generate large amount of employment for the local people, especially in areas where there are no other avenues of employment for the local people.

The participants discussed the importance of their areas where various events and activities related to Lord Buddha had taken place. They requested the Minister to develop a special Museum where the centuries old statue of Lord Buddha, all artefacts and various other objects related to Buddhism can be placed at a single location in the Buddhist Circuit for the tourists to view.The MPs also suggested that aninter-ministerial group should be formed for the development of the circuit as it involves coordination and cooperation of various Ministries like civil aviation, roads and highways among others.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma assured the MPs that the Ministry will work closely with them for the development of Buddhist Circuit and a wholistic approach will be adopted to give a new shape to the Circuit. The Minister also said that end- to -end tourism is the aim of the Ministry of Tourism where any tourist coming to visit Buddhist Circuit will land at a point and will be taken to various places during his journey of the Buddhist Circuit.

Dr Mahesh Sharma said that India is privileged to have 7 important sites out of 8 in the world related to the life of Lord Buddha. A 2-3 minute film can also be shown at each of the monuments to bring out the history and significance of that place, he added. The Minister said that the Circuit is the means to reach the destination and the destination is already there but the Circuit needs to be developed.

DrLalitPanwar, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism;Shri Rakesh Tiwari, DG, ASI, Ministry of Culture and other senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of culture were also present during the meeting.


5.40 lakh Foreign Tourist Arrivals in the Month of April, 2015

FTAs during January-April, 2015 grow by 2.7% over FTAs during January-April, 2014

Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of April 2015.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):

FTAs during the Month of April 2015 were 5.40 lakh as compared to FTAs of 5.37 lakh during the month of April 2014 and 4.51 lakh in April 2013. There has been a growth of 0.5% in April 2015 over April 2014.

FTAs during the period January- April 2015 were 28.21 lakh with a growth of 2.7%, as compared to the FTAs of 27.47 lakh in January- April 2014.

The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during April 2015 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (15.66%), followed by USA (12.55%), UK (10.32%) Sri Lanka (3.99%), Malaysia (3.27%), Australia (3.14%), France (2.95%), Germany (2.95%), Japan (2.91%), China (2.88%), Canada (2.72%), Singapore (1.89%) Pakistan (1.83%), Nepal (1.82%) and Russian Fed. (1.75%) . These top 15 countries account for 70.63% of total FTAs during April 2015.

The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during April 2015 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (30.35%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.79%), Haridaspur Land check post (8.71%), Chennai Airport (8.50%), Bengaluru Airport (6.50%), Kolkata Airport (3.86%),Cochin Airport (3.76%), Hyderabad Airport (2.89%), Gede Rail (1.90%), Goa Airport (1.72%), Trivandrum Airport (1.69%), Ahmedabad Airport (1.44%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.32%), Ghojadanga Airport (1.21%) and Attari Wagha (1.15%). These top 15 ports account for 92.79% of total FTAs during April 2015.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in India in rupee terms and in US$ terms

FEEs during the month of April 2015 were Rs. 9,438 crore as compared to Rs. 8,645 crore in April 2014.

The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms during April 2015 over April 2014 was 9.2%.

FEEs from tourism in rupee terms in January- April 2015 were Rs. 42,474 crore with a growth of 3.3% as compared to the FEE of Rs. 41,118 crore during January- April 2014.

FEEs in US$ terms during the month of April 2015 were US$ 1.505 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.431 billion during the month of April 2014.

The growth rate in FEEs in US$ terms in April 2015 over April 2014 was 5.2%.

FEEs from tourism in US$ terms during January- April 2015 were US$ 6.815 billion with a growth of 2.0% as compared to the US$ 6.684 billion with a decline of 4.2% during January- April 2014 over January- April 2013.

Marc Van Ameringen Calls on Jual Oram

Mr. Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) called on Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram in New Delhi today. The discussions focused on malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies among the most disadvantaged and excluded groups in India with a special focus on tribals and dalits. The Minister expressed his willingness to visit GAIN programs in the field and gain first hand knowledge about various approaches. Shri Oram said “I am quite serious about malnutrition of the excluded population specifically tribals and dalits. It needs an integrated approach and in partnership with other relevant Ministries, we can work together in a mission mode.’’

Mr. Ameringen shared GAIN’s innovative models of building alliances between governments, businesses, civil society and community groups and how it has proven successful in finding and delivering solutions to the complex problem of malnutrition. He said GAIN and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs can together provide many models and solutions in the fight against malnutrition. He said “I am happy to see that the Government of India is taking many pragmatic and proactive steps to tackle malnutrition. These will yield positive outcomes for present and future generation.”

Both sides discussed many other related issues at length. It was agreed upon that coordinated actions can bring positive changes in the nutrition status of excluded population. GAIN is an international organization which was launched at the UN in the year 2002 to tackle the human sufferings caused by malnutrition.


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