Leverage India’s demography, demand and democracy, President tells



Leverage India’s demography, demand and democracy, President tells members of Indian business delegation accompanying him to Sweden and Belarus

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received yesterday (May 28, 2015) in Rashtrapati Bhavan around 50 members of the Indian business delegation accompanying him to Sweden and Belarus along with representatives of FICCI, CII and ASSOCHAM.


The representatives who included Shri B.P. Rao, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of BHEL, briefed the President about their activities in India and plans for the visit to Sweden and Belarus.

Speaking on the occasion, the President recalled his interaction with the Indian business community in different capacities for over half a century. He said he was delighted to see in the delegation new faces, new ideas and new vision. He was impressed by their plans to seek investments as well as explore new opportunities. He is happy the Indian delegation is filled with confidence and optimism.

The President said there is great potential for business as well as academic cooperation between India and the two countries he was visiting. There is also scope to learn from Sweden its practices in sustainable development as well as innovation. He called upon the business community to draw lessons from the experience they gain during the visit and to apply them in the Indian situation.

Expressing confidence that the interaction of the business delegation with their counterparts will contribute to building of closer relations between people of the two countries, President Mukherjee said tremendous opportunities await India in the world. He called upon the business delegation to leverage India’s demography, demand and democracy to build new relations with the business leaders of these countries.

Smt. Omita Paul, Secretary to the President, Shri Navtej Singh Sarna, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs and other senior officers of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Ministry of External Affairs were present during the interaction.

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Shri P.K. Sinha appointed Cabinet Secretary

The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha, IAS (UP:77), as the next Cabinet Secretary, with effect from June 13, 2015. He succeeds Shri Ajit Seth.

Shri Sinha has been serving as Secretary, Ministry of Power, since July 2013. He has earlier been Secretary in the Ministry of Shipping, and has held several other important positions in the Union Government and the State of Uttar Pradesh.

The Prime Minister has also approved that Shri P.K. Sinha may be appointed as OSD in the Cabinet Secretariat with effect from the date of assumption of charge, till June 12, 2015.

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No Radioactivity leakage from the consignment arrived by Turkish Airlines on 29.05.2015 at Indira Gandhi Cargo Terminal, New Delhi

Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and the Department of Atomic energy (DAE) have received intimation on suspected radioactivity leakage at the Indira Gandhi International Airport Cargo Terminal, New Delhi today (29th May, 2015) morning. The preliminary information revealed that the suspected leakage was from a consignment arrived through Turkish Airlines from Istanbul. Immediately, a team from the DAE Emergency Response Centre at Delhi, representatives of AERB posted at the Northern Regional Regulatory Centre (NRRC) located at Delhi, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other concerned officials from DAE and Delhi Police and Fire Departments rushed to the spot for an on the spot investigation. The investigation has now revealed that there was no radioactivity leakage from the consignment. It was concluded that an organic liquid leaking from the nearby container would have caused wetting of the above mentioned consignment of Nuclear Medicines.

As per the consignors' declarations of the dangerous goods, the consignment contains 7 vials of I -131 (Liquid Sodium Iodide) and 3 Mo-99 - Tc99m generators. These were imported by M/s Jubilant Draximage , New Delhi for supplying to different hospitals across the country. These materials were imported through a Type A transport package with Import permission from AERB.

The investigation team has measured the radiation levels at the surface of the consignment and the level of about 13mR/hr was observed, whereas such packages have a permissible limit of maximum 50mR/hr at a distance of 5 cm, because of the contained radioactive materials inside the package.

Mo99 - Tc 99m generators are widely used in diagnostic nuclear medicine practices. I-131 are short-lived beta-gamma emitter in liquid form is used for treating thyroid cancer patients and also for diagnostic nuclear medicine practices.

This is to assure that there was no radiation leakage from the consignment arrived via Turkish airlines at the New Delhi Cargo Airport and there was no radiation exposure to anyone.

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National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP), 2015 – Collection of Aadhaar number from the applicants - Regarding

The Election Commission, with the main objective of preparing an error free, purified and authenticated Electoral Roll, has launched National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP), 2015 from 3rd March, 2015.

2. Under this programme, beside some other activities, linking and authentication of EPIC data of electors with Aadhaar data is also being done and for that purpose, the electors have been given facility to feed their Aadhaar number and EPIC No. at National Voters Service Portal (NVSP) or furnish the said detail through the mode of SMS/email/call center/submission of copy of both documents to Electoral Registration Officers (EROs)/ Booth Level Officers (BLOs). Apart from the above, BLOs are also collecting the data from electors during door to door survey on voluntary basis only.

3. The Commission, to avoid confusion among electors and the electoral machinery, has issued necessary instructions to the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of the States/UTs secifying that furnishing of Aadhaar number by electors is not mandatory and it is only optional, as directed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. It has been made amply clear that no electoral service will be denied to any elector on ground of non-furnishing of Aadhaar number. Non furnishing of Aadhaar number will not be a ground for rejection or objection of application for new enrolment or for deletion of name of an existing elector from Electoral Roll. The CEOs have been further clarified that collection of Aadhaar number is only for the purpose of authentication of details of elector and confidentiality and security of data so collected must be ensured during the process of feeding and seeding of the same in the Electoral Roll database.

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Schedule for bye-election to fill casual vacancy in the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra from 130-Palghar (ST) Assembly Constituency – Regarding

                        A clear vacancy has arisen in the Legislative Assembly of Maharashtra from the 130-Palghar (ST) Assembly Constituency on 24th May, 2015 due to demise of Shri Krushna Arjun Ghoda, the sitting Member of Legislative Assembly. The Commission has decided to hold bye-election to fill the vacancy as per the following schedule:-

1.          
Issue of Notification
03.06.2015 (Wednesday)
2.          
Last Date of filing Nominations
10.06.2015 (Wednesday)
3.          
Date of Scrutiny
11.06.2015 (Thursday)
4.          
Date of Withdrawal of Candidature
13.06.2015 (Saturday)
5.          
Date of Poll
27.06.2015 (Saturday)
6.          
Date of Counting
30.06.2015 (Tuesday)
7.          
Date of Completion of Election                  
02.07.2015  (Thursday)
8.          
Hours of Poll
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

ELECTORAL ROLL

            The electoral rolls of the Assembly Constituency has been revised with reference to 01.01.2015 as the qualifying date and have been finally published on 21.01.2015.

ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs)

            The Commission has decided to use EVMs in the bye-election in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.

IDENTIFICATION OF VOTERS

            The Commission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned bye-elections at the time of poll. Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the Electoral Rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voter at the time of poll in the said bye-election.

MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT

            The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Assembly Constituency going for bye-election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction No. 437/INST/2012/CC&BE, dated 26th April, 2012 (available on the Commission’s website). The Model Code of Conduct shall be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the State Government concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government in respect of the above district(s) of the State concerned.

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Kharif Crop sown in 59.56 lakh hectare so far 
           The total sown area as on 29th May, as per reports received from States, stands at 59.56 lakh hectare as compared to 59.47 lakh hectare at this time last year.
            It is reported that rice has been sown/transplanted in 3.08 lakh ha, sugarcane in 40.70 lakh hectare and cotton in 8.82 lakh ha.
             The details of the area covered so far and that covered during this time last year are given below:

                                                                                                                              Lakh hectare 
Crop
Area sown in 2015-16
Area sown in 2014-15
Rice
3.08
2.54
Oilseeds
0.16
0.04
Sugarcane
40.70
42.92
Jute & Mesta
6.81
6.25
Cotton
8.82
7.72
Total
59.56
59.47


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Manipur to get 400 KW Power Project soon: Dr Jitendra Singh

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 that Manipur will soon get a 400 KW power project at an estimated cost of Rs.124 crore.

On the last day of his three-day tour of the Northeast, Dr Jitendra Singh held a detailed meeting with Chief Minister of Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh and senior officers of the State administration in Imphal today. Later addressing media persons Dr Jitendra Singh said the 400 KW power project had got delayed due to certain reasons but now only a few technical formalities are pending. Dr Jitendra Singh said that he has requested the Chief Minister to depute an officer from the State as also the Delhi-based Resident Commissioner of Manipur to do the follow up with the DoNER Ministry so that the work can be started at the earliest.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that with the installation of project and release of 400 KW transmission line, the State of Manipur will receive uninterrupted power supply for at least 18 hours on an average, even in remotest areas. This will also be a positive step in the direction of achieving the objective of Government of India’s recently launched “Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana” targeting 24 hour power supply to every household.

Dr Jitendra Singh also informed that work on the National Sports University for Manipur announced by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his visit in November will start soon. The DoNER Minister said that he has been informed by the Chief Minister that the State Government has acquired 300 acres of land for the purpose at village Yathivi about 25 km from Imphal and, therefore, accordingly he has suggested to the Chief Minister to pursue with the Union Sports Ministry to send a team of officials for taking over the land. This University will not only be unique and first of its kind in India, but will also be a tribute to the consistent and glorious contribution made by Manipuri youth in International Olympics, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the Chief Minister has also pointed out the need to upgrade the Imphal Airport and provide facility for night hangers. Several other issues also came up at the meeting which included upgradation of Silchar-Imphal Highway and improvement in the telecom network which, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the DoNER Ministry will take up with the concerned Departments.

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Comprehensive changes on the anvil to protect interests of consumers

National Conference on Effective Functioning of Consumer Fora


The government has realized the plight of Indian consumers and the Department of Consumer Affairs as the nodal organization for the protection of consumer rights has initiated a major step to rewrite the Consumer Protection Act so as to remove various lacunae in the Act that has been noticed over the last 28 years of its enforcement. This was observed by Shri Arun Jaitley while addressing the “National conference on effective functioning of Consumer Fora" organized by Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan here today. He said that comprehensive amendments are therefore on the anvil to the consumer protection law that will introduce far reaching changes.

Presiding over the conference, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution reiterated the commitment of the government to Consumer Protection. He pointed out that government alone, regardless of the sector it deals with or the domain it regulates, cannot adequately address several of these challenges. There is a need, he emphasised, for all stakeholders – the Central Government, State Governments to work together. He noted that for the law to be fully effective and serve the purpose for which it was enacted, simple, inexpensive and speedy justice ought to become the very reason for the existence of these courts. And that has to be accomplished through stringent monitoring of the working of the courts. It is also necessary to create an infrastructure that would help consumers understand the law and file complaints smoothly. Only then will we see a different picture of consumer justice and empowerment in India

In his welcome address, Shri Keshav Desiraju, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, noted that consumers are a vulnerable lot for exploitation, more so in a developing country with the prevalence of mass poverty and illiteracy. The challenges that we confront would require policy coherence and coordinated program implementation, harmonization of the legislative framework and the regulatory apparatus. Over the years government has taken, many steps to strengthen the consumer movement in the country and to protect their interests. A legal system and a strong dispute redressal mechanism have been put in place with procedural simplicity and speedy and inexpensive redressal of consumer grievances.

Justice D.K.Jain, the President of the National Consumer Disputes Resolution Commission (NCDRC) noted that India enjoys a unique position in the consumer advocacy movement with a dedicated three tier Quasi­Judicial Consumer Dispute Redress Mechanism established at the District, State and National levels under the law. He emphasized the need for governments at the Centre and the States and the consumer courts to work closely together to provide effective and timely grievance redress to consumers.

The Conference on “Effective Functioning of Consumer Fora” which was attended by President and Members of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), Ministers and Secretaries in charge of Consumer Affairs in States and Presidents of State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commissions, deliberated upon the problems being faced in the smooth functioning of Consumer Fora and suggested measures to improve their functioning.

In the Conference, it was noted that:

·                    There should be uniform recruitment procedure and respectable remuneration for Presidents and Members of the Consumer Fora.

·                    It was impressed upon the State Governments to strengthen the infrastructure of the Consumer Fora for their smooth functioning and to expedite furnishing the pending Utilization Certificates of the grants provided by the Central Government and to seek further grants with detailed proposals.

·                    All the Consumer Fora need to use complete workflow of the Online Case Monitoring System (OCMS) application under the CONFONET Scheme. The State Governments should cooperate in implementation of the scheme and making it fully operational.

·                    Efforts should be made by all concerned to reduce the delay in disposal of consumer complaints. The State Governments were asked to initiate timely action for filling up of the vacancies of President and Member in the Consumer Fora. Endeavour should be made by the Consumer Fora to adhere to the time limits prescribed in the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

·                       To meet the training needs of the Members of the Consumer Fora without having any legal background, it was emphasised that the training programme being administered by IIPA may be fully availed of. In addition, such Members may also be encouraged to undergo the one year distance mode course developed by National Law School University India.

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