PMSBY, PMJJBY & APY are path breaking initiatives for social security

PMSBY, PMJJBY & APY are path breaking initiatives for social security 

Speech by Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture at launch of schemes at Chennai 

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union, Minister for Agriculture has said that Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana, three social security schemes are the result of the farsightedness of our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji who is committed to the economic empowerment of the poor.These unique schemes would be path breaking initiatives towards providing social security at a very nominal cost to the millions of countrymen. Shri Radha Mohan Singh was addressing the function organised at the Tamilnadu launch of the schemes at Chennai today. Full text of his speech is as follows: 

"It gives immense pleasure to be part of this historical event in which Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana are going to be launched. These three social security schemes are the result of the far-sightedness of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji who is committed to the economic empowerment of the poor. 

These unique schemes would be path breaking initiatives towards providing social security at a very nominal cost to the millions of countrymen. These are designed to provide utmost convenience with auto debit facility from the bank account of the subscriber. Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and PM Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojana would provide insurance to individuals in any unfortunate event causing death or disability. The Atal Pension Yojana would address the problem of income security during old age. There are millions of senior citizens who do not have any secure source of income during the ripe years of their life. You are aware how our elders are finding it helpless to live without any source of income. These schemes have been designed in such a way as to provide a very convenient delivery mechanism. These schemes will also address issues like very low coverage of life or accident insurance as well as old age income security products in this vast country. 

Let me now briefly explain to you, how innovatively these schemes are designed. Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana will provide insurance coverage of Rs.2 lakhs for individuals on payment of just Rs.12/- per annum. This scheme can benefit all the savings bank account holders in the age group of 18-70 years. Public sector general insurance companies or other general insurance companies that are willing to offer insurance coverage to individuals on similar terms would offer and administer this scheme. The scheme is delivered through banks including regional rural banks as well as cooperative banks. 

Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyothi Bima Yojana is another well thought out scheme which offers Life Insurance coverage of Rs.2 lakhs for any savings bank holders in the age group of 18-50 years on payment of just Rs.330/- per year. This scheme is offered through LIC of India or other Life Insurance companies that are willing to offer life insurance on similar terms. 

Coming to Atal Pension Yojana, it focuses on the unorganized sector where nearly 400 million employees representing more than 80 per cent of all employees are engaged. Atal Pension Yojana would provide a fixed minimum pension Rs.1000 to Rs.5000 per month starting from the age of 60. The amount of pension will depend on the monthly contribution by the employee and the age at which the employee subscribes the insurance. In any case the individual will have to subscribe under Atal Pension Yojana for a minimum of 20 years. The most significant part of this yojana is co-contribution by government of Rs.1000/- per annum or 50% of the total contribution whichever is lower, for the first 5 years if one joins the scheme before the end of this year, that is 31st December, 2015. 

I am sure you will appreciate that ours is a great country with enormous social capital. Due to the change in family and social structure the social security inherent in our society is slowly getting weak. As a result, a large number of people are exposed to un-foreseen eventualities which leave them helpless and insecure. The three yojanas being launched in this state today will go a long way in addressing the growing insecurity among the poor and needy. I thank our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji who has presented this country with these three unique schemes and ushered in a new era of providing social security en-mass. I thank profusely His Excellency the Governor of Tamilnadu Shri Rosiah ji who is going to launch these unique yojanas in your state today. I also thank Shri Vishwanathan ji for his presence here. I thank you one and all for being here on this historic occasion marking a beginning for a new era of social security in this country" 


Army Institute of Management Technology(AIMT) Pitches for Make in India in Defence Sector 

Based on ‘Make in India’ campaign conceptualised by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, aimed at facilitating investments and fostering innovations for the manufacturing sector in India, the AIMT at Greater Noida organised a day-long Seminar at its campus on 9th May 2015.  AIMT is an esteemed and premier management institute situated in Greater NOIDA conducting a two year full time residential MBA course for the wards of Army personnel. The theme of seminar was ‘Make in India Made Easy- Opportunities and Challenges in Defence Sector’.

Lt Gen Philip Campose, the Vice Chief of Army Staff, inaugurated the seminar and emphasised on the need for a synergised approach by all stakeholders to ensure success of the campaign in full measure. Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary Department of Defence Production delivered the Thematic Address at the Seminar and highlighted the need for a concerted effort on part of Defence Industry to leverage on the Government initiative and give a fillip to defence production. Shri Mohan Kumar assured full cooperation of the MoD in providing requisite environment and impetus to facilitate defence production. 

The deliberations spread over three technical sessions covered in detail all the facets of the ‘Make in India’ campaign to include concerns of the services, perspective of the major arms players as well as the MSMEs and the DPSUs. Ease of doing business in India vis a vis its competitors in SE Asia, encouraging R&D in defence sector and incentivising innovation, HR challenges for Make in India were some of the topics that were deliberated during the seminar. A special address on likelihood of Defence Economic Zones on the lines of the existing Special Economic Zones transforming India’s defence acquisition was also fielded. Senior representatives from think tanks in NCR, academia, industry and the government of India attended the seminar.

The seminar proceedings also included review of equipment displayed on the lawns of the AIMT. The display included Defence Equipment procured from Special Financial Power’s of the Army Commander’s Fund, product improvements and products under development by DRDO and Department of Indigenisation.


Naval Base at Porbandar Commissioned as INS Sardar Patel by Chief Minister of Gujarat 

Economic Development of Gujarat Intrinsically linked to Sea: Smt Anandiben Patel 

 'Sardar Patel', the latest Naval establishment of Indian Navy, was commissioned at Porbandar, Gujarat by Smt. Anandiben Patel, the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat today 09 May 15. The commissioning ceremony was attended by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding–in–Chief, Western Naval Command, senior naval officers and other dignitaries of the state government. The event marked yet another important milestone in the Navy's efforts to augment the security infrastructure in the coastal states and islands.

                The commissioning ceremony was marked by traditional gaiety and naval precision. As a part of the ceremony, the Hon'ble Chief Minister named the establishment INS Sardar Patel , after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister of India and unveiled the commissioning plaque as well as a marble bust of the “Ironman of India”.  Commodore BR Prakash, Commanding Officer, read out the Commissioning Warrant and the naval ensign was hoisted as the Western Naval Command band played the national anthem.

            Speaking on the occasion, Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, noted that the commissioning of a full-fledged naval base Sardar Patel was another milestone in the commitment of the Indian Navy towards augmenting the coastal surveillance and maritime security infrastructure in the strategically important state of Gujarat. The Admiral also complimented the crew of the INS Sardar Patel and exhorted them to do their best in discharge of their responsibilities.

            Addressing the gathering, the Hon'ble CM of Gujarat highlighted the maritime heritage of the State of Gujarat, which traces its origin to the Harappan civilization. She brought out that the economic development of Gujarat was intrinsically linked to the sea. She acknowledged the Indian Navy's role towards ensuring India's maritime security and brought out that the State Govt of Gujarat will provide all support to the Navy in their quest for strengthening coastal and maritime security.

            The commissioning of INS Sardar Patel at Porbandar would enable the Indian Navy to qualitatively augment its infrastructure and organisational effectiveness in the State of Gujarat, which would improve coordination and synergy with other maritime agencies of the Government. This Forward Operating Base (FOB) of Indian Navy in Gujarat and the Headquarters of the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Gujarat, Diu & Daman) would also enhance the logistic support being provided to the Indian Navy units deployed in the Northern Arabian Sea, including along the International Maritime Boundary Line with Pakistan.

            Gujarat has a coastline of 1600 km interspersed with 43 ports. Of these, besides Kandla being a major port, 11 are intermediate and 31 are minor ports. In addition, there are 12 single point moorings (SPMs) in the Gulf of Kutch. Presently 120 million tons, i.e. 71% of the country’s oil and 73% of gas is imported though the Gulf of Kutch, which is only steadily increasing. The ports of Gujarat handle 300 million tons of cargo annually, which is 43% of the total maritime trade handled by the various ports of India. In addition, the industrial development of Gujarat, with its high maritime component and considerable industrial infrastructure on seafront, makes it vulnerable from sea not only during hostilities but also during peacetime. The economic importance of this frontal maritime state, in the overall national security dynamics, is the core factor governing sustenance and operation of naval assets from the Forward Operating Naval base at Porbandar.

            The events of 26/11 have added a new dimension to the coastal security construct, which has enhanced responsibility, and need for continued naval presence in this area. The commissioning of INS Sardar Patel and augmentation of infrastructure and assets will provide the necessary impetus to meet this role.

            The name Sardar Patel has been aptly chosen to signify the role of Shri Vallabhai Patel, the first Deputy PM and Home Minister of India, Sardar Patel popularly known as the Ironman of India, was a towering personality from Gujarat and one of the founding Fathers of the Republic of India. He was responsible for forging a united India from the British colonial provinces allocated to India and more than five hundred self-governing princely states, released from British suzerainty.

            Cmde BR Prakash, VSM who is the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Gujarat, Diu & Daman) is the first Commanding Officer of INS Sardar Patel.


Indo-US Collaboration on Defence Production Growing 

Dr Harsh Vardhan Announces “Balashali” for Cutting Edge Tech Research 

Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that Indian companies’ collaboration with US defence production firms is growing thanks to the respect commanded by the technologies already developed in India’s scientific laboratories.

Speaking to scientists at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), a wing of the Centre of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Chandigarh today Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “The raising of the FDI cap to 49 percent has kick-started a lot of synergies. We already have proven strengths in many areas which are at the heart of the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ dream.”

Later, speaking to reporters, the Minister said that CSIR-CSIO has a head-start by having already delivered in the complex, multi-disciplinary area of “Head Up Display” (HUD—a transparent display system which allows the viewing of data without requiring the viewer to look away from the main control –which is vital in combat aircraft.


he Prime Minister is aware that we have arrived in the select club of HUD technology. I am glad to announce that CSIR-CSIO scientists are working on complex opto-mechatronic systems for advanced HUD and related sytems,” he said.

Therefore, the Minister has coined a new name for the thrust – “Balashali” –to unite the scientists working in varied disciplines for the benefit of the Defence sector.

“Next generation HUD will result in significant improvement in intensity, resolution, better focus, while simultaneously maintaining good image quality with budgetary constraints on weight, volume and foot print. This is exciting field where foreign collaboration possibilities are there,” he said.

During President Barak Obama’s recent visit, a Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) was sharpened, he said.  “ Now it is time to flesh out DTTI by joint production ventures. HUD is one of the low hanging fruits.”, the Minister pointed out.

Simultaneously, the Minister emphasised the need for maintaining the human face of scientific research. Therefore, he also announced a programme entitled “Apang Mukt Bharat”.

He told reporters, “Being a doctor I cannot dilute the founding principle of scientific research, which is making human lives better. I have instructed the CSIR’s scientists to increase the focus on developing aids for the differently abled. We should strive to make assistive devices which are easily available and cheap.”
The Minister, who went around the facility, saw for himself the various practical-oriented courses in electronic, mechanical and instrumentation being imparted under the rubric of the “Skill Generation Movement” announced by the Prime Minister.

He interacted with representatives of industry. Those who attended included senior executives of Vaisheshika Devices, Ambala, Bharat Electronics Limited, Panchkula, and Allengers Medical Systems, Chandigarh –the R&D collaborators of CSIO.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy stresses urgent need to standardize vocational training in India; Emphasized on the launch of Sarv Kaushal Abhiyaan on the lines of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan 

National Workshop of State Ministers on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy Concludes in New Delhi 

The Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy here today presided over a National Workshop of State Ministers and other stake holders on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy to discuss the policy framework and roadmap for Skill Development in the country. 

The day long Workshop had more than 450 participants from central and state governments including the ministers and principal secretaries, industry, sector skill councils, training providers and other key stakeholders in skill ecosystem. State Ministers from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, HP, Punjab, Orissa, Goa and Maharashtra made presentations on key initiatives in their states and also gave inputs on enhancing the centre-state partnership for skill development across the country. 

Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy in his address urged States to give their inputs and suggestions on the Draft National Skill Development and Entrepreneurship policy of 2015 already circulated to states. He said the 2015 policy to supersede the policy of 2009. He highlighted the fact that the combined vision of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the States is aimed at achieving the overarching objective of “Kushal Bharat, Sashakt Bharat”. He further emphasized on the need for creating a common mission like “Sarva Kaushal Abhiyaan” on the lines of “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan”. 

Addressing the participants, Shri Rudy said that there is an urgent need to standardize education; and the States have to become partners in Skill Development to ensure this. He said, all the States have to educate themselves on National Occupational Standards and Qualification Packs so that the Centre and States can collectively skill large number of people with speed and standards. 

He said, the industry needs to decide the type of trained workforce they require in the country today. The government will facilitate efforts in this direction. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will handhold states in creating models of excellence at every step. Sometimes what fourteen years of education cannot provide 14 weeks of vocational education can, he added. The Minister at the workshop also announced the formation of a Working Group comprising of principal stakeholders chaired by Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The group has been constituted with the objective of establishing a transparent policy and scaling up capacity of ITIs. Members will include Principal Secretaries of 4-5 States, MD & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. This group is expected to submit its report within one month. 

In his speech, Shri Sunil Arora, Secretary, MSDE said, “We will drive the quantity and quality of skills training across existing educational institutions, our ITIs and through a new set of dedicated institutions representing best-in-class vocational education. Where we are leveraging infrastructure under the purview of other Ministries such as MHRD & MoLE, we will play a supporting role. We will help ensure they are better aligned with the standards and requirements of industry and business. We will also aim to address the issue of low appeal amongst youth for skills training through these institutions. For the new institutions, we will initiate and drive these ourselves with support from others as required. These MSIs will address the deficits in our institutions today – where vocational education institutions have insufficient industry linkages and our ITIs have insufficient academic linkages.” 

Bringing in the perspective of a successful public private partnership, Shri Ramadorai, Chairman, NSDA & NSDC said, “The private sector can help improve the infrastructure of the existing vocational training institutes, bring contemporary course curricula to these centres and in train the trainers program. It is important that each corporate or agency is aligned to a common Ministry to reap the benefits of the multiplier and learn from each other’s success across different states.” 


Minister of State for Statistics & Programme Implementation (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for External Affairs and Oversees Indian Affairs General (Dr) V.K. Singh Flags off a Truck of Relief Material to Nepal Today 

The Minister of State for Statistics & Programme Implementation (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for External Affairs and Oversees Indian Affairs General (Dr) V.K. Singh flags off a truck of relief material to Nepal from his residence in New Delhi today. Speaking to New persons later he said the very quick response by the Prime Minister to order relief operations to be undertaken by the Prime Minister in Nepal had helped. The Minister said that five trucks of relief material had earlier been sent in the recent past. This truck which is sponsored by Chennai Goods Transport Association Charitable trust is carrying 1500 blankets, 700 tents 3.5 tons of Rice and pulses 18000 pieces of soaps. 

The Minister said that because of some water bottles getting crushed when they are sent with other material it has been decided them to send them separately from food material. 


Uma Bharti Calls for Mass Awareness Programme on Water Conservation and Integrated Water Management 

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has called for more awareness on water management, rain water harvesting and artificial recharge through mass awareness programmes. Addressing the meeting of Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to her Ministry in New Delhi on Friday she said for this we should focus more on school and college students who are the future of this country. The Minister said, “In view of indiscriminate withdrawal of ground water for irrigation, industries and domestic purposes leading to over–exploitation of ground water in some areas, there is need of comprehensive policy to address the problem.” 

The Minister was of the opinion that ground water governance issues needs to be looked holistically with a changed perspective and there is need to bring the concept of integrated water management in reality. She said the supply and demand side management should go hand in hand to address the depleting ground water levels in various parts of the country. The supply side management incorporates scientific development of ground water resources and finding newer sources by application of advanced techniques as well as adopting ground water augmentation measures by implementing managed aquifer recharge schemes, conjunctive management of surface and ground water. The Minister said regulation of ground water development, enhancing water use efficiency are important measures towards demand side management. Sushri Bharti said, “Growing concern of deterioration in ground water quality especially Arsenic and Fluoride requires intensive monitoring of ground water quality in time and space and also mechanism for sharing of data and information”. 

The Minister informed members that her Ministry is promoting rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge measures in the country, by supplementing the efforts of State Governments through technical and financial support under various schemes. She said Demonstrative projects for rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge taken up during VIII, IX and X Plan Period resulted in the annual ground water recharge of 4.0 Million Cubic Meter (MCM), 45.0 MCM and 2.14 MCM respectively. The anticipated recharge from Demonstrative Artificial Recharge Projects implemented during XI plan is likely to be 55.20 MCM. The Minister said priority for Demonstrative Projects was given to the area falling in over exploited blocks. Based on the experiences gained, Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) has prepared a conceptual document entitled “Master Plan for Artificial Recharge to Ground Water in India” during the year 2013, which envisages construction of different types of Artificial Recharge and Rainwater Harvesting structures in the country in an area of 9,41,541 sq. km by harnessing surplus monsoon runoff to augment ground water resources. The Master Plan has been circulated to all State Governments for guidance. It provides district wise numbers of feasible artificial recharge structures along with their estimated costs. 

The Union Minister said her Ministry has embarked on a nationwide programme of Aquifer Mapping. The project is proposed to span over XII and XIII Plan periods. It is proposed to cover around 23.25 lakh mappable area distributed over various States and Union Territories of the Country. During the XII Plan, an area of 8.89 lakh is to be mapped in priority areas (i.e., areas showing decline in ground water levels & areas affected by geogenic contamination). Remaining areas will be taken up during XIII Plan period. The aquifer mapping will facilitate participatory ground water management involving local communities. 

Sushri Bharti said her Ministry has been pursuing the matter regarding enactment of law on ground water with all States/ UTs. The Model Bill was initially circulated in 1970 which has been re-circulated in 1992, 1996 and 2005 to the States/Union Territories to enable them to enact suitable legislation for regulation and control of ground water development. So far 15 States/UT's have adopted and implemented the ground water legislation on the lines of Model bill. 

While appreciating the efforts of the Ministry the members made several suggestions to check ground water depletion in the country. Some members were of the view that water should be made a central subject. Some others suggested to go for compulsory re-harvesting of water. 

CGWB carries out periodic assessment of replenishable ground water resources jointly with the respective State Ground Water Departments. As per the latest assessment (year – 2011), the total annual replenishable ground water resource of the Country is around 433 Billion Cubic Meters (BCM) and net annual ground water availability is 398 BCM. The total annual ground water draft is 245 BCM with overall stage of ground water development in the country being 62%. Out of 6607 assessment units (Blocks/ Mandals/ Talukas/ Districts) in the country, 1071 units falling in 16 States and 2 UTs have been categorized as ‘Over-exploited’. There are 217 assessment units which are categorized as ‘Critical’ and 697 assessment units as ‘Semi-Critical’ in the Country. The categorization of assessment units is based on the stage of ground water withdrawal as well as long term decline in ground water levels. Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has notified 162 areas (Districts, Blocks, Mandals, Talukas, Municipal areas, etc.) in the country for regulation of ground water development and management. In these notified areas, installation of new ground water abstraction structures is not permitted without prior specific approval of the Authorized officers. CGWA is regulating ground water withdrawal by industries / infrastructure/ mining projects in Non-Notified areas which are either new or under expansion, for which guidelines/ criteria have been framed. ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ is granted subject to implementation of ground water recharge measures as per the category of the block/ taluka/ mandal/ area. No permission is being accorded to water intensive industries viz. packaged drinking water, mineral water industries, distilleries, breweries, soft drink manufacturing industries, textiles, pulp and paper, etc. in ‘over-exploited’ assessment units. 

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