Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry – FICCI Delegation

FICCI Delegation calls on PM

An 11-member delegation from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry – FICCI – called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today. 

Members of the delegation appreciated various steps taken by the Union Government to improve ease of doing business, and for the "Make in India" initiative. 

The Prime Minister was also informed of the launch of the India Sanitation Coalition, under the aegis of FICCI. The Prime Minister urged Industry to be more proactive towards the cause of sanitation, as part of their CSR initiatives. 

The Prime Minister urged FICCI to motivate Indian Industry to work towards growth in key sectors such as agro-products, textiles and defence related manufacturing. He also urged Industry leaders to take advantage of the various initiatives being taken by the Union Government for the infrastructure sector, including railways. 

CII Delegation calls on PM

A 15-member delegation from the Confederation of Indian Industry – CII – called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today. 

Members of the delegation appreciated the work done by the Union Government over the past year, and said that the Government has strategically shaped a new economic direction for the future growth and development of the country. They noted that the credibility of the Government has been restored as a result of determined steps towards transparency. 

The delegation members praised Government initiatives such as Ease of Doing Business, Make in India, Smart City Mission, Housing For All, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Clean Energy Mission, and Jan Dhan Yojana, describing them as "visionary, innovative and high-impact." They said the speed and scale of roll-out of these campaigns have been remarkable and unprecedented. 

The CII delegation also noted the significant policy announcements for macroeconomic management, including PAHAL for targeted transfer of cooking gas subsidy, and raising of FDI limits in various sectors. In the course of interaction, the members mentioned that the small and medium sector has grown phenomenally over the past year. 

The Prime Minister welcomed the suggestions and exhorted CII to motivate Indian industry to work towards increasing self-reliance in key identifiable sectors within a fixed timeframe. He mentioned the three sectors that contribute the most to India's import bill – Oil and Petroleum, Electronic Goods and Defence – and said that in each of these sectors, there is immense potential for Indian industry to innovate and "Make in India." He spoke of the attention that he has been giving to speeding up projects in various ways, including his monthly PRAGATI interaction with various Ministries of the Union Government, as well as Chief Secretaries of States. 

The Prime Minister reiterated his vision of governance based on trust and simplification of processes, and exhorted Indian Industry to work towards technological self-reliance. 

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO, Airbus Defence and Space, calls on PM

Mr. Bernhard Gerwert, CEO, Airbus Defence and Space, called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today. 

They discussed various projects in India, in the aerospace, defence and civil aviation sectors. Mr. Gerwert recalled the Prime Minister's visit to the Airbus manufacturing facility in Toulouse, in April, and the positive atmosphere and interest generated as a result of it. He expressed Airbus's keen interest in becoming a partner in the "Make in India" initiative, through a cluster approach with regional partners. The Prime Minister welcomed the interest shown by Airbus, in India.

Three follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft 

Launched today at GRSE Kolkata 

Three Follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FO-WJFAC) for the Indian Navy were launched today at Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata by Smt Medha Murugesan, wife of Vice Admiral P Murugesan, AVSM, VSM, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff. 

In accordance with the traditions, invocations from Atharva Veda were recited and Smt Medha Murugesan applied ‘Kumkum’ on all three ships and named these ships as ‘INS Tarmugli’, ‘INS Tilanchang’ & ‘INS Tihayu’. She wished the ships good luck and launched the vessels. The names of the ships are based on picturesque places in the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal. 

Vice Admiral P Murugesan, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, who was the Chief Guest during the occasion, asserted that Indian Navy has been the torch bearer in the drive for indigenous construction of warships and acknowledged the role of GRSE as a reliable partner in pursuing the national goal of ‘Make in India’. He extended warm felicitations to the entire team of the GRSE for their significant contribution towards meeting the Navy’s growing requirement of state-of- the art warships. 

These follow on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft are powered by the latest 4000-series of MTU engines, along with advanced machinery control system and water jets and can attain a maximum speed of 35 Knots. The craft would also have the latest communication equipment and radars which would enable effective surveillance. These follow on ships have higher power generating capacity of 280 kW, enhanced capacity of RO plant from 2 TPD to 4 TPD among many other features as compared to the Water Jet Fast Attack Craft already in service. The indigenous CRN 91 Gun with Optronic Pedestal gives them the requisite firepower to undertake their basic role of patrolling effectively. Two of these ships are scheduled to be delivered to the Indian Navy in this year. 

Launching of FO-WJFACs Yard 2109, 2110 and 2111 (out of the four contracted), designed in-house, and built by GRSE, Kolkata for the Indian Navy is yet another milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance in shipbuilding 

Government Committed to Take Steps to Reduce Pollution 

Javadekar Invites Suggestions from Public on a Set of Draft Waste Management Rules 

The Government has reiterated its commitment to take steps to mitigate pollution and has also sought public participation in its endeavours.   Addressing a press conference on various measures undertaken for monitoring pollution here today, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, said that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has started receiving online data on status of compliance on the discharge of effluents and emissions by the industry.         Shri Javadekar said that out of 2, 800 industries, more than 920 industries have installed 24x7 monitoring devices to monitor emissions and effluents.  The Minister also said that another 400 industrial units have moved towards ensuring Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD).  
New industrial units in the fields of distillery, textile, tannery, chemicals, fertiliser, pesticides, dyes and pharmaceutical will have to achieve Zero Liquid Discharge in a time-bound manner.  The industrial units will have to install web-cameras, instead of Continuous Effluent Monitoring Devices (CETPs).  The CETPs will be monitored 24x7 through devices installed at both, inlets and outlets.

Shri Javadekar emphasised that the cleaning of Ganga is a top priority.  There are 630 industries, including 440 tanneries which are of a highly polluting nature along the stem of river Ganga.  The effluents of the tanneries are treated at three major CETPs at Kanpur, Banthar and Unnao.  Out of the remaining 190 units, 110 units have moved towards compliance.   A complete upgradation of these CETPs has been planned to achieve Zero Liquid Discharge.  The Centre extends 50% subsidy to these CETPs and the remaining amount is met by the State Government and the industry.  Directions have been issued for closure of some non-complying polluting units.  Shri Javadekar said that 64 units had been closed down last year, out of which 24 units were allowed to resume operations after they set up the requisite system.
A pilot phase for sending an SMS alert to polluting units that cross prescribed levels for more than 15 minutes, has been started.   State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) have also been asked to gear up to handle sets of data that will be required to be analysed on a real-time basis.
Shri Javadekar also invited suggestions from the public on a set of four Draft Waste Management Rules, 2015, namely Draft Solid Waste Management Rules, 2015,   Draft Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2015, Draft E-Waste Management Rules, 2015, Draft Biomedical Waste Management Rules, 2015.  These Draft Waste Management Rules have been put up under the link – New Releases on the Ministry’s websites – and .   The Government has also invited suggestions from the public on the Draft Fly Ash Utilisation Amendment Notification, 2015.


Shri J P Nadda: Government places highest priority on strengthening the health sector 

Seeks partnership of the private sector to provide accessible & affordable healthcare 

“The government places the highest priority to strengthening the health sector in the country. There is the highest level of political commitment for this” stated Shri J P Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare stated this while delivering the keynote address at the Health and Immunisation Conference organised by the CII, at New Delhi today. 

Shri Nadda stated that the National Health Mission (NHM), comprising of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), aims towards providing accessible, affordable, accountable, and effective primary healthcare facilities, especially to the rural population of the country with a particular emphasis on poor and vulnerable sections of the population. It encompasses programmes to cater to requirements of pregnant women, children and communicable as well as non-communicable diseases. He added that reducing maternal and child mortality are the foremost goals of National Health Mission, which has significantly fostered plans for child health in decentralised manner up-to district level. Steady progress in curbing child deaths has been achieved. India’s Under 5 Mortality Rate declined from 126 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 49 per 1,000 live births in 2013, the Minister informed. 

The Health Minister said that Mission Indradhanush has been able to fill in the gap in fully immunising children who have been left unvaccinated or are partially vaccinated under the routine immunisation programme. Three rounds have been completed and the fourth round will start from 7th July, the Health Minister stated. The Minister added that of all the methods of preventing the under-5 mortality, immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions for protecting children from life threatening conditions, which are preventable. He stated that during these immunization rounds, 56.6 lakh children have been vaccinated and a total of 14.4 lakh children were fully vaccinated. Also, a total of 15.7 lakh pregnant women were vaccinated with tetanus toxoid vaccine during these three rounds. Shri Nadda also stated that cold chain network in the country has been the backbone of the Immunization Programme to ensure that right quantity/ quality of vaccines reach the target population. 

The Health Minister sought the participation and partnership of the private sector in providing accessible, affordable and cost effective health care services in the country to complement the efforts of the government. He stated that with the support of the private sector, we will be able to further strengthen the Cold Chain and Supply Management system in the country. 

Also present at the function were Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman, CII Committee on Healthcare; Shri Jamshyd Godrej, MD and Chairman, Godrej and Boyce; and Prof. Ricjard Feachem of University of California, Berkely. 

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