Second Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog

Second Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired the Second Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog in New Delhi. The Council held consultations on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act. 

 In his opening remarks at the meeting, the Prime Minister said the Centre and States must move together to end poverty. He said the political deadlock over land acquisition is seriously impacting rural development, including the creation of schools, hospitals, roads and irrigation projects. He reiterated that as far as paying enhanced compensation is concerned, there are no differences in the stands of the Centre and States. 

 The Prime Minister reiterated the vision of his Government, that state units should be the focus of all development efforts, as part of "Team India." He recalled that Chief Ministers had always felt that development policies at the Centre should be framed in consultation with the States. 

 The Prime Minister said that the last one year had been a good beginning, with States being taken on board in the planning process, and State Chief Ministers taking the lead in sub-groups of the NITI Aayog. 

 The Prime Minister said that after formation of his Government, several States had raised concerns with regard to the implementation of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. He said many States had felt that development work was suffering due to the provisions of the 2013 Act; and some Chief Ministers had requested for changes in the Act, and sent letters to this effect. 

 The Prime Minister said that the Ordinance was brought about in response to these development concerns of the States, and also to ensure that farmers continue to receive their legitimate due. 

 The Prime Minister appealed to everyone that political considerations should not come in the way of a solution that would facilitate development of the rural areas, and greater prosperity for the farmers. He said the matter is now before the Parliamentary Standing Committee, and therefore, ahead of the upcoming Parliament session, it was appropriate that the suggestions of States be listened to, once again. 

 In conclusion, the Prime Minister thanked the Chief Ministers for their participation, and said their suggestions would be welcomed. 

Trai Issues Consultation Paper on ‘Tariff Issues Related to Commercial Subscribers’ 


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today released a consultation paper on “Tariff issues related to Commercial Subscribers”.

In accordance with the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s Order dated 16 April 2014 TRAI after following the due consultation process had notified the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Second) tariff (Twelfth Amendment) order & the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Fourth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff (Fourth Amendment) order, on 16 July 2014. These two tariff amendment orders prescribing the tariff framework for commercial subscribers were challenged before the Hon’ble TDSAT. The Hon’ble TDSAT vide its order dated 9 March 2015 had set aside these Tariff Amendment Orders. TRAI was asked to examine the issue afresh and come out with a new Tariff dispensation for commercial subscribers within six months from the date of its Order.

In view of the above, TRAI is commencing a Consultation process to:-

(a)          Examine the need to classify subscribers of TV services into ordinary and commercial categories.

(b)          In case, subscribers are required to be classified into such categories, then:

(i)     Examine various criteria for classification of subscribers of TV services.

       (ii)    Examine the need for differential tariffs amongst     different subscriber categories. 

(iii)   Examine as who should prescribe the tariffs for   different subscriber categories.

(iv)   Examine adequacy of the present framework to ensure transparency and accountability across the value chain for commercial subscribers to ensure transparency and accountability in the entire value chain to effectively minimize disputes and conflicts among stakeholders.

As a part of the consultative process, the Consultation Paper has been uploaded on TRAI’s website seeking comments/views of all stakeholders. Written comments on issues raised in this consultation paper are invited from stakeholders by 31st July, 2015, and counter-comments on the comments by 7th August, 2015. Comments and counter-comments may be sent, preferably in electronic form, to Mr. Wasi Ahmad, Advisor (B&CS), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Mahanagar Doorsanchar Bhawan, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110002 (Telephone No: 011-23237922, FAX No: 011-23220442) on the e-mail address: or Comments/counter-comments will also be uploaded on TRAI’s website.

Full text of the Consultation Paper is available on TRAI’s website (

Aadhaar Seeding cum Registration Camp being held in Laxmi Nagar today 

The Aadhaar Seeding and Regularization for pensioner in Delhi NCR in collaboration with the Punjab National Bank is being held at Auditorium Hall, Scope Tower, Laxmi Nagar of Delhi NCR, today. These camps are being held by the Department of Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare for the benefit of the pensioners. Similar camps were held in Rajendra Place and Civil Lines areas of Delhi NCR on July 13, 2015 and July 14, 2015 respectively. 

 Pensioners residing in the Laxmi Nagar area of Delhi NCR may visit an Aadhaar Camp held today at Auditorium Hall, Scope Tower, Laxmi Nagar, Delhi with original PPO, Aadhaar Card, and bank pass book along with photocopies of these documents before 5.00 pm. 

 Pensioners who do not have Aadhaar number yet may in addition carry a photo ID like Voters Card. Jeevan Pramaan is in addition to the other existing facilities for submission of Life Certificate. All the Nationalised banks, as also UIDAI will participate in these camps which are proposed to be held later in other parts of the country. 

 Aadhaar camp will be held in Sector 1, Noida on July 16, 2015 at Punjab National Bank, C-13 Sector -1 Noida near Sec 15 Metro Station. 

 For implementation of Jeevan Pramaan- an Aadhaar based life certification system - all pensioners are requested to furnish their Aadhaar Numbers to their bank, if not already done. The pensioners who do not have “Aadhaar” are requested to obtain Aadhaar number. 


Rajiv Pratap Rudy flags off Skill Vans to create awareness about Govt. Policies and Initiatives on Skill Development 

On the occasion of the first ever World Youth Skills Day on 15th July 2015, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy here today flagged off 150 Skill Vans to create awareness among masses about the Government’s initiatives and policies of the skill development. These vans will drive through Delhi and NCR region to make people aware about “Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikash Yojana”, “National Skill Development Mission” and ‘Skill Loan’ initiative etc. 

 Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi realised that the planned and sustained skill development of the youth of this country is essential to increase their job prospects and hence a new Ministry was created for the first time after 67 years of independence to focus on skill development and entrepreneurship. He said, short duration courses can open new job opportunities for the unemployed in the country. 

 A number of programmes have been organised throughout the country today to mark the first World Youth Skills Day. Prabhat Pheris, Nukkad Natak and functions at the State Governments level are being organised to create awareness among the masses. 

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