PIB News : 2017-06-14


  1. Janaushadhi Kendras at Railway Stations
  2. Successful Flight Test of ATGM Nag
  3. Eastern Fleet Ships enter Freemantle to participate in AUSINDEX-17 – a bilateral maritime exercise with Australian Navy
  4. Army’s Super-40 in Kashmir Strike Big
  5. DRDO key achievements 2014-17
  6. India to be Co-Partner Country in ANUGA 2017
  7. Gandhiji’s Salt Satyagraha
  8. Ratification of core ILO Conventions No. on 138 and 182 on Child Labour
  9. GE partners with Ministry of Skill Development
  10. Meeting on Draft Ganga Bill Held


Janaushadhi Kendras at Railway Stations

In-principle decision to open Janaushadhi Kendras at Railway Stations taken: Shri Suresh Prabhu

We will utilize the vast Railway Infrastructure to increase Accessibility to Affordable, Quality Generic Drugs for the common man: Shri Ananthkumar

Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananthkumar held a detailed discussion with the Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu for opening of Janaushadhi Kendras at Railway Stations and other Railway establishments here today. Railways being the largest employer in India, the amalgamation of efforts between the two Ministries for the percolation of generic drugs would increase their accessibility to the common man manifold.

Further, Shri Ananthkumar said that the Government is pursuing in full force the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, to make affordable and quality medicines accessible to all citizens of the country. The Minister added that currently over 1600 Janaushadhi Kendras have been opened in over 450 districts across India under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) and all the drugs available at these stores meet the WHO GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) benchmarks.


Successful Flight Test of ATGM Nag

The Anti-Tank Guided Missile Nag was successfully flight tested today in the desert ranges of Rajasthan. The Fire and Forget 3rd generation ATGM Nag is incorporated with many advanced technologies including the Imaging Infrared Radar (IIR) Seeker with integrated avionics, a capability which is possessed by few nations in the world.

The capabilities of the top attack ATGM Nag is unique in nature and in today’s mission it successfully destroyed the target. The test has been carried out by DRDO Scientists of the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Missile Complex at Hyderabad, DL Jodhpur, HEMRL and ARDE at Pune. Also the ground systems were developed by the Ordnance Factory, BEL and L&T. Senior officials from the Armed Forces participated in the tests.

SA to RM & Director General (Missiles and Strategic Systems) Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy witnessed the launch and said “The successful flight test of 3rd generation ATGM Nag further strengthens the country’s defence capabilities.


Eastern Fleet Ships enter Freemantle to participate in AUSINDEX-17 – a bilateral maritime exercise with Australian Navy

In pursuance of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet are on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. Indian Naval Ships Jyoti, Shivalik and Kamorta are on a port visit to Freemantle, Australia from 13 June to 17 June 2017. Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command is also visiting Freemantle during the period.

The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between India and Australia. The two countries share a rich history and a strategic relationship. A number of bilateral agreements exist between the two countries in a various spheres.

During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned. AUSINDEX-17, a bilateral maritime exercise between the two navies would also be held as part of the visit. This would be the second edition of the exercise with the maiden edition having been conducted at Visakhapatnam in 2015. The exercises aim to increase interoperability and are in consonance with the growing cooperation between the two countries. In April this year, Prime Minister, Mr Malcom TurnbuII visited India and called on the Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi for bilateral talks and enhance the partnership between the two countries.

Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability-enhancement activities. The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the Seas.

Over the past few decades, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities. INS Shivalik, a muIti-role stealth frigate is commanded by Captain R Vinod Kumar while INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette is commanded by Commander Vipin Gupta and INS Jyoti, the fleet replenishment tanker is commanded by Captain S Shyam Sundar.


Army’s Super-40 in Kashmir Strike Big

Army Chief today met and complimented the students from Army’s Super-40 coaching initiative that has been training local children to take Engineering Entrance Examination. Army’s Super – 40 initiative for coaching the J&K youth for Engineering Entrance Exams broke all previous records when 26 boys and two girls from the state cracked the IIT-JEE Mains Exam 2017. Nine students have successfully qualified the IIT Advanced Exam, the results of which were declared on 11 June 17.

The coaching is conducted at Srinagar by Army, its training partner Centre for Social Responsibility & Learning (CSRL) and Petronet LNG. This was also the first batch in which five girls from Kashmir valley were coached, out of which two had qualified in the JEE Mains.


DRDO key achievements 2014-17

The Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley unveiled a “DRDO Key Achievements 2014-17” compilation of the contribution of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) to the Indian Armed and Paramilitary Forces.

A number of DRDO developed weapon systems, platforms, dual use equipment have been accepted and inducted in the Indian Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces. Some of the notable successful tests completed and inducted are –

  • Tejas fighters,
  • Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) System,
  • Akash Weapon System,
  • SONAR systems,
  • Varunastra Torpedo,
  • Bharani Weapon Locating Radar (WLR),
  • Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) Recce Vehicle,
  • AGNI-V,
  • Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM),
  • Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM),
  • NAG,
  • Advanced Towed Array Gun (ATAG),
  • Wheeled Armoured platform (WhAP),
  • RUSTOM-II MALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, etc.

The production value of DRDO developed products, cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council has grown by 60 per cent in the last three years to approximately ₹ 2,57,000 crore from nearly ₹ 1,61,000 crore. The export potential of DRDO developed systems has also increased manifolds and this year export of torpedo stands at US$ 37.9 million. This is a step towards achieving self-reliance in critical defence systems and realisation of the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Make in India’.


India to be Co-Partner Country in ANUGA 2017

“Food Diplomacy to bridge all Barriers”, Says Smt Badal

Minister of Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal today addressed a Joint Press Conference with the organizers of ANUGA – an international business platform for Food Industry to be held in Cologne, Germany. She also signed the Memorandum of Understanding for Participation in the ANUGA Exhibition with Ms Katharina C Hamma, Chief Operating Officer, Koelnmesse GmBH (Organizers of ANUGA).

Minister of Food Processing Industries said that it was an honour for India to be a co-partner country in such a prestigious international event. “It gives us the opportunity to showcase our strengths and opportunities to an international audience”.

The Minister also said that Food Processing Sector has lots of challenges to deal with but due to the transformation happening in this sector in the last 3 years, the industry is ready to overcome the obstacles. Smt Badal said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, in the last 3 years, our Government has taken a number of steps –

  • started nine Mega Food Parks;
  • strengthening cold chain infrastructure;
  • implementing Kisan-SAMPADA scheme with allocation of Rs 6000 crore;
  • creation of corpus of Rs. 2000 Crore with NABARD for priority lending to the food processing industries;
  • rationalising taxes;
  • allowing 100% FDI in retail market for Food sector, etc.

These steps will help the Government in achieving its vision of making India a Global Food Factory rather than being a market place only. “Brand India will be standing parallel with Brand ANUGA in Cologne, Germany”, said the Minister. Smt Badal said infact Germany could be invited to partner in World Food India to be organized shortly by the Government of India. The Minister recognised the importance for India to be showcasing its strength in Food Processing Industries by participating in various International Food Exhibitions like SIAL in France and ANUGA in Germany.

“Food diplomacy will bridge many differences and would transform the lives of farmers” reiterated Smt Badal. Development of Food Processing Industries will help in achieving the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. We need to upgrade our farming techniques and need investment not only in Food Processing but also in Farming technologies. We also need to learn from the west on how to control wastage at harvest and transportation level said the Minister.

ANUGA Background

  • ANUGA – an acronym for Allgemeine Nahrungs Und Genußmittel Ausstellung ( General Food and Non essential Provisions Exhibition) is the world’s biggest and most important trade fair for Food and beverage trade. It takes place biennially (every 2 years). ANUGA 2017 is the 34th edition.
  • ANUGA offers an extensive supporting programme with Lectures, Special exhibition and attractive industry events
  • ANUGA is the leading export platform with 7,189 exhibitors from 109 countries with over 85% of Exhibitors from abroad.
  • 1,60,000 decision makers from the retail and out-of-home market from 192 countries visited during last ANUGA. 66% of the industry visitors are foreigners

Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Ministry of Food Processing Industry are jointly sponsoring this Indian branding at ANUGA, 2017.


Gandhiji’s Salt Satyagraha

Gandhiji’s Salt Satyagraha – a classic example of people’s participation in the quest for freedom – Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan

Responsibility on us to preserve Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts and writings and disseminate it to future generations – Venkaiah Naidu

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting today presented 100 Volumes of Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi to Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha Smt. Sumitra Mahajan for Parliament Library.

Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Speaker, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that Gandhiji’s simple message to the common people during the national movement evoked a sense of popular participation, feeling of oneness and unity for the nation. The Salt Satyagraha was a classic example of people’s participation in the quest for freedom. His philosophy also influenced the global community with regard to service to the nation.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that the writings of Mahatma Gandhi played an instrumental role in weaving the freedom movement together with the morals of truth and non-violence. Quoting Mahatma Gandhi “Let our lives be open books for all to study” he said that collected works of Mahatma Gandhi gave an invaluable opportunity to study from the life teachings of Father of our Nation. It was our responsibility to preserve his thoughts/ writings and disseminate it to our future generations.


Ratification of core ILO Conventions No. on 138 and 182 on Child Labour

Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Shri Bandaru Dattatreya at the sideline event held in Geneva at the International Labour Conference, 2017 on 13th June 2017 said “It is a historic moment for India as we are going to take another giant step to affirm our commitment for a child labour free India by ratifying the two Core Conventions of International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions –

  • Convention 138 regarding admission of age to employment and
  • Convention 182 regarding worst forms of Child Labour.”

At this event, Instruments of Ratification were handed over by India to ILO.

The Labour and Employment Minister said that the Government of India has been working in a concerted manner to eliminate child labour from the country by following a multipronged strategy by including both stringent legislative and Project based approach.

A landmark step in the endeavour to have a child labour free society was the enactment of the Child labour (Prohibition and Prevention) amendment Act, 2016 in August 2016 that provides for complete prohibition on employment of children below 14 years in all occupations and processes and prohibits employment of adolescents (14-18 years) in hazardous occupations and processes. The age of admission to employment has been linked to the age of compulsory education under Right to Education Act (RTE), 2009.

The Minister informed that India was in the process of providing a digital platform ‘PENCIL’ which has components ensuring enforcement of the Act, mechanism for redressal of complaints, child tracking system and a monitoring mechanism. This platform would integrate all the State Governments with the Central Government for effective coordination and convergence of various measures being taken for compliance of the Act.

On this occasion, Director General, ILO, Mr Guy Ryder said “this is a historic step. From today, Convention 182 will cover more than 99 percent of the world’s children and the coverage of Convention 138 will leap from approximately 60 percent to almost 80 percent. I pay tribute to the Government, employers, trade unions and civil society of India and to all those who have assisted them in building an extraordinary alliance in India in the past decade – an alliance that made this latest great step possible. That strong alliance must now turn its attention to full implementation of these two Conventions, with no child left behind.”

Shri Dattatreya mentioned that among the various measures taken recently to meet the objective of child labour free society, the prominent one was strengthening of the National Child Labour Project (NCLP), which is a rehabilitative scheme, providing bridge education and vocational training to adolescents. This scheme has been strengthened recently in terms of improving its quality and extending its coverage to all the districts of the country. For effective implementation of the project, the NCLP guidelines have been reviewed.

With ratification of these two core ILO conventions, India has ratified 6 out of 8 core ILO conventions, with the other 4 core ILO conventions relating to abolition of forced labour, equal remuneration and no discrimination between men and women in employment and occupation, thus reaffirming its commitment for promoting and realising fundamental principles and right at work.


GE partners with Ministry of Skill Development

GE partners with Ministry of Skill Development to give boost to Skill India Mission; Sources skilled workers for its Greenfield manufacturing base in Bihar

General Electric (GE) in partnership with Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is planning to source workers and skilled technicians from Bihar itself, in line with its Greenfield manufacturing base being set up in Marhaura (Bihar), service facilities in Roza (UP) and Gandhidham (Gujarat). This project was launched as a part of Prime Minister ’s ‘Make in India’ scheme in which GE agreed to invest close to $200 million and will certainly boost employment opportunities for the local people. Under this project, GE even plans to set up state of the art Skilling Centres with support from the Ministry.

As part of the project, the production of first railway coaches will start from mid-next year from Saran. GE, in collaboration with India Railways, is nearing completion of a Diesel Locomotive Manufacturing Plant in Marhaura, Saran district in Bihar. A new transmission line to Marhaura is being created to provide electricity to this factory. GE is also coming up with a state of the art maintenance shed for diesel locomotives in railway’s land in Roza near Shahjahanpur.

To discuss the progress of the project, a delegation of GE led by its Vice chairman John G. Rice here today called on Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy. During the meeting Shri Rudy expressed his desire that GE should conduct skill mapping of the surrounding areas in consequent wake of the requirement of skilled workforce in setting of the plant. He stated that the nearing ITIs can be leveraged to offer skilled resources. GE can also set up and additional infrastructure for training. The Minister further suggested to the GE delegation that old colonial infrastructure can be revamped to set up health care centres which GE can run under its CSR initiatives.

GE delegation updated the minister that they are working on extending support for ancillary industries in that region. Shri Rudy was informed that GE Healthcare, an arm of General Electric is working in line with the Skill India Mission and aim at creating 1, 00,000 strong skilled healthcare workforce in India by partnering with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and has now set up skilling centres in 15 cities where they are training individuals to be lab technicians, X-Ray machine operators and Radiology equipment operators.

GE Power India, part of the General Electric Company was the first corporate donor to contribute to the National Skill Development Fund, a special fund setup under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. GE Power has allocated INR 50 lacs in CSR contributions towards this effort covering the current financial year.


Meeting on Draft Ganga Bill Held

The committee constituted to review the provisions of the draft National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Bill, 2017 held its meeting in New Delhi today. The meeting held under the chairmanship of Director General, NMCG Shri UP Singh discussed various aspects of the Bill specially the preamble, definitions and some others chapters.

This committee has been constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to examine the salient features of the draft National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Bill, 2017.

The bill addresses the critical issues pertaining to River Ganga on its cleanliness (Nirmalta) and un-interrupted e-flow (Aviralta) and provides corresponding penalty provisions thereof. The committee also recognized the enormous challenges being faced to maintain the wholesomeness of the River perpetuated due to over stressed water demand from agricultural, domestic and industrial sectors.

It may be recalled that for the first time such legislation is being attempted in the country which has been necessitated by the huge pressures to preserve and protect River Ganga. The Bill also captures various judgments on the River Ganga including Supreme Court, various High Courts and the National Green Tribunal. The Bill is proposed to be developed as a model bill to preserve, conserve and manage different rivers and it would likely to be the role model for development of other rivers of the Country.

Ministry of Water of Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation constituted a committee under Chairmanship of Justice Giridhar Malviya in July 2016 for the preparation of Draft Act on National River Ganga for ensuring wholesomeness and Cleanliness (Nirmalta) and un-interrupted flow (Aviralta). The committee submitted the Draft National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Bill, 2017 to the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti on April 12, 2017.


Reference – PIB



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