Committee of Chief Ministers on adoption of Digital Payments meets in New Delhi

The Second meeting of the Committee of Chief Ministers on adoption of Digital Payments was held on Friday, 9th December 2016 at NITI Aayog .The meeting followed the deliberations held by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, VC, NITI Aayog, CEO, NITI Aayog, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and DG, Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI) with the Governor and senior management of RBI and CMDs of major private and public sector banks on 8.12.1016 in Mumbai.
Maharashtra Government informed that it was introducing an Aadhaar Bill in the legislative assembly to give legal status to the use of Aadhaar number for various purposes. It also informed that it had launched a major campaign to promote digital transactions. Madhya Pradesh Government reported that it had initiated a major program to digitize the transactions in government mundies. Odisha Government pointed out that the state was deficient in financial infrastructure including bank branches, bank correspondent, Internet penetration and mobile phones.
The Committee took cognizance of the slew of measures taken by Ministry of Finance to incentivize use of digital payments and noted that further steps are required to make digital transactions attractive vis-à-vis cash transactions.
While noting that RBI and banks are largely supportive of the measures, the Committee of Chief Minster on adoption of digital payments endorsed the following decisions:
 In order to ease the digital payment operations at the level of merchant, UIDAI would shortly roll out the common Android based Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) application developed in collaboration with TCS that can be downloaded by the merchants. In order to use this Application for carrying out cashless transactions, merchants will need a smartphone and a fingerprint scanner. Transactions on this application can be done without any card or PIN. The application would be made available to all banks and the banks would encourage merchants in their vicinity to adopt this application.
 RBI should allow authentication through iris scanner and One Time Password (OTP) for AEPS.There should be no charge on AEPS transactions.
 Inter-operability of all pre-paid instruments on the United Payments Interface(UPI) platform alongwith a common QRCode would greatly simplify transactions.
 The Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) regime needs to be streamlined. To popularize digital transactions the Committee proposed a detailed review of the MDR regime, inter-linking of various digital payments platforms such asUnstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) with UPI, self-boarding by small merchants and a common application for UPI, etc.
 Procedure for simplified Know Your Customer (KYC) using Aadhaar needs to be adopted.
 Upgraded version of USSD should be rolled out by 25.12.2016.
The Committee also considered the issues relating to procurement of equipment like Point of Sales (PoS) machines and Micro Automatic teller Machines (ATMs). It was decided that Secretary, MeitY will prepare a status note on the procurement options for these devices.
The Committee took note of the Subsidy Scheme implemented by NITI Aayog to directly disburse funds to District Collectors based on their performance. The Committee decided to recommend to the Government that the first 50 Gram Panchayats that become cashless should be honoured. It was also decided to designate specified villages as Cashless Transactions (CLT) villages on the lines of Open Defecation Free (ODF) Villages. An accreditation system for certifying villages as CLT may be developed.
In order to address security concerns relating to digital payments, it was decided that MeitY would constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Secretary, MEITY and Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT)to examine various security concerns relating to digital payments and recommend measures to address the issues.
In a follow-up meeting of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and VC, NITI Aayog with the major telecom companies, the need to address issues relating to sufficient bandwidth for financial transactions, last-mile connectivity, affordability and security of digital transactions was discussed and several action points were identified.
The Committee of Chief Ministers has been set up by NITI Aayog to examine and promote the adoption of digital payment systems across the country. Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu is the Convener of the Committee with Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Puducherry and Sikkim along with the Vice Chairman and CEO NITI Aayog with five experts including the former Chairman of UIDAI, Nandan Nilekeni are its members.


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Let us commit ourselves to the noble task of fulfilment and protection of child rights everywhere, says President

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the opening session of the first ever “Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit” today (December 10, 2016) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that problems of varying degree afflicts children – from the seemingly less severe like bullying at school to cases of sexual harassment, child marriage and trafficking. Children are also denied education in several parts of the world. They are still suffering from malnutrition and are dying of preventable diseases. According to UNICEF, 80 percent of child deaths occur in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In regions marred by armed conflicts, violence and insurgencies, children are the most affected. There are many children amongst refugees who face an uncertain future.
The President said that programmes and actions for children have to take centre-stage in national policy-making. We have a shared responsibility to reduce the inequalities that harm the underprivileged children more than any other age group. The path towards an equal future will come through prioritizing. The disparities in education, health and poverty indicators will have to be eliminated. The factors hampering the progress of disadvantaged children will have to be removed. We, indeed, have a moral obligation towards our children; towards their development and security, and in giving them equal opportunity. Let us commit ourselves to the noble task of fulfilment and protection of child rights everywhere.
The President said that our children will inherit a world that we would devolve them. It is our responsibility to ensure that such a world is a better place than what we were given. Exploitation of resources and degradation of the environment is posing a serious challenge to sustainable development. It is manifested in the ill-effects of climate change. Developing economies, which are closely tied to climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture and forestry, are more vulnerable to climate change.
HH Dalai Lama, HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco, HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, HRH Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands, UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development and HE Jose Ramos-Horta, Former President of Timore-Leste and Nobel Peace Laureate also addressed the gathering on the occasion.
The two-day Summit organized by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation will deliberate on the way forward in building a strong moral platform for protecting children from violence, and ensuring a world where children are free to be just children.



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Address of the President at the inauguration of the Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit 2016


1.                  It is a privilege for me to attend the Opening Session of the first ever “Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit”. At the start, I would like to congratulate Shri Kailash Satyarthi and the Children’s Foundation in his name for taking this timely and thoughtful initiative. An esteemed panel of laureates and leaders are attending this summit. The ideas that will generate from here, should therefore, reach a wider audience. I welcome all the distinguished delegates from abroad, particularly the laureates and leaders of Children’s Summit, to India. My special greetings to the children and young people congregated here on this occasion!
Ladies and Gentlemen, My dear children:
2.                  India is a microcosm of the world, with huge diversity of racial groups, cultural patterns, beliefs, climates, topography, and even flora and fauna. Her 1.3 billion people belong to 3 major ethnic groups, speak 122 languages and 1,600 dialects and follow 7 religions. Her strength lies in the unique capacity to fuse apparent contradictions into constructive affirmations. This important conclave held in our country should be an ideal setting for deliberations of such wide import.
3.                  The core values of our civilization emphasize universal good – welfare of all human beings. These values are intrinsic to the tenets of Alfred Nobel’s will and the constitution of the fund that awards (and I quote) “prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind” (unquote). It has become a tradition for the Nobel Peace Prize to be presented on the tenth of December. Also, on this day in 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations had adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day is celebrated every year as the Human Rights Day. I call upon this gathering to assimilate this day’s significance for humanity, in spirit.

Ladies and Gentlemen:
4.                  Children (in the age group of 0-14 years) comprise one-fourth of the total human population. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had once observed and I quote: “Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation” (unquote). Indeed, through diligent nurturing, children can blossom into fragrant flowers spreading warmth and joy around. However in this age when technological development is spearheading human progress beyond one’s imagination, it is disappointing to find many children deprived of opportunities to lead a decent life. There are children still struggling to meet their basic needs for survival. Child labour and bondage are still prevalent despite stringent laws.
5.                  Problems of varying degree afflicts children – from the seemingly less severe like bullying at school to cases of sexual harassment, child marriage and trafficking. Children are also denied education in several parts of the world. They are still suffering from malnutrition and are dying of preventable diseases. According to UNICEF, 80 percent of child deaths occur in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In regions marred by armed conflicts, violence and insurgencies, children are the most affected. There are many children amongst refugees who face an uncertain future.
6.                  I remember that Shri Satyarthi had raised an important point in his speech in Oslo in 2014. He observed and I quote: “The children of our world are questioning our inactions and watching our actions” (unquote). We cannot afford to fail our children. We cannot fail to deliver to them what is due to them. We cannot deprive them the future they can potentially have.
Distinguished participants, Ladies and Gentlemen:
7.                  In India, we are guided by some powerful laws in this sphere. The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 forbids the solemnization of marriage of a child below the age of 21 years for male and 18 years for female. The Indian Penal Code has provisions (sections 315 and 316) against offences like foeticide and infanticide. A National Commission and State Commissions for protection of child rights, and children's courts for providing speedy trial of offences against children or of violation of child rights, have been constituted under a law enacted in 2005. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 deals with juveniles in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 provides for the protection of children from sexual assault and harassment. The Factories Act, 1948 and The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 prohibits the engagement of children below 14 years in certain employments including factories and regulates their conditions of work in certain other employments. Let us commit ourselves to the noble task of fulfilment and protection of child rights everywhere.
Ladies and Gentlemen, my young friends:
8.                  Laws will have the desired impact under two conditions: one, if they are properly implemented; and two, if they are complemented by proactive policies. Programmes and actions for children have to take centre-stage in national policy-making. We have a shared responsibility to reduce the inequalities that harm the underprivileged children more than any other age group. The path towards an equal future will come through prioritizing. The disparities in education, health and poverty indicators will have to be eliminated. The factors hampering the progress of disadvantaged children will have to be removed. In this context, initiatives like A Promise Renewed movement, under which signatory nations have pledged doing everything possible to stop women and children from dying of causes that are easily preventable, are absolutely necessary. We, indeed, have a moral obligation towards our children; towards their development and security, and in giving them equal opportunity.
9.                  Education should be the strongest weapon in our fight against inequality. Education neutralizes any disadvantage and equalizes opportunity. We, in India, have prioritized education as one of the key factors for development. It is not a privilege of the elite but a universal right. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 obligates the State to provide education to children in the age group of 6-14 years. The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Mid-day Meal schemes have aimed at universal access, retention, attendance and quality of learning in the elementary education system of our country. Let our children have all the opportunities to grow with confidence.
Distinguished participants, Ladies and Gentlemen:
10.              Our children will inherit a world that we would devolve them. It is our responsibility to ensure that such a world is a better place than what we are given. Exploitation of resources and degradation of the environment is posing a serious challenge to sustainable development. It is manifested in the ill-effects of climate change. Developing economies, which are closely tied to climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture and forestry, are more vulnerable to climate change.
11.              A dual approach of preventing climate change and conserving adequate resources for future developmental needs is required. Efficient use of natural resources is reflective of a society that is mindful of its responsibilities towards the present and future generations equally. Let us make this planet a better habitat for our children.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
12.              Children often seek wisdom and guidance from elders. I cannot foresee a better set of laureates and leaders present in this congregation to lend their valuable thoughts to the children. On this occasion, I am reminded of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s motto: “Yatra Visvam Bhavati eka nidam”. It means “where the whole world meets in a single nest”. The way birds create a safe nest for their young ones, let us create a free, safe, educated and healthy world for our children. In this conclave, gather your thoughts; speak your mind; indulge in debate and discussion; seek answers; develop a vision for a brighter and happier tomorrow. Wishing you Godspeed in your endeavours!

Thank you.
Jai Hind.


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Committee of Chief Ministers on adoption of Digital Payments meets in New Delhi

The Second meeting of the Committee of Chief Ministers on adoption of Digital Payments was held on Friday, 9th December 2016 at NITI Aayog .The meeting followed the deliberations held by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, VC, NITI Aayog, CEO, NITI Aayog, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and DG, Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI) with the Governor and senior management of RBI and CMDs of major private and public sector banks on 8.12.1016 in Mumbai.
Maharashtra Government informed that it was introducing an Aadhaar Bill in the legislative assembly to give legal status to the use of Aadhaar number for various purposes. It also informed that it had launched a major campaign to promote digital transactions. Madhya Pradesh Government reported that it had initiated a major program to digitize the transactions in government mundies. Odisha Government pointed out that the state was deficient in financial infrastructure including bank branches, bank correspondent, Internet penetration and mobile phones.
The Committee took cognizance of the slew of measures taken by Ministry of Finance to incentivize use of digital payments and noted that further steps are required to make digital transactions attractive vis-à-vis cash transactions.
While noting that RBI and banks are largely supportive of the measures, the Committee of Chief Minster on adoption of digital payments endorsed the following decisions:
 In order to ease the digital payment operations at the level of merchant, UIDAI would shortly roll out the common Android based Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) application developed in collaboration with TCS that can be downloaded by the merchants. In order to use this Application for carrying out cashless transactions, merchants will need a smartphone and a fingerprint scanner. Transactions on this application can be done without any card or PIN. The application would be made available to all banks and the banks would encourage merchants in their vicinity to adopt this application.
 RBI should allow authentication through iris scanner and One Time Password (OTP) for AEPS.There should be no charge on AEPS transactions.
 Inter-operability of all pre-paid instruments on the United Payments Interface(UPI) platform alongwith a common QRCode would greatly simplify transactions.
 The Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) regime needs to be streamlined. To popularize digital transactions the Committee proposed a detailed review of the MDR regime, inter-linking of various digital payments platforms such asUnstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) with UPI, self-boarding by small merchants and a common application for UPI, etc.
 Procedure for simplified Know Your Customer (KYC) using Aadhaar needs to be adopted.
 Upgraded version of USSD should be rolled out by 25.12.2016.
The Committee also considered the issues relating to procurement of equipment like Point of Sales (PoS) machines and Micro Automatic teller Machines (ATMs). It was decided that Secretary, MeitY will prepare a status note on the procurement options for these devices.
The Committee took note of the Subsidy Scheme implemented by NITI Aayog to directly disburse funds to District Collectors based on their performance. The Committee decided to recommend to the Government that the first 50 Gram Panchayats that become cashless should be honoured. It was also decided to designate specified villages as Cashless Transactions (CLT) villages on the lines of Open Defecation Free (ODF) Villages. An accreditation system for certifying villages as CLT may be developed.
In order to address security concerns relating to digital payments, it was decided that MeitY would constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Secretary, MEITY and Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT)to examine various security concerns relating to digital payments and recommend measures to address the issues.
In a follow-up meeting of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and VC, NITI Aayog with the major telecom companies, the need to address issues relating to sufficient bandwidth for financial transactions, last-mile connectivity, affordability and security of digital transactions was discussed and several action points were identified.
The Committee of Chief Ministers has been set up by NITI Aayog to examine and promote the adoption of digital payment systems across the country. Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu is the Convener of the Committee with Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Puducherry and Sikkim along with the Vice Chairman and CEO NITI Aayog with five experts including the former Chairman of UIDAI, Nandan Nilekeni are its members.


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I&B Ministry to formulate National Information & Communication Policy

Policy to be formulated in consultation with State Governments– Venkaiah Naidu


Minister announces cash component of Rs 1Cr for Most Film Friendly State 


Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Information & Broadcasting has said the Ministry of I&B would be formulating a National Information & Communication Policy to address the communication needs of the people, challenges and the paradigm shift taking place across media space. The proposed policy would be prepared in consultation with States in the spirit of cooperative federalism and the principle of Team India which Prime Minister firmly believed in. The Minister mentioned this while delivering his address at the 28th State Information Ministers Conference here today. Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, State Information Ministers, Senior officials from Ministry and State Government were present on the occasion.


Elaborating on the proposed contours of the policy, Shri Naidu said, the broad objectives should be to enhance access to information and communication infrastructures and new technologies, especially in rural areas; to promote national dialogue on development issues by all citizens and facilitate informed participation of people in setting development agenda and its execution; to rationalize multi-sectoral investments in information and communication hardware and software through their consolidation and appropriate integration in development plans and planning structures; to ensure timely, orderly and effective growth of information and communication institutions and professions through standards setting, capacity building and human resource development; broadly define the roles of different governments at various levels and other stakeholders; preserve national cultural identity and enhance the development of cultural and artistic capabilities and institutions, while enabling productive regional and international exchanges and support national and local development initiatives, and to improve the quality of life of the people, by facilitating systematic and effective use and coordination of communication and information strategies and outcomes.
The Minister further stated that the initiation of such a policy would integrate development communication, development agendas linking planners, beneficiaries and implementers of development actions. It was the endeavour of the proposed policy to make people informed participants in decision making and development planning process. Such a communication approach also enabled policy makers to look at people as part of a solution. The challenge before such a policy was to analyse the ingredients of the communication environment including competencies and resources that are critical.
Highlighting the role of communication in behaviour change, Shri Naidu referred to Swachh Bharat Mission and the recent Remonetisation initiative. Both were socio economic transformational in nature with long term gain for the country. The Minister also urged the States to do more effective campaigns under Swachh Bharat Mission.
In order to encourage the Ease of Film shooting the Minister announced that a cash component of Rs 1Crore will be given to the Most Film Friendly State. Currently the award carries a Medal (Rajat Kamal) and a Certificate only. The Minister suggested that the prize money may be used by the winning State towards film facilitation in the States.
Regarding the agenda for discussion at the conference Shri Naidu said that the focus was on the enhancing the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ to promote India as Filming Destination, pushing digitization of TV sets, effective use of social media, taking full advantage of All India Radio, Doordarshan and Publications Division.
Speaking earlier, Shri Ajay Mittal, Secretary, Ministry of I&B, gave an overview of the deliberations of the first day’s meeting highlighting some of the key discussion points across sectors and suggestions received from the States. During the course of the deliberations, the separate wings of the Ministry, Films, Broadcasting, Information and Prasar Bharti (AIR & DD) made presentations regarding the policy initiatives and issues for discussions and convergence with States.
Prior to the inaugural session the Minister visited the various stalls and multimedia exhibitions showcased by the Media Units of the Ministry namely, National Film Archives, which organised the multimedia exhibition on the theme ‘Azaadi 70 Saal- Yaad Karo Qurbani’. The exhibition showcases Film Industry’s contribution towards Independence and was organized to celebrate 70th year of Country’s independence. The three themes covered include Rise and Revolt:

Cinema of Social Reform’, ‘Our Freedom Fighters- Through the lens of Cinema’ and ‘Saluting Our Soldiers’

NFAI Exhibition showcases the richness and diversity of Indian Cinema- Venkaiah Naidu

National Film Archive of India at SIMCON 2016 

I&B Minister has said, the exhibition setup by NFAI on the sidelines of SIMCON 2016 displays films highlighting our soldiers’, peoples’ and freedom fighters’ contribution towards independence and various wars thereafter. The films, from silent era of 1913-31, till date, have been showcased in the exhibition.  The fight against social evils such as untouchability, women oppression, caste system etc. which were covered exhaustively through various films, have also been depicted in the exhibition. Indian film industry being one of the most diverse with more than 42000 films, has immensely contributed towards patriotism, which is very well displayed at the exhibition.

National Film Archive of India has put the Multi-Media Exhibition on the theme of ‘Azaadi 70 Saal- Yaad Karo Qurbani’ on the sidelines of 28th State Information Ministers Conference 2016 at New Delhi. The exhibition showcases Film Industry’s contribution towards Independence and is organized to celebrate 70th year of Country’s independence. The exhibition is divided into three sections namely ‘Rise and Revolt: Cinema of Social Reform’ showcasing films from the pre independence era and their contribution towards issues such as caste and class divides, struggle against untouchability, women’s emancipation etc. Second section ‘Our Freedom Fighters- Through the lens of Cinema’ , showcases biopics of Indian heroes of freedom struggle such as Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Ambedkar, Veer Savarkar, Rani Laxminbai and others. The third section ‘Saluting Our Soldiers’ is a tribute to our soldiers for their contribution towards independence and various wars thereafter. The exhibition has been widely appreciated which beautifully depicted the pre and post independence era patriotic films.
NFAI has also set up the Virtual Reality experience to showcase premises of its Pune facilities here in Delhi. There was also a virtual tour of exhibition available in the experience.


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Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Exam, 2016

Union Public Service Commission will be conducting Personality Test/ Interview for the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination, 2016 at Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069 w.e.f. January 09, 2017The e-Summon letter for Interview/Personality Test will be uploaded on the Commission’s website (http://www.upsc.gov.in).  The candidates are advised to download their e-Summon letter along with all its enclosures and take a printout thereof.  The candidates will have to produce the printout of their e-Summon letter at the time of Interview/ Personality Test.  In case the photograph is not visible or not available on the            e-summon letter, candidates are advised to carry identical photographs for verification along with proof of identity such as Identity Card, Voter Identity Card, Driving License, Passport on the date of the Personality Test/Interview.  No paper Summon Letter will be issued for this Personality Test/Interview by the Commission. The PT Board/ Interview schedule is also available on the aforesaid website.

Candidates are advised to bring 2 recent identical photographs and all original documents, with a copy thereof, showing date of birth, educational qualification, caste/ community certificate etc., failing which they will not be interviewed.

In case of any discrepancy, the candidate may contact UPSC Facilitation Counter in person or on Tel. Nos. 23381125, 23098543 and 23385271. 


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