MyIndia Initiative- Digital Volunteer Programme

The Concept: The Digital Volunteer Programme is aimed at people who are keen to use their personal social presence on different  social media platforms to talk about Government schemes and programmes. Deeply rooted in the ideals of Participative Governance, the programme aims at helping the Government of India achieve a real time engagement with people leading to a personalized interaction with the target groups. 

You may associate with this Initiative if you:
1.Have an active Twitter and Facebook account
2.Are Proficient in using social media group collaboration tools like Tweetdeck, Hootsuite etc.
3.Have an active and regularly checked email account
4.Access to a Computer/Smartphone with Internet
5.Are willing to use your personal social presence to help Government spread a word about its policies and programmes

To facilitate a personalised interaction, a Digital Volunteer
1. may like to talk  about Government Initiatives by retweeting the  messages tweeted  by MIB's Twitter Handle @MIB_India
2. may share  Ministry's Tweets (@MIB_India), Facebook Posts  (,  Blog posts (  and share YouTube Channel videos( on Social Networking sites
3. may mention Official Twitter handle of MIB @MIB_India in tweets to facilitate real time engagement.
4. may suggest ways to reach out to people on social media

President to present National Sports Awards tomorrow

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will present the National Sports Awards at a function at RashtrapatiBhavan tomorrow (August 29, 2014).

The National Sports Awards comprise of:

· Dhyanchand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports and Games (instituted in the year 2002) given to sportspersons who have contributed to sports by their performance and continue to contribute to the promotion of sports even after their retirement from active sporting career;

· Arjuna Awards (instituted in 1961) given to sportspersons for consistently outstanding performance for four years preceding the year of award and for qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline;
· Dronacharya Awards (instituted in 1985) given to eminent Coaches who have successfully trained sportspersons or teams and enabled them to achieve outstanding results in international competitions;
· Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards which are the highest national recognition for outstanding achievement in the field of adventure activities;

· Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy (instituted in 1956-57) to top overall performing university in Inter-University Tournaments and

· Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar to recognize contribution made to sports development by entities other than sportspersons and coaches.


New health policy to address health issues of young modern women

Best way to keep in shape is through Yoga: Dr Vardhan
The New National Health Policy will address the rising incidence of reproductive illnesses in young urban women. The government is alarmed by the reports of Polycystic Ovarian Disease, Endometriosis and Fibroids --conditions associated with infertility, which is increasingly affecting women even in their teens.

“As a medical man, I am depressed by this new trend as reported to me by many reputed obstetricians and gynaecologists. I feel we should react with speed and caution,” Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said.

The Minister, who was inaugurating the golden jubilee celebrations of Laxmibai College, Delhi, announced that he would soon form a committee to suggest measures for improving the health profile of Indian women. Its outcome would be part of the new national health policy, he stated.

“A woman’s body is a temple, extremely important from the perspective of a nation’s future. Building a new generation of healthy women has a salutary effect on family, society and nation because each woman multitasks as professional in her chosen field, mother and teacher of her children, and, above all, custodian of collective values,” the Minister said.

Reducing maternal mortality, improving nutritional levels of women from less-privileged backgrounds and reinforcing mother-and-child development programmes are areas of prime focus, the Health Minister said. In addition, the new national health policy would address reproductive health, anaemia and numerous other non-communicable diseases which have their origin in lifestyle problems, he added.

Dr Harsh Vardhan observed that substance abuse, alcoholism and smoking are on the rise among young women. Recently, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, has opened an exclusive women’s ward for victims of drug abuse and alcoholism. He said it was an ominous signal for the nation as a whole and urged social groups to aid the government in combating this challenge.

“We are concerned by the rising challenge of modern lifestyles marked by work stress on the one hand and bad eating, drinking and sleeping habits on the other. The government needs the help of social, religious, student and philanthropic groups to counter this scourge,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

On the present mania to “keep fit”, Dr Harsh Vardhan pointed out that Yoga, which is India’s gift to the world, is the best way to keep in shape. It also gives mental peace and the power to focus, he stated.

The Minister cautioned against the prevailing myths on slimming through excessive gyming and putting oneself through semi-starvation routines.

“This is most dangerous at a stage of life when the body is undergoing many hormonal changes and is constantly burning energy. I would therefore advise that a balanced meal full of adequate calories is taken at fixed times every day to build up resistance to diseases. It is also essential to discard junk food,” the Minister said.

He advised the Principal, Dr Veena Gautam, to ensure that every girl in the college takes up a couple of sports for keeping fit as well as enhancing her sports profile. “Sports ensures slimness as well as sound mental and physical health,” he said.

Dr Harsh Vardhan recalled the image of Rani Laxmibai as the embodiment of feminism. He said, “The Rani of Jhansi balanced the role of mother and leader perfectly. Her British enemy, General Hugh Rose, had doffed his cap in admiration for her valour. In a male-dominated age she was a trail blazer. I would urge today’s young women to look up to her as a role model.”

Within 90 days of the formation of the new government, the Health Ministry has taken steps to protect the victims of sexual violence by making hospital staff sensitive to their needs for medical and legal aid.


Locations for holding Mega camps under PMJD Yojana on 28.08.2014

Courtesy: Department of Financial Services

Universal Health Assurance to galvanise Health Care sector

Dr Harsh Vardhan tells CII to prepare for “next revolution”
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, has stated that India’s health care sector is set for unprecedented growth as Shri Narendra Modi government’s Universal Health Assurance (UHA) programme will cause an explosion of demand by making medical treatment affordable for the millions who have been excluded for the past seven decades by prohibitive costs.

UHA is in the process of being finalised and will be presented to the nation within the current financial year, the Minister disclosed at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)’s 8th Health Insurance Summit, here today (27.08.2014).

“I have set up committees comprising the best possible academic, administrative and technical experts on public health, institutional strengths and weaknesses and, above all, health insurance. Their interim reports are with me and I can disclose at this stage that the future indeed looks good,” he added.

The health care sector of India is already growing at a CAGR of about 15 percent since 2011 and is today worth about $ 80-85 billion. Independent projections have put the turn-of-decade size in the region of $ 150 billion. But this could have been under-estimation as UHA was not factored in, he said.

“For instance, I am talking about 50 free essential drugs for all, which means demand on an unimaginable scale. What does this mean for India’s pharmaceutical companies? Will they be able to cope given their present, limited capacity utilisation? I ask them to tighten their belts if they want a share of the coming boom because the government will not compromise on quality standards and transparency,” the Minister said.

Apart from free drugs, there will be government paid-up health insurance cover for the poor and competitively premiumed health insurance for all. The private sector hospitals and clinics will benefit from far larger volumes than at present, thereby leading to massive spinoffs in terms of business and employment, the Minister stated.

Already private hospitals and nursing homes are welcoming patients covered by the Rashtriya Swastha Bima Yojana (RSBY) because government backed insurance is translating into higher footfalls. Once UHA kicks in, the implications will be much more salutary, the Health Minister said.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “I believe that India’s health sector will see the same revolution as the one witnessed in mobile telephony in the early 2000s. Back then it was Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee government’s bold decision to make incoming calls free which kick-started it. Industry contributed by introducing the pre-paid system for small subscribers. Now it will be Shri Narendra Modi’s UHA which will transform the health sector resulting in wide social and economic benefits. I invite you all to come aboard.”

The Health Minister said that just as millions of new jobs were thrown open by the mobile telephone revolution, the health care boom will stimulate a huge downstream. The MSME sector will be given special advantages because government will become the biggest marketplace for buying and selling of health care goods and services, he said.

He cautioned the private sector of the high benchmarks for transparency, quality and consumer protection in the evolving UHA. At the same time, the government is aware of its own responsibilities, he said.

“The Information Technology component in UHA will be so strong and tamper-proof that corruption and sleaze will be absolutely impossible. The consumer, i.e. the patient, will be treated as king. Anti-competitive practices and consumer rights violation will be dealt with through a regulatory body,” he stated.

One of the biggest challenges, Dr Harsh Vardhan observed, would be to keep up the supply of doctors and technical personnel. The present doctor to population ratio -1:1700- needs to be improved. A great number of technical personnel in diagnostics, radiology, etc. are also necessary, he said.

“The expansion of the health sector will be felt in Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) as well. The 21st century belongs to holistic medicine and I intend making AYUSH a way of life because most of the ailments with which people report to doctors can easily be treated by these forms of therapy. I have already formed a committee to suggest steps for expansion of holistic health care through development of protocols,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

The Minister disclosed that the government has already firmed up plans to give medical education a fillip. As far as possible existing district hospitals all over India would be provided with funds to add medical colleges to their campuses, he said.

“Please be patient and prepare for the coming explosion of business and jobs,” was Dr Harsh Vardhan’s advice. “We cannot hope to have Health for All without a social movement at its core. Let government and private sector pool synergies and make making people healthy good business.”

He said that Shri Narendra Modi government was swept to power because the people believed it could come out with out-of-the-box solutions for India’s problems. The health care sector is poised to be the stage of the inter-play of government-people-corporate interests, all motivated by the urge to make India a healthy nation, he said.

“In January 2014, we were declared a polio free country. When I first tried the pulse polio project in the early 1990s, many thought I was overreaching myself considering the logistics of that era. This time I am attempting something which is more possible than eradicating polio,” Dr Harsh Vardhan added.


Policy for Private Investment in Rail Infrastructure Through Domestic and Foreign Direct Investment


Seminar on ‘Transparency and Accountability’ inaugurated

Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh, inaugurated a seminar on ‘Transparency and Accountability’ here today (27.08.2014). Addressing the seminar, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the present Government had taken over with a pledge to ensure “Good Governance.” The Minister said it was a matter of satisfaction that the Department of Administrative Reforms had during the last three months not only taken major initiatives in the direction of ensuring good governance but had also evolved mechanisms to ensure that the governance was not only good but was also simplified. 

While e-governance has been the major plank of the new Government and will also continue to be so in the months to come, Dr Jitendra Singh said, during the last three months, a number of workshops and interactive sessions were held where Secretaries and Directors of different States dealing with Administrative Reforms, Pensions and Grievances were brought together on a single platform in order to update their abilities for improved deliverance. 

On this occasion, a report on Research and Evaluation Study commissioned by Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) was released by Dr. Jitendra Singh. The report contains ten select best practices cover a diverse range of areas in governance such as primary education, health, rural development, gender equality, etc. 

While releasing the report, Dr. Jitendra Singh mentioned that the objective of the study was to evaluate the present state of each initiative at the field, and to do research on how to further improve and replicate them. In this report, each of these initiatives is discussed in-depth and findings are given based on the spot study and stakeholder consultation. The Minister reiterated the pledge of “Good Governance” and stated that the measures taken by the Government include process simplification, focusing on e-Governance, single window system and self-attestation. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that in an era of documentation, this book will serve as a written record for reference on good governance practices and the multi-pronged approach to accomplish them. 

Distinguished functionaries from multilateral agency/public sector / private sector like World Bank, State Bank of India, Delhi Railway Metro Corporation, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and Tata Consultancy Services participated in the seminar. Shri Nandan Nilekani anchored the discussion. 

The seminar was organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances in which Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and Department of Pensions and Pensioners' Welfare, Shri N. Ravi Shanker and Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, Shri Sanjay Kothari were present.