Power, Coal, MNRE PSUs to Construct 50,000 Toilets in Schools; Work on 1001 Toilets to begin tomorrow

As a part of the “Swachh Bharat Mission” , the Public Sector Undertakings ( PSUs)  under the Ministries of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy  will construct 50,000 toilets in schools all over the country within next one year up to August 2015.  The work of 1001 toilets will begin tomorrow, 2nd October 2014 in various states. 
For the construction of these toilets, 50 % of the Corporate Social Responsibility Budget will be earmarked during the financial year 2014-15 and 2015-16. The PSU wise allocation is NTPC-240,PGCIL-90,NHPC-56,PFC-72,REC-90,NEEPCO-06,SJVNL-21,THDCIL-05,CoalIndia Ltd-400,NLC-25,1REDA-04.
The break up of the states and the number of schools in which work commence tomorrow is as follows:

Name of PSU
   States
Number of Toilets to be constructed in the Schools
1
NTPC
Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, MP, Odisha, Rajasthan,UP, &West Bengal
240
2
Power Finance Corporation (PFC)
Rajasthan
72
3
SJVN Limited
Himachal Pradesh
21
4
POWERGRID
AP, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, MP, Odisha, & Telegana

90
5
National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC )
Assam, WB, J&K, HP, Uttrakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur & WB.
56
6
Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC)
UP
90
7
Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC)
Tamil Nadu,
25
8
THDC India Limited ( THDCIL)
Uttrakhand
05
9
Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA)
Chhattisgarh
04
10
North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO)
Assam
06
11
Coal India Limited ( CIL)
Jharkhand, WB, Odisha, MP, Chhattisgarh, UP, & Assam
400


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Message to the Nation from the President on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has issued the following message to the nation on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, which is being observed tomorrow. 

In his message the President has said, “The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation, is an occasion for all of us to rededicate ourselves to Bapuji’s ideals of truth, non-violence and all-round development. 

Gandhiji’s leadership inspired millions to unite in the cause of freedom and independence. He also taught us to stand resolutely against fear, to understand the importance of truth and to work for the betterment of our motherland. 

Gandhiji believed that cleanliness is next only to Godliness. Let us pledge this day to convert cleanliness into a national passion. Every road, every path, every office, every home, every hut, every stream and every particle in the air around us can and must be kept clean. 

I call upon every Indian to do his utmost to make a success of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by the Government to ensure hygiene, waste management and sanitation across the country. I also call upon everyone concerned to work hard to achieve the goal of toilets in every home by 2019 - the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji’s birth.” 

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‘Punarjagaran’- Mass Awakening Campaign for youth to be launched on 2nd October, 2014

Ministry of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports has decided to launch ‘Punarjagaran’- Mass Awakening Campaign for Youth Participation in Nation Development across India from 2nd October 2014. ‘Punarjagaran’ aims at creating awareness among youth and empower them to become active partners in nation building activities. 

The programme will be launched simultaneously from four districts which are situated at extreme tips of India - Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, (South), Leh in Jammu and Kashmir (North), Okha in Gujarat (West) and Roing in Arunachal Pradesh (North East) and will culminate on 25th September 2015 at Mathura (UP). 

The yearlong Campaign also aims to make aware and educate youth on key issues in thematic areas, provide information on the avenues for skill development, encourage and empower them with the spirit of nationalism and volunteerism. The thematic areas of the campaign are encouraging Nationalism, promoting “Swachh Bharat, Shramadaan” and popularizing the recently launched “Jan Dhan Yojana”. 

It has been assessed that from Leh (J&K) and Okha (Gujarat) to Mathura (UP) the campaign will traverse through 20/21 districts each thus making a total of 40 districts, whereas in case of campaign from Kanyakumari and Roing to Mathura a total of 60 districts will be covered. Therefore, under this campaign youth from a total of 100 districts will be covered. 

In Roing (Arunachal Pradesh) the programme will be launched by Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Shri Mukut Mithi. Chairman Zilla Praishad, Shri Sipi Elapra, along with senior officers of district administration will be the guests of honor. The programmes and activities include Pledge taking ceremony on Swachh Bharat Mission, cleanliness drive and organization of a 3 km rally. 

In Leh (J&K) the programme will be launched by Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Shri Thupstan Chhewang from the Polo Ground in the presence of senior officers of District Administration, members of NSS, NYKs Youth Clubs, Kendriya Vidhyalaya and Jwahar Navodya Vidhyalaya. The programme includes Administration of Swachh Bharat Mission pledge followed by youth convention. The resource persons will be giving a talk on development issues. This will be followed by a 3 km youth rally from Polo Ground traversing the Main bazaar and culminating again at Polo Ground. A massive cleanliness drive has been planned on the occasion. 

In Okha (Gujarat) the programme will be launched by Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Ms. Poonamben Madam. Senior officers of District Administration, Railways, Zilla Panchayat, members of NYKs Youth Clubs are scheduled to participate in the function. The programme will start with Prabhat Pheri followed by pledge taking ceremony and a 3 km Youth Rally from Railway station Okha to Nagarpalika Hqs. Essay and debate competitions, cleanliness drive etc. would be the other highlights of the launch function. 

In Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) Union Minister of State (Heavy Industries) Shri Radhakrishnan P would launch the campaign. Senior officers of District Administration, Zilla Panchayat, members of NYKs Youth Clubs, School and College students will be participating in the launching programme. A State Level Seminar on role of Youth in Participatory Governance would also be organized followed by a 3 km Youth Rally from Gandhi Mandap to Vivekananda Kendra. A Youth Convention has also been planned on the occasion. 

About 2000 Youth Participants are expected to participate in each of the four launch programmes. 

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English Rendering of Remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Joint Press Briefing with President Barack Obama

Mr. President, members of the media,

First, I want to thank President Obama for his invitation and his warm and generous hospitality.

I am pleased to visit USA and meet President Obama at the start of my tenure. 

I am happy that we are meeting here just a few days after the Indian and the U.S. missions reached Mars around the same time. So, after the India-U.S. summit on Mars, we are meeting here on earth. This happy co-incidence captures the potential of our relationship.

This visit, especially my conversation with President Obama, has reinforced my conviction that India and the United States are natural global partners, based on our shared values, interests and strengths in the digital age. We already have the foundation of a strong partnership. We now have to revive the momentum and ensure that we get the best out of it for our people and for the world.

President and I spoke about many of our common economic priorities. I am confident that India will see rapid economic growth and transformation. We are focusing in India on not just on policies, but also on processes, to make it easy and productive to do business in India. I believe that India-U.S. economic partnership will also grow rapidly in the coming years. 

I also sought President Obama`s support for continued openness and ease of access for Indian services companies in the U.S. market.

We are serious about resolution of issues on both sides to enable civil nuclear energy cooperation to take off. It is important for India`s energy security.

We had a candid discussion on Bali Ministerial of the WTO. India supports trade facilitation. However, I also expect that we are able to find a solution that takes care of our concern on food security. I believe that it should be possible to do that soon.

We have agreed to consult and cooperate closely on climate change issues, an area of strong priority for both of us. 

There was great convergence on international developments that matter the most to our two countries, including peace and stability in Asia Pacific region. The United States is intrinsic to our Look East and Link West policies. 

We discussed existing terrorism challenges, including in South Asia, and the new threats of terrorism in West Asia and beyond. We agreed to intensify our counter-terrorism and intelligence cooperation.

The Afghan people have shown the will to prevail over violence and extremism. We discussed our two countries` continued commitment to assist Afghanistan and our own coordination in this area. 

We have shared concern on the Ebola crisis in Africa, for which India has already made financial commitments of 12 million U.S. dollars. 

Given our broad range of shared interests, we will also continue to deepen our security dialogue and defence relations. I want to especially welcome the U.S. defence companies to participate in developing the Indian defence industry. 

During the last four days in the U.S., I have seen extraordinary interest and excitement about India and India-U.S. partnership among the people of our two countries. 

We will draw strength and inspiration from it as we start a more purposeful course in our ongoing journey. I look forward to receiving President Obama and his family in India at a convenient time. 

I once again thank President Obama, the people of the United States and, especially, the Indian American community for their warm welcome and hospitality.

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Text of Remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Joint Press Briefing with President Barack Obama

प्रेसिडेंट ओबामा और मीडिया के सभी सदस्य

सबसे पहले, मैं प्रेसिडेंट ओबामा के निमंत्रण और उनके गर्मजोशी से भरे स्वागत और आदर सत्कार के लिए मैं उनका आभार प्रकट करना चाहता हूँ।

पदभार ग्रहण करने के कुछ ही महीनों के अंदर, अमरीका आकर प्रेसिडेंट ओबामा से मिलकर मुझे अत्यंत प्रसन्नता हुई है।

यह खुशी की बात है कि दोनों देशों के मिशनों के मार्स पहुंचने के कुछ ही दिनों के भीतर हम आज यहां मिल रहे हैं। भारत और अमरीका के बीच मार्स पर Summit के बाद, अब यह Summit धरती पर हो रहा है। यह शुभ संयोग हमारे संबंधों की क्षमता का प्रतिबिम्ब है।

इस यात्रा के दौरान, ख़ासकर President Obama से हुई बातचीत से, मेरा विश्वास और दृढ़ हो गया है कि भारत और अमेरिका के बीच वैश्विक Partnership होना स्वाभाविक है। जो हमारे जुड़े हुए मूल्यों, हितों और digital age में हमारी क्षमताओं पर आधारित हैं। President Obama और मैंने अपनी सहज आर्थिक प्राथमिकताओं के बारे में विस्तार से चर्चा की।

  मेरा विश्वास है कि निकट भविष्य में भारत का एक बड़े पैमाने पर आर्थिक विकास और परिवर्तन होगा। भारत में हम Policy ओर Process दोनों को बदलने पर बल दे रहें हैं, जिससे भारत के साथ Business करना सहज और लाभदायक होगा। भारत में आर्थिक अवसर तेजी से बढ़ रहे हैं। मुझे विश्वास है कि भारत-अमेरिका के आर्थिक संबंधों में तीव्र गति से विस्तार होगा।

मैंने President Obama से यह आग्रह किया है कि वह ऐसे कदम उठाएं जिससे भारत की Service कंपनियां US की market को आसानी से access कर सकें।

हम दोनों Civil Nuclear Cooperation को आगे ले जाने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध हैं और इससे जुड़े मुद्दों को जल्दी सुलझाने के प्रति गंभीर हैं। यह भारत की energy security के लिए बहुत महत्वपूर्ण है। WTO के मुद्दों के ऊपर हमारी बड़ी खुलकर बातचीत हुई । भारत Trade facilitation का समर्थन करता है। परंतु मेरी यह भी अपेक्षा है कि ऐसा समाधान निकले जो हमारी Food Security की चिंताओं को भी दूर करे। मेरा विश्वास है कि यह जल्दी किया जा सकेगा। Climate Change हम दोनों के लिए प्राथमिकता का विषय है। हमने तय किया है कि इस विषय पर आपसी संवाद व सहयोग बढ़ांएगे। अंतरराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर उभर रही चुनौतियों को लेकर भी दोनों देशों के विचारों में समानता है। इसमें Asia Pacific क्षेत्र में शांति तथा स्थिरता भी शामिल हैं। अमरीका हमारी `Look East and Link West` Policy का अभिन्न अंग है।

दक्षिण एशिया सहित पश्चिम एशिया और अन्य क्षेत्रों में पनप रहे आतंकवाद की चुनौतियों पर हमने विस्तार से विचार-विमर्श किया। हमने counter terrorism और intelligence में पारस्परिक सहयोग बढ़ाने पर सहमति व्यक्त की।

अफगानिस्तान के लोगों ने हिंसा और आतंकवाद पर विजय पाने के अपने संकल्प का प्रदर्शन किया है। हम दोनों ने अफगानिस्तान को सहायता देते रहने की हमारी प्रतिबद्धता और इस क्षेत्र में अधिक coordination की आवश्यकता पर चर्चा की।

अफ्रीका में इबोला (Ebola) crisis को लेकर दोनों पक्षों में गहरी चिंता है। भारत ने इस crisis से निपटने और अन्य सहायता के लिए 12 million dollars की मदद देने का commitment किया है। हमारे साझा हितों को ध्यान में रखकर हम अपने security dialogue और defence relations को और बढ़ाएंगे। मैं US Defence Companies को विशेषकर भारत की Defence manufacturing capacities के विकास में भाग लेने के लिए आमंत्रित करता हूं।

पिछले चार दिनों में मैंने भारत और भारत-अमेरिकी partnership के प्रति अमेरिका में अपार रुचि और उत्साह देखा है। वह हमारे पारस्परिक संबंधों से जुड़ी उनकी आशाओं और उत्साह का प्रमाण है। और यही हमारी शक्ति और प्रेरणा होगी। इन संबंधों को नई ऊर्जा और दृढ़ता के साथ एक नए स्तर पर ले जाने में।

मैंने President Obama तथा उनके परिवार को भारत आने का निमंत्रण दिया है।

मैं President Obama को, अमेरिका की जनता को और विशेषकर अमेरिका में बसे भारतीय समुदाय के लोगों को उनकी गर्मजोशी तथा भव्य सत्कार के लिए धन्यवाद देता हूं।

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Theme of International Day of Older Persons-‘Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All” echoes Sab ka Saath Sab ka Vikas

“Ageing is a development issue. Healthy older persons are a resource for their families, their communities and the economy"-states WHO Brasilia declaration on healthy ageing, 1996. The theme of this year's 24th commemoration of the International Day of Older Persons (1 October) is “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for all. It echoes the spirit behind Government of India’s visionary theme of Sab ka Saath Sab ka Vikas.

Development alone cannot bring peace and prosperity unless social justice and equality of older people are ensured. With the improvement in health services, Life Expectancy at birth for both males and females has shown a steady rise and it has contributed to an increase in the number of persons in the category of 60+. Thus as the world develops socio-economically, the number of aged increases and their contribution through government service, honorary jobs, volunteer work, sharing of experience and knowledge, helping their families in caring responsibilities and participation in gainful employment will also grow. Such contributions to development can only be ensured if older persons enjoy adequate levels of health, for which appropriate policies need to be in place. In line with the Madrid International Plan of Action, the World Health Organization launched in 2002 a document "Active Ageing - A Policy Framework", outlining its approaches and perspectives for healthy ageing throughout the life course.

India, a sub-continent that carries 15 per cent of the world’s population, is gradually undergoing a demographic change as a result of many factors including specific development programs. With decline in fertility and mortality rates accompanied by an improvement in child survival and increased life expectancy, a significant feature of demographic change is the progressive increase in the number of older people. In 1951, 60+ populations were around 20 million. Three decades later in 1981, it was a little over 43 million, a further decade later in 1991, this had increased to 55.30 million, in 2001 it was 76.5 million and in 2011 it was 103.2 million.

International convention, legal enactments, constitutional provisions etc emphasises the need for equality and empowerment of older people. Well-being of older persons has been mandated in the Constitution of India. Article 41, Directive Principle of State Policy stipulates that the State shall, within the limits of its economic capacity and development, make effective provision for securities, right to public assistance in case of old age. There are other provisions too, which mandates the state to improve the quality of life of its citizens. Right to equality as a Fundamental right further strengthen older persons. Social security has been made the concurrent responsibility of the central and state Governments.

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is the nodal Ministry responsible for welfare of the Senior Citizens. The National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP) 1999, covers all concerns pertaining to the welfare of older persons and recognizes a person aged 60 years and above as a senior citizen. In pursuance of the NPOP, a National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) was constituted in 1999 under the Chairpersonship of the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment to oversee implementation of the Policy. An Inter-Ministerial Committee on Older Persons comprising twenty-two Ministries/ Departments, and headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is another coordination mechanism in implementation of the NPOP.

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 was enacted in December 2007 to ensure need based maintenance for parents and senior citizens and their welfare. The Act provides for: Maintenance of Parents/ senior citizens by children/ relatives made obligatory and justiciable through Tribunals; Revocation of transfer of property by senior citizens in case of negligence by relatives; Penal provision for abandonment of senior citizens; Establishment of Old Age Homes for Indigent Senior Citizens; Adequate medical facilities and security for Senior Citizens.

The Ministry is implementing following schemes for the benefit of Senior Citizens:

· An Integrated Programme for Older Persons (IPOP) is being implemented since 1992 with the objective of improving the quality of life of senior citizens by providing basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care and entertainment opportunities and by encouraging productive and active ageing through providing support for capacity building of Government/ Non Governmental Organizations/Panchayati Raj Institutions/ local bodies and the Community at large. Under the Scheme, financial assistance up to 90% of the project cost is provided to nongovernmental organizations for establishing and maintaining old age homes, day care centres and mobile medicare units. The Scheme has been revised w.e.f. 1.4.2008. Besides increase in amount of financial assistance for existing projects, several innovative projects have been added as being eligible for assistance under the Scheme.

A Non-Plan Scheme of Assistance to Panchayati Raj Institutions/ Voluntary Organisations/ Self Help Groups for Construction of Old Age Homes/ Multi Service Centres for Older Persons was started in 1996-97. However, the Scheme was not found attractive by implementing agencies and was discontinued at the end of the X Plan (2006-07). A new Scheme for giving assistance for Establishment of Old Age Homes for Indigent Senior Citizens is under formulation.

Union Ministry of Finance has initiated various welfare measures for elderly people which include (i) Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) instructions on health insurance allowing entry into health insurance scheme till 65 years of age;(ii) Tax Benefits for senior citizens like Income tax exemption for Senior Citizens of 60 years and above up to Rs. 3 lakh per annum, Income tax exemption for Senior Citizens of 80 years and above up to Rs. 5.0 lakh per annum, deduction of Rs 20,000 under Section 80D is allowed to an individual who pays medical insurance premium for his/ her parent or parents, who is a senior citizen and deduction of the amount spent or Rs 60,000, whichever is less for medical treatment of a dependent senior citizen. Also higher rates of interest on saving schemes of senior citizens are extended by banks.

Union Budget 2014-2015 announced the revival of Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY), a pension scheme for senior citizens launched a decade ago, for a limited period from 15th August 2014 to 14th August 2015 for the benefit of citizens aged 60 years and above. The Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) will benefit the vulnerable section of society with limited resources as it will provide monthly pension ranging from Rs 500/ to Rs 5,000/ per month to senior citizens of the country. Under this revived Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY), the senior citizens would get pension on fixed basis either on yearly or monthly basis which will provide social security to senior citizens. The subscription to the scheme is likely to create a corpus of more than Rs. 10,000 crore, and would thus also be a significant source of resource mobilization for the development of the country. LIC of India has been given the sole privilege to operate this scheme

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE) during 11th Plan in order to address the health-related issues of the elderly. The programme was launched on the basis of recommendations made in the National Policy on Older Persons and State’s obligation under the Maintenance & Welfare of Parents & the Senior Citizens Act 2007. Main components of NPHCE during 11th Five Year Plan were- establishing 30 bedded Department of Geriatric in eight identified Regional Medical Institutions (Regional Geriatric Centres) in different parts of the country. Another component was providing dedicated health care facilities in District Hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and Sub Centres in 100 identified districts of 21 States. Initially, 100 districts were selected from 21 states for this programme in 11th Five Year Plan. It is proposed to cover 225 more districts during the 12th Five Year Plan in a phased manner and develop 12 additional Regional Geriatric Centres in selected Medical Colleges of the country. The Regional Geriatric Centres will provide technical support to the geriatric units at district hospitals whereas district hospitals will supervise and coordinate the activities down below at CHC, PHC and Sub-Centres.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has also issued detailed advisories dated 27.3.2008 and 30.08.2013 to all the State Government/UTs, who are primarily responsible for prevention, detection, registration, investigation and prosecution of crime including crime against senior citizens. The Ministry of Home Affairs in its advisories has advised the States/UTs to take immediate measures to ensure safety and security and for elimination of all forms of neglect, abuse and violence against old persons through initiatives such as identification of senior citizens; sensitization of police personnel regarding safety, security of older persons; regular visit of the beat staff; setting up of toll free senior citizens help lines; setting up of senior citizen security cell; verification of domestic helps, drivers, etc. Chapter V of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 provides for protection of life and property of senior citizens. State Governments are required to prescribe a comprehensive Action Plan for providing protection of life and property of senior citizens.

Department of Pensions and Pensioner Grievances has set up a Pension Portal to enable senior citizens to get information regarding the status of their application, the amount of pension, documents required, if any, etc. The Portal also provides for lodging of grievances. As per recommendation of the Sixth Pay Commission, additional pension are to be provided. Under the Old Age Pension Scheme, monthly pension is given at variable rates to the destitute old by various State Governments/UT Administrations. Courts in the country accord priority to cases involving older persons and ensure their expeditious disposal.

The Ministry of Railways provides the following facilities to senior citizens: Separate ticket counters for senior citizens of age 60 years and above at various Passenger Reservation System (PRS) centres if the average demand per shift is more than 120 tickets; Provision of lower berth to male passengers of 60 years and above and female passengers of 45 years and above; 40% and 50% concession in rail fare for male (60 years) and female (58 years) senior citizen respectively. Wheel Chairs for use of older persons are available at all junctions, District Headquarters and other important stations for the convenience of needy persons including the older persons. Ramps for wheel chairs movement are available at the entry to important stations. Specially designed coaches with provisions of space for wheel chairs, hand rail and specially designed toilet for handicapped persons have been introduced

Indian Airlines is providing 50 per cent Senior Citizen Discount on Normal Economy Class fare for all domestic flights to Indian senior citizens who have completed the age of 65 years in the case of male senior citizens and 63 years in the case of female senior citizens subject to certain conditions. Air India is offering discount to senior citizens of 60 plus on flights to USA, UK and Europe.

Under the Antyodaya Scheme, the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families which also include older persons are provided food grains at the rate of 35 kgs. Per family per month. The food grains are issued @ Rs.3/- per kg. for rice and Rs.2/- per kg. for wheat. The persons aged 60 years above from the BPL category were given priority for identification. Under the Annapoorna Scheme being implemented by the States/UT Administration, 10 kgs. of food grains per beneficiary per month are provided free of cost to those senior citizens who remain uncovered under the old age pension scheme. Instructions to State Governments for giving priority to the Ration Card holders who are over 60 years of age in Fair Price Shops for issue of rations.

The Ministry of Rural Development is implementing the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) under which Central assistance is given towards pension @ Rs. 200/- per month to persons above 60 years and @ Rs. 500/- per month to persons above 80 years belonging to a household below poverty line, which is meant to be supplemented by at least an equal contribution by the States.

Also there is reservation of two seats for senior citizens in front row of the buses of the State Road Transport Undertakings; Some State Governments are giving fare concession to senior citizens in the State Road Transport Undertaking buses and are introducing Bus Models, which are convenient to the elderly; Separate queues for older persons in hospitals for registration and clinical examination; Faults/complaints of senior citizens are given priority by registering them under senior citizens category with VIP flag, which is a priority category; Senior citizens are allowed to register telephone connection under N-OYT Special Category, which is a priority category.

To cap all these efforts, Government of India has launched National Awards for Senior Citizens to recognise the efforts of eminent senior citizens, institutions in rendering distinguished services for the cause of elderly. These Vayoshreshtha Samman is conferred in 13 categories every year.

"Like any other country ageing is a challenge and a problem. We need to make people fit and work- whatever the age. If they are working that solves half the problem. We have to improve their skill levels, education and health, that's the key as they are a new power for development”.

Dr. H. R. Keshavamurthy is Director (M & C) in PIB Kolkata

Courtesy: pib.nic.in

India’s Performance on Day 12 of Asian Games 2014

On day 12 of 17th Asian Games 2014 i.e. 30 September, 2014, India won 4 medals (1Silver & 3 Bronze). The names of the medal winners are as follows:-

Sl. No.
Name of Athlete(s)
Event
Medal
1
Vikas Gowda
Athletics - Discus Throw Men
Silver
2
Laishram Sarita Devi
Boxing – Women’s 57 – 60 Kgs (Lightweight)
Bronze
3
Pooja Rani
Boxing – Women’s 69 – 75 Kgs (Middle Weight)
Bronze
4
Varsha Gautam; Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan
Sailing - 29er - Women`s Two Person Dinghy
Bronze

Minister for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has congratulated all the medal winners. 

At the end of the day 12 India’s medal tally was 46 medals (6 Gold, 8 Silver and 32 Bronze).

Courtesy: pib.nic.in