Saturday, 23 September 2017

Anganwadi workers promote Swachh Bharat Mission

All Anganwadi workers from 921 gram panchayats and 34 mandals of Vizianagaram district now have toilets in their homes. This has been verified by the Project Director of the District Women and Child Development Agency, according to Nodal Officer and CEO of the Zilla Panchayat.

Anganwadi workers are key public representatives in the villages. They are appointed under the central government’s Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Scheme which operates at state level to address health issues of small children such as immunization, nutrition, pre-school non formal education, child care and other health issues. In fact, they are the primary motivators and campaigners for better hygiene and health.

When it comes to the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Anganwadi workers play a very significant role at the village level in mobilizing and motivating the community towards bringing about behaviour change and ensuring that the families build and use toilets. However, at the end of 2016, as many as 1359 Anganwadi workers and helpers in the district did not have toilets in their homes.

The district officials realized that for Anganwadi workers to advocate the use of toilets, it must be mandatory for them to have toilets in their homes. In this regard, they convened a workshop for the Anganwadi workers and advised all those who had no toilets to get one built at home.

To hasten the process, there was effective convergence and quick coordination among the various departments of the district and together with timely and efficient completion of procedures by the officials, all homes of Anganwadi workers have toilets today.

We are hopeful that this intervention would further promote the Swachh Bharat Mission in the district in inspiring the community to join the mission of making their villages and the whole district ODF in the near future, the CEO of the Zilla Panchayat said.


Friday, 22 September 2017

Shri Radha Mohan Singh addresses inaugurates Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Centenary Krishi Unnati Mela in Mathura

Production of pulses increases to 22.40 million tonnes in 2016-17 from 16.35 million tonnes in the previous year: Shri Radha Mohan Singh

Production of food grains increases from 265 million tonnes to 273.38 million tonnes in 2016-17: Agriculture Minister

“Farmers from 18 states & entrepreneurs from various fields like horticulture, agriculture, livestock, dairy, fisheries and others to be demonstrating & selling their products at the 4 days fair”

Agriculture Minister inaugurates an eco-friendly sewerage treatment plant of 75,000 liters capacity developed by IARI using indigenous technology

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the various development and welfare schemes launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in the last three years helped farmers reap a record production of food grains during 2016-17. The production of pulses increased to 22.40 million tonnes in 2016-17 from 16.35 million tonnes in the previous years. Similarly, the production of food grains increased from 265 million tonnes to 273.38 million tonnes in 2016-17; and horticulture production increased from 244 million tonnes to 295 million tonnes. Shri Singh said it today at the inaugural function of four-day Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Centenary Krishi Unnati Mela organized by National Horticulture Board of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry in Mathura.

Shri Radha Mohan Singh further said that the government is committed to the development and welfare of the farmers and is rubbing shoulders with them under the guidance of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. The government is trying to make farmers economically stabile and increase their income by 2022 through various schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Soil Health Card Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, National Agriculture Development Programme, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana launched in the last three years.

Shri Singh said farmers from 18 states and the entrepreneurs from various fields like horticulture, agriculture, livestock, dairy, fisheries etc. will be demonstrating and selling their products at the fair. What makes the fair more significant is the fact that it is being organized to mark the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay ji who desired for farmers’ prosperity and welfare. Keeping his ideology under consideration, the Ministry is striving for the welfare and growth of the farmers.

Agriculture Minister said the Government is making constant efforts for development and welfare of horticulture, agriculture, and farmers. That is why the Central and the Uttar Pradesh Governments are organizing various programmes for the farmers. The farmers and the entrepreneurs will demonstrate and sell their best horticultural and agricultural products at the 70 stalls at the fair. And farmers are also learning about recent technologies used in the fields of horticulture and agriculture etc and getting expert advice from scholars from different agricultural fields.

Shri Singh said horticulture helps farmers in earning a profit and creating self-employment opportunities. The country has witnessed higher horticultural production than food grains which is contributing to nutrition security of the country. Apart from this, horticultural plays a significant role in the changing climate scenario.

Shri Singh suggested that the horticulture sector should adopt improved techniques used by developed nations. The farmers should use sophisticated techniques and machinery used by the developed nations to grow horticultural crops of international standards. The Government organizes demonstrations of sophisticated machines and technologies to encourage farmers to use the equipment and giving subsidy for the same.

On the occasion, the Union Agriculture Minister inaugurated an eco-friendly sewerage treatment plant of 75,000 liters capacity, developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute using indigenous technology. Wastewater (sewage water) will be recycled at the plant and will be reused for irrigation. This treatment will reduce 75 to 85 percent heavy metal pollution from the wastewater and such treated water is used for irrigation. The use of treated water for wheat and paddy cultivation helps in reducing the health risks by 44 to 58 percent.


Vipassana is an effective way to cleanse our mind and body, says President

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated a Vipassana Meditation Centre at the Dragon Palace Temple complex in Kamptee, Nagpur today (September 22, 2017). 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Vipassana is a meditation technique propounded by Lord Buddha which helps us connect with our inner selves. It is an effective way to cleanse our mind and body and equips us to face the stresses of modern life. If practised correctly, it can provide the same benefit as that received from certain medicines. In this way, Vipassana is also beneficial for health in addition to being a meditation technique. He stated that like Yoga, Vipassana should not be seen as being associated with any particular religion. It is for the welfare of all humanity. 

The President said that the ideals of Buddhist philosophy are reflected in our Constitution, especially in the stated principles of equality, fraternity, and social justice. The architect of our Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, had said that appreciation of the democratic system was present in ancient India and its roots in our country have been strong since age-old times. In this context, he gave the example of the democratic tradition that was in practice in the Buddhist Sanghas. 

The President said that the urge for social change was central to Lord Buddha's philosophy, and inspired many social reform movements in later centuries. A number of such movements took place in Maharashtra itself and they in turn set an example for social reform movements in other parts of India, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. In today's age of insecurity, the message of non-violence, love and compassion given by Lord Buddha is extremely relevant. Earlier in the day, the President visited the Deeksha Bhoomi shrine, and paid his respects to Babasaheb Ambedkar. 


Department of Telecommunications guidelines for settlement of claims

Department of Telecommunications has formulated guidelines for settlement of claims for compensation on accidents applicable to this Department and its PSUs so that the compensation to the family of the victims can be paid directly by the authorities without the intervention of the Courts. The guidelines have been effectuated from 01.12.2016.

The guidelines provide for a compensation of Rs.10 Lakh in case of death or permanent disability resulting loss of both limbs and Rs.7 Lakh in case of other permanent disabilities in the event of any accident resulting solely and directly from any unintended and unforeseen injurious occurrence caused during the maintenance, operation and provisioning of any public services undertaken by this Department and its PSUs. This compensation will be in addition to the existing provisions of compensation under various welfare legislations.

A Junior Administrative Grade(JAG) Officer or equivalent has been designated for the purpose of receiving and processing claims for compensation as per the prescribed procedure mentioned in the guidelines and to dispose of the same within 30 days in any case. In case where no application is received from the victim (any person who suffers permanent disablement or dies in an accident as defined in the guidelines)/dependents of victim, the Designated Officer may on receipt of the detailed accident report proceed suo-moto to initiate the process for consideration for grant of the compensation to the victim/dependents of victims. Detailed guidelines can be downloaded from the Department’s website


North Eastern States can show way to other States: Dr Jitendra Singh

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the North-Eastern States can show the way to other States and particularly the other hill States of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand can emulate several of the successful experiments and initiatives taken in the Northeast.

Addressing the 3-day "Sustainable Mountain Development Summit" at Mizoram University in Aizawl yesterday, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the other States of India have much to learn from the North-Eastern States and in this regard, he cited the example of Mizoram, where the conference was being held. He said, a small State, which formed just over 30 years ago and has a population of just over 10 lakh, has a very high literacy rate which is, perhaps, next only to Kerala. Not only this, he said, the State of Mizoram, comprising four hill districts with more than 50% of the state’s population living in these districts, has successfully introduced "New Land Use Policy" by giving the farmers an alternate sustainable land based activity through this policy wherein the farmers have successfully switched over to other vocational activities like horticulture, sericulture, bamboo plantation, etc. He also complimented Mizoram for having introduced the new "Economic Development Policy" as a comprehensive growth strategy for the State.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that the proposal for introducing "Air Clinics" comprising helicopter based OPD to cater to people in far-flung areas is almost through and very soon this, first of its kind, healthcare experiment in India, will be introduced in the North-Eastern States. He further said that this is one of the initiatives which could also be emulated by States like Jammu & Kashmir.

In the last three years of the Union Government, Dr Jitendra Singh said, a number of new initiatives have been undertaken which could have actually been undertaken several years ago. In this regard, he referred to the declaration of 19 new rivers in Northeast as "National Waterways" with thrust on the "Barak Waterways". This will not only provide alternative means of transport but the cost will be nearly four times lesser than the other modes of transport, he said.

The Indo-German collaboration with regard to Mizoram has already begun, disclosed Dr Jitendra Singh and added that Japan has also come forward to invest in Manipur and other States of the region.


Empowering the Soldier by Project Yash Vidya

Empowering the soldiers has always been the endeavour of Indian Army. A MoU was signed by Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, AG, IHQ of MoD (Army) and Prof. E Vayunandan, Vice Chancellor, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nasik on 21 Sep 2017 at New Delhi.
The Bachelor’s degree Programme designed for the Army Personnel gives special recognition to the in-service training/Army courses completed and by providing exemption from studying certain courses. Apart from the highly subsidised fees charged, the courses offered for study by the university have been carefully selected on the basis of their relevance and overall usefulness.

The University will award Diploma in Self Empowerment and a Bachelors Degree in Arts or Commerce under PROJECT YASH VIDYA enabling them with academic qualifications for better future.

Col Aman Anand
PRO (Army) 


Blockage of Working Capital of Exporters

There are lot of apprehensions expressed in the media about the problem of blockage of working capital for exporters post-GST. There are various figures also being discussed on the blockage of such funds, which are wild estimates. Such media reports are not based on facts.

i) First of all, it may be mentioned that in respect of 66% value of exports, exporters have preferred the duty drawback scheme instead of taking actual refund of input taxes in the pre-GST regime. Duty drawback scheme was actually extended in the post-GST regime for a period of 3 months, i.e. upto 30th September, 2017, subject to that exporter not taking input tax credit under GST. This means that as of now, for 66% of the value of exports, there is no blockage of funds.

ii) The remaining 33% of exporters always used to prefer a normal refund route for taxes paid on inputs for Central Excise separately and for VAT separately and that was made available to them only after the actual exports took place and, for such class of exporters, earlier also there was a normal blockage of funds for a period of 5 – 6 months at least except for those using facility of advance authorisation. Hence, the problem is not as grievous as it is made out to be. Notwithstanding this, the Committee on Exports is working on issues of export sector.

iii) A lot of people are speculating that the refund for inputs in case of exports under GST will be available only when regular form GSTR 3 is filed for every month. This is not the case. We are trying to find a way of giving refund by linking form GSTR 1 with form GSTR 3B and, therefore, for the month of July, where form GSTR 1 is already filed, the authorities would be in a position to process the refund applications. Therefore, the exporters, who have not yet filed form GSTR 1 for July 2017, may be advised to file it immediately and not to wait till the deadline. GSTN application for refund is also getting ready. But, in the meantime, we are also finding other ways of giving refund, if necessary through a manual procedure.

iv) The Committee on Export set up by the GST Council met on 19th & 20th August, 2017 and have discussed various methods of resolving the issue of blockage of funds for the exporters. The Committee also interacted with the exporters of eight sectors who made detailed presentations on the problems being faced by them. The Committee would present the solution to their problems before the GST Council as soon as possible.

v) In the meantime, the authorities of State Governments as well as Central Government have been requested to clear the pending refund claims of Central Excise and VAT for the pre-GST period, so that the exporters will get immediate relief.


Anganwadi workers promote Swachh Bharat Mission

All Anganwadi workers from 921 gram panchayats and 34 mandals of Vizianagaram district now have toilets in their homes. This has been veri...