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PM MODI STRESSES ON PEOPLE’S AWARENESS OF THEIR DUTIES

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has said empowered citizens are one of the strongest pillars of democracy and government has tried to inform and empower the citizens by using various mediums in the last four years. Addressing a gathering after inaugurating a new building of Central Information Commission in New Delhi Shri Modi said transparency and accountability are very important for democratic and participative governance and a transparent system ensures accountability towards the public. He said, “Ask, Listen, Interact, Act and Inform” are the five pillars of the Information Highway.
— (THE HINDUSTAN TIMES, March 07, 2018)

PM MODI REVIEWS PREPARATIONS FOR NHPS LAUNCH

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 06 March, 2018 reviewed the preparedness for the launch of Ayushman Bharat — the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) — announced in the Union Budget 2018. PM Shri Modi said, ”At a high-level meeting, we had extensive deliberations on aspects relating to Ayushman Bharat. It is our commitment to provide top quality healthcare to the people of India”. The NHPS will provide a medical cover of up to Rs. 5 lakh to over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. .
— (THE HINDUSTAN TIMES, March 07, 2018)

INDIA WILL MAINTAIN RAPID GROWTH RATE, SAYS ARUN JAITLEY

Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on March 04, 2018 said that India will most definitely retain its position of a ‘fast growing economy’ in the coming decades. “We (India) are looked at as one of the bright spots in the world and over the next one or two decades our potential to retain that position of a fast growing economy, as China did in the last three decades,” Shri Jaitley said while addressing students at the 17th convocation of Jammu University. He also said that the economy today is market-determined and this trend is likely to grow.
— (THE TIMES OF INDIA, March 05, 2018)

87 CRORE BANK ACCOUNTS, 86 CRORE MOBILE NUMBERS LINKED TO AADHAAR

Around 80 per cent bank accounts and 60 per cent mobile connections in the country have been linked with Aadhaar a month before the expiry of the 31 March deadline. While 87 crore of the 109.9 crore banks accounts have been linked, 85.7 crore of the total 142.9 crore mobile connections have been verified. Earlier, Government decides to make the linking of PAN, Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, Mutual Funds and Social Welfare Benefits with the 12-digit unique identity number mandatory.
— (THE TIMES OF INDIA, March 05, 2018)

PM MODI LAUNCHED PROJECTS WORTH RS 1,000 CRORES IN DAMAN

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Daman in the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and inaugurated projects worth Rs 1,000 crores and addressed a public meeting. He launched a helicopter service between Daman and Diu, and an Air Odisha flight service connecting Ahmedabad in Gujarat with Diu. He laid the foundation stones for projects including a water treatment plant, an electric sub-station, a municipal market, a footbridge among others.
— (THE ECONOMIC TIMES, February 24, 2018)

DIU BECOMES FIRST energy surplus Union Territory

The harnessing of solar energy has made Diu the country’s first energy surplus Union territory and a model for an effective way for people to harness this renewable energy source. In just three years, Diu has made rapid progress in solar power generation. The Union territory has an area of just 42 square kilometres. Despite scarcity of land, solar power plants have been installed over more than 50 acres. Diu generates a total of 13 megawatts of electricity from solar power generating facilities daily. Around 3 MW is generated by rooftop solar plants and 10 MW by its other solar power plants.
—(THE ECONOMIC TIMES, March 09, 2018)

(Compiled by Pankaj Anand)