Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh to visit Japan and Republic of Korea from next week


Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit Japan (02-03 September, 2019) and Republic of Korea (05-06 September, 2019) for a bilateral visit.

As part of his visit to Japan, Raksha Mantri will co-chair the Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue with his counterpart, Mr Takeshi Iwaya, Minister of Defence of Japan.The Ministerial Dialogue will aim to further strengthen India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership and include wide-ranging discussions to enhance the bilateral defence and security engagementsbetween thetwo countries.

During his visit, Shri Rajnath Singh will also call on the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Shinzo Abe.

In the Republic of Korea (ROK), Raksha Mantri will have a bilateral dialogue with Mr Jeong Kyeong – Doo, Minister of National Defence of ROK. He will also call on the Prime Ministerof ROK, Mr Lee Nak – Yon.

A CEO’s Forum followed by a Business-to-Government (B2G) meeting will also be held in Seoul with the participation of members of Defence Industry from both sides with the aim to encourage India – ROK Defence Industry co-operation.

Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh interacts with students from J&K, studying in Delhi


The Union Minister of State (I/C) for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Departments of Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh interacted with the students from remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), studying in New Delhi, today.

Dr Jitendra Singh expressed satisfaction about the decisive step of Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, to abrogate the Article 370 in J&K. He expressed confidence that the youth of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh region would benefit from this step now. He said the students that feedback of the students from ground is very important for the Government and assured that such meetings would be held in future on a regular basis to get a feedback from the youth of the state on the pace of development on the ground.

Dr. Singh said that these kind of interactions and the ground feedback received from the students busts the myth spread by people with vested interests that Article 370 was inevitable for J&K being a part of India and the youth of the state would not accept the decision. The Minister observed that due to this misperception and negative propaganda by some anti-social elements, the youth of J&K were deprived of the fruits of development that were available to the youth from other parts of the country. The state was plagued with terrorism due to the presence of Article 370. The time has come that the youth from J&K also understand the reality and be a part of development and growth of the country, he added.

The Minister said that now better health care, education, employment opportunities for youth, better pay structure and benefits for government servants at par with central government employees would be available to the people of the state. These benefits would be given irrespective of religious, caste and creed distinctions. Dr. Singh encouraged the youth to work hard and avail these benefits, which are now available to them. He said that youth should free themselves from all fear they had in mind.

Dr Singh said that Article 370 was hindrance in  development of Jammu and Kashmir. He gave example of IIT Jammu which was approved by Centre, but could not get a Director due to circumstances prevailing in the state. Similar situation was there with AIIMS, he said. Citing the case of IIM, he said that students used to leave the state for better opportunities as outsiders could not buy land and start ventures in J&K. This situation would change now, Dr. Singh assured.

Dr. Singh noted that the youth of Jammu & Kashmir have a high IQ level but were being deprived of opportunities. Their potential needs to be tapped, he said.

During the interaction, the students brought out particular instances of lack of development in their regions in the state and how things are now beginning  to change for better. They thanked the Minister for Government’s support to students from Jammu & Kashmir, due to which they have got the opportunity to study in premier universities and colleges under PM Special Scholarship Scheme. They cited development works being undertaken on ground level in the last few years like opening of new medical colleges, national highways, bank branches, schools etc. that were distant dreams earlier.

The students expressed hope that the people who got displaced from the State would again get the opportunity to go back to their roots. They expressed hope that after abrogation of Article 370, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh would witness socio-economic development and free the people from the evil of terrorism.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar slams Rahul Gandhi for his Kashmir remark


Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar said Congress Party and Rahul Gandhi have embarrassed the country with their antics. The way Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has made fact less and non-serious remarks about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is condemnable and people of the entire nation including Bharatiya Janata Party strongly condemn it.

Shri Javadekar sought an apology from Rahul Gandhi and Congress saying that he had insulted the people of India.

He further said that “Rahul Gandhi has made a complete U-turn, not due to his own will but due to circumstances and public pressure,”.

The Congress leader’s allegations about violence in Kashmir were wrong, he said, adding it was made because of that party’s “vote bank” politics.

Fitness is not a word but a necessary condition of healthy and prosperous life: PM Modi


The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the Fit India Movement at a ceremony in New Delhi today on the occasion of National Sports Day. The Prime Minister urged the people of the country to make fitness their life style.

Launching the people’s movement on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyanchand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Major Dhyanchand, India’s sports icon who enthralled the world with his game and techniques. He also congratulated the young sportspersons of the country who are keeping the tricolor afloat on the world stage through their efforts.

“Their medals are a not only the result of their hard work but reflection of a new zeal and new confidence of a New India”, the PM said.

The Prime Minister said that ‘Fit India Movement’ should become a national goal and its aspiration. In an effort to inspire the nation, the Prime Minister said that Fit India Movement may have been started by the government but it is the people who have to lead it and make it a success.

“Success is related to fitness, success stories of all of our icons from any field of life have a common thread- most of them are fit, have a focus on fitness and are fond of fitness”, the PM added.

Prime Minister said, “Technology has reduced our physical ability and has robbed us of our daily fitness routines and today we are unaware of our traditional practises and lifestyle which could keep us fit. With time, fitness has been relegated a lower priority in our society. Earlier a person used to walk or cycle for kilometers, today mobile apps have to tell us how many steps we walked”.

“Today lifestyle diseases are on a rise in India affecting even the young. Cases of diabetes and hypertension is on the rise and even common among children in India. But small lifestyle changes can prevent these lifestyle diseases. ‘Fit India Movement’ is an effort to bring these small lifestyle changes”, the PM said.

The Prime Minister said that people in any profession can make themselves efficient in their profession if they are mentally and physical fit. If body is fit, then you would be mentally fit. Sports has a direct relation to fitness but ‘Fit India Movement’ aims to go beyond fitness. Fitness is not just a word but an essential pillar to a healthy and prosperous life. When we prepare our bodies for battle, we make the country strong as iron. Fitness is part of our historic legacy. Games and sports are played in every nook and corner of India. While working on the body they also train the mind, increasing focus and coordination of body parts. A healthy Individual, a healthy family and a healthy society are the essentials to make New India a Fit India.

“Swasth vyakti, swasth parivar aur swasth samaj, yahi naye Bharat ko shresth Bharat banane ka raasta hai. Today, on National Sports Day we pledge to strengthen the Fit India Movement”, the Prime Minister said.

Cabinet approves 75 new Medical Colleges


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for establishment of 75 additional Government   Medical   Colleges by 2021-22attached with existing district/referral hospitals under Phase-III of the ongoing Centrally Sponsored scheme.

For the schemes approved today to increase the availability of healthcare infrastructure and manpower,the Cabinet also sanctioned an expenditure of Rs. 24,375 crore during the 15lh Finance Commission period i.e. up to 2021-22.

The establishment   of new   Medical   Colleges   attached with   existing District/Referral Hospitals, would lead to an increase in the availability of qualified health professionals, improve tertiary care in Government sector, utilize existing infrastructure of districts hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country.

New medical colleges would be set up in under-served areas having no medical college; with at least 200 bedded District Hospital. Preference will be given to Aspirational Districts and District Hospital having 300 beds.

The scheme on establishment of new medical colleges (58+24+75) would lead to addition of at least 15,700 MBBS seats in the country.

Continuing   the   focus  on  creation   of  health care  infrastructure,  the Government  earlier  approved  to  establish  58  new Medical  Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals under Phase-I and 24 under Phase-II.  Of this, 39 medical colleges under Phase-I, have already started functioning, while the remaining 19 would be made functional by 2020-21. Under Phase-II, 18 new medical colleges have been approved.

Background:

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, Sarve Santu Niramayah (सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनःसर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः) is the guiding principle of the Government. Government has announced as a part of ‘AyushmanBharat’ two path breaking initiatives that address health holistically, impacting primary, secondary andtertiary care system as well as prevention and health promotion.

Mobile application-“Janaushadhi Sugam” launched for locating outlets and searching Generic medicines


Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda launched a mobile application “Janaushadhi Sugam” and had announced that “Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin” will now be available at only One Rupee per pad. Minister of State for Shipping (IC) and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya also graced thelaunch event held here today.

Making the announcement on the Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkins, Shri Gowda said that the assurance by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on this aspect about a year ago has been fulfilled now. He said that the “Janaushadhi Sugam” will enable people to search Janaushadhi generic medicines and the stores at the tip of their fingers.

The Minister of State Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya said that it is that about 28 million girls are reported to be leaving education because of lack of availability of good quality Sanitary Napkin” pads at reasonable cost. He said, Department of Pharmaceuticals is determined to provide affordable healthcare to all Indians through ever-increasing network of PMBJP Kendras across countryand this had already led to substantial savings to poor on medicines.

The Government of India launched “Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin” at Rs 2.50 per pad on the eve of the World Environment Day 4thJune 2018. Jan Aushadhi Suvidha comes with a special additive, which makes it biodegradable when it comes in contact with oxygen after being discarded. Till 31stJuly 2019, over 1.30 crore pads were sold at Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras.

In order to make these sanitary pads more affordable and accessible to the women of India, Government of India has now decided to make these pads available at rate of only Rs 1.00/- per pad as promised by the Prime Minister before the ‘Lok Sabha Election-2019’.

This is an important step in ensuring the health security forthe section of Indian women who still use unhygienic aids during menstrual period due to non-affordability of sanitary pads available in themarket. This will ensure ‘Swachhta, Swasthya and Suvidha’ for the underprivileged women of the country. This step taken by the Department of Pharmaceuticals will ensure the achievement of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of “Affordable and Quality Healthcare” for all. It will also help in fulfilling the Prime Minister’s dream of “Clean India & Green India” as these pads are oxo-biodegradable and environment friendly. Jan Aushadhi Suvidha is beingmade available for sale in more than 5500 PMBJP Kendras across the country.

“Janaushadhi Sugam” mobile application would have user-friendly options like- to locate nearby Janaushadhikendra, direction guidance for location of the Janaushadhikendra through Google Map, search Janaushadhi generic medicines, analyse product comparison of Generic vs Branded medicine in form of MRP & overall Savings, etc. The mobile application is available on both Android & iOS platforms. It can be downloaded free of cost by the user from Google Play Store and Apple Store.

Government committed to eradicate HIV / AIDS by 2030: Dr Harsh Vardhan


The government said that there has been more than 80 per cent decline in new HIV infection cases in the country since its peak in 1995. The global average of decline in new infection is estimated at 47 per cent.

Talking to reporters at a function in New Delhi, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, National Aids Control Organization has signed an MoU with 18 Ministries and Departments to augment a comprehensive AIDS response mechanism. He said the government is committed for meeting all the set goals to eradicate HIV from the country.

National Aids Control Organization, NACO  signed an MoU with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for prevention and control of HIV related disease. The MoU intends to create awareness and educate people about the ill-effects of drugs abuse on the individual, family, workplace and society at large.

It aims to reduce stigmatization of and discrimination against, groups and individuals dependent on drugs in order to integrate them back into society.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Rattan Lal Kataria said, both the Ministries will work together, to spread awareness and to reduce HIV related diseases drastically.

India and Pakistan can discuss and resolve all issues bilaterally: PM Modi


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has categorically rejected any scope for third party mediation between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, saying the two countries can discuss and resolve all issues bilaterally.

Prime Minister yesterday met US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of G7 summit in Biarritz, France. Both leaders discussed various issues. Talking to the media, PM Shri Narendra Modi said that India has bilateral issues with Pakistan. He said that both the countries should fight jointly against poverty and work for the betterment of the people of both countries.

Talking to media, President Trump said he agreed with Shri Modi’s view that issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral in nature. Shri Modi wrapped up the visit by addressing the Session on Digital Transformative Technology, furthering innovation and promoting digital payments. He highlighted the efforts of India towards eliminating single-use plastic, conserving water, harnessing solar energy and protecting flora and fauna for a sustainable future.

India’s prominent stand on protecting the environment, climate and digital technology was lauded at the G-7 Summit. The Prime Minister also met other world leaders on the sidelines of the Summit.

Left Wing Extremism has no place in Prime Minister’s Vision of ‘New India’: Home Minister Amit Shah


Union Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah in the review meeting on Left Wing Extremism (LWE) at New Delhi  said that LWE is one of the major internal security challenges faced by the Nation for the last several decades. Left Wing Extremism has no place in Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Vision of ‘New India’, he added. Several Union Ministers including Finance Minister, Ministers for Road Transport & Highways, Agriculture, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Tribal Affairs, MoS Home Affairs, along with Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh attended the meeting and senior officials of Central and State Governments.

Shri Shah observed that LWE organizations are against democratic institutions and use violence to subvert the democratic process at ground level. They actively seek to prevent development in the least developed regions of the country. Their strategy is to misguide people and keep them ignorant. Shri Shah noted that the basis of the PM’s vision of ‘New India’ is the strength of holistic, last-mile development, and it is therefore essential to get rid of the menace of LWE violence. Shri Shah asserted that India’s fight against those who try to subvert democracy with violence would continue relentlessly.

Noting the success of security forces against LWE violence, Shri Shah said that the last few years have seen a decline in number of districts that saw LWE incidents, and the number of incidents as well. From the high 2258 events of LWE violence in 2009, the events have come down to 833 in 2018. The number of deaths dropped from 1005 in 2009 to 240 in 2018. From 96 districts affected by naxal violence in 2010, the number of districts affected was reduced to 60 in 2018.

Shri Shah observed that states play a key role in maintaining law and order, therefore, a synergy between the centre and states can effectively address the issue of LWE. Though incidents of LWE violence have come down, focus needs to be kept to eliminate it completely and all efforts need to be maintained by Centre and states in full pace, he added.

Shri Shah also elaborated the multidimensional strategy followed by the centre in this regard which includes use of advanced technology, sharing intelligence, raising of 66 Indian Reserve Battalions (IRBs) by the centre etc. He emphasized on capacity building of local forces, since it is strong local forces that can effectively neutralize LWE organizations from their areas. In this regard, Shri Shah said that LWE cannot be eradicated without the vigilance and efficiency of the local police in the militancy affected states, hence their role is important. He asked the states to use central schemes and their own budget for police modernization.

The Home Minister also focused on the need to check flow of funds to LWE organizations, and praised the states for the steps taken by them in this regard. Shri Shah also called upon the states to rationalize their surrender policy to mainstream innocent individuals caught in the trap of LWE violence.

Shri Shah said that apart from the flagship schemes of various ministries, specific initiatives have been taken by the Central Government for areas affected by LWE, which mainly include improving road and telecom connectivity, financial inclusion, skill development and education. He specifically talked about accelerating the pace of opening up of schools under Eklavya model as well as ensuring the presence of banking facilities within 5 kms to all citizens.

The Union Home Minister assured the State Governments that the Centre would cooperate fully in eliminating LWE. He said that the time has come for the security forces to formulate a proactive strategy to deal with the issue and it is necessary to prevent LWE incidents at all costs. Shri Shah said innovative measures need to be employed to prevent IED (Improvised Explosive Device) incidents that have caused significant number of casualties in recent years.

Talking about the National strategy to counter LWE formed in 2015, Shri Shah said that it was a multipronged approach consisting of security, development and ensuring participatory governance and rights for local tribals, inter alia. He said that under this strategy, the protection of the rights of local citizens is the priority. Shri Shah urged the states to adopt a focused, time-bound approach to completely eliminate LWE and ensure all-round development of affected regions.

Arun Jaitley Ji played a leading role in realizing the dream of GST: JP Nadda


The heart is deeply mourned by the sudden demise of former Finance and Defense Minister, our senior leader and multidimensional personality Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. His demise is extremely unbearable for me. He was an outstanding politician, renowned advocate, committed activist, amazing orator and a great administrator. His death is an irreparable loss not only to the BJP but also to the politics of the country. He devoted his entire life to the country, society and to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Shri Arun Jaitley ji continued to serve the nation till the last time along with performing various responsibilities in his political and social life. The void that has come in Indian politics with his departure can never be fulfilled. The echoes of his effective speeches inside Parliament and his smiling face even in the most difficult times will always be with us. His idea and opinion will always guide us.

As the Finance Minister during the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Center under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Jaitley Ji has not only established the country as the world’s fastest growing economy, but also played a leading role in realizing the dream of ‘GST – One Nation, One Tax’. He also held many important portfolios during the Vajpayee government. As an energetic speaker and dedicated party worker, he was always devoted to the development of the country. We will all continue to take inspiration from Shri Jaitley Ji. His departure is also a big loss for the parliament.

It was during his tenure as India’s Finance Minister that the NDA government carried out the historic demonetisation with a view to curbing corruption, black money, fake currency and terrorism. It is the result of his efficient management that all decisions in GST Council till date were taken by consensus. During his tenure, shell companies were curbed, action started on black-money, benami property laws passed and record tax collected without raising taxes. Many unmatched achievements like Jan-Dhan accounts, Ease of doing business rankings, record success of Mudra Yojana for Self-Employment and keeping India’s economy as one of the fastest growing economies in the world came during his tenure.

During the Emergency, Shri Jaitley steadfastly fought the oppressive forces and also went to jail to protect the democratic values ​​of the country. He has been an MP from Rajya Sabha continuously since 2000. From 2009 to 2014 he was the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. He was also the convenor of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

Shri Arun Jaitley has always given a new impetus to the country as an intelligent and energetic speaker, effective parliamentarian and skilled administrator. The country will always remember his contribution and remain indebted to him. I got his guidance on every subject in the last several years.

Every member of the BJP family is shocked by the sudden demise of our senior leader Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. May his soul rest in peace and give strength to the mournful family to bear the grief. Om Shanti…

BJP and Arun Jaitley had an unbreakable bond: PM Narendra Modi


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi condole the demise of Former Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and twitted  ” Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary. He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. His passing away is very saddening. Spoke to his wife Sangeeta Ji as well as son Rohan, and expressed condolences. Om Shanti.

He further said “Full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma, Arun Jaitley Ji was admired by people across all sections of society. He was multi-faceted, having impeccable knowledge about India’s Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration.”

During his long political career, Arun Jaitley Ji held multiple ministerial responsibilities, which enabled him to contribute towards India’s economic growth, strengthening our defence capabilities, creating people friendly laws and enhancing trade with other nations.

BJP and Arun Jaitley Ji had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much liked face of our Party, who could articulate the Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society.

With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!

Arun Jaitley’s death is a personal loss for me: Home Minister Amit Shah


Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah has expressed profound sorrow at the passing away of Former Cabinet Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, today. He said, “I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Shri Arun Jaitley. His passing away is a personal loss for me. I have lost not only a senior leader of the organization but also an integral member of the family, whose support and guidance I have been receiving for years. Today his departure has brought a void in the country’s politics and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is not possible to be replenished soon”.

The Home Minister further said, “With his unique experience and rare ability, Arun ji served various responsibilities in the party and the government. A brilliant orator and dedicated activist, he held important positions like the country’s Finance Minister, Defence Minister and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha”.

“Arunji has left an indelible mark as the Finance Minister of the country during the NDA Government’s 2014-19 tenure by implementing Prime Minister’s vision for welfare of the poor on ground and placing India as the world’s fastest growing economy. He was a people-oriented person and always thought for the welfare of the common man. His every decision reflects this quality – be it the matter of taking action on black money or of realizing the dream of ‘GST – One Nation, One Tax’ or be it demonetization. The country will always remember him for his very simple and sensitive personality”, Shri Amit Shah said.