PM lauds Government decision for providing reservation for OBCs and EWS in medical courses


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has lauded the Government’s landmark decision for providing 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Section in the All India Quota Scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical/dental courses from the current academic year.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said;

“Our Government has taken a landmark decision for providing 27% reservation for OBCs and 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Section in the All India Quota Scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical/dental courses from the current academic year.

This will immensely help thousands of our youth every year get better opportunities and create a new paradigm of social justice in our country.”

Government has taken several steps to boost India’s performance at international sporting events : Anurag Thakur


Preparation for International events including Olympics and Asian Games is a continuous process. Training and competitive exposure to sportspersons preparing for international sports events including Olympics is taken care of under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations. The Scheme broadly covers support towards:

–           training camps in India and abroad

–           international competition exposures

–           hiring of Indian and foreign coaches, support staff

–           training equipment

–           hosting of national and international championships in India

–           medical insurance for injuries

Further, support for customised training of medal prospects including for Olympic Games and Asian Games is provided under Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) under the overall ambit of National Sports Development Fund.

A High-Level Committee was constituted to oversee the preparation of Indian contingent for the Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020. During the second wave of Covid-19, several athletes were sent abroad for training so that they may remain unaffected by the ongoing pandemic in the country. Other Tokyo probables were trained in the training camps with social distancing.

‘Sports’ is a State subject. It is the primary responsibility of the State Governments to develop sports including development and creation of sports infrastructure of international standards. However, Central Government also provides financial assistance under its scheme of ‘Khelo India’ to States/UTs to develop critical sports infrastructure and other infrastructure, where there are gaps, including for sports science and sports equipment on the basis of viable proposals from them.

Training of sportspersons preparing to participate in major international tournaments is mainly held at Centres of Sports Authority of India, which have adequate facilities. Further, in order to improve the facilities owned by the State Governments, each State is permitted to identify one existing sports facilities to be declared as Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (SLKISCE) wherein financial support is provided for manpower and upgradation of sports infrastructure facilities by conducting gap analysis. Such 24 SLKISCEs have already started across the country.

For providing financial security, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is implementing the Scheme of Pension to Meritorious Sportspersons, under medallists of Olympic Games, Para-Olympic Games, Asian Games, Para Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and World Cup/World Championships in disciplines of Olympic Games and Asian Games are eligible for lifelong pension in the range of Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 20,000 per month, once they retire from active sports or attain the age of 30 years, whichever is earlier.

Further, the Ministry is also implementing the scheme of Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons, under which financial support uptoRs. 5 lakh is provided to sportspersons living in indigent circumstances, families of deceased sports persons. Further, assistance uptoRs. 10 lakh for medical treatment to sportspersons or family members, assistance uptoRs. 10 lakh for injuries sustained during training for and participation in sports competitions, assistance uptoRs. 2.5 lakh for training, procurement of equipments and participation in national and international sports events, assistance uptoRs. 2 lakh to coaches and support personnel and assistance uptoRs. 4 lakh for medical treatment of coaches and support personnel is provided from the above-said Fund.

This information was given by Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Anurag Thakur in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

22.7 lakh loans have been disbursed to street vendors under SVANIDHI scheme


The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 is implemented by respective States/ Union Territories (UTs) by framing their respective Rules, Scheme, Bye-laws and Plan for Street Vending. So far, Rules under the Act have been notified by all the States/ UTs. Scheme has been notified by all the States/ UTs except Lakshadweep and Ladakh. Meghalaya has its own Street Vendors Act, 2014.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is implementing Pradhan Mantri Street Vendors’ Atma Nirbhar Nidhi Scheme (PM SVANidhi) since June 01, 2020 to facilitate working capital loan of upto Rs.10,000 of 1 year tenure to Street Vendors, vending in urban areas, to resume their businesses, adversely impacted by the pandemic. On prepayment or repayment, they are eligible for an enhanced working capital loan of upto Rs. 20,000 and Rs.50,000 in the second and third tranches respectively. In addition, ‘SVANidhi se Samriddhi’ initiative, designed to build safety net for the beneficiaries’ families by linking them to existing socio-economic welfare schemes of Government of India. It was launched in January 2021 for 125 select cities.

As on July 26, 2021, 43.1 lakh loan applications have been received, out of these 25.2 lakh loans have been sanctioned and 22.7 lakh loans amounting to Rs. 2,243 crore have been disbursed. In addition, Socio-economic profiling of 5.1 lakh beneficiaries along with their family members has been completed and 1.5 lakh scheme benefits have been extended.

Street Vendors engaged in vending in urban areas as on or before March 24, 2020 are eligible for benefit under PM SVANidhi Scheme.  The eligible vendors are identified as per following criteria:

  1. Street vendors in possession of Certificate of Vending / Identity Card issued by Urban Local Bodies (ULBs);
  2. The vendors, who have been identified in the survey but have not been issued Certificate of Vending / Identity Card;
  3. Street Vendors, left out of the ULB led identification survey or who have started vending after completion of the survey and have been issued Letter of Recommendation (LoR) to that effect by the ULB / Town Vending Committee (TVC); and
  4. The vendors of surrounding development/ peri-urban / rural areas vending in the geographical limits of the ULBs and have been issued Letter of Recommendation (LoR) to that effect by the ULB / TVC.

In Maharashtra, as on July 26, 2021, loans have been disbursed to 1.6 lakh street vendors amounting to Rs. 164 Crore.  In Mumbai and Pune, loans have been disbursed to 6,395 and 6,169 Street Vendors respectively.

In addition, socio-economic profiling of 14,094 beneficiaries along with their family members has been completed and 7,998 scheme benefits have been extended in Maharashtra. Mumbai and Pune are not part of 125 cities where ‘SVANidhi se Samriddhi’ is being implemented.

PM SVANidhi is a Central Sector Scheme

In Maharashtra, as on July 26, 2021, 4.2 lakh loan applications have been received, out of these 1.9 lakh loans have been sanctioned and 1.6 lakh loans have been disbursed. In Mumbai, 21,527 loan applications have been received, out of these 8,526 lakh applications have been sanctioned and 6,395 loans have been disbursed. In Pune, 12,107 loan applications have been received, out of these 6,946 lakh loans have been sanctioned and 6,169 loans have been disbursed.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Kaushal Kishore, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

PM greets wildlife lovers on International Tiger Day


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted wildlife lovers, especially those who are passionate about tiger conservation on International Tiger Day.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said;

“On #InternationalTigerDay, greetings to wildlife lovers, especially those who are passionate about tiger conservation. Home to over 70% of the tiger population globally, we reiterate our commitment to ensuring safe habitats for our tigers and nurturing tiger-friendly eco-systems.

India is home to 51 tiger reserves spread across 18 states. The last tiger census of 2018 showed a rise in the tiger population. India achieved the target of doubling of tiger population 4 years ahead of schedule of the St. Petersburg Declaration on tiger Conservation.

India’s strategy of tiger conservation attaches topmost importance to involving local communities. We are also inspired by our centuries old ethos of living in harmony with all flora and fauna with whom we share our great planet.”

Space Activities Bill is under active consideration of the Government: Dr Jitendra Singh


Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said thatthe Space Activities Bill is under active consideration of the Government which will include aspects pertaining to regulation and promotion of private players in space sector. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today, he said, Government is in the process of creating an ecosystem to encourage more private participation in indigenous production of space technologies, services and devices.

Government of India has announced space sector reforms in June 2020. The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) was created as an independent nodal agency under the Department of Space with the mandate of promoting, handholding, licensing, authorization and monitoring of private space activities in India.Access to Department of Space (DOS) facilities and expertise are extended to private entities to support their space activities. Announcement of Opportunities were done offering challenges in new domains of space technology.Government of India is encouraging transfer of technologies developed in the field of space to Indian industries.Apart from this, Government of India is bringing in new sector policies and guidelines and also revising existing policies.

IN-SPACe which is under creation will have Safety and Security Directorate to ensure security of ISRO installations when allowing access to private entities.Public consultations were done and the relevant Departments and Ministries were consulted.

An exclusive webinar in ‘Unlocking India’s potential in space sector’ consisting of four sessions covering the four vertical of space programme were organised with the participation of Industrialist/Academia/Start-ups as well as general public. All suggestions have been taken into consideration and appropriately addressed.

In view of sharp spike in COVID-19 cases, Centre rushes High Level team to Kerala


Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has decided to depute a high-level multi-disciplinary team to Kerala to collaborate with the State Health Authorities in instituting effective public health measures for COVID-19 management in view of the significantly enhanced number of daily COVID cases being reported by Kerala.

The 6 member Central team to Kerala is headed by Dr. S K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The team shall reach Kerala on 30th July, 2021 and visit a few districts.

The team shall work closely with the State Health Departments, take a stock of on ground situation and recommend necessary public health interventions to contain the large number of cases being reported by the State.

Kerala with an active case load of 1.54 lakh is contributing 37.1% of the total active cases in the country, with a growth rate of 1.41 in the last 7 days. Average daily cases being reported in the state are above 17,443. The state has also reported a high case positivity of 12.93% cumulatively and 11.97% weekly. 6 districts are reporting more than 10% weekly positivity.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update


The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st June 2021. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.

As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75% of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs.

More than 47.48 crore (47,48,77,490) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through all sources and a further 53,05,260 doses are in the pipeline.

Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 44,74,97,240 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today).

More than 2.88 Cr (2,88,55,050) balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs and private hospitals to be administered.

BJP works for the service and welfare of  humanity: Jagat Prakash Nadda


BJP National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda addressed the Rashtriya Swasthya Swayamsevak Abhiyan training program at the party’s central office on July 28.

Here are the Salient Points of his Speech:

  • We have joined politics not just to fight elections. Apart from being a political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party also has a strong social and humane aspect. In this context, the Bharatiya Janata Party is starting is starting the Rashtriya Swasthya Swayamsevak Abhiyan to train Swayamsevaks.
  • Under it’s highly successful ‘Apna booth sabse majboot’ Abhiyan, the Bharatiya Janata Party is working to get all our booths and villages rid of Corona. Under the Abhiyan we have set the target of reaching 2 lakh villages for which are imparting medical training to 4 lakh health volunteers.
  • It is only the Bharatiya Janata Party which has got the honour and privilege of serving the people of the country. So far over 48000 volunteers have registered for the programme. This is our introduction.
  • A health volunteer will not only create awareness among the masses about the Corona pandemic, it will also help in initial stages of the Coronavirus disease and help sick people get primary health care and get them admitted in hospital. Every health volunteer will carry a health kit which will include a pulse oximeter, a thermometer, a rapid antigen testing kit and other boosters to fight the Corona pandemic.
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party is merely not just words written on a sign board, it is a party which builds and develops character of its workers, and trains them to do selfless service to the nation with full devotion and dedication. The health volunteers have great responsibility to serve  humanity and help India will its fight against the Corona pandemic.
  • The kind of irresponsible behaviour the Opposition parties adopted in India’s fight against the Corona pandemic, it is highly condemnable and great disservice to humanity. History will always remember this.
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party is not just a election machine, it’s domain is very huge and diverse. The BJP works for the service and welfare of  humanity.
  • In the past one and half years almost all the political parties of our country went into isolation and self quarantine, but it was only the Bharatiya Janata Party which selflessly served the needy and sick people across the country. While almost all the political parties confined themselves to Twitter and press conferences , it was the Bharatiya Janata Party which continued to serve the people of the country.
  • Big world powers proved helpless and totally surrendered before the Coronavirus, but the manner in which the 135 citizens of India fought against the Coronavirus under the leadership and guidance of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji is unprecedented and very remarkable.
  • Today the Rashtriya Swasthya Swayamsevak Abhiyan which we have started will soon become the world’s largest health programme. Similarly our ‘Sewa Hi Sangathan’ became the world’s largest social service programme. In the similar manner India’s Covid vaccination programme is the world’s largest and fastest vaccination programme.
  • It is our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji who has completely changed the definition of public service and devotion towards work. India successfully managed to make two Corona vaccines ready in just nine months, this is the commitment and dedication of our scientists and doctors. When the need arose we were able to increase our production of medical oxygen by a whopping 10 times and supply of medical oxygen was ensured in every part of the country.
  • I am fully confident that selfless service and the commitment of Swayamsevak will make our Swasthya Swayamsevak Abhiyan successful and all our health volunteers will take our noble intentions to the people and make people aware about the Bharatiya Janata Party philosophy of social service.
  • Our programme should not be mere formality, it should be a serious and genuine affair. It should not be our expectation that someone will give us certificate. The greatest certificate for us that we should feel contended and satisfied that we served the people with our full honesty and capabilities.

PM congratulates B.S. Bommai on taking oath as CM of Karnataka


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated Shri B S Bommai ji on taking oath as Chief Minister of  Karnataka.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Congratulations to Shri @BSBommai Ji on taking oath as Karnataka’s CM. He brings with him rich legislative and administrative experience. I am confident he will build on the exceptional work done by our Government in the state. Best wishes for a fruitful tenure.”

PM condoles loss of lives in road accident in Barabanki


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the loss of lives in a road accident in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said;

“यूपी के बाराबंकी में हुए सड़क हादसे की खबर से बहुत दुखी हूं। शोकाकुल परिवारों के साथ मेरी संवेदनाएं हैं। अभी सीएम योगी जी से भी बात हुई है। सभी घायल साथियों के उचित उपचार की व्यवस्था की जा रही है।”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives and Rs. 50,000 to those injured.

 A PMO tweet said, “PM @narendramodi announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the tragic accident in Barabanki. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000 each.”

Chandrayaan-3 is likely to be launched during third quarter of 2022: Dr Jitendra Singh


Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that Chandrayaan-3 is likely to be launched during third quarter of 2022 assuming normal work flow henceforth.  In a written reply to a question in the Lok sabha today, he said, realization of Chandrayaan-3 is in progress.

The realization of Chandrayaan-3 involves various process including finalization of configuration, subsystems realization, integration, spacecraft level detailed testing and a number of special tests to evaluate the system performance on earth. The realization progress was hampered due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, all works that were possible in work from home mode were taken up even during lockdown periods. Chandrayaan-3 realization resumed after commencement of unlock period and is in matured stage of realization.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update


The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country. The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st June 2021. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.

As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75% of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs.

More than 46.23 crore (46,23,27,530) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through all sources and a further 1,20,70,820 doses are in the pipeline.

Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 44,29,95,780 doses (as per data available at 8 AM today).

More than 2.18 Cr (2,18,10,422) balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs and private hospitals to be administered.