28 May 2014

Shri Prakash Javadekar assumes charge as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information & Broadcasting

Shri Prakash Javadekar took charge of his new assignment as Minister of Information & Broadcasting here today. Speaking to media persons thereafter, Shri Javadekar said that freedom of press is the pillar of democracy. He added that press freedom is imperative for the success of democracy as it gives a rainbow of opinion. He also mentioned that the media itself suffices for self-regulation. 

In his interaction with the media-persons, Shri Javadekar further mentioned that institutions are important for the functioning of democracy and priorities would be worked out after due consultation with the stakeholders. 

The Minister also touched upon the idea of “Mazboot Bharat, Viksit Bharat” reiterating the vision of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in this regard. He added that we have a majority for the government but we need cooperation of the entire country to make a strong and developed nation by 2025. 

Later, the Minister was briefed on the key initiatives, mandate and policy framework of the Ministry by Secretary (I&B) and other Senior Officials of the Ministry. 

27 May 2014

VICE PRESIDENT PRESENTS ‘LAKSHMIPAT SINGHANIA-IIM LUCKNOW NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS-2012’

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari presented the ‘Lakshmipat Singhania-IIM Lucknow National leadership Awards-2012’ at a function here today. Addressing on the occasion, he said that the importance of the three categories for which the awards are given viz. “Award for Business; Award for Science and Technology; and Award for Community Service & Social Upliftment”, cannot be underestimated. They are essential pillars in our nation’s quest for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development. 

He said that a vibrant business sector is a necessity for sustained economic growth and employment generation. Science and technology are indispensable for addressing major contemporary challenges of economic growth and social transformation of societies. Similarly, community service and social upliftment is unquestionably required to address the special needs of the poor and marginalized sections of our society, who run the risk of getting left out of the economic growth process, due to extraneous social and economic factors that militate against them. 

The Vice President said that by selecting these three categories for the awards, IIM Lucknow and the JK Organisation have shown great foresight. 

The awards are given in three categories – Award for Business; Award for Science and Technology; and Award for Community Service & Social Upliftment. A Trophy and Citation Scroll was presented to the awardees by the Vice President. 

Following is the text of Vice President’s address : 

“I am happy to have been invited for this ceremony to present the ‘Lakshmipat Singhania-IIM Lucknow National Leadership Awards 2012’ to six distinguished individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and attained excellence in their respective area of work. 

I take this opportunity to salute the memory of Shri Lakshmipat Singhania, a visionary business leader. Shri Singhania was a fine example of a successful entrepreneur who remained committed to his social responsibility for the welfare of the deprived and marginalized section of our society, especially through spread of education. The JK Organization and Shri Hari Shankar Singhania have most ably carried forward the rich legacy of Lakshmipat ji. 

The importance of the three categories for which the awards are given cannot be underestimated. They are essential pillars in our nation’s quest for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development. 

A vibrant business sector is a necessity for sustained economic growth and employment generation. 

Science and technology are indispensable for addressing major contemporary challenges of economic growth and social transformation of societies. 

Similarly, community service and social upliftment is unquestionably required to address the special needs of the poor and marginalized sections of our society, who run the risk of getting left out of the economic growth process, due to extraneous social and economic factors that militate against them. 

By selecting these three categories for the awards, IIM Lucknow and the JK Organisation have shown great foresight. 

It has been said by a famous statesman ‘if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader’. I am confident that all the six awardees fulfill these criteria of leadership. Their recognition today by conferment of this award would surely inspire others to follow their path. 

I extend my heartiest felicitations to the awardees for their achievements and their services to the nation. I also wish them all success in the future. I thank the organizers for having invited me.” 

17 May 2014

Foodgrains Production in 2013-14 Likely to Cross 264 MT: Highest Ever Production Production of Many Crops is Likely to Break Earlier Records 3rd Advance Estimates of Crop Production Released

India is likely to produce 264.38 million tonnes of foodgrains during 2013-14 (includes kharif 2013 and rabi 2013-14crops) compared to 257.13 million tonnes last year. This is more than 7 million tonnes higher than the production last year. In the earlier estimates (2nd Advance Estimates) released in February, the total foodgrain production was pegged at 263.2 million tonne.  

Rice production is expected at record106.29 million tonne and wheat production is expected to reach 95.85 million tonnes, again a record.

Record production has also been achieved in the case of  tur (3.38 million tonne), gram (9.93 million tonnes), maize (24.19 million tonnes), all pulses put together (19.57 million tonne), cotton (36.50 million bales) and jute (10.82 million bales).

The production estimates for major crops for 2013-14 as compared to final estimates for the previous 5 years are as follows:

(million tonnes)
Crop
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
3rd Advance Estimates
Rice
99.18
89.09
95.98
105.31
105.24
106.29
Wheat
80.68
80.80
86.87
94.88
93.51
95.85
Jowar
7.25
6.70
7.00
6.01
5.28
5.25
Bajra
8.89
6.51
10.37
10.28
8.74
9.19
Maize
19.73
16.72
21.73
21.76
22.26
24.19
Coarse Cereals
40.04
33.55
43.40
42.04
40.04

42.68
Tur
2.27
2.46
2.86
2.65
3.02
3.38
Gram
7.06
7.48
8.22
7.70
8.83
9.93
Urad
1.17
1.24
1.76
1.77
1.90
1.50
Moong
1.03
0.69
1.80
1.63
1.19
1.40
Total Pulses
14.57
14.66
18.24
17.09
18.34
19.57
Total Foodgrains
234.47
218.11
244.49
259.32
257.13

264.38
Groundnut
7.17
5.43
8.26
6.96
4.69
9.47
Rapeseed & Mustard
7.20
6.61
8.18
6.60
8.03

7.83
Soyabean
9.91
9.96
12.74
12.21
14.66
11.95
Total Nine Oilseeds
27.72
24.88
32.48
29.80
30.94

32.41
Cotton #
22.28
24.02
33.00
35.20
34.22
36.50
Jute, Mesta # #
10.37
11.82
10.62
11.40
10.93

11.40
Sugarcane
285.03
292.30
342.38
361.04
341.20
348.38
million bales of 170 kgs each
## million bales of 180 kgs each 

29 Apr 2014

Facts at a Glance: Punjab (7th Poll Day)

Date of Poll: 30th April 2014 

S. No.
Item
Number of Parliamentary
Constituencies going on poll= 13
1.
Total Electors
Male –     10266743 
Female –   9260371
Service-        80894
NRI Voters:      169    
------------------------------
 Total  -   19608177
2
Number  & Types of Parliamentary Constituencies
General :                    09
 SC :                           04
3
Total number of Candidates
253

4
Parliamentary Constituencies  having more than 16 candidates

10
5
Parliamentary Constituencies  having more than 32 candidates

NIL
6
Total Number of Female candidates

20
7
No. and Name of the Parliamentary Constituency with maximum No. of  Candidates

PC No. 11 Bathinda
8
No. & Name of the Parliamentary Constituency with  minimum number of Candidates 

PC No. 1 Gurdaspur




9




Party-wise list of candidates:
BJP
3
BSP
13
CPI
5
CPM
1
INC
13
NCP
1
Registered Political Parties (other than recognized National and State)      SAD


10
Independents

118
Others
89
Total
253

10
Largest Parliamentary constituency
Electorate wise
PC No. 13 Patiala
11
Smallest Parliamentary constituency Electorate wise
 PC No. 8- Fatehgarh Sahib

12
Number of General, Expenditure, Police & Awareness Observers  deployed
General Observers -           18
Expenditure Observers  -   18
Police  Observer -                3  
Awareness Observers-         1
Micro Observers-           9504
13
No. of Polling Personnel deployed ( approx)

Not Available
14
No. of  Polling Stations
22022
15.
Number of EVMs to be used in the elections
Control Units -  23192
Ballot Units -    40087

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