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Thursday August 21st 2014

PM to Dedicate Mouda Super Thermal Power Project to the Nation in Nagpur

Nagpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will dedicate the 1000MW (2X500 MW) stage I of Mouda Super Thermal Power Project to the nation in Mouda in Nagpur district of Maharashtra tomorrow, the 21st August . With an investment of Rs. 5459 crore in stage I and proposed investment of Rs. 7921 crore for stage II, the project is poised to be the biggest power station of NTPC in the State.

Shri K. Sankaranarayanan, Governor of Maharashtra, Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Rural Development , Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water & Sanitation & Shri Piyush Goyal , Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy along with other leaders and dignitaries from the State are expected to be present on the occasion.

Power from Mouda stage- I is supplied to the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jammu Kashmir and UTs Daman Diu & Dadar Nagar Haveli. Situated in Nagpur Distt. of Maharashtra, the project will have ultimate capacity of 2320 MW on completion of 1320 MW ( 2X660MW) stage II of the project where construction with target commissioning in the early 13th plan.

The main plant package of stage I was awarded to BHEL in 2008, the first 500MW unit of the project commenced commercial operation in March 2013 and second in March 2014.

NTPC supplies about 4135 MW of power to the state of Maharashtra from its various power stations. The existing stations of NTPC in the state are 1000 MW Mouda stage I and 1967 MW Ratnagiri Gas Power station ( A JV of NTPC, GAIL , MSEB and FIs). The company has 2640 MW capacity under construction in the state at Mouda II (1320MW) and Solapur ( 1320MW) which are likely to commence commercial operations by early 13th plan.

Other major `Community Development` activities being undertaken under R&R plan for Mouda project include construction of community halls in project affected villages, diversion of canal for irrigation purpose, providing drinking water facility & installation of tube wells in project affected villages, construction of internal roads in project affected villages.

President of India condoles the passing away of Bks Iyengar

New Delhi : The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of Shri B. K. S. Iyengar.

In a condolence message to his son, Shri Prashant Iyengar, the President has said, “I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of Shri B. K. S Iyengar.

Shri Iyengar was well known as one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He is credited with establishing and popularizing modern yoga first in India and then across the world. He created a unique school of yoga popularly known as ‘Iyengar Yoga’ and authored several books on yoga practice and philosophy which are considered authoritative texts used by practitioners, young and old.

Shri Iyengar was honoured with Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014 by the Government in recognition of his services to spreading knowledge of Indian culture and tradition globally. In the passing of Shri Iyengar, the nation has lost a personality who devoted his entire life to the teaching and dissemination of India’s ancient knowledge and wisdom to millions all around the world.

I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and Shri Iyengar’s countless disciples and admirers. I pray to the Almighty to give you and your family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss. I also pray for peace of the departed soul”.

Cabinet approves Digital India – A programme to transform India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy

New Delhi : The Cabinet today at the meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi gave its approval for Digital India – A programme to transform India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy.  This is a follow up to the key decisions taken on the design of the programme during the meeting of the Prime Minister on Digital India Programme on August 7, 2014, and to sensitize all ministries to this vast programme touching every corner of the government.  This programme has been envisaged by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).

The vision of Digital India aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.  The programme will be implemented in phases from the current year till 2018.  The Digital India is transformational in nature and would ensure that Government services are available to citizens electronically.  It would also bring in public accountability through mandated delivery of government’s services electronically, a Unique ID and e-Pramaan based on authentic and standard based interoperable and integrated government applications and data basis.

The source of funding for most of the e-Governance projects at present is through budgetary provisions of respective Ministries/ Departments in the Central or State governments. Requirements of funds for individual project(s) for Digital India will be worked out by respective Nodal Ministries/ Departments.

The vision areas of Digital India:

I Infrastructure as Utility to Every Citizen:

(i) High speed internet as a core utility shall be made available in all Gram Panchayats.
(ii) Cradle to grave digital identity – unique, lifelong, online and authenticable.
(iii) Mobile phone and Bank account would enable participation in digital and financial space at individual level.
(iv) Easy access to a Common Service Centre within their locality.
(v) Shareable private space on a public Cloud.
(vi) Safe and secure Cyber-space in the country.

II  Governance and Services on Demand:

(i) Seamlessly integrated across departments or jurisdictions to provide easy and a single window access to all persons.
(ii)  Government services available in real time from online and mobile platforms.
(iii)  All citizen entitlements to be available on the Cloud to ensure easy access.
(iv) Government services digitally transformed for improving Ease of Doing Business.
(v) Making financial transactions above a threshold, electronic and cashless.
(vi) Leveraging GIS for decision support systems and development.

III  Digital Empowerment of Citizens:

(i) Universal digital literacy.
(ii) All digital resources universally accessible.
(iii) All Government documents/ certificates to be available on the Cloud.
(iv) Availability of digital resources / services in Indian languages.
(v) Collaborative digital platforms for participative governance.
(vi) Portability of all entitlements for individuals through the Cloud.

Scope of Digital India:

The overall scope of this programme is:
(i) to prepare India for a knowledge future.
(ii) on being transformative that is to realize IT (Indian Talent) + IT (Information Technology)  = IT (India Tomorrow)

(iii) making technology central to enabling change.
(iv)  on being  an Umbrella Programme – covering many departments.
· The programme weaves together a large number of ideas and thoughts into a single, comprehensive vision, so that each of them is seen as part of a larger goal. Each individual element stands on its own, but is also part of the larger picture.
· The weaving together makes the Mission transformative in totality.
(v) The Digital India Programme will pull together many existing schemes which would be restructured and re-focused and implemented in a synchronized manner.  The common branding of the programmes as Digital India, highlights their transformative impact.

Digital India aims to provide the much needed thrust to the nine pillars of growth areas, namely

1.Broadband Highways,
2.Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity,
3.Public Internet Access Programme,
4.e-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology,
5.e-Kranti – Electronic Delivery of Services,
6.Information for All,
7.Electronics Manufacturing,
8.IT for Jobs
9.Early Harvest Programmes.

Approach and Methodology:

i Ministries / Departments / States would fully leverage the Common and Support ICT Infrastructure established by the Government of India.
ii The existing/ ongoing e-Governance initiatives would be revamped to align them with the principles of Digital India.  Scope enhancement, Process Reengineering, use of integrated & interoperable systems and deployment of emerging technologies like Cloud & mobile would be undertaken to enhance delivery of Government services to citizens.
iii  States would be given flexibility to identify for inclusion additional state-specific projects, which are relevant to their socio-economic needs.
iv  e-Governance would be promoted through a centralised initiative to the extent necessary, to ensure citizen centric service orientation.
v Successes would be identified and their replication promoted proactively.
vi Public Private Partnerships would be preferred wherever feasible.
vii Adoption of Unique ID would be promoted to facilitate identification, authentication and delivery of benefits.
viii  Restructuring of NIC would be undertaken to strengthen the IT support to all government departments at the Centre and State levels.
ix  The positions of Chief Information Officers (CIO) would be created in at least 10 key ministries so that various e-Governance projects could be designed, developed and implemented faster.
x  DeitY would create necessary senior positions within the department for managing the programme.
xi Central Ministries / Departments and State Governments would have the overall responsibility for implementation of various Mission Mode and other projects under this Programme. Considering the need for overall aggregation and integration at the national level, it is considered appropriate to implement Digital India as a programme with well defined roles and responsibilities of each agency involved.

Program Management Structure :
A programme management structure would be established for monitoring implementation. Key components of the management structure would consist of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for according approval to projects, a Monitoring Committee headed by the Prime Minister, a Digital India Advisory Group chaired by the Minister of Communications and IT, an Apex Committee chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) / Committee on Non Plan Expenditure (CNE).

President of India condoles loss of lives due to floods in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi : The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled loss of lives due to floods in certain areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

In individual messages sent to Shri D.Y. Patil, Governor of Bihar and Shri Ram Naik, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, the President said “I am saddened to know about the unprecedented floods in certain areas of the State, which have caused loss of lives, injuries and damage to property. I understand rescue and relief operations are currently underway.

I am sure the State Government and other authorities are making all efforts to bring relief to those affected and also providing assistance to the people who have incurred losses.

Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I pray to the Almighty to give the families who have lost their dear ones, the strength and courage to bear the irreparable loss”.


PM greets the people on Janmashtami

New Delhi: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.

“जन्माष्टमी पर सभी देशवासियों को शुभकामनाएं। जय श्री कृष्ण !”

“Greetings on Janmashtami! May Lord Krishna bless our lives with peace, prosperity and happiness,” the Prime Minister said.

Vice President Greets Citizens on Navroz

New Delhi: The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has extended his best wishes to all citizens on the joyous occasion of ‘Navroz’, which marks the beginning of the Parsi New Year. In his message, he has said Navroz is celebrated with gaiety and fervor throughout the country. It is a manifestation of our rich and vibrant composite culture and symbolizes the unity of our people.

“I extend my best wishes to all our citizens on the joyous occasion of ‘Navroz’, which marks the beginning of the Parsi New Year.
Navroz is celebrated with gaiety and fervor throughout the country. It is a manifestation of our rich and vibrant composite culture and symbolizes the unity of our people.
May Navroz bring peace, prosperity and happiness in our lives.”, the Vice President said.


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