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The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley holds bilateral discussions with Mr Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank (ADB), in Delhi today on a wide range of issues pertaining to enhanced cooperation between India and ADB.
The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley held bilateral discussions with Mr Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank (ADB), in Delhi today on a wide range of issues pertaining to enhanced cooperation between India and ADB.

President Nakao congratulated the Finance Minister on Government’s decision to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST) reforms. The Finance Minister, Shri Jaitley, thanked President ADB for the continued support from ADB for development projects in India, and for agreeing to enhance the lending operations of the Bank in India from $ 3 billion a year to $ 4 billion per annum. ADB President also assured to expand ADB assistance to relatively lesser developed States in the area of power (including renewable energy), transport, urban development, and health services.

President Nakao also agreed to India’s suggestion to set-up a regional hub in New Delhi for South Asia region, which could expedite the process of project preparation and delivery for India and other countries in the region. India and ADB also agreed to increasingly adopt country system for procurement, and social and environmental safeguards for ADB assisted projects in a time bound manner.

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Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal released the first part of the study Pathways to Integrate 175 Gigawatts of Renewable Energy into Indias Electricity Grid at an event organized here today.  The second volume, to be released in July, takes a more in-depth look at system operations in the Western and Southern regions.

 

The study, developed under the U.S.-India bilateral program Greening the Grid, confirms the technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into Indias power grid by 2022, and identifies future course of actions that are favorable for such integration. The Government of India in 2015 had set the ambitious target of adding 100 GW of solar energy and 60 GW of wind energy into the countrys energy mix.

 

The report resolves many questions about how India’s electricity grid can manage the variability and uncertainty of adding large amounts of renewable energy into the grid. The results demonstrate that power system balancing with 100 GW solar and 60 GW wind is achievable at 15-minute operational timescales with minimal reduction in renewable energy output. India’s current coal-dominated power system has the inherent flexibility to accommodate the variability associated with the targeted renewable energy capacities.

 

Some of the key operational impacts that came out of the report were: (1) large-scale benefits of fuel savings and reduced emissions due to increased renewable energy production; (2) existing fast-ramping infrastructure is sufficient to maintain grid balance; and (3) in post-175 GW clean energy scenario, coal plants operating at part capacity will need suitable incentives for flexibility. The study also evaluates the value of strategies to better integrate renewable energy and demonstrates the importance of policy and market planning.

 

A multi-institutional team from Indias Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) and the U.S. Department of Energys National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) produced the report using advanced weather and power system modeling, under the leadership of Ministry of Power and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with co-sponsorship from the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the 21st Century Power Partnership.

 

Speaking at the launch, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said: “It is time for the people of India to get ready and embrace the change with a New Mindset of a New Grid for a New India, which is ready to integrate large amount of renewable energy. It is appropriate time following on Honorable Prime Ministers meeting with the U.S. President under a robust and focused U.S.-India Energy Partnership. The ministry is extremely appreciative of the continued engagement and support from USAID and congratulates all the stakeholders including POSOCO, NREL, LBNL on the achievement of this outcome. Combined and collaborative efforts such as these are labour and data intensive and detailed and often go unsung but are critical to creating the backbone for a reliable grid.”

 

Highlighting the importance of the study and U.S.-India collaboration on clean energy, Michael Satin, Director of Clean Energy and Environment at USAID/India, said: “USAID has a long-standing collaboration with the Government of India in the area of energy. Energy is a key determinant of growth and India needs sustainable energy sources to continue to grow at 7-8 percent annually. Introducing renewable energy solutions into established energy systems often requires changes to well-established policy, institutions, and market structures. This study will prove to be helpful in scaling up renewable energy in India effectively and sustainably.”

 

The results were based on a number of key assumptions including transmission planning existingwithin each statebut not necessarily on corridors between states; compliance of all coal plants with the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission regulation that coal plants be able to operate at 55 percent of rated capacity; and a better load forecast. Input data, assumptions and study results were validated extensively by more than 150 technical experts from central agencies including the Central Electricity Authority,Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL), and NTPC; state institutions including grid operators, power system planners, renewable energy nodal agencies and distribution utilities; and the private sector, including renewable energy developers, thermal plant operators, utilities, research institutions, market operators and industry representatives.

 

Other Dignitaries present on the occasion were Shri P.K. Pujari, Secretary Power, Shri R.K. Verma, CEA Chairman, Shri K.V.S. Baba, CEO, POSOCO, Shri I.S Jha, CMD PGCIL and other senior officers from Ministries of Power and MNRE.

 

Link to the Study Report

 

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Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, interacted with the Electricity Regulators during the 60th Meeting of the Forum of Regulators (FoR) here today.

 

In his address, Shri Goyal reiterated that while the Forum is a recommendatory body, it is incumbent upon the regulators to implement its recommendations in true spirit.  For instance, the Forum has made salutary recommendations on RPO compliance including the need and framework of penalty for non-compliance of RPO.  Model framework for energy accounting and settlement – which is the basic building block for energy transaction, has also been evolved.  States should implement all such recommendations mandatorily in the larger interest of the development of the power sector , Shri Goyal added.

            The Minister further stated that role of the States is of paramount importance in carrying forward reforms in power sector.  The Government has come up with important policy initiatives to address chronic issues of power sector through its “UDAY” and “Power for All” schemes.  These schemes are not only aimed at resolving legacy issues, but also provide futuristic roadmap leading to non-recurrence of any of the past problems.  State Governments and State Utilities are the major stakeholders in implementation of the scheme.  However, the Regulators have a critical role to play in ensuring speedy implementation and close monitoring of compliance of the norms and trajectories specified in the UDAY scheme.

            Shri Goyal , while drawing attention to the issues which are sub judice at different judicial platforms, asked the Regulators to critically examine the matters before them and offer innovative solutions, so that time lag in approaching judicial forums seeking solutions could be reasonably avoided. 

            While stressing the need for independent and efficient discharge of duties by the Regulators, the Power Minister  assured full cooperation of the Centre in resolving any issue that might come in the way of their taking decisions professionally.  He drew attention towards the problems of stressed assets and solicited cooperation of the Regulators in resolving them and helping revive such assets. Since we have more than thirty State Electricity Regulators having different interpretation about some issues, he urged them to have uniformity in approach in the true spirit of implementation of Act and Policies.

            Shri Goyal emphasised on the need for structured peer review by the Regulators themselves, which could set an example of self imposed accountability.  He requested the Regulators to come up with State-wise while papers highlighting the problems specific to States and suggesting possible measures to address the same and offered to have a dedicated brainstorming session to jointly resolve such matters and take the reforms story forward in power sector.

The Power Minister also appreciated the CERC for going digital on June 15, 2017 when it conducted hearing through electronic mode– the first of its kind in any quasi judicial regulatory authority in India.  The initiative is in line with the spirit of the Digital India initiative of the Government of India, and seeks to achieve economy and efficiency in disposal of petitions.  Shri Goyal appreciated the active role being played by the FoR.  Since its inception in 2005, the Forum has held 60 meetings so far and discussed and evolved consensus on wide ranging issues facing the power sector. 

It was mentioned that initiative taken by Ministry of power to bring transparency in the procurement of Short term requirement of power through e-Bidding route using DEEP Portal has resulted in the substantial cost savings to the tune of approximately Rs 2000 Crs in the Financial Year 2016-17 with respect to previous year 2015-16.

 

During the meeting, Shri Goyal also launched Web Portal ‘MERIT’ i.e. Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency and ‘Weather Portal for Power Sector’ . He also released Report on ‘Operational Analysis for Optimization of Hydro Resources & facilitating Renewable Integration in India.

 

  FoR is a statutory body headed by Chairperson of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) and having Chairpersons of all State Electricity Regulatory Commissions as its Members. 

 

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Text of PM’s address at the ceremony to inaugurate the new premises of Abdul Kalam Technical University & launch development initiatives in Lucknow

नौजवान साथिओं,

आज एक साथ कई प्रकल्‍पों के लिए इस कार्यक्रम में मुझे सम्मिलित होने का अवसर मिला है। उत्‍तर प्रदेश में सरकार के द्वारा जिस उमंग और उत्‍साह के साथ, स्‍पष्‍ट दृष्टिकोण के साथ विकास की यात्रा चल रही है; देश के हर कोने में उत्‍तर प्रदेश की पल-पल की घटनाओं की तरफ लोगों का ध्‍यान है, बड़ी उत्‍सुक्‍ता है। और योगी जी के नेतृत्‍व में एक के बाद एक जो कदम उठाए जा रहे हैं, परिश्रम की पराकाष्‍ठा करते हुए, कई वर्षों की जो बीमारियां हैं, लम्‍बे अर्से के जो अवरोध हैं; उसे दूर करते हुए उत्‍तर प्रदेश को तेजी से आगे बढ़ाने के उनके प्रयास, योगी जी को उनकी टीम को मैं बहुत-बहुत बधाई देता हूं; उनका बहुत-बहुत अभिनंदन करता हूं।

आज मुझे कुछ समय Drug Research Institute में बिताने का अवसर मिला। हमारे वैज्ञानिक मानवता के लिए ऐसे Drugs जो सस्‍ते भी हों, कारगर भी हों और side-effect के बिना त्‍वरित उपचार करने वाले हो, उसके संशोधन में अपनी पूरी जिंदगी laboratory में खपा रहे हैं। वैज्ञानिक एक प्रकार से आधुनिक ऋषि होते हैं और आधुनिक ऋषि की तरह वो अपने लक्ष्‍य को समर्पित हो करके मानव को किस प्रकार से मुसीबतों से मुक्‍त किया जाए, शारीरिक पीड़ा से मुक्‍त किया जाए, परम्‍परागत ज्ञान-विज्ञान को आधुनिक साधनों के माध्‍यम से, आधुनिक व्‍यवस्‍थाओं के माध्‍यम से और अधिक सटीक कैसे बनाया जाये; उस पर वो काम कर रहे हैं।

आज मानव के सामने, खास करके आरोग्‍य के क्षेत्र में अनेक चुनौतियां हैं। एक दवाई बनाने में सालों बीत जाते हैं, सैंकड़ो वैज्ञानिक खप जाते हैं, लेकिन उसके पहले नए प्रकार की बीमारी जन्‍म ले लेती है। एक प्रकार से स्‍पर्धा चलती है। लेकिन विज्ञान की मदद से, innovation के सहारे हमने इस दोषों को परास्‍त करना है, बीमारियों को परास्‍त करना है और गरीब से गरीब व्‍यक्ति को सस्‍ते से सस्‍ती और कारगर दवाई कैसे उपलब्‍ध हो, इस चुनौतियों को हमने स्‍वीकार करके विजयी होना है।

आज मुझे इस Technical University के भवन के लोकार्पण का भी अवसर मिला है। डॉक्‍टर एपीजे अब्‍दुल कलाम के साथ इसका नाम जुड़ा हुआ है। मैं नहीं मानता हूं कि तकनीकी जगत के लिए डॉक्‍टर एपीजे अब्‍दुल कलाम से बड़ा कोई प्रेरणा का नाम हो सकता है। Science is Universal but Technology Must Be Local. और यहीं पर हमारी कसौटी है। विज्ञान के सिद्धान्‍त प्रतिपादित हो चुके हैं। विज्ञान का ज्ञान उपलब्‍ध है, लेकिन हमारी युवा पीढ़ी से उन चीजों की अपेक्षा है कि उपलब्‍ध संसाधनों के माध्‍यम से जब Technology मानव जीवन को बड़ी प्रभावित कर रही है, तब हम Technology में वो कौन से संशोधन करें, कौन से आविष्‍कार करें, जो हमारे सामान्‍य मानवी की Quality of Life में बदलाव लाएं। हम दुनिया में गर्व कर रहे हैं कि भारत, जिसके पास Eight Hundred Million नौजवानों की फौज है, 35 से कम उम्र के नौजवानों का ये देश है, उसके पास दिमाग भी है। अगर हाथ में हुनर हो, विज्ञान अधिष्‍ठान हो, और Technology का आविष्‍कार हो तो मेरा देश का नौजवान विश्‍व में अपना डंका बजाने का सामर्थ्‍य रखता है। लेकिन हम उस Technology के सहारे उतनी प्रगति नहीं कर सकते। जो पिछली शताब्दियों में बहुत बड़ा रोल कर गई होगी, लेकिन आने वाली शताब्‍दी में शायद वो उपकारक न भी हो। और इसलिए Technology को समय से आगे चलना पड़ता है, उसे दूर का देखना पड़ता है। और भारत के नौजवानों में वो सामर्थ्‍य है, उस सामर्थ्‍य को ले करके हम Technology के क्षेत्र में नई ऊंचाइयों को कैसे पार करें।

आज भी हमारा देश Defense के लिए, सुरक्षा के लिए, हमारी फौज के लिए हर छोटी-मोटी चीज विदेशों से हम लाते हैं। क्‍या हम बहुत जल्‍द Defense के Sector में भारत को आत्‍मनिर्भर नहीं बना सकते हैं? क्‍या देश की सुरक्षा के लिए जिन संसाधनों की आवश्‍कता है, जिस Technology की आवश्‍यकता है, जिस equipment की आवश्‍यकता है, उसे भारत में ही नए-नए आविष्‍कार के साथ हम क्‍यों न करें। सुरक्षा के क्षेत्र में भारत आत्‍मनिर्भर कैसे बने, इस सपनों को ले करके हम आगे बढ़ रहे हैं। और इसलिए हमने कई नीतिगत परिवर्तन किए हैं। Defense Sector में 100 Percent Foreign Direct Investment को हमने Open किया। हमने भारत के कारोबारियों को Partnership के लिए Open Up किया है। हमने भारत सरकार जो चीजें बाहर से लेती है, अगर हिन्‍दुस्‍तान में बनी हुई लेगी तो उसको विशेष प्रोत्‍साहन की सूची तैयार की है। और ये सारे अवसर Technology से जुड़ी हुई युवा पीढ़ी के लिए हैं।

वैसा ही एक दूसरा क्षेत्र है। आज Medical Science एक प्रकार से Technology Driven है। अब डॉक्‍टर तय नहीं करता है कि आपको कौन सी बीमारी है, मशीन तय करता है कि आप किस बीमारी से ग्रस्‍त हैं। आपके शरीर में कहां तकलीफ है, कहां कमी है, कैसी तकलीफ है; वो मशीन तय करता है। और बाद में डॉक्‍टर उस मशीन की रिपोर्ट के आधार पर आपके लिए आरोग्‍य का रोडमैप क्‍या होगा, दवाइयां कौन सी होंगी, ऑपरेशन करना है या नहीं करना है; उसके फैसले करता है। लेकिन ये Medical Equipment, उसका Manufacturing, भारत इतना बड़ा देश है, उसको इतनी बड़ी Requirement है। हमारी Technology Field के Students क्‍यों न सोचें कि हम वो Start Up शुरू करेंगे, हम उस विषय पर खोज करेंगे, हम भारत के अंदर ही आरोग्‍य के क्षेत्र में जिस Equipment की Requirement है उस Requirement को पूरा करने के लिए नई खोज के साथ नए निर्माण की दिशा में जाएंगे।

‘Make in India’ ये पूरा Concept हिन्‍दुस्‍तान के Technology से जुड़े हुए हमारे नौजवानों को एक नया अवसर देने के लिए, Start Up India, Stand Up India, Skill India, मुद्रा योजना, चाहे Finance की व्‍यवस्‍था करनी हो, चाहे Technological Support की व्‍यवस्‍था हो, चाहे Human Resource Development में Skill को प्रधान्‍य देना हो, चाहे Technical Knowledge में नई ऊंचाइयों को पार करना हो, एक प्रकार से Comprehensive Approach के साथ देश को, देश के पास जो Technical ज्ञान है, जो Technical महारत है, जो हमारी University के पास होगी, हमारी नौजवान पीढ़ी के पास होगी; इन सबको संतुलित करते हुए, संकलित करते हुए, देश को एक नई ऊंचाइयों पर ले जाना है। और इस देश ने दिखाया है, जब भी हिन्‍दुस्‍तान के युवा लोगों को अवसर मिला है, उन्‍होंने चुनौतियों को पार भी किया है और नए सीमांकन भी प्रस्‍थापित किए हैं।

Mars पर जाने के लिए दुनिया के बड़े-बड़े देशों ने प्रयास किया। पहले Trial में दुनिया का कोई देश Mars और Orbit में नहीं जा सका था। हिन्‍दुस्‍तान दुनिया का पहला देश था जो पहले Trial में Mars और Orbit में पहुंचा था। और दुनिया को तब अचरज हो गया कि भारत के युवा वैज्ञानिकों ने ये Mars की यात्रा इतनी सस्‍ते में की। लखनऊ में अगर आपको टैक्‍सी में जाना है, ऑटो रिक्‍शा में जाना है तो एक किलोमीटर का 10 रुपया तो लगता ही होगा। हम Mars पर पहुंचे, एक किलोमीटर का सिर्फ सात रुपये का खर्चा किया। और हमारा Mars पर जाने का जो Total Budget था वो Hollywood की फिल्‍म का जो खर्चा होता है उससे कम खर्चे में हमारे देश के वैज्ञानिक Mars पर पहुंच चुके।

ये सामर्थ्‍य है हमारी युवा पीढ़ी में, ये सामर्थ्‍य है हमारे देश के talented नौजवानों में, technicians में, वैज्ञानिकों में, पिछले दिनों जब भारत ने एक साथ 104 सेटेलाइट छोड़े दुनिया के लिए आश्‍चर्य था कि एक साथ 104 सेटेलाइट छोड़ने की ताकत इस देश के वैज्ञानिकों में है। इस सामर्थ्‍य को लेकर के आगे बढ़ना है और उस अर्थ में आज ये Technical University और उसके साथ जुड़े हुए सारे संबद्ध colleges उसको कैसे आगे बढ़ाएं? मैं जानता हूं उत्‍तर प्रदेश में शिक्षा के क्षेत्र में काम करना कितना कठिन है। हमारे गर्वनर श्रीमान राम नाइक जी चांसलर के रूप में University में discipline कैसे आए, University में समय सीमा में काम कैसे हो, इस पर देर रात काम कर रहे थे। उत्‍तर प्रदेश के 28 Universities में से 24 Universities को अब वो समय पर exam हो, समय पर convocation हो, इसको कराने में सफल हुए हैं। ये discipline बहुत आवश्‍यक होती है। लेकिन राम नाइक जी बहुत ही focus काम करने के आदी हैं जिस चीज को हाथ में लेते हैं उसको पूरा करके रहते हैं और इसलिए उत्‍तर प्रदेश की Universities में rules and regulations, नियम परम्‍पराएं, discipline विद्यार्थियों के समय की बर्बादी न हो उस पर बड़ी बारीकी से नजर रखते हुए उसको आगे बढ़ाने का प्रयास कर रहे हैं। अब योगी जी की सरकार आ गई है तो उनको और सुविधा हो गई है। काम को और सरलता से बढ़ा रहे हैं।

आज मेरे लिए खुशी की बात है कि प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के लिए कुछ परिवारों को उस आवास के निमत उनकी परवानगी के संबध में एक प्रमाणपत्र दिया गया है। 2022 में भारत आजादी के 75 साल मनाएगा। आजादी के दीवानों ने सपने देखे थे, तब वो फांसी के तख्‍त पर चढ़े थे। जवानी जेलों में खपा दी थी। एक सुखी समृद्ध हिन्‍दुस्‍तान देखना चाहते थे। आजाद हिन्‍दुस्‍तान देखना चाहते थे। उन्‍होंने अपना सर्वस्‍व न्‍यौच्‍छावार किया था। 2022 में आजादी के 75 साल होंगे। क्‍या सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों की जिम्‍मेवारी नहीं है कि देश के दीवानों के सपनों को पूरा करने के लिए हम हिन्‍दुस्‍तान को नई ऊंचाइयों पर ले जाएं। क्‍या सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासी मिलकर के इस देश को आगे नहीं ले जा सकते हैं? मेरा आत्‍मविश्‍वास है कि सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों में वो सामर्थ्‍य है कि हिन्‍दुस्‍तान को नई ऊंचाइयों पर ले जा सकते हैं। हमने सपना संजोया है कि 2022 जब आजादी के 75 साल हों, हिन्‍दुस्‍तान के गरीब से गरीब के पास उसका अपना रहने के लिए घर हो, उसको अपनी छत हो और घर भी वो हो जिसमें शौचालय हो, बिजली हो, पानी हो, नजदीक में बच्‍चों को पढ़ने के लिए शिक्षा की व्‍यवस्‍था हो और उस सपने को पूरा करने के लिए पूरे देश में एक अभियान चलाएं ग्रामीण आवास का, शहरी आवास का और उसी के तहत कुछ माताओं को आज आवास मिले उनको घर मिले उसके लिए एक सम्‍मति पत्र सरकार की तरफ से दिया गया और एक मां कह रही थी। अब अच्‍छा हुआ बोले मेरा मकान बन जाएगा, बच्‍चों की शादी कराऊंगी और आपको शादी में बुलाऊंगी। उनका इतना उत्‍साह था। सपने जब सच होने लगते हैं तब इंसान किसी भी अवस्‍था में क्‍यों न हो कुछ कर गुजरने का माजा पैदा होता है वो मैंने उस मां की बातों से देखा है। शब्‍द उनके थे लेकिन वो भाव बड़ी प्रेरणा देती थी।

आज बिजली ऊर्जा ये विकास के लिए बहुत महत्‍वपूर्ण है technology जीवन की life में ऊर्जा का अपना एक सामर्थ्‍य है। renewable energy के द्वारा solar energy के द्वारा देश में एक नई क्रांति लाने का प्रयास चल रहा है। LED bulb घर-घर पहुंचाकर के बिजली बचाने का एक बहुत बड़ा अभियान चल रहा है। करीब 22 करोड़ से भी ज्‍यादा LED के bulb पिछले एक साल के भीतर-भीतर घरों में लग चुके हैं और उसके कारण बिजली उससे भी ज्‍यादा मिलती है लेकिन खर्चा LED bulb के कारण, जिन परिवारों में LED bulb का उपयोग हो रहा है उससे जो बिजली के बिल की बचत हो रही है, वो करीब करीब 12 से 13 हजार करोड़ रुपये की बचत है। ये सामान्‍य मानवीय के पैसे बच रहे हैं। आज 400 KV का transmission line का यहां मैं लोकार्पण कर रहा हूं। ये जो मध्‍य भाग है कानपुर तक का पूरा उन्नाव समेत सारा, वहां पर एक quality बिजली, जो यहां के औद्योगिक जीवन को मदद करेगी, जो यहां के घर में जो बिजली चाहिए वो मदद मिलेगी। और आपके यहां तो बिजली वितरण में भी VIP कोटा रहता था मैंने सुना है। कुछ district बड़े VIP रहते थे वहां बिजली का एक प्रकार रहता था और कुछ district ऐसे थे ये… मैं योगी जी की बधाई करता हूं, अभिनंदन करता हूं उनका कि उन्‍होंने सभी 75 जिलों को एक समान रूप से बिजली के कारोबार का मदद करने का निर्णय किया। शासन का यही काम होता है। कुछ को विशेष लाभ और कुछ को कुछ नहीं। इसको खत्‍म करने में कितनी दिक्‍कत आती है, मैं जानता हूं लेकिन मुझे विश्‍वास है योगी जी ये करके रहेंगे, उन्‍होंने ये तय किया है परिणाम लाकर रहेंगे।

भाइयों बहनों, विकास की नई ऊंचाइयों को पार करने का देश प्रयास कर रहा है। जीवन के हर क्षेत्र में विकास की नई ऊंचाइयों को पार करना है। सवा सौ करोड़ देश, इन सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों का ताकत आज पूरा विश्‍व ये मानता है कि दुनिया की बड़ी economy में सबसे तेज गति से आगे बढ़ना वाला कोई देश है तो उस देश का नाम हिन्‍दुस्‍तान है। पूरा विश्‍व आज भारत को गौरव की तरफ देख रहा है। अब हम सब सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासी मिलकर के तय करें, हम उत्‍तर प्रदेश के नागरिक मिलकर के तय करें, आप देखिए बदलाव कैसा आता है।

1 जुलाई से जीएसटी का प्रारंभ हो रहा है। इस देश के लिए बड़े गर्व की बात है। इस देश के सभी राजनीतिक दल, इस देश के सभी राजनीतिक नेता, कितना ही विरोध क्‍यों न हो। इस देश की सभी राज्‍य सरकारें, केंद्र सरकार मिलकर के एक ऐसा ऐतिहासिक काम करने जा रहें हैं जो 1 जुलाई से देश की अर्थव्‍यवस्‍था में एक बहुत बड़ा परिवर्तन आने वाला है। ये अपने आपमें बहुत बड़ी सिद्धी है। भारत के Federal Structure की सिद्धी है। भारत के राजनीतिक दलों की maturity की सिद्धी है। दल से ऊपर देश, ये हिन्‍दुस्‍तान के सभी राजनीतिक दलों ने दिखा दिया है। मैं सभी राजनीतिक दलों का आभारी हूं, मैं सभी राज्‍य सरकारों का आभारी हूं, मैं सभी विधानसभाओं का आभारी हूं, लोकसभा का, राज्‍यसभा का आभारी हूं। सबने मिलकर के इस जीएसटी लागू करने के लिए प्रयास सफलतापूर्वक किया। अब मुझे विश्‍वास है कि 1 जुलाई के बाद नागरिकों के सहयोग से, खासकर के छोटे-मोटे व्‍यापारियों के सहयोग से, हम सफलतापूर्वक जीएसटी में आगे बढ़ेंगे तब दुनिया के लिए बहुत बड़ा अजूबा होगा कि इतना बड़ा देश इस प्रकार से transformation कर सकता है। भारत के लोकतंत्र की ताकत की पहचान होगी दुनिया को कि इस देश के सभी दल, सभी भिन्‍न-भिन्‍न विचारधारा वाले दल देश हित में कंधे से कंधा मिलाकर के कितना बड़ा फैसला करते हैं, ये दुनिया के सामने एक अजूबा की तरह दिखने वाला है। ये भारत के लोकतंत्र की ताकत है, भारत के लोकतंत्र की maturity की ताकत है। भारत के लोकतंत्र में राजनीतिक दलों की leadership की maturity की ताकत है कि संभव हुआ है। और इसलिए इसकी credit न मोदी को जाती है न एक सरकार को जाती है। ये सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों को जाती है। भारत के mature लोकतंत्र को जाता है। देश के सभी राजनीतिक दलों को जाता है, देश की सभी विधानसभाओं को जाता है, लोकसभा और राज्‍यसभा को जाता है।

अब इतना बड़ा काम हुआ है। हम उसे समझे, कठिनाईयां है तो सरकार ने सारी व्‍यवस्‍था की है। इन कठिनाइयों को दूर करने के पूरे प्रयास जारी रहेंगे, लेकिन एक सफल यात्रा और अधिक अच्‍छी तरह सफल हो उसके लिए 1 जुलाई से सभी देश के विशेषकर के व्‍यापारी कौम, ये उसको अपने कंधें पर उठाएं, दो कदम आगे चलें और सरलता पूर्वक उसको पार करने में देश का नेतृत्‍व ये हमारे व्‍यापारी आलम करें और करेंगे ऐसा मेरा विश्‍वास है।

इसी एक अपेक्षा के साथ, मैं आप सबको इस कैंपस में पढ़ने वाले, इस कैंपस से जुड़े हुए सभी नौजवानों को हृ़दय से बहुत शुभकामनाएं देता हूं, सफलता के लिए बहुत-बहुत अभ्‍यर्थना करता हूं।

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अ‍तुल तिवारी/अमित कुमार/निर्मल शर्मा/ममता

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Today, GSAT-17 became India’s third communication satellite to successfully reach orbit in the past two months. GSAT-17 was launched in the early morning hours using the European Ariane 5 Launch Vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana. The 3477 kg GSAT-17 carries communication payloads in C-band, Extended C-band and S-band for providing various services to the country. The satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services.

After its lift-off at 0245 hrs (2:45 am) IST and a flight lasting about 39 minutes, GSAT-17 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 249 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,920 km, inclined at an angle of 3 degrees to the equator.

ISRO's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-17 immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle. Preliminary health checks of the satellite revealed its normal functioning.

In the coming days, orbit raising manoeuvres will be performed to place GSAT-17 satellite in the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) by using the satellite’s propulsion system in steps.

During the final stages of its orbit raising operations, the two solar arrays and both the antenna reflectors of GSAT-17 will be deployed. Following this, the satellite will be put in its final orbital configuration. GSAT-17 will be positioned at its designated orbital slot in the geostationary orbit and will be co-located with some of the Indian operational geostationary satellites. Later, it is planned to turn on the communication payloads of the satellite. After the successful completion of all the in-orbit tests, GSAT-17 will be ready for operational use.

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Shri Piyush Goyal Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal , New & Renewable Energy and Mines launched Weather Portal for Power Sector in association with POSOCO and IMD at the meeting of the Forum of Regulators here today .

 

Day to day weather variations have an impact on load demand and energy production, transport and distribution management, as well as energy prices. Extreme events such as heat waves or cold waves, wind storms or floods can of course have dramatic consequences on the production means or the electrical grid of a country including physical damage to the infrastructure. The information available in the Portal regarding weather forecast shall help State Discoms to take pro-active steps regarding short term and medium term management processes and supply planning requirements and also for better planning for infrastructure availability to ensure cost effective and reliable supply.

 

 

The Portal provides the following information :

·         Regional Weather Summary : This provides Weather Outlook for the Region for the current day and upto next 7 days. Weather stations of Meteorological department have been mapped to the nearest important Electrical Station/ Power Stations in each State.

o   Nowcast: It is used to forecast weather for a short period ahead, updated every 3 hours

o   Weather Forecast: It is provided for the current day and next 6 days

o   Weather Warning: Special Nowcast warning is issued for the next 3 hours.

·         Radar: The Doppler Weather Radar generates different displays and derived products of practical utility based on standard algorithms. These displays are updated every 10 minutes.

·         Satellite Images: INSAT 3D is being used to monitor the Weather of Indian Origin. The image is updated every 30 minutes.

·         Meteogram- The Meteogram at Web-Portal provides plots for Meteorological variables such as Rainfall, Cloud Cover, Temperature, Humidity, Wind, Speed, Sea Level Pressure, Indices for Thunderstorm etc. for 10 days with a resolution time of three hours. Each Meteogram provides information for the 10 km radius.

·         Region Specific Forecast - Fog Forecast, Metar, Bay Bulletin, Coastal Area Bulletin, Cyclone, Port Warning etc.

 

During the meeting Shri Goyal launched another  portal ‘MERIT’ (Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency). This  has been developed by Ministry of Power in association with POSOCO and Central Electricity Authority. The MERIT Web portal displays extensive array of information regarding the merit order of Electricity procured by State(s)  such as daily state-wise marginal variable costs of all generators, daily source-wise power purchases of respective states/UTs with source-wise fixed and variable costs, energy volumes and purchase prices. The web-portal also give information regarding reasons for deviation from merit order such as must run conditions, transmission constraints etc. The Web Portal can be accessed at “http://vidyutmode.in/”

Information available in the Portal shall help State Discoms to optimize their power procurement in more efficient way leading to lower cost of power to consumers. It will facilitate must run status for hydro and renewables and will promote use of green and clean power more transparently. It will also promote competition for lower costs as information will be available to all Stakeholders including generators and utilities for more efficient procurement. Since the information will be available to all consumers on continuous basis it will create pressure on utilities for continued efficiency.

The advantages of “Merit” Portal are as follows:

Ø  Empowerment of the Consumer and participative governance

Ø  Transparent information dissemination pertaining to marginal variable cost and source wise purchase of electricity

Ø  Promotes economy and efficiency in operations

Ø  Demystifies the utility portfolio and its complexity

Ø  Optimization of the power procurement costs

Ø  Facilitates renewable integration and handling of the variability and uncertainty of renewables

Ø  Indication of supply side reliability, adequacy, and cost of power procurement

 

At the meeting,  Shri Goyal also released FOLD-POSOCO Report on Operational Analysis for Optimization of Hydro Resources & facilitating Renewable Integration in India .The report also elaborates on the operational constraints being faced by the hydro stations.

 

The report concludes that there is scope for additional peaking support of 3000-5000 MW with equivalent amount of backing down in off-peak hours from the existing hydro power stations. The gain from the optimized despatch  on annual basis is estimated to be 5 paisa per unit which is equivalent to earning of the order of Rs. 600 crore per year at all India level.

 

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated building of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, dedicated 400KV Lucknow-Kanpur D/C transmission line and distributed sanction letters to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in Lucknow.

Speaking at the event, Shri Modi spoke at length about connecting India’s youth to latest technology. He said, “Our youth can think about start ups and innovation in the health sector, particularly in healthcare equipment.”

The Prime Minister congratulated the UP government for ensuring electricity in all districts. He added, “Power and energy matter immensely in the development journey of a nation. Today solar energy is gaining popularity in India.”

The Prime Minister also spoke at length about the implementation of GST on July 1st and said that it demonstrated the strength of democracy. He said, “Credit for implementation of GST goes to 125 crore people of India."

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Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines chairs 5th Geoscience Advisory Council Meeting
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, addressed the 5th Geoscience Advisory Council (GAC) Meeting in New Delhi today. Mines Secretary Shri Arun Kumar, DG GSI Shri M Raju and other Ministries’ Official members, Scientific Institutions and Non-Official members of the GAC participated in the daylong deliberations.

The 5th GAC discussed issues related to Geophysical techniques for exploration of concealed/deep seated mineral deposits, Mineral System Research and advanced techniques for exploration of subsurface mineral deposits, and the strategy for exploration, augmentation of mineral resources and mining of Rare Earths/Rare Minerals and other strategic resources. Shri Piyush Goyal @PiyushGoyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power @MinOfPower, Coal @CoalMinistry, New and Renewable Energy @mnreindia and Mines @MinesMinIndia, asked the scientific community working in the field of geosciences and mineral system research to add value to the mineral wealth of the country especially in the area of strategic and critically important metals and minerals. At the same time there has to be a harmony between wealth creation and preservation of ecology and environment for sustainable development.

Geoscience today constitutes a huge and fast expanding canvas. Apart from Ministry of Mines, the members comprise Secretaries of Earth Sciences, Science and Technology, Environment and Forests, Atomic Energy, Niti Aayog, Space, Water resources, Coal and Steel. Other Official members are heads of the scientific organisations like Geological Survey of India, Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research, Indian Metrological Department, National Institute of Oceanography, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Birbal Sahani Institute of Palaeobotony, National Geophysical Research Institute and Head of Geology ONGC. Up to 12 non-official members are nominated by the Ministry of mines from amongst the persons who have long experience and expertise on geophysical policy and R&D.

The GAC advises the Ministry of Mines on geoscientific policy matters in general and the role and direction of the GSI in particular prioritizing GSI thrust areas etc.

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ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty ninth consecutively successful mission of PSLV.

PSLV-C38 lifted off at 0929 hrs (9:29 am) IST, as planned, from the First Launch Pad. After a flight of about 16 minutes, the satellites achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 505 km inclined at an angle of 97.44 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and in the succeeding seven and a half minutes, all the 31 satellites successfully separated from the PSLV in a predetermined sequence beginning with Cartosat-2 series satellite, followed by NIUSAT and 29 customer satellites. The total number of Indian satellites launched by PSLV now stands at 48.

After separation, the two solar arrays of Cartosat-2 series satellite were deployed automatically and ISRO's Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore took over the control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration following which it will begin to provide various remote sensing services using its panchromatic (black and white) and multispectral (colour) cameras.

One of the 30 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C38 was the 15 kg NIUSAT, a University/Academic Institute satellite from Nurul Islam University, Tamil Nadu, India. The remaining 29 co-passenger satellites carried were international customer satellites from USA (10), United Kingdom (3), Belgium (3), Italy (3), Austria (1), Chile (1), Czech Republic (1), Finland (1), France (1), Germany (1), Japan (1), Latvia (1), Lithuania (1) and Slovakia (1).

With today’s successful launch, the total number of customer satellites from abroad placed in orbit by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 209.

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Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines launched the Energy Conservation Building Code 2017 (ECBC 2017) here today. Developed by Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), ECBC 2017 prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.

The updated version of ECBC provides current as well as futuristic advancements in building technology to further reduce building energy consumption and promote low-carbon growth. ECBC 2017 sets parameters for builders, designers and architects to integrate renewable energy sources in building design with the inclusion of passive design strategies. The code aims to optimise energy savings with the comfort levels for occupants, and prefers life-cycle cost effectiveness to achieve energy neutrality in commercial buildings.

In his address , Shri Goyal, said, I would like to dedicate today ECBC Code 2017 to all the young children of India …to the future of India for whose sake , it is incumbent on all of us to efficiently utilize every bit of resource , ensure implement such progressive and forward looking programmes of Government very diligently and ensure that we will leave behind for next generation a better world then what we inherited .”

Shri Pradeep Kumar Pujari, Secretary, Power, stated that ECBC 2017 will give clear direction and have criteria for new buildings to be Super ECBC: “The new code reflects current and futuristic advancements in building technology, market changes, and energy demand scenario of the country, setting the benchmark for Indian buildings to be amongst some of the most efficient globally.”

In order for a building to be considered ECBC-compliant, it would need to demonstrate minimum energy savings of 25%. Additional improvements in energy efficiency performance would enable the new buildings to achieve higher grades like ECBC Plus or Super ECBC status leading to further energy savings of 35% and 50%, respectively.

With the adoption of ECBC 2017 for new commercial building construction throughout the country, it is estimated to achieve a 50% reduction in energy use by 2030. This will translate to energy savings of about 300 Billion Units by 2030 and peak demand reduction of over 15 GW in a year. This will be equivalent to expenditure savings of Rs 35,000 crore and 250 million tonnes of CO2 reduction.

ECBC 2017 was developed by BEE with technical support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the U.S.-India bilateral Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment Technical Assistance (PACE-D TA) Program.

The launch event was attended by senior officers of Ministries, State Governments, technical bodies, public utilities, multilateral agencies, international funding bodies, academicians and industry experts and consultants from across the building, infrastructure, real estate, energy and construction sectors. The event also featured a video on the ECBC, as well as a technical session that highlighted the salient features of ECBC 2017, international best practices in the building sector, as well as the presentation of case studies on energy efficient buildings.

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The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will embark his visit to Portugal, USA and Netherlands tomorrow. The PM said that this visit is aimed at enhancing the bilateral engagement in various areas.

"I will pay a working visit to Portugal on 24 June 2017. Our close historical and friendly ties have picked up momentum after H.E. Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s visit to India in January 2017.

I am looking forward to my meeting with PM Costa. Building on our recent discussions, we will review the progress of various joint initiatives and decisions. We will also discuss ways to further enhance the bilateral engagement, especially in the areas of economic cooperation, science & technology, space collaboration and people to people ties. We will deliberate on means to intensify our cooperation in counter-terrorism and on other international issues of mutual interest. I also see significant potential for deepening bilateral trade and investment ties.

I am also keen to interact with the Indian Community in Portugal during the visit", the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister will be visiting Washington, D.C. on 24-26 June.

"I will be visiting Washington, D.C. on 24-26 June at the invitation of President Donald J. Trump. President Trump and I have spoken on telephone prior to this. Our conversations have touched upon our common intent to take forward our productive all round engagement for the mutual benefit of our people. I look forward to this opportunity to have an in depth exchange of views on further consolidating the robust and wide ranging partnership between India and the United States.

India’s partnership with the United States is multi-layered and diverse, supported by not just Governments but all the stakeholders on both sides. I look forward to building a forward looking vision for our partnership with the new Administration in the United States under President Trump.

Apart from official meetings with President Trump and his cabinet colleagues, I will be meeting some prominent American CEOs. As in the past, I look forward to interacting with the Indian diaspora in the United States as well."

The PM will also visit the Netherlands on 27 June 2017.

"I will be visiting the Netherlands on 27 June 2017. We are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations this year. During the visit, I will have an official meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Mark Rutte. I will also call on King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and meet Queen Maxima.

I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations. I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter-terrorism and climate change.

Economic relations form the core of our bilateral relations. The Netherlands is our 6th largest trading partner in the EU and 5th largest investment partner globally. The Dutch expertise in areas such as water and waste management, agriculture and food processing, renewable energy and ports and shipping, matches with our development needs. Indo-Dutch economic engagement is a win-win proposition. I will discuss with PM Rutte as to how the two sides should work to further harness the synergies. I will also be meeting with CEOs of major Dutch companies and will encourage them to join the Indian growth story.

There are strong people to people relations between the two countries with the presence of second largest Indian Diaspora in Europe in the Netherlands. I look forward to engaging with the Indian community in the Netherlands", the Prime Minster said.

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following appointments:

i.              Shri N.K.Sinha, lAS (BH 80), Secretary, Ministry of Culture as Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in the vacancy caused due to appointment of Shri Ajay Mittal, lAS (HP 82) as Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training.

ii.            Shri Rajiv Gauba, lAS (JH 82), Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of Home Affairs. The officer will take over as Home Secretary on completion of tenure of the present incumbent Shri Rajiv Mehrishi on 30.08.2017.

iii.           Shri Ajay Mittal, lAS (HP 82), Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting as Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training in the vacancy caused on superannuation of the present incumbent Shri B.P.Sharma, lAS (BH 81) on 30.06.2017.

iv.           Smt Aruna Sundararajan, lAS (KL 82), Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology as Secretary, Department of Telecommunications in the existing vacancy.

(v)        Shri Avinash K Srivastava, lAS (UP 82), Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries as Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs in the vacancy caused due to appointment of the present incumbent Shri Jagdish Prasad Meena, lAS (AM 83) as Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

(vi)       Shri Yudhvir Singh Malik, lAS (HY 83), Chairman, National Highways Authority of India as Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in the existing vacancy.

(vii)      Shri Subash C Garg, lAS (RJ 83), Executive Director, World Bank as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the existing vacancy.

(viii)     Shri Jagdish Prasad Meena, lAS (AM 83), Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs as Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries in the vacancy caused due to appointment of present incumbent Shri Avinash K Srivastava, lAS (UP 82) as Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs.

(ix)    Shri Rajeev Kapoor, lAS (UP 83), Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy as Secretary, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals in the existing vacancy.

(x)    Smt Sanjeevanee Kutty, lAS (MH 83), Secretary, Border Management as Secretary, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare in the vacancy caused on superannuation of the present incumbent Shri Prabhudayal Meena, lAS (MP 80) on 31.07.2017.

(xi)   Shri Deepak Kumar, lAS (BH 84), Director General, ESIC as Chairman, National Highways Authority of India in the vacancy caused due to appointment of the present incumbent Shri Yudhvir Singh Malik, lAS (HY 83) as Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.

(xii)  Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, lAS (UP 84), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development as Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development in the vacancy caused due to appointment of the present incumbent Shri     Rajiv Gauba, lAS (JH 82) as OSD in MHA.

(xiii)  Shri Arun Kumar Panda, lAS (OR 84), Additional Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare as Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the vacancy caused due to superannuation of the present incumbent Shri K.K.Jalan, lAS (HY 82) on 30.06.2017.

(xiv)  Shri Ravi Kant, lAS (BH 84), Additional Secretary, Department of Defence as Secretary, Ministry of Shipping in the vacancy caused due to repatriation of Shri Rajive Kumar, lAS (UP 81) to his cadre.

(xv)  Shri Anand Kumar, lAS (KL 84), MD, National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited as Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy in the vacancy caused due to appointment of the present incumbent Shri Rajeev Kapoor, lAS (UP 83) as Secretary, Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals.

(xvi)  Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, lAS (AP 84), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas as Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology in the vacancy caused due to appointment of the present incumbent Smt Aruna Sundararajan, lAS (KL 82) as Secretary, Department of Telecommunications.

(xvii)  Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, lAS (AM 84), Director General, Foreign Trade as Secretary, Ministry of Power in the vacancy caused on superannuation of the present incumbent Shri P.K.Pujari, lAS (GJ 80) on 30.06.2017

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The 106th Session of International Labour Conference (ILC) was held from 5-16th June 2017. An Indian Tripartite Delegation led by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Shri Bandaru Dattatreya participated in the ILC.

Speaking at the Plenary Session of the International Labour Conference on 14th June 2017, Labour and Employment Minister expressed his happiness over the growing coherence between the Sustainable Development Goals and the agenda of ILO and other UN forums. The Minister said that no development was complete unless it benefitted each and every person in the society. Shri Dattatreya further added that Poverty eradication, employment generation and reducing inequality formed the core of the development strategy of India. On ratification by India of two core ILO conventions on Child Labour, the Minister reiterated India’s commitment for a safe, healthy and happy future for children. Shri Dattatreya further added that the government is committed to provide social security for 450 million workforce in the informal sector. The Labour and Employment Minister informed about the amended Maternity Benefit Amendment Act, 2017 that provides for paid maternity leave of 26 weeks which would encourage women into employment. The Minister delivered his speech in Hindi and ended his speech by reaffirming India’s commitment for promoting the welfare of the workers in and outside the country including promoting their skill development and protecting their rights.

Smt M. Sathiyavathy, Secretary, the Ministry of Labour and Employment, addressed the Plenary Session of the 106th ILC and placed on record India’s appreciation for a comprehensive and topical report of Director General, ILO, Mr Guy Ryder on ‘Work in a changing climate: The Green Initiative’. Smt. Sathiyavathy indicated that the Paris Agreement of 2015 had defined the global climate initiative in the changing context of globalization which recognized national contexts, yet respected the principles of shared responsibility and collective commitments. The fact that 195 countries have signed and 147 have recognized it, is a testimony of its importance. She reiterated India’s commitment to cleaner climate and energy transition. The Secretary mentioned about setting up of the international and inter-governmental organization- ‘International Solar Alliance headquartered at National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) in India that is dedicated to promotion and for making solar energy a valuable source of affordable, reliable, green and clean energy in 121 member countries. She further added that India has initiated several measures towards achieving sustainable development through green pathway including increasing the forest cover, reducing carbon emissions, river conservation and tackling solid waste and air pollution. She expressed concern over the likely impact of the transition to green jobs in sectors such as agriculture which is the primary sector of many economies and therefore stressed on the need to build responses very carefully keeping in mind not only the limitations of the member states but also ensuring that their strengths are not compromised.

In a historic step towards eradication of Child Labour from the country, India ratified International Labour Organizations Convention No 138 (minimum age for employment) and Convention No 182 (worst forms of child labour) to symbolise its commitment and initiatives for eradication of child labour and attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 related with curbing of child labour. The ratification of both conventions coincided with the International Day against Child Labour expressing country’s commitment along with global partners to fight the menace of child labour and providing the childhood back to them. Shri Bandaru Dattatreya handed the Instruments of Ratification to Mr. Guy Ryder, DG, ILO at the sideline event held in Geneva at the International Labour Conference, 2017 on 13th June 2017.

With ratification of these two core ILO conventions, India has ratified 6 out of 8 core ILO conventions, with the other 4 core ILO conventions relating to abolition of forced labour, equal remuneration and no discrimination between men and women in employment and occupation, thus reaffirming its commitment for promoting and realizing fundamental principles and right at work. This action is in sync with the Government’s broader intent for social equality and growth for all.

Several multilateral meetings were held on the sidelines of the ILC. At the NAM Ministerial Meeting held on 13th June 2017, Labour and Employment Minister, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya said “In India, we have leveraged the technological advancement. Technology forms the basis of many of our programmes, like Digital India, National Career Service (NCS) portal,

extending social security benefits (DBT). NCS portal is our strengthened public employment services platform effectively using the Information technology. The Portal already hosts more than 38 million job seekers and around 1.5 million job providers.

At the ASPAG Ministerial Meeting held on 13th June 2017, The Minister of Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya said “India firmly believes that employment generation with assured social protection and greater gender parity are fundamental to create an inclusive society”. The Minister further added that “poverty alleviation strategy must be linked to robust employment generation policies and equally robust wage policies and social protection. Our challenge is to implementing these policies to the informal sector. In a recent massive drive we were successful in opening bank accounts for close to 5 million wage workers across the country in last 6 months. We amended the legislative provisions to enable the payment of wages through banking transactions thereby adding to the transition to formality”.

At the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting held on 14th June 2017, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, expressed his happiness that issues like technology transfers by businesses in the global supply chain and promotion of decent work through capacity building formed the part of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Declaration adopted by G20 Labour and Employment Ministers in Bad Neuenahr, Germany in May 2017. He further urged the G20 countries to explore the possibility of signing bilateral agreements for providing social security cover to our workers and for promoting their skill development.

Indian delegation led by Labour and Employment Minister also participated in bilateral meeting held with Iran and spoke about issues concerning MSMEs, rural employment and vocational training.

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