The training and demonstration on paddy sowing machine is provided at Farm Machinery Training & Testing Institute (FMTTI) located at Budni , (M.P.), Hisar (Haryana) , Ananatapur (A.P.) and Biswanath Chariali (Assam) ; and also through ICAR’s  All India Crop Research Projects (AICRP) located at TNAU , Coimbatore , IIT Kharagpur , OUAT, Bhubaneswar, NERIST Nirjuli and at CIAE , Bhopal. The funds under Sub Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) scheme of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) are also provided to State Governments for conducting training and demonstrations of various agricultural machinery.

 

There are about 19 manufactures of Self Propelled Paddy Transplanter machine in the country and the machine is adequately available in the market.

 

Under Phase-II (2014-17) of the Off-grid and Decentralized Solar PV Applications Scheme of Ministry of New and Renewable (MNRE) , Central Financial Assistance up to 30% of the benchmark cost has been provided for installation of solar pumps. Further, due to provision of the scheme mandating procurement only through tender route, prices of solar pumps have reduced which is reflected in the revised benchmark costs issued by MNRE in June, 2018.

 

 Design refinements in the agricultural implements is a continuous exercise and are being carried out by centres of AICRP of ICAR to suit the requirement of agricultural workers of different region and based on feedback received from farmers and users. During last 4 years, ICAR has developed 48 technologies in the field of farm mechanization.

 

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of  Agriculture  &  Farmers Welfare Shri. Parshottam Rupala  today  in  Rajya Sabha.

 

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CPWD Planting 50,000 Trees in Delhi- Installing Rain Water Harvesting System and Waste Water Recycling Plant in all its Major Projects as a Part of Water Conservation Measure

Solar Plants of 13.3 MWP Capacity, Have Been Installed in Central Government Buildings Across the Country by CPWD Under ‘Sugamya Bharat’ Mission, CPWD Making Public Buildings Completely Accessible

This is with reference to a news report published in a local daily dated 14.7.2018 based on a Press Conference addressed by DG, CPWD during the celebration of 164th day of the organisation.  The news report has attributed a statement to the DG as regards felling trees in Delhi.  It is clarified that at no stage it was mentioned that the ongoing projects under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs will be delayed.  The report published in the newspaper is not only factually incorrect but also conveys the impression as if all projects are being delayed.  It was only stated that the number of proposed flats may come down slightly due to redesigning of the plan to avoid felling of trees. 

CPWD is in the fore-front in sustainable development of built environment. All new constructions in CPWD are being undertaken with minimum three star GRIHA rating. CPWD has constructed Jawahar Bhawan, Parayavaran Bhawan, PNB HQ, New Delhi and STPI Mohali as green buildings with highest five star / LEED rating. Parayavaran Bhawan is a net zero building, which produces as much power on site from renewable sources as it consumes.

Towards greening of Delhi, as a special drive, CPWDis planting 50,000 trees at various residential colonies and office complexes maintained by it during ongoing rainy season. The locations have been identified, wherein the plantation drive will be undertaken soon. 

CPWD has taken firm initiatives for generation of renewable energy in government buildings. Solar plants of capacity 13.3 MWp, have been installed in central government buildings across the country. The installed solar plants have generated renewable energy of 25 lakhs Units appx, which resulted in 23281 tons reduction of carbon dioxide emission and overall saving of Rs. 29 crores.

 CPWD exhibited its deep commitment and dedication on energy efficiency measures in Central Government Buildings maintained by it. As Energy Efficiency Measures, existing fittings in 88 General Pool Office Buildings across the country have been replaced with LED fittings. Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi maintained by CPWD, has been selected for National Energy Conservation Awards and awarded 1st prize in the year 2017.

CPWD has made it mandatory to install Rain Water Harvesting system and Waste Water Recycling plant in all its major projects as a part of water conservation measures.  Under the ‘Sugamya Bharat’ Mission, CPWD has undertaken the massive task of making public buildings under its maintenance in the country, completely accessible.

CPWD Engineers and Architects are back on plans of redeveloping all four colonies after instructions of Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Sh. Hardeep Singh Puri to save every single tree from cutting and yet completing the projects within the prescribed time.The plans for Mohammadpur and Thyagraj Nagar are being modified to save trees to ensure no tree felling. The planning of Sriniwaspuri& Kasturba Nagar is under way with similar aim. New proposals may emerge in favour of saving trees by sacrificing few elements of projects such as basement parking and few dwelling units etc. if required.

 

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“The average annual temperature, over the country as a whole, was 26.200C for the last ten years (2008 to 2017). The latest IPCC report (2014) highlights that mean surface temperature of the globe has risen by 0.850C ± 0.180C.  However, all-India mean temperature has risen nearly around 0.640C (less than the rise in global temperature) over the last 110 years.

 

Following steps have been undertaken by the Ministry of Earth Sciences in the area of Climate Change:

 

Launched a high-priority Programme to address the Science issues of Global and Regional Climate Change (GRCC) with a well-equipped state-of-the-art Center for Climate Change Research (CCCR) at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune for interdisciplinary research and training in the area of science of climate change. The Earth System Model (ESM) has been developed for generating future climate change scenarios. Currently, CCCR is leading “Co-ordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX)” for the South Asian region under the aegis of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The CORDEX program provides an important framework for a co-ordinated set of downscaled regional climate simulations for both the historical past and future decades. Training workshops are also conducted for end-users, stakeholders in the South Asian region.

 

The National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) released in 2008 by Government of India. Outlines eight missions in specific areas of Solar Energy, Enhanced Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Habitat, Water, Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem, Green India, Sustainable Agriculture and Strategic knowledge for Climate Change. Eight National Missions form the core of the National Action Plan, representing multipronged, long term and integrated strategies for achieving key goals in the context of climate change.”

 

This information was given by Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

 

 

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi,  dedicated the Bansagar Canal Project to the Nation in Mirzapur today. This project will provide a big boost to irrigation in the region, and will be greatly beneficial for the farmers of Mirzapur and Allahabad districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Shri Narendra Modi laid the Foundation Stone of the Mirzapur Medical College. He inaugurated 100 Jan AushadhiKendras in the State. He also dedicated a bridge over the River Ganga at Balughat, Chunar, which will facilitate connectivity between Mirzapur and Varanasi.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the area of Mirzapur holds immense potential. He recalled his last visit to Mirzapur, with French President Macron, for the inauguration of the solar plant.

The Prime Minister mentioned the various  development projects and works that he has either inaugurated, or laid the Foundation Stone for, over the last two days.

He said the Bansagar project had been first conceptualized about four decades ago, and the Foundation Stone was laid in 1978, but the project was unduly delayed. He said that after 2014, this project was made a part of the Pradhan MantriKrishiSinchaiYojana, and all efforts were made to complete it.

Talking about measures taken for the welfare of farmers by the Union Government, the Prime Minister also mentioned the recent increase in MSP for Kharif crops.

He spoke of the measures taken to provide affordable healthcare to the poor, including Jan AushadhiKendras. He said the Swachh Bharat Mission is also proving effective in controlling disease. He said the health assurance scheme -  Ayushman Bharat would be rolled out soon. He also spoke of other social welfare schemes of the Union Government.

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The President of India, Shri Ram NathKovind, graced and addressed the 64th annual convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur today (July 20, 2018) in Kharagpur, West Bengal.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that IIT Kharagpur has its origins in a committee that was set up by the government shortly after Independence to take stock of technical education. The committee was headed by the British Nobel laureate Dr A.V. Hill who recommended the setting up of an institution modelled on the pattern of MIT in the United States. The use of global experts to conceive this Institute was appropriate. Over the years, IIT Kharagpur and in fact the IIT network and community has become an important window to the world. This is in keeping with our country’s and our civilisation’s character. Exchange of ideas, of expertise, of knowledge – across fields, from engineering to economics, from medicine to management – has contributed to our policy choices and our people’s development. We must continue to celebrate this.

The President said that IIT Kharagpur’s diverse and trans-disciplinary academic portfolio has led to joint research programmes with several institutions. These include the Indian Statistical Institute, the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, and Tata Medical Centre, all located in Kolkata. With its wealth of knowledge, it is for IIT Kharagpur to continue to guide the nation by helping find solutions to the pressing problems of our age – whether agricultural productivity or emerging infectious diseases, whether renewable energy or low-cost housing and sustainable cities. He noted that IIT Kharagpur has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, to set up a Centre for Excellence in Big Data Analytics for Rural Development. This holds great potential for the well-being of so many of our fellow citizens.

The President said that in colleges and universities that he has visited across the country, he finds that girl students tend to win more medals and awards than their male counterparts. Yet, when it comes to IITs, the intake of girl students is distressingly low. In 2017, about 160,000 candidates appeared for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced). Only some 30,000 were girls. In 2017, 10,878 students got admission into the undergraduate class of the IITs. Only 995 were girls. He noted that 11,653 students are enrolled at IIT Kharagpur. Only 1,925 are girls – a little over 16 per cent. He said that this cannot go on. We need to do something about these numbers. The participation of women in higher education, in science and technology and in the workforce of our country has to rise to fair and acceptable levels within the coming decade. This should be a national priority, and the IIT community must take the lead.

The President also unveiled the foundation stone for the SavitribaiPhule Girls’ Hostel and the APJ Abdul KalamInternatinalVisitors’s Guest House on the occasion. 

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Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu interacting with Omani businesspersons after the India-Oman Joint Business Council.

The India-Oman Joint Commissionheld its 8th session on 16th – 17th July, 2018 in Muscat, Oman.  The Omani Delegation was headed by Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry and the Indian side was led by Minister of Commerce & Industry, Suresh Prabhu.

Both sides reviewed their bilateral trade and noted that the existing volume has shown remarkable growth since the last session of the Joint Commission in 2014. Indian side stated that the India-Oman bilateral trade has registered a growth from US$ 4131.69 million in 2014-15 to US$ 6703.76 million in 2017-18. India’s export to Oman has grown from US$ 2379.44 million to US$ 2439.46 million in 2017-18. The total FDI from Oman into India from April 2000 to March, 2018 was of the order of US$ 469.20 million with Oman ranking 31st in terms of Foreign Direct Investment in India.

In 2017-18 India’s top items of exports were petroleum (crude and products), products of iron & steel, rice-basmati, iron and steel, ceramic products, organic chemicals, copper and products made of copper, electronic components, industrial machinery for dairy. India’s top imports from Oman were petroleum (crude), fertilizers manufactured, petroleum products, aircraft, spacecraft and parts, organic chemicals, aluminium products, bulk minerals and ores, processedplastic raw materials and minerals.

Both sides stressed the importance of further enhancing trade relations and also to diversify the trade basket. Oman invited Indian investors in sectors like renewable energy and infrastructure.India informed that the potential products of export to Oman are petroleum products (light oils, coke), gold and jewellery, pharmaceuticals, parts of aeroplane and helicopters, agri items (rice, wheat, meslin flour, cane & beet sugar), textile articles (bedding), aluminium oxide and glazed ceramic. 

India requested for reduction in customs tariff on Indian chemical products exported to Oman, which is approximately 5%. Reduction of tariff on items like dyes, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals, agro chemicals, cosmetics, glazed ceramic articles, aluminium alloysand tyres used in buses would provide better market access. 

India and Oman agreed to obtain their respective internal approvals for early finalization of India-Oman Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA).The India Oman Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) is under revision.  Meetings have been held during 2017 and 2018 on BIT and comments of the Omani side on the Indian Model BIT text are under consideration.

Both sides discussed the issue of Oman India Fertilizer Company (OMIFCO) and extension of Urea Off Take Agreement (UOTA) beyond 2020.  The Indian side informed that the final approval for signing the amended UOTA is likely to take about two months.India further informed that since UOTA is valid till 2020, talks should start for extension of UOTA beyond 2020 and upto 2025.  The Omani side informed that they are willing to consider extension of the existing UOTA beyond 2020.  The Government of India is also proposing for continuation of the existing prices for the extension of validity of the Gas Supply Agreement (GSA). 

Both countries agreed that cooperation in the field of energy,especially renewable energylike wind and solar, was important. Indiainformedthat a proposal for India-Oman Joint Venture for setting up of world’s largest waste to energy plant in India is under consideration. This Joint Venture will generate 200 Giga Watt energy per year by processing around 9000 tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) per year. India informed that the Government of India is awaiting response from Oman.

An India-Oman Joint Working Group (JWG) on agriculture has been set up and it has already held its first meeting. India has a potential to export agricultural items like grapes, tomato, wheat and sugar which Oman is importing from other countries.

India and Oman agreed to cooperate in the field of tourism. Oman invited Indian investors and operators of hotels to invest in Oman.  Promotion of adventure, wellness, medical and spiritual tourism in Oman was also proposed by India.

The other areas of cooperation agreed to by the both sides include mines, telecom and IT, space, health and education. The Commerce Minister addressed Joint Business Council and also interacted with business leaders of Oman and Indian investors in Oman over breakfast today.

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I must begin by thanking all of you for your concise but very educative presentations. In my capacity as the President of India I am visitor to 146 Central Universities and institutions of higher learning. On taking office, I was told that there was a tradition of a once-a-year conference of all the vice-chancellors, directors and other heads of these institutions. The President would address the gathering at the beginning of the conference and then the other sessions would begin.

 

When this proposal was made to me, I thought long and hard. I felt that an omnibus conference, where 146 different types of institutions, with different systems, frameworks, motivations and challenges, all sat in the same room would serve only a limited purpose. It was better to categorise the institutions into smaller, more manageable groups of similar institutions, or at least institutions with similar administrative regimes and issues. To my mind, this would be a more worthwhile exercise if problem solving was indeed a priority.

 

This set of 19 Central Institutes of Higher Learning is the fourth such cohort with which I am interacting. Next week there will a meeting with the National Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology and that will complete the engagement with all 146 institutions well within one year of my tenure to be completed by the end of this month. 

 

The 19 Central Institutes that are gathered here are special. They promote technical education in critical areas such as agriculture; pharmaceuticals; aviation; design; footwear design; fashion; petroleum and energy; maritime studies; and youth development. Between them they fall under the jurisdictions of nine different Ministries of the Government of India.

 

Each of your institutes has a rich history. Each of your institutes is instrumental to the realisation of social and economic goals that India has set itself as it strives to eliminate poverty and become a middle-income country. Becoming a middle-income country is not just a statistical achievement; it also calls for a change in mindsets and an expansion in ambitions. This is true for each of us as individuals. This is also true for your institutes.

 

As such, it is important to plan the future of your institutes in the context of an India with a large youth population for the foreseeable future – and with the prospect of a $5 trillion GDP by 2025. This requires us to think big and to take risks – and each of your institutes must be equal to the challenge.

 

Take the seven National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research. India has a strong and vibrant pharmaceutical industry and an appreciable record in producing generics. Yet, it is now time to make a quantum leap: Drug discovery and the developing of cutting-edge, patented medicines; a stress on solutions for long-standing public health issues such as TB; a thrust on management of emerging lifestyle diseases and the pharmaceutical products needed for this purpose; and of course an enabling environment for a thriving clinical research industry. All this will create enormous economic and job opportunities for our young people. Incubating such an entrepreneurial environment should be a vital for your institutes.

 

The three Central Agricultural Universities represented in this room are force multipliers in the government’s resolve to enhance quality of life for our farmers who are the backbone of our nation. 61% of our population continues to be dependent on agriculture. We need to be mindful that the pressure on land and on water is immense. New technologies, including technologies we have so far shied away from, will need to be studied and adopted, as feasible. The food and agricultural value chain will have to be made more robust. Agricultural Universities have a mandate that goes beyond the farm.

 

Similarly, an aviation university is no longer only about training pilots and aerospace engineers. As the aviation sector grows in our country, with even smaller cities being brought on the aviation map, there is scope for much more. The construction and management of new airports, with increasing integration of technology, will change this sector. It is very likely that India will host multiple major hubs for maintenance, repair and overhaul of airplanes and aviation equipment. Training the human resources for this MRO push should be very much part of the agenda of our National Aviation University.

 

If the sky is a frontier to explore, so is the ocean. The Indian Maritime University is a leading institution for oceanography, maritime history and legal studies – and an engine for our blue economy. The sea is a resource that we can use to a far greater degree. But this will require training people and developing strategies that an educational and technical institute is best placed to provide.

 

The two institutes devoted to petroleum and energy also have to be re-imagined not merely in the framework of fossil fuels and hydrocarbons – but also in the era of alternative and renewable energy, and of innovative fuel mixes and technologies such as shale and fracking. Likewise, the institutes for footwear design and for fashion technology – connected to leather and textiles, two of our country’s historic traditions – have a critical social and economic implication. Traditional crafts, including those that help in creating handmade products, deserve a bigger global market. For that, they need to be packaged with an appropriate consumer assessment and adequate skilling.

 

While developing your specialisations, I would urge you to collaborate and learn from each other. This is possible for institutes in the same field. It is also possible across categories. For example, the National Institute of Design and the National Institute of Youth Development have a cross-cutting identity. Design can add value to several fields, and our youth are at the centre of all our national endeavours and for all of the institutes here today. Please make actionable and focused plans for collaboration. The Nalanda University, which has a pan-Asian footprint and is a tribute to the heritage of learning that India shares with Southeast Asia, can also provide a platform.

 

Whenever posts are yet to be created, it has to be done at the earliest.  Filling up of vacant faculty positions is critical for ensuring quality education and research.  I am sure you will take all the possible steps to ensure all these positions are filled up before next meet.

 

Award of degree is an important milestone in the life of students.  So convocations should be held regularly.  From deliberations, its clear that requests for my presence in convocation is pending from two institutions – Manipur Agriculture University and PUSA Agriculture University.  We will try to accommodate these requests within next 3 months. 

 

In an era of global competition, it is important that syllabus of various courses are updated on regular basis.  This will make our students more confident and successful in a competitive world.  

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

In conclusion, I would nudge you towards partnering with universities in our country and outside; in your respective fields and beyond. Knowledge cannot grow in silos and it is essential that each of you participate in the growth of the other. And all along, you must remember that you are institutions of national importance. The students you produce will shape the professions that will build our nation. This is what the people of India expect from you. And this is the benchmark by which you must measure yourselves. As you do so, my best wishes are with you.

 

Thank you

 

Jai Hind!

 

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NIWE, has installed a remote sensing instrument- LiDAR for assessment of offshore wind resource at Gulf of Khambat, off the Gujarat Coast

Developers are encouraged to deploy most advanced technologies

IREDA, a non-banking financial institution under the Ministry has conducted studies with foreign assistance during the last three years and current year

Most of renewable energy projects in the country are being implemented by the private sector developers selected through a transparent bidding process. In order to be competitive, Developers are encouraged to deploy most advanced technologies.

National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), an autonomous institution under the Ministry has installed a remote sensing instrument- LiDAR for assessment of offshore wind resource at Gulf of Khambat, off the Gujarat Coast.

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), a non-banking financial institution under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has conducted following studies with foreign assistance during the last three years and current year:

• Study/Survey & Preparation of Road Map on Tidal Energy Projects in India.

• Study on the business models for decentralized systems such as Solar PV/Hybrid mini grids, PV irrigation pumps and household lighting systems under access to Clean Energy Programme.

• Study for analysis of battery and Solar PV modules recycling processes in India along with development of market outreach strategy for Rooftop Solar PV.

• Study on the Investment Potential of Biofuels in India.

A total of 31.67 GW of renewable energy capacity has been installed through implementation of various renewable energy programmes/schemes during last three years and current year (up to June 2018) in the country including the state of Uttarakhand.

 

 

This information was provided by Shri R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation addressing 8th Session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting

The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, today co-chaired 8th session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) along with Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy of Oman, Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy. Addressing the Joint Commission Suresh Prabhu invited Omani companies to build on their success in India and make investments to benefit from ‘Make in India’ and ‘Invest India’ programmes which are aimed to encourage manufacturing.

The Commerce Minister said that the Government of India has launched several investment friendly programmes like‘Make in India’ with a trillion dollar business opportunity in the country. He said that both countries are keen to expand collaborations to their mutual benefit in the fields of energy, health, business, finance and investments, infrastructure, travel and tourism. Suresh Prabhu added that apart from official interactions, people-to-people contacts and initiatives by private sector will energise cooperation in various sectors.

Areas of discussion in the JCM include cooperation in space, renewable energy, start-up, SMEs, food security, including durable foods and packaging, services sector,tourism sector, exchange of ideas and visit of young entrepreneurs.

He said that the Sultanate of Oman is a strategic partner of India in the Gulf and the two countries enjoy warm and cordial relations. The Commerce  Minister said strong cultural and economic ties have further cemented these bonds. India Oman bilateral trade has registered a growth from US$4131.69 million in 2014-15 to US$ 6703.76 million in 2017-18. India’s export to Oman has grown from US$ 2379.44 million to US$ 2439.46 million in 2017-18.

 

Suresh Prabhu further said that the large, diverse and highly regarded expatriate Indian community in Oman is spread over the entire spectrum of professions and Indian nationals in Oman are well known for their hard work and dedication.  Outstanding contributions of Indians and People of Indian Origin in Oman to the strengthening of bilateral relations have been recognized by the Government of India through PravasiBharatiyaSamman Awards. He also expressed gratitude to Government of Oman for the generosity shown towards Indian expatriates living there.  He said that India is fully committed to taking this relationship to a higher level and there is a need to hold the JCMs at more frequent intervals to expand and deepen the economic and commercial relationship.

Indian financial institutions such as State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Ltd and ICICI Securities and Public Sector Undertakings such as Air India, Life Insurance Corporation(LIC), New India Assurance Co., Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd.(TCIL), Engineers India Ltd.(EIL), Engineering Projects India Limited (EPIL) and National Building Construction Company (NBCC) have presence in Oman.Indian companies have invested in Oman in sectors like iron and steel, cement, fertilizers, textile, cables, chemicals and automotive, especially in Sohar and Salalah. India-Oman Joint Investment Fund (OIJIF), a joint venture between State Bank of India and State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) of Oman, a special purpose vehicle to invest in India, has been operational and the initial corpus of US$ 100 million has been fully utilized. OIJIF has raised another $ 220 million for the second tranche which is being invested.

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The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that transparency and accountability must become guiding principles for organizations that are working for larger public good. He was addressing the 164th Central Public Works Department Day celebrations, here today. The Minister of State for Tourism (I/C), Shri Alphons Kannanthanam and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that the CPWD has a greater role in urban development and any construction in our cities must keep the nature in mind and must be environmental friendly. He further said that CPWD must make sincere efforts to take up more infrastructure projects and continue to be a major player in the development of the nation. Protect Nature, Culture and Architecture for better Future, he added.

Saying that India is witnessing urban renaissance, the Vice President said that the entire world is impressed by the transformation of our country because of the reforms undertaken by the Government of India. It is indeed a matter of satisfaction for all of us that our country at present has the distinction of being the fastest growing economy in the world, he added.

The Vice President stressed on the need to use natural energy sources like Solar and said that every building must have provisions for rainwater harvesting. Climate change is a reality and we must keep the impact of it in mind, he added.

The Vice President said that CPWD, as an engineering organization, must also focus on innovation and modernization in the infrastructure sector to ensure accelerated economic growth of the country. He further said that the most important aspect is to maintain timelines in the execution of projects. You must continually strive to innovate and improvise your work methodology and be a credible leader in the area of your activities, he added.

The Vice President asked the employees of CPWD to keep abreast of the latest trends and adopt modern technologies and also adopt the best practices and management tools to make CPWD one of the best and most efficient organizations. He further said that success can be achieved only through hard work, discipline, adopting the right strategy and planning. You should never compromise on quality and always strive to meet the expectations of your clients, he added.

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

I am delighted to be amongst the CPWD fraternity on the occasion of the 164th CPWD Day celebrations. I congratulate the entire CPWD family of engineers, architects, technical, non-technical staff and workmen on this occasion.

I have very good memories of my association with the CPWD when l was Minister for Urban Development. Foremost, CPWD has the core competencies backed by robust institutional mechanism and human resource capability to deliver the construction and maintenance requirement to the satisfaction of the clients. Further, CPWD has an edge in construction domain due to its pan- India presence, financial discipline in execution of works and one-stop service from concept to completion to Government organizations and autonomous bodies.

Further, CPWD is capable of undertaking different types of work-- whether it is construction of buildings, roads, bridges, flyovers, stadiums, airports, jetties, border infrastructure, electrification, air conditioning, landscaping or any maintenance, renovation or retrofitting work even in the remotest places. It is also encouraging and comforting to note that CPWD despite being such an old organization, is able to maintain itself as quite a strong and healthy organization.

It is indeed a matter of satisfaction for all of us that our country at present has the distinction of being the fastest growing economy in the world. The country is going through a major phase of industrialization and modernization with huge activity taking place in construction and infrastructure projects. We are on the verge of witnessing a sustained growth in infrastructure. Though, CPWD is contributing to this development process, there is a need for CPWD to play a bigger role in building new infrastructure projects, given its institutional spread and technical prowess. CPWD must make sincere efforts to take up more infrastructure projects and continue to be a major player in the development of the nation. Organizations like CPWD must take it upon themselves to provide a technical platform to launch these efforts. Thus, it will be a golden opportunity for you to showcase your talents and abilities. We expect no less from a department of the caliber and capability as CPWD.

Further, CPWD as an engineering organization must also focus on innovation and modernization in the infrastructure sector to ensure accelerated economic growth of the country. Particular attention should be paid to last mile connectivity of rural roads and in providing health and educational infrastructure, water supply and sanitation.

I am sure that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will provide the requisite guidance and empowerment to CPWD for attaining its cherished vision and achieve higher goals.

I am also happy to learn that CPWD has decided to execute major projects in the Engineer-Procure-Construct - EPC mode, thereby utilizing the efficiencies of the private enterprise in the design and project management domains.

The success of any entity or enterprise depends on continuous scrutiny - internal as well as external. A study on the working of CPWD was undertaken during my tenure in this ministry and I am happy to hear that action is being taken for its implementation. I am sure that the results will benefit the country, the construction sector and the department.

Success can be achieved only through hard work, discipline, adopting the right strategy and planning. You should never compromise on quality and always strive to meet the expectations of your clients. The most important aspect is to maintain timelines in the execution of projects.  You must continually strive to innovate and improvise your work methodology and be a credible leader in the area of your activities. You should always keep abreast of the latest trends and adopt modern technologies. Adopt the best practices and management tools to make CPWD one of the best and most efficient organizations.

I am sure the department will continue to march ahead and achieve greater heights in years to come with its indomitable spirit, its core values of ethics, integrity and its system-bound work culture.

While rejoicing over the achievements and successes on your Annual Day, it is also an opportune time for all of you to introspect and rededicate yourselves to your organization’s core values, its Vision and Mission statements and take a pledge to contribute your best in carrying forward the organization’s rich legacy.

I once again convey my best wishes for all your future endeavors.

 

Thank you, Jai Hind!”

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A target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022 has been set

100 GW of solar capacity by 2022 in the country

The Government is promoting development of solar energy in the country by providing various fiscal and promotional incentives

The Government has set a target of installing 40 GW of grid connected rooftop solar capacity in the country including Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) by year 2022. As per the Delhi Solar Policy, 2016 notified by Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, target has been set for installation of 1 GW of solar power by year 2020 and 2 GW of solar power by year 2025 in Delhi.

The Government has set a target of installing 100 GW of solar capacity by 2022 in the country.  A target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022 has been set, which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power.

The Ministry of Urban Development had requested all States & UTs, in 2014 to issue necessary directives to all State Government Departments for using rooftop of buildings under their control for solar power generation on mandatory basis and also to local bodies under their jurisdiction to incorporate the similar provision in their building bye-laws so that installation of Roof Top Systems (RTS) on rooftops of all types of buildings in their jurisdiction may become mandatory. Further, the Ministry of Urban Development also issued Model Building Bye-Laws, 2016, in which suitable provisions for installation of RTS on buildings have been incorporated. Four States/UTs viz. Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have already issued mandatory notifications for installation of RTS in different categories of buildings.

The Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) of solar power projects is less than thermal, hydro, nuclear, wind and bio-mass power projects. The Government has launched several schemes for promotion and development of renewable energy including solar energy in the country from time to time.   The Government is promoting development of solar energy in the country by providing various fiscal and promotional incentives such as accelerated depreciation, waiver of Inter State Transmission System (ISTS) charges and losses, financing solar rooftop systems as part of home loan, and permitting Foreign Direct Investment up to 100 per cent under the automatic route.

This information was provided by Shri R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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The index for this major group rose by 0.4 percent to 117.3 (provisional) from 116.8 (provisional) for the previous month. The groups and items which showed variations during the month are as follows:-


The index for ‘Manufacture of Food Products’ group rose by 1.0 percent to 128.5 (provisional) from 127.2 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of sugar (7%), rice products (4%), coffee powder with chicory, manufacture of macaroni, noodles, couscous & similar farinaceous products, gur and processed tea (3% each), chicken [duck, dressed- fresh/frozen], instant coffee and spices (including mixed spices) (2% each) and mustard oil, bagasse, molasses, sunflower oil, palm oil, rapeseed oil, salt, manufacture of health supplements, manufacture of prepared animal feeds, rice bran oil,  manufacture of processed ready to eat food, sooji (rawa), butter, buffalo meat [fresh/frozen], condensed milk, maida, other meats [preserved/processed] and castor oil (1% each).  However, the price of wheat bran and soyabean oil (3% each),  processing & preserving of fish, crustaceans & molluscs & products thereof (2%)  and processing & preserving of fruit & vegetables, powder milk, copra oil, ice cream, manufacture of cocoa, chocolate & sugar confectionery, manufacture of starches & starch products and groundnut oil (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Beverages’ group rose by 0.3 percent to 119.9 (provisional) from 119.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of country liquor (2%) and beer and spirits (1% each).   However, the price of bottled mineral water (2%) and rectified spirit (1%) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Tobacco Products’ group rose by 0.4 percent to 150.3 (provisional) from 149.7 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of other tobacco products (1%).

The index for ‘Manufacture of Textiles’ group rose by 0.3 percent to 115.9 (provisional) from 115.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of manufacture of other textiles (2%) and synthetic yarn, cotton yarn, viscose yarn, manufacture of made-up textile articles, except apparel and manufacture of knitted & crocheted fabrics (1%).   However, the price of woollen yarn (1%) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Wearing Apparel’ group declined by 1.3 percent to 139.2 (provisional) from 141.0 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of manufacture of wearing apparel (woven), except fur apparel (2%).

The index for ‘Manufacture of Leather and Related Products’ group rose by 0.2 percent to 121.9 (provisional) from 121.7 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of harness, saddles & other related items (2%) and gloves of leather, athletic/sport shoes, chrome tanned leather and travel goods, handbags, office bags, etc. (1% each).  However, the price of belt & other articles of leather (3%) and waterproof footwear and plastic/PVC chappals (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Wood and of Products of Wood and Cork’ group declined by 0.2 percent to 133.1 (provisional) from 133.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of lamination wooden sheets/veneer sheets and wood cutting [processed/sized] (1% each).. However, the price of plywood block boards and wooden panel (1% each) moved up.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Paper and Paper Products’ group declined by 0.2 percent to 120.7 (provisional) from 121.0 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of paper bag including craft paper bag (10%), tissue paper (3%), base paper (2%) and paper carton/box, corrugated sheet box, corrugated paper board and duplex paper (1% each). However, the price of newsprint, pulp board, map litho paper and paper for printing & writing (1% each) moved up.

The index for ‘Printing and Reproduction of Recorded Media ‘group declined by 0.1 percent to 146.4 (provisional) from 146.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of printed form & schedule, sticker plastic and  journal/periodical (1% each).  However, the price of hologram (3d) and newspaper (1% each) moved up.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Chemicals and Chemical Products’ group rose by 0.6 percent to 118.0 (provisional) from 117.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of camphor (26%), sulphuric acid (12%), hydrogen peroxide (7%), nitric acid and acetic acid and its derivatives (5% each), phosphoric acid, varnish (all types), other inorganic chemicals, organic solvent, amine and agro chemical formulation (3% each) and ethyl acetate, dye stuff/dyes including dye intermediates and pigments/colours, ethylene oxide, other petrochemical intermediates, safety matches (match box), adhesive tape (non-medicinal), sodium silicate, alkyl benzene, polyester fibre fabric, additive, carbon black, insecticide & pesticide, polystyrene, expandable, superphospate/phosphatic fertilizer, others and rubber chemicals (2% each) and detergent cake, washing soap cake/bar/powder, soda ash/washing soda, ammonium nitrate, catalysts, polyethylene, tooth paste/tooth powder, oleoresin, alcohols, aromatic chemicals, di ammonium phosphate, nitrogenous fertilizer, others, poly vinyl chloride (pvc), xlpe compound, ammonium phosphate and ammonium sulphate (1% each).  However, the price of menthol (10%), mono ethyl glycol (5%), caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) and phthalic anhydride (3% each), liquid air & other gaseous products, polyester film(metalized), explosive and printing ink (2% each) and aniline (including pna, ona, ocpna), urea, poly propylene (PP), powder coating material and ammonia liquid (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal Chemical and Botanical Products’ group rose by 0.2 percent to 121.9 (provisional) from 121.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of antipyretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory formulations and anti cancer drugs (4% each), vials/ampoule, glass, empty or filled and medical accessories (3% each) and digestive enzymes & antacids and anti allergic drugs (1% each).  However, the price of anti-retroviral drugs for HIV treatment (5%), antioxidants (3%), plastic capsules (2%) and antibiotics & preparations thereof, api & formulations of vitamins, simvastatin and antiseptics & disinfectants (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Rubber and Plastics Products’ group rose by 0.5 percent to 109.0 (provisional) from 108.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of plastic furniture (6%), rubberized dipped fabric and processed rubber (4% each), rubber moulded goods (3%), polypropylene film, polyester film (non-metalized), V belt and plastic bottle (2% each) and motor car tube, rubber crumb, PVC fittings & other accessories, plastic bag, plastic components, motor car tyre, cycle/cycle rickshaw tyre, acrylic/plastic sheet and plastic box/container (1% each).  However, the price of rubber cloth/sheet (7%), conveyer belt (fibre based), plastic tube (flexible/non-flexible) and rubber tubes- not for tyres (2% each) and plastic button, elastic webbing, rubber components & parts, solid rubber tyres/wheels, plastic tank and polythene film (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products’ group declined by 0.4 percent to 115.2 (provisional) from 115.7 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of porcelain sanitary ware (3%), ordinary portland cement (2%) and clinker, cement superfine, glass bottle, marble slab and pozzolana cement (1% each).  However, the price of ordinary sheet glass (5%), asbestos corrugated sheet, ceramic tiles (vitrified tiles), white cement and cement blocks (concrete) (2% each) and plain bricks, slag cement, railway sleeper, stone, chip, granite, fibre glass incl. sheet and  toughened glass (1% each) moved up.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Basic Metals’ group rose by 0.7 percent to 113.0 (provisional) from 112.2 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of MS pencil ingots and alloy steel castings (4% each), copper metal/copper rings (3%), stainless steel tubes, MS bright bars, sponge iron/direct reduced iron (DRI), steel cables, stainless steel coils, strips & sheets, MS wire rods, brass metal/sheet/coils and steel forgings - rough (2% each) and aluminium ingot, cold rolled (CR) coils & sheets, including narrow strip, angles, channels, sections, steel (coated/not), stainless steel bars & rods, including flats, MS castings, aluminium castings, copper shapes-bars/rods/plates/strips, mild steel (MS) blooms, galvanized iron pipes, cast iron, castings and aluminium metal (1% each).  However, the price of rails, silicomanganese, other ferro alloys, alumnium foil, ferromanganese, pig iron and GP/GC sheet (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery and Equipment’ group rose by 1.2 percent to 114.0 (provisional) from 112.7 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of sanitary fittings of iron & steel (14%), electrical stamping- laminated or otherwise (4%), steel door, cylinders and pressure cooker (3% each), forged steel rings (2%) and bolts, screws, nuts & nails of iron & steel, steel pipes, tubes & poles, stainless steel utensils, copper bolts, screws, nuts and jigs & fixture (1% each).  However, the price of hose pipes in set or otherwise (2%) and stainless steel tank, steel structures, aluminium utensils and steel drums & barrels (1% each) declined.

 

The index for ‘Manufacture of Computer, Electronic and Optical Products’ group declined by 0.3 percent to 111.3 (provisional) from 111.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of electro-diagnostic apparatus, used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences (3%), capacitors and meter (non-electrical) (2% each) and telephone sets including mobile hand sets (1%).   However, the price of colour tv (1%) moved up.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Electrical Equipment’ group rose by 0.3 percent to 111.6 (provisional) from 111.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of solenoid valve (6%), fibre optic cables, light fitting accessories and rubber insulated cables (2% each) and ACSR conductors, generators & alternators, aluminium wire, electric accumulators, electrical relay/conductor, transformer, electric & other meters and insulating & flexible wire (1% each). However, the price of jelly filled cables, rotor/magneto rotor assembly and electric switch (2% each) and electric mixers/grinders/food processors, fan and electric switch gear control/starter (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Machinery and Equipment’ group rose by 0.4 percent to 110.3 (provisional) from 109.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of pressure vessel & tank for fermentation & other food processing (7%), cranes (6%), filtration equipment (4%), road roller (3%), hydraulic equipment and pneumatic tools (2% each) and pharmaceutical machinery, lathes, industrial valve, oil pump, material handling, lifting & hoisting equipment, gasket kit, mining, quarrying & metallurgical machinery/parts, air gas compressor including compressor for refrigerator, threshers and excavator (1% each).  However, the price of air or vacuum pump and moulding machine (3% each), conveyors-non-roller type and injection pump (2% each) and packing machine, solar power system (solar panel & attachable equipment), hydraulic pump, roller & ball bearings, printing machinery, deep freezers and manufacture of bearings, gears, gearing & driving elements (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Motor Vehicles, Trailers and Semi-Trailers’ group rose by 0.2 percent to 111.9 (provisional) from 111.7 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of crankshaft (4%), passenger vehicles (2%) and shafts of all kinds, release valve, chain and chassis of different vehicle types (1% each).  However, the price of brake pad/brake liner/brake block/brake rubber, others and cylinder liners (3% each) and radiators & coolers (1%) declined.

The index for ‘Manufacture of Furniture’ group rose by 1.9 percent to 127.5 (provisional) from 125.1 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of foam & rubber mattress (9%), steel shutter gate (5%) and plastic fixtures (1%).   However, the price of wooden furniture and hospital furniture (1% each) declined.

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Applauding the long-standing effort in creating a network of Asian countries on GHG inventory by Government of Japan, Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that for India, action on climate change is a moral and ethical responsibility and India is working under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, to achieve its obligations as per Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) principles. Inaugurating the 16th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA16) here today, Dr. Harsh Vardhan stressed that while efforts of experts are necessary, there is also a need for an active involvement of people in the fight against climate change.  “We have committed to achieve 175 GW of installed capacity of renewable energy generation by 2022. We are firmly on path to achieve these targets.   Other policy initiatives of the government include increasing penetration of LEDs, 5-10% Ethanol blending in petrol, increasing efficiency of coal power plants, and more efficient public transport”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said.  He also referred to the decision to leapfrog from Bharat Stage IV (Euro IV) to Bharat Stage VI (Euro VI) standards for vehicular emissions by 2020.   The Minister stated that as per the Paris Agreement, there is a need to enhance transparency in reporting, which is possible only through adequate finance and capacity building. “This workshop is a right step in that direction”, he added.

The Minister underlined that India is concerned about climate change and is committed to global action aimed at mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change. He referred to two more meetings on climate change scheduled for this month - India-Japan Climate Change Policy Research Workshop and India-Japan Joint Credit Mechanism Meeting.

The Environment Minister outlined Green Good Deeds, Green Good Behaviour, Green Good Practices and Green Social Responsibility being promoted amongst different stakeholders and accepted at various international forums, including BRICS Environment Ministers meeting recently. Dr. Harsh Vardhan urged the participants to perform one Green Good Deed every day and become its strong messenger and votary in transforming individual Green Good Deeds into a mass movement in all the participating countries.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General of Forests and Special Secretary, MoEFCC, Dr. Siddhanta Das, said that India is well poised to meet the target of creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by the year 2030. In this context, he pointed out that one of the efforts undertaken by the Ministry is to undertake plantation activities in areas outside forest and in river catchment areas.

Addressing the gathering, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, said that India enjoys a strategic relationship with Japan and both countries share similar views on strengthening capacities for climate action. Emphasising that WGIA is a well-thought out initiative, Dr. Mehta said that India as a country believes in transparency and this is apparent from our inventory preparation process, which is inclusive, involving 12 premier national institutions. He said that India has submitted its two National Communications and first Biennial Update Report (BUR) in time and BUR-2 would also be submitted in time. He said that India is on track to meet its Copenhagen commitment of reduction in emissions intensity of GDP by 20-25% by 2020 with reference to 2005 level. According to the UNEP Gap Report 2017, India is also on track to meeting its Paris commitment of 33-35% reduction in emissions intensity of its GDP by 2030 from 2005 level. He further stated that India stood by its commitments towards climate action and will continue to do so as a responsible nation.

Charge d’áffaires ad interim, Embassy of Japan in India, Mr. Hideki Asari said that India has emerged as a leading voice in the field of environment, especially after the announcement to achieve 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022, setting up and coordinating International Solar Alliance, hosting of World Environment Day 2018 and a number of similar initiatives. He also shared recent climate change policy initiatives undertaken by Government of Japan. 

Dr. Amit Garg, Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, made a detailed presentation on the process of India’s GHG inventory preparation for National Communications to UNFCCC.

WGIA is an initiative of Government of Japan to improve the quality of Greenhouse Gas Inventories of Asian countries by building capacities through training and exchange of experience. A reliable and robust inventory is the backbone of climate action. Such efforts will contribute towards meeting the requirements towards enhanced reporting and transparency as required under the Convention and its Paris Agreement. 15 countries including Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are WGIA members and around 100 GHG inventory experts from these countries participated along with representatives from UNFCCC, IPCC, FAO and other specialized agencies. India is hosting WGIA for the first time.

The four-day Workshop has been organized by the Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan and is being hosted by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), from July 10 to 13, 2018 in New Delhi.

 

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