The Gist of Press Information Bureau: October 2015
Prime Minister Launches SKILL INDIA
The Skill India logo depicts a clenched hand in which a
spanner and pencil are firmly held, exemplifying the empowerment of the
individual through skilling. The spanner and pencil are held together,
suggesting that both skill and general education are at parity and aspirational
for India’s youth. The tagline, ‘Kaushal Bharat, Kushal Bharat’ suggests that
skilling Indians (‘Kaushal Bharat’) will result in a happy, healthy, prosperous
and strong nation (‘Kushal Bharat.’) The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY),
the Ministry’s flagship, demand-driven, reward-based skill training scheme will
incentivise skill training by providing financial rewards to candidates who
successfully complete approved skill training programmes. Over the next year,
PMKVY will skill 24 lakh youth, across India. For the first time, the skills of
young people who lack formal certification, such as workers in India’s vast
unorganised sector, will be recognised. Through an initiative known as
‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL), 10 lakh youth will be assessed and
certified for the skills that they already possess. Prime Minister also launched
the Skill Loan scheme. Loans ranging from Rs 5,000-1.5 lakhs will be made
available to 34 lakh youth of India seeking to attend skill development
programmes over the next five years.Sanction letters for the first ever Skill
Loans were handed out by the Prime Minister to aspiring trainees. During the
function, Shri Narendra Modi awarded Skill Cards and Skill Certificates to
trainees who had recently completed training through the Pilot Phase of PMKVY,
which started in May 2015. Such Skill Cards and Skill Certificates will allow
trainees to share their skill identity with employers. Each Skill Card and Skill
Certificate features a Quick Response Code (QR Code), which can be read through
a QR reader on mobile devices. Trainees can use these to share their skill
qualifications with employers in a quick and reliable way during the job search
Across the country, 2,33,000 youth were awarded certificates
from ITIs, and 18,000 plus graduating students received job offer letters on the
occasion of World Youth Skills Day. The Prime Minister personally presented
industry job offer letters to five female ITI graduates at the event. The
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
welcomed the audience at the outset of the event. He outlined the steps the
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is taking to turn the Prime
Minister’s vision of a skilled India into reality. He also underscored the
importance of strategic partnerships in achieving the Skill India vision,
showcasing inter-Ministerial initiatives to scale up skill development efforts.
World Youth Skills Day and the launch of SKILL INDIA were
celebrated nation-wide. State Governments organized events to emphasize the
importance of skill development for the youth in their states, mobilizing
candidates, launching fresh training programs and felicitating successful
trainees. ITIs across the country also participated in the event through a live
feed of the event. Across India, special PMKVY mobilization camps are being
organized at 100 locations with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS). A national
SMS campaign is being rolled out to build awareness of the program, reaching
about 40 crore subscribes. Fresh PMKVY training was initiated in 1,000 centres
across all States and Union Territories in India today, covering 50,000 youth in
100 job roles across 25 sectors.
Skill India’ launched on 15th July, 2015 would aim to provide
skill training to a very large number of people at a much faster pace than
before. During 2015-16 itself, there is a target to provide skill training to
about 120 lakh youth in the Country by the Central Government. While, 60% of the
skill training would be done through the Ministry of Skill Development &
Entrepreneurship, the balance would be done through 20 other
Ministries/Department of the Government of India. This target includes 24 lakh
youth to be trained/certified under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)
that was launched yesterday. Government has recently approved ‘Common norms’ for
skill training, where skill training course has been defined to be of minimum
duration of 200 hours for fresh training and at least 80 hours for skill
upgradation. Common norms for skill training have been introduced with a view to
ensure basic minimum standards for skill training. With this, the target for
skill training would be revisited and fresh targets for different
Ministries/Department for the year 2015-16 would be notified shortly.
Railway PSU – “RailTel” Bags 12th National Awards for Excellence in Cost
RailTel Corporation a “Mini Ratna (Category-I)” PSU is one of
the largest neutral telecom services providers in the country owning a Pan-India
optic fiber network covering all important towns & cities of the country and
several rural areas covering 70% of India’s population. RailTel is in the
forefront in providing nationwide Broadband Telecom & Multimedia Network in all
parts of the country in addition to modernization of Train operations and
administration network systems for Indian Railways. With its Pan India high
capacity network, RailTel is working towards creating a knowledge society at
various fronts and has been selected for implementation of various mission-mode
Govt. of India projects in the telecom field.
Measures to Check Population Growth Interventions under family planning
1. Scheme for home delivery of contraceptives by ASHAs at doorstep of
beneficiaries: The govt. has launched a scheme to utilize the services of ASHA
to deliver contraceptives at the doorstep of beneficiaries. 8.85 lakh ASHAs are
now distributing contraceptives at the door step.
2. Scheme for ASHAs to ensure spacing in births: The scheme is operational from
16th May, 2012. Under this scheme, services of ASHAs are being utilised for
counselling of newly married couples to ensure delay of 2 years in birth after
marriage and couples with 1 child to have spacing of 3 years after the birth of
3. Pregnancy testing kits have been made an integral part of ASHA kit and are
being used to diagnose pregnancy early, so as to ensure early registration of
pregnancy/safe abortion services.
4. A new family planning method, i.e. post-partum IUCD (PPIUCD) has been
introduced in the program. PPIUCD services are being provided by trained health
providers in government hospitals, within 48 hours after the delivery.
5. Basket of choice has been expanded with introduction of a new IUCD-375 of 5
years effectivity, in addition to the already existing IUCD–380A of 10 years
6. Dedicated counselors (RMNCH counsellors) are placed at high case load
facilities for providing family planning counseling to clients.
7. Celebration of World Population Day 11th July & Fortnight: The event is
observed over a month long period, split into fortnight of
mobilization/sensitization followed by a fortnight of assured family planning
service delivery and has been made a mandatory activity from 2012-13 and starts
from 27th June each year.
8. Other On-going interventions:
- Assured delivery of family planning services for both IUCD and
- National Family Planning Indemnity Scheme’ (NFPIS) under which clients
are insured in the eventualities of deaths, complications and failures
following sterilization and the providers/ accredited institutions are
indemnified against litigations in those eventualities.
- Compensation scheme for sterilization acceptors - under the scheme MoHFW
provides compensation for loss of wages to the beneficiary and also to the
service provider (& team) for conducting sterilisations.
- More emphasis on Spacing methods like IUCD.
- Availability of Fixed Day Static Services at all facilities.
- Quality care in Family Planning services by establishing Quality
Assurance Committees at state and district levels.
- Contraceptives supply management up to peripheral facilities.
- Demand generation activities in the form of display of posters,
billboards and other audio and video materials in the various facilities.
Following strategies have been taken up by the Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh/National
Population Stabilization Fund as population control measures:
Advocacy & IEC activities:- JSK as a part of its awareness
and advocacy efforts on population stabilization, has established networks and
partnerships with other ministries, development partners, private sectors,
corporate and professional bodies for spreading its activities at the national,
state, district and block level.
Prerna Strategy:- JSK has launched this strategy for helping
to push up the age of marriage of girls and delay in first child and spacing in
second child the birth of children in the interest of health of young mothers
and infants. The couple who adopt this strategy awarded suitably. This helps to
change the mindsets of the community.
Santushti Strategy:- Under this strategy,
JansankhyaSthirataKosh, invites private sector gynecologists and vasectomy
surgeons to conduct sterilization operations in Public Private Partnership mode.
The private hospitals/nursing home who achieved target to 10 or more are
suitably awarded as per strategy.
Government has no any proposal at present to impose
restriction on having more than two children in family. The Family Welfare
Programme in India is voluntary in nature, which enables a couple to adopt the
family planning methods, best suited to them, according to their choice, without
Progress on Rafale Fighter Aircraft Deal
As per the India-France Joint Statement issued by the two
countries during the Prime Minister’s visit to France, Government of India
conveyed to the Government of France that in view of the critical operational
necessity for Multirole Combat Aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF), Government
of India would like to acquire (36) Rafale jets in fly-away condition as quickly
as possible. The two leaders agreed to conclude an Inter-Governmental Agreement
for supply of the aircraft on terms that would be better than conveyed by
Dassault Aviation as part of a separate process underway, the delivery would be
in time-frame that would be compatible with the operational requirement of IAF;
and that the aircraft and associated systems and weapons would be delivered on
the same configuration as had been tested and approved by Indian Air Force, and
with a longer maintenance responsibility by France. A Negotiating Team has been
constituted to negotiate the term s and conditions of the procurement of 36
Rafale jets and recommend the draft agreement. The meetings of the Indian
Negotiating team with the French side have commenced.
Environment Ministry Launches Teeb-India Initiative
The Government has launched The Economics of Ecosystems and
Biodiversity TEEB-India Initiative (TII) to highlight the economic consequences
of the loss of biological diversity and the associated decline in ecosystem
services. The Initiative focussed on three ecosystems, namely forests, inland
wetlands and coastal and marine ecosystems. TII has been implemented under the
Indo-German Biodiversity Programme as technical cooperation with GIZ. The
outcome of the pilot projects will be fed into the sectoral synthesis for the
three ecosystems. It will be released at the Brazil-India-Germany TEEB Dialogue,
being hosted by India in September 2015. The overall study report will be
released at the 21st session of the UNFCCC CoP being held in November-December,
2015 at Paris. A review workshop was organised here, under the aegis of TII to
review the outcome of 12 pilot projects, which demonstrate the application of
economic approaches to address policy issues related to conservation and
sustainable management of these ecosystems. The proceedings involved
presentation of the outcome of the pilot studies. The three case studies on
forest ecosystems looked at ecosystem services flows from Western Ghats and
application of economic approaches to human-wildlife conflict. In the coastal
and marine ecosystems, the results related to effectiveness of mangrove
conservation, assessment of the value of bycatch and the impact of seasonal fish
ban. Within wetlands, the outcome related to economic efficiency of restoration
investment and integration of ecosystem service values in land and water
resources management in wetland basins.
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