The Gist of Press Information Bureau: September 2014
- Center convenes State Food Ministers conference to check inflation
- Use of Hindi on Government of India’s social media platforms is only for
Hindi Speaking States ()
- President of India receives a copy of Encyclopedia of Hinduism
- The IAF Welcomes 193 Flying Officers into its Fold
- NFSM General council Approves Rs. 2100 Crore for the Scheme in 2014-15
- Shri Prakash Javadekar at first UN Environment Assembly
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- NABARD Reduces Rates of Refinance with Focus on Investment Credit
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- The Indo-French Air Exercise “Garuda-V” Successfully Concludes today at
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Center convenes State Food Ministers conference to check inflation
The Center has convened a conference of State Food Ministers
in New Delhi to discuss measures to check inflation. This was stated by Union
Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan
Briefing the media he said that the Government has taken a
serious note of recent increase in market prices of some of the food articles.
It would take stern action, jointly with State Governments, to check all such
unreasonable hike as there is enough stocks of foodgrains and other essential
commodities in the country. The conference will be chaired by Union Finance
Shri Paswan said that during the proposed conference, action
plan for early implementation the Nation Food Security Act will also be
discussed. The National Food Security Act (NFSA) provides for distribution of
highly subsidized foodgrains to the poor, but this has so far been implemented,
partially or fully, in eleven states only.
He said effective implementation of the Act would protect the
poor from the increase in market prices of food articles, especially wheat and
rice. In a letter written to Chief Ministers of those States, where NFSA is yet
to be implemented, the Union Food Minister has requested action for its
implementation in next three months. NFSA entitles every poor person to get at
least 5 kg. foodgrains per month at highly subsidized prices.
Use of Hindi on Government of India’s social media platforms is only for
Hindi Speaking States
The attention of the Government has been drawn to the
concerns expressed about instructions imposing the use of Hindi in non Hindi
speaking States. The Department of Official Languages, Ministry of Home Affairs,
Government of India had issued a circular on 10th March, 2014 stating that in
keeping with the existing policy of the Government regarding use of Hindi,
Government of India communication in ‘A’ category States i.e. Hindi speaking
States must give equal importance to the use of Hindi in its social media
platforms. The instructions reiterated that both English and Hindi must be used
on official Twitter, Facebook, blogs etc by the Government of India.
It is clarified that these instructions of the Department of
Official Languages dated 10th March, 2014 do not seek to impose communication in
Hindi on States which are not Hindi speaking. The instructions of Department of
Official Languages have only reiterated the existing Government of India’s
policy on the use of Hindi in which the use of Hindi is compulsory in
Government’s communication only in the Hindi speaking States.
The Ministry of Home Affairs in its circular dated 27.05.2014 has communicated
the above guidelines of the Department of Official Languages with regard to the
social media to the departments under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Therefore,
this is neither a new policy nor an attempt to impose the use of Hindi on any
non Hindi speaking State.
President of India receives a copy of Encyclopedia of Hinduism
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received a copy of the
Encyclopedia of Hinduism on June 23, 2014 at a function at the Rashtrapati
Speaking on the occasion, the President complimented Swami
Chidanand Saraswatiji of the Parmarth Niketan, who is the founder chairman of
India Heritage Research Foundation, for undertaking the massive effort of
bringing out the Encyclopedia of Hinduism.
The President said that Hindu religious philosophy identifies
Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksh, as the foremost objectives of a human being.
Striking a balance in human behaviour in working towards these objectives has
been prescribed as a key aim of human existence. Quoting, Dr. Sarvapalli
Radhakrishnan, he said that Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of
reason and intuition that cannot be defined but is only to be experienced.
The President stated that the basic tenet of Hinduism is happiness, health and
enlightenment for everyone and suffering, pain and agony for none. He quoted
Mahatma Gandhi and said “If I were asked to define the Hindu creed, I should
simply say: Search after truth through non-violent means. A man may not believe
in God and still call himself a Hindu. Hinduism is a relentless pursuit after
truth… Hinduism is the religion of truth. Truth is God. Denial of God we have
known. Denial of truth we have not known.”
The IAF Welcomes 193 Flying Officers into its Fold
The morning of 21 Jun 2014 saw the officer who graduated
thirty nine years ago, come back as Chief Guest to review the Combined
Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy, Dundigal. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha,
Chief of the Air Staff reviewed the Combined Graduation Parade of 193 flight
cadets belonging to Pilot, Navigation and Ground Duty streams.
The Air Force Academy (AFA), as a Cradle of Military
Aviation, provides a unique environment for joint training of cadets of all
branches and forge life-long bonds of camaraderie, cohesiveness and éspirit-de-corps.
With a distinguished training record to its credit, AFA is at the vanguard of a
comprehensive upgrade in IAF’s training pattern and infrastructure. This Academy
has successfully inducted and operationalised the PC-7 Mk II as IAF’s Basic
Trainer Aircraft and has ushered in an era of modern flying training with high
standards of safety and reliability.
NFSM General council Approves Rs. 2100 Crore for the Scheme in 2014-15
The General Council of the National Food Security Mission (NFSM),
which met here today under the Chairmanship of Agriculture Minister, Shri Radha
Mohan Singh, approved action plans of different States for Rs. 2100 crore for
The Council also approved taking up pulses under NFSM
programme in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand. The Council also
approved taking up demonstrations of inter-cropping of food grains with oilseeds
which was not part of the Mission activities till now. This has been done to put
focus on increasing production of oilseeds.
The General Council reviewed the performance of NFSM in
2013-14. Four States i.e. Maharashtra, UP, Bihar and Tamil Nadu. The Minister
stressed upon the need to take up soil testing and providing soil health cards
to individual farmers, especially small and marginal farmers. This will help
farmers in making informed decisions on inputs to be applied, resulting in
better productivity and cost effectiveness.
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