The Gist of Press Information Bureau (PIB): September 2014

The Gist of Press Information Bureau: September 2014

  • Center convenes State Food Ministers conference to check inflation (Free Available)
  • Use of Hindi on Government of India’s social media platforms is only for Hindi Speaking States (Free Available)
  • President of India receives a copy of Encyclopedia of Hinduism (Free Available)
  • The IAF Welcomes 193 Flying Officers into its Fold (Free Available)
  • NFSM General council Approves Rs. 2100 Crore for the Scheme in 2014-15 (Free Available)
  • Shri Prakash Javadekar at first UN Environment Assembly (Only For The Subscribed Members)
  • NABARD Reduces Rates of Refinance with Focus on Investment Credit (Only For The Subscribed Members)
  • The Indo-French Air Exercise “Garuda-V” Successfully Concludes today at AFS Jodhpur (Only For The Subscribed Members)

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 here today.

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 Minister.

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 Bhavan Auditorium.

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 2014-15.

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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