English rendering of PMs address in 36th episode of Mann Ki Baat on All India Radio, 24 September 2017

My dear countrymen, Namaskar to all of you! It is now a full three years since I started speaking to you over “Mann Ki Baat”. This is the 36th episode today. “Mann Ki Baat” has provided me with a unique opportunity to get connected with various feelings and positive energy of the country; emotions of our people which include their desires, expectations and at times, even grievances, which come to their minds. And I have never said that these are the expressions of my mind; Mann Ki Baat reflects our countrymen’s minds, their expressions, their expectations. And when I say things in Mann Ki Baat, people from across the country send their ideas, experiences and feelings to me. I am probably not able to convey all these to you but still I get a treasure-full of ideas over e-mail, over telephone, over mygov. or over NarendraModiApp. I receive a multitude of such ideas and suggestions. Most of these are inspiring to me.

A large number of these ideas are regarding improvements in the functioning of our government. There are personal grievances and complaints and sometimes attention is drawn to community problems. I just take half an hour of your time in a month but people keep sending suggestions, ideas and other material over Mann Ki Baat during all 30 days of the month. And, the result of this whole exercise is that the government has started realizing the sensitivities and powerful ideas of the people of far off places. And, this is why the three-year journey of Mann Ki Baat is in fact a journey of our countrymen, their emotions and their feelings. I am thankful to our countrymen for having provided me an opportunity to understand the feelings of the common man. In Mann Ki Baat, I have always remembered one sentence of Acharya Vinoba Bhave. He always used to say ‘A- sarkari, Asarkari’, meaning non government is effective. I have also tried to focus on the people of the country in Mann Ki Baat, have kept it away from political hues & tried to remain connected with you with a stable mind rather than being diverted by the heat of the moment or anguish.

I surely believe and feel that now after three years, social scientists, universities, research scholars, media experts would undertake its analysis and highlight its every aspect, positive as well as negative. And I am sure that this brainstorming could be useful for Mann Ki Baat in future and will infuse a new energy into it. And, in one episode of Mann Ki Baat I had said that while having our food, we must also be conscious of consuming only as much as we need and see to it that there is no wastage. But, later, I received letters from all corners of the country. Many social organizations and many youth are already observing this in practice. I come to know about a lot many people who were involved in ensuring that leftover food was best utilized. I derived much satisfaction and joy to learn this.

Once, in Mann Ki Baat, I had mentioned about a retired teacher from Maharashtra Shriman Chandrakant Kulkarni who donated 51 post - dated cheques of Rs. 5,000/- each for the cleanliness drive out of his total monthly pension of Rs. 16,000/-. And then I saw that a lot many people came forward to donate for this cause.

Once, I saw a selfie of a sarpanch with a daughter and referred to the same in Mann Ki Baat. In no time, “Selfie with Daughter” became a big campaign not only in India but across the whole world. This is not only an issue of social media. It became an incident to create a new self-confidence and a feeling of self pride in every daughter. Every parent started feeling that they should take a selfie with their daughter. Every daughter started regaining her own self confidence & self esteem.

I was in a meeting with the Tourism Department recently. I asked people who were planning to go travelling that where-ever they visit ‘Incredible India’, they must send photographs of those places. Lakhs of photographs from every corner of India were received which actually became a treasure for those working in the tourism sector. I’ve experienced through ‘Mann Ki Baat’ that even a tiny incident can launch a massive campaign. Today I felt like sharing it, since I thought that it has been three years, and events & incidents over those three years ran across my mind. The nation is always ready to move in the right direction. Every citizen of the country wants to do something for the benefit of others, for social good, for the country’s progress. This is what I gathered, learnt and understood from our countrymen during three years of the Mann Ki Baat campaign. This is the most valuable capital and enormous strength for any country. I heartily bow to my countrymen.

In one episode of Mann Ki Baat I had discussed about Khadi and Khadi is not a fabric but an idea, a principle. I have noticed that these days interest in Khadi has increased very much and I had just said that I was not asking people to makeover into wearing Khadi permanently; rather, since there are a number of fabrics then why not Khadi also be one of the fabrics of your choice? May be a bed-sheet in the house, a handkerchief or a curtain, it has been felt that the younger generation has got interested in Khadi. Sale of Khadi has increased and as a result of this, the poor man’s household has directly got connected to employment. Discount is offered on Khadi from 2nd October and people get quite a good rebate. I once again urge that we should try and take forward the Khadi movement. We should follow the spirit of helping the poor to be able to light a Diwali lamp. The poor of our country will derive strength from this and we must do it. The increasing interest in Khadi has infused a new thinking in those working in the Khadi sector as well as those connected, in any way, with Khadi. How do we bring in new technology, how do we increase productivity, how do we introduce looms driven by solar power? How do we rejuvenate our traditional heritage which was lying inactive for 20, 25 or 30 years?

Sewapuri Khadi Ashram at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh was lying closed for 26 years but has got a fresh lease of life now. A number of thoughts were implemented. New employment opportunities were created for a number of people. Khadi Gramodyog revived its training centre at Pampore in Kashmir and in this sector Kashmir has so much to offer. With the reopening of this training centre, the new generation will get a boost in jobs in manufacturing , in weaving, in creating new things and it feels so good to see that even big corporate Houses have started including Khadi items as Diwali gifts. Even people have started exchanging Khadi items as gifts. We now experience how something grows naturally.

My dear countrymen, we had taken a resolve in last month’s Mann Ki Baat and had decided to observe a 15-day Cleanliness Festival before Gandhi Jayanti. We shall connect people through cleanliness. Our Honourable President inaugurated this programme and the country got connected. The old or the young, men or women, city or village everyone has become a part of this Cleanliness campaign now. And when I say “Sankalp Se Siddhi”, we can see for ourselves as to how a Cleanliness Campagin is advancing towards Sankalp Siddhi, that is Attainment through Reslove. Everyone accepts this, co-operates in this and makes a contribution in realizing this. I am grateful to our Honourable President. But, every section of society has taken this as its own campaign, everyone has got connected to this. Whether it be people from the sports world, academicians, schools, colleges, universities, farmers, workers, officers, government employees, police, or army jawans – every one has got connected with this. A kind of a pressure has been created in public places and now people resist if someone tries to spoil or to make a public place dirty in any way and even those spoiling public places are also feeling this pressure. It is a good thing and I am pleased to know that just in the first four days of “Swachhata Hi Sewa Abhiyan” more than 75 lakh people joined these activities with more than 40 thousand initiatives..

I have seen that some people are continuously working and are determined to bring out results. I noticed something else this time – one is that we clean up a place, and the second is that we become aware and do not spread filth; but if we have to inculcate cleanliness as a habit, we must start an idea- based movement also. This time a number of competitions were organized on the theme “Cleanliness is Service”. More than two and a half crore children took part in an Essay Competition on cleanliness. Thousands of children made paintings. They drew pictures based on their own imaginations. Many people wrote poems and these days I post drawings made by our young children on social media and praise their efforts. Whenever there is a reference to cleanliness, I do not forget to express my gratitude to media persons. They have taken this campaign in a religious manner. They have made a big contribution in creating a positive environment and are leading the Cleanliness Campaign in their own ways.

We can see in “Swachhata Hi Sewa” movement as to how the electronic media and the print media in our country can render a big service to the country. Just a few days ago some one drew my attention towards Bilal Dar, a young man of 18 years from Srinagar. And you will be glad to know that Srinagar Municipal Corporation has made him their brand ambassador and when there is a talk of brand ambassador, there is a general feeling that he/she must be a Cine artist or a sports-personality. But not in this case. Bilal Dar got connected to the ‘Swachhata Abhiyan’ or Cleanliness Campaign since the age of 12-13 years and has been working for the last 5 to 6 years. He clears plastic, polythene, used bottles, dry or wet waste – every piece of dirt from Aisa’s biggest lake near Srinagar. He also earns from this activity. His father had died of cancer at a very young age but he connected his livelihood with cleanliness. I congratulate Srinagar Municipal Corporation for taking this initiative towards sanitation and for their imagination to appoint an ambassador for this cause of cleanliness because Srinagar is a tourist destination and every Indian wants to go there; and if such attention is given to Cleanliness it is a very big achievement in itself. And I am glad that they have not only appointed Bilal as their ambassador but also given him a vehicle, and also a uniform and he goes to other areas and educates people about cleanliness and inspires them and keeps tracking them till results are achieved. Bilal is very young age wise but is a source of inspiration for all of us who are interested in cleanliness.

I congratulate Bilal Dar.

My dear countrymen, we will have to accept the fact that history begets history and when there is a reference to history, it is but natural to recall our great men. The month of October is a month to remember so many of our titans. From Mahatma Gandhi to Sardar Patel, there are many great leaders who gave us the direction towards the 20th and 21st century, led us, guided us and faced so many hardships for the country. 2nd October is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, 11th October is the birth anniversary of Jai Prakash Narain and Nanaji Deshmukh and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s birth anniversary falls on 25th September. This is the centenary year of Nanaji and Deen Dayal ji. And, what was the main focus of all these great men? One thing was common and that was to live for the country, do something for the nation; they led the people not by mere sermons but by their actions. Gandhiji, Jai Prakashji, Deen Dayalji were such great personalities who remained far away from the corridors of power but lived every moment for the people, kept fighting all odds following the principle “Sarv Jan Hitay – Sarv Jan Sukhay”, they kept endeavouring tirelessly. Nanaji Deshmukh left politics and joined the Gramodaya Movement and while celebrating his Centenary year, it is but natural to honour his contribution towards Gramodaya.

India’s former President Shriman Abdul Kalamji used to speak of Nanaji’s contribution in rural development while talking to the youth. He used to mention Nanaji’s contribution with great respect and he even went to a village to see Nanaji’s work there.

Like Gandhiji, Deen Dayal Upadhyayji also talked about the last person at the farthest fringes. Deen Dayalji talked about the poorest of the poor the deprived, distressed ones and spoke of how, through education, employment or otherwise his life could be transformed. We are not obliging these great men by remembering them but we remember them so that we may be able to foresee our forays into the future and the direction we choose.

In the next Mann Ki Baat, I will surely mention Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel but on 31st October, Run for Unity - Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat - will be organized throughout the country. There should be a number of Run for Unity programmes in every city, every town and the weather is also such that one would enjoy running – It is essential for developing a will power of steel, like that of Sardar Saheb. Sardar Saheb unified the country. We also have to run for unity in order to promote the mantra of unity.

The element of Unity in diversity being India’s speciality comes naturally to us. We feel proud of diversity but have you ever tried to feel this diversity? I would like to re-iterate to my countrymen, and specially to my young friends that we are alive & aware beings. We should feel India’s diversity, touch it, feel its fragrance. You may see for yourself, that for your inner development also, these diversities of our country work as a big teaching tool. There are vacations, Diwali is drawing near, all around in our country, there is an inclination to travel to some place or the other; people go as tourists and it is very natural. But, it is a matter of concern when we do not see our own country, we do not know about its diversities nor do we understand them. Impressed by mere superficial glitter we have started enjoying touring foreign countries only. You travel around the world, I have no issues but have a look at your own country too. People of North India may not be knowing what all is there in the South! People of West India may not be knowing what all is there in the East! Our country is full of such myriad diversities.

If you refer to Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Swami Vivekanand, our former President Abdul Kalamji then you will notice that when they toured around India, they got to see and understand India and they got inspired to do and die for the country. All these great men travelled widely in India. At the beginning of their endeavour, they tried to know and understand India; tried to live India within themselves. Can we make an effort as a student to learn, understand and try to live as per the traditions, culture, attire, eating habits and beliefs of different states, different societies, different groups of our country?

There will be a value addition in tourism only when we travel not only as a visitor but also like a student and make efforts to assimilate, understand & adapt. This is my personal experience, I had a chance of visiting more than five hundred districts of India. In more than four hundred & fifty districts, I had a night stay too. And now, when I am shouldering this responsibility in India, that travel is coming in very handy and proving to be very useful. That helps me a lot in understanding things. I request you too, to feel the “Unity in Diversity” which is not a mere slogan but is a storehouse of enormous energy. The dream of “Ek Bharat – Shreshtha Bharat” is inherent in this. How many varieties of cuisines there are ! If we eat a new dish every day, we won’t have to repeat any variety throughout our life. This is the power of our tourism. I would request that during these vacations do not go out just for a change but leave with the intention to know, understand –& gain something. Internalize India within yourselves. Internalize the diversities of millions of denizens of India within you. These experiences will enrich your lives. Your vision will expand. And, who can be a better teacher than experience!

Generally, October to March is the suitable time for tourism. People travel. I am sure that even this time if you go, you will lend further fillip to my campaign. Wherever you go, share your experiences, share photographs. You must send photographs on # incredibleindia. If you happen to meet people there, send their photos too. Write not only about architecture or natural beauty but write something about their daily life too. Write good travelogues. Send on Mygov. And on NarendraModiApp. A thought comes to my mind, that in order to promote tourism in India what could be the seven best tourist destinations in your state – every Indian must know about these seven tourist spots of his state. If possible, one must visit these seven places. Can you provide some information about that? Can you post on NarendraModiApp? Can you post on #incredibleindia? You see, if all the people of one state will do this, then I will ask the government to do a scrutiny of it and prepare publicity material based on seven common things received from each state. In other words, how can tourist destination be developed keeping public aspirations in mind? Similarly, whatever you have seen throughout India and whichever seven out of these you liked the best and you wish that someone should see these things, or should go there, should get information about them, then you must send photos and information of seven such tourist spots on Mygov. Or on NarendraModiApp. The Government of India will work on that. The government will accept suggestions about making films, videos or preparing publicity material and about promoting that destination. Come, get connected with me. You can also act as a major catalyst in promoting the tourism of our country by utilizing the time from this October to March. I invite you.

My dear countrymen, being a human being, there are many things that touch me too. They agitate my heart. They leave a deep impression on my heart. After all I am also a human being just like you. You might have noticed one recent incident, a unique example of grit, determination and patriotism that was witnessed by all countrymen. The Indian Army has got two extraordinary brave women officers; they are Lieutenant Swati and Nidhi. Their husbands laid down their lives in the service of mother India. One can imagine one’s agonizing mental state if her world gets shattered at such a early age! But Swati Mahadik, the wife of martyr colonel Santosh Mahadik – resolved to face the difficult situations and she joined the Indian Army. She received training for 11 months putting in great efforts and she put her life at stake to fulfill her husband’s dreams. Similarly, Nidhi Dubey’s husband Mukesh Dubey was a Naik in the army and attained martyrdom while fighting for his country. His wife Nidhi also took a resolve and joined the army. It is very natural for every countryman to have a deep sense of respect for these two bravehearts, our Matri Shakti. I convey my heartiest congratulations to both of them. They have evoked a new inspiration and a new awakening among millions of our countrymen. Many congratulation to these two sisters.

My dear countrymen, there is a big opportunity for our younger generation between Navratra festivities and Diwali. FIFA under- 17 world cup is being organized in our country. I am sure reverberations of the spirit of football will be heard all around. It will evince more interest in Football in every generation. There should not be a single school-college ground in India where we will not see our youngsters at play. Come on, the whole world is coming to play on Indian soil, let us make sports a part of our lives.

My dear countrymen, Navratras are going on. It is a time for praying to Ma Durga. The whole environment is filled with sacred fragrance. All around there is an atmosphere of spirituality, an air of festivities, an atmosphere of bhakti, of reverence. This is revered as a festival of Shakti Sadhana. This is also known as Sharadiya Navratri, the beginning of autumn. On this pious occasion of Navratri, I convey my best wishes to our countrymen and pray to Ma Shakti to let our country attain newer heights so that the desires and expectations of all our countrymen get fulfilled. May our nation be blessed with the strength to face any challenge.

May the nation move forward and may the year two thousand twenty two- 75 years of India’s Independence be an attempt to realize the dreams of our freedom fighters, the resolve of 125 crore countrymen, with their tremendous hard work, courage and determination to fulfill our resolve and prepare a roadmap for five years. We have moved on; may ma-shakti shower her blessings upon us. My good wishes to all of you. Celebrate festivities, enjoy with enthusiasm.

Many Many thanks.

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मेरे प्यारे देशवासियों, आप सबको नमस्कार । आकाशवाणी के माध्यम से ‘मन की बात’ करते-करते तीन वर्ष पूरे हो गए हैं । आज ये 36वाँ episode है । ‘मन की बात’ एक प्रकार से भारत की जो सकारात्मक शक्ति है, देश के कोने-कोने में जो भावनाएँ भरी पड़ी हैं, इच्छाएँ हैं, अपेक्षाएँ हैं, कहीं-कहीं शिकायत भी है - एक जन-मन में जो भाव उमड़ते रहते हैं ‘मन की बात’ ने उन सब भावों से मुझे जुड़ने का एक बड़ा अद्भुत अवसर दिया और मैंने कभी ये नहीं कहा है कि मेरे मन की बात है । ये ‘मन की बात’ देशवासियों के मन से जुड़ी हैं, उनके भाव से जुड़ी हैं, उनकी आशा-अपेक्षाओं से जुड़ी हुई हैं । और जब ‘मन की बात’ में बातें मैं बताता हूँ तो उसे देश के हर कोने से जो लोग मुझे अपनी बातें भेजते हैं, आपको तो शायद मैं बहुत कम कह पाता हूँ लेकिन मुझे तो भरपूर खज़ाना मिल जाता है । चाहे email पर हो, टेलीफोन पर हो, mygov पर हो, NarendraModiApp पर हो, इतनी बातें मेरे तक पहुँचती हैं । अधिकतम तो मुझे प्रेरणा देने वाली होती हैं । बहुत सारी, सरकार में सुधार के लिए होती हैं । कहीं व्यक्तिगत शिकायत भी होती हैं तो कहीं सामूहिक समस्या पर ध्यान आकर्षित किया जाता है । और मैं तो महीने में एक बार आधा घंटा आपका लेता हूँ, लेकिन लोग, तीसों दिन ‘मन की बात’ के ऊपर अपनी बातें पहुँचाते हैं । और उसका परिणाम ये आया है कि सरकार में भी संवेदनशीलता, समाज के दूर-सुदूर कैसी-कैसी शक्तियाँ पड़ी हैं, उस पर उसका ध्यान जाना, ये सहज अनुभव आ रहा है । और इसलिए ‘मन की बात’ की तीन साल की ये यात्रा देशवासियों की, भावनाओं की, अनुभूति की एक यात्रा है । और शायद इतने कम समय में देश के सामान्य मानव के भावों को जानने-समझने का जो मुझे अवसर मिला है और इसके लिए मैं देशवासियों का बहुत आभारी हूँ । ‘मन की बात’ में मैंने हमेशा आचार्य विनोबा भावे की उस बात को याद रखा है । आचार्य विनोबा भावे हमेशा कहते थे ‘अ-सरकारी, असरकारी ’ । मैंने भी ‘मन की बात’ को, इस देश के जन को केंद्र में रखने का प्रयास किया है । राजनीति के रंग से उसको दूर रखा है । तत्कालीन, जो गर्मी होती है, आक्रोश होता है, उसमें भी बह जाने के बजाय, एक स्थिर मन से, आपके साथ जुड़े रहने का प्रयास किया है । मैं ज़रूर मानता हूँ, अब तीन साल के बाद social scientists, universities, reseach scholars, media experts ज़रूर इसका analysis करेंगे । plus-minus हर चीज़ को उजागर करेंगे । और मुझे विश्वास है कि ये विचार-विमर्श भविष्य ‘मन की बात’ के लिए भी अधिक उपयोगी होगा, उसमें एक नयी चेतना, नयी ऊर्जा मिलेगी । और मैंने जब एक बार ‘मन की बात’ में कही थी कि हमें भोजन करते समय चिंता करनी चाहिये कि जितनी ज़रूरत है उतना ही लें, हम उसको बर्बाद न करें । लेकिन उसके बाद मैंने देखा कि देश के हर कोने से मुझे इतनी चिट्ठियाँ आयी, अनेक सामाजिक संगठन, अनेक नवयुवक पहले से ही इस काम को कर रहे हैं । जो अन्न थाली में छोड़ दिया जाता है उसको इकट्ठा करके, उसका सदुपयोग कैसे हो इसमें काम करने वाले इतने लोग मेरे इतने ध्यान में आये, मेरे मन को इतना बड़ा संतोष हुआ, इतना आनंद हुआ ।

एक बार मैंने ‘मन की बात’ में महाराष्ट्र के एक retired teacher श्रीमान् चन्द्रकान्त कुलकर्णी की बात कही थी, जो अपने pension में से, सोलह हज़ार रूपये का pension मिलता था उसमें से पाँच हज़ार रुपया वो, 51 post-dated cheque देकर के, स्वच्छता के लिये उन्होंने दान दे दिया था । और उसके बाद तो मैंने देखा कि स्वच्छता के लिए, इस प्रकार के काम करने के लिए कितने लोग आगे आए ।

एक बार मैंने हरियाणा के एक सरपंच की ‘selfie with daughter’ को देखा और मैंने ‘मन की बात’ में सबके सामने रखा । देखते ही देखते न सिर्फ़ भारत में, पूरे विश्व में ‘selfie with daughter’ एक बड़ा अभियान चल पड़ा । ये सिर्फ़ social media का मुद्दा नहीं है । हर बेटी को एक नया आत्मविश्वास, नया गर्व पैदा करने वाली ये घटना बन गयी । हर माँ-बाप को लगने लगा कि मैं अपनी बेटी के साथ selfie लूँ । हर बेटी को लगने लगा कि मेरा कोई माहात्म्य है, मेरा कोई महत्व है ।

पिछले दिनों मैं भारत सरकार के tourism department के साथ बैठा था । मैंने जब tour पर जाने वाले लोगों से कहा था कि आप incredible India पर, जहाँ भी जाएँ वहाँ की फोटो भेजिये । लाखों तस्वीरें, भारत के हर कोने की, एक प्रकार से tourism क्षेत्र में काम करने वालों की एक बहुत बड़ी अमानत बन गयी । छोटी-सी घटना कितना बड़ा आन्दोलन खड़ा कर देती है, ये ‘मन की बात’ में मैंने अनुभव किया है । आज मन कर गया, क्योंकि जब सोच रहा था तीन साल हो गये, तो पिछले तीन साल की कई घटनायें मेरे मन-मंदिर में छा गयीं । देश सही दिशा में जाने के लिए हर पल अग्रसर है । देश का हर नागरिक दूसरे की भलाई के लिए, समाज की अच्छाई के लिए, देश की प्रगति के लिए, कुछ-न-कुछ करना चाहता है ये मेरे तीन साल के ‘मन की बात’ के अभियान में, मैंने देशवासियों से जाना है, समझा है, सीखा है । किसी भी देश के लिए ये सबसे बड़ी पूँजी होती है, एक बहुत बड़ी ताक़त होती है । मैं ह्रदय से देशवासियों को नमन करता हूँ ।

मैंने एक बार ‘मन की बात’ में खादी के विषय में चर्चा की थी । और खादी एक वस्त्र नहीं, एक विचार है । और मैंने देखा कि इन दिनों खादी के प्रति काफ़ी रुचि बढ़ी है और मैंने स्वाभाविक रूप से कहा था कि मैं कोई खादीधारी बनने के लिए नहीं कह रहा हूँ लेकिन भाँति-भाँति के fabric होते हैं तो एक खादी क्यों न हो ? घर में चादर हो, रूमाल हो, curtain हो । अनुभव ये आया है कि युवा-पीढ़ी में खादी का आकर्षण बढ़ गया है । खादी की बिक्री बढ़ी है और उसके कारण ग़रीब के घर में सीधा-सीधा रोज़गारी का संबंध जुड़ गया है । 2 अक्टूबर से खादी में discount दिया जाता है , काफ़ी छूट-रियायत मिलती है । मैं फिर एक बार आग्रह करूँगा, खादी का जो अभियान चला है उसको हम और आगे चलायें, और बढ़ायें । खादी खरीद करके ग़रीब के घर में दिवाली का दीया जलायें, इस भाव को लेकर के हम काम करें । हमारे देश के ग़रीब को इस कार्य से एक ताक़त मिलेगी और हमें करना चाहिए । और इस खादी के प्रति रुचि बढ़ने के कारण खादी क्षेत्र में काम करने वालो में, भारत सरकार में खादी से संबंधित लोगों में एक नये तरीक़े से सोचने का उत्साह भी बढ़ा है । नई technology कैसे लाएँ, उत्पादन क्षमता कैसे बढ़ाएँ, solar-हथकरघे कैसे ले आएँ? पुरानी जो विरासत थी जो बिलकुल ही 20-20, 25-25, 30-30 साल से बंद पड़ी थीं उसको पुनर्जीवित कैसे किया जाए ।

उत्तर प्रदेश में, वाराणसी सेवापुर में, अब सेवापुरी का खादी आश्रम 26 साल से बंद पड़ा था लेकिन आज पुनर्जीवित हो गया । अनेक प्रकार की प्रवर्तियों को जोड़ा गया । अनेक लोगों को रोज़गार के नये अवसर पैदा किये । कश्मीर में पम्पोर में खादी एवं ग्रामोद्योग ने बंद पड़े अपने प्रशिक्षण केंद्र को फिर से शुरू किया और कश्मीर के पास तो इस क्षेत्र में देने के लिए बहुत कुछ है । अब ये प्रशिक्षण केंद्र फिर से शुरू होने के कारण नई पीढ़ी को आधुनिक रूप से निर्माण कार्य करने में, बुनने में, नयी चीज़ें बनाने में एक मदद मिलेगी और मुझे अच्छा लग रहा है कि जब बड़े-बड़े Corporate House भी दिवाली में जब gift देते हैं तो इन दिनों खादी की चीज़े देना शुरू किये हैं । लोग भी एक दूसरे को gift के रूप में खादी की चीज़े देना शुरू किये हैं । एक सहज़ रूप से, चीज़ कैसे आगे बढ़ती है ये हम सब अनुभव करते हैं ।

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, पिछले महीने ‘मन की बात’ में ही हम सब ने एक संकल्प किया था और हमने तय किया था कि गाँधी-जयंती से पहले 15 दिन देश-भर में स्वच्छता का उत्सव मनायेंगे । स्वच्छता से जन-मन को जोड़ेंगे । हमारे आदरणीय राष्ट्रपति जी ने इस कार्य का आरंभ किया और देश जुड़ गया । अबाल-वृद्ध, पुरुष हो, स्त्री हो, शहर हो, गाँव हो, हर कोई आज इस स्वच्छता-अभियान का हिस्सा बन गया है । और जब मैं कहता हूँ ‘संकल्प से सिद्धि’, ये स्वच्छता-अभियान एक संकल्प-सिद्धि की ओर कैसे आगे बढ़ रहा है हम अपनी आँखों के सामने देख रहे हैं । हर कोई इसको स्वीकारता है, सहयोग करता है और साकार करने के लिए कोई न कोई योगदान देता है । मैं आदरणीय राष्ट्रपति जी का तो आभार मानता हूँ लेकिन साथ-साथ देश के हर वर्ग ने इसको अपना काम माना है । हर कोई इसके साथ जुड़ गया है । चाहे खेल- जगत के लोग हों, सिने-जगत के लोग हों, academicians हों, स्कूल हों, कॉलेज हों, university हों, किसान हों, मज़दूर हों, अफ़सर हों, बाबू हों, पुलिस हों, फौज के जवान हों - हर कोई इसके साथ जुड़ गया है । सार्वजनिक स्थानों पर एक दबाव भी पैदा हुआ है कि अब सार्वजनिक स्थान गंदे हों तो लोग टोकते हैं, वहाँ काम करने वालों को भी एक दबाव महसूस होने लगा है । मैं इसे अच्छा मानता हूँ और मेरे लिए ख़ुशी है कि ‘स्वच्छता ही सेवा अभियान’ के सिर्फ पहले चार दिन में ही करीब-करीब 75 लाख से ज़्यादा लोग, 40 हज़ार से ज़्यादा initiative लेकर के गतिविधियों में जुड़ गए और कुछ तो लोग मैंने देखा है कि लगातार काम कर रहे हैं, परिणाम लाकर के रहने का फैसला ले करके काम कर रहे हैं । इस बार एक और भी चीज़ देखी - एक तो होता है कि हम कहीं स्वच्छता करें, दूसरा होता है हम जागरूक रह करके गन्दगी न करें, लेकिन स्वच्छता को अगर स्वभाव बनाना है तो एक वैचारिक आंदोलन भी ज़रुरी होता है । इस बार ‘स्वच्छता ही सेवा’ के साथ कई प्रतियोगितायें हुईं । ढाई करोड़ से ज़्यादा बच्चों ने स्वच्छता के निबंध-स्पर्धा में भाग लिया । हज़ारों बच्चों ने paintings बनायी । अपनी-अपनी कल्पना से स्वच्छता को लेकर के चित्र बनाये । बहुत से लोगों ने कवितायें बनायी और इन दिनों तो मैं social media पर ऐसे जो हमारे नन्हें साथियों ने, छोटे-छोटे बालकों ने चित्र भेजे हैं वो मैं post भी करता हूँ, उनका गौरवगान करता हूँ । जहाँ तक स्वच्छता की बात आती है तो मैं media के लोगों का आभार मानना कभी भूलता नहीं हूँ । इस आंदोलन को उन्होंने बहुत पवित्रतापूर्वक आगे बढ़ाया है । अपने-अपने तरीक़े से, वे जुड़ गए हैं और एक सकारात्मक वातावरण बनाने में उन्होंने बहुत बड़ा योगदान दिया है और आज भी वो अपने-अपने तरीक़े से स्वच्छता के आंदोलन का नेतृत्व कर रहे हैं । हमारे देश का electronic media, हमारे देश का print media देश की कितनी बड़ी सेवा कर सकता है ये ‘स्वच्छता ही सेवा’ आंदोलन में हम देख पाते हैं । अभी कुछ दिन पहले मुझे किसी ने ध्यान आकर्षित किया श्रीनगर के 18 साल के नौजवान बिलाल डार के संबंध में । और आपको जान करके ख़ुशी होगी कि श्रीनगर नगर निगम ने बिलाल डार को स्वच्छता के लिए अपना Brand Ambassador बनाया है और जब Brand Ambassador की बात आती है तो आपको लगता होगा कि शायद वो सिने-कलाकार होगा, शायद वो खेल-जगत का हीरो होगा, जी नहीं । बिलाल डार स्वयं 12-13 साल की अपनी उम्र से, पिछले 5-6 साल से स्वच्छता में लग गया है । एशिया की सबसे बड़ी झील श्रीनगर के पास वहाँ प्लास्टिक हो, पॉलिथीन हो, used bottle हो, कूड़ा-कचरा हो, बस वो साफ़ करता रहता है । उसमें से कुछ कमाई भी कर लेता है । क्योंकि उसके पिता जी की बहुत छोटी आयु में कैंसर में मृत्यु हो गई लेकिन उसने अपना जीवन आजीविका के साथ-साथ स्वच्छता के साथ जोड़ दिया । एक अनुमान है कि बिलाल ने सालाना 12 हज़ार किलो से ज़्यादा कूड़ा-कचरा साफ़ किया है । श्रीनगर नगर निगम को भी मैं बधाई देता हूँ कि स्वच्छता के प्रति इस पहल के लिए और Ambassador के लिए उनकी इस कल्पना के लिए, क्योंकि श्रीनगर एक tourist destination है और हिन्दुस्तान का हर नागरिक श्रीनगर जाने का मन करता है उसका, और वहाँ सफ़ाई को इतना बल मिले ये अपने आप में बहुत बड़ी बात है । और मुझे ख़ुशी है कि उन्होंने बिलाल को सिर्फ Brand Ambassador बनाया ऐसा नहीं है, सफ़ाई करने वाले बिलाल उसको निगम ने इस बार गाड़ी दी है, uniform दिया है और वो अन्य इलाक़ों में भी जाकर के लोगों को स्वच्छता के लिए शिक्षित करता है, प्रेरित करता है और परिणाम लाने तक पीछे लगा रहता है । बिलाल डार, आयु छोटी है लेकिन स्वच्छता में रुचि रखने वाले हर किसी के लिए प्रेरणा का कारण है । मैं बिलाल डार को बहुत बधाई देता हूँ ।

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, इस बात को हमें स्वीकार करना होगा कि भावी इतिहास, इतिहास की कोख में जन्म लेता है और जब इतिहास की बात आती है तो महापुरुष याद आना बहुत स्वाभाविक है । ये अक्तूबर महीना हमारे इतने सारे महापुरुषों को स्मरण करने का महीना है । महात्मा गाँधी से लेकर के सरदार पटेल तक इसी अक्तूबर में इतने महापुरुष हमारे सामने हैं कि जिन्होंने 20वीं सदी और 21वीं सदी के लिए हम लोगों को दिशा दी, हमारा नेतृत्व किया, हमारा मार्गदर्शन किया और देश के लिए उन्होंने बहुत कष्ट झेले । दो अक्तूबर को महात्मा गाँधी और लाल बहादुर शास्त्री जी की जन्म जयंती है तो 11 अक्तूबर को जयप्रकाश नारायण और नानाजी देशमुख की जन्म-जयंती है और 25 सितम्बर पंडित दीनदयाल उपाध्याय जी की जन्म-जयंती है । नानाजी और दीनदयाल जी की तो ये शताब्दी का भी वर्ष है । और इन सभी महापुरुषों का एक केंद्र-बिंदु क्या था? एक बात common थी और वो देश के लिए जीना, देश के लिए कुछ करना और मात्र उपदेश नहीं, अपने जीवन के द्वारा करके दिखाना । गाँधी जी, जयप्रकाश जी, दीनदयाल जी ये ऐसे महापुरुष हैं जो सत्ता के गलियारों से कोसो दूर रहे हैं, लेकिन जन-जीवन के साथ पल-पल जीते रहे, जूझते रहे और ‘सर्वजन हिताय–सर्वजन सुखाय’, कुछ-न-कुछ करते रहे । नानाजी देशमुख राजनीतिक जीवन को छोड़ करके ग्रामोदय में लग गए थे और जब आज उनका शताब्दी-वर्ष मनाते हैं तो उनके ग्रामोदय के काम के प्रति आदर होना बहुत स्वाभाविक है ।

भारत के पूर्व राष्ट्रपति श्रीमान अब्दुल कलाम जी जब नौजवानों से बात करते थे तो हमेशा नानाजी देशमुख के ग्रामीण विकास की बातें किया करते थे । बड़े आदर से उल्लेख करते थे और वो स्वयं भी नानाजी के इस काम को देखने के लिए गाँव में गए थे । दीनदयाल उपाध्याय जी जैसे महात्मा गाँधी समाज के आखिरी छोर में बैठे हुए इंसान की बात करते थे । दीनदयाल जी भी समाज के आखिरी छोर पर बैठे हुए ग़रीब, पीड़ित, शोषित, वंचित की ही और उसके जीवन में बदलाव लाने की - शिक्षा के द्वारा, रोज़गार के द्वारा किस प्रकार से बदलाव लाया जाये, इसकी चर्चा करते थे । इन सभी महापुरुषों को स्मरण करना ये उनके प्रति उपकार नहीं है , ये महापुरुषों का स्मरण इसलिए करते हैं कि हमें आगे का रास्ता मिलता रहे, आगे की दिशा मिलती रहे ।

अगले ‘मन की बात’ में, मैं जरुर सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल के विषय में कहूँगा, लेकिन 31 अक्तूबर पूरे देश में Run for Unity ‘एक भारत-श्रेष्ठ भारत’ । देश के हर शहर में, हर नगर में बहुत बड़ी मात्रा में Run for Unity के कार्यक्रम होने चाहिए और मौसम भी ऐसा है कि दौड़ने का मज़ा आता है - सरदार साहब जैसी लौह-शक्ति पाने के लिए ये भी तो ज़रुरी है । और सरदार साहब ने देश को एक किया था । हमने भी एकता के लिए दौड़ करके एकता के मंत्र को आगे बढ़ाना चाहिए ।

हम लोग बहुत स्वाभाविक रूप से कहते हैं - विविधता में एकता, भारत की विशेषता । विविधता का हम गौरव करते हैं लेकिन क्या कभी आपने इस विविधता को अनुभव करने का प्रयास किया है क्या? मैं बार-बार हिंदुस्तान के मेरे देशवासियों से कहना चाहूँगा और ख़ास करके मेरी युवा-पीढ़ी को कहना चाहूँगा कि हम एक जागृत-अवस्था में हैं । इस भारत की विविधताओं का अनुभव करें, उसको स्पर्श करें, उसकी महक को अनुभव करें । आप देखिये, आपके भीतर के व्यक्तित्व के विकास के लिए भी हमारे देश की ये विविधतायें एक बहुत बड़ी पाठशाला का काम करती है । Vacation है, दिवाली के दिन है, हमारे देश में चारों तरफ कहीं-न-कहीं जाने का स्वभाव बना हुआ है ,लोग जाते हैं tourist के नाते और बहुत स्वाभाविक है । लेकिन कभी-कभी चिंता होती है कि हम अपने देश को तो देखते नहीं हैं, देश की विविधताओं को जानते नहीं, समझते नहीं, लेकिन चका-चौंध के प्रभाव में आकर के विदेशों में ही tour करना पसंद करना शुरू किये हैं । आप दुनिया में जायें मुझे कोई एतराज़ नहीं है, लेकिन कभी अपने घर को भी तो देखें ! उत्तर-भारत के व्यक्ति को पता नहीं होगा कि दक्षिण-भारत में क्या है? पश्चिम-भारत के व्यक्ति को पता नहीं होगा कि पूर्व-भारत में क्या है? हमारा देश कितनी विविधताओं से भरा हुआ है ।

महात्मा गाँधी, लोकमान्य तिलक, स्वामी विवेकानंद, हमारे पूर्व राष्ट्रपति अब्दुल कलाम जी अगर उनकी बातों में देखोगे तो एक बार बात आती है कि जब उन्होंने भारत-भ्रमण किया तब उनको भारत को देखने-समझने में और उसके लिए जीने-मरने के लिए एक नई प्रेरणा मिली । इन सभी महापुरुषों ने भारत का व्यापक भ्रमण किया । अपने कार्य के प्रारंभ में उन्होंने भारत को जानने, समझने का प्रयास किया । भारत को अपने आप में जीने की कोशिश की । क्या हम, हमारे देश के भिन्न-भिन्न राज्यों को, भिन्न-भिन्न समाजों को, समूहों को, उनके रीति-रिवाजों को, उनकी परम्परा को, उनके पहर्वेश (पहनावे) को, उनके खान-पान को, उनकी मान्यताओं को एक विद्यार्थी के रूप में सीखने का, समझने का, जीने का प्रयास कर सकते हैं ?

Tourism में value addition तभी होगा कि जब हम सिर्फ़ मुलाक़ाती नहीं, हम एक विद्यार्थी के तौर पर उसका पाना-समझना-बनने का प्रयास करें । मेरा स्वयं का अनुभव है मुझे हिंदुस्तान के पाँच सौ से अधिक district में जाने का मौक़ा मिला होगा । साढ़े चार सौ से अधिक district तो ऐसे होंगे जहाँ मुझे रात्रि-मुक़ाम का अवसर मिला है और आज जब मैं भारत में इस दायित्व को संभाल रहा हूँ तो मेरे उस भ्रमण का अनुभव मुझे बहुत काम आता है । चीजों को समझने में मुझे बहुत सुविधा मिलती है । आपसे भी मेरा आग्रह है कि आप इस विशाल भारत को “विविधता में एकता” सिर्फ़ नारा नहीं, हमारी अपार-शक्ति का ये भंडार है, इसको अनुभव कीजिये । ‘एक भारत-श्रेष्ठ भारत’ का सपना इसमें निहित है । खान-पान की कितनी varieties हैं ! पूरे जीवन भर हर दिन एक-एक नई variety अगर खाते रहें तो भी repetition नहीं होगा । अब ये हमारी tourism की बड़ी ताक़त है । मैं आग्रह करूँगा कि इस छुट्टियों में आप सिर्फ घर के बाहर जाएँ ऐसा नहीं, change के लिए निकल पड़ें ऐसा नहीं - कुछ जानने- समझने-पाने के इरादे से निकलिए । भारत को अपने भीतर आत्मसात् कीजिये । कोटि-कोटि जनों की विविधताओं को भीतर आत्मसात् कीजिये । इन अनुभवों से आपका जीवन समृद्ध हो जायेगा । आपकी सोच का दायरा विशाल हो जायेगा । और अनुभव से बड़ा शिक्षक कौन होता है ! सामान्य तौर पर अक्तूबर से मार्च तक का समय ज्यादातर पर्यटन का रहता है । लोग जाते हैं । मुझे विश्वास है कि इस बार भी अगर आप जायेंगे तो मेरे उस अभियान को और आगे बढ़ायेंगे । आप जहाँ भी जाएँ अपने अनुभवों को share कीजिये, तस्वीरों को share कीजिये । #incredibleindia ( हैश टैग incredibleindia) इस पर आप फ़ोटो ज़रुर भेजिए । वहाँ के लोगों से मिलना हो जाये तो उनकी भी तस्वीर भेजिए । सिर्फ़ इमारतों की नहीं, सिर्फ़ प्राकृतिक सौन्दर्य की नहीं ,वहाँ के जन-जीवन की कुछ बातें लिखिए । आपकी यात्रा के अच्छे निबंध लिखिए । Mygov पर भेजिए, NarendraModiApp पर भेजिये । मेरे मन में एक विचार आता है कि हम भारत के tourism को बढ़ावा देने के लिए क्या आप अपने राज्य के सात उत्तम से उत्तम tourist destination क्या हो सकते हैं - हर हिन्दुस्तानी को आपके राज्य के उन सात चीज़ों के विषय में जानना चाहिये । हो सके तो उन सात स्थानों पर जाना चाहिये । आप उसके विषय में कोई जानकारी दे सकते हैं क्या ? NarendraModiApp पर उसको रख सकते हैं क्या ? #IncredibleIndia (हैश टैग incredibleindia) पर रख सकते हैं क्या ? आप देखिये, एक राज्य के सब लोग ऐसा बतायेंगे तो मैं सरकार में कहूँगा कि वो उसको scrutiny करे और common कौन-सी सात चीज़े हर राज्य से आई हैं उस पर वो प्रचार-साहित्य तैयार करें । यानि एक प्रकार से जनता के अभिप्रायों से tourist destination का बढ़ावा कैसे हो ? उसी प्रकार से आपने जो चीजें देखी हैं देशभर में, उसमें से सात आपको जो अच्छे से अच्छी लगी हैं , आप चाहते हैं कि किसी-न-किसी ने तो इसको देखनी चाहिये, जाना चाहिये, उसके विषय में जानकारी पानी चाहिये तो आप आपकी पसंद की सात ऐसे स्थान का भी MyGov पर, NarendraModiApp पर ज़रूर भेजिये । भारत सरकार उस पर काम करेगी । ऐसे उत्तम destination जो होंगे उसके लिए film बनाना, video बनाना, प्रचार-साहित्य तैयार करना, उसको बढ़ावा देना - आपके द्वारा चुनी हुई चीज़ों को सरकार स्वीकार करेगी । आइये, मेरे साथ जुड़िये । इस अक्तूबर महीने से मार्च महीने तक का समय का उपयोग देश के tourism को बढ़ाने में आप भी एक बहुत बड़े catalyst agent बन सकते हैं । मैं आपको निमंत्रण देता हूँ ।

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, एक इन्सान के नाते बहुत-सी चीजें मुझे भी छू जाती हैं । मेरे दिल को आंदोलित कर जाती हैं । मेरे मन पर गहरा प्रभाव छोड़ जाती हैं । आख़िर मैं भी तो आप ही की तरह एक इन्सान हूँ । पिछले दिनों एक घटना है जो शायद आपके भी ध्यान में आयी होगी - महिला-शक्ति और देशभक्ति की अनूठी मिसाल हम देशवासियों ने देखी है । Indian Army को लेफ्टिनेंट स्वाति और निधि के रूप में दो वीरांगनाएँ मिली हैं और वे असामान्य वीरांगनाएँ है । असामान्य इसलिए हैं कि स्वाति और निधि माँ-भारती की सेवा करते-करते उनके पति शहीद हो गए थे । हम कल्पना कर सकते हैं कि इस छोटी आयु में जब संसार उजड़ जाये तो मन:स्थिति कैसे होगी ? लेकिन शहीद कर्नल संतोष महादिक की पत्नी स्वाति महादिक इस कठिन परिस्थितियों का मुक़ाबला करते हुए उसने मन में ठान ली । और वे भारत की सेना में भर्ती हो गयीं । 11 महीने तक उसने कड़ी मेहनत करके प्रशिक्षण हासिल किया और अपने पति के सपनों को पूरा करने के लिए उसने अपनी ज़िन्दगी झोंक दी । उसी प्रकार से निधि दुबे, उनके पति मुकेश दुबे सेना में नायक का काम करते थे और मातृ-भूमि के लिए शहीद हो गए तो उनकी पत्नी निधि ने मन में ठान ली और वे भी सेना में भर्ती हो गयीं । हर देशवासी को हमारी इस मातृ-शक्ति पर, हमारी इन वीरांगनाओं के प्रति आदर होना बहुत स्वाभाविक है । मैं इन दोनों बहनों को हृदय से बहुत-बहुत बधाई देता हूँ । उन्होंने देश के कोटि-कोटि जनों के लिए एक नयी प्रेरणा, एक नयी चेतना जगायी है । उन दोनों बहनों को बहुत-बहुत बधाई ।

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, नवरात्रि का उत्सव और दिवाली के बीच हमारे देश की युवा पीढ़ी के लिए एक बहुत बड़ा अवसर भी है। FIFA under-17 का वर्ल्ड-कप हमारे यहाँ हो रहा है । मुझे विश्वास है कि चारों तरफ़ फुटबाल की गूँज सुनाई देगी । हर पीढ़ी की फुटबाल में रूचि बढ़ेगी । हिन्दुस्तान का कोई स्कूल - कॉलेज का मैदान ऐसा न हो कि जहाँ पर हमारे नौजवान खेलते हुए नज़र न आयें । आइये, पूरा विश्व जब भारत की धरती पर खेलने के लिए आ रहा है, हम भी खेल को अपने जीवन का हिस्सा बनायें ।

मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो, नवरात्रि का पर्व चल रहा है । माँ दुर्गा की पूजा का अवसर है । पूरा माहौल पावन पवित्र सुगंध से व्याप्त है । चारों तरफ़ एक आध्यात्मिकता का वातावरण, उत्सव का वातावरण, भक्ति का वातावरण और ये सब कुछ शक्ति की साधना का पर्व माना जाता है । ये शारदीय-नवरात्रि के रूप में जाना जाता है । और यहीं से शरद-ऋतु का आरंभ होता है । नवरात्रि के इस पावन-पर्व पर मैं देशवासियों को अनेक-अनेक शुभकामनायें देता हूँ और माँ-शक्ति से प्रार्थना करता हूँ कि देश के सामान्य-मानव के जीवन की आशा-आकांक्षाओं को पूर्ण करने के लिए हमारा देश नई ऊँचाइयों को प्राप्त करे । हर चुनौतियों का सामना करने का सामर्थ्य देश को आए । देश तेज़ गति से आगे बढ़े और दो हज़ार बाईस (2022) भारत की आज़ादी के 75 साल- आज़ादी के दीवानों के सपनों को पूरा करने का प्रयास, सवा-सौ करोड़ देशवासियों का संकल्प, अथाह मेहनत, अथाह पुरुषार्थ और संकल्प को साकार करने के लिए पांच साल का road map बना करके हम चल पड़े और माँ शक्ति हमे आशीर्वाद दे । आप सब को बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएँ । उत्सव भी मनायें, उत्साह भी बढ़ायें ।

बहुत-बहुत धन्यवाद ।

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अतुल तिवारी / हिमांशु सिंह

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The official Wholesale Price Index for ‘All Commodities’ (Base: 2011-12=100) for the month of August, 2017 rose by 0.8 percent to 114.8 (provisional) from 113.9 (provisional) for the previous month.

The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI, stood at 3.24% (provisional) for the month of August, 2017 (over August,2016) as compared to 1.88% (provisional) for the previous month and 1.09% during the corresponding month of the previous year. Build up inflation rate in the financial year so far was 1.41% compared to a build up rate of 3.25% in the corresponding period of the previous year

Inflation for important commodities / commodity groups is indicated in Annex-1 and Annex-II.

The index for this major group rose by 1.9 percent to 134.9 (provisional) from 132.4 (provisional) for the previous month. The groups and items which showed variations during the month are as follows:-

The index for ‘Food Articles’ group rose by 2.2 percent to 150.8 (provisional) from 147.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of betel leaves (9%), fruits & vegetables (8%), ragi (6%), condiments & spices (3%), peas/chawali and fish-marine (2% each) and arhar, beef & buffalo meat, fish-inland, milk and wheat (1% each). However, the price of poultry chicken (10%), urad (5%), coffee and tea (3% each) and jowar, maize, masur, bajra, moong, paddy and egg (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Non-Food Articles’ group rose by 1.8 percent to 120.6 (provisional) from 118.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of floriculture (25%), copra (coconut) (23%), guar seed (8%), safflower (kardi seed) (4%), castor seed (3%), gingelly seed, rape & mustard seed and raw wool (2% each) and soyabean and skins (raw) (1% each).  However, the price of raw silk (4%), linseed and groundnut seed (3% each), sunflower, raw jute and raw rubber (2% each) and hides (raw), niger seed, mesta, cotton seed and raw cotton (1% each) declined.

The index for ‘Minerals’ group declined by 1.2 percent to 118.2 (provisional) from 119.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of sillimanite (18%), chromite (16%), copper concentrate (6%), phosphorite (3%) and iron ore (2%).  However, the price of lead concentrate (22%), limestone (11%), zinc concentrate (10%) and bauxite (6%) moved up.

The index for ‘Crude Petroleum & Natural Gas’ group rose by 0.5 percent to 64.3 (provisional) from 64.0 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of crude petroleum (1%). However, the price of natural gas (1%) declined.

The index for this major group rose by 0.9 percent to 89.2 (provisional) from 88.4 (provisional) for the previous month. The groups and items which showed variations during the month are as follows:-


The index for ‘Mineral Oils’ group rose by 1.7 percent to 76.6 (provisional) from 75.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of naphtha (5%), petrol and kerosene (3% each), HSD and ATF (2% each) and furnace oil (1%). However, the price of LPG (5%) and bitumen and petroleum coke (1% each) declined.

The index for this major group rose by 0.2 percent to 112.9 (provisional) from 112.7 (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 0.3 percent to 127.3 (provisional) from 126.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of copra oil (8%), rice bran oil (4%), instant coffee, cotton seed oil, condensed milk, castor oil and rice products (3% each), rice, non-basmati, soyabean oil and salt (2% each) and maida, other meats, (preserved/processed), palm oil, sugar, processed tea, gur, rapeseed oil, ghee and ice cream (1% each).  However, the price of processing & preserving of fish, crustaceans & molluscs & products thereof, manufacture of macaroni, noodles, couscous & similar farinaceous products and groundnut oil (4% each), honey, molasses and spices (including mixed spices) (3% each), powder milk, coffee powder with chicory, manufacture of cocoa, chocolate & sugar confectionery, basmati rice and manufacture of health supplements (2% each) and manufacture of bakery products, manufacture of prepared animal feeds, manufacture of processed ready to eat food, manufacture of starches & starch products, wheat flour (atta), wheat bran, processing & preserving of fruit and vegetables, butter and bagasse (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Beverages’ group rose by 1.4 percent to 119.1 (provisional) from 117.4 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of bottled mineral water (5%), aerated drinks/soft drinks (incl. soft drink concentrates) (4%), rectified spirit (2%) and wine, beer and country liquor (1% each). However, the price of spirits (1%) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Tobacco Products’ group rose by 2.9 percent to 147.7 (provisional) from 143.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of other tobacco products (7%) and biri (6%).  However, the price of cigarette (4%) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Textiles’ group declined by 0.6 percent to 112.7 (provisional) from 113.4 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of cotton yarn (2%) and synthetic yarn and manufacture of other textiles (1% each). However, the price of texturised & twisted yarn (1%) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Wearing Apparel’ group rose by 0.4 percent to 136.5 (provisional) from 136 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of manufacture of knitted and crocheted apparel (4%).  However, the price of  manufacture of wearing apparel (woven), except fur apparel (1%) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Leather and Related Products’ group rose by 1.2 percent to 120.9 (provisional) from 119.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of chrome tanned leather (3%), belt & other articles of leather and leather shoe (2% each) and waterproof footwear (1%). However, the price of gloves of leather (8%), travel goods, handbags, office bags, etc. (3%) and harness, saddles & other related items (1%) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Wood and of Products of Wood and Cork ‘ group rose by 0.3 percent to 132.1 (provisional) from 131.7 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of wooden panel (2%) and wooden board (non-electrical), plywood block boards, wooden block-compressed or not, timber/wooden plank, sawn/resawn and wooden splint (1% each).  However, the price of wood cutting, processed/sized and particle boards (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Paper and Paper Products’ group rose by 0.9 percent to 118.5 (provisional) from 117.5 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of duplex paper (6%), paper carton/box and card board box (4% each), pulp board (2%) and base paper (1%).  However, the price of tissue paper (6%), bristle paper board (4%), paper bag including craft paper bag (3%), corrugated paper board and card board (2% each) and newsprint and laminated paper (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Printing and Reproduction of Recorded Media ‘ group rose by 0.5 percent to 144.3 (provisional) from 143.6 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of printed form & schedule (6%), printed books and newspaper (2% each). However, the price of hologram (3d) (6%) and journal/periodical and sticker plastic (2% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Chemicals and Chemical Products’ group declined by 0.1 percent to 111.2 (provisional) from 111.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of nitric acid (14%), phosphoric acid (9%), sulphuric acid and organic surface active agent (6% each), agro chemical formulation (4%), plasticizer, soda ash/washing soda and ammonium sulphate (3% each), aniline (including pna, ona, ocpna), fatty acid, aromatic chemicals, alkyl benzene, insecticide & pesticide, xlpe compound, poly vinyl chloride (pvc) and hair oil/body oil (2% each) and tooth paste/tooth powder, mixed fertilizer, menthol, ammonium nitrate, acrylic fibre, adhesive excluding gum, printing ink, sodium silicate, polyethylene, polyester fibre fabric, perfume/scent, explosive, adhesive tape (non-medicinal) and nitrogenous fertilizer, others (1% each).   However, the price of mono ethyl glycol (11%), poly propylene (pp) (9%), acetic acid and its derivatives (7%), amine (4%), carbon black (3%), ammonia liquid, catalysts, safety matches (match box) and polyester chips or polyethylene terepthalate (pet) chips (2% each) and liquid air & other gaseous products, face/body powder, other inorganic chemicals, hydrogen peroxide, toilet soap, caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), varnish (all types), gelatine, ethyl acetate, foundry chemical and organic chemicals (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal Chemical and Botanical Products’ group rose by 0.8 percent to 120.9 (provisional) from 120 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of antiseptics & disinfectants (5%), antioxidants (4%), antibiotics & preparations thereof (3%), plastic capsules, medical accessories, antipyretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory formulations, anti-retroviral drugs for HIV treatment and anti cancer drugs (2% each) and cotton wool (medicinal), antidiabetic drug excluding insulin (i.e. tolbutam) and api & formulations of vitamins (1% each).  However, the price of steroids & hormonal preparations (including anti-fungal preparations) (10%), simvastatin and vaccine for hepatitis b (4% each), anti-malarial drugs (3%), sulpha drugs (2%) and anti inflammatory preparation, digestive enzymes and antacids, ayurvedic medicaments and anti allergic drugs (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Rubber and Plastics Products’ group declined by 0.6 percent to 107.2 (provisional) from 107.9 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of motor car tyre and plastic tape (7% each), plastic button (6%), tractor tyre (5%), 2/3 wheeler tyre (4%), rubber tread and thermocol (3% each), medium & heavy commercial vehicle tyre and pvc fittings & other accessories (2% each) and motor car tube, solid rubber tyres/wheels, rubber cloth/sheet, v belt, processed rubber and acrylic/plastic sheet (1% each).   However, the price of tooth brush (7%), condoms (6%), rubberized dipped fabric (4%), rubber moulded goods (3%), cycle/cycle rickshaw tyre, plastic bottle, polythene film and polypropylene film (2% each) and rubber crumb, medium & heavy commercial vehicle tube, plastic bag, conveyer belt (fibre based), plastic components, polyester film (non-metalized), 2/3 wheeler rubber tube and plastic furniture (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products’ group declined by 0.8 percent to 111.9 (provisional) from 112.8 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of porcelain sanitary ware (10%), ceramic tiles (vitrified tiles) (7%), clinker (5%), marble slab (2%) and ordinary portland cement, pozzolana cement, granite, toughened glass, plain bricks and stone, chip (1% each).  However, the price of graphite rod (13%), slag cement (6%), ordinary sheet glass (4%), non ceramic tiles (3%) and poles & posts of concrete, porcelain crockery, white cement, asbestos corrugated sheet and glass bottle (2% each) and cement blocks (concrete) (1%) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Basic Metals’ group rose by 0.8 percent to 97.8 (provisional) from 97.0 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of pig iron (6%), stainless steel pencil ingots/billets/slabs (4%), mild steel (ms) blooms, steel cables, lead ingots, bars, blocks, plates, ms pencil ingots and stainless steel tubes (3% each), brass metal/sheet/coils, ms bright bars and aluminium ingot (2% each) and ferromanganese, copper shapes - bars/rods/plates/strips, aluminium powder, galvanized iron pipes, hot rolled (hr) coils & sheets, including narrow strip, cold rolled (cr) coils & sheets, including narrow strip, aluminium shapes - bars/rods/flats and copper metal/copper rings (1% each).  However, the price of stainless steel coils, strips & sheets (9%), other ferro alloys (5%), angles, channels, sections, steel (coated/not) (3%), alloy steel castings, ms castings and aluminium disk and circles (2% each) and gp/gc sheet, aluminium metal, aluminium alloys, ferrochrome, silicomanganese, stainless steel bars & rods, including flats and cast iron, castings (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery & Equipment’ group declined by 0.3 percent to 107.5 (provisional) from 107.8 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of stainless steel utensils (4%), steel structures (2%) and electrical stamping- laminated or otherwise, iron/steel cap, hose pipes in set or otherwise, forged steel rings and metal cutting tools & accessories (1% each).  However, the price of iron/steel hinges (4%), steel door (3%), bolts, screws, nuts & nails of iron & steel, boilers and pressure cooker (2% each) and aluminium utensils, copper bolts, screws, nuts, steel pipes, tubes & poles, jigs & fixture and lock/padlock (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Computer, Electronic & Optical Products’ group declined by 0.4 percent to 108.9 (provisional) from 109.3 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of capacitors (2%) and electro-diagnostic apparatus, used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences, air conditioner, computer peripherals and electronic printed circuit board (pcb)/micro circuit (1% each).  However, the price of sunglasses (8%), clock (5%), scientific time keeping device (3%) and telephone sets including mobile hand sets (1%) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Electrical Equipment’ group rose by 0.8 percent to 109.3 (provisional) from 108.4 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of electric switch and electrical resistors (except heating resistors) (9% each), fibre optic cables (7%), domestic gas stove and electric accumulators (6% each), insulating & flexible wire, solenoid valve, geyser and incandescent lamps (3% each), electric heaters, light fitting accessories, electric filament type lamps and generators & alternators (2% each) and aluminium wire, fan, connector/plug/socket/holder-electric, lead acid batteries for vehicles & other uses, washing machines/laundry machines, electric welding machine, meter panel and  flourescent tube (1% each).  However, the price of dry cells such as torch light batteries (9%), amplifier (8%), microwave oven (5%), batteries (4%), electric switch gear control/starter (2%) and rotor/magneto rotor assembly, pvc insulated cable, insulator, electrical relay/conductor, electric wires & cables and refrigerators (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Machinery and Equipment’ group rose by 0.3 percent to 108.4 (provisional) from 108.1 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of pressure vessel and tank for fermentation & other food processing (9%), solar power system (solar panel & attachable equipment), packing machine and roller and ball bearings (4% each), manufacture of bearings, gears, gearing and driving elements (3%), conveyors - non-roller type, roller mill (raymond), air filters and rice mill machinery (2% each) and machinery used in the milling industry, oil pump, drilling machine, machinery for plastic products-extruded, pump sets without motor, gasket kit, agriculture implements and open end spinning machinery (1% each). However, the price of precision machinery equipment/form tools (6%), printing machinery (5%), chillers and separator (4% each), excavator, injection pump and chemical equipment & system (3% each), harvesters and pharmaceutical machinery (2% each) and grinding or polishing machine, lathes and agricultural tractors (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Motor Vehicles, Trailers and Semi-Trailers’ group rose by 0.7 percent to 111.9 (provisional) from 111.1 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of piston ring/piston and compressor (4%), cylinder liners and minibus/bus (3% each), wheels/wheels & parts (2%) and shafts of all kinds, body (for commercial motor vehicles), radiators & coolers and engine (1% each).  However, the price of chassis of different vehicle types (2%) and steering gear control system, release valve and silencer and damper (1% each) declined.


The index for ‘Manufacture of other Transport Equipment’ group declined by 1.4 percent to 109.5 (provisional) from 111 (provisional) for the previous month due to lower price of motor cycles and scooters (2% each) and wagons (1%). However, the price of auto rickshaw/tempo/matador/three wheelers and bicycles of all types (1% each) moved up.


The index for ‘Manufacture of Furniture’ group rose by 1.4 percent to 119.5 (provisional) from 117.8 (provisional) for the previous month due to higher price of steel shutter gate (3%), foam and rubber mattress, iron/steel furniture and wooden furniture (2% each). However, the price of plastic fixtures (3%) declined.

The rate of inflation based on WPI Food Index consisting of ‘Food Articles’ from Primary Articles group and ‘Food Product’ from Manufactured Products group increased from 2.12% in July, 2017 to 4.41% in August, 2017.

For the month of June, 2017, the final Wholesale Price Index for ‘All Commodities’ (Base: 2011-12=100) and annual rate of inflation remained unchanged at its provisional level of 112.7 and 0.90 percent respectively as reported on 14.07.2017.

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Prime Minister's Office
06-September-2017 22:25 IST

India-Myanmar Joint Statement issued on the occasion of the State Visit of Prime Minister of India to Myanmar (September 5-7, 2017)

  • At the invitation of H.E. U Htin Kyaw, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, is paying his first bilateral State visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from 5th to 7th September 2017. The visit is part of the continuing high level interaction between the leaders of the two countries and follows successive State visits to India last year by H.E. President U Htin Kyaw and H.E. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Prime Minister Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on 5th September 2017. He paid a courtesy call on the President of Myanmar, who hosted a State Banquet in his honour. On 6th September 2017, the Indian delegation led by Prime Minister Modi held bilateral talks with the Myanmar delegation led by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The talks were held in a warm, cordial and constructive atmosphere as befits the close and friendly relations between the two countries. Thereafter, the State Counsellor and the Indian Prime Minister witnessed the signing and exchange of various documents between Myanmar and India in the areas of health, culture, capacity building, maritime security and collaboration between key institutions and held a Joint Press Conference.
  • Apart from his official engagements in Nay Pyi Taw, Prime Minister Modi will visit places of historical and cultural importance at Bagan and Yangon. In Bagan, he will visit the holy and historic Ananda Temple, where restoration work is being carried out by Indian and Myanmar archaeologists under the expert guidance of the Archaeological Survey of India. In Yangon, he will pay his respects to the memory of General Aung San at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum and also visit the Bogyoke Aung San Museum as well as other prominent sites. He will interact with the Indian origin and expatriate Indian community of Myanmar during his stay in Yangon.
  • During the talks, the two leaders reviewed developments since the very successful State visits of the President and the State Counsellor of Myanmar to India in August and October 2016 respectively. They reviewed ongoing official exchanges, economic, trade and cultural ties, as well as people-to-people exchanges that reflect the harmony between Myanmar’s independent, active and non-aligned foreign policy and India’s pragmatic Act East and Neighbourhood First policies. They pledged to pursue new opportunities to further deepen and broaden bilateral relations for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries. They reaffirmed their common aspirations for peace, collective prosperity and development of the region and beyond.
  • The Prime Minister of India appreciated the measures taken by the Government of Myanmar towards peace and national reconciliation and commended the on-going peace process of the Government of Myanmar. He noted that peace and stability in Myanmar are of the highest priority to India and reiterated India’s continued support to the Government of Myanmar in consolidating democratic institutions in Myanmar and for the emergence of a democratic Federal Republic.
  • The two leaders discussed the security situation prevailing along their borders and expressed concern at various incidents of terrorism and extremist-inspired violence that have taken place in their respective territories. Recognizing that terrorism remains one of the most significant threats to peace and stability in the region, both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed that the fight against terrorism should target not only terrorists, terror organisations and networks, but also identify, hold accountable and take strong measures against States and entities that encourage, support or finance terrorism, provide sanctuary to terrorists and terror groups, and falsely extol their virtues. Myanmar condemned the recent barbaric terror attacks during the Amarnath Yatra in India as also various acts of terror perpetrated by terrorists from across the borders. India condemned the recent terrorist attacks in northern Rakhine State, wherein several members of the Myanmar security forces lost their lives. Both sides agreed that terrorism violates human rights and there should, therefore, be no glorification of terrorists as martyrs. They called on the international community to end selective and partial approaches to combating terrorism and, in this regard, jointly called for the expeditious finalization and adoption of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Recognising that maintenance of security and stability along the common border is essential for the socio-economic development of the peoples of the border areas, Myanmar reaffirmed its respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and steadfastly upheld the policy of not allowing any insurgent group to utilise Myanmar’s soil to undertake hostile acts against the Indian Government. Myanmar also appreciated Government of India for upholding the same principle.
  • Both sides reiterated their mutual respect for the already demarcated boundary between the two countries and emphasised the need to resolve outstanding boundary demarcation issues as fast as possible through existing bilateral mechanisms and consultations.
  • Both sides reviewed the security situation in their immediate neighborhood and agreed upon the special need for enhancing closer bilateral cooperation in maritime security. They also agreed to foster mutually beneficial and deeper defence cooperation between the two countries and, in this context, noted with satisfaction the recent successful visit of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of Myanmar to India. Besides institutionalized cooperation through regular coordinated patrolling initiatives, they agreed to focus on bilateral maritime cooperation in non-traditional security domains, such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, which are critical for safeguarding the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean as global commons.
  • Both sides pledged that Myanmar and India will maintain the already-achieved mutual understanding and growing bilateral relations between the two countries and that they will stand by each other as good and trustworthy neighbours in the years ahead in the interest of both peoples and the region.
  • The two sides noted with satisfaction the continued exchange of high-level visits that has fostered better mutual understanding of outstanding bilateral issues. They appreciated the regular holding of sector specific institutional mechanisms in the areas of security and defence, trade and commerce, power and energy, border management and connectivity etc. for effective follow-up of decisions taken at the highest political levels. They also noted with pleasure the excellent exchanges between Indian and Myanmar Parliamentarians and encouraged them to further enhance such interaction.
  • The Myanmar side expressed its heartfelt appreciation to Government of India for all the assistance rendered to Myanmar in support of its endeavour for socio-economic development. Both sides reviewed on-going cooperation projects being executed with technical and financial assistance from the Government of India, noting that these were directly associated with the benefit of the Myanmar people, and agreed that these should be expedited. Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s abiding commitment to supporting Myanmar in its efforts to build infrastructure and develop human resources capacity. Alluding to the positive experience of the Industrial Training Centres set up with Indian assistance in Pakokku and Myingyan, the Myanmar side thanked India for the support being extended to develop two more Centres at Monywa and Thaton respectively as well as the assistance for a five year comprehensive maintenance plan for ITC, Myingyan. They also expressed appreciation for the support offered by India to upgrade the Myanmar-India Entrepreneurship Development Centre and the Centre for English Language Training at Yangon. The two sides also agreed to continue discussion towards the establishment of a Planetarium at a suitable location in Myanmar, recognizing that this would be a valuable institution that would nurture a scientific temper amongst the Myanmar youth.
  • The two sides shared the view that the situation in Rakhine State had a developmental as well as a security dimension. In this context, they agreed to bring about overall socio-economic development in the State by undertaking both infrastructure and socio-economic projects, particularly in the spheres of education, health, agriculture and allied activities, agro-processing, community development, construction of small bridges, upgradation of roads, small power projects, livelihood activity, setting up of training centres, promotion of household crafts, conservation of environment and cultural heritage. Myanmar welcomed India's offer of assistance under the Rakhine State Development Programme and the two sides agreed to finalize the implementation modalities within the next few months
  • The two sides noted with satisfaction the cooperation in the field of agricultural research and education, especially through the rapid progress in operationalizing the Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education set up at the Yezin Agricultural University and the Rice Bio Park set up at the Department of Agricultural Research. It also appreciated India’s assistance for facilitating post graduation and doctoral education in agricultural sciences for candidates from Myanmar.
  • The two sides expressed satisfaction at the ongoing capacity building programmes for Myanmar judicial officers, military personnel and police. Myanmar thanked India for the extended period of support to the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology and the India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT Skills. They agreed that India would extend regular training to Myanmar diplomats at the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi. Myanmar welcomed India’s offer to enrol two Myanmar diplomats every year for training at the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan while 150 Myanmar civil servants would undergo training in English language at Indian training institutes every year for a period of five years.
  • Recognizing the need to further upgrade the training infrastructure and capacity building of Myanmar Police, the two leaders welcomed the signing of the Memorandum on Upgradation of the Women’s Police Training Center at Yamethin in Myanmar with technical and financial assistance of Government of India. Myanmar welcomed India’s offer to help set up a training centre for police officers in Yangon and it was decided that modalities would be jointly worked out.
  • Myanmar thanked India for supporting various projects in Myanmar that enhance bilateral as well as regional connectivity like the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project and other road and bridge construction projects as fully funded grant-in-aid projects. Myanmar appreciated the substantial progress made on the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project with the completion of works on the Sittwe Port and the Paletwa Inland Water Transport Terminal and the handing over of six cargo barges to the Myanmar Port Authority and Inland Water Transport. The two sides agreed to enter into an MoU on appointing a port operator that may include both sides to be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the port in keeping with the practice that has been adopted at other international ports in Myanmar. This would enable the Port and IWT infrastructure to be used commercially and promote development of the surrounding areas even as the final component of the project, the road from Paletwa to Zorinpui, is under construction. Both sides noted with satisfaction that work on the road was already underway and agreed to facilitate movement of project personnel, construction material and equipment across the border through Zorinpui and Paletwa. They also noted that construction work would shortly begin on reconstruction of bridges on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa Road and on the Kalewa-Yargyi sector of the Trilateral Highway. The two sides have agreed upon the alignment of the Rih-Tedim road and the DPR for its construction. Further steps on construction of the Putao-Myitkyina and Alethankyaw-Ahungmaw roads under available LOC would be taken after DPRs are made available by Myanmar. In response to Myanmar’s request, India agreed to undertake preparation of DPRs for the Rihkhawdar-Zowkhathar bridge and the Bwaynu bridge.
  • The two sides also reviewed projects in the field of health and noted with satisfaction that work on the upgradation of Yangon Childrens' Hospital and Sittwe General Hospital and on construction of Monywa General Hospital had been completed. They agreed to start consultations to establish and operate a state-of-the-art hospital in Nay Pyi Taw in association with one of the leading Indian hospital groups, based on modalities to be mutually decided.
  • Both sides deliberated on the progress made in utilization of US$ 500 million concessional Line of Credit extended by India to Myanmar in 2012. Noting that the projects to be implemented under the Line of Credit would help augment the physical infrastructure in vital areas and enhance capacities in agriculture and transport, they resolved to implement mutually agreed projects expeditiously.
  • Both sides expressed that, in order to derive full value from these infrastructure projects, the institutional arrangements related to connectivity needed to be put in place on priority. In this regard, they noted the importance of concluding a bilateral agreement that would enable motor vehicle traffic, both passenger and cargo, to cross the border.
  • Both sides underlined the need for bringing about greater integration of power and energy supply networks between India and Myanmar. Myanmar welcomed India's participation in its energy sector both in exploration and production and invited Indian companies to participate in tenders for petrochemicals and petroleum products, marketing infrastructure and setting up of LPG terminals. India informed that leading Indian oil and gas companies are in the process of opening their offices in Myanmar. The two sides applauded the agreement reached by Numaligarh Refinery of India and Parami Energy Group of Myanmar on supply of diesel to Myanmar across the land border, noting that this will give the people of north Myanmar cheaper and more reliable access to petroleum products, and also encouraged both sides to collaborate in storage and retail marketing of petroleum products in Myanmar. The first consignment of the high speed diesel reached Myanmar on 4th September 2017.
  • India also expressed its readiness to extend technical as well as project-specific assistance to conventional as well as renewable energy-based power development projects identified by Government of Myanmar. In addition to the earlier offer to conduct a feasibility study for development of solar parks in Myanmar, India offered to conduct a solar radiation resource assessment in Myanmar. The two sides discussed ways to cooperate in the field of energy efficiency between the two countries. Myanmar thanked India for the technology demonstration projects being undertaken through Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. of India to introduce LED-based energy efficient lighting in key townships and buildings identified by Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw, Bago region and Rakhine State. India shared its experiences in power trade and expressed its interest in examining possible cooperation in this area with Myanmar. It was agreed that these and other relevant issues would be taken up at an early meeting of the Joint Steering Committee on Power and other forums. In view of the immense benefits that would accrue to participating countries, Myanmar promised to give careful consideration to India’s suggestion to join the Framework Agreement for the establishment of the International Solar Alliance.
  • The two sides noted the current level of bilateral trade and investment and agreed that, while robust, it has potential for growth. In this regard, they emphasized the need to improve market access by removing all trade barriers with a view to facilitate trade between the two countries. They expressed satisfaction with the conclusions reached at the 6th meeting of Myanmar-India Joint Trade Committee held in New Delhi, India in June, 2017 and agreed to continue holding of meetings on Border Trade Committee and Border Haats Committee.
  • India welcomed Myanmar’s desire to seek cooperation with it to develop Myanmar’s textile sector covering standardization, inspection and quality recommendations, research & development, human resource development and capacity building .
  • The two sides acknowledged the importance of pulses in the bilateral trade basket, and the implications this trade has for the Myanmar farmers and Indian consumers. In this context, the State Counsellor expressed grave concern at the recent notification issued by India imposing quantitative restrictions on various categories of pulses and requested Prime Minister of India to lift all restrictions on imports from Myanmar in view of the bonds of friendship and long term interests of the two peoples and nations. The Indian Prime Minister responded that it was important to work out long term arrangements whereby the interests of both the peoples could be safeguarded in future.
  • The two sides welcomed the successful negotiations and finalization of the agreement on border crossing which will help in regulating and harmonizing movement of people across the common land border and thus promote bilateral trade and tourism and directed their senior officials to expeditiously conclude the formalities for its signature. Leaders of both countries agreed to negotiate and swiftly conclude an agreement on commencing a coordinated bus service between the two countries from Imphal in India to Mandalay in Myanmar.
  • They shared the view that enhanced air connectivity between the two countries will boost people-to-people contacts as well as promote greater tourism, trade and investment flows. The leaders also agreed that a DPR would be prepared by Airports Authority of India through the close cooperation with Department of Civil Aviation(DCA) of Myanmar for development of Pakokku Airport or Kalay Airport with financial and technical assistance from India. They also welcomed Government of India’s offer of customized training and capacity building programmes for Air Traffic Controllers of Myanmar in India. The leaders directed their respective officials to also explore the feasibility of construction of a rail link between Tamu and Mandalay in Myanmar. It was agreed that a team from India would be deputed to study and prepare a DPR for the rail link between Tamu and Mandalay.
  • Both sides recognized the importance of establishing mutually agreed procedures for the rescue and rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking. In this context, they welcomed the finalization of the MoU on Cooperation for Prevention of Human Trafficking and conveyed their intent to conclude it at the earliest.
  • The two leaders emphasized the centrality of culture in further deepening the close bonds between the peoples of India and Myanmar and expressed satisfaction with the signature of the Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) for the period 2017-20. They expressed confidence that the CEP would also promote cultural exchanges between the North Eastern States of India and the bordering areas of Myanmar. India also confirmed that 2 slots would be made available annually for Myanmar archaeologists for advanced studies at the Indian Institute of Archaeology, New Delhi.
  • The Indian side conveyed that the project being undertaken by the Archaeological Survey of India to preserve and conserve stone inscriptions and temples of King Mindon and King Bagyidaw of Myanmar in Bodh Gaya is at an advanced stage and would be completed by December 2017. The Myanmar side welcomed this information noting that these temples constitute an important aspect of India-Myanmar cultural heritage.
  • Myanmar welcomed India’s assistance in the socio-economic development of Bagan while preserving and conserving its heritage. Prime amongst these is the project to restore and conserve 92 ancient pagodas and structures in Bagan through the Archaeological Survey of India. The two sides welcomed the finalization of an MoU in this regard. Other projects proposed to be undertaken as India-Myanmar cooperation projects are those of setting up of "Bagan Haat" as a hub of Myanmar craft, food and cultural activities, LED-based street lighting, rain water harvesting for sustainable water management, training for alternative income generation for the people of Bagan and upgradation of identified schools.
  • Myanmar expressed deep appreciation to India for the decision taken by the Government of India to give Myanmar nationals gratis visa in all categories, except e-visa.
  • The Government of Myanmar thanked India for its decision to grant special pardon to 40 Myanmar nationals who are currently undergoing imprisonment in India for various crimes. This gesture was deeply appreciated by both the Government and the people of Myanmar, especially by the families of those who will be released from Indian jails.
  • Recognising the importance of the role played by the media in fostering and supporting democracy, both sides welcomed the conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Press Council of India and the Myanmar Press Council. Activities under this framework will encourage exchanges between journalists and promote better understanding of political and economic developments in India and Myanmar.
  • Both sides reaffirmed their shared commitment to deepen regional cooperation to maximize the mutuality of interests and to ensure equitable share of mutual benefits in all areas, including trade, transport and energy. They recognized the importance of various regional/sub-regional collaborative initiatives to improve the lives and livelihoods of all people across the two countries.
  • India and Myanmar reaffirmed their commitment to work closely in the UN and other multilateral organizations. They underscored the importance of coordinating their positions on multilateral issues of common interest. Both sides reiterated the importance of a strong United Nations and emphasized the need for an early reform of the Security Council. They reaffirmed their commitment to support the Inter-Governmental Negotiations for comprehensive reforms of the Security Council. Myanmar reiterated its support for India’s efforts to become permanent member of an expanded and reformed UN Security Council. The two sides also reaffirmed their commitment to work together particularly in the international arena to strengthen the means of implementation as enshrined in the SDGs 2030. The two sides stressed the importance of objectivity and impartiality of the United Nations and its specialized agencies in pursuing their work.
  • Both sides underscored the need for strengthening and reform of multilateral financial institutions and enhancing the voice and participation of developing countries in international economic decision-making.
  • India and Myanmar expressed firm commitment to set an example of good neighbourliness in the region. They emphasized that they must continue to progress together. They therefore agreed to promote shared interests of the peoples of the two countries so as to live together harmoniously and in a mutually beneficial inter-dependent environment.
  • Prime Minister Modi thanked the President of Myanmar for the warm and gracious hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their stay in Myanmar.
  • Prime Minister Modi also invited State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to visit India at a mutually convenient time. The State Counsellor of Myanmar expressed her deep appreciation for the invitation.

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  •       Dedicates Deendayal Hastkala Sankul to the nation
  •    Flags off Mahamana Express between Varanasi and Vadodara
  •      Launches several development projects

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today dedicated to the nation, the Deendayal Hastkala Sankul – a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts – at Varanasi. The Prime Minister had laid the foundation stone of this Centre in November 2014. Today, he visited the Centre, and was given an overview of the facilities developed there, before arriving on the dais for the dedication.

Shri Narendra Modi flagged off the Mahamana Express through a video link. This train will connect Varanasi with Surat and Vadodara in Gujarat.

The Prime Minister also unveiled plaques to mark the laying of Foundation Stone and dedication of various development works in the city. He inaugurated banking services of the Utkarsh Bank, and unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of the headquarters building of the Bank.

The Prime Minister dedicated a Jal Ambulance service, and a Jal Shav Vahan service to the people of Varanasi, through a video link. He distributed tool-kits and solar lamps to weavers and their children.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that in one programme from one dais, projects worth over 1000 crore have been either dedicated, or their foundation stone laid.

He described the Trade Facilitation Centre as one of the biggest projects for Varanasi for a long time. He said this Centre would help the artisans and weavers showcase their skills to the world, and facilitate a brighter future for them. He asked the people to encourage all tourists to visit this Centre. He said this would result in increased demand of handicrafts, and also boost the tourism potential of Varanasi, and indeed the economy of the city.

The Prime Minister said the solution to all problems is through development. He said the Government is focused on bringing about positive change in the lives of the poor and of succeeding generations. In this context, he praised the efforts of Utkarsh Bank.

Referring to the Jal Ambulance and Jal Shav Vahini launched today, the Prime Minister said that these represent the drive for development even through water-ways.

In the context of the Mahamana Express, the Prime Minister observed that Vadodara and Varanasi, which happen to be the two constituencies from which he contested the 2014 Parliamentary elections, are now connected via railway.

The Prime Minister said the country is progressing rapidly today, and firm decisions are being taken in the interest of the nation. He said eastern India must match the progress of the western part of the country, and the projects being launched today would go a long way in achieving this objective.

 

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Emphasising the need to create an enabling environment through small steps such as planting more trees, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that new and innovative ways must be thought of, to bring more areas under forest and tree cover. Inaugurating a two-day conference on “Sustainable landscapes and forest ecosystems: Theory to Practice” here today, the Environment Minister urged the gathering to deliberate and come out with out-of-the-box ideas and solutions on increasing the forest cover much beyond the stipulated 33 per cent. “Innovation is the need of the hour. Innovation co-efficient now is more important than any other co-efficient”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said.

Reiterating the Government’s commitment to increase the country’s forest cover from 24% to 33% of the geographical area and creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in forests, as reflected in Nationally Determined Contribution, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the target is proposed to be achieved through a number of planned afforestation drives and initiatives. The Minister advocated the balancing of environmental and developmental concerns and also urged the gathering of scientists and foresters to devise a solution to the problem of weeds.

Referring to the forests being an integral part of Indian culture and tradition, the Environment Minister said that India has managed to successfully conserve and enhance its forest resources. He reminded the gathering that our ancestors had given us clean air and clean water and we must make efforts to preserve them for the future generations.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched the “Wood is Good” campaign on the occasion. Wood is a climate-friendly material, as it is a renewable resource, having zero carbon footprint.

The Partnership for Land Use Science (Forest-Plus) is a joint programme by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to strengthen capacity for REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) implementation in India. The programme brings together experts from India and the United States to develop technologies, tools and methods of forest management to meet the technical challenges of managing forests for the health of ecosystem, carbon stocks, biodiversity and livelihood. Some of the objectives of the conference include – exploring issues and opportunities for ecosystem approach to land management in India; discussing how the approaches and tools developed under the Forest-PLUS programme can be used to improve forest management in India and to document and disseminate that learning with a wider group.

Director General, Forest and Special Secretary, MoEFCC, Mr. Siddhanta Das, Mission Director, USAID India, Mr. White, USAID Director for Energy & Environment, officers of the MOEF&CC, Inspector General, MoEF&CC, Ms. Rekha Pai, State Forest Departments and representatives of national institutes and Non-Governmental Organisations were among the distinguished ones present in the gathering.

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Shri Raj Kumar Singh took over as new Union Minister of State (IC) in Ministries of Power & New & Renewable Energy here today. Shri Piyush Goyal, New Railways Minister & former Power Minister was present to hand over the charge to Shri Singh .

Speaking to media after assuming his office , Shri Singh there is lot of dynamism in the both Power & Renewable Energy Ministries which will be continued. Shri Singh said, that he would meet all standards of performance set by the his predecessor and new Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal in the Ministries of Power and Renewable energy . The Country is now energy surplus and that the vision of the Ministries has been defined by his predecessor , Shri Singh added . He assured Shri Goyal that the good work started by him will be completed and the Prime Minister's vision will be realised.

On the occasion, Shri Goyal said he has inherited the finest team of officers in the Government of India because everybody in the Ministries and PSUs related to it , is charged and emotional.

Shri Goyal said, the officials in Ministries as well as in its PSUs want to cross limitless boundaries. The PSUs are very committed. Talking about Shri Singh, Shri Goyal said that he has always concerned about providing electricity to all homes and under his leadership now the power & New Renewable Energy Ministries will achieve new benchmarks of performance and targets.

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Department of Science and Technology is implementing several initiatives for upliftment and economic development of rural areas in the country.  A number of appropriate technologies have been developed, demonstrated and deployed at several locations in the country.

The Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harshvardhan today launched “Pt Deen Dayal Upadhayay Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana” which will experiment and endeavour to formulate and implement appropriate S&T Interventions for Sustainable Development through cluster approach in Uttarakhand.

Addressing the press, the Minister said that this project has been inspired by teachings and ideals of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay whose birth centenary is being celebrated this year.

DST has conceived to adopt a few clusters of villages in Uttarakhand and transform them to become self-sustainable in a time bound manner through the tools of Science and Technology (S&T). The key deliverable in this approach is to utilise local resources and locally available skill sets and convert them in a manner using science and technology, that substantial value addition takes place in their local produce and services which can sustain the rural population locally.  Further, the local communities are not compelled to migrate from their native places in search of jobs and livelihoods. Once this concept is validated in the few selected clusters, it can be replicated across large number of village clusters in the country.

Four clusters at Gaindikhata, Bazeera, Bhigun (in Garhwal) and Kausani (in Kumaon) have been selected for the intervention through a series of dialogues held among officials of DST and Uttarakhand State Council of Science and Technology (UCOST); Gramodaya Network, Surabhi Foundation and Uttarakhand Utthan Parishad; and other experts. Intensive interaction with local population and field visits were carried out to identify the challenges and opportunities that exist in the clusters.

About a lakh of people would benefit directly or indirectly through this project in four identified clusters of 60 villages in Uttarakhand for pilot phase which are located at different altitudes (up to 3000 meters). As the living conditions and resources available at different altitude is relatively different, the adopted strategy would help in creating models that are appropriate for different altitudes and could then be replicated in other hill states as well.

Areas of interventions in these selected clusters would be processing and value addition of milk, honey, mushroom, herbal tea, forest produce, horticulture and local crops, medicinal & aromatic plants and traditional craft and handloom of Uttarakhand.  Post-harvest processing of Kiwi, Strawberry, Cherry, Tulsi, Adrak, Badi Elaichi through solar drying technology, extraction of apricot oil using cold press technology. Stringent product and process control interventions for energy and water conservation would also be ensured through this project.

Novel strategies for sustainable development in this ecologically fragile state are important. Practice of agriculture, agro-based cottage industries and animal husbandry in an eco-friendly manner will be emphasized during the implementation of the project.  

Sustainable employment and livelihood options within the clusters such as eco-tourism, naturopathy and yoga, are also planned to be promoted.

These clusters would act as model production cum training and demonstration centres. There is a possibility of replicating this pilot phase initiative in other hill states of the country once it is established and stabilized. Various scientific institutions would participate collectively in this endeavour to accomplish the dream of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay  towards ‘Swavlamban’.

Department of Science and Technology (DST) has committed Rs 6.3 crore support for a period of three years for this project.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, former Chairman, KVIC and Director General, Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology and now Chairman, Gramodaya Network and Coordinator Gram Sankul Yojana is steering this unique initiative. Addressing the gathering, he said, ”In my opinion, this is not a routine project.  DST has responded to a call from the grassroots by providing technical and scientific inputs which is critical for any project.”

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Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri flagged-off Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV Tarini) with an all women crew from INS Mandovi boat pool, Goa at 01:00 PM today (10 Sep17). This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew and shall attempt to circumnavigate the globe on Indian Navy’s sailing vessel INSV Tarini. The crew is expected to return to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage. The expedition will be covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports viz. Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa).

The event was attended by Shri Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral AR Karve Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, Controller Personnel Services, IHQ MoD (Navy) besides other senior naval retired and serving officials as well as civilian dignitaries including family members of the crew and sailing enthusiasts.

During the ceremony at Goa, the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri said that, “this is a historic day for the country, which will be marked in the Navigation history of the world, and globally our women are going to stand out for something which most navies of the world would not have even thought of”. She further said that, “For this initiative I appreciate the Indian Navy and the mentors for inspiring, motivating and training these brave and courageous women”. She expressed her absolute pleasure for being present at the momentous occasion and felt honoured to be amongst the crew and wished them a successful voyage.

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba expressed satisfaction at continuation of the legacy of Indian Navy’s Ocean sailing expeditions which commenced in 1988 with expedition ‘Samudra’. This was followed by first solo circumnavigation by Captain Dilip Donde (Retd) and non-stop circumnavigation of the globe by Cdr Abhilash Tomy resulting in India joining a select group of nine nations which have achieved such feats. He said that the present circumnavigation by an all women crew is an extension of the above efforts and reflection of the Government’s efforts at Women Empowerment – “Nari Shakti”.

INSV Tarini is a 55-foot sailing vessel, which has been built indigenously, and was inducted in the Indian Navy earlier this year, thus showcasing the ‘Make in India’ initiative on the World forum. INSV Tarini is being skippered by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lt. Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.

During the voyage, the crew would monitor and report marine pollution on the high seas, as also interact extensively with local PIOs during various port halts to promote Ocean sailing.

During their voyage, the crew would also collate and update Meteorological/ Ocean/ Wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD) and subsequent analysis by research and development organisations.

The expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is in consonance with the National policy to empower women to attain their full potential. It also aims to help discard the societal attitudes and mindset towards women in India by raising visibility of their participation in challenging environment.

Sailing encourages the use of environment friendly non-conventional renewable energy resources and this expedition therefore aims at harnessing the renewable energy.

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"Implement 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Building Broader Partnerships for Development" - Intervention by Prime Minister at the BRICS Emerging Markets and Developing Countries Dialogue, Xiamen (September 05, 2017)

Your Excellency President Xi Jinping, my esteemed BRICS Colleagues, Distinguished Leaders

I am delighted to be here with you all today. Your countries are close and valued partners of India. And I am pleased to exchange perspectives with you on the shared priority of achieving comprehensive sustainable development. I thank President Xi Jinping for bringing us together for this dialogue.

Excellencies,

Two years since the adoption of UN’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the imperative of collaborative action to achieve the goals is even stronger. Recently in July, India completed its first voluntary national review of SDGs. The bedrock of our development agenda lies in the notion of "SabkaSaath,SabkaVikaas” - that is: Collective Effort, Inclusive Growth. We have mapped each of the SDGs to our own development programmes and scheme, both at the federal and state level. Our Parliament too has taken the initiative to organize Parliamentary debates on SDGs. Our programmes are geared to accomplish these priority goals in a time-bound manner. To cite just one example, our three-pronged approach of providing a bank account to the unbanked, providing a biometric identity to all, and using innovative mobile governance solutions, has enabled Direct Benefit Transfers to almost 360 million people for the first time.

Excellencies,

We would like to see such domestic efforts buttressed by strong international partnerships. And, for this, we stand ready to do our part. India has a long tradition of partnerships with fellow developing countries, while pursuing our own aspirations for growth. At every step, we have shared our experience and resources across a range of sectors: from strengthening democratic institutions to deploying high-tech solutions for public good. Earlier this year, we launched the South Asia Satellite to benefit willing regional partners in meeting their developmental goals in education, healthcare, communication, and disaster management. For over half a century, India’s flagship initiative – Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation, ITEC - has offered training and skill development to 161 partner countries from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Caribbean and Pacific Island states. From Africa alone, over the last decade, over 25,000 students have trained in India on ITEC scholarships. At the Third India-Africa Forum Summit in 2015, with participation of all 54 African countries, we decided to double the number of ITEC scholarships to 50,000 over a period of only 5 years. The "Solar Mamas” of Africa, trained in India, are lighting up thousands of homes across the African continent. Our growing engagement with Africa has led to the African Development Bank holding its Annual Meeting outside Africa for the first time, in India earlier this year. Our development partnerships projects are providing water, electricity, roads, healthcare, tele-medicine, and basic infrastructure to people in dozens of countries across the world. And, in all of this, our "no strings attached” model of cooperation is driven purely by the requirements and priorities of our partner countries.

Excellencies,

The countries present here together represent almost half of the humanity. Whatever we do, will impact the world substantially. So, it is our solemn duty to make a better world – brick by brick, or, through BRICS. Yesterday, I had spoken about the BRICS driving the global transformation in the next ten years for it to be a Golden Decade. I suggest that this can be brought about with our proactive approach, policies, and action, on the following ten Noble Commitments:

1. Creating a Safer World: by organized and coordinated action on at least three issues: Counter Terrorism, Cyber Security and Disaster Management;
2. Creating a Greener World: by taking concerted action on countering Climate Change, through initiatives such as the International Solar Alliance;
3. Creating an Enabled World: by sharing and deploying suitable technologies to enhance efficiency, economy and effectiveness;
4. Creating an Inclusive World: by economic mainstreaming of our people including in the banking and financial system;
5. Creating a Digital World: by bridging the digital divide within and outside our economies;
6. Creating a Skilled World: by giving future-ready skills to millions of our youth;
7. Creating a Healthier World: by cooperating in research and development to eradicate diseases, and enabling affordable healthcare for all;
8. Creating an Equitable World: by providing equality of opportunity to all, particularly through gender equality;
9. Creating a Connected World: by enabling free flow of goods, persons and services; and,
10. Creating a Harmonious World: by promoting ideologies, practices, and heritage that are centered on peaceful coexistence and living in harmony with nature.

Through these agenda points, and action on them, we will be contributing directly to the welfare of the Global Community in addition to welfare of our own people. And in this, India stands ready as a willing and committed partner to enhance cooperation and support each other’s national efforts; I look forward to our progress together on this path. I commend President Xi for ably steering the BRICS Chairmanship for the year 2017, and for his warm welcome and hospitality in this beautiful city of Xiamen. I also welcome President Zuma and commit India’s full support for Johannesburg Summit next year.

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The Union Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju today inaugurated the new state of the art campus of Indian Aviation Academy (IAA) in New Delhi. With the inauguration of this new world class campus, the IAA academy aims to enhance and augment its training and hostel capabilities to more than double. Speaking on the occasion Shri Raju said that with its enhanced strength the IAA academy would go a long way in meeting the growing demand for skilled manpower in the aviation sector.

The Indian Aviation Academy was constituted under the aegis of NIAMAR (National Institute of Aviation Management and research Society) on 22nd July, 2010 as a joint training academy of Airports Authority of India, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The aim of the academy is to provide training and conduct research and consultancy services in various areas of the aviation sector, like Airports and Aviation Management, Safety Regulations, Security and other related areas. IAA runs training programmes in Airports Operations & Aviation Safety, Airport Engineering & Planning, Air Cargo Management, Environment concerns in Aviation, besides regulatory training through DGCA and Security training through BCAS. AAI also offers internationally recognised aviation accredited programmes to participant across the globe in cooperation with ICAO, IATA and ACI. AAI has also acquired full membership of ICAO Train air Plus programme.

Also speaking on the occasion Secretary Civil Aviation Shri R.N.Choubey said that the Institute Director and faculty should regularly assess the manpower needs of the aviation industry and keep updating the syllabus accordingly to make the courses relevant.

The New IAA campus has been equipped to meet the skilling and training needs of the future as a large number of professionally skilled and trained manpower are required to operate, manage and maintain the future international air transport system.

The new IAA campus is spread over 8 acres and has 12 training halls of different capacities, two computer based training facilities and auditorium of sitting capacity of 200 apart from meeting rooms, library and video conferencing facility. The hostel has a capacity to house 100 trainees and 4 suites for faculty apart from an open air theatre, 2 gymnasium and various other sports and recreational facilities. The new building has been designed with green building compliance and has 200 KW of solar power generation and 5000 litres of solar water heating system apart from using energy efficient and conservation power appliances and devices.

Chairman AAI, Dr Guruprasad Mahapatra and DG BCAS, Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra also spoke on the occasion.

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Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh arrived in Srinagar today on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. He was received at the airport by the state’s Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, senior minister Shri Abdul Rehman Veeri and Senior Officials of the State Government.

“I am going there with an open mind and I am willing to meet anyone who will help us in finding solutions to problems facing J&K,” said Shri Rajnath Singh in a tweet before leaving for Srinagar.

Soon after his arrival the Union Home Minister had an hour long one-to-one meeting the Chief Minister Ms. Mehbooba Mufti. Shri Rajnath Singh later reviewed the status of implementation of the Prime Minister's Development Package (PMDP) for Jammu and Kashmir with the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba, Chief Secretary of J&K, Shri BB Vyas and Senior Officers of the MHA and State Government.

The Union Home Minister asked the authorities to expedite the implementation of the PMDP in a time bound manner. Shri Rajnath Singh said it will create jobs for the people of J&K.

The PMDP, a Rs.80,068 crore package announced by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on November 7, 2015, covers 63 projects pertaining to 15 Ministries of the Government of India. The Union Government has already sanctioned Rs.63,000 crores for the various projects, which amounts to 78 percent of the total cost of the PMDP package. An amount of nearly Rs.22,000 crore has been released.

Nearly two years after the PMDP-2015 was announced, five of the 63 projects have been completed. These include the prestigious Chenani-Nashri tunnel costing Rs.781 crore, announcement of remuneration to Special Police Officers (SPOs) from Rs.3,000 per month to upto Rs.6,000 per month as well as assistance provided for Pucca and Kuchcha houses damaged during the 2014 flood.

The land acquisition in respect of semi-Ring Roads in Jammu and Srinagar will be completed within two months. The four-laning of Jammu-Udhampur section of National Highway, NH-1A, is nearing completion. Nineteen road connectivity projects costing about Rs.43, 000 crore are under implementation in the State, which are progressing satisfactorily.

An investment of about Rs.5,810 crore under Power Sector is being made to improve the transmission and distribution network in the state. Besides, the Central Government is supporting the State with an investment of Rs.3,790 crore on Pakaldul hydroelectric project.

For the construction of AIIMS at Awantipora and Jammu, Rs.2,000 crore each are being made available and an amount of nearly Rs.91 crore has been released. Besides, IIT, Jammu and IIM, Jammu have already started functioning from temporary campus and the setting up of permanent campus is under progress. Similarly under the Health Sector, Rs.900 crore is available for completion of ongoing health infrastructure. Rs.200 crore has been utilized. The work on the comprehensive management of Jhelum was reviewed and found satisfactory. The DPR for Phase-II is being prepared. The rehabilitation plan for migrants of Jammu, PoK and Kashmiri Pandits was also reviewed. It was noted with satisfaction that the projects are progressing satisfactorily. During the meeting, other developmental projects under Urban Development, Solar Energy, Horticulture, Tourism etc were also reviewed. The Chief Minister assured the State Government’s full support in the implementation of the PMDP and on all other fronts.

Later, as many as 24 delegations of various organizations, including social, trade, travel and business from across Kashmir Valley called on Shri Rajnath Singh. They included Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK) Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants Associations, Kashmir Shikara Association, House Boat Owners Association, and various other Tourism sector organizations, Youth delegation, Kashmir Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS), Sikh delegation, Fruit Growers & Dealers Association, JK Shia Association, All Gujjjar & Bakerwal Conference, Pahari association and Self employed Women Association.

The delegations apprised the Union Home Minister about the varied problems relating to their respective organizations and submitted memorandum and requested for their resolution of issues on priority.

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Shri Piyush Goyal took over as the New Minister of Railways in Rail Bhavan today i.e.04th September, 2017. He is also Minister of Coal. Prior to this, he was Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministries of Power; Coal; New and Renewable Energy & Mines. Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry & former Minister of Railways was specially present to hand over the charge to Shri Piyush Goyal.

On this occasion, Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways & Minister of Communication (I/C) & Shri Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways were specially present to grace the occasion. Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board & other Board Members were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal said, “Huge Investments in Railways have been made in past three years which will definitely lead to the Development in Railways. Indian Railways shall continue on the roadmap of  Development.” He also profusely appreciated the efforts put in by his predecessor, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu.

In his address, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu extended his best wishes to Shri Piyush Goyal. Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the present Government gives lot of importance to the development of Railway Sector as growth of Railways leads to Nation’s progress. He expressed his confidence that Shri Piyush Goyal will continue to work hard to achieve desired objectives.

Later, Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal held the meeting with the Railway Board Members.

During Shri Goyal’s previous tenure, India became Power & Coal surplus for the first time ever. Also transformative growth in Power resulted in net capacity addition of renewable energy which exceeded that of conventional power while also achieving record low tariff in this sector.

Bio Data of Shri Piyush Goyal

Shri Piyush Goyal is currently a Member of Rajya Sabha (he was first elected to RajyaSabha in 2010 & re-elected in 2016) and was earlier the National Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He headed the BJP's Information Communication Campaign Committee and oversaw the publicity and advertising campaign of the party including the social media outreach for the Indian General Elections 2014.

He has had a brilliant academic record- all-India second rank holder Chartered Accountant and second rank holder in Law in Mumbai University. He was a well-known investment banker and he has advised top corporates on management strategy and growth. He earlier served on the Board of India’s largest commercial bank, the State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda.

He has participated in Leadership Programs at Yale University (2011), Oxford University (2012) and Princeton University (2013) and is currently pursuing the Owner/President Management (OPM) Program at Harvard Business School.

During his 33 year long political career, he has held several important positions at different levels in the BJP and is in the National Executive of the Party. He had the privilege of being mentored by stalwarts such as Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee , former Prime Minister of India. He was also nominated by the Government of India to the prestigious Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers in 2002.

Link of twitter              @PiyushGoyal

Facebook:                     https://www.facebook.com/PiyushGoyalOfficial/?ref=br_rs

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