Prime Minister’s Office:
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched digital payment solution e-RUPI, a person and purpose specific digital payment solution, today via video conference. e-RUPI is a cashless and contactless instrument for digital payment.
- Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said that the eRUPI voucher is going to play a huge role in making DBT more effective in digital transactions in the country and will give a new dimension to digital governance. This will help everyone in targeted, transparent and leakage free delivery.
- He said e-RUPI is a symbol of how India is progressing by connecting people’s lives with technology. He also expressed happiness that this futuristic reform initiative has come at a time when the country is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav on the 75th anniversary of independence.
- He said in addition to the government, if any organization wants to help someone in their treatment, education or for any other work, then they will be able to give an eRUPI voucher instead of cash. This will ensure that the money given by him is used for the work for which the amount was given.
- The Prime Minister said eRUPI is person as well as purpose specific. eRUPI will ensure that the money is being used for the purpose for which any help or any benefit is being provided.
- He mentioned that for reaching today’s unique product, foundation was prepared over the years by creating the JAM system which connected mobile and Aadhaar. Benefits of JAM took some time to be visible to people and we saw how we could help the needy during the lockdown period while other countries were struggling to help their people, said the Prime Minister.
- He noted that in India, more than seventeen and half lakh crore rupees have been transferred directly to the accounts of the people via Direct Benefit Transfer.
- More than three hundred schemes are using DBT. 90 crore Indian are being benefited in some way or the other through in areas like LPG, ration, medical treatment, scholarship, pension or wage disbursal.
- 1 lakh 35 thousand crore rupees have directly been transferred to farmers under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi,
- 85 thousand crore rupees for government purchase of wheat were also disbursed in this manner.
- “The biggest benefit of this all is that 1 lakh 78 thousand crore rupees were prevented from going to the wrong hands, ” he added.
- The Prime Minister noted that development of digital transactions in India has empowered the poor and deprived, small businesses, farmers and tribal population. This can be felt in the record of 300 crore UPI transactions in the month of July amounting to 6 lakh crore rupees.
- The Prime Minister said that the PM Svanidhi Yojana has helped more than 23 lakh street vendors in small towns and large cities of the country. During this pandemic period, about Rs 2300 crore has been disbursed to them.
- The Prime Minister said the world is recognizing the impact of the work done in the last 6-7 years for digital infrastructure and digital transactions in the country. Especially in India, a huge base of fintech has been created which is not present even in developed countries, he added.
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Excerpts of President Kovind’s address at the commemoration of the 100th year of the Madras Legislative Council, via Rashtrapati Bhavan:
I am glad to be among you here today on this historic occasion. Today, I have just unveiled the portrait of ‘Kalaignar’ Thiru M. Karunanidhi. It is indeed a momentous day! We are commemorating the centenary of the Madras Legislative Council, as it was known then.
The Madras Legislative Council enacted many forward-looking legislations and also underwent many changes in its early decades. That spirit of democracy remains the guiding light of the state legislature.
The Madras legislature became the fountainhead of many progressive legislations which were subsequently replicated across the country to empower the weaker sections of society and strengthen democracy.
The Madras legislature had sown seeds of a fully representative democratic form of governance which were realised after Independence.
Tokyo2020 for India:
Why the Indian Women’s Hockey team deserves special appreciation and why today’s win is one of Team India’s greatest Hockey victories
India beat top-seeded Australia by converting an early goal and then maintaining pressure till the final hooter.
Gurjit Kaur converted India’s first and ONLY penalty corner, making the most of the golden opportunity for the Indian eves.
Seasoned goalkeeper Savita registered a 100% accuracy rate with 2/2 saves, keeping the Aussies at bay.
Midfielder Monika, the last defender against penalty corners cleared ALL the balls that came her way with a straight stick halt!
Experienced defenders Deep Grace Ekka and Udita stuck to man marking till the final hooter, denying the Aussies a chance to equalise.
Finally, young forwards Salima Tete, Sharmila Devi and Lalremsiami kept the Australian defence frustrated with their inspired play and commendable tackles.
Not just is this triumph a historic moment for India, it’s also one of the greatest upsets in Women’s Hockey history!
Amitabh Kant – CEO, NITI Aayog:
- Bhubaneswar first city to achieve 100% COVID vaccination,
- Puri first city to supply 24×7 drinking water.
- Congrats Naveen Patnaik & people of Odisha for these achievements and for also sponsoring our national men & women hockey teams since 2018, who have now reached the semis!
Congratulations Indian Women’s Hockey Team on the spectacular win over Australia to seal the semifinal berth in Tokyo2020Naveen Patnaik – Chief Minister, Odisha
What a terrific game the team played against Australia!
Keep the momentum going and wish the team best of luck.
P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:
- NSO Group had 40 governments and 60 agencies as its clients
- A simple question: was the government of India one of the forty?
- Why is it so difficult for the government of India to give a straight answer to that simple question?
Himanta Biswa – CM, Assam:
- I learn that Mizoram CM Zoramthanga has asked Mizoram Police to withdraw FIR dt 26.7.21 against our officers.
- I heartily reciprocate this positive gesture and ask Assam Police to withdraw cases against DC Kolasib and SDPO Virengte
- Further, in aid of an early amicable resolution, I am sending my cabinet collegues, Atul Bora and Ashok Singhal to Aizawl on 5 Aug, 21, for a meaningful dialogue.
- Assam stands committed to ensuring peace on its borders, paving the way for a peaceful & developed North-East
Ministry of Defence:
The 12th round of India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side.
This round of meeting was held following the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of India and People’s Republic of China on 14th July in Dushanbe and the 22nd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held on 25th June.
The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on resolution of remaining areas related to disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of India-China border areas.
The two sides noted that this round of meeting was constructive, which further enhanced mutual understanding. They agreed to resolve these remaining issues in an expeditious manner in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols and maintain the momentum of dialogue and negotiations.
The two sides also agreed that in the interim they will continue their effective efforts in ensuring stability along the LAC in the Western Sector and jointly maintain peace and tranquility.
Took a review meeting of Agarbatti manufacturing projects scheme of KVIC, Ministry of MSME.Narayan Rane – Union Minister for mSME
Instructed to re-look the scheme in the interest of making the implementation of the scheme better and easier.
Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt. :
- This morning I visited Worli Koliwada & Sion Pratiksha Nagar to launch the vaccination drive initiated by the BMC with RIL Foundation.
- 1.5 lakh citizens across Mumbai will be vaccinated in this drive initiated by Reliance Foundation.
- I’m thankful to them for their support
Abhishek Banerjee – National General Secretary, Trinamool Congress :
Today, I visited the Tripureshwari temple.
I pray to Maa Tripureshwari for the well-being of everyone in our country.
Despite using all his might, Biplab Kumar Deb SHALL NOT be able to stop me from reaching out to the people of Tripura who deserve to see the light of Democracy!
Change begins at the end of your Comfort Zone.JT Namgyal – MP, Ladakh
Crossing a handmade wooden sticks footbridge in a very remote and backward village of Phuktal in Zanskar of Ladakh.