Omar Abdullah

The targeted attacks in Kashmir are designed to drive fissures & widen the gap between communities: Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah – Vice President, JKNC:

The targeted attacks in Kashmir are designed to drive fissures & widen the gap between communities. We cannot let terror dictate who lives here & who doesn’t. It is imperative that all of us belonging to the majority community reach out to those who today fear for their lives.

Yes it’s true that the majority of civilian deaths in Kashmir have been Muslim but that doesn’t absolve us of our responsibility to do everything in our power to help those who belong to religious minorities feel secure.

The primary responsibility for security is & will always be the duty of the administration of the day. It can’t be shifted to individuals & political parties to suit political convenience & misplaced loyalties. That said we all have the responsibility to do what we can to help.

On my part I am making a heartfelt appeal to all those who will be thinking of leaving the valley out of fear. Please don’t. We can’t let the perpetrators of these terror attacks succeed in their evil designs by driving you out. The overwhelmingly majority of us don’t want you to go

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Assam’s Right to Public Services Portal launched by Union Finance Minister Smt N Sitharaman today: Himanta Biswa

Himanta Biswa Sarma – Chief Minister, Assam:

To further strengthen PM Sri Narendra Modi’s call for Minimum Government, Maximum Governance, we’re honoured to have Assam’s Right to Public Services Portal http://rtps.assam.gov.in launched by Union Finance Minister Smt N Sitharaman today.

The portal is a way forward for electronic delivery of ARTPS notified public services to people.

Our government is committed to bring about fast, effective and resilient reforms in governance in tandem with the rapidly transforming world.

Finance Minister also inaugurated an exhibition on Assam Citizen Centric Service Delivery Project.

The project is aimed at providing people an easy & timely access to public services from their comfort zone as well as public facilitation centres.

Making someone join the party fold at the Assembly defames it considerably: Suvendu Adhikari

Suvendu Adhikari – LoP, West Bengal Assembly:

The WB Assembly witnessed a rare & exceptional event which no other Assembly in India has ever seen or witnessed.

The Ruling Party using the Assembly as it’s own Party Office is plain & simple ridiculous.

Making someone join the party fold at the Assembly defames it considerably.

Today, several people have given their good wishes.. their blessings give strength and inspiration to serve to the best of my abilities: PM Narendra Modi

Today, several people have given their good wishes on account of me having completed 20 years as the head of a Government.

I thank everyone who has wished me.

Their blessings give strength and inspiration to serve to the best of my abilities.

PM Narendra Modi

In order to benefit the farmers, Department of Food and Public Distribution develops an application ecosystem that integrates the procurement portals of all state governments

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution:

In view of the benefit of farmers along with keeping traders and middlemen at bay, the Department of Food and Public Distribution has developed an application ecosystem, which allows the integration of procurement portals of all state governments having Minimum Threshold Parameters (MTPs)f or monitoring and strategic decision making.

This process began with the onset of KMS 2021-22 in October, 2021. The introduction of Minimum Threshold Parameters (MTPs) in procurement operations are necessitated to avoid middlemen in procurement and provide that farmers get the best value for their produce.

The integration with central portal will go a long way in expediting the reconciliation of procurement figures with States and release of funds by Centre Government to the States.

The benefits will be reaped by the society in general, but specific benefits envisaged for stakeholders are as under:

  1. Farmers: Will be able to sell their produce at suitable prices and avoid distress sale.
  2. Procuring Agencies: With better management of procurement operations, the State agencies and FCI will be able to procure efficiently with the limited resources at hand.
  3. Other Stakeholders: The automation and standardization of procurement operations shall provide an integrated view of procurement of foodgrains and its storage in godowns.

MTPs that must necessarily be captured in all the procurement portals to ensure uniformity and interoperabilityamong them are as under:

  • Online Registration of Farmers/Sharecroppers: Name, Father’s name, Address, Mobile No., Aadhar No., Bank A/C details, Land details (Khata/ Khasra), Self-cultivated or land on rent/share cropping/contract.     
  • Integration of registered farmer data with State’s land record portal
  • Integration of Digitized Mandi/Procurement centre operations: Generation of buyer/seller forms, bill of sale proceeds etc.
  • Online payment through Expenditure Advance Transfer (EAT) module of PFMS, for direct and speedy transfer of MSP to farmers.
  • CMR/Wheat delivery management- Auto generation of billing upon uploading of Acceptance note/ Weight Check Memo and takeover of the stock (UP Model)

Data to flow through API based integration, to the proposed unified GoI Portal for real time reporting of farmers/sharecroppers benefitted, number of small/marginal farmers, yield, quantity procured, payment made, inventory management of central pool stocks.

It is pertinent to mention here that there is a varied scale of implementation of Information Technology based tools across the States. Moreover, because of the prioritization of the local requirements and practices, a pan-India standard procurement ecosystem was non-existing.

Due to variations in the procurement systems, there emerge both systemic and implementation challenges for implementing the schemes of Centre Government.

Reconciliation of the procurement operations with various States, is sometimes a long drawn exercise, leading to avoidable delays in the release of funds to States. Moreover, the non-standard procurement operations/processed also lead to avoidable inefficiencies, which manifest in the form of middlemen in the procurement operations.

The Government of India over multiple forums has sensitized State governments and other public procuring agencies on the need of Minimum Threshold Parameters compliance for procurement operations and its integration with the central portal, namely Central Foodgrains Procurement Portal (CFPP) through the Department of Food & Public Distribution in its discussion with the respective State governments.

Home Ministry to begin granting fresh Tourist Visas to foreigners coming to India through chartered flights with effect from October 15: Ministry of Home Affairs

Ministry of Home Affairs:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visas granted to foreigners were suspended last year. 

Various other restrictions were also imposed on international travel by the Central Government to arrest the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After considering the evolving COVID-19 situation, foreigners were later on allowed to avail any kind of Indian visa other than Tourist Visa for entry and stay in India.

However, the MHA had been receiving representations from several State Governments as well as various stakeholders in the tourism sector to start Tourist Visas also, to allow foreign tourists to come to India.  Therefore, the MHA consulted all major stakeholders like the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Tourism and various State Governments where foreign tourists are expected to arrive.

After considering various inputs, the MHA has decided to begin granting of fresh Tourist Visas for foreigners coming to India through chartered flights with effect from October 15, 2021. 

Foreign tourists entering into India by flights other than chartered aircraft would be able to do so only with effect from November 15, 2021 on fresh Tourist Visas. 

All due protocols and norms relating to COVID-19 as notified by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare from time to time, shall be adhered to by the foreign tourists, carriers bringing them into India and all other stakeholders at landing stations.

With this, the restrictions placed on visa and international travel stand further eased given the present overall COVID-19 situation.

All districts now have at least one PSA Oxygen plant: PM Narendra Modi

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi digitally inaugurated 35 PSA Oxygen Plants in different locations across 35 States and UTs today from AIIMS Rishikesh, Uttarakhand in the presence of Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Chemicals & Fertilizers. Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Gurmit Singh, Governor, Uttarakhand, Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami, Chief Minister, Uttarakhand, Shri Ajay Bhatt, Union Minister-of-State for Defence and Tourism, Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat, Health and Medical Education Minister, Govt. of Uttarakhand, Shri Prem Chand Aggarwal, Speaker, Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly were also present.

Speaking on India’s tryst with COVID-19 crisis, Prime Minister acknowledged it as the crisis of the century. Applauding the vigour and enthusiasm with which India faced the crisis, he said,

“Through the efforts of all, from just one lab at the beginning of the pandemic we have now have 3000 testing labs in the country. The Government worked round the clock to boost production and supply of essentials such as N95 masks, PPE kits, ventilators. The movement to become Aatmanirbhar ensured self-sufficiency in all our capacities.”

He also mentioned the critical role played by Made-in-India ventilators and the Largest Vaccine Drive undertaken worldwide to combat COVID-19.

The Prime Minister while underscoring India’s journey to manage Medical Oxygen observed, 

“India’s Oxygen Production Capacity of 900MT has increased more than 10-fold since intervention. The management of production and transportation of Oxygen in the time of crisis on a war footing set an example in itself. Oxygen tankers were flown out, Special Oxygen Express were run, DRDO used the Oxygen Collection technology of Tejas Aircraft to deploy the first Oxygen plants.”

He also pointed out that massive work was undertaken thereafter: All districts now have at least 1 PSA plant made available to them; Centre along with the States have commissioned 4000 new Oxygen Plants, 1 lakh concentrators were also installed with a focus on geographically distant areas.

The Prime Minister congratulated all persons associated with the vaccination drive. He expressed his elation that the 100-crore mark will be reached soon. The CoWIN platform, he noted, has scaled up the drive in a geographically diverse country enabling vaccination in mountains-deserts, jungles-plains, sessions for as less as 10 people to those enabling vaccine administration to 10 lakh people.

Mentioning the recent efforts to transport vaccines in hard to reach areas by drone, the Prime Minister pointed out the effort of the Government in vaccinating people of the Terai region.

‘AIIMS in every State’ and ‘Medical College in every District’ were highlighted as the aim of the government. Prime Minister said, “Last mile delivery of healthcare is not possible with the network of AIIMS limited to 6-7 States. Every State should have an AIIMS. TheAyushman Bharat Programme has also helped in easing pressure on Government Hospitals, reducing waitlist of operations while the newly launched Digital Mission will address the menace of lack of medical history.”

On the target of opening one medical college in every district, he noted that colleges have been opened in 170 districts.

Prime Minister described Centre-State co-ordination in Uttarakhand as ‘Vikas ka Double Engine’. He congratulated the State on achievements of Vaccination and outlined the progress of Central schemes being implemented along with the State which will transform the lives of the people.

Shri Mansukh Mandaviya expressed his admiration of the Prime Minister on his completion of two decades of Lok-Seva.

He noted, “Two decades of experience as an adept administrator has enabled India to tide over the COVID crisis in which the health system of several western countries exhausted themselves. 

The Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Package had enabled the poor to evade the ill-effects of public Lockdown Not only the poor, India trusted and acknowledged its scientists to develop, roll-out and systematically administer COVID-19 vaccine across the country.” To contextualize this achievement in the sphere of health, the Union Minister said, “Rotavirus vaccine developed in 2006 came to India in 2014. The Hepatitis-B vaccine after 11 years (1986; 1997), Rabies vaccine developed in 1980 came to India in 1999. We not only developed COVID-19 vaccine ourselves but also ensured wide availability.”

Speaking on the inauguration, he expressed his elation that with the inauguration of 35 PSA oxygen plants, 1191 plants will have been made operational in 108 days.

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We strongly condemn the atrocious attacks on civilians in Kashmir: Congress

In the last 48 hrs, 5 people, including M L Bindroo – a prominent Kashmiri Pandit – have been killed in terror incidents.

We strongly condemn these atrocious attacks on civilians.

Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi has instructed party incharge Rajani Patil to extend our support to the grieving families.

The BJP govt’s inability to protect the Kashmiri Pandit community & civilians at large is a direct result of the instability they have caused in the region.

The increase in militancy & rise in violence is proof of this govt’s weak & apathetic attitude.

CONGRESS _ INC INDIA

Incidents of violence are increasing in Kashmir. We strongly condemn these attacks on our Kashmiri brothers and sisters: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi – Former Congress President:

Incidents of violence are increasing in Kashmir.

Terrorism was neither stopped by demonetisation nor by abrogation of Article 370 – the central government has completely failed to provide security.

We strongly condemn these attacks on our Kashmiri brothers and sisters and send our condolences to the families of the deceased.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Faith brings you stabiity, centredness, calmness and love:
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