India believes that access to energy must be affordable & reliable to allow socio-economic transformations: Hardeep Puri

Participated in the 5th Indian Energy Forum.

The conference will provide a platform for discussions on a wide range of energy-related issues including the need for Clean, Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable energy to speed up the post-pandemic global recovery.

Our energy consumption is set to rise as we move towards a US$ 5 trln economy by 2025.

Energy justice for India is a key objective & priority for our Govt.

India believes that access to energy must be affordable & reliable to allow socio-economic transformations.

hardeep puri – union minister

Those who fly in luxury, must know that low ATF prices make flying affordable: Hardeep Puri

Those who fly in luxury, must know that low ATF prices make flying affordable & fulfil PM Modi Ji’s vision of ‘हवाई चप्पल से हवाई जहाज़’ through UDAN scheme.

Instead of questioning low ATF prices they should convince Congress-ruled states to reduce taxes & levies on fuel.

ATF prices in the country have always been lower than consumer fuels, also due to the fact that Centre charges only 2% central excise on ATF at UDAN airports.

Till now 387 air-routes have been awarded under UDAN scheme making aviation accessible & affordable for nearly 4 lakh passengers everyday.

PM Gati Shakti envisages doubling India’s existing aviation footprint to a total of 220 airports, heliports & water aerodromes by 2025.

hardeep puri – union minister

The UT of J&K marks a new dawn for air connectivity in the region, drastically reduces VAT on Aviation Turbine Fuel from 26.5% to 1%: JM Scindia

JM Scindia – Union Minister:

The UT of J&K marks a new dawn for air connectivity in the region.

Following the lead of the pro-active governments of Uttarakhand and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the UT of J&K has also drastically reduced VAT on ATF from 26.5% to 1%.

I thank Sh Manoj Sinha Ji for his prompt action owing to his commitment to bring prosperity to J&K. I also thank the two states and the UT of J&K for being the first movers in heralding a new course for aviation in their States.

I would also urge the remaining States to emulate, and get on to the bandwagon of greater regional connectivity. Lower operational costs for airlines has a causal effect on flight connectivity.

Given the disruption caused by the pandemic, it is important that States collaboratively work with Ministry of Civil Aviation to not just bring the sector back on track, but also trigger greater economic activity in their respective regions.

As a major step to place the right talent for the right role, DoPT announces 31 Lateral Entry Recruitments: Dr Jitendra Singh

Dr Jitendra Singh – Union Minister:

The Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T) requested the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 14.12.2020 and 12.02.2021 to select suitable persons to join the Government at the level of Joint Secretary/ Director/ Deputy Secretary in various Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India on Contract/Deputation basis.

The UPSC launched Online Recruitment Application for Joint Secretary/ Director level Posts on 06.02.2021 with closing date as 22.03.2021 and for Deputy Secretary Level Posts on 20.03.2021 with closing date as 03.05.2021. In response, a total of 295 applications for Joint Secretary Level Posts, 1247 applications for Director Level Posts and 489 applications for Deputy Secretary Level Posts were received.

On the basis of the Online Application Forms submitted by the candidates, the Union Public Service Commission shortlisted 231 candidates for the interviews. The interviews were conducted from 27th September to 8th October 2021 and 31 candidates have been recommended as per the enclosed list.

List of Recommended Candidates

Lateral Recruitments

 S.No. Post MinistryName of the recommended candidate (Shri/Ms)
Joint Secretary
 Joint Secretary, Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers WelfareMinistry of Agriculture and Farmers WelfareSamuel Praveen Kumar
 Joint Secretary, Department of CommerceMinistry of Commerce and IndustryManish Chadha
 Joint Secretary, Department of RevenueMinistry of FinanceBalasubramanian Krishnamurthy
 Director 
 Director(Agriculture Marketing), Department of Agriculture,Cooperation and Farmers WelfareMinistry of Agriculture and Farmers WelfareKapil Ashok Bendre
 Director(Exports Marketing), Department of CommerceMinistry of Commerce and IndustryNeerajGaba
 Director(Logistics), Department of CommerceMinistry of Commerce and IndustrySagarRameshraoKadu
 Director (Cyber Security in Financial Sector), Department of Economic AffairsMinistry of FinancePrabhu Narayan
 Director( Digital Economy and Fin Tech), Department of Economic AffairsMinistry of FinanceHarshaBhowmik
 Director (Financial Market), Department of Economic AffairsMinistry of FinanceShekhar Chaudhary
 Director(Banking), Department of Financial ServicesMinistry of FinanceHardikMukeshSheth
 Director(Insurance),Department of Financial ServicesMinistry of FinanceMandakiniBalodhi
 Director(Arbitration and Conciliation Laws),  Department of Legal AffairsMinistry of Law and JusticeAvnit Singh Arora
 Director (Cyber Laws),  Department of Legal AffairsMinistry of Law and JusticeHaimanti Bhattacharya
 Director(Warehouse Expertise), Department of Food and Public DistributionMinistry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionMateshwari Prasad Mishra
 Director (Edu Tech), Department of Higher EducationMinistry of EducationGaurav Singh
 Director(ICT Edu), Department of School Education & LiteracyMinistry of EducationEdla Naveen Nicolas
 Director (Media Management),   Department of School Education & LiteracyMinistry of EducationMukta Agarwal
 Director (Water Management), Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga RejuvenationMinistry of Jal ShaktiShiv Mohan Dixit
 Director (Maternal Health Issues)Ministry of Health & Family WelfareGovind Kumar Bansal
 Director (New Technology for Highway Development)Ministry of Road Transport and HighwaysBidur Kant Jha
 Director (Aviation Management)Ministry of Civil AviationAvik Bhattacharyya
 Director (Innovation in Education Entrepreneurship)Ministry of Skill Development & EntrepreneurshipSandeshMadhavraoTilekar
Deputy Secretary
 Deputy Secretary (Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission), Department of School Education and Literacy.Ministry of EducationReetu Chandra
 Deputy Secretary (Environment Policy)Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change.RuchikaDrall
 Deputy Secretary (Information Technologies)Ministry of Statistics &Programme ImplementationSoumendu Ray
 Deputy Secretary (Iron & Steel Industry)Ministry of SteelSarathy Raja G
 Deputy Secretary (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code)Ministry of Corporate AffairsRajan Jain
 Deputy Secretary (Mining Legislation and Policy)Ministry of MinesDheeraj Kumar
 Deputy Secretary (Sagarmala and PPP)Ministry of Ports Shipping and Waterways.Rajesh Asati
 Deputy Secretary (Manufacturing Sector)Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public EnterprisesGaurav Kishor Joshi
 Deputy Secretary (Electricity Distribution)Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.Jamiruddin Ansari

Lively conversation with the Country Head of Google India: Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan – Union Minister:

Lively conversations with Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Country Head & VP, Google India, on empowering learners in classroom and beyond, equipping the youth with technology & skills of the future, bridging the digital divide and expanding access to learning, especially to the underserved.

Today, India transported vaccines across 31 km in Manipur, reaching the remote & hilly regions conveniently: Mansukh Mandaviya

Drone Power of India

On October 2, India became the first country to spray Nano Urea through Drone in Bhavnagar, Gujarat.

On October 4, India transported vaccines across 31 km in Manipur, reaching the remote & hilly regions conveniently.

i-Drone: The game-changer in healthcare!

First Make In India drone, which has a capacity of 900 vaccine doses, was used for delivery across a distance of 31 km, from Bishnupur to Karang Island in Manipur.

10 people were vaccinated against COVID19 through this initiative.

Action plan for dust mitigation has been implemented at Central Vista Avenue Project: Hardeep Puri

Hardeep Singh Puri – Union Minister:

Republic Day Parade 2022 will be held at the refurbished & greener Central Vista Avenue.

Reviewed the progress of work at the project site.

Work in full swing.

Delays caused by incessant rains being overcome. Project on schedule.

Action plan for dust mitigation has been implemented at Central Vista Avenue Project.

Water tankers with sprinklers, anti smog guns & all other processes in place.

Hearty congratulations to Sardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura Ji on being appointed as Chairperson of prestigious National Commission for Minorities: Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju – Union Minister:

I’m extremely glad to meet such an experienced man who played very critical in the field to bring peace in Punjab.

Hearty congratulations to Sardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura Ji on being appointed as Chairperson of prestigious National Commision for Minorities.

My best wishes to you and your team.

I thank Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji for appointing a devoted and honest man like Sardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura Ji as Chairperson of prestigious National Commision for Minorities.

On my way to Udupi, halted at the Surathkal Lighthouse, was mesmerised by the beauty of the area: Sarbananda Sonowal

On my way to Udupi, halted at the Surathkal Lighthouse and DGPS Station.

Was mesmerised by the beauty of the area.

India’s lighthouses have immense tourism potential and we will take all steps to develop these properties and attract more tourists.

Sarbananda sonowal – union minister

Launched the National Single Window System, a one-stop destination for investors & businesses for approvals & clearances! : Piyush Goyal

Ministry of Commerce & Industry:

“Launch of National Single Window System, is a giant leap, towards making India Aatmanirbhar” said Shri Piyush Goyal while Launching the facility.

Union Minister for Commerce & Industry Shri Piyush Goyal said that NSWS will usher in Azadi from legacy of running to Govt. offices  for approvals and registrations 

He said that in this 75 weeks of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, we can share “Azadi ka Amrit” with Investors, Business owners (MSMEs) not only form India but from the world. The Minister said that 

NSWS would usher in Azadi from legacy of running to Govt. offices, i.e. Ease of doing business & Ease of living Azadi from paperwork, duplication & information asymmetry Azadi from Windows within Window..   

The Minister said that PM Modi’s, decisive & bold leadership has enabled & encouraged India to dream bigger

NSWS has been designed keeping the needs of entrepreneurs and investors at the center.

 NSWS provides following online services: – 

• Know Your Approval (KYA) Service: an intelligent information wizard that generates a list of approvals required by any business to commence operations. It does so by asking the investor a series of dynamic questions about their planned business activities and identifies the applicable approvals basis the responses provided. The questionnaire, simple and user friendly on the surface, has a complex, automated logic built into it to sieve through hundreds of approvals, and shortlists only those relevant to the specific investor or entrepreneur. This service was launched on 21.07.2021 with over 500 approvals across 32 Central Departments and over 2000 approvals across 14 states. This service is only for guidance purposes and does not constitute any legal advice.

• Common Registration Form: To ensure a single point of submission of information and documents across Ministries and States, a unified information capturing system along with a common registration form has been introduced. Information is auto-populated on forms, eliminating the need to fill in the same information again. 

• State registration form: Enables investor to have seamless single click access to respective State Single Window System.

• Applicant dashboard: Provides a single online interface to apply, track and respond to the queries pertaining to approvals and registrations across ministries and States. 

• Document repository: An online centralized storage service for investors to enable one-time document submission and use the same across multiple approvals. This eliminates the need to submit documents at multiple portals.

• E-Communication module: Enables online response to queries and clarification requests related to applications by Ministries and States.

The beta version of the portal has now been completed and is being opened to all stakeholders and the public as trial soft launch. The beta version of the portal (under Phase I), hosts approvals from 18 Central departments and 9 States and is aimed at guiding investors to the list of business approvals they may need, based on information provided by them.

Another 14 Central departments and 5 States will be onboarded by December 2021 (under Phase II)

The portal will progressively onboard a greater number of approvals and licenses, based on user / industry feedback.

Though extensive testing by Ministries/States is ongoing, and will continue for next three months to stabilize & optimize the platform, it is critical that extensive feedback from the industry users is accommodated to ensure comprehensiveness and high utility for Investors & Entrepreneurs.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari emphasizes on fixing driving hours for truck drivers of commercial vehicles: Nitin Gadkari

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways:

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has emphasised on deciding driving hours for truck drivers of commercial vehicles, similar to pilots, to reduce fatigue-induced road accidents. 

In a National Road Safety Council (NRSC) Meeting today with the Non-Official Co-Opted Individual Members he  directed officers to work on a policy to include On-Board Sleep Detection Sensors in Commercial Vehicles, at par with European standards.

The minister directed the Council to meet in every two months and share their updates. Shri Gadkari said he would  also write letters to CMs and Collectors to ensure that District Road Committee meetings happen regularly.

The new NRSC was formed by the Ministry on 28.07.2021. The meeting was attended by all the 13 Non-Official Co-Opted Individual Members. Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways General V K Singh attended the meeting along with the senior officials of the Ministry. During the meeting, the Members made various important suggestions in the area of improvement of road safety.

The Minister advised all the Members to work in diversified areas of road safety so that more lives can be saved on road and the Members have also been requested to share their experience to each other. He also directed the Ministry officials to work in close coordination with the NRSC Members and implement their suggestions on priority.  The achievements made in the areas of Road Safety would be brought out through a monthly magazine.

Confident that the Central Vista Avenue project will be ready for the grand Republic Day Parade 2022: Hardeep Puri

Hardeep Puri – Union Minister:

Visited Central Vista Avenue Project to review the progress of work with Ministry of Housing & CPWD officials.

Discussed individual components of the project in detail.

Confident that the project will be ready for the grand Republic Day Parade 2022.

3400 workers working day & night on site to compensate for the time lost due to rains. 600 more workers will be added to the workforce in a week.

Delighted to join Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at the Opening of the 1.2 km long Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand Greyline of Delhi Metro today: Hardeep Puri

Hardeep Puri – Union Minister:

Delighted to join Delhi CM Sh Arvind Kejriwal Ji, MoS Sh Kaushal Kishore Ji, Delhi Minister Sh Kailash Gahlot Ji, Outer Delhi MP Sh P Sahib Singh Ji & Ambassador of Japan, Amb Satoshi Suzuki at the Opening of the 1.2 km long Najafgarh-Dhansa Bus Stand Greyline of Delhi Metro today.

This small stretch meets a very important requirement.

It changes the character of Delhi Metro in many respects because it includes vital green & resilient connectivity to many far-flung rural areas of Delhi.

The under construction Delhi Mumbai Expressway will transform India’s road infrastructure: Nitin Gadkari

Under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji, the under construction Delhi Mumbai Expressway will transform India’s road infrastructure.

During Day 1 of two-day aerial review, inspected the progress and interacted with media at Sohna, Dausa, Bundi & Ratlam.

Nitin Gadkari – Union Minister

Emergency Landing Facilities will be developed at 19 other places to  strengthen country’s security: Nitin Gadkari – Union Minister

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways:

Union minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that Emergency Landing Facilities will be developed at 19 other places to  strengthen country’s security.

Inaugurating the Emergency Landing Facility on National Highway 925A in Rajasthan with Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh he said this highway run-way will further strengthen the country’s security in protecting the borders which are strategically important.

Shri Gadkari said at 19 other places in the country on
Phalodi – Jaisalmer road and Barmer – Jaisalmer road in Rajasthan,
Kharagpur – Balasore road in West Bengal, Kharagpur – Keonjhar road and near Panagarh/KKD,
Chennai in Tamil Nadu, on Puducherry road,
in Andhra Pradesh on Nellore – Ongole road and Ongole – Chilakaluripet road,
in Haryana on Mandi Dabwali to Odhan road, near Sangrur in Punjab,
on Bhuj-Naliya road in Gujarat and
on Surat-Baroda road,
in Jammu and Kashmir  in the Banihal-Srinagar road ,
Leh/Nyoma area in Assam and on the Jorhat-Baraghat road, near Sivasagar,
Bagdogra-Hashimara road,
Hashimara-Tezpur route and
Hashimara-Guwahati road in Assam , Emergency Landing facilities will be developed.

The Minister said under the leadership of  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, the construction of world class National Highway is being done at record speed. He said now our National Highways will also be of use to the army, which will make our country more secure and always ready for emergency situations.

Union Minister of Jal Shakti Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal Shri. R. S Bhadauria were also present on the Occasion.

Union Minister Bhupender Yadav dedicates India’s first functional Smog Tower at Anand Vihar, New Delhi

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change:

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav has asked all stakeholders including the citizens to sincerely and earnestly contribute to achieve cleaner air and healthier lives for all.

The Union Minister, who was speaking at an event in New Delhi today to mark the second International Day of clean Air For Blue Skies, stated that the Central Government has launched several initiatives to improve air quality in the entire country, with the Prime Minister himself setting a goal for holistic improvement in air quality in more than 100 cities.

“86 cities showed better air quality in 2019 in comparison to 2018, which increased to 104 cities in 2020”, informed the Environment Minister.

The Minister said that the Government under the leadership of the Prime Minister is now actively linking all policy approaches to give paramount importance to conserve public goods like water, air and Earth.

Shri Yadav on the occasion virtually inaugurated the first functional smog tower in India at Anand Vihar, Delhi and expressed hope that the pilot smog tower project will yield fruitful results and supplement the air quality improvement efforts.

A smog tower is a structure designed as large/medium scale air purifiers to reduce air pollution, usually by forcing the air through filters.

The smog tower at Anand Vihar with a height of over 20m, is of downdraft type, i.e. polluted air comes in from the top of the tower and clean air comes out of the bottom is intended for localised reduction in air pollution (Particulate Matter).

The filtration system used in the tower has been designed by University of Minnesota with an expected efficiency of 90%. 40 fan units have been installed to provide a design airflow rate of 1000 m3/sec. The tower has been built by Tata Projects Limited with NBCC (India) Ltd. as the project management consultant.

The event also witnessed launch of a portal named “PRANA” – Portal for Regulation of Air-pollution in Non-Attainment cities under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) are implementing National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) in the country since 2019 with targets to achieve 20 to 30 % reduction in Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5  ) concentrations by 2024 across the country.

City-specific action plans for improving air quality for 132 Non- attainment cities (NACs)/Million Plus Cities (MPC) targeting city specific air polluting sources (Soil & Road Dust, Vehicles, Domestic Fuel, MSW Burning, Construction Material and Industries) have been prepared and are already being implemented.

The portal (prana.cpcb.gov.in) will support tracking of physical as well as financial status of city air action plan implementation and disseminate information on air quality to public.

The six lane access controlled Ambala-Kotputli Greenfield Corridor is scheduled to open to public by March 2022: Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari – Union Minister:

Six lane access controlled Ambala-Kotputli Greenfield Corridor is being constructed at record pace.

With an investment of 11,000 Cr, the 313 km long highway will transform the road infrastructure of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

80% of the corridor has been completed and is scheduled to open to public by March 2022.