Daily Archive: March 1, 2019

Shri Ajay Narayan Jha joins as Member Finance Commission

Shri Ajay Narayan Jha joins as Member Finance Commission

Shri Ajay Narayan Jha today joined the Fifteenth Finance Commission as its Member. He joins in place of Shri Shaktikanta Das who had resigned as a Member of the Commission after being appointed as Governor, Reserve Bank of India.

Prior to joining the Commission, Shri Jha, a 1982 batch IAS officer of Manipur cadre, was the Finance Secretary to the Government of India. Earlier he had also served as Secretary to the Fourteenth Finance Commission which was headed by former RBI Governor, Shri Y.V. Reddy.

The Fifteenth Finance Commission was constituted by a Presidential Order in November, 2017 under the Chairmanship of Shri N. K. Singh to decide the formula for devolution of revenue between Centre and States, for a period of 5 years – April, 2020 to March, 2025.

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ICICI-Videocon case: ED searches office, home of Chanda Kochhar, Dhoot

ICICI-Videocon case: ED searches office, home of Chanda Kochhar, Dhoot

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Enforcement Directorate is conducting searches at the premises of former ICICI Bank Managing Director Chanda Kochhar and Venugopal Dhoot of Videocon Group in Mumbai and Aurangabad respectively in connection with a money laundering case, an official said on Friday.

The development comes weeks after the ED registered a criminal case against them for alleged money laundering. The case was registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) Act.

On February 22, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had issued lookout circulars (LOCs) against Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon Group’s Managing Director Dhoot.

“The LOCs were issued after the FIR was filed in the case. LOCs are mandatory in cases where such economic offences are alleged,” the official said, adding, “In recent times, keeping an eye on travel plans is a top concern for regulators.”

The ED had registered a criminal case last month against Kochhar, her husband, Dhoot and others to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning of a Rs 3,250-crore loan by the bank to the corporate group.

The CBI had filed a complaint last month and an Enforcement Case Information Report later under the PMLA.

The agency is probing if alleged kickbacks were generated in the loan deal and laundered to create tainted assets.(Agencies)

Government to celebrate ‘Poshan Pakhwada’ from 8th to 22nd March 2019 across the Country: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Government to celebrate ‘Poshan Pakhwada’ from 8th to 22nd March 2019 across the Country: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

The Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi today announced that the Government will celebrate the first anniversary of POSHAN Abhiyaan on 8th March, 2019 by organising Poshan Pakhwada across the Country. Briefing media, the WCD Minister said that Poshan Pakhwada will be celebrated as part of Jan Andolan under POSHAN Abhiyaan from 08th to 22nd March, 2019. Secretary, WCD, Shri Rakesh Shrivastava was present at the briefing.

Speaking on the occasion, Smt Maneka Gandhi said that the Poshan Pakhwada will be celebrated on lines of ‘Poshan Maah’ held in the month of September, 2018. The Pakhwada will be launched on International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2019. The Minister informed that the Ministry of Women & Child Development is the nodal ministry for coordinating activities during the month, accordingly, State/UT WCD/Social Welfare Department will be nodal Department for a similar role. The event will be celebrated in convergence mode.

The Minister also informed about the key activities which include Poshan Melas, Rally on nutrition at all level, Prabhat Pheree, Session on nutrition at schools, Self help group meetings, anaemia camps, growth monitoring of children, home visits of newborn babies by ASHA/AWW, Village Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Day (VHSND, Community Based Events (CBE) will be carried out . Further IEC activities through mass media, mid media and Social Media will be carried out during Poshan Pakhwada. Social Media Campaign Hashtag #PoshanPakhwada through media partners and team of Swasth Bharat Preraks would be carried out for maximum reach. During Poshan Pakhwada awareness on nutrition in urban area will also be focused. During the Poshan Pakhwada it is also planned to organise workshop on Agri-Nutrition on 15th March 2019.

 The Jan Andolan Guidelines which are Multi Sectorial and cover 12 basic themes will be utilised to activate various platforms at ground level. The Jan Andolan Dashboard at website http://poshanabhiyaan.gov.in will have a separate tab to reflect aggregated outcomes of the Poshan Pakhwada. Entry of all activities will be made on periodical basis at block level. Previously, Poshan Maah had garnered 25 crore participation across 22 lakh activities across the country.

All the concerned Ministries/Departments and States/UTs play a key role for implementing various activities during the Pakhwada as was done during Poshan Maah. Activities are planned to be carried out by all the Ministries/Departments by involving the concerned Departments of States/UTs upto the grass root level all the field functionaries during Pakhwada. The Ministries/Departments and States/UTs may also add any other activities for creating awareness.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Rural Development, Human Resource & Development, Information & Broadcasting, Panchayati Raj, Tribal Affairs, Housing and Urban Affairs, Electronics and Information Technology, Minority Affairs, AYUSH, Sports & Youths Affairs,   Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare and Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution will partner with WCD Ministry during the Poshan Pakhwada. At the grass root level platform like Gram Sabhas, SHGs, and Field functionaries across various Ministries & Schemes will be used.

Details about suggested activities for Poshan Pakhwada and the schedule are given below in the Annexure -A & B:

 Annexure A

Suggested Activities of Poshan Pakhwada

Ministry Activity
Ministry of Rural Development/ Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

(MoRD/H&UA)

Cooperative/Federation Meetings to address Nutrition

Self Help Group Meetings

Haat Bazaar Activities

Mass Media Campaign

Ministry of Women and Child Development

(MoWCD)

Nukkadnatak /Folk Shows

Poshan Melas

VHSN Day

Cycle Rally – On Nutrition

Home Visits – AWW

Mass Media Campaign

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation

(MoDWS)

Cycle Rally – on Hygiene

Mass Media Campaign

Ministry of Panchayati Raj

(MoPR)

Panchayat Meetings

Poshan Walks

Prabhat Pheree

Mass Media Campaign

Ministry of Human Resource Development

Department of Education

(MoSEL, DoE)

School-Based Activities

Awareness Campaign for Adolescent Girls

Mass Media Campaign

Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare

(MoAFW)

Farmer Club Meeting
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

(MoYAS)

Poshan Rally

Youth Group Meetings

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

(MoHFW)

Anaemia Camp

Home Visits – ASHA / ANM

District and Block Admin with Support from Department of Women and Child Development/Social Welfare + Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

(MoWCD + MoHFW)

Community Radio Activities

Mass Media Campaign

Annexure B

Poshan Pakhwada Activity Schedule

Date Activity Remarks
8th March Poshan Mela, Call for Pakhwada  
9th March Panchayat Meetings to begin on Poshan Pakhwada  
10th March Cycle Rally Sunday
Poshan Rally
11th March School Based Activities  
Anemia Camp
12th March Awareness Campaign for Adolescent Girls  
Cooperative/Federation Meetings to address Nutrition
13th March Cycle Rally Select the activity that was not carried out on 10th March
Poshan Rally
14th March Youth Group Meetings  
Poshan Walk
15th March Awareness Campaign for Adolescent Girls Select the activity that was not carried out on 12th March
Cooperative/Federation Meetings to address Nutrition
16th March Farmer Club Meeting  
Haat Bazaar Activities
17th March PrabhatPheree Sunday
Poshan Walk
18th March Youth Group Meetings Select the activity that was not carried out previously
School Based Activities
19th March Farmer Club Meeting Select the activity that was not carried out on 16th March
Haat Bazaar Activities
20th March Anemia Camp Select Anemia Camp if not carried out on 11th March
Awareness Campaign for Adolescent Girls
21st March Poshan Rally  
Cycle Rally
22nd March Panchayat Meetings to review the impact of PoshanPakhwada  

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Shri Ajay Narayan Jha joins as Member Finance Commission

Shri Ajay Narayan Jha joins as Member Finance Commission

Shri Ajay Narayan Jha today joined the Fifteenth Finance Commission as its Member. He joins in place of Shri Shaktikanta Das who had resigned as a Member of the Commission after being appointed as Governor, Reserve Bank of India.

Prior to joining the Commission, Shri Jha, a 1982 batch IAS officer of Manipur cadre, was the Finance Secretary to the Government of India. Earlier he had also served as Secretary to the Fourteenth Finance Commission which was headed by former RBI Governor, Shri Y.V. Reddy.

The Fifteenth Finance Commission was constituted by a Presidential Order in November, 2017 under the Chairmanship of Shri N. K. Singh to decide the formula for devolution of revenue between Centre and States, for a period of 5 years – April, 2020 to March, 2025.

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Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW)-January, 2019

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW)-January, 2019

 

The All-India CPI-IW for January, 2019 increased by 6 points and pegged at 307 (three hundred and seven). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 1.99 percent between December, 2018 and January, 2019 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.70 percent for the corresponding months of last year.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Housing group contributing (+) 5.16 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Wheat, Arhar Dal, Fish Frsh, Goat Meat, Coconut, Lady’s Finger, Tomato, Flowers/Flower Garlands, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Onion, Brinjal, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Gourd, Peas, Potato, Cooking Gas, Electricity Charges, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation based on CPI-IW stood at 6.60 percent for January, 2019 as compared to 5.24 percent for the previous month and 5.11 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at (+) 0.97 percent against (-) 0.96 percent of the previous month and 3.36 percent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level Nagpur reported the maximum increase of 21 points followed by Nasik (17 points), Amritsar, Quilon, Jharia (13 points each) and Jaipur (12 points). Among others, 11 points increase was observed in 3 centres, 10 points in 7 centres, 9 points in 3 centres, 8 points in 5 centres, 6 points in 9 centres, 5 points in 6 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 7 centres, 2 points in 7 centres and 1 point in 6 centres. On the contrary, Darjeeling recorded a maximum decrease of 4 points followed by Siliguri (3 points). Among others, 2 points decrease was observed in 4 centres and 1 point in 2 centres. Rest of the 4 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 35 centres are above All-India Index and 42 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Rourkela centre remained at par with All-India Index.

 

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Shripad Naik lays Foundation stone of National Institute of Unani Medicine at Ghaziabad

Union Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik laid foundation stone for National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM) today at Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh in the august presence of Union Minister of State for External Affairs General V. K. Singh.

Addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik informed that the Ministry of AYUSH is establishing the NIUM, Ghaziabad as a part of its commitment towards provision and promotion of quality education, research and healthcare services through Unani Medicine and other AYUSH systems. He further said that this institute would be developed with an approximate cost of Rs. 300.00 crore on 10 acres of land and would be one of the largest institutes of Unani Medicine in Northern India. With a 200 bedded hospital, the institute would cater to the needs of the masses and would have facilities for quality research and education at postgraduate and PhD levels, he added.

In his address, General V. K. Singh extended his gratitude to the Ministry of AYUSH and Government of India for selecting Ghaziabad for the establishment of NIUM. Speaking about Unani Medicine, he said that this system has effective treatment for various diseases especially skin disorders for which other medical systems have very limited intervention.

Earlier in his welcome address, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, said that his has taken various initiatives like NAMASTE-Portal and A-HIMS for harnessing the potentials of Information Technology in the development and promotion of AYUSH systems. He said that the Ministry is committed to develop the NIUM, Ghaziabad as a world class institution of Unani Medicine. He further informed that the Government of India has made threefold increase in the AYUSH budget during the last four years.

Shri Anil Agrawal, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Shri Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Shri Dharam Singh Saini, State Minister (IC) for AYUSH, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Atul Garg, State Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Sunil Kumar Sharma, MLA, Sahibabad, Shri Ajit Pal Tyagi, MLA, Murad Nagar, Shri Nandkishor, MLA, Loni, Smt. Manju Shiwach, MLA, Modi Nagar, Shri Pramod Kumar Pathak, Additional Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, Shri Roshan Jaggi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, Dr. Mohd. Tahir, Advisor (Unani), Ministry of AYUSH, Prof. Abdul Wadud, Director, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Banglore and Dr. M A Qasmi, Joint Advisor (Unani), Ministry of AYUSH graced the occasion.