Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw inaugurates a 3-day workshop – ‘Aadhaar 2.0- Ushering the Next Era of Digital Identity and Smart Governance’

Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, inaugurated today a 3-day workshop titled ‘Aadhaar 2.0- Ushering the Next Era of Digital Identity and Smart Governance’ commencing from 23rd November, 2021 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Several dignitaries including Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), and Dr. Saurabh Garg, CEO, UIDAI graced the occasion with active participation from Central and State Ministries.

On the occasion, Sh. Ashwini Vaishnaw said that aadhaar has made a fundamental difference in lives of millions of people especially those who are at the bottom of pyramid. It has made a significant difference the way government programs are administered.

Adding further to this, Shri Vaishnaw mentioned about the 3 thoughts/ideas that can be deliberated upon.

He raised the question about raising the question of having international standards for identification given in the context of globe which is increasingly getting digitalized.

Second thought was to make the Aadhaar services more accessible by building technologies and hardware systems around it.

Talking about the privacy and legal framework with regards to Aadhaar, the Minister said that today legal framework is settled with Aadhaar Act, Supreme Court judgement and will be further strengthened by Data Privacy Bill.

Addressing on the occasion, Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & IT, said that Aadhaar has given identity to large number of people who did not any identity earlier. Aadhaar has shown that a digital identity can be used in several ways than the physical identity can be used. It has been used in range of services and has helped in bringing financial inclusion, broadband and telecom services, direct benefit transfers to the bank account of citizens in a transparent mamanne

In a virtual message played during the inaugural event, Shri Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman, UIDAI, shared his ideas and message on Aadhaar related aspects.

Talking from futuristic perspective, Shri Nilekani highlighted 3 ideas that can be discussed.

These includes role of Aadhaar in transformation of electrical grid system that requires discoms to be healthy, for which electricity subsidies to go directly go into the bank accounts of beneficiaries;

direct benefit transfers to the forest residents-for preserving biodiversity and forests; and

portability of social security systems.

Dr. Saurabh Garg, CEO, UIDAI informed that The Aadhaar 2.0 Workshop is an introspection-cum-exploratory endeavor by UIDAI to analyze the reach of Digital Identity in major reforms and schemes launched by the Government. It also aims to look into various futuristic aspects of Digital Identity to achieve universal inclusion, both social as well as financial.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announces introduction of ‘Bharat Gaurav Trains’ – theme-based tourist circuit trains

Ministry of Railways:

Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Railways, announced today the introduction of theme-based tourist circuit trains Bharat Gaurav Trains.

Speaking to the media in a press conference, he said that these trains will help realise the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to  showcase India’s rich cultural heritage and magnificent historical places to the people of India and the world.

He further added that the core strength of the professionals of tourism sector would be leveraged to develop/identify tourist circuits and run theme- based trains to tap the vast tourism potential of India.


  • Service Provider would be free to decide theme like Guru Kripa trains for covering important places of Sikh culture, Ramayana trains for places connected with Lord Shri Ram etc.
  • Service Provider to offer all inclusive package to tourist including rail travel, hotel accommodation, sightseeing arrangement, visit to historical/heritage sites, tour guides etc.
  • Full flexibility to decide package cost based on level of services being offered.
  • Choice of coachessuiting the clientele,different segments like luxury, budget etc.
  • Free to design/furnish interior of the coaches based on the theme.
  • Branding and advertisement permitted both inside and outside of train.
  • Train composition will be of 14 to 20 coaches including 2 SLRs(Guard Vans).


  • Easy one step transparent online registration process. Registration fee of Rs 1 (One) Lakh only.
  • Allotment of coaches to all eligible applicants subject to availability. Priority to be based on the Rake Security Deposit Time and Date. Rake Security Deposit of Rs 1 (one) Crore per rake.
  • Individual, Partnership Firm, Company, Society, trust, JV/Consortium (Unincorporated/Incorporated) are eligible.
  • Right to Use charges and Haulage charges notified in the policy for Service Provider to work out his business model.
  • Right to Use Period: 2-10 years.

Customer Support:

  • Customer Support Units to be made functional in the field for hand holding the service provider and for smooth implementation of this scheme.

We are elated to welcome Shri Pavan K Varma into our Trinamool Congress family: TMC

We are elated to welcome Shri Pavan K Varma into our Trinamool Congress family.

His rich political experience will help us serve the people of India and take this nation forward to even better days!


Will be inaugurating the long awaited “THE WESTERN GATE OF MANIPUR” : Biren Singh – CM, Manipur

Now leaving Imphal for Jiribam to attend GO TO VILLAGE 2.0 and to inaugurate the long awaited “THE WESTERN GATE OF MANIPUR “

May this occasion bring greater peace, prosperity & welfare for Jiribam and the entire Manipur too.

n biren singh – CM, manipur

Congratulations to Maruti Suzuki Toyotsu India for setting up their first state-of-the-art vehicle scrapping and recycling centre: Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari – Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways:

Congratulations to Maruti Suzuki Toyotsu India Pvt Ltd for setting up their first state-of-the-art vehicle scrapping and recycling centre using environment friendly best practices with local equipment and global expertise.

This initiative will make Indian roads cleaner and safer.

We need an ecosystem of such centers to come up all over India.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Your life is perfect, it is a perfect plan; it is a spontaneous miracle. It is both every moment :
Sri Sri

Pic Credit : Sri Sri