The Supreme Court has emerged as a global leader with more than 2.18 lakh virtual hearings: Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju – Union Minister:

  • The Supreme Court has emerged as a global leader with more than 2.18 lakh virtual hearings.

  • The High courts and District courts together have conducted nearly 1.84 crore virtual hearings

Took the Ro-Ro during my visit to Kochi today… Glimpses: Sarbananda Sonowal

Ro-Ro Vessels are providing much needed relief to passengers and improving overall transport.

Took the Ro-Ro during my visit to Kochi today.

Glimpses.

Sarbananda SONOwal – Union Minister

Recent incidents of violence and communal flare up in Patiala are a matter of grave concern: Sukhbir Singh Badal

Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal:

  • Recent incidents of violence and communal flare up in Patiala are a matter of grave concern.

  • These were the direct outcome of the utter administrative incompetence and reckless political opportunism, which have become the hallmarks of the present rulers in the state.

  • Let me remind CM Bhagwant Mann that the Punjab tragedy of 1980s/90s had been caused by the reckless opportunism of some non-Punjabi politicians trying to control Punjab from Delhi. You must be watchful that history does not repeat itself here.

  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party team must understand that a sensitive border state like Punjab cannot afford their ambitious opportunism and adventurism.

  • I appeal to all Punjabis to resist divisive ideologies and political opportunists.

Punjab Govt. has decided to give Rs 1500 per acre assistance to every farmer doing direct cultivation of paddy: CM, Bhagwant Mann

Bhagwant Mann – CM, Punjab:

  • Today your government has taken a decision to give ₹ 1500/acre assistance to every farmer doing direct cultivation of paddy

  • My appeal to farmers – Inspire your friends, relatives to do direct cultivation of paddy

  • This will also increase the yield of paddy and together we have to save the water of Punjab.

Khadi Exceeds Turnover of Rs 1 lakh crore in 2021-22; Beats all FMCG Companies in India

Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises:

  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has achieved a height which remains a distant goal for all FMCG companies in India.

  • Thanks to the constant support of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, KVIC has, for the first time, clocked a massive turnover of Rs 1.15 lakh crore, which is unprecedented even by any FMCG company in the country.

  • This makes KVIC the only company in the country to have recorded a turnover of Rs 1 lakh crore.

  • In FY 2021-22, the overall turnover of KVIC stood at a whopping Rs 1,15,415.22 crore as compared to Rs Rs 95, 741.74 crore in the previous year, i.e. 2020-21. KVIC has thus registered a growth of 20.54% from the year 2020-21.

  • Compared to the year 2014-15, the overall production in Khadi and Village Industry sectors in 2021-22 has registered a whopping growth of 172% while the gross sales during this period increased by over 248%. This massive turnover of KVIC has come despite partial lockdown in the country in the first 3 months, i.e. April to June in 2021, due to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Looking at the performance in the last one year, the biggest impact can be seen in the Khadi sector which has registered a growth of 43.20% from Rs 3528 crore in 2020-21 to Rs 5052 crore in 2021-22.

  • In the last 8 years, i.e. from 2014-15, the production in the Khadi sector in 2021-22 has increased by 191%, while the Khadi sales have increased exponentially by 332%.

  • On the other hand, the turnover in the Village Industries sector alone has reached Rs 1,10,364 crores in 2021-22, as compared to Rs 92,214 crore in the previous year. In the last 8 years, the production in the Village Industry sector in 2021-22 has increased by 172%, while the sales have increased by 245%.

  • KVIC Chairman, Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena attributed Khadi’s phenomenal growth to the constant support of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to promote Khadi in the country. At the same time, innovative schemes, creative marketing ideas and active support from various ministries have also added to the Khadi’s growth in recent years.

  • “Prime Minister’s repeated appeals to achieve self-reliance by promoting “Swadeshi” and particularly “Khadi” has done wonders. Today Khadi stands far ahead of all FMCG companies in the country. By employing new scientific methods and diversifying Khadi’s product range, KVIC has succeeded in achieving such massive growth which no other FMCG company can match,” he said.

Govt. considers the possibilities of technology in the judicial system as an essential part of the Digital India mission: PM Narendra Modi in his address to CMs and Chief Justices

Prime Minister’s Office:

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the inaugural session of the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers of States and Chief Justices of High Courts at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today.

He also addressed the gathering on the occasion. Chief Justice of India Justice N.V. Ramana, Justice UU Lalit of Supreme Court, Union Ministers Shri Kiren Rijiju and Prof S.P. Singh Baghel, Supreme Court Judges, Chief Justices of High Courts, Chief Ministers and LGs of states and Union Territories were among those present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said “in our country, while the role of the judiciary is that of the guardian of the constitution, the legislature represents the aspirations of the citizens. I believe that this confluence and balance of these two branches of the Constitution will prepare the roadmap for an effective and time bound judicial system in the country.”

He said that 75 years of independence have continuously clarified the roles and responsibilities of both the judiciary and the executive. Wherever it is necessary, this relation has evolved continuously to give direction to the country, he said.

Calling the Conference a vibrant manifestation of the beauty of the Constitution, the Prime Minister said that he has been coming to the conference for a very long time, first as Chief Minister and now as Prime Minister. ‘In a way, I am quite senior in terms of this Conference’ he said in a light-hearted manner.

Setting the tone for the conference, the Prime Minister said “In 2047, when the country will complete 100 years of its independence, then what kind of judicial system would we like to see in the country? How do we make our judicial system so capable that it can fulfil the aspirations of India of 2047, these questions should be our priority today”!

“Our vision in Amrit Kaal should be of such a judicial system in which there is easy justice, speedy justice, and justice for all”, he added.

The Prime Minister emphasized that government is working hard to reduce delay in justice delivery and efforts are on for increasing judicial strength and improving judicial infrastructure. He said ICT has been deployed for case management and efforts to fill the vacancies at various levels of judiciary are underway.

The Prime Minister reiterated his vision of use of technology in governance in the context of judicial work. He said that the Government of India considers the possibilities of technology in the judicial system as an essential part of the Digital India mission. He appealed to the Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts to take this forward.

The e-courts project is being implemented today in mission mode, he said. He gave example of success of digital transactions as they are becoming common in small towns and even in villages. Out of all the digital transactions that took place in the world last year, 40 percent of the digital transactions took place in India, the Prime Minister informed.

Proceeding further on the theme of use of technology, the Prime Minister said that nowadays, subjects like block-chains, electronic discovery, cybersecurity, robotics, AI and bioethics are being taught in law universities in many countries. “It is our responsibility that in our country also legal education should be according to these international standards”, he said.

The Prime Minister said it is important to promote local languages in the courts so that people of the country feel connected with the judicial process and their faith in the same increases. He said that people’s right to judicial process will strengthen by this. He also said that local languages are being promoted in technical education also.

The Prime Minister also talked about the complexities and obsolescence in laws. He informed that in 2015, the government identified 1800 laws which had become irrelevant and 1450 laws have already been repealed. Noting that only 75 such laws have been removed by the states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “I would urge all the Chief Ministers that for the rights of the citizens of their state and for their ease of living, definitely steps should be taken in this direction.”

Prime Minister insisted that judicial reform is not merely a policy matter. Human sensitivities are involved and they should be kept in the centre of all the deliberations. Today, there are about 3.5 lakh prisoners in the country who are under-trial and are in jail. Most of these people are from poor or ordinary families, he pointed out. In every district there is a committee headed by the District Judge, so that these cases can be reviewed and wherever possible, such prisoners may be released on bail.

“I would appeal to all Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts to give priority to these matters on the basis of humanitarian sensibility and law”, he added.

The Prime Minister said mediation is also an important tool for settlement of pending cases in the courts especially at the local level. There is a thousands of years old tradition of settlement of disputes through mediation in our society. Mutual consent and mutual participation, in its own way, is a distinct human concept of justice, he said. With this thinking, said the Prime Minster, the government has introduced the Mediation Bill in the Parliament as an umbrella legislation.

“With our rich legal expertise, we can become a global leader in the field of solution by mediation. We can present a model to the whole world”, he said.

Pic Credit: BJP

Sri Sri at Sunrise

When the light of knowledge and devotion shines bright, there is no darkness anymore :
Sri Sri

Pic Credit : Sri Sri

Sharing highlights from today’s interaction with a Sikh delegation: PM Narendra Modi

Sharing highlights from today’s interaction with a Sikh delegation.

We had extensive discussions on various subjects and I was glad to receive their insights.

PM narendra Modi

TN CM MK Stalin writes to PM Modi seeking his intervention to facilitate early movement of food & lifesaving medicines to Sri Lanka

MK Stalin – CM, Tamil Nadu:

  • Hon’ble Prime Minister, I wish to share the collective sentiments of Tamil Nadu people reflected by the unanimous resolution passed today in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.

  • With a deep sense of concern, I urge you to direct MEA to facilitate the early movement food & lifesaving medicines to the people of Sri Lanka.

Privileged to be received by His Majesty the King of Bhutan: Dr S Jaishankar

Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister:

Privileged to be received by His Majesty the King of Bhutan.

His vision of transforming Bhutan shapes the direction of our unique partnership.

  • Productive discussions with FM Bhutan Tandi Dorji.

  • Covered hydropower, connectivity, trade, space, health and digital issues.

  • Jointly inaugurated two road projects and a bus terminal financed by India.

  • Glad to personally hand over the 12th medical consignment as a gift from the Government of India.

The mandate document of National Curriculum Framework released today is a step towards addressing a much required change – decolonisation of the Indian education system: Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan – Union Education Minister:

  • Together with Dr. K Kasturirangan, Dr Ashwath Narayan ji, BC Nagesh ji and senior officials of Ministry of Education launched the mandate document of National Curriculum Framework, a pathway to transform the vision and soul of NEP 2020 into a reality.

  • Congratulate the team of NCF for organising this event at IISC Bangalore.

  • Destiny of our country has been changed by Sir CV Raman, Dr. Homi Bhabha, Vikram Sarabhai, Dr. Abdul Kalam & many like them associated with IISC. It is great to launch the document of our future here.

  • If the National Education Policy 2020 is the ‘Philosophy’,

  • National Curriculum Framework is the ‘Pathway’ and

  • the mandate document released today is the ‘Constitution’

  • to positively impact the future of our civilisation.

  • The mandate document will help in developing the NCF which will bring about a paradigm shift with focus on holistic development of children, skilling, vital role of teachers in education, learning in mother tongue, and on cultural rootedness.

  • The mandate document is also a step towards addressing a much required change— ‘decolonisation of the Indian education system’.

  • The NCF will be a unanimous and scientific framework that will cater to the aspirations of every Indian.

  • NEP prioritises learning in mother tongue and local languages for the development of critical thinking. We have to create an ecosystem to promote all Indian languages.

  • Development of National Curriculum Framework is an apolitical & continuous process. It is society’s document. In order to evolve a dynamic & progressive policy, I have suggested to create an app-based process to enable suggestions for the NCF from every citizen of our country.

  • I appreciate all the experts, academia and intellectuals for making possible this landmark day in our Indian knowledge system.

  • The mandate document, India’s model of education based on the NEP 2020 will act as a benchmark for emerging economies across the world.

Integrated Election Complex with state-of-art infrastructure inaugurated by CEC Sushil Chandra

Election Commission:

  • Chief Election Commissioner of India, Shri Sushil Chandra along with Election Commissioner Shri Anup Chandra Pandey today inaugurated the Integrated Election Complex at Bakhtawarpur, Delhi for warehousing and management of EVMs & VVPATs of NCT of Delhi.

  • The Integrated Election Complex has been built by the Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi and Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation Limited (DTTDC) is the executing agency for the project.

  • At the inaugural function, CEC Shri Chandra while complimenting CEO Delhi and his team for planning and executing the project methodically, said that this state-of-the-art Integrated Election Complex is a milestone for Election Commission of India.

  • He said that the Complex, which is conceptualised with all features and administrative safety protocols for storage, security and movement of EVMs, has elevated the benchmarks for all other State CEOs to emulate.

  • The first of its kind, integrated complex is a multi-functional state-of-the-art facility aimed at modernising the warehousing and management of EVMs and VVPATs.

  • The IEC has sufficient storage capacity for EVMs & VVPATs to serve as the State Level Warehouse covering all 11 districts of NCT of Delhi.

  • The Complex has comprehensive facilities for conducting First Level Checking of EVMs & VVPATs as per ECI’s guidelines. The First Level Checking halls can also be used for large meetings and training sessions.

  • Shri Chandra during his address stressed that EVMs are the pride of Indian elections. He said EVMs have been used in all elections since 2004 and so far over 350 crore+ voters have reposed their faith and cast their vote through EVMs in 4 General Elections and 37 Assembly Elections.

  • Elaborating further, CEC Sh Chandra said that EVMs are an engineering marvel. EVMs are non-tamperable and have provided accurate and timely results establishing their credibility since these were first put to use 4 decades back on pilot basis.

  • He added that VVPAT audit trail introduced since 2019 General Elections, has further established the credibility of EVMs with no mismatch being found in the votes cast in EVM and counting of VVPAT slips.