Expressing serious concern over declining confidence of the people in the Parliament, the Vice President and the Chairman, Rajya Sabha, M. Venkaiah Naidu today asserted that smooth functioning of the House is not the responsibility of the Government alone and it is a joint responsibility of all sections of the House. Conveying his anguish over the last two sessions of the Upper House ending in a ‘loose-loose’ situation for all sections of the House and the people, he urged all parties and leaders to ensure a ‘win-win’ monsoon session and sought their cooperation. Eight Ministers and 23 leaders belonging to 20 parties today attended the meeting convened by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, a day ahead of the start of monsoon session tomorrow. Referring to the happenings in the Rajya Sabha during the last session, Naidu said ‘No party can bring the House to a standstill insisting on Government’s response even as the members and parties have a right to seek such a response. The better way would be to talk it out, walk out or vote out. If the Government of the day is found to be unresponsive to genuine issues, it should be taken to the people instead of forcing adjournment of the House through persistent disruptions”. Referring to feedback from the people during his tours across the country during the last eleven months, Shri Naidu stated that people are distressed over non-functional Parliament. He also referred to a recent survey in which people have expressed their lack of trust and confidence in the Parliament and political parties. Naidu urged both the ruling and opposition parties to stop the ‘mutual blame game’ holding each other responsible for persistent disruptions and dysfunctional House. He stressed that it was time to recalibrate the conventional position that it was the responsibility of the Government to run the House and it should be seen as a shared responsibility. Referring to news reports about the meeting of opposition parties yesterday, Shri Naidu said his hopes of a productive session were rekindled by their assertion of keenness for an effective monsoon session. Noting that the Parliament is a part of the political system, Shri Naidu urged the leaders not to allow the coming election season in the country derail the House. He said that Parliament is the best forum for articulating different viewpoints and should be made effective use of instead of allowing political considerations play out in the House. He assured the leaders that all issues would be allowed to be discussed as per the Rules of the House. Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh observed that all the leaders endorsed the concerns and sentiments expressed by the Chairman Naidu. Leader of the Opposition Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad said that over 90% of the parties in the House always desired smooth functioning of the House and those who are agitated over issues of concern to their States need to be appropriately reached out by the Government. He said the opposition has about ten issues for discussion in the House and some of them could be taken up during the monsoon session. He suggested that the Government should start with Bills that have wider acceptance instead of taking up contentious issues.
The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that empowerment of women is central to achieving the objective of inclusive, equitable and sustainable development and it is not only a national goal but also a global agenda. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the International Conference on ‘Empowering Women: Fostering Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability’ organized by the NITI Aayog and Shri Ram College of Commerce. The Vice President said that it is beyond doubt that given the right opportunities and proper environment, women have excelled in different spheres of life. He also stressed on the need to create suitable conditions to facilitate and encourage women to have full, active and unhindered participation in social, economic, political and public life so that their potential is realized fully for the benefit of the society. The Vice President that women face discrimination and exploitation in varying degree and occupy limited space in social, economic and political realms, despite the significant progress made towards the gender equality and empowerment of women through national policies. Mass media like cinema should play a critical role in empowering women and women should be given equal property rights, he added. The Vice President said that lack of equal access to education & employment, inequalities in the labour market, rising sexual violence and unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work remain the key barriers to their advancement. Saying that gender disparity hinders women’s empowerment and their integration in mainstream, the Vice President argued for a major shift in our mindset which would lead to a positive attitude towards women and their role in society. The Vice President said that women's active participation in decision-making has a positive impact on education, health, nutrition, employment and social protection. Women’s empowerment has a multiplier effect not only on their own lives but also on the family and the society, he added. Stressing on the need to educate the girl child, the Vice President said that rise in female education levels have a positive impact such as reduction in infant and child mortality rates and improvement in family health. If women had the same access as men to productive assets, agricultural output would rise, reducing the number of undernourished people, he added.
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called on the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. The meeting took place in a cordial and friendly atmosphere in the presence of senior officials from both sides. The Home Minister conveyed the greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Home Minister complimented the Prime Minister for the excellent growth registered by Bangladesh’s economy under her leadership with a growth rate of 7.78% last year. The two leaders noted that much has been achieved by India and Bangladesh by working together to counter the menace of terrorism and radicalization. They agreed that all countries in the region that are afflicted by this menace should proactively join hands to effectively tackle it. The Home Minister also thanked the Prime Minister for the cooperation extended by Bangladesh in addressing India’s security concerns. They also discussed the influx of displaced persons from the Rakhine State of Myanmar over the past year. The Home Minister conveyed that India is committed to helping in the safe, speedy and sustainable return of these persons to their homes. In this context, India is working on a project to construct prefabricated housing in Rakhine State so as to meet the needs of the displaced persons. India will also continue to provide relief material and supplies to help Government of Bangladesh deal with the needs of those in the relief camps.
To provide immediate protection and relief to women facing violence within families, Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, wrote to all Chief Ministers to ensure that the provisions of the ‘Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), 2005’ are effectively implemented. Maneka Gandhi has particularly urged the States that sufficient number of Protection Officers (POs) be appointed with independent charge of the Act and that their details be made available in public domain so that they were accessible to any aggrieved woman. “It has come to my notice that in most states, Officers of other departments are given this responsibility as an additional charge. Considering the practical situation of how feasible it is for a woman to come out of her home to register a complaint, it is important that we appoint more POs.” The Minister has also requested that a separate budget be allocated for the smooth functioning of POs, providing support to survivors, capacity building for staff and for generating awareness.
Prime Minister said that special attention is given to skill development of rural youth through Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana. Training is given for employment as well as self-employment to meet the aspirations of youth for a better life. He added that about 28 lakh youth have been trained in skill development through 600 Rural Self-Employment Training Institute and around 19 lakh have been employed. During the interaction, Prime Minister talked about the importance of value addition and value chain approach. He urged the Self Help Groups to register in the Government e-Market Place (GeM) to sell their produce. Interacting with the Prime Minister, the members shared their experiences and success stories associated with Self Help Groups. Prime Minister appreciated how poor women with their self-confidence and strength fought against all adversities. Women beneficiaries also explained how Self Help Groups have ushered in a positive change in their lives. Prime Minister asked the beneficiaries to send their success stories with photos along with their ideas through Narendra Modi App.
The Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu has asked the children to be disciplined and stressed on the need to practice the right values of helping others. He was interacting with students represented India at “The International Movement of Children & Their Friends” at the Brave Kids International Festival held in Ukraine and Poland under the patronage of UNESCO. The Vice President said that many of the current challenges emanate from the lack of proper understanding of various cultures. Cultural exchanges of students will help in fostering ties, building bridges and promoting peace between nations, he added. The Vice President said that understanding of cultures of different countries enables children to become good global citizens with tolerance and respect for various viewpoints, customs and traditions. He also cautioned children to be conscious of the negative impact of the technology and always use it for gaining knowledge. The Vice President advised the students to set a goal and work hard with great passion until they achieve the goal. He recalled the words of Swami Vivekananda on this occasion: “Arise, awake, stop not until the goal is reached”. Saying that culture of a region represents its civilization, ethos, wisdom, morals, customs and social norms, the Vice President said that mutual understanding and respect for each other’s culture will enable the children to develop a broader world view and understand the concept of universal brotherhood. The Vice President has advised the children to learn as many languages, but asked them not neglect mother tongue. Language embodies the culture, values, mores and traditional knowledge and that’s why preservation of language is essential to conserve the broader cultural aspects of a civilization, he added. The Vice President witnessed the performance given by the Students on our cultures and traditions.
The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that transparency and accountability must become guiding principles for organizations that are working for larger public good. He was addressing the 164th Central Public Works Department Day celebrations, here. The Vice President said that the CPWD has a greater role in urban development and any construction in our cities must keep the nature in mind and must be environmental friendly. He further said that CPWD must make sincere efforts to take up more infrastructure projects and continue to be a major player in the development of the nation. Protect Nature, Culture and Architecture for better Future, he added. Saying that India is witnessing urban renaissance, the Vice President said that the entire world is impressed by the transformation of our country because of the reforms undertaken by the Government of India. It is indeed a matter of satisfaction for all of us that our country at present has the distinction of being the fastest growing economy in the world, he added. The Vice President stressed on the need to use natural energy sources like Solar and said that every building must have provisions for rainwater harvesting. Climate change is a reality and we must keep the impact of it in mind, he added. The Vice President said that CPWD, as an engineering organization, must also focus on innovation and modernization in the infrastructure sector to ensure accelerated economic growth of the country. He further said that the most important aspect is to maintain timelines in the execution of projects. You must continually strive to innovate and improvise your work methodology and be a credible leader in the area of your activities, he added. The Vice President asked the employees of CPWD to keep abreast of the latest trends and adopt modern technologies and also adopt the best practices and management tools to make CPWD one of the best and most efficient organizations. He further said that success can be achieved only through hard work, discipline, adopting the right strategy and planning. You should never compromise on quality and always strive to meet the expectations of your clients, he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact directly with the members of Self Help Groups under DeendayalAntyodayaYojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission(DAY-NRLM) and beneficiaries of DDU-GKY and RSETIs, through video conferencing, tomorrow on 12th July at 9.30 am. The interaction is expected to provide an opportunity to the Prime Minister to get to know, directly from the SHG members, about the various activities being undertaken by them under DAY-NRLM and how it has impacted their lives.It will be telecast live by Doordarshan and NIC will be webcasting it through their network. The select beneficiaries include - Self Help Groups working on Anti-alcohol movement, maize value chain and marketing from Bihar, Brick making unit from Chhattisgarh, Business correspondent Sakhi and tamarind value chain and marketing and one beneficiary from Jharkhand Manufacturing and marketing of sanitary napkins and DDU-GKY from Madhya Pradesh. Manufacturing and marketing of solar panels and lamps from Rajasthan,PashuSakhi (animal para vet) and DDU-GKY beneficiary from Maharashtra will take part in the direct Samvaad. In addition, interventions for welfare of disabled persons from Tamil Nadu, External community resource person for the formation of SHGs from Telangana, Dairy farm from J&K and Collection and marketing of neem seeds from Gujarat will be a part of the interaction. DAY-NRLM has emerged as the largest institutional platform for women’s empowerment. The Mission has now initiated implementation in 4884 blocks spread across 600 districts in 29 States and 5 Union Territories. More than 5 crore women have been mobilized into 45 lakh Self Help Groups (SHGs) by May 2018. In addition, 2.48 lakh Village Organizations and 20,000 Cluster Level Federations have also been promoted.
The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has asked the IAS officers to look upon people as active agents of transforming India, not merely as ‘target groups’ or ‘beneficiaries’ as we used to call them. He was addressing IAS Officers of 2016 batch posted as Assistant Secretaries in Government of India, in New Delhi. The Vice President said that unless this approach becomes an integral part of our planning and implementation process, the programmes will not succeed. He further asked the young officers to make good use of the opportunity and understand the role of Union government in formulation of policies and programs. You belong to a civil service that was conceived of as a steel frame of our country by the great visionary unifier and the first Home Minister of independent India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, he added. Saying that streamlining service delivery and effective, transparent, people-centred good governance are the need of the hour, the Vice President stressed on the need to address challenges in delivering basic services to the common man. Aim at greater ‘efficiency’ and ‘effectiveness’ and build a culture of ‘evaluation’ and constant ‘learning’ in our governance systems, he added. The Vice President asked officers to adopt a more empathetic, responsive and inclusive approach of administration. It should be an approach that cares for women, differently abled, the marginalized and those who have been left out of developmental process, he added. The Vice President asked officers to view every programme as a “societal mission” and implement them with dedication. There has to be a genuine commitment at all levels of administration to spread the benefits of democratic governance to all sections in society without any discrimination in the spirit of the principle “Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikaas,” he added.
The President Ram Nath Kovind, received Mr Moon Jae-in, the President of the Republic of Korea, at Rashtrapati Bhavan He also hosted a banquet in his honour. Welcoming the South Korean President to India, the President said that India and South Korea share democratic values and historical and cultural links. The economic partnership between the two countries is strong and vibrant. He expressed confidence that the visit of the South Korean President will infuse a new momentum. The President congratulated the South Korean President for his efforts and determination in turning the security situation prevailing in the Korean Peninsula into a stable and peaceful one. The President stated that his mediation efforts are commendable and India fully supports them. The President said that India-South Korea economic ties are strengthening. He was happy to note that bilateral trade crossed US $ 20 billion in 2017, posing an impressive 25% annual growth. He stated that we can do lot more together. The Indian economy, with an annual growth rate of 7% plus, provides diverse market opportunities. As Korean investors look to diversify investments, India is poised to provide both a business-friendly environment as well as good returns. This is a win-win situation as India is going to benefit from South Korea’s investments and technology, whereas South Korea will benefit from our skilled and cost-effective manpower and huge market. Subsequently, in his banquet speech, President Kovind said that India’s Act East policy harmonises neatly with South Korean “New Southern Community”. As democracies, as countries that seek ethical market practices, and as countries with respect for an inclusive, equitable, stable, secure and rules-based international order, it is logical for us to work together. The President said that as global partners, we have much to do together. South Korea’s green growth initiatives and the International Solar Alliance can and must complement each other. We can help build a climate-smart world. We must get our young minds to compete and collaborate in artificial intelligence and robotics as well as in Korean traditional medicine and Ayurveda.