Election Commission to Launch First Time Nationwide “Voter Registration Reminder” on Facebook
Bhubaneswar 28 th June 2017 (By Debabrat Mohanty) :- Election Commission of India (ECI) is launching a ‘Special Drive to enrol left out electors, with a special focus on first time electors from 1 st July , 2017 , so as to move in the direction of Commission’s motto that 'NO VOTER TO BE LEFT BEHIND’ maximum eligible voters, the ECI is collaborating with Facebook to launch first Nationwide “Voter Registration Reminder” on 1 st July ,2017 With over 180 million people in India on Face book, the ‘Register Now’ button is designed to encourage Indian citizens to register themselves with the Election Commission of India. On 1st July, a notification of the “voter registration reminder” will be sent to people on Facebook in India who are eligible to vote. The reminder will be sent out in 13 Indian languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Marathi and Oriya.The Ministry of Mines in order to clear any misleading information would like to clarify that NALCO is a prestigious Navratna Central Public Sector Enterprise and the Central Government appreciates its role in the progress of the country as well as State of Odisha. The Central Government is making all possible efforts to improve and further expand the capacity of NALCO so that it becomes a major producer of aluminum in India as well as at global level. The Ministry of Mines is facilitating NALCO for enhancing its production capacity of Alumina Refinery by setting up of 1.0 MTPA Alumina Refinery (Stream-5),Damanjodi under Phase-3 Expansion of M&R unit at an estimated cost of Rs. 5540 Crores.Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, together, inaugurated the Swasth Saarthi Abhiyaan (SSA) today at Siri Fort Auditorium. The Swasth Saarthi Abhiyaan (SSA) is a two month long mega campaign focusing on providing preventive healthcare to the auto, taxi and bus drivers of the region. SSA, an initiative of Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), was inaugurated in the presence of various dignitaries including Members of Parliament, Officials of Delhi Police and other Senior Officials of the Ministry. The SSA event is a unique initiative to address the major issues being faced by public transport drivers of the region, with almost all of them being users of CNG.Dr Harsh Vardhan, congratulated the Petroleum Minister and all stakeholders for taking the initiative of SSA. He recalled Hon’ble Prime Minister’s slogan for Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas and said that country cannot develop without development of all its citizens.A ‘Fuel Conservation Workshop’ for drivers was also organized by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) as a part of Saksham 2017 – the mass Oil and Gas Conservation Campaign. The campaign is also being supported by Delhi Police to disseminate the message of road safety and responsible behavior among the drivers. A mega Health Camp was held on the occasion to provide basic preventive health care needs like measurement of height-weight, BMI and Blood pressure, Vision & Eye checkup, Blood Group testing, Counselling, Health Education & First Aid tips. The campaign would continue in form of health camps at various CNG stations of IGL till 31 st August 2017.In a special Fuel Conservation Workshop conducted by PCRA during the event, the message on fuel conservation and good driving habits was sseminated to the gathered drivers. Such workshops have already been conducted earlier by PCRA across various cities as a part of Saksham 2017. This is the third orkshop being conducted, in Delhi, earlier being at Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam. Wrestler, Ms. Babita Phogat was also present on the occasion and lend her voice to the campaign for promoting responsible behavior among the drivers. Road Safety Cell and Women Safety Cell of Delhi Police organized skits and street plays to spread messages of road safety and responsible behavior towards passengers,Speaking at the event, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said that the launch is a historic occasion in the history of India’s Hydrocarbon Industry. Hon'ble Prime Minister gave the mandate for a modern, progressive, investor friendly world class policy for the next bidding round. He said that with the experience of several litigations and not very encouraging production output from NELP rounds, the Ministry decided not to go for incremental policy change but to have a completely new policy. Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licencing Policy (HELP) is an outcome of this. Shri Pradhan said that the New India is agile; the New India is enterprising. It is keen to meet investors and eager to adopt new ideas. Our policies are industry friendly and transparent; we have created an enabling environment for industrial investments that has grown at an unparalleled speed in the last few years. Citing that FDI in India was at the highest level in 2015-16 at a time when the global FDI had fallen, Shri Pradhan emphasized on Government’s efforts to improve ‘Ease of Doing Business’. He said that the recent introduction of the Goods and Services Tax, or the GST, from the 1 st of July will be a path breaking step towards good time in Indian business and economic development. HELP, also, will make an equally significant impact, he added. Exploration and production sector has remained a main focus area for the Government, more so after Hon’ble PM set a target to reduce import dependence by 10% by 2022. Shri Pradhan said that out of 42 Cabinet decisions taken during the last 3 years in O&G sector, 22 are on E&P sector. They range from gas price reform; to 9-points PSC reform; to streamlining CBM sector; to extension of Pre-NELP blocks; to holding DSF rounds etc. These policy decisions have powered the Government to undertake about 10 significant reform measures which will benefit industry participants in the E&P sector. These reforms range from National Seismic Program; to Discovered Small Field Policy; to Reform initiatives for enhancing domestic production such as incentive for production from difficult areas; to HELP and so on, he added.The Government also came out with policy on Discovered Small Fields, and the first bidding round under DSF has been a resounding success with 44 fields awarded. The Minister said that the Government is also working proactively on a number of other fronts to make the upstream sector vibrant. On the regulation side, marketing and pricing freedom has been given to operators for blocks awarded under CBM, DSF, difficult areas and HELP policies. The Government is also working on creating necessary supporting infrastructure – work on the National Gas Grid, including Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga, has been fast-tracked. Shri Pradhan said that the Government is also coming up with new policies on EOR-IOR Production Enhancement Contract; Shale Oil & Gas Policy for NELP and Pre-NELP blocks, Next set of PSC Reforms, 2 nd Bidding Round under DSF policy, and so on.The Minister added that the Government remains committed for making sustained and significant efforts to liberalize the sector by simplifying processes, increasing market access and bringing developments in the technology domain with the aim to enhance the efficiency of our oil and gas industry. He said that greater choices for investments in the sector are being offered. National Data Repository has come forth as an integrated data repository of E&P data of the Indian sedimentary basins,However, soon I learnt about the E&P history of India and also evaluated the success and failures of NELP rounds. Prime Minister was very clear from the beginning that we must bring a modern, progressive, investor friendly world class policy for the next bidding round. Someone pointed out the other day that the total production of oil and gas from NELP blocks is equivalent to only 3 days of India’s oil consumption. With the experience of several litigations and not very encouraging production output from NELP rounds, we decided not to go for incremental policy change but to have a completely new policy. HELP is an outcome of this. Friends, Hon’ble Prime Minister has just completed a very productive visit to the United States where he talked about the convergence between his vision and also mentioned about need of having ‘good governance’ with ‘fast development’. Series of reforms and new initiatives have been taken in this direction in last 3 years.India has been an active player in the pharmaceutical industry and has contributed globally towards making life saving drugs and low cost pharmaceutical products accessible and affordable for those in need. Be it the Rotavirus vaccine, heart valve prosthesis or affordable insulin, India has been a forerunner in these and many more. Despite, these advances Indian biopharmaceutical industry is still 10-15 years behind their counterparts in the developed countries and faces stiff competition from China, Korea and others. The lacuna primarily exists due to disconnected centers of excellence, less focus on translational research and staggered funding. There was an immediate need felt to focus on consolidated efforts to promote product discovery, translational research and early stage manufacturing in the country to ensure inclusive innovation. i3 is committed to addressing these gaps with a Mission to make India a hub for design and development of novel, affordable and effective biopharmaceutical products and solutions. The aim of the Mission is to “Enable and nurture an ecosystem for preparing India’s technological and product development capabilities in biopharmaceuticals to a level that will be globally competitive over the next decade, and transform the health standards of India’s population through affordable product development” As a flagship program of the Government of India in collaboration with World Bank, it promises to boost the growth curve for domestic biopharma in India by accelerating the translation of research concepts into viable products, supporting clinical validation, enabling sustainable networks for collaboration between industry and academia, and supporting entrepreneurial ecosystem amongst many others. Currently India has only 2.8% share in the global biopharmaceutical market, the program would elevate this to 5% resulting in an additional business opportunity of 16 Billion USD.