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Ability on Wheels, empowering People with disabilities

ABILITY ON WHEELS is an effort to encourage the people with disabilities (PWDs) to take a big leap towards leading a normal life by being able to drive on their own.

Objectives of Ability On Wheels Charitable Trust

 

  • An exclusive motor driving training school using modified / customized cars as per the disability (restricted to Locomotors Disability of bones, joints or muscles in upper or lower limbs)
  • Education on rules, regulations & processes related to purchase of vehicles, modifications required, its registration and guidance on how to get the associated benefits in Road Tax, Insurance etc & over above all how to get a driving license.
  • Getting their vehicles modified / customised by being the channel between PWD’s & RTO approved modification kit manufacturers.
  • To generate employment by opening up driving as one of the professions that can be undertaken
  • To support PWD’s in getting loans under various schemes of State / Central government
  • To provide wheel chair accessible vehicles on rental basis for smooth commutings
  • To organise various events showcasing achievements of PWD’s in close association with other NGO’s working for the betterment of PWD’s
  • To promote their self esteem & the philosophy that “The only disability in life is a lack of good attitude”
  • To encourage corporates to extend support to the initiative of Mobility Services for PWD’s as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts
  • To suggest welfare schemes to the Government in the area of Mobility Services for the PWD’s

For more details please visit  http://www.abilityonwheels.org/

 

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Commerce and Industry Minister says mindset of the government is to make IPR(Intellectual Property Rights) policy more efficient

Commerce and Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has said that mindset of the government is to make IPR(Intellectual Property Rights) policy more efficient and speedier . Addressing the gathering on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day celebrations and 9th National Intellectual Property Awards Ceremony organised by DIPP and CII in New Delhi today she said India’s IPR policy is TRIPS compliant and forward looking .

The Minister said creating awareness is very important and launching an IPR Awareness campaign in schools across the country by CIPAM is a step in creating mindset and respect for innovation right from the schools.

She said the two new awards introduced this year to encourage Indian start-ups to develop and protect IP; and awards to police station to encourage and recognize enforcement of IP honour the valuable contribution towards enforcement of IPRs in the country which is very important aspect in protecting IP rights.

Indian Agricultural Research Institute, TVS Motors, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Tejas Networks Limited, Allinnov Research & Development Pvt Ltd, Biocon Ltd,Human Welfare Association, Crime Branch,Chandigarh were among the winners of National IP Awards for 2017.

Constituted jointly by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Indian Patents Office (IPO), the National Intellectual Property Awards are given every year since 2009 recognizing the use of IPRs as a strategic tool in commerce and industry.

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President confers the 52ND Jnanpith Award on Prof. Sankha Ghosh

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 52nd Jnanpith Award on Prof. Sankha Ghosh in New Delhi today (April 27, 2017).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that a poet and critique par excellence, a teacher of reputation, a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award, way back in 1977, Padma Bhushan Prof. Sankha Ghosh is indeed the most deserving recipient of this award. A professor of Bengali and an authority in his own right on the works of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Prof. Sankha Ghosh represents the fluid brilliance that characterizes India’s multifarious literary genius. It is indeed an example of his brilliant fluidity that an author who strove to master Bengali academically, expressed himself in perhaps the most difficult literary genre of poetry.

The President said that in conferring the award on Prof. Sankha Ghosh the selection board noted that his poetic idiom and experiments with various poetic forms mark his greatness as a creative talent. They also observed that Prof. Ghosh’s poetry, while conveying messages, have remained free from polemics. One look at his works, be it Adim Lata- Gulmomay, Murkho Baro Samajik Noy or Baborer Prarthana, to name a few, and one would be left in no doubt about every word of the observations mentioned by the selection board to be to the point and correct.

The President said an ardent writer of Bengali poetry, his literary works reflect a rare poetic style that encompasses not only a lyrical style but also a deep reflection of the social milieu. His poetry often takes on superficiality in our society and are indeed a candid commentary on contemporary issues. He said that he was sure that as a teacher, Prof. Ghosh would have positively influenced the impressionable minds of his students, as much as enriching the readers of his literary works.

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Online Statement Of Transaction (e-SOT) and the e-PRAN card launched for Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers; More than 45 lacs subscribers to be benefitted.

With a view to digitally empower the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers and improve the quality of service, the facility of online viewing of the statement of transaction(e-SOT) and also the e-PRAN card have been launched. More than 45 lacs APY subscribers are likely to be benefitted. The APY subscribers can visit the website: www.npscra.nsdl.co.in or www.npstrust.org.in under the Atal Pension Yojana Section to avail these value added facilities.

By providing the APY/PRAN Acct details and Savings Bank Account number details, the APY subscriber can view one’s APY Account Statement. Even for the APY subscriber who does not have his APY PRAN number readily available can also avail these facilities by providing one’s Date of Birth and Savings Bank Account number details. This online tool enables the Subscribers to view his complete details of APY account like transaction details, pension amount, pension commencement date, nominee name, associated bank name etc. Even though the feature is a self-servicing tool but the service providers can also access the feature on behalf of their customer to improve the quality of customer service. APY Subscribers can print their e PRAN card and get it laminated for their future reference if needed. In case of any changes in the demographic details in the APY account, the subscribers can re-print their e-PRAN which shows the updated subscriber records.

The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) Scheme is being implemented through 235 APY-Service Providers all over the country consisting of 27 Public Sector Banks (PSBs), 19 private banks, 1 foreign bank, 56 Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), 109 District Cooperative Banks (DCBs), 16 State Cooperative Banks(SCBs), 6 Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs) and the Department of Posts. All the APY-SPs are partners in achieving the APY outreach through-out the length and breadth of the country. Presently, there are more than 45 lacs subscribers registered in the Scheme. About 10000-15000 APY subscribers are getting enrolled into the Scheme every day.

 

The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) was launched by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 09th May, 2015 and became operational from 1st June, 2015. APY is available for all citizens of India in the age group of 18-40 years. Under the APY, the subscribers would receive a minimum guaranteed pension of Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000 per month from the age of 60 years, depending on their contributions, which depends on the age of the subscriber at the time of joining the APY. The Same amount of pension is paid to the spouse in case of subscriber’s demise. After the demise of both i.e. Subscriber & Spouse, the nominee would be paid with the pension corpus. There is option for Spouse to continue to contribute for balance period on premature death of subscriber before 60 years, so as to avail pension by Spouse. There are tax benefits at entry, accumulation and pension payment phases. If the actual returns on the pension contributions during the accumulation phase are higher than the assumed returns for the minimum guaranteed pension, such excess returns are passed on to the subscriber, resulting in enhanced scheme benefits.

 

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Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurates photo Exhibition “The Paths We Walk”

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment inaugurated a Documentary Photo exhibition “The Paths We Walk” here today. The exhibition has been organized by The National Trust under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with Society for Child Development, New Delhi. Shri Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Employment graced the occasion as Guest of Honour. The Divyangjan artists presented their creative art works to the guests on the occasion.

Addressing on the occasion, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot praised the creative art works of the persons with disabilities and said that we should help them to showcase their hidden talents. He said that the National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has many schemes for the Divyangjans. He applauded the dedication and efforts of the parents of these Divyangjans in making them become responsible persons. He wished all the participants grand success in their life ahead.

Shri Ramdas Athawale in his address said the Divyangjans can also play a creative role and no discrimination should be made to them.

The Documentary photo exhibition is intended to tackle negative myths of disability and employment of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability and Multiple Disabilities. The photo exhibition is just a glimpse of the vast capabilities of persons with Disabilities. It has been a joint collaborative effort of NGOs working for the welfare of persons with disabilities.

The month of April is celebrated across the World as the World Autism Awareness Month. The National Trust has been organizing conferences and events during the months to create awareness and celebrate diversity.

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My visit to Armenia & Poland aimed at furthering our friendship and cooperation: Vice President

Addresses onboard Media Air India One Special Aircraft

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that the objective of his visit to Armenia and Poland is to further the friendship and cooperation. He was addressing the Media onboard Air India One Special Aircraft on his way to Armenia, today. The Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that Armenia has old cultural links with India. He further said that it is a friendly country to India and India helped them in capacity building. The Armenian community in Kolkata had strong cultural presence, including the famous Armenian Church, he added. He further said that his visit would build on the excellent political relations and good-will the two countries shared.

The Vice President said that Poland is a strong trading partner for India in Central Europe and many Indian companies have a presence there and have made substantive investments. He further said that Poland has some useful technology, including in areas such s clean coal and India is keen to work with them. Poland is an important member of NATO and they have been politically supportive of India in forums like NSG, he added.

Reacting to a question on bilateral trade with Armenia, the Vice President said that the geographic location and small market size in Armenia limits the size of our bilateral trade. Armenians are known for their trading acumen and are culturally very advanced. India has supported Armenia in the field of Information Technology, he added.

In reply to a question on enhancing economic ties with Poland, the Vice President said that India-Poland trade has been growing and given the potential, it could be expanded further. He further said that some core areas including coal technology and agriculture had been identified. There is much possibility and our business community is showing a lot of interest in Poland, he added.

On a question on Poland’s support for India’s membership in expanded UN Security Council, the Vice President said that while the rules are being reworked and Poland has been supportive of India, even under the old rules.

On a question about India’s defence ties with Poland, the Vice President said that with Poland we have specific areas of defence cooperation and two sides are working to expand the ties.

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ECI issues letter of intent for purchase of 16,15,000 VVPATs

Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a letter of intent for purchase of 16,15,000 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails( VVPATs) at an estimated cost of Rs 3,173.47 crore during 2017-18 and 2018-19 from PSUs BEL and ECIL. In its letter sent to CMDs of ECIL and BEL on Friday (21st April) , the Commission has communicated its intent for purchase 8,07,500 VVPATs from each PSUs by September 2018.

These VVPATs shall be manufactured by both PSUs only as per the design approved by the Commission based on recommendation of the Technical Experts Committee on EVMs constituted by the Commission & comprising of eminent technical professors from IITs. The Commission shall closely monitor the production of VVPATs for timely delivery well before General Elections 2019.

Explaining the importance of this step , the Chief Election Commissioner Dr Nasim Zaidi said ” This will enhance transparency and uphold the voters’ right to know which party he or she has voted, thereby increasing voters’ confidence in the free & fair electoral process. ”

On 19th April, 2017, in compliance of the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court and as per the recommendation of the Election Commission of India, the Government had approved Rs 3173.47 crore for the procurement of 16,15,000 VVPATs to be used in ensuing elections and General Elections 2019.

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Ministry of Civil Aviation works on increasing capacity of Delhi Airport

Flight Operations Committee constituted to guide the expansion

The Ministry of Civil Aviation is working with stakeholders on a roadmap to increase Airside Capacity of Delhi Airport from the current 67 movements per hour to 95 movements per hour at peak time in the next three years. By the end of 2017 the Airside Capacity is expected to rise by 10 percent, with around 72 to 73 movements per hour. Briefing media persons in New Delhi today, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Shri Jayant Sinha said that with the increase in airside capacity it is expected that the passenger movement at Delhi airport would also rise from the current 60 million passengers to about 90 million passengers annually . Shri Sinha said that the Ministry will soon put in place a Master Plan for expansion of Airside Capacity and Terminal Capacity at the airport to accommodate the increase in passenger volume.

UK’s leading air navigation service provider NATS is closely involved in guiding the airside expansion and is giving inputs on how much the airport capacity can be expanded. Shri Jayant Sinha said that the Ministry is constituting a Flight Operations Committee with immediate effect to work out the modalities for the expansion. He said the committee would meet every month and guide and facilitate close cooperation in this regard among the various stakeholders including Air Traffic Control, Airlines and Airport Operator. NATS will also be associated with the Flights Operations Committee.

Regarding expansion of terminal capacity Shri Sinha said that the plan was to shift operations from Terminal – I to Terminal -2, expand Terminal- I, bring down Terminal-2 and build Terminal-4.

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Policies need constant revision for skilling people at scale and quality: Vice President

Addresses National Conference on ‘Skilling India for Global Competiveness’
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that given the dynamic nature of the industry requirements, our policies would need constant revision to keep them relevant and effective for skilling our people at scale with speed and quality. He was addressing the National Conference on ‘Skilling India for Global Competiveness’ organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industries, here today.

The Vice President said that the key to reaping our demographic dividend would be in adequately skilling our people. If we are able to provide quality skills to our people, we can make India into a human resources powerhouse of the world, he added.

The Vice President listed three major challenges before us in the task of providing adequate skill building opportunities for our people; Quality, Numbers and Perception. He further said that in all our endeavours, quality needs to be central, whether it is our primary schools or institutions of higher learning. To become, and remain competitive, we need not just skills for our requirements today, but skills of tomorrow, he added.

The Vice President said that skilled workers are required to successfully implement the Government initiatives such as digital India, Swachh Bharat, Make in India and Smart Cities, etc., as only skilled workers can make the most of opportunities being created by such schemes. The launch of new initiatives like the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) and the very ambitious ‘Skill India’ initiative, that aims to train about 30 crore people by the year 2020, are much needed efforts, he added.

 

Following is the Text of Vice President’s address:

“By 2020, almost 60 percent of India’s population of 1.3 billion will be in the working age group of 15-59 years. Of these, 144 million will be in the 18-23 age bracket. It is also predicted that the ageing in developed would create a shortfall of some 56 million workers by the year 2030.

The key to reaping our demographic dividend would be in adequately skilling our people. We need to bear in mind that presently, only 2.3% of the Indian workforce has undergone formal skill training, as compared to 68% in UK and 52% in the US.

If we are able to provide quality skills to our people, we can make India into a human resources powerhouse of the world, if we fail in this task, then we are looking at unprecedented high rates of unemployment, and a host of attendant problems.

 

I see three major challenges before us in the task of providing adequate skill building opportunities for our people.

 

First, is the challenge of quality.

 

It is said that “the society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.”

 

We need to promote excellence in all spheres of our lives if India is to be a global leader and play a pivotal role in the world affairs and economy. In all our endeavours, quality needs to be central, whether it is our primary schools or institutions of higher learning. A substandard primary phase later metastasises into a stream of graduates who do not have the required talent levels and skill sets. So even before we focus on enhancing our capacities and quality in vocational training or higher education, we need to ensure that our primary education system is robust and imparts quality education.

 

Second, is the challenge of numbers.

 

Even as the number of people seeking skills has increased exponentially, we are looking at increasingly inadequate numbers of trainers. In an answer to the Lok Sabha on February 24, 2016, the Government had informed that there is a shortage of 100,000 trainers to implement skill-development programmes across the country. Such shortages create bottlenecks for dispersal of skills.

 

In addition, the required skill sets are very dynamic, as the nature of industry and manufacturing- as well as the demands of the services sector change. In face of increasing automation, that may render several employment streams irrelevant, there is a requirement for re-skilling our works, in addition to training new workers on new and emerging skill sets. This renders the skill-sets of the trainers obsolete, unless the trainers keep re-orienting themselves. To become, and remain competitive, we need not just skills for our requirements today, but skills of tomorrow.

 

The third challenge is of perception.

 

The general perception of our people about vocational training continues to be low.  Gaining a vocational skill is still seen as a means of last resort or a choice of those who have not been able to progress in the formal academic system. This mental block exacerbates the gap between what the industry requires and what is currently available.

 

A society needs a broad spectrum of skills. It needs engineers, scientists, and doctors as much as it needs the sanitation workers or plumbers or electricians. We need to groom a reservoir of young talent that is well educated and equipped with the latest breakthroughs in knowledge. But, we also need to equip millions who still fall outside the pale of formal higher education. We have to provide avenues to engage them productively by skilling them appropriately. It is, therefore, important to educate our youth on the dignity of labour, and to align the vocation seeker’s aspirations with industry expectations, both on the wages as well as the work profile.

 

Skilled workers are required to successfully implement the Government initiatives such as digital India, Swachh Bharat, Make in India and Smart Cities, etc., as only skilled workers can make the most of opportunities being created by such schemes. We also need to convince employers to hire the skilled force rather than look for cheaper, unskilled or poorly skilled resources, this when the primary challenge faced by over 75 percent of Indian businesses is the shortage of technical or specific skills.  Our approach should be aimed at bridging the skill gaps and addressing the problem of unemployability of our youth.

 

The Government of India is conscious of the need to impart skill training to our people. Prime Minister Modi, in his address to the nation from Red Fort on 15th August 2014, had said that “skilling is building a better India. If we have to move India towards development, then skill development should be our mission.”

 

Initiatives like formation of sector skill councils and formulation of the national skills qualification frameworks, among others, came about between 2009 and 2014. The National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015 takes those initiatives forward.  The launch of new initiatives like the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) and the very ambitious ‘Skill India’ initiative, that aims to train about 30 crore people by the year 2020, are much needed efforts. These initiatives would, however, need an inclusive approach to succeed, with special focus on the 800 million or so citizens who remain at the bottom of the pyramid.

 

Given the dynamic nature of the industry requirements, our policies would need constant revision to keep them relevant and effective for skilling our people at scale with speed and quality.

 

The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been proactive in promoting skill development infrastructure in the country to address the skill-gaps. It has worked at the grass-root level, and leveraging its strong national and international linkages, has played an important advocacy role in this direction.

 

The present seminar is a positive step on the path of skilling India. I wish you successful deliberation.

 

Jai Hind.”

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Vistadome Coach, Mechanised laundry under boot model at Visakhapatnam and life line express at Sindhudurg(Maharastra) inaugurated by railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, today laid the foundation stone and dedicated various Railway Initiatives to the nation at Rail Sadan, Bhubaneswar through video conferencing.

 

Shri Prabhu dedicated Visatadome Coach and Laid Foundation stone for Mechanized Laundry under BOOT Model at Visakhapatnam.  He also Inaugurated Life Line Express at Sindhudurg (Maharastra) in presence of Sri Rajen Gohain union Minister of state for Railways, Shri K.Hari Babu, Member of Parliament, Viskhapatnam,Shri P.V.K Raju, MLA, K.Satyanarayan Raju, MLC and other dignitaries at Rail Sadan.

While flagging off the train with new Vistadome coach between Visakhaptnam and Araku, Shri Prabhu said that the Vistadome coach having features like glass roof, LED lights, rotable seats, GPS based info system etc will offer to tourists to enjoy scenic beauty not only at destination but also along the journey.  He also said Mechanised Laundry under BOOT Model at Visakhapatnam will significantly improve the quality of linen leading to enhanced passenger satisfaction. Inaugurating Life Line Express-Sindhudurg of Konkan Railway Shri Prabhu said it will be a great help to the poor patients.

 

Earlier, Shri Umesh Singh, General Manager, East Coast Railway welcome the guests.  A function was also arranged at Visakhapatnam, in which a large number of Public Representatives  including Kothapalli Geetha, Member of Parliament, V.Ganesh Kumar, MLA, P.G.V.R.Naidu, MLA, P.Srinivas Rao, MLA, B.Satyanarayana Murthy, MLA, K.Sarveswara Rao, MLA along with Smt Chandralekha Mukharjee, DRM/Visakhapatnam were present.