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NCRB workshop focuses on “Crime Data Analytics

Group photo of delegates during the National Workshop on “Crime Data Analytics”, organised by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in association with Indian Police Foundation, in New Delhi on May 13, 2017.

A National Workshop on “Crime Data Analytics” was organised by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in association with Indian Police Foundation.
Delegates from State Police (Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai & Pune Commissionerates), CAPFs (ITBP, BSF, Assam Rifles, SSB), Industry, ISRO (ADRIN), NTRO, IIT Mumbai, BITS Pilani participated in the meeting.

K.C. Verma, Retd. Secretary (R), Rajendra Khanna, Ram Avtar Yadav Retd. DG (NCRB), Suhir Kumar, Retd. CVC, Jayonto Choudhary, Retd DG, NSG, Sunil Kumar, Retd. Chief Secretary (Chhattisgarh), Sanjay Sinha, DG (Tripura) Retd., Raghuraman, Ex-CEO, NATGrid also participated in the workshop. In the conference the topics on data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, dashboarding and its possible deployment in police domain were thoroughly discussed.

Dr. Ish Kumar, Director, NCRB described origin, activities and future roadmaps of NCRB. He suggested that the ample Data generated in CCTNS can now be used for Crime Analytics and NCRB will lead efforts in this regard to establish Data Analysis ecosystem in the State Police Forces.

NCRB had played a significant role in computerization of State Police Forces by providing hardware and software in CCIS, CIPA and CCTNS project. He also informed that CCTNS is an important pillar in Interoperable Criminal Justice System Project (ICJS). He added that Crime Analytical Software like PredPol has reduced crime by 25% in Los Angeles.

N. Ramachandran, President, Indian Police Foundation (IPF) emphasised on the evidence based data driven practices with crime data analytics tools for predictive policing. He also suggested that NCRB should take a leadership position in establishing itself as pioneer in the field for Police.

Raghu Raman, former CEO of NATGRID shared his experience about the power of Data Analytics to combat crime in strategic level and better policing with some live examples from other domains. Other delegates highlighted problems in collecting quality data, integrity of data, limitation of dynamic search, crime mapping with over-policing, crime displacement etc.

Special Commissioner of Delhi Police spoke about application of IT in Crime Data Capturing and Analysis by Delhi Police. He emphasised on integration of all data from CCTVs and Apps, Social Media Analysis and Control Room. He also spoke about the analysis of non-crime related calls terminating at Police Control. Scientist from ADRIN, strategic unit of ISRO, presented “Crime Mapping Analysis and Predictive Systems” (CMAPS) developed for Delhi Police.

Delegates shared the problems like poor data quality, non-availability of tools and manpower which needs to be overcome to adopt the Data Analytics Framework. The data emerging out of Control rooms and Non-cognisable Crime should also be analyzed. The work done by field level officers in field of IT should be given Platform by NCRB to showcase their products and ideas for national absorption.

Representatives from IIT Bombay and BITS Pilani, who were representing the academia, presented the new inventions done in the area of Data Analytics. The innovation of video compression was suggested to be taken forward with Police and CAPFs for enhancing their surveillance capabilities. Srinivas, Addl. CP from Telangana Police informed that their Police has established 30,000 CCTV Cameras with Community support. He also explained the facilities provided to Police Officers and Citizens in their famous HydCop App. Passport verification timeframe has been reduced considerably in Telangana with adoption of IT. They have also envisaged public satisfaction services since last two years and analysis is being done by the third party.

Maharashtra police has also been given a budget of Rs 850 crores for establishing secure cyber emergency response system with all state-of-the-art tools and softwares. Maharashtra has established a Taskforce to identify and develop IT solutions for Crime-related works.

The NCRB was asked to harp on the success of CCTNS project and develop prototypes which can be adopted by the States and UTs. CAPFs desired to onboard the CCTNS project and utilize its database for their operations. Delegates suggested that NCRB should emerge as National Crime Centre and establish a National Crime Portal. ESRI, SPSS, Hexagon, Pythian, Tech-friend, Team Computer, Integra, Avlon participated in the event and showcased the work they have done in Crime Analytics along with their ideas and products to the delegates.

Ish Kumar, Director, NCRB proposed the vote of thanks and expressed his satisfaction on the outcome of the workshop.


Indian Govt LED ‘Ujala’ in UK


Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal presided over the launch of world’s largest efficient lighting programme, UJALA – UK (UK Joins Affordable LEDs for All) by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) in London, United Kingdom. Talking about the philosophy of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi about preventing wastage of all resources especially electricity, Goyal said that, “a sustainable lifestyle is important for the future of the planet and if the planet has to be saved for the future generations, it is I, you and we all who have to collectively make a difference and act today itself. We are running out of time.”

Informing the gathering about the scale at which the EESL LED programme is expanding, the Minister said that, “the EESL LED programme in India has grown 140 times in less than 2 years and I don’t think we will find any parallel to that anywhere in the world. EESL would achieve the turnover target of $1.5 million by 2019, concomitant with the Government of India’s target under the UDAY scheme and 100% rural household electrification”. Goyal further stated that even in developed countries like the US and Europe, there is a great potential for incorporating energy efficiency measures like the EESL LED programme, especially looking at the climate change scenario in the present context. India’s share in the Global LED market has increased from a mere 0.1% a few years back to around 16% today, it was informed.

Talking about the potential energy savings by implementing the LED programme in India, Goyal said that lighting alone consists of 15% of the total energy needs of the population across the country, especially the lower middle class families, which is about 180 billion units of energy. As India moves towards becoming a 100% LED Nation, the potential savings would be around 112 billion units, in other terms reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 79 million tonnes every year. Consequently, India’s peak load will reduce by about 20 GW and our consumers will save around $6.5 billion worth in electricity bills annually, the Minister added.

Describing the strategy for scaling up the LED penetration in UK, Goyal said that India was able to significantly reduce the purchase price of the LED by increasing efficiency and not giving subsidies to the consumers. The scheme has sustained itself on the savings achieved by increasing energy efficiency in the whole lifecycle of the LED bulbs. “Government of India has fine tuned the process, brought down the costs of manufacturing and sold nearly 230 million LED bulbs whereas the private sector, in the same period, sold about 330 million LED bulbs, effectively replacing about 560 million incandescent bulbs in the last 2 years. The consumers are the direct beneficiaries by saving on electricity bills and reducing the carbon footprint on the environment for the future generations, he added.

The minister requested the Government of UK to get EESL in touch with all the stakeholders like local distribution companies, e-commerce companies, hotels, industry, large businesses, supermarket chains etc. and replicate India’s model in the UK so as to achieve a similar kind of scale up that the programme has witnessed in India as a zero investment model. He stressed that a massive deployment of this LED programme throughout the world will go a long way in fighting climate change and make the world a better place to live in for the future generations. The Minister urged all the dignitaries present to become ambassadors of this Energy Efficiency programme for a better tomorrow. “I hope that we all will come together in a mission mode to adopt Energy Efficiency as a way of life in the future”, Goyal added.

The Minister also suggested to the Government of the UK a target of replacing at least 100 million incandescent bulbs with LEDs by March 2019 and reduce the individual household consumption of energy by at least half. Further, it was informed that as a beginning to UJALA-UK operations, EESL has started the retrofitting of the facade and other lights of the High Commission of India in UK and the India House which would lead to considerable energy savings. EESL’s engagement with the UK will cover a broad spectrum including marketing of the world class energy efficiency products, services, investments and raising capital, scouting for new energy efficiency technologies and partnering with British companies to establish presence in third world country markets.

During the event, MoUs were signed between Indian High Commission and EESL and between the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) and the Indian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) to strengthen bilateral industry cooperation and exchanges between India and the UK.


Govt.’s aim is to boost immunization: Union Health Minister

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda at the launch of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) of the country, at Mandi, Himachal Pradesh on May 13, 2017.

“No child should die in the country from Vaccine Preventable Diseases” is the Goal & Commitment of our government. We stand committed to reducing child deaths and providing a healthier future to our children.” J.P. Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare stated this as he announced the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) of the country in a function at Mandi. Terming this as an historic moment and an exemplary step in India’s immunization programme, the Union Health Minister added that the Government is committed to reducing morbidity and mortality in children.

Strengthening routine immunization is an essential investment in India’s children and will ensure a healthy future of the country, he noted. PCV protects children against severe forms of pneumococcal disease, such as pneumonia and meningitis. Currently, the vaccine is being rolled out to approximately 21 lakh children in Himachal Pradesh and parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the first phase. This will be followed by introduction in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan next year, and eventually be expanded to the country in a phased manner.

Kaul Singh Thakur, Minister of Health, Government of Himachal Pradesh, Ram Swaroop Sharma, Member of Parliament, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh and Sanjeeva Kumar, Additional Secretary, Health, were also present at the function. Reiterating the commitment of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to save lives of children against vaccine preventable diseases, Nadda said that the Government has taken notable steps in the direction of total immunisation. Under Mission Indradhanush, so far, more than 2.6 crores beneficiaries have been immunized. From 1% annual increase in coverage of Full Immunization, Mission Indradhanush has resulted in a 6.7 % annual expansion in the immunization cover. “The immunization programme started with providing protection against 6 vaccine preventable diseases, it will now offer protection to our children from 12 diseases,” Nadda said.

The Health Minister further said that all these vaccines were available in the private sector for many years, not only in India but also across the world. “While these vaccines in the private sector were accessible to only those who could afford them, by making them available under the UIP, the government is ensuring equitable access to those who need them the most, the underprivileged and underserved,” Nadda added.

“Pneumonia kills more children under five years of age in India than any other infectious disease. The pentavalent vaccine which was scaled up in all states under the UIP by 2015, protects against Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) pneumonia. Now, the introduction of PCV in the UIP will reduce child deaths from pneumococcal pneumonia. It will also reduce the number of children being hospitalized for pneumonia, and therefore reduce the economic burden on the families and the health cost burden on the country,” the Health Minister elaborated.

The Health Minister informed that the ICT-based Patient Satisfaction System (PSS) “Mera Aspataal / My Hospital” for implementation in public and empanelled private hospitals, is envisaged to empower the patient by seeking his/ her views on quality of experience in a public healthcare facility. He further said that the Free Drugs Services Initiative, universal screening for non-communicable diseases for all people above 19 years to be rolled out shortly in select 100 districts in the first phase, the Free Diagnostics Services Initiative, the District Hospital Strengthening support, roll out of comprehensive primary health care, and Quality Assurance Programme – all represent initiatives intended to reduce fragmentation of care, improve quality of care and reduce out of pocket expenses.

Kaul Singh Thakur, Minister of Health, Government of Himachal Pradesh, stated that PCV is a very important for children as it will provide protection cover to all the children below five years of age from pneumonia and meningitis. Shri Kaul thanked J.P. Nadda for launching the PCV from Mandi Himachal Pradesh. “This vaccine will support efforts of the state government in further bringing down the child mortality,” he added.

To raise awareness about PCV, Nadda also unveiled the communication material comprising TV and radio spots, posters, banners, etc. at the event. The Ministry has planned an extensive awareness campaign so that maximum number of people can avail these services.

Pneumococcal disease is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths in children under five years of age globally and in India. India accounts for nearly 20% of global pneumonia deaths in this age group. In 2010, pneumococcal pneumonia accounted for approximately 16% of all severe pneumonia cases and 30% of pneumonia related deaths in children under- five years of age in India. Introducing PCV, therefore, will substantially reduce disease burden in the country.


Cooperative farming to boost employment avenues for youth in Uttarakhand

The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh addressing at the laying foundation stone ceremony of the Survey of final location to improve connectivity of ‘Char Dham’, at Koti, in Joshimath, Uttarakhand on May 13, 2017. The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat are also seen.

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the Inter-state Cooperative Investment Summit & Exhibition in Dehradun, Uttarakhand recently. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that women in the state rub shoulders with other family members and work hard to provide a better life to their families. These women can strengthen their economic status through cooperatives in the small industry sector such as forestry, vegetable and fruit farming and solar energy.

Talking about the role of cooperatives in the development of Uttarakhand, Radha Mohan Singh said that he was happy to learn that the state’s cooperative department has selected cooperative entrepreneurship as a medium to boost entrepreneurship in the state and organised the exhibition.   He also said that cooperatives are not new to our country and that the cooperative movement had first started in a village in Gujarat and the movement led to the enactment of Cooperative Credit Societies Act, 1904.

Radha Mohan Singh said that it is important to implement Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Uttarakhand through cooperative societies and help affected farmers because the state’s agriculture sector is totally dependent upon monsoon. The Minister pointed out that the Government has taken concrete steps for the revival of cooperative societies to transform them into a dynamic, democratic organisation, so that they can face the challenges of a competitive global economy.   He further said that considering the importance of cooperative societies in improving rural economy, the Government is committed to boosting cooperative societies through various programmes. Singh also congratulated the representatives of cooperative societies representing various states, for their appreciable contribution in the cooperative sector and said that he hoped to continue the trend of such programmes being organised in other parts of the country.

Modern cooperatives have attained a comprehensive shape during the 112-year journey. Indian cooperative movement is one of the biggest cooperative movements in the world. There are 8 lakh cooperative societies in India, which includes the cooperative organisation at the village and national levels. The membership of cooperative societies in the country is more than 274 million and it includes 95% villages and 71% rural families.

The participation of Uttarakhand in cooperative societies is appreciable. There are 4,381 societies in the state, which are associated with various professions. As many as 759 packs are operational and their membership is 12 lakh and it is also appreciable that hundred percent villages are covered under these packs.

Uttarakhand can develop tourism, transport, handloom, fruits and vegetable farming, cultivation of medicinal plants, flower farming etc. through cooperatives. There is a huge market for these commodities not only in India, but abroad as well.


SSP Ghaziabad and RWA members discuss issues concerning public


Police Lines, Ghaziabad, May 13, 2017: Today the Police Officials headed by SSP Ghaziabad, Hari Narayan Singh organized an exclusive meeting with the office bearers of the RWA Federation Ghaziabad.

The Chairman of the RWA Federation Ghaziabad Retd. Col. Tejandra Pal Tyagi brought out that the law abiding person in multi-story complexes is living under a  type of threat. In every society there are 4 to 5 anti-social elements whom you can give any name- muscle man, DABANG or Goonda. When the law abiding citizens make a RWA in any society through democratic means, these anti-social elements first claim extra privileges  from the elected RWA and if denied, they create trouble in the GBM and do such activities that the RWA is forced to lodge a complaint with the Police. The Police fills the surety bonds of both the parties. Now, the law abiding members of the RWA find it exceptionally humiliating and efforts consuming to go to the police or courts for regular attendance while it may be a routine for the anti-social elements.

As a sequel, the law abiding person excuses himself out of the RWA. Eventually, the anti-social elements takeover the RWA and corruption breeds. If the police controls these anti-social elements at the first, the situation would have been much cleaner and pleasing.

Representatives of RWA Federation Ghaziabad from Indrapuram Zone, Vasundhara Zone, Mohan Nagar Zone, Kavi Nagar Zone, Vijay Nagar Zone and the City Zone- all said in one voice that the police should walk an extra step to build confidence and credibility with the civil society. Let a letter be issued by SSP Ghaziabad to all police Thanas and Police Chowkis with the instructions to give respectable welcome when a representative of the RWA Federation GZB visits them, give him a patient hearing and resolve his problem on priority since he is not getting any pay or perk for doing work in public interest.

It was an exceptionally pleasing experience that the SSP H.N. Singh agreed to all the points raised by Col. Tyagi and his team members. He advised the civil society to install GPS systems in their vehicles. He said that his police officers will soon be meeting the residents informally in the evening from now onwards. He said that we wish to develop an atmosphere where we are not known by our uniform, but by the good work we do.


2019 के जनवरी माह से प्रारम्भ होने वाले अर्द्धकुम्भ मेला की तैयारियों के सम्बन्ध में विभागवार समीक्षा


उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री, योगी आदित्यनाथ के निर्देशों के अनुपालन में प्रतिवर्ष होने वाले माघ मेला, अर्द्धकुम्भ तथा कुम्भ मेले के आयोजन हेतु मेला प्राधिकरण का गठन यथाशीघ्र सुनिश्चित कराने हेतु आवश्यक कार्यवाहियां प्राथमिकता से सुनिश्चित कराने के मुख्य सचिव, राहुल भटनागर ने सम्बन्धित विभागीय अधिकारियों को कड़े निर्देश दिये हैं।

मुख्य सचिव शास्त्री भवन स्थित अपने कार्यालय कक्ष के सभागार में वर्ष 2019 के जनवरी माह से प्रारम्भ होने वाले अर्द्धकुम्भ मेला की तैयारियों के सम्बन्ध में विभागवार समीक्षा कर निर्देश दे रहे थे। उन्होंने कहा कि मितव्ययिता को दृष्टिगत रखते हुये सम्बन्धित विभागों को अपने विभागों द्वारा कराये जा रहे कार्यों की कार्य योजना बनानी होगी।

उन्होंने कहा कि सम्बन्धित विभागों को अपने कार्यों को निर्धारित समय में गुणवत्ता के साथ पूर्ण कराने हेतु आगामी 30 जून तक अनुमानित धनराशि की स्वीकृति हेतु व्यय वित्त समिति के द्वारा आगणनों का परीक्षण अवश्य करा लिया जाये। उन्होंने कहा कि व्यय वित्त समिति की बैठक समय से आयोजित कराने हेतु सम्बन्धित विभागों को योजनावार अनुमानित व्यय की विस्तृत कार्य योजना वर्तमान मई माह के अंत तक वित्त विभाग को अवश्य प्रस्तुत कर देनी होगी; यह भी निर्देश दिये हैं कि कार्यों को गुणवत्ता एवं पारदर्शिता के साथ पूर्ण कराने हेतु एकीकृत ई-टेण्डर व्यवस्था लागू कराकर प्रतिस्पद्र्धा के अवसर बढ़ाकर उचित दर पर कार्य कराने की व्यवस्था सुनिश्चित करायी जाये। उन्होंने यह भी निर्देश दिये कि अर्द्धकुम्भ मेले में आने वाले श्रद्धालुओं के आवागमन की सुविधा को दृष्टिगत रखते हुये 2 लेन निर्मित बंधे को 4 लेन कराये जाने हेतु व्यापक कार्ययोजना बनायी जाये।

उन्होंने यह भी निर्देश दिये कि श्रद्धालुओं को बेहतर सुविधा उपलब्ध कराने हेतु मेला क्षेत्र के चतुर्दिक 30 कि.मी. क्षेत्र में जनसुविधायें प्राथमिकता से उपलब्ध कराने हेतु आवश्यक कार्य योजना तैयार कर प्रस्तुत की जाये। उन्होंने कहा कि अर्द्धकुम्भ मेला में कराये जाने वाले निर्माण कार्यों में गुणवत्ता का विशेष ध्यान रखते हुये निर्धारित मानक एवं निर्धारित समय सीमा के अन्तर्गत पूर्ण कराया जाये।

बैठक में अपर मुख्य सचिव वित्त डा. अनूप चन्द्र पाण्डेय, अपर मुख्य सचिव ऊर्जा, संजय अग्रवाल, प्रमुख सचिव सूचना अवनीश कुमार अवस्थी, प्रमुख सचिव नियोजन, मुकुल सिंघल, मण्डलायुक्त इलाहाबाद डा. आशीष कुमार गोयल एवं जिलाधिकारी, संजय कुमार सहित अन्य वरिष्ठ अधिकारीगण उपस्थित थे।

Service sector to be the most prolific employer


New Delhi: Speaking at the Panel Discussion on Economy of Jobs, Dr. Bibek Debroy, Member, Niti Aayog, highlighted that the employment situation in India has not changed substantially since the launch of the book ‘Economy of Jobs’ at FICCI’s 89th AGM in December 2016. He informed that India is a largely informal and an unorganised economy with about 90 percent of the people employed in the informal sector. He stressed that a very large degree of self-employment exists in the country, even outside agriculture. Dr. Debroy mentioned that out of a total workforce of around 500 million people, the organised sector accounted for just 100 million people at best.

While acknowledging the government’s recent initiative to set up a taskforce to address issues in labour and employment, Dr. Debroy stressed upon the limited availability of reliable and effective data on employment. “The only credible way to get data on employment is by using household survey over and above the enterprise survey,” he added. Highlighting the issues in creating jobs in the manufacturing segment, Dr Debroy indicated that the Indian manufacturing sector has shifted more to capital intensive approach owing to labour laws arising from tighter laws especially in 1977-78 and 1984-85. However, he stressed that even post 1991, when the labour laws were not as restrictive, manufacturing witnessed a more capital intensive approach. He attributed this to faster decline in price of capital relative to the price of labour.

“Prospects of manufacturing creating direct jobs is thus not much. Primarily growth in jobs would, therefore, come from services sector such as transportation, logistics,” said Dr. Debroy. Dr. Debroy suggested that markets should match supply and demand of labour and cited two issues that hinder market equilibrium. First, regional intermediation between demand and supply are inefficient which is also linked to the fact that education is not equivalent to skills. Second, people are unwilling to settle for jobs that fails to give a salary that matches the investment in attaining education.

Commenting on the situation of jobs in the country, Arun Maira, Former Member, Planning Commission, stressed upon the need to change the mindset and look at drivers of jobs from a different point of view. He called for greater nurturing of the informal sector and simultaneously addressing the issues faced by them. “There is a need to improve the delivery mechanism of skills by creating an enabling environment, with the help of technology to achieve the target of skilled workforce” added Maira.

On the rising unemployment challenge in India, Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education Services, mentioned that as companies are becoming more competitive; automation and artificial intelligence will impact job creation in our country in a major way going forward. He further pointed out that by 2025 there will be 200 million young people in the age group of 21-41 with no or less jobs. With rising income divergence in the society, the disparity between people in agriculture and services will widen which could have significant ramifications for our society.

“India is amongst the bright spots in the world economy today, with the highest growth amongst all large economies. Yet, the pace of growth in jobs is nowhere near the overall economic growth. One of the obvious reasons is the rapid rise in the use of technology and machines, which have increased efficiency and lowered the reliance on manual work. Most of the organisations have started going lean and are reducing the non-productive job roles with the help of technology”, said Harshavardhan Neotia, Immediate Past President, FICCI. Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, while elaborating on the need for skills, said that a tremendous mismatch existed between skills, education, geography and jobs. He highlighted that even the most educated youth are not adequately equipped with skills needed by the industry. Alluding to the changing technological environment, he added that the market is responding differently to the mismatch in skills and we must allow them to do so. “Policymakers and employers are still looking at a framework which is not very relevant. There is a need to start looking at the idea of work rather than job and set up a framework of how to provide safety, security, welfare,” said Pranjal Sharma, Economic Analyst and Writer.

मुख्यमंत्री: किसानों को अच्छी गुणवत्ता का बीज उपलब्ध कराया जाए


उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ ने कहा कि राज्य की अधिकांश आबादी आर्थिक रूप से कृषि पर निर्भर है। इसलिए कृषि, उद्यान, पशुपालन, डेयरी, मत्स्य पालन और सहकारिता को प्रोत्साहित कर किसानों की आमदनी दोगुनी करने का काम शुरु किया गया है। उन्होंने प्रदेश में स्थापित होने वाले 20 नये कृषि विज्ञान केन्द्रों के लिए भूमि उपलब्ध कराने की जानकारी देते हुए कहा कि अब इन केन्द्रों की स्थापना का कार्य तेजी से शुरु किया जाए, जिससे इनका लाभ क्षेत्रीय किसानों को मिल सके।
मुख्यमंत्री लोक भवन में केन्द्रीय कृषि, सहकारिता एवं किसान कल्याण मंत्री, राधा मोहन सिंह के साथ कृषि, सहकारिता, पशुपालन एवं मत्स्य सम्बन्धी योजनाओं की समीक्षा कर रहे थे। मुख्यमंत्री ने पहले से स्थापित कृषि विज्ञान केन्द्रों को आर्थिक रूप से सक्षम बनाने का आग्रह करते हुए कहा कि यहां तैनात वैज्ञानिकों एवं कर्मचारियों को कहीं अन्यत्र तैनात न किया जाए। उन्होंने प्रमुख सचिव, कृषि को निर्देशित किया कि किसानों को अच्छी गुणवत्ता का बीज उपलब्ध कराने के लिए प्रदेश के कृषि विश्वविद्यालयों, किसान विकास केन्द्रों तथा बीज निगमों से ही प्रजनक बीजों की खरीद्दारी को प्राथमिकता दी जाए।
मुख्यमंत्री ने विगत कुछ वर्षों में किसानों एवं कृषि की स्थिति की चर्चा करते हुए कहा कि इस क्षेत्र पर पर्याप्त ध्यान नहीं दिया गया। प्रदेश के किसानों विशेष रूप से बुन्देलखण्ड क्षेत्र में सिंचाई, भण्डारण एवं विपणन की पर्याप्त व्यवस्था उपलब्ध न कराए जाने के कारण इन क्षेत्रों में उत्पादकता का स्तर काफी कमजोर है। इस वर्ष बुन्देलखण्ड क्षेत्र में सिंचाई की सुविधा के लिए 3,384 खेत तालाबों का निर्माण कराया जा रहा है।

केन्द्र सरकार द्वारा संचालित राष्ट्रीय कृषि बाजार योजना को प्रभावी रूप से लागू करने का प्रयास किया जा रहा है। इसके तहत राज्य की 66 मण्डियों को आॅनलाइन जोड़ने का प्रयास तेज किया जा रहा है। उन्होंने कहा कि राष्ट्रीय कृषि बाजार के पोर्टल के माध्यम से उत्तर प्रदेश में भी इण्टर मण्डी टेªड के तहत जोड़ने की व्यवस्था की जाएगी। इसके लिए आवश्यकतानुसार कदम उठाते हुए किसानों को पंजीयन शुल्क आदि में पर्याप्त राहत प्रदान करने पर गम्भीरता से विचार किया जा रहा है। 
मुख्यमंत्री ने बताया कि समेकित बागवानी विकास योजना को प्रभावी रूप से लागू करने के निर्देश दिए गए हैं। किसानों को उनकी उपज का प्रभावी मूल्य दिलाने के लिए समर्थन मूल्य योजना को गम्भीरता से लागू किया जा रहा है। इसी क्रम में वर्तमान राज्य सरकार ने गेहूं क्रय केन्द्रों के माध्यम से किसानों से गेहूं क्रय किया जा रहा है। उन्होंने कहा कि आलू उत्पादक किसानों की समस्याओं को देखते हुए पहली बार राज्य में बाजार हस्तक्षेप योजना के तहत लगभग 13,000 कुन्टल आलू क्रय किया गया। इस योजना के लागू हो जाने से प्रदेश में आलू के थोक भाव में 100 रुपए प्रति कुन्टल तक की वृद्धि हुई, जिसका सीधा लाभ आलू किसानों को प्राप्त हुआ।
प्रदेश में पशुपालन की चर्चा करते हुए मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि राज्य सरकार अपने संसाधनों के अलावा केन्द्र सरकार की राष्ट्रीय गोकुल ग्राम योजना को प्रभावी रूप से लागू करने का काम कर रही है। उन्होंने कहा कि वाराणसी एवं मथुरा में गायों के संरक्षण एवं संवर्द्धन के लिए गोकुल ग्राम योजना संचालित की जा रही है।

स वर्ष इस योजना के तहत करीब 3 केन्द्र स्थापित किए जाएंगे, जिसमें 1 बुन्देलखण्ड क्षेत्र में होगा। इसी प्रकार भू्रण प्रत्यारोपण तकनीक का प्रयोग कर गुणवत्तायुक्त गोवंश की वृद्धि का कार्य किया जा रहा है। उन्होंने बताया कि अधिकारियों को इस योजना को पारदर्शी ढंग से लागू करने के लिए कहा गया है। उन्होंने कहा कि दुग्ध उत्पादन के माध्यम से किसानों की आर्थिक स्थिति को बड़े पैमाने पर सुधारा जा सकता है। इस मौके पर केन्द्रीय कृषि मंत्री द्वारा बताया गया कि वित्तीय वर्ष 2015 में समेकित सहकारी विकास योजना के तहत प्रदेश को 401 करोड़ रुपए स्वीकृत करते हुए 257 करोड़ रुपए अवमुक्त भी किए गए थे। लेकिन इस सम्बन्ध में अब तक प्राप्त की गई प्रगति से केन्द्र सरकार को अवगत नहीं कराया गया है। मुख्यमंत्री ने इस मामले में तथ्यात्मक जानकारी उपलब्ध कराने का निर्देश देते हुए बताया कि प्रदेश में सहकारी समितियों की स्थिति ठीक नहीं है। इस मामले में वर्तमान राज्य सरकार रणनीति बनाकर कार्य करने के लिए संकल्पबद्ध है। 
मुख्यमंत्री ने केन्द्रीय कृषि मंत्री से आग्रह किया कि प्रदेश की बड़ी आबादी की कृषि पर निर्भरता को देखते हुए यहां हर क्षेत्र में आधुनिक तकनीक के उपयोग को बढ़ावा देने के लिए पर्याप्त मदद उपलब्ध करायी जानी चाहिए।

उन्होंने आधुनिक खेती को बढ़ावा देने के लिए 5 फार्म मशीनरी टेस्टिंग एण्ड टेªनिंग इन्स्टीट्यूट की स्थापना कराए जाने पर बल दिया, जिससे कृषि यंत्रों की उपयोगिता बढ़ सके। इसके साथ ही, 4 आधुनिक बीज परीक्षण प्रयोगशालाओं की स्थापना, 25 नई मृदा परीक्षण प्रयोगशालाओं में दो-दो आधुनिक संयत्र की उपलब्धता, किसानों को कृषि निवेशों की सुविधा हेतु इस वर्ष 100 किसान कल्याण केन्द्रों की स्थापना के अलावा राज्य में धान तथा गेहूं के अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर के शोध केन्द्र स्थापित कराने का भी आग्रह किया।
मुख्यमंत्री ने बागवानी को बढ़ावा देने के लिए राज्य में 5 सेण्टर आॅफ एक्सीलेंस की स्थापना के साथ-साथ मधुमक्खी पालन के लिए प्रेषित की गई योजनाओं को शीघ्र स्वीकृत करने का अनुरोध किया। साथ ही, उन्होंने ‘ए’ श्रेणी में चिन्हित अतिहिमीकृत वीर्य उत्पादन केन्द्र, बाबूगढ़, जनपद हापुड़ में वर्गीकृत वीर्य उत्पादन हेतु लैब स्थापित करने तथा जोखिम प्रबन्धन एवं पशुधन बीमा योजना के तहत अधिक से अधिक वित्तीय सहायता उपलब्ध कराने का भी अनुरोध किया। उन्होंने बुन्देलखण्ड एवं पूर्वान्चल क्षेत्र में आगामी पांच वर्षों में दुग्ध उत्पादन को बढ़ावा देने के लिए लगभग 2967 करोड़ रुपए उपलब्ध कराने का आग्रह भी किया। इसी प्रकार उन्होंने मत्स्य तथा सहकारिता क्षेत्र को बढ़ावा देने के लिए भारत सरकार से सहयोग प्रदान करने का अनुरोध करते हुए प्रदेश की प्रारम्भिक ऋण समितियों के कम्प्यूटरीकरण के लिए 225 करोड़ रुपए, उत्तर प्रदेश सहकारी ग्राम विकास बैंक की 323 शाखाओं को कम्प्यूटरीकृत करने के लिए 11.50 करोड़ रुपए आदि सहयोग उपलब्ध कराने की भी अपेक्षा की।
मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि प्रदेश के किसानों की बेहतरी के लिए प्रधानमंत्री फसल बीमा योजना को प्रभावी रूप से लागू कराते हुए अधिक से अधिक किसानों को आच्छादित कराने का काम किया जाएगा। उन्होंने कहा कि योजना के तहत स्मार्ट फोन के उपयोग को बढ़ावा देने तथा क्लस्टर बनाकर योजना के तहत कम्पनियों से टेण्डर आमंत्रित किए जाएंगे।

इसी प्रकार स्वायल हेल्थ कार्ड योजना को भी तेजी से लागू किया जाएगा। उन्होंने प्रधानमंत्री कृषि सिंचाई योजना के तहत माइक्रो इरिगेशन को बढ़ावा देने के लिए प्रदेश के सभी 271 डार्क जोन को आच्छादित कराने का निर्देश देते हुए कहा कि इससे जहां भूमिगत जल के संरक्षण को बढ़ावा मिलेगा, वहीं किसानों की उत्पादकता में भी वृद्धि होगी।
इस मौके पर केन्द्रीय मंत्री ने कृषि, सहकारिता, पशुपालन, मत्स्य आदि विभागों के तहत संचालित केन्द्र सरकार की योजनाओं की समीक्षा करते हुए कहा कि विगत तीन वर्षों में कई योजनाओं की धनराशि का पूरी तरह से उपयोग नहीं किया गया है। उन्होंने कहा कि यदि इन योजनाओं को समयबद्ध रूप से पारदर्शिता के साथ लागू किया जाए तो राज्य के किसानों की आर्थिक स्थिति में काफी सुधार होगा। उन्होंने राज्य सरकार को हर सम्भव सहयोग प्रदान करने का आश्वासन देते हुए कहा कि उत्तर प्रदेश एक बड़ा राज्य है। यदि यहां के किसानों तथा पशुपालकों की आर्थिक स्थिति में सुधार होगा तो इसका प्रगटीकरण देश की अर्थव्यवस्था पर निश्चित रूप से पड़ेगा। कार्यक्रम में राज्य मंत्रिमण्डल के सदस्य, केन्द्र एवं राज्य सरकार के अधिकारी उपस्थित थे।


CM visits martyr’s family, provides financial assistance


UP CM, Yogi Adityanath visited the residence of martyr Prem Sagar in Teekampur village in Deoria district. Prem Sagar was martyred when Pakistani forces fired indiscriminately on Indian posts and his body mutilated. CM expressed his condolences to the bereaved family and said that the state government will always stand by them.

During the meeting with the family of the martyr, the Chief Minister also handed over a cheque of Rs. 4 lakh and an FD of Rs. 2 lakh to the wife of the late soldier. Before this, Agriculture Minister, Surya Pratap Shahi has already handed over a financial assistance of Rs. 20 lakh to the family. The Chief Minister also announced that a girls inter college would be constructed on 1.5 acres of government land and a memorial in the memory of the martyr will also be made. On the remaining land, a park would be constructed and beautified. He also announced that the ‘khadanja’ road linking the village to the main road would be converted into a CC road. To a demand for being allocated a gas agency, the Chief Minister said he will send a recommendation of the same to the union government. Present on the occasion were senior officials of the state government and district administration.

Northeast to be favourite tourist destination: Dr Jitendra Singh

Pic courtesy: http://northeasttourism.gov.in/

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that Northeast will soon be a favourite tourist destination for people from not only across the country, but all over the world. He said due to special attention being given to the north east the region has begun to attract the attention of tourist operators, entrepreneurs and investors from all over the country. Dr Jitendra Singh was speaking at the Annual Tourism Awards, 2017 function of “Holiday IQ”, an organization promoting tourism in the country.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that Northeast is a natural destination for tourists but could not receive its due attention because of the logistic issues like constraints of connectivity and accessibility. Over the last three years, however, he said, not only all these North eastern States are on the Rail map of India, but in the next two years, almost all the States will have a broad gauge rail track. In addition, he said, the first ever train to Bangladesh will also be flagged off from Tripura and the rail track from Agartala is already under construction with the Indian side of it being funded by the Ministry of DoNER. Similarly, he said, the Central Government has earmarked over Rs. 40,000 crore to spread a network of roads across all the eight States. As far as air connectivity is concerned, important places like Itanagar, Sikkim, Shillong did not have full-fledged airports and the Centre Government has moved on a fast track to accomplish this, he added, while the alternative mode of transport in the form of waterways has also been initiated. Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Government has also sanctioned a full-fledged Film Institute for Arunachal Pradesh which will facilitate the film units to come and do location shooting.

Pic courtesy: http://northeasttourism.gov.in/