A nation-wide drive to accelerate the Swachh Bharat Mission across India
Launched by the Prime Minister on 2nd October, 2014 the Swachh Bharat Mission is known the world over. Many thousands in India have responded to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call for action, by taking powerful, sustainable actions for improved sanitation for their families and communities. Community action is helping to stimulate demand for toilets and this activation needs to be sustained. Leaders at all levels, civil society, employers, youth groups, school children, faith based organizations and the general public all have a critical role to play in supporting the realization of a clean and healthy environment.
The foundation is in place for a powerful people’s movement for sanitation and now during its third anniversary it is time to harness the support of the entire nation.
Hon’ble Prime Minister during his “Mann Ki Baat” address on 27th August 2017, called upon the nation to undertake a campaign on sanitation, entitled “Swachhta Hi Sewa”, from September 15 to October 2.
The campaign is based on the spirit of service and focusses on how citizens of India, from diverse walks of life are part of the important Swachh Bharat Movement. It aims to mobilize millions of people across the country to accelerate the efforts towards making India Open Defecation Free.
You are cordially invited for an interaction around the above.
When: Monday, September 18, 2017
Where: 11am- 12.30 pm followed by lunch at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi
Who: Shri Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary MDWS and Nicolas Osbert, Chief, WASH, UNICEF India
Note to Editors: The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) (Clean India Mission) was launched by the Government of India on October 2, 2014 to accelerate efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage.
The programme aims to improve cleanliness and eliminate open defecation in India by 2019.
For further information contact (UNICEF):
Ms. Geetanjali Master, Communication Specialist, UNICEF India, Mobile: + 91 981 810 5861
It doesn’t behove either CM or PM of Gujarat, Statement on Sardar Sarovar is full of flaws and lies: NBA challenge
Badwani, Madhya Pradesh | September 15, 2017: The statement by the chief minister of Gujarat, Mr. Vijay Rupani on Narmada Dam inauguration, on the eve of the Grand Ceremony planned to celebrate PM’s birthday begins and ends with falsehood. All the lies as well as serious mistakes, certainly it doesn’t behove the chief minister of state that is to control, operate and monitor the monstrous project. We have witnessed about this giant, controversial dam during last 32 years and once again will experience on this special occasion which needs to be dissected and exposed; since the plan of ‘Dedicating the Dam to the Nation’, all the people across the country must know the truth through the response from the people of Narmada Valley that follows-
First and the foremost, how has Rupani calculated a period of 56 years since the laying of the foundation stone for today’s Sardar Sarovar Dam? The foundation stone laid by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was not for the Dam of today, it was for a much smaller dam of 162 feet height. The present dam, a result of the Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal Award (NWDTA) is 455 feet i.e. 138.68 meters high, declared by the Tribunal after 10 years long enquiry into the serious conflict among 3 riparian states, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. It was all party (then Jan Sangh and Congress) opposition in Madhya Pradesh that had questioned and challenged through even violent resistance, that got settled as NWDTA is considered to be a decree, i.e. law.
However, the Dam is still not the country’s highest dam or a world’s second biggest dam, claims made only on the basis of the volume of concrete going into the Dam. It is one of the biggest, no doubt and the decision on the same came in December 1979, the date of the Declaration of the Award (NWDTA), not in 1961.
Even after the Award the work on the same was soon stopped and the clearance to it, following River valley guidelines of 1993 and Environmental Protection Act, 1986, came only in June 1987. The said clearance too was conditional since studies and plans on not less than 8 critical aspects of the project were not conducted nor completed till then. Those included rehabilitation, Flora and Fauna, seismic risks, catchment area treatment, command area development, downstream impacts.
Mr. Rupani obviously hasn’t looked into either data or documents related to each of these, concerning all 3 states with the non-riparian state of Rajasthan and the union of India as monitoring government with certain powers when he refers to the benefits of the Dam, he makes a serious mistake in saying that Maharashtra is to get 56% and Madhya Pradesh, 27% of the electricity to be generated, which is exactly the opposite, indicating the CM’s ignorance.
There is no mention of the firm confirmed power to be generated and only mentioning the capacity, obviously since the benefit shares are only out of whatever is actually generated and not the planned capacity.
There is no share in water benefit to either Maharashtra or Madhya Pradesh, who are to pay the biggest cost in losing best of land, fresh and most tragically, affecting lakhs of people in 244 villages and 1 township. This is what is not noted in the CM’s statement, as is always forgotten by Gujarat and forgiven by his counter parts in other 2 states.
The scale of irrigation and drinking water supply in Gujarat and Rajasthan is certainly exaggerated as can be proved. The irrigation statistics, showing big failure till date, not because of the stoppage of the Dam work for genuine social, environmental reasons, but mismanagement and manipulations to favour industries at the cost of farmers and drought affected in Gujarat. Even when waters were impounded up to 121.92 meters, Gujarat didn’t take it into the canal network which was left incomplete and has more than 50% balance even today. Whatever it did, was lost to sea via Sabarmati giving light and sound show due to no way to take to fields without canals, nor to be stored !
The irrigation scandal is fully exposed through a detailed statement by none else but the former chief minister of Gujarat Suresh Mehta. It is less than 3 lakh hectares when at least 8 to 10 lakh was expected at 121.92 meters dam height just because it has no priority for the commercial state!
How many villages in Gujarat is the dam going to supply drinking water? The number changes from para to para in this single statement, from 9000-9663! Remembering the past, let people of Gujarat and Bharat know that the figure has changed from 4200+ to 8000+ and now to 9000+, always including more than 240 barren villages with no habitation to drink the water, even if supplied! Which are the 131 urban centres to get this benefit, we must know along with how much of their thirst saturated till date? If it was only 0.86 million cubic feet for drinking water, it means out of 1.6 MAF, the share for municipal and industrial water, let there be the latest allocation details coming in from the official sources! People of Gujarat are in the dark about the agreements made with Coca Cola, car industries (to include new Suzuki plant, thanks to the visit by Japanese Premier), Adani’s and Ambani’s projects and all the industrial estates to come up in Gujarat as a part of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor full of investment regions covering 60% of Gujarat with Huge costs to farmers! Who will exhibit the real costs and real benefits & when?
Moreover, it’s an absolutely false contention that Maharashtra is also to be get 37500 hectares of irrigation from Sardar Sarovar Dam. This is the benefit Maharashtra may get out of its own rainfall & water flows in its Narmada catchment, not from the Sardar Sarovar Reservoir. Maharashtra has no benefit of water from the dam after losing 33 adivasi communities.
The biggest lie and unscientific claims is to say that 18 lakh hectares of land in Gujarat will be irrigated, with the inauguration of the project, as Narmada water will flow to over 9000 villages of Gujarat through a canal network. Does the network to that extent, exist today when at least 41000 kms long network to take water to village and fields doesn’t exist. Thanks to Modi Government in Gujarat that totally ignored this aspect, while merely blaming the opposition, inside and outside the electoral politics for stalling the Dam project.
It’s revealing that even on the eve of the irrigation, neither the CM nor the PM is sensitive to the huge number of the adivasis, farmers fishworkers and labour who are compelled to sacrifice for the project. They may not have nor the realistic information to be shared with the Nation. There are about 40000 families still in the submergence area, beyond the game of numbers played by the governments of Madhya Pradesh at times to extent, Maharashtra and the union authorities.
Not just the serious lapses but large-scale corruption and violation of the laws, policies and court judgments up to the apex court, especially in Madhya Pradesh have been totally ignored by even Modi Ji since it’s not congress but his own party – BJP – government in power in Madhya Pradesh. If it was the other, he would not have left any stone unturned, in exposing them. Will he take pains to read Justice Jha Commission report and not bluff but act against the corrupt officials and agents in action even today?
And what about the ex-prime minister’s taking a position against pushing the construction of the Dam without rehabilitation of thousands of families, mandatory under law. Mr. Manmohan Singh had given a written commitment to the Supreme Court on this, on April 17th 2006. Mr. Rupani was not in the picture then, rather if I remember correctly, he was claiming that Gujarat can use its total water share through a pipeline project, without destruction of land, if NRIs support it financially.
Was the stand taken by UPA government, which too had faced our 21 days of fast and 51 hours five star fast by the Prime Minister, anyway illegal or unjust. Mr. Rupani, it’s shameful and not a matter of pride that Mr. Modi took a decision to push the Dam height to 138.68 meters beyond 121.92 meters where it was stayed, within 17 days after coming into Government.
He didn’t just ignored his minister such as Uma bharti and Mr. Gehlot, both from Madhya Pradesh but also the shockingly dense populations with thousands of houses, prime agriculture and horticulture, a few thousand temples and tens of mosques, a million (at least) trees and the total infrastructure, ages and generations old that is to be submerged or affected at the full height that he is to boast of !
The absolute callousness shown to even the tribal oustees of Gujarat on the path of agitation even today is equally exhibitory of the experience of ours over 32 years. The violation of the supreme court judgements on Rehabilitation as well as environmental measures, destruction of ecosystem and natural resources, the loss of human history with pre-history archeological remnants not removed and stored, total neglect of compensatory and preventive environmental works all is to be the result of Modi’s inauguration and celebration which will not be before the Nation, until it all occurs. The huge cost of 99000 crores for the single project which was never honestly estimated will be a huge burden on the state of Gujarat and the countries exchequer, to be borne mainly for the industries, the capitalists pursuing it at all cost.
The Programme on the Sept 17th, the birthday of PM is seen as the deadline or deathline for thousands and thousands fighting for justice with those sensitive and cautious of false propaganda and farce, beware of flawed developmental claims and model, demand an open public debate. Or as Amit shah said “Gujarat ka Sher kisi sawal ka jawab nahi dega!”.
“Statue of Equality” – 216 Feet Panchaloha Statue of Sri Ramanujacharya– that will be installed at Shamshabad, Hyderabad.
Jeeyar Integrated Vedic Academy (JIVA) in association with Global Hindu Heritage foundation & Savetemples.org, USA to organise International Short Film Festival on “His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya Swami”
216-feet ‘Statue of Equality’ to be construed near JIVA Asramam in Sriramnagar, Samshabad, Hyderabad
New Delhi, September 16, 2017: In a bid to commemorate the Sahasrabdi anniversary (1017-2017)of great saint His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya, his statue towering 216 feet the Statue of Equality will be constructed adjacent toJIVA Asramam in Sriramnagar, Samshabad, Hyderabad, India.This Rs. 1000 crore project was conceptualized in the year 2014.
His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamy said, “The Statue Of Equality Project is a dedication to the great icon of Equality, Sri Ramanujacharya Swamy. He created ripples in the society 1000 years ago with His revolutionary thoughts and brought the neglected on the same platform on par with the elite when the society was gripped with social evils of untouchability and class-based discrimination. He was the first one to bring the down-trodden into temples and give the “Ashtakshari Manthra” to the common man, denying all odds.”
· The Statue of Equality will be made of Pancha Loha (Combinations of 5 Metals).
· The statue will be surrounded by 108 Divya Desas which will be built in stone, rich with ornate architectural detailing.
· Audio guides in at least 5 languages including English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil etc will be provided to all visitors explaining the history of each of these temples.
· An educational gallery with state of art technology will be setup exhibiting the inspiring incidents from the life of Bhagavad Ramanujacharya.
· A gold deity of Bhagavad Ramanujacharya weighing 120 kgs representing the number of years He lived in this world, will be installed in the Dhyana mandiram (meditation hall).
· An Omnimax theatre will be constructed to screen highly educational and culturally significant short movies about the secrets of the Universe as recorded in our Vedic scriptures.
· The entire site will be environment friendly, with highly sophisticated security features on par with international standards.
His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamy also spoke about The Legacy of Sri Ramanujacharya. He said: “A thousand years ago, in a society riddled with blatant caste based oppression, one man championed the cause of the downtrodden.
One man single highhandedly heralded a cultural storm, bearing the touch of original Vedic knowledge. One man opened the doors of the temples wide to the hitherto banned “untouchables”. And today, millions come together to pay tribute to this one man, this one man, this saint nonpareil who paved the way for a modern, inclusive spiritual awakening. Today, Sri Ramanujacharya Swamy is more than a holy name. He is a beacon of the equality and hope for the generations to come.”
As part of the Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Millennium Celebrations 1000 years (1017-2017), His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamy also announced an International Short Film Festival on “His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya” organized by Jeeyar Integrated Vedic Academy (JIVA) in association with Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) & Savetemples.org, USA.
The International Short Film Festival on ‘His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya” to be held between 1st and 3rd February, 2018 at Prasad Labs, Hyderabad, Telangana and Prize distribution ceremony will be held on 4th February 2018 at Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamy Ashram, JIVA, Sriram Nagar, Shamshabad, Hyderabad-509217, Telangana.
The theme for the film festival is ‘His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya”. The films will depict the Glory and Greatness of Sri Ramanujacharya and also the reforms that he brought in the social life.
The best Short Film will be given a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs with “Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdhi Puraskaram”, the Second best Short Film gets Rs. 8 lakhs and the Third best Short Film will get Rs. 6 lakhs. Three additional Special commendation cash prizes of Rs. 1 lakh each will also be given to selected Short Film makers.
Apart from the prizes, winners will be honoured with Memento and Participation Certificate and every participant will get Appreciation certificate. Special Individual Commendations also will be presented in different individual categories like Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director etc., in selected short films.
List of selected films for Screening will be declared on 10th January, 2018 and Short Films selected by jury will be screened during Film Festival.
The basic rules and regulations for the film festival are as follows-:
– The duration of the Short Film should not exceed 8 minutes in duration.
– The films prepared after 2015 are only eligible for the entry. An authorization letter should be enclosed along with the entry.
– Those films which already got award in any other film festival should not be sent as entry for this film festival.
– The Short film made in HD format (1920X1080) and properly edited should only be sent for this film festival.
– Short Film can be made in any language but English subtitles are mandatory.
– The film should be in MP4 format and two DVDs must be sent to us. The English sub-titles are compulsory for all the entries. The film should precede with title, name of the director, the duration etc. You should mention that the DVD sent by you is the final cut.
Entries can be sent to the below address before 1st December, 2017.
US is “seeking excuses” to tear up the nuclear deal with Iran by demanding military site inspections, one of the Islamic republic’s top security officials said on Friday. “Iran has no undisclosed nuclear activity in any geographical location in the country,” the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said on state television. “The issues being raised are media hype by the Americans so that they can refrain from fulfilling their obligations.” Shamkhani accused the administration of President Donald Trump of “unconstructive and excuse-seeking behavior… which is an active attempt to damage this international agreement.”
ADB and Centre sign 250 mn dollar loan agreementON JANUARY 31, 2018 BY NARESH SAGARLEAVE A COMMENTEDIT
Asian Development Bank and the Centre have signed a 250 million dollar loan to finance the construction of over 6,200 kilometres all-weather rural roads in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
The program is aimed at improving rural connectivity, facilitating safer and more efficient access to livelihood and socio-economic opportunities for rural communities through improvements to about 12 thousand kilometres Rural Roads across the 5 States.
Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions) in Department of Economic Affairs Sameer Kumar Khare signed the loan agreement on behalf of Government of India. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khare said, the ADB-funded investment program will provide continued assistance to the PMGSY and support the Government’s long-term goal for rural development.
He said, the programme is li…