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current affairs January 2014

President Pranab Mukherjee to launch National Mission on Libraries[31/01/2014]

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee will launch the National Mission on Libraries (NML), an initiative of the Ministry of Culture to modernise and digitally link public libraries across the country, at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 3rd February, 2014.

Nine important constituents of the NML include upgradation of infrastructure, digitization and modernisation, census of libraries and their development as knowledge centres and transformation of libraries into empowering and inclusive institutions.

Approved by the government in November last year, NML was set up in pursuance of a report of the National Knowledge Commission, which recommended a total revamp of the Library and Information Service sector to serve the changing needs and expectations of the users and give a fillip to the library movement in the country.

Under the scheme, six libraries under the Culture Ministry, 35 Central Libraries in states and 35 District Libraries will be developed as model libraries. Emphasis will on developing these libraries in economically backward districts. Further, 629 district libraries across the states would be provided network connectivity. For setting up of the model libraries, existing libraries would be identified in consultation with the state governments to improve infrastructure and upgrade technology used by them.

NML also intends to create a National Virtual Library of India (NVLI) to facilitate a comprehensive database on digital resources, carry out a census on the resources available in the libraries and conduct a study on the reading habits in different regions of the country.

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh takes charge as Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia Region[31/01/2014]

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh has taken charge as the Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia Region, here today. She retired as Advisor, International Health in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Dr Singh was elected as the Regional Director, South East Asian Regional Organisation (SEARO) in September 2013 after a gap of 44 years. India had occupied the post from 1948 – 1968, but since 1968 India has not occupied the post of the Regional Director of SEARO.

Bombardier to supply India-made trains to Australia[30/01/2014]

Canadian engineering giant Bombardier-led consortium secured a whopping USD 4.1 billion contract to supply trains, manufactured in India, and maintenance services to Australia's Queensland state. The Queensland Government announced its order of 75 new six-car trains, maintenance services for a period of 30 years and the construction of a purpose-built maintenance centre under a 32-year public-private partnership.

Uniform terms of appointment and conditions of service of chairpersons/members of tribunals/quasi-judicial bodies [30/01/2014]

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval on the recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on uniformity of tenure, retirement age, re-appointment, pension, salary and allowances including medical facilities, leave and travelling allowances for chairpersons/members of Tribunals and other quasi-judicial bodies set up for through central legislations. The recommendations of the GoM, as accepted by the Cabinet, will have prospective effect through an overarching legislation.

Amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes for 13 States and three Union Territories [30/01/2014]

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for making amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in respect of 13 States (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) and three Union Territories (Chandigarh, Delhi and Puducherry) by way of inclusion / correction / deletion of castes/communities according to advices received from the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). The amendments will notify 115 changes recommended by the NCBC.

The proposed changes will enable persons belonging to these castes/communities to avail benefits of reservation in government services and posts as well as in central educational institutions according to existing policy. They will also become eligible for benefit under various welfare schemes, scholarships, etc. being administered by the Central Government, which are at present available to persons belonging to the OBCs.

India and the Republic of Fiji Sign Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) [30/01/2014]

The Government of the Republic of India signed a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with the Government of Republic of Fiji for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income. The Agreement was signed here today by Shri P. Chidambaram, Union Minister of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and by Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Anti-Corruption, Public Enterprises, Communications, Civil Aviation, Tourism, Industry and Trade, on behalf of the Government of Republic of Fiji.

India and Netherlands sign MoU in the field of Health and Medicine [30/01/2014]

India signed a MoU with The Netherlands in the field of health and medicine to strengthen bilateral cooperations, here today. The MoU was signed by the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ms. Edith I Schippers, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Cabinet approves enactment of 'waqf properties (eviction of unauthorized occupants) bill, 2013' [30/01/2014]

The Cabinet has approved the enactment of a new Stand-alone legislation named ‘Waqf Properties (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Bill, 2013’ moved by Shri K. Rahman Khan, Minister of Minority Affairs.

The Sachar Committee in its report dated 17.11.2006 recommended to treat waqf as Public Premises as these properties are for the benefit of public and not for individual and encroachment on these properties to be treated as encroachment on Government Land. In view of this, the Ministry of Minority Affairs moved a proposal to the Cabinet to have a Stand-alone legislation to protect Waqf Properties from encroachments and alienation, in consultation with the Ministry of Law, and the Cabinet has approved the feasibility of such a legislation.

The new legislation when passed by the Parliament will be highly beneficial for the entire Muslim community as it will provide a perfect mechanism for protection of the waqf properties from encroachment.

Central Government notifies Jains as Minority Community [27/01/2014]

In exercise of powers conferred by clause(c) of Section 2 of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 (19 of 1992), the Central Government hereby notifies the Jain community as a minority community in addition to the five communities already notified as minority communities viz. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis) vide Ministry of Welfare Notification SO No.816 (E) dated 23.10.1993 for the purposes of the said Act.

This is issued based on a communication received from the Ministry of Minority Affairs vide F.No.1-1/2009-NCM dated 27.1.2014

‘Krishi Vasant’, a national level agriculture fair-cum-exhibition, is being organized at Nagpur[23/01/2014]

‘Krishi Vasant’, a national level agriculture fair-cum-exhibition, is being organized (jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and Government of Maharashtra) at Nagpur from February 9 to 13, 2014. This is likely to be the largest farmer fair in the country.

Named Krishi Vasant’, the fair is a multi-sectoral event in which agro industries, research institutes, Central and State Government organizations, farmer-producer organizations, KVKs, animal breeders, horticulturists, NGOs, students and academia are going to set up their exhibition/demonstrations.

Latest developments in all areas of agriculture including crop sciences and technologies, animal husbandry, dairy, fisheries, food processing, post-harvest activities and marketing will be on display in the fair.

Exhibits include latest technologies such as DNA finger printing, micro-nutrient test of soil and tetrazoleum test of seed. More than 350 live demonstrations of crops will be held. There will also be theme specific seminars with farmers and farmer-scientist interactions. Best agricultural practices from the entire country are going to be showcased through 92 success stories.

SJVN's Khirvire Wind Power Project Commences Generation [23/01/2014]

After achieving great success in hydro power generation, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) has successfully commissioned 15 Wind Power turbines of its 47.6 MW Khirvire Wind Power Project in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. Each of the 15 Wind Power turbines has a capacity to generate 850 kV energy. The project will have a total 56 turbine units and will have annual energy generation of 85.65 MU of electricity. The 15 turbine units commissioned are located in village Khirvire/Kombhalane.

The project has been linked to a 132 kV Transmission Line from Akole 132 kV Grid Sub Station to 2 x 50 MVA, 33/132 kV Wind Farm Pooling Station connecting 33 kV Line for Inter connecting the Maharashtra Grid. As per the execution schedule, the project will be fully commissioned during current financial year.

Innovation Hub at National Science Centre, Delhi Launched[23/01/2014]

The Union government has taken yet another step to promote innovation through science and technology by establishing innovation hubs across the country. Shri Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Innovation Council & Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations inaugurated an ‘Innovation Hub’ at the National Science Centre, New Delhi today. It provides a unique opportunity for children of various age groups to work at the facility during the week-ends to develop their ideas on various aspects of Science & Technology. Membership is available for interested students for long-term hands-on and minds-on engagement in creative activities in science & technology. Over 40 students have already sought membership of the new facility and it will be functional from this weekend.

The Innovation hub has been equipped with components namely, Hall of Fame with stories of Inventions and Inventors; Innovation Resource Centre with online access to innovation-centric resources; Innovative Laboratory to carry out activities, experiments and projects; Tech Lab for Robotics & Microprocessor Programming; Tod-Phod-Jod (Break & Remake) for students to open gadgets and reassemble them on their own; Kabad Se Jugad (Build from Scrap) for students to develop things from scrap and low-cost materials and an Idea Box for children to propose ideas and create an idea bank. The best ideas will be chosen for experimentation, model making and project work. In addition, children are encouraged to identify real life problem/investigatory projects and work on for solutions under the guidance of experts/mentors.

Chhattisgarh's tops in Fiscal Management in RBI Study[23/01/2014]

As per RBI study, published in its annual number, ‘State Finances - A study of budgets of 2013-14’ Chhattisgarh's development expenditure as per cent of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) is highest in the country. In Chhattisgarh, development expenditure is 20.7 per cent of GSDP, whereas average of all states put together is 11.4 per cent. On this parameter, Bihar is second (16.8), Madhya Pradesh and Goa third (15.7) and Jharkhand is fourth (14.7). Interestingly, till last financial year (2012-13) Bihars development expenditure was highest in the country.

In respect of social sector expenditure, that includes education, health, SC/ST development, women and child development, Chhattisgarh holds the first position. Social sector expenditure, in Chhattisgarh as per cent of GSDP is 14 per cent whereas Bihar (11.3) is second, Madhya Pradesh (9.7) and Uttar Pradesh (9.7) are third and Jharkhand (9.2) is fourth. The study is done analysing the budgets of the States rather than surveying the ground level situation in the States. In a different study, National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) has indicated that Chhattisgarh is the poorest State of the country where nearly 40% people live below the poverty line.

Minister of Mines Dedicates Advanced Light Helicopter – Garuda Vasudha to the Nation[22/01/2014]

Shri Dinsha Patel, Minister of Mines, dedicated the Advanced Light Helicopter "Garuda Vasudha" of Geological Survey of India equipped with Heliborne Geophysical Survey System (HGSS) to the nation here today through video-conferencing. The helicopter was launched from the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Complex, Bangalore. The Minister also laid the foundation stone of a ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Centre of Excellence Laboratory building of GSI at its Bangalore complex at a cost of Rs. 42 crore.

The Garuda Vasudha a "Dhruv" category helicopter has been indigenously built by HAL and the HGSS comprising four aerogeophysical sensors, namely Time Domain Electromagnetic, Magnetic, Spectrometric and Gravimetric alongwith Data Acquisition Systems, have been procured from M/s Pico Envirotec Inc., Canada. The installation and integration of the sensor system has been carried out at HAL. The total cost of the HGSS is about Rs. 63 crores.

Smt Aruna Bahuguna Appointed as Director NPA, Hyderabad[21/01/2014]

Smt Aruna M Bahuguna, IPS(AP:79) presently working as Special Director General, CRPF has been appointed as Director SVP, National Police Academy (NPA), Hyderabad with effect from the date of her taking over charge of the post and till her superannuation on 28.02.2017 or till further orders, whichever event taken place earlier.

UK schoolboy becomes world's youngest to trek South Pole[19/01/2014]

A 16-year-old British schoolboy has set a world record for the youngest person ever to trek to the South Pole, completing the gruelling 1,129km journey in just 48 days.

Lewis Clarke from Bristol spent 48 days at spine chilling temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius, braving icy winds of up to 193 kph.

Clarke reached the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station after completing the 1,129 kilometre journey from the Antarctic coast, 'BBC News' reported.

SanDisk's Sanjay Mehrotra named CEO of the Year[17/01/2014]

Sanjay Mehrotra, the Indian-American Chief Executive Officer of SanDisk, leading maker of flash memory devices, has been named the 2013 CEO of the Year by the Entrepreneurs' Foundation of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF).

Legendary actress of yesteryears Suchitra Sen died in a Kolkata hospital[16/01/2014]

Legendary actress of yesteryears Suchitra Sen died in a Kolkata hospital, aged 82. She breathed her last on Friday morning, though neither the hospital authorities nor the doctors would confirm the time. The immediate reason of her death was believed to be cardiac arrest. Over a vast span from the fifties to the seventies Sen had teamed up with matinee idol Uttam Kumar to create one of the most famous pairs of Indian films.

Smt. Sen was a legendary actress who ruled Bengali cinema for decades. Her powerful roles in films were highly acclaimed and will be remembered by generations of film lovers. During her illustrious career she was not only a recipient of Padma Shri Award but also became the first Bengali actress who was awarded 'Best Actress Award' at an international film festival. Her sad demise is a huge loss to the Indian film industry, particularly Bengali Cinema.

Total Number of Companies in the Official Registry[15/01/2014]

As per the records of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs there were a total of 13.59 lakh companies in the official Registry as on 30th November 2013. However, out of these as many as 2.66 lakh companies have been closed and there are 29,310 companies that are in the process of being closed. Also, as many as 1.43 lakh companies have not filed their Annual Returns/ Balance Sheets (i.e., Annual Statutory Filings) for more than 3 consecutive years, and are thus classified as ‘dormant’. As a result, there were actually about 9.20 lakh active companies as on 30th November 2013.

Army Day Parade by Chief of the Army Staff[15/01/2014]

An impressive parade was held at Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantt on 15 Jan 2014 showcasing the competency of the world’s second largest military in which tanks and the latest weaponry took part. Various Regiments marched in perfect unison at the 66th Army Day.

General Bikram Singh, Chief of the Army Staff reviewed the parade and bestowed awards to Officers, Junior commissioned officers and other ranks in recognition of their gallantry and distinguished service to the Army and the Nation.

The Parade also revealed the might of the Indian Army by the eye catching display of OSA-AK, SMERCH and BRAHMOS Missiles. The Punch of Indian Army, the T-90 main battle tank drew applaud from the audience as it proudly rolled. The grand finale was the Combat Demonstration.

Commissioning of Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS 'Abhinav'[15/01/2014]

The Indian Coast Guard Ship 'Abhinav', the third in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), designed and built by M/s Cochin Shipyard Limited, was commissioned today at Kochi by the Director General of Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal.

The 50 meter indigenous FPV displaces 290 tonnes and can achieve a maximum speed of 33 knots with an endurance of 1500 nautical miles at economical speed of 13 knots, equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and advanced communication and navigational equipment. She makes an ideal platform for undertaking multifarious close-coast missions such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and medical evacuation. The special features of the ship include an Integrated Bridge Management System (IBMS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS) and an integrated gun mount with indigenous Fire Control System (FCS).

In his address during the commissioning ceremony, Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal termed the FPVs as the work horses of Coast Guard. The Flag Officer also dwelt upon the fast paced development of the Indian Coast Guard and acknowledged the support of Government for the Coast Guard’s plan to increase force levels substantially to face the emerging security challenges in the maritime domain. He emphasised the importance Government of India accords to Coastal Security in view of the asymmetric threats from the sea. Indian Coast Guard will be a 150 ships/boats and 100 aircraft maritime force in next five years. In addition to these operational assets, a Coastal Surveillance Network is being established with 46 stations to ensure real time coastal surveillance.

The ship has been named ICGS 'Abhinav', literally meaning ‘Modern’, and will be based at Kochi under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West).

Indian Defence Technologies on Display at Bahrain International Airshow[15/01/2014]

India is showcasing during the Bahrain International Airshow, its state-of-the-art airborne platforms and associated sensors & communication systems designed and developed by Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO). DRDO, along with some of its production partners is displaying India’s strength and expertise in design, development and leading to production at the 'Bahrain International Airshow' being held at Sakhir Airbase, Bahrain from 16 – 18 Jan 2014, with the aim of exploring the potential of exporting these advanced systems to friendly countries in the region.

The show will witness flying demonstration of the 'AEW&C India' the latest and state of the art Airborne Early Warning and Control system that can detect, identify and classify threats present in the surveillance area and act as a command and control centre to support variety of air operations. The system with its multiple Communication and data links can alert and direct fighters against such threats while providing “Recognizable Air Surface Picture” to the Commanders at the Ground Exploitation Stations. It also comprises of electronic and communication support measures that intercept and classify unfriendly radar transmissions and communication signals. "AEW&C India" with Mission Systems developed by DRDO with modular design and seamlessly integrated on an Embraer 145 aircraft provides a very cost effective solution for C4ISR capabilities. It is based on modern state of art technologies and can be adapted to the needs of any country.

DRDO is also displaying models of Light Combat Aircraft 'TEJAS', the ‘Four plus’ generation and highly cost effective fighter aircraft designed and developed by the Department of Defence R&D of the Ministry of Defence and being produced by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Models of trainer and the Naval versions are also on display. The other items include models of 'Expendable high Speed Aerial Target', 'NISHANT', the multi mission UAV with Day and Night operational capability for battlefield surveillance & reconnaissance, target tracking & localization and artillery fire correction and OBOGS (On Board Oxygen Generation System).

Insat 3D Meteorological Data Processing System to the Nation[15/01/2014]

Union Minister Sh. S. Jaipal Reddy today dedicated the "INSAT 3D Meteorological Data Processing System to the Nation" on 139th Foundation Day of India Meteorological Department (IMD) here in New Delhi. Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences ans Dr. L. S. Rathore Director General of Meteorology was present on this occasion. A website INDIA WEATHER was also launched on the occasion.

Shri Reddy also felicitated Eminent Scientist Dr. Ajit Tyagi, former Director General of IMD and gave Awards to best employees, best offices of IMD on this occasion.

Shri Reddy complemented the accurate forecast for normal 2013 monsoon and the Phailin cyclone which resulted in evacuation of almost 1 million people from the coastal regions. He also lauded the the accurate forecast of other cyclones namely Mahasen, Helen, Lehar and Madi by IMD during last year.

INSAT 3D Meteorological Data Processing System (IMDPS) has been set up at National Satellite Meteorological Centre (NSMC), IMD, New Delhi to receive and process the satellite data on a real time basis. The system is capable to process and generate images and products on 24X7 basis.

UPA Chairperson Inaugurates "SAMARTH 2014: Celebrating Diversity"[15/01/2014]

Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, United Progressive Alliance, inaugurated "SAMARTH 2014: Celebrating Diversity" organized by the Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

In December last year, the Union Cabinet had approved the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill to replace the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act of 1995. The bill covers a variety of issues relating to the disabled persons such as physical, mental and multiple disabilities.

Participation of Indian sports persons in Sochi Winter Olympics 2014[15/01/2014]

Following three sports persons from India have qualified for participation in Sochi Winter Olympics commencing from 7th February 2014:

  1. Shri Shiva Keshavan (Luge)
  2. Shri Himanshu Thakur (Alpine Skiing)
  3. Shri Nadeem Iqbal (Alpine Skiing)
71 Golden Globe Awards 2014[14/01/2014]
Best Motion Picture – Drama12 Years a Slave
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – DramaCate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – DramaMatthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or MusicalAmerican Hustle
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or MusicalAmy Adams In American Hustle
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or MusicalLeonardo Dicaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street
Best Animated Feature FilmFrozen
Best Foreign Language FilmThe Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion PictureJennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion PictureJared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Director - Motion Picture Alfonso Cuarón in Gravity
Best Screenplay - Motion PictureSpike Jonze - Her
Dr. Manmohan sigh Lays Foundation Stone of 2800 MW Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana[13/01/2014]

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today laid the foundation stone of 2800 Megawatt Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojana (Nuclear Power Project) in the Gorakhpur Village of Fatehabad district of Haryna.

The 1st phase will see the commissioning of two units producing 1400 MWe of electricity. The Commissioning of 1st phase will be completed by 2020-21. The second phase will start after that which will double the capacity to full 2800 MWe.

Gorakhpur Anu Vidyut Pariyajana (GHAVP-1 to 4) is an ambitious initiative of The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, A Govt. of India Enterprise. Being built at an estimated cost of Rs. 20,594 Crore, this will be the 1st Nuclear Power Plant of Haryana and will be 21st in the country. For it the Haryana State Government has provided 1319 Acre ( 534 Hectare) land for the project and nearly 186 acre (75 Hectare) for the housing colonies of plant personnel and CISF personnel.

The proposed 700 MWe PHWR rectors are indigenous and similar o the ones currently under construction in Gujrat State (KAPP-3 &$) and Rajasthan state (RAPP-7 & 8). Also, the reactor size and the design features of 700 MWe are similar to that of 540 MWe of TAPP 3 &4 Units, except that partial boiling of the coolant upto about 3% (nominal ) at the coolant channel exit has been allowed.

India and Canada sign Letter of Intent for Co-operation in Iron and Steel Sector[13/01/2014]

The Union Minister of Steel, Shri Beni Prasad Verma, taking forward his efforts to foster cooperation in mining and steel sector, interacted with a high-level delegation from Canada headed by Minister of Natural Resources, Government of Canada, Mr. Joe Oliver here today. During the interaction, A Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed to further supplement the dialogue of co-operation in the iron and steel sector.

Through the LoI, both countries plan to develop and expand mutual co-operation, inter-alia, through information exchanges in areas of mutual interest including iron-ore, coking coal and other steel making raw materials and encourage bilateral investment opportunities in iron and steel related business. Efforts made by the two countries would ensure raw material security and forge alliances with global entities for tapping new market.

Mumbai gets world class airport terminal[10/01/2014]

The swanky world class terminal T2 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai boasts of arguably the largest art gallery at such a facility, depicting the vibrant mosaic of the country's cultural heritage and varied collage of the city's life.

Introduction of National Youth Policy-2014[09/01/2014]

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for introduction of the National Youth Policy-2014 (NYP-2014), replacing NYP-2003 currently in force.

The vision of NYP-2014 is to empower youth to achieve their full potential, and through them enable India to find its rightful place in the community of nations. For achieving this vision, the Policy identifies five well-defined objectives and 11 priority areas and suggests policy interventions in each priority area. The priority areas are education, skill development and employment, entrepreneurship, health and healthy lifestyle, sports, promotion of social values, community engagement, participation in politics and governance, youth engagement, inclusion and social justice.

The focused approach on youth development and empowerment involving all stakeholders, as envisaged in NYP-2014, would result in development of an educated and healthy young population, who are not only economically productive, but are also socially responsible citizens contributing to the task of nation-building.

It will cover the entire country catering the needs of all youth in the age-group of 15-29 years, which constitutes 27.5 per cent of the population according to Census-2011, that is about 33 crore persons.It will replace NYP-2003, to take care of developments since 2003 and future policy imperatives.

The NYP-2014 proposes broad policy interventions for the youth consistent with the 12thPlan priorities and does not propose any specific programme/ scheme, having financial implications. All concerned Ministries/ Department would be requested to bring focus on youth issues within the framework of their plans/ programmes/ schemes etc.

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