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PM Narendra Modi hints at ‘Surgical Strikes’ to unearth Black Money: IDS declares over Rs 65,000 crore unaccounted money in India

The Prime Minister also announced that country's first Railway University will be set up in Vadodara

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October 23, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hinted at ‘surgical strikes’ against those who have failed to declare their unaccounted money by the September 30 deadline under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS).

“Over Rs 65,000 crore in unaccounted money was declared under the IDS, and that too without any surgical strike. Imagine what all will emerge if we initiate surgical strikes,” Modi said at a public function in Vadodara, where he arrived for a daylong visit earlier in the day.

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He said that other than the money collected under the IDS, his government saved Rs 36,000 crore more by eliminating middlemen and directly transferring funds to beneficiaries by linking their Aadhar cards to the Jan Dhan Yojana.

“So, we have been able to collect roughly Rs 1,00,000 crore,” Modi added.

The Prime Minister was speaking at a function to distribute artificial limbs, tri-cycles and other assisting devices to over 10,000 ‘divyangs’ or differently-abled persons. He said that since May 2014, more than 4,500 such events have been held across the country, compared with just 56 between 1992 and 2014.

It is Modi’s fourth visit to Gujarat in the last three months, but the first one to Vadodara since becoming Prime Minister. He won the Lok Sabha elections both from Vadodara and Varanasi seats but retained the latter. Gujarat goes to the assembly polls in December 2017. During the daylong visit, Modi also inaugurated an integrated terminal building of Vadodara’s Harni Airport built at a cost of Rs 160 crore. Spread over 18,120 square metres, it has a capacity to handle 700 domestic as well as international passengers per hour.

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Speaking at the function, the Prime Minister said India’s aviation sector had huge growth potential vis-a-vis smaller towns, tier-2 and tier-3 cities. “Going by an estimate, within five years, India annually will have fliers equal to the entire population of America,” he added.

Modi said his government had for the first time an integrated national aviation policy to encourage the sector that could power huge economic growth and employment opportunities. “Earlier, there was no aviation policy at all; everything just dragged on in all directions,” he said. “Now, we have taken up an expansion mission on public-private partnership to develop the aviation sector in a major way across the length and breadth of the country,” he said.

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The Prime Minister announced that the country’s first Railway University will be set up in Vadodara to give a major technological fillip to the railways sector.

“Our railways continue to operate on the basis of old structure. With technology and innovation, we can change the face of the Railways in India. This university will play an important role towards encouraging innovation,” he said.

Meanwhile, posters of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appeared in Vadodara, crediting him for the new flashy look of the Vadodara airport. Posters with demand to name the airport after former Vadodara (earlier named Baroda) ruler, the late Sayajirao Gaekwad, too came up in the city. A section of Dalit leaders, meanwhile, demanded that the airport be named after Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. (IANS)

 

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Everything You Need To Know About The Skill India Program

Skill India aims to develop those sectors which require skills and skill development.

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Skill India Campaign is aimed at developing skills of Indian Youth. Twitter

By Ruchika Verma

  • Skill India by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi aims to develope skills in Indian youth
  • This campaign will help youth in developing their careers
  • Skill India campaign has many features which makes it distinct and successful

Narendra Modi’s government in its term has launched many programs which aim at improving the economical condition of India. The programs which are aimed at improving employment in India have been moderately successful.

'Skill India' is PM Narendra Modi's another dream project. Wikimedia Commmons
‘Skill India’ is PM Narendra Modi’s another dream project. Wikimedia Commmons

After successful initiatives like ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India‘, the BJP Government launched another program, called ‘Skill India.’ It is another dream project of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, which was launched on 16 July 2015. The project aims to train 40 crore Indians in different skills by 2022.

Here is the list of all the things you need to know about the Skill India Program :

Objective

Main aim of Skill India is to tap the vast potential of India’s indigenous manpower. The goal is to create opportunities and scope for the development of Indian youth.

Skill India aims to develop those sectors which require skills and skill development. The campaign also aims to identify new sectors for skill development. The main focus is to not only develop skills but also to inculcate entrepreneurship in the youth.

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The aim of developing skills in 40 crores youngsters by 2022 is to be completed by running the campaign in each and every year of India.

There are also many other missions which Narendra Modi launched to fulfill this purpose. These missions are :

Prime minister Kaushal Vikas Yojna is one of the initiative launched under Skill India. Facebook
Prime minister Kaushal Vikas Yojna is one of the initiative launched under Skill India. Facebook
  • National Skill Development Mission
  • National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (Prime Minister Skill Development Scheme)
  • Rural India Skill
  • Skill Loan Scheme

Other features of the Skill India campaign are :

  • Skill India provides training and support for all traditional occupations like carpenters, masons, nurses, blacksmiths, tailors, etc.
  • Not only traditional occupation, it also lays emphasis new, modern areas of occupation like  like designing of jewelry and apparel,  banking and investment, finance, real estate, construction, textile, tourism, or any other field where skill development is needed.
  • For this program India has collaborated with countries like U.K. and Japan. This is done so that the training programs would be standerdised as per the international level. It will enable our  youth to meet domestic as well as international needs, if needed.
Skill India campaign has several advantages for youth as well as economy of India.
Skill India campaign has several advantages for youth as well as economy of India.
  • Courses offered under Skill India consider various factors such as age, location, language and financial status, to ensure that the candidate learns all the required skills like communication, management, etc.
  • The course methodology of Skill India is very interesting, interactive and  innovative. It includes games, group discussions, practical experiences, case studies etc.
  • Another important feature of Skill India campaign is the project called, Rural India Skill. It will standardize and certify the training process, as per the International standards.

Advantages of Skill India campaign and what makes it different.

The Sill India campaign has many advantages. It will raise the confidence and productivity of the youth through proper skill development. It will help them get well-reputed blue collar jobs. Soft training given during this course will not only help professionally, but also in personal development. It will also improve entrepreneurship in our country.

Apart from creating job opportunities, this campaign will also help in the growth of Indian industries by providing them with skilled man-power. While improving the lives of the youth,  this campaign will also help in improving India’s economy.

Also Read : Indian Consulate General in Chicago hosts “Make in India” seminar

Skill India aims to empower youth. Twitter
Skill India aims to empower youth. Twitter

What makes this campaign different from the other similar onesin the past is, the new approach. Skill India is not just a campaign, but a movement, as per the P.M. Narendra Modi. This program is also not for a certain strata of society, this program is non-discriminatory and is for every Indian who aspire to improve their skills and career.

Skill India campaign also doesn’t focus on just one type of professional skill, it is for all kinds of professions – be it traditional or modern. The certifying committee is also under a new ministry which will ensure that there no discrepancies.

Skill India campaign till now is running smoothly, benefiting many Indians and their careers. Hopefully, it will continue to run properly and will increase in its effectiveness.