The Gist of Press Information Bureau (PIB): September 2016

The Gist of Press Information Bureau: September 2016

  • Union HRD Minister launches ‘Prashikshak’- a teacher education portal
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  • Indian Warships Visit Busan, South Korea After Exercise Malabar 2016
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Central Ministries & Departments to be linked to the online Pension Sanction
and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for
Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS (IC) for Youth Affairs and
Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and
Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has said all Central Ministries and Departments will
be linked to the online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’
very soon. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Government has started ‘Anubhav’
scheme for the retiring employees to write an account of their experiences which
can be helpful in improving the system. He also said that a focused approach and
emphatic attitude needs to be developed towards the pensioners.

The Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has taken
various initiatives for the welfare of the pensioners. The online Pension
Sanction and Payment Tracking System ‘Bhavishya’ has introduced transparency and
accountability into the pension sanction and payment process, thereby helping
eliminate delays and bring satisfaction to the retiring employees and
pensioners. The system keeps retiring employees and administration informed of
the progress of pension sanction process through SMS/e-mail. In the year
2015-16, the scheme has been scaled up and will eventually cover all 9,000
Drawing & Disbursal Offices (DDOs) in the country. ‘Sankalp’ is an initiative
for motivating retiring employees and pensioners to take up voluntary work after
retirement so as to channelize their experience and skill towards productive
work for society and nation building. The Department has so far registered 1,812
Pensioners, 16 Organisations and 19 Pensioners Associations under this project.
Some Pensioners Associations have done exemplary work under the initiative.
‘Anubhav’ was launched in February, 2015 on the direction of the Prime Minister
Shri Narendra Modi. This initiative is to showcase the outstanding work done by
retiring employee that contributed to the efficiency, economy and effectiveness
in Government functioning. It is envisaged that over a period of time this will
create a wealth of information, institutional memory and innovative ideas and
will motivate employees.

‘Jeevan Pramaan’ is a facility created for submission of
Aadhaar based digital life certificate. This scheme was initiated by the Prime
Minister on November 10, 2014. This scheme provides an excellent facility for
the benefit of pensioners to submit their digital life certificate from the
comfort of their homes. The Pensioners Associations are actively involved in
motivating their fellow pensioners to get their pension accounts seeded with
Aadhaar Number. Due to continuous efforts, as on date around 34 lakh i.e 71% of
Central Government pensioners have seeded their bank accounts with Aadhaar

Union HRD Minister launches ‘Prashikshak’- a teacher education portal

Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt.
Smriti Zubin Irani dedicated ‘Prashikshak’ – a teacher education portal, to the
nation at Vigyan Bhawan. ‘Prashikshak’ is launched with a vision to strengthen
District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) and bring quality teachers
into the Indian school education system. The Union HRD Minister also announced
that the Ministry of Human Resource Development also has plans for enhancing
Prashikshak to cover all Govt. Teacher Education Institutions in the country,
which are recognized by the National Council for Teacher Education. She also
made an appeal to all State Government teacher education functionaries to make
full use of the ‘Prashikshak’ portal to bring about transformative changes in
the monitoring system of these institutions.

Teacher education system has seen a phenomenal expansion
during the last two decades and today it is the single largest professional
educational system in the country which turns out the highest number of ‘trained
personnel’ for our schools. DIETs were created in the early 1990s to strengthen
elementary education and support the decentralization of education to the
district level, under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education. DIETs
offer pre-service and in-service teacher training programmes for government
elementary school teachers. They also undertake studies in education, annual
academic planning and reviews and function as resource centres for teaching
learning and material development. As on 31.05.2016, 588 DIETs are functioning
in the country with an annual intake capacity of 49026 students.

Indian Warships Visit Busan, South Korea After Exercise Malabar 2016

In a demonstration of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and Indian
Navy’s increasing footprint and operational reach, Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri,
Shakti and Kirch have arrived at Busan on a four day visit, as part of
deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea. During the visit, the IN
ships will have professional interaction with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy
towards further enhancing co-operation between the two forces. In addition,
calls on senior Government and military authorities, sporting and cultural
interactions and sharing of best practices, aimed at strengthening ties and
mutual understanding between the two Navies, are also planned. The visiting IN
ships are also likely to conduct exercises with the ROK Navy, aimed at enhancing
interoperability in communication as well as Search and Rescue procedures, post
departure from Busan. INS Sahyadri is commanded by Captain K S Rajkumar, INS
Shakti is commanded by Captain Gagan Kaushal and INS Kirch is commanded by
Commander Sharad Sinsunwal.

Bilateral relations between India and Republic of Korea are
characterised by historical and cultural contacts dating back to ancient times.
The enduring philosophy of the Lord Buddha, which has influenced the lives and
thoughts of people of the two countries, also provides a strong link. The close
relationship between India and RoK has been reinforced in modern times by
political and economic imperatives. Traditionally close bilateral relations were
given an impetus with the visit of President, Her Excellency Park Geun-hye to
India in January 2014 and reciprocal visit by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi to Korea in May 2015. Bilateral trade and economic cooperation
between the two countries has been forging ahead steadily and has progressed
leaps and bounds in recent years. Both countries have signed a Comprehensive
Economic Partnership Agreement, with special emphasis on shipbuilding and
electronics hardware manufacturing.

,Defence and Security relations between India and Republic of
Korea have evolved steadily over the years and have received a renewed impetus
with the visit of Indian defence delegation led by Defence Minister in April 16.
Subscription to training courses, participation in multi-lateral
seminars/forums, reciprocal port visits, high-level delegations and training
exchanges have bolstered naval cooperation between the two countries. In
addition, both countries have forged ties in the field of military R&D, with MoU
signed between Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and
the Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) of RoK. The last visit
by an IN ship to Republic of Korea was in October 2015, when Sahyadri berthed at

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