Shri Hardeep Singh Puri unveils statue of Maharani Lakshmi Bai in a college at Hisar

Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs & Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Hardeep S. Puri today unveiled the statue of  Rani Lakshmi Bai at the Maharani Lakshmi Bai college for Women, Bhiwani Rohilla in Hisar (Haryana) through video conferencing.


Unveiling the Statue, Shri Puri said that in this 21st century there is lot of discussion on the issue of women empowerment and gender equality, but we have forgotten that Indian history is replete with stories of women bravery, sacrifices and achievements and the story of the Rani Lakshmi Bai is one of them. This statue which will go on inspiring the students of this college, he added.

Describing Rani Lakshmi Bai as a major symbol of revolt against the repression of British Raj, the Minister said that her life has been inspiring nationalism and Indian women for generations who led the freedom revolution of  India with utmost bravery, skill and force against British rule.

The Minister said that Rani Lakshmi Bai has been depicted only as a freedom revolutionary in films and in stories, but only a few people know that she was an intellectual par excellence who was equally good in English language too.

Shri Hardeep Puri also dedicated the Commerce Block of the college in the name of the great educationist,  teacher and founding father of the college, Shri Ashok Mittal. 



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Shri Hardeep Singh Puri launches the Operational Guidelines for Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban 2.0, and AMRUT 2.0

Union Minister for Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Shri Hardeep Singh Puri launched the operational guidelines of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban 2.0 and AMRUT 2.0, here today. This follows the ceremonial launch of SBM-Urban 2.0 and AMRUT 2.0 by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 1st October 2021, stakeholder consultations on 5th October 2021 at Lucknow (during the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations of MoHUA), and Cabinet approval of the Mission on 12th October 2021.

The SBM-U 2.0 and AMRUT 2.0 guidelines have been designed after multiple rounds of stakeholder consultations and feedback from them. The guidelines have been designed under the overarching guiding principles that include equity and inclusiveness to ensure that Mission benefits reach all sections of society, focus on capacity building, extensive digital enablements for implementing every component of the Mission.

Speaking at the occasion, the Minister said the second phases of both the missions are set to transform the country into a really swacch country. The country had become ODF in 2019, on the basis of third party verification,and it will now move to ODF+ and ODF++. Shri Puri said that movement from ODF to Garbage-free will bring about major changes in the ecosystem. He said that AMRUT Mission was earlier covering only 500 cities, and the same will now expand to all the cities. He said that the scheme will not only provide water tap connections, it will also help in realization of the real value of water.Describing the launch of guidelines as the Diwali gift to the citizens of the country for a clean environment, he said that these are being issued within four weeks of the launch of the mission. The Minister lauded the State Governments and ULBs for participating in both the missions whole-heartedly, and also signing the tripartite MoU in such a short time.

Minister of State for Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Kaushal Kishore, joining the event through virtual mode said that SBM became a people’s movement and ushered a change in their habits and attitudes. He said that the Prime Minister himself led from the front, and this helped in the large-scale mobilization and involvement of people. He said that provisioning of the 24X7 water supply in cities by AMRUT will provide big relief to Urban dwellers.

SBM-U 2.0

Budget outlay of SBM-U 2.0is ₹1,41,600 crore. The launch ceremony witnessed the signing of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of States/ UTs and nearly 4,800 ULBs with MoHUA, within a 24-hour timeline. As per the MoU, the Government of India, in partnership with States/UTs and ULBs, is committed to make all cities ‘Garbage Free’ and ‘Water Secure’, in order to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030, which will ultimately improve the quality of life and ease of living of urban populations, thus leading to urban transformation.

In line with the vision of the Prime Minister, SBM-U 2.0 has been designed to realize the aspiration of making all our cities ‘Garbage Free’. This will signify a step forward in the march towards effectively addressing the challenges of rapidly urbanizing India, while contributing towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

SBM-U 2.0 envisions to make all cities ‘Garbage Free’ and ensure grey and black water (used water) management in all cities other than those covered under AMRUT, making all urban local bodies ODF+ and those with a population of less than 1 lakh as ODF++, and Water+, thereby ensuring that no untreated used water is discharged in open to pollute water bodies, thus achieving the vision of safe sanitation in urban areas. The Mission will also focus on source segregation of solid waste, utilizing the principles of 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), scientific processing of all types of municipal solid waste and remediation of legacy dumpsites for effective solid waste management.

Over the last seven years, the Mission has reached all corners of the country and has changed the lives of countless citizens with its ‘people first’ focus. The Mission has revolutionized the sanitation space in urban India by building over 70 lakh household, community and public toilets, thus providing safe and dignified sanitation solutions for all. The Mission has prioritized the needs of women, transgender communities, and persons with disabilities (Divyangs).

Taking the journey forward, the Mission is moving on the path of sustainable sanitation with over 3,300 cities and over 950 cities being certified ODF+ and ODF++ respectively, and 9 cities certified Water+, which entails treatment of wastewater and its optimum reuse. The thrust on scientific waste management is evident with waste processing in India going up by over four times from 18% in 2014 to 70% today. This has been aided through 100% door-to-door waste collection in 97% wards and source segregation of waste being practised by citizens in letter and spirit across 85% wards. More importantly, the Mission has been able to bring about a marked difference in the lives of sanitation workers and informal waste workers. The active participation of 20 crore citizens (comprising over 50% of India’s urban population) in the program has successfully transformed the Mission into a people’s movement, a true Jan Andolan. The launch of operational guidelines of SBM-Urban 2.0 has set the stage for States/ UTs and ULBs to begin the next phase of their journey towards transforming Urban India.

Guidelines released today are available on


ATAL MISSION FOR REJUVENATION AND URBAN TRANSFORMATION (AMRUT) 2.0 targets providing household water tap connections in 4,700 statutory towns and household coverage of sewerage/ septage services in 500 AMRUT cities.  Total indicative outlay for AMRUT 2.0 is ₹ 2,99,000 crore which includes allocation for projects of ongoing AMRUT Mission to the tune of ₹ 22,000 crore for five years from FY 2021-22 to FY 2025-26. Total central share is ₹86,760 crore including ₹10,000 crore for AMRUT projects.

AMRUT, first focused water Mission was launched in June 2015 in 500 cities. In the spirit of “Transformation to Saturation”, Prime Minister launched AMRUT 2.0 on 1 October, 2021.AMRUT 2.0 is a step towards achieving water secure cities to support the spirit of AatmaNirbhar Bharat. 2.68 crore new household tap connections and 2.64 crore sewer connections/ coverage with septage management are proposed under AMRUT 2.0.

Under AMRUT 2.0, cities will submit City Water Balance Plans (CWBPs) online on a robust Mission portal of MoHUA. CWBPs will give the status of water availability, water demand and supply in the city culminating in gaps in services. With target of filling theses gaps projects will be formulated in from of City Water Action Plan. These plans will be aggregated at State level in form of State Water Action Plan (SWAP).  Mission mandates implementation of 10% worth of funds allocated to million plus cities in PPP mode. Taking up projects on 24×7 water supply in 500 AMRUT cities which have population above one lakh is encouraged.

Pey Jal Survekshan, Information, Education & Communication (IEC), Technology sub-Mission and Capacity Building are also key components of Mission. Pey Jal Survekshan will assess quality and quantity of water supplied to the citizens and will instill healthy competition among cities to provide better water related services to the citizens. IEC campaign targets to convert water conservation into a Jan Aandolan. Start-ups in water sector will also be encouraged through Technology sub-Mission. Capacity building program shall impart training to elected representatives, Municipal functionaries and larger audience comprising contractors, managers, plumbers, plant operators, workmen, consultants, students, women, and citizens.

Funding will be done to the States and Union Territories for project implementation, Administrative & Other Expenses. Project funds will be released in three instalments of 20:40:40. Implementation of reforms on Property Tax and user charges is mandatory to get uninterrupted funding from third year onwards. Cities will also submit City Aquifer Management Plans with focus on maintaining positive ground water balance in aquifers. Mission will also fund the outcomes achieved through sources other than AMRUT. Mission management will be paperless and on a complete online platform. Under the gig economy model Mission will co-opt women and youth for concurrent feedbacks about its progress. Mission also has a reform Agenda targeted towards strengthening municipal governance and water security of cities. Major reforms are reducing non-revenue water to below 20%; recycle of treated used water to meet at least 20% of total city water demand and 40% for industrial water demand at State level; 24×7 water supply with ‘Drink from tap’ facility; rejuvenation of water bodies; GIS based master plans of the cities & efficient town planning; credit rating of cities and raising funds through issuance of municipal bonds. Successful implementation of reforms will be incentivized.

Guidelines released today are available on



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Shri Hardeep Singh Puri distributes free LPG connections to poor women under Ujjwala at Kakori, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri today distributed free LPG connections to poor women under the PM Ujjawala Yojana at Kakori, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Shri Kaushal Kishore, Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs and Mrs Jai Devi Kaushal, MLA from Mahilabad were also present on the occasion, organized to mark “Sewa hi samparn hai”.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Puri said that in the last seven years, the number of LPG connections in the country have more than doubled, from 14 crore in 2014 to almost 30 Crore now. He said that Modi Government launched PM Ujjawal Yojana in 2016 and achieved its target of 8 crore, about 8 months before the scheduled date. The second phase of the scheme is underway to give 1 crore  more such connections to the needy families. The Minister said that the scheme has been hugely successful, providing relief to the women from smoke and drudgery, and enabling them to live a respectful life.

Referring to other welfare measures of the Modi Government, Shri Puri said that the Central schemes started by Shri Narendra Modi are yielding results, and people are immensely benefiting from them. He said that Mahatma Gandhi laid emphasis on cleanliness, and the Prime Minister Modi fulfilled the vision by launching the Swacch Bharat Mission, which led to all the cities becoming Open defecation free. He said that from 2004 to 2014, Rs 1.57 lakh crore were spent on urban schemes, but in the last seven years, about 12 lakh crore rupees have been spent on them. About 3 crore people, living in urban and rural India, will get the house under these schemes. Under the PMUY, in Uttar Pradesh, demand of only 17,000 houses was indicated till 2017 but in last four and a half years, about 9 lakh beneficiaries have already been given houses under the scheme.

Talking about the petroleum sector, Shri Puri said that the number of CNG stations in Lucknow itself has increased by 400%, while the number of retail outlets and LPG penetration in the city has gone up by 33% in seven years. The Minister also spoke about expansion in the Metro network in the country, particularly in Uttar Pradesh. He said that the about 90 crore people have been given free Covid vaccination.

Shri Kaushal Kishore spoke about various welfare schemes, benefitting the poor. He said that 80 crore people have been given free ration during the Covid, farmers are getting Rs 6,000 per year, and all the poor will get the house by next year.


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Shri Hardeep Singh Puri launches DSF Bid Round-III

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri today launched the Discovered Small Field (DSF) Bid Round-III. Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Rameswar Teli, Secretary, MoPNG Shri Tarun Kapoor, Additional Secretary, MoPNG Shri Amar Nath, DG, Hydrocarbons Shri SCL Das were present on the occasion. A number of investors from India and abroad participated in the event which was held in a hybrid mode.

Under the bid round, 75 discoveries across 32 Contract areas in 11 basins/locations are being offered. Estimated Hydrocarbon in place of approximately 232 MMTOE of oil and oil equivalent gas are on offer.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri said that Energy is very centric to India’s trajectory of growth. In his keynote address at the “Investors’ Meet: Opportunities underDSF and HELP”, he said that India has a huge appetite for energy and is expected to be the primary driver of global energy demand in the coming decades, as incomes and per capita energy consumption rises.

Shri Puri said that India is waiting to take-off. India’s per capita consumption, which is one-third of global energy, is poised to grow, as the urbanization increases, economic activities speed up, and demand for energy goes up. The energy sector will acquire dynamics of its own.He said that Oil and gas would continue to play a critical role in meeting our energy requirements.

Shri Puri said that for the investors, this is a win-win situation, as there is no doubt about the demand. The Government is ready to partner with the investors, and take remedial steps to overcome the hurdles. He said that under the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, cross-sectoral national issues are dealt through Whole-of-the-Government approach. The Minister assured full support to the investors, and backing of the system. He said that India has conducive environment for the investors, rule of law and democracy, facilitating the investors to take commercially sound decision.

The Minister said that the Government has created an investor-friendly ecosystem, by continuously ushering policy reforms and projects that have the potential to transform the landscape of the sector. Some of these are: successful roll out of the HELP and OALP, opening up of entire sedimentary basin area to investors, National Seismic Programme. 

Shri Rameswar Teli said that since 2014, many new policy initiatives have been taken in the E&P sector, reducing regulatory burden and encouraging investment in the sector. He said that the earlier two rounds of DSF bidding were successful, and a good response is expected in this round as well. Shri Teli said that the Government is fully committed to the holistic development of the North-east, and 3 contract areas in the current round are from the region.

Shri Tarun Kapoor said that there are big opportunities in the Indian upstream sector, and the country is looking for enthusiastic participation from the private sector, and those from abroad. He said that after the DSF Round-III, the tenders for OALP bid Round-VI and CBM will be coming out soon.  Shri Kapoor said that it is heartening to note that the production from earlier rounds of DSF has started happening and more will follow in the next year.

The salient features of DSF policy are: Revenue Sharing Model, Single License for Conventional& Unconventional Hydrocarbons, No upfront signature bonus, Reduced Royalty rate in line with HELP, no cess, Full marketing and Pricing freedom for gas produced, Exploration allowed during entire contract period, and 100% participation from foreign companies/ joint ventures. In the earlier two rounds, 54 contracts were awarded to 27 companies including 12 new entrants.



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PM shares Shri Hardeep Puri’s speech and Health Minister’s reply to the discussion on pandemic in Rajya Sabha

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi shared speech by the Union Minister Shri Hardeep Puri   during the discussion on COVID-19 in Rajya Sabha. The speech “explains a wide range of subjects pertaining to the global pandemic”, tweeted the Prime Minister. 

My colleague Shri @HardeepSPuri Ji has made several important points in his Rajya Sabha speech today. He lucidly explains a wide range of subjects pertaining to the global pandemic.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2021

The Prime Minister also tweeted the link for extensive speech by Shri Mansukh Mandviya, the Union Health Minster. This speech “covers several aspects relating to COVID-19 in an insightful and sensitive manner. I would request you all to hear his remarks”, tweeted the Prime Minister. 

This extensive speech by Shri @mansukhmandviya covers several aspects relating to COVID-19 in an insightful and sensitive manner. I would request you all to hear his remarks.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2021



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