Hong Kong – CE officiates at second day of 2022 Honours and Awards Presentation Ceremony (with videos)

CE officiates at second day of 2022 Honours and Awards Presentation Ceremony (with videos)


     The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, presented honours and awards to 294 recipients on the second day of the 2022 Honours and Awards Presentation Ceremony at Government House today (November 6).


     Among the recipients, 101 received the Medal of Honour and 193 received the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service.


     The 2022 Honours List was announced on July 27 (www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202207/27/P2022072600794.htm?fontSize=2).

The second phase of the GOAL Programme (GOAL 2.0) was launched on 28thJune, 2022 with an aim to digitally upskill tribal youth : Shri Arjun Munda

GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) is a joint initiative of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Meta (formerly Facebook), which aims at digital empowerment of tribal youth and women through concept of mentor and mentee.

The first phase of the GOAL programme was launched as a pilot project in May 2020 and it was completed by Dec 2021. The mentees in the first-phase were provided with 40+ hours of training across three course pillars: (1) Communication & Life Skills; (2) Enabling Digital Presence, and (3) Leadership & Entrepreneurship. The programme is fully funded by Meta (Facebook India). As part of the phase 1 of GOAL program, 176 tribal youth from 23 States across India were selected through an online application process.  The mentees were also given a smart phone and Internet Connectivity by Facebook.

The second phase of the GOAL Programme (GOAL 2.0) was launched on 28thJune, 2022 with an aim to digitally upskill tribal youth by promoting entrepreneurship and opening up opportunities for them using digital technology.

In Phase-I, the digital mentorship was provided online by attaching one mentor to 2 mentees.  Based on learnings from Phase-I, there is change in the design in Phase-II.  Rather than inviting applications to become mentees under the scheme, Goal 2 program will be open to all people from tribal communities. The program aims to upskill and digitally enable tribal youth via Facebook live sessions and Meta Business Coach, a digital learning tool. There will be special focus on more than 10 lakh members of 50000 Vandhan Self Help Groups.  They will be digitally trained with regard to market demand, packaging, branding and marketing of their products.  The GOAL 2 will enable maximum participation and percolation of benefits of the training within the tribal youth with provision of Chatbot, need based on line sessions from Industry experts in different fields as per requirements from the mentees.

The programme is fully funded by Meta (Facebook India) and Ministry of Tribal Affairs has not incurred any expenditure or provided any funds for implementation of the program.

Ministry of Tribal Affairs in coordination with Ministry of IT and Electronics, will be providing 6 digital classes in each of the 175 EMRS schools selected under the program.  The project is being implemented by ERNET, which is an autonomous organization under MeiTY through STC funds available with MeITY and 10% funding is being done by NESTS.  

Under Skill India Mission, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is implementing its flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). Under PMKVY 3.0, focus has also been given for skilling on digital technology and Industry 4.0. Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) have also created job roles on new and emerging digital technologies and industry 4.0 skills like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT).  MSDE has budget of Rs. 203 cr under Schedule Tribe Component (STC) for various programs related to skill development of tribals during 2022-23.  

Further, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the aegis of the MSDE has initiated online skilling through eSkill India portal. The platform offers learning opportunities on emerging technologies like cybersecurity, blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning, predictive modelling, statistical business analytics, cloud and Internet of Things along with professional skills like design thinking, project management and digital marketing.

There is no separate fund allotment for training of Digital Skills under the PMKVY scheme. Under Centrally Sponsored State Managed (CSSM) component of PMKVY scheme, there is a provision of State/UT-wise allocation of funds.

Further, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education is implementing the initiative of Vocationalisation of School Education under the umbrella of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of ‘Samagra Shiksha’. Under Vocational Education component of ‘Samagra Shiksha’, NSQF compliant vocational courses are offered to the school students including tribal Students from class 9th to 12th in the schools covered under the scheme. It consists of Communication Skills, Self-Management Skills, Information and Communication Technology Skills, Entrepreneurship Skills and Green Skills.

This Information was provided by Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda in Lok Sabha.



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Second day of ‘India Stack Knowledge Exchange’ witnesses brainstorming discussion and knowledge sharing on Health Stack, Agri-Stack, Skilling Stack and Digital Inclusion

As a part of Digital India Week celebration from 4 July – 9 July 2022, a three days’ dedicated event titled “India Stack Knowledge Exchange” is being organized from 7 July to 9 July 2022. The four sessions were held on 8th July 2022 as part of the virtual event.

Health Stack

The first thematic session was held on ‘Health Stack’. Dr. R. S. Sharma, CEO, NHA shared the insights on CO-WIN and its scale leading to delivery of 2 Billion doses of covid vaccinations. He informed that the platform is robust enough to handle peak of 25 Million API on the day. He also said that unified health interface that will integrate various healthcare systems to provide common interface to stakeholders. Dr Praveen Gedam, Addl. CEO, NHA & Mission Director, Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) explained the ABDM and emphasized Electronic Health Record and its role in creating digital health ecosystem. Dr. Seema Khanna, DDG, NIC shared the genesis of Aarogya Setu, its impact in terms of 216 Million downloads and how the privacy concerns have been taken care. Dr. Sanjay Sood, Project Director, CDAC moderated the session and shared his insight on e-Sanjeevani, a telemedicine solution that has benefitted 8.1 Million consultations.  

This was followed by two parallel thematic sessions titled ‘AgriStack’ and ‘Technology Stack for Skilling’.


Mr. J. Satyanarayana, Chief Advisor, C4IR India, World Economic Forum delivered the keynote address on “IDEA- India Digital Ecosystem for Agriculture”. He articulated the challenges faced by the farm sector in India and the value-based approach of IDEA. He emphasised on moving from “system thinking” to “ecosystem thinking” with IDEA. The session on AgriStack was moderated by Dr. Ranjna Nagpal, Sr. DDG, NIC, and the eminent panel included Mr. Rajeev Chawla, Chief Knowledge Officer & Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Dr. Vinay Thakur, Chief Operating Officer, NeGD, MeitY and Dr. Kapil Ashok Bendre, Director, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s welfare. The panel deliberated upon the need for a farmer’s database, farmer ID, integration of farmer centric systems and databases. The challenges in identifying real farmer and targeted delivery of services were discussed along with dynamic solution facilitated through FRUITS (Farmer Registration and Unified Beneficiary Information System). The soil health card workflow, its coverage on pan-India basis, success stories and potential use cases were discussed. Electronic National Agriculture Market (E-NAM), its coverage across 1260 agriculture markets across 25 States and UTs were explained. Mobile based app called M4AGRI and Kisan Sarathi and its operational status in 6 NER States were covered. The panel concluded that integration of agri-related systems is the way forward as envisaged under IDEA.

Skilling Stack

Dr. Jaideep Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, MeitY moderated the Technology Stack for Skilling. Mr. Hemang Jani, Secretary, Capacity Building Commission, Ms. Deepali Upadhyay, Director-AIM (NITI Aayog), and Ms. Kirti Seth, CEO, NASSCOM – Future Skills, graced the sessions as panelists and put forth their views on Mission KarmaYogi, Atal Tinkering Lab, FutureSkills Prime, Digital Literacy, Capacity Building Through Technology and iGoT. It was also shared in the session that 9800+ Atal Tinkering Labs were only possible due the technology stack and other platforms developed by the government and external agencies.

The last session of the day was on the theme ‘Digital Inclusion and Connecting Unconnected’.

Digital Inclusion and Connecting Unconnected

This session was moderated by Mr. Sushil Pal, Joint Secretary, MeitY. The thought-provoking panel discussion was graced by Mr. Abhishek Singh, CEO, MyGov, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Rakesh, CEO, Common Service Centre (CSC), Mr. Anil Agarwal, Addl. Director, NeGD & Dr. Padmaja Joshi, Sr. Director, CDAC. The panel contemplated the challenges associated with digital inclusion and deep-dived into discussions on MyGov, CSC, UMANG and mSeva App Store. The panel concluded that technical challenge is not the critical factor in enabling effective delivery of services, but it really takes a lot of efforts to bring process reengineering, change management & capacity building of stakeholders.

The recorded sessions can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/DigitalIndiaofficial. The final day of India Stack Knowledge Exchange 2022 will be held on 9 July 2022.



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PM presides over the second ground breaking ceremony of Himachal Pradesh Global Investors’ Meet

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi presided over the second ground breaking ceremony of the Himachal Pradesh Global Investors’ Meet today in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. The meet  is expected to give a boost to investment in the region through projects worth around Rs 28,000 crore. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of hydropower projects worth over Rs 11,000 crore. Some of the hydropower projects are the Renukaji Dam project, Luhri Stage 1 Hydro Power Project and Dhaulasidh Hydro Power Project. He also inaugurated the Sawra-Kuddu Hydro Power Project. Governor Himachal Pradesh, Shri Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh  Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Union Minister, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur were among those present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister recalled his emotional connection with Himachal Pradesh and said that the state and its mountains have played a big role in his life. He also congratulated the people of Himachal Pradesh for four years of the double engine government. In these four years, the Prime Minister said that the state faced the pandemic challenge and also scaled the heights of development. “Jai Ram ji and his diligent team has not left any stone unturned for fulfilling the dreams of the people of Himachal Pradesh”, the Prime Minister emphasized.

The Prime Minister said that ‘ease of living’ of the people of the country is one of the foremost priorities and electricity plays a huge role in this. Hydro-power projects launched today reflect India’s commitment to eco-friendly development. “When the Shree Renukaji Dam project on the Giri river is completed, a large area will be directly benefited by it. Whatever income will be generated from this project, a large part of it will also be spent on development here”, the Prime Minister remarked.

The Prime Minister reiterated the changed working style of the new India. He talked about the speed with which India is meeting its environment related goals. The Prime Minister mentioned that “ In 2016,India had set a target to meet 40 percent of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil energy sources by 2030. Today every Indian will be proud that India has achieved this goal in November this year itself.” The Prime Minister continued “the whole world is praising India, for how our country is accelerating development while saving the environment. From solar power to hydro power, from wind power to green hydrogen, the country is working continuously to make full use of every resource of renewable energy”, the Prime Minister informed.

The Prime Minister came back to his theme of elimination of single use plastic. He said that the government is alert about the damage caused to the mountains due to plastic. Along with the nationwide campaign against single use plastic, the government is also working on plastic waste management. Touching upon the need for behaviour change, Shri Modi said “tourists also have a huge responsibility in keeping Himachal clean, free of plastic and other waste. Plastic has spread everywhere, plastic going into rivers, we have to make efforts together to stop the damage it is causing to Himachal.”

The Prime Minister praised the growth of the pharmaceutical sector in Himachal Pradesh. He said “If India is called the pharmacy of the world today, then Himachal is the force behind it. Himachal Pradesh has helped not only other states but also other countries during the Corona global pandemic.”

Referring to the stellar performance of the state, the Prime Minister said “Himachal outshines the rest in providing the vaccine to its entire adult population. Those who are in the government here, are not immersed in political selfishness, but have devoted their full attention to how every citizen of Himachal gets the vaccine.”

The Prime Minister reiterated the government’s recent decision to change the marriage age of girls. “We have decided that the age of marriage of daughters should also be the same as the age at which sons are allowed to marry. The marriage age being raised to 21 years for daughters will give them full time to study and they will also be able to make their career”, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister talked about the recent announcements about new vaccination categories. He said that the government is working with utmost sensitivity and caution, keeping in mind every need. Now the government has decided that even children between the ages of 15 and 18 will be vaccinated from January 3.

The Prime Minister said our health sector people, frontline workers, have remained the country’s strength in the fight against Corona for the last two years. The work of giving precaution dose to them will also start from January 10. Elders above 60 years who already have serious diseases have also been given the option of precaution dosage on the advice of doctors, the Prime Minister informed.

The Prime Minister mentioned that the government is committed to work with the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, and Sabka Prayas.  “Every country has different ideologies, but today the people of our country are clearly seeing two ideologies. One ideology is of delay and the other of development. Those with the ideology of delay never cared about the people living on the hills”, he said. The Prime Minister said the delaying ideologies made the people of Himachal wait for decades. Because of this, there was a delay of many years in the work of the Atal Tunnel. The Renuka project also got delayed by three decades. He stressed that the commitment of the Government is only for development. He said the work of the Atal Tunnel was completed and also widened the road connecting Chandigarh to Manali and Shimla.

Himachal is home to a large number of defence personnels. The Prime Minister touched upon the steps taken by the government for the welfare of defence personnel and veterans.  “In every household in Himachal Pradesh, there are brave sons and daughters who protect the country. The work done by our government to increase the security of the country in the last seven years, the decisions taken for the soldiers, ex-servicemen, have also benefited people of Himachal immensely”, he concluded.

जयराम जी और उनकी परिश्रमी टीम ने हिमाचल वासियों के सपनों को पूरा करने के लिए कोई कोर-कसर नहीं छोड़ी है।

इन 4 वर्षों में 2 साल हमने मजबूती से कोरोना से भी लड़ाई लड़ी है और विकास के कार्यों को भी रुकने नहीं दिया: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

गिरी नदी पर बन रही श्री रेणुकाजी बांध परियोजना जब पूरी हो जाएगी तो एक बड़े क्षेत्र को इससे सीधा लाभ होगा।

इस प्रोजेक्ट से जो भी आय होगी उसका भी एक बड़ा हिस्सा यहीं के विकास पर खर्च होगा: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

पूरा विश्व भारत की इस बात की प्रशंसा कर रहा है कि हमारा देश किस तरह पर्यावरण को बचाते हुए विकास को गति दे रहा है।

सोलर पावर से लेकर हाइड्रो पावर तक

पवन ऊर्जा से लेकर ग्रीन हाइड्रोजन तक

देश renewable energy के हर संसाधन को पूरी तरह इस्तेमाल करने के लिए निरंतर काम कर रहा है: PM

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

पूरा विश्व भारत की इस बात की प्रशंसा कर रहा है कि हमारा देश किस तरह पर्यावरण को बचाते हुए विकास को गति दे रहा है।

सोलर पावर से लेकर हाइड्रो पावर तक

पवन ऊर्जा से लेकर ग्रीन हाइड्रोजन तक

देश renewable energy के हर संसाधन को पूरी तरह इस्तेमाल करने के लिए निरंतर काम कर रहा है: PM

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

भारत ने 2016 में ये लक्ष्य रखा था कि वो साल 2030 तक, अपनी installed electricity capacity का 40 प्रतिशत, non-fossil energy sources से पूरा करेगा।

आज हर भारतीय को इसका गर्व होगा कि भारत ने अपना ये लक्ष्य, इस साल नवंबर में ही प्राप्त कर लिया है: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

पहाड़ों को प्लास्टिक की वजह से जो नुकसान हो रहा है, हमारी सरकार उसे लेकर भी सतर्क है।

सिंगल यूज प्लास्टिक के खिलाफ देशव्यापी अभियान के साथ ही हमारी सरकार, प्लास्टिक Waste मैनेजमेंट पर भी काम कर रही है: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

हिमाचल को स्वच्छ रखने में, प्लास्टिक और अन्य कचरे से मुक्त रखने में पर्यटकों का भी दायित्व बहुत बड़ा है।

इधर उधर फैला प्लास्टिक, नदियों में जाता प्लास्टिक, हिमाचल को जो नुकसान पहुंचा रहा है, उसे रोकने के लिए हमें मिलकर प्रयास करना होगा: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

भारत को आज pharmacy of the world कहा जाता है तो इसके पीछे हिमाचल की बहुत बड़ी ताकत है।

कोरोना वैश्विक महामारी के दौरान हिमाचल प्रदेश ने ना सिर्फ दूसरे राज्यों, बल्कि दूसरे देशों की भी मदद की है: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

हिमाचल ने अपनी पूरी वयस्क जनसंख्या को वैक्सीन देने में बाकी सबसे बाजी मार ली।

यहां जो सरकार में हैं, वो राजनीतिक स्वार्थ में डूबे नहीं बल्कि उन्होंने पूरा ध्यान, हिमाचल के एक-एक नागरिक को वैक्सीन कैसे मिले, इसमें लगाया है: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

हमने तय किया है कि बेटियों की शादी की उम्र भी वही होनी चाहिए, जिस उम्र में बेटों को शादी की इजाजत मिलती है।

बेटियों की शादी की उम्र 21 साल होने से, उन्हें पढ़ने के लिए पूरा समय भी मिलेगा और वो अपना करियर भी बना पाएंगी: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

हमारी सरकार पूरी संवेदनशीलता के साथ, सतर्कता के साथ, आपकी हर आवश्यकता को ध्यान में रखते हुए काम कर रही है।

अब सरकार ने तय किया है कि 15 से 18 साल के बीच के बच्चों को भी 3 जनवरी, सोमवार से वैक्सीन लगाना शुरू हो जाएगा: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

हमारे जो हेल्थ सेक्टर के लोग हैं, फ्रंटलाइन वर्कर हैं, वो पिछले दो साल से कोरोना से लड़ाई में देश की ताकत बने हुए हैं।

इन्हें भी 10 जनवरी से प्री-कॉशन डोज देने का काम शुरू होगा: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

60 साल से ऊपर के बुजुर्ग जिन्हें पहले से गंभीर बीमारियां हैं, उन्हें भी डॉक्टरों की सलाह पर प्री-कॉशन डोज का विकल्प दिया गया है: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

हर देश में अलग-अलग विचारधाराएं होती हैं, लेकिन आज हमारे देश के लोग स्पष्ट तौर पर दो विचारधाराओं को देख रहे हैं।

एक विचारधारा विलंब की है और दूसरी विकास की।

विलंब की विचारधारा वालों ने पहाड़ों पर रहने वाले लोगों की कभी परवाह नहीं की: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

विलंब की विचारधारा वालों ने, हिमाचल के लोगों को दशकों का इंतजार करवाया।

इसी वजह से अटल टनल के काम में बरसों का विलंब हुआ।

रेणुका जी परियोजना में भी तीन दशकों का विलंब हुआ: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

हमारा कमिटमेंट सिर्फ और सिर्फ विकास के लिए है।

हमने अटल टनल का काम पूरा करवाया।

हमने चंडीगढ़ से मनाली और शिमला को जोड़ने वाली सड़क का चौड़ीकरण किया: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

यहां के घर-घर में देश की रक्षा करने वाले वीर बेटे-बेटियां हैं।

हमारी सरकार ने बीते सात वर्षों में देश की सुरक्षा बढ़ाने के लिए जो काम किए हैं, फौजियों, पूर्व फौजियों के लिए जो निर्णय लिए हैं, उसका भी बहुत बड़ा लाभ हिमाचल के लोगों को हुआ है: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021

यहां के घर-घर में देश की रक्षा करने वाले वीर बेटे-बेटियां हैं।

हमारी सरकार ने बीते सात वर्षों में देश की सुरक्षा बढ़ाने के लिए जो काम किए हैं, फौजियों, पूर्व फौजियों के लिए जो निर्णय लिए हैं, उसका भी बहुत बड़ा लाभ हिमाचल के लोगों को हुआ है: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2021



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SJVN begins the work of Second Unit of 1320 MW Buxar Thermal Power Plant in Bihar

CMD SJVN Shri N L Sharma virtually inaugurated the works of Second Unit of (2 X 660) 1320 MW Buxar Thermal Power Plant.  

The Foundation Stone of 1320 MW Buxar Thermal Power Plant was laid by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 9th March 2019. Shri Sharma  informed that the progress of the Project is being continuously monitored by Hon’ble Union Minister for Power & NRE, Sh. R. K Singh. He exhorted all stakeholders to enthusiastically strive hard to commission the Project prior to the scheduled timeframe. 

The project consists of two units and that more than  50 % works related to First unit have already been completed. The 1320 MW Buxar Thermal Power Plant with Ultra Super Critical Technology is being developed by SJVN Thermal Pvt. Ltd (a fully owned subsidiary of SJVN Limited). The Plant involves investment of around Rupees 11,000 Crore. On commissioning, the plant will generate 9828 Million Units of electricity. He emphasized to contribute towards the target of “24X7 Power for All” set by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. He stated that every individual associated with activities of the Plant has to concertedly work towards commissioning of the first unit of Plant by June 2023 and second unit by January 2024. 

SJVN’s present installed capacity is 2016.51 MW and has portfolio of more than 11000 MW & aims to be generating 5000 MW by 2023, 12000 MW by 2030 and 25000 MW by 2040. SJVN has presence in various sectors of energy generation which includes Hydro, Wind, Solar & Thermal. The company also has presence in the field of Energy Transmission.



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