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Highlights of the Ministry of DoNER during the year 2017

Year End Review: Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER)

In a landmark decision, the President of India in November promulgated the Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 to exempt bamboo grown in non-forest areas from the definition “Tree”, thereby dispensing with the requirement of obtaining a permit for felling of bamboo for economic use.


The decision following the approval by the Union Cabinet in a meeting chaired by the Prime Minster Shri Narendra Modi has been hailed as historic because the bamboo was legally defined as a “Tree” under the Indian Forest Act, 1927 which proved to be a major impediment for bamboo cultivation by non-farmers on non-forest land.


In October, the Government constituted a high-level committee for proper management of the water resources in the North Eastern Region (NER) under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chairman, Niti Aayog. This is a sequel to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to Guwahati in August this year to review the flood situation and relief work in the North Eastern States. The Committee would facilitate optimising benefits of appropriate water management in the form of hydro-electric power, agriculture, bio-diversity conservation, reduced flood damage erosion, inland water transport, forestry, fishery and eco-tourism. Ministry of DoNER serves as the coordinating point. The Committee will submit its report, including Plan of Action, by June, 2018. The same month, the Ministry of DoNER sanctioned Rs 200 crore for flood affected reconstruction works in the four North Eastern States of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.

PM Narendra Modi chairing a high level meeting to review the flood situation & relief operations in the North Eastern States, in Guwahati on August 01, 2017.

This year witnessed unprecedented floods and the rainfall was more than 100% higher than that in the preceding months during the same period of time. Earlier during his visit to Northeast in August to review the flood situation in the four States, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had announced a flood relief package of Rs 2,000 crore.


Ministry of DoNER started an extensive exercise to reorient and rejuvenate the North Eastern Council (NEC) in a new format so that it could perform the effective role of an important resource-cum-research centre for the entire region and could be developed as the hub of innovation for the upliftment of entire Northeast.


The MoS Dr Jitendra Singh said that a proposal in this regard has already been circulated and is presently under the active consideration of the Government of India. NEC was set up way back in early 1970s with the intention to give special focus to the development of this region.


On 3rd December, MoS Dr Jitendra Singh announced Rs. 90 crore for “Northeast Hill Area Development” beginning from Tamenglong district on a pilot basis, in the first phase, for a period of two years.


Inaugurating a two-week “Northeast handicraft-cum-handloom Exhibition-cum-Sale Bonanza” in New Delhi, he said the Ministry of DoNER got engaged in a detailed discussion with the Department of Expenditure and it was realised that for pursuing the additional objective of public welfare, an additional vertical sub-scheme may be created under the existing schemes for the Hill Area Development in the North Eastern States.


MoS Dr Jitendra Singh announced the launch of “Hill Area Development Programme” (HADP) for Northeast in Imphal (Manipur) on June 05, 2017.

MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh at the ‘Investors and Entrepreneurs Meet’, in Imphal, Manipur on June 05, 2017

The announcement was made during a meet of Investors and Entrepreneurs, organised by NEDFi (North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd), with joint participation of the Ministry of DoNER and the Government of Manipur. The scheme will benefit the hilly areas of Manipur, Tripura and Assam.


On 16th November, a two-day “12th North-East Business Summit” was inaugurated by MoS Dr Jitendra Singh in New Delhi. The summit aimed to explore the scope for business opportunities in the North-Eastern region of India.


Focus areas were Infrastructure and Connectivity with Public Private Partnership, Skill Development, Financial Inclusion, Services Sector Development- Particularly in Tourism, Hospitality & Food Processing.


Northeast is all set to get India’s first-ever “Air Dispensary” based in a helicopter and the Union Ministry of Development of Northeast (DONER) has already contributed Rs. 25 crore as part of the initial funding for this initiative.

MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh chairing a meeting to review the status of India’s first-ever “Air Dispensary” service to be introduced in Northeast, in New Delhi on November 12, 2017.

MoS Dr Jitendra Singh said that the DoNER Ministry had been exploring the idea of introducing a helicopter based Dispensary/OPD service in far flung and remote areas, where no doctor or medical facility was available. The proposal put forward by the Ministry of DoNER, he said, has been accepted and is in the final stages of process in the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.


An announcement was made on August 16, 2017 that a North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre will be set up in Delhi.

MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh briefing the media, in New Delhi on August 16, 2017

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had allotted a land measuring 5341.75 sqm. (1.32 acre) at Sector-13, Dwarka, New Delhi, at a cost of approx Rs. 6 crore, to North Eastern Council (NEC) for the purpose of construction of North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre. This Centre will act as a cultural and convention/information hub of the North Eastern Region in Delhi.


The foundation stone of Barak Hostel in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in New Delhi was laid on July 24, 2017.


Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasised on the occasion that JNU has more than 8,000 students, out of which there are more students from Northeast than any other State outside NE region. He said that last year, the Foundation Stone of a Hostel exclusively for Northeast girl students was also laid in Bangalore University.


Conference titled “North East India: Organic Production Hub; Opportunities Unexplored” was organized during the prestigious World Food India 2017, on 4th November in New Delhi.


NE region has about 50 species of bamboo, about 14 varieties of banana and 17 varieties of citrus fruits. The NE region also has huge production of fruits such as pineapple and oranges. There are 3 Mega Food Parks in North East, in the states of Assam, Tripura and Mizoram. The state of Sikkim has been declared the first Organic State of India.


The first meeting of the Japan-India Coordination Forum (JICF) for DoNER was held in New Delhi on August 03, 2017.

The Indian delegation led by the Secretary, DoNER, Shri Naveen Verma and Japanese delegation led by the Japanese Ambassador to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, during the first discussion meeting of the Japan-India Coordination Forum (JICF) for Development of North-Eastern Region, in New Delhi on August 03, 2017. 

Secretary, DoNER, Shri Naveen Verma led the Indian side while the Japanese delegation was led by the Japanese Ambassador to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu. Priority areas of cooperation identified by Indian side including Connectivity and Road Network Development, especially inter-State roads & major district roads; Disaster Management; Food Processing; Organic Farming and Tourism.


An event “Pioneering Business Idea Challenge” was co-hosted by the Ministry of DoNER (MDoNER) and North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) at Tezpur University, as part of the University’s Sampark-2017, which is an industry-academia interaction aimed at providing a platform for the students/budding entrepreneurs of the North Eastern Region on July 19, 2017. During the event, Business Plan Contests were conducted. Out of 60 plans received, 15 plans were shortlisted and based on the presentations made, 3 business plans were awarded.


An e-Office of North Eastern Council (NEC) which has its headquarters at Shillong in Meghalaya, was launched through video conferencing in New Delhi on May 03, 2017.

MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh launching the e-Office of North Eastern Council (NEC), Shillong, Meghalaya, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on May 03, 2017. 

The formal launching was ceremonised by submission of a file from the NEC, Shillong to the DoNER Minister’s Office, New Delhi, which was then duly approved for the holding of the next plenary meeting of the NEC.


The 11th North East Business Summit (NEBS) was organized in New Delhi on March 09-10, 2017. The two-day event served as an initiative to facilitate investment, highlight strengths of the NER and business opportunities which North-East has to offer.


Union Minister for Railways in a video message delivered on the occasion, said an e-commerce portal will soon be launched to sell NER handicrafts and handloom worldwide on the IRCTC website. He said the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council has assured providing land for expansion of the rail link to Darjeeling, which will be further extended to Sikkim.


The two-day “North East Calling” festival was inaugurated in New Delhi on September 9, 2017. On the occasion, The ‘North East Venture Fund’ was also launched, which is a joint initiative of Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd.


The objective of the fund is to promote entrepreneurship and Start up in the North Eastern Region. It is the first dedicated Venture Fund for the region with a corpus of Rs 100 crores. The Minister also launched North East Tourism Development Council with objective to promote sustainable tourism in North East India.


The three-day (from March 06-08, 2017) ‘Destination North East-2017‘ festival was organized at Chandigarh.


It was organized by Ministry of DoNER with a focus on the use of appropriate technology for the development of North East Region.


Detailed discussion with Members of Parliament from Northeast on the various facets of GST was carried out by the MoS Dr Jitendra Singh.


At a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee for Ministry of DoNER in New Delhi on June 08, 2017, the members expressed their views about the tax provisions relating to North Eastern handicrafts & handloom products, broom-sticks and bamboo products.


MoS Dr Jitendra Singh and Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the Digidhan Mela organized in Guwahati on 11th January. On the occasion, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal launched “Toka Paisa” e-wallet for initiative towards cashless economy.


The Mela was organized by the Government of Assam in collaboration with IT Department and NITI Aayog.


वर्षांत समीक्षा 2017 : युवा मामले विभाग


2017 के दौरान युवा मामले विभाग (युवा मामले व खेल मंत्रालय) की मुख्‍य उपलब्धियां

   नेहरू युवा केन्‍द्र संगठन (एनवाईकेएस)

मुख्‍य कार्यक्रम

1.42 लाख युवा कल्‍बों में नामांकित 3.15 लाख युवा सदस्‍यों की सहायता से एनवाईकेएस युवाओं के व्‍यक्तित्‍व निर्माण तथा राष्‍ट्र निर्माण में उनकी भागीदारी के लिए कार्यरत्‍त है। एनवाईकेएस की कुछ महत्‍वपूर्ण पहलें / उपलब्धियां निम्‍नलिखित हैं –


  • एनवाईकेएस कार्यकर्ताओं द्वारा 7.93 लाख पौधों को लगाया गया।
  • एनवाईकेएस कार्यकर्ताओं द्वारा 10166 यूनिट रक्‍तदान किया गया।
  • कौशल उन्‍नयन के लिए 2327 प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये गये जिसमें 69597 युवको व युवतियों ने भाग लिया।
  • युवा नेतृत्‍व तथा सामुदायिक विकास के लिए 280 प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये गये जिसमें 12301 युवाओं ने हिस्‍सा लिया।
  • युवा क्‍लब विकास के लिए 1854 कार्यक्रमों का आयोजन किया गया जिसमें 155873 युवाओं ने भाग लिया।
  • ब्‍लॉक और जिला स्‍तर पर 1331 खेल प्रतियोगिताएं आयोजित की गई। इसमें 167605 युवाओं ने हिस्‍सा लिया।
  • राष्‍ट्रीय व अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय महत्‍व के दिवस समारोहों के लिए 8054 कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये गये। इसमें 1119587 युवाओं ने भाग लिया।
  • 240 जिला युवा सम्‍मेलन आयोजित किये गये। इसमें 136734 युवाओं ने भाग लिया।
  • 104279 स्‍थलों पर स्‍वच्‍छता कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये गये जिसमें 872813 युवाओं ने 8825 स्‍कूलों / कॉलेजों, 7720 अस्‍पतालों तथा 19437 प्रतिमाओं की साफ सफाई की। कुल 929737 कार्यक्रमों का आयोजन हुआ। इसमें 5974990 युवाओं ने भाग लिया।
  • जल संरक्षण के लिए 13000 जागरूकता कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये गये। इसमें 3.8 लाख युवाओं ने भाग लिया। 2260 छोटे जलाशयों का निर्माण किया गया तथा 3139 जल स्रोतों को सुव्‍यवस्थित किया गया।
  • इन्‍द्रधनुष कार्यक्रम के तहत 52317 बच्‍चों को रोग प्रतिरोधक दवा पिलाई गई।
  • जिला नेहरू युवा केन्‍द्रों ने राष्‍ट्रीय एकता दिवस के अंतर्गत कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये। इसमें 2.5 लाख युवाओं ने भाग लिया।
  • जिला नेहरू युवा केन्‍द्रों द्वारा संपूर्ण भारत में संविधान दिवस तथा कौमी एकता दिवस के तहत कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये गये।

    दिल्‍ली स्‍लम आंदोलन – दिल्‍ली के स्‍लमों में सामाजिक निर्माण और विकास के लिए कई कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये गये। इसके तहत 12 स्‍लम युवा दौड और बैठकें आयोजित की गईं। स्‍लम के युवाओं ने इन कार्यक्रमों में हिस्‍सा लिया।DDtRvEIVwAE2rHO


    अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय योग दिवस – एनवाईकेएस ने 14 राज्‍य स्‍तरीय कार्यक्रम आयोजित किए इसमें 34007 युवाओं ने भाग लिया। 384 जिलों में कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये गये। इसमें 255474 युवाओं ने भाग लिया। गांव स्‍तर पर 37286 युवा क्‍लबों ने योग प्रदर्शन आयोजित किये। इसमें 1044518 युवाओं ने हिस्‍सा लिया।4

    स्‍वच्‍छता पखवाडा –  एनवाईकेएस ने 1 से 15 अगस्‍त 2017 तक स्‍वच्‍छता पखवाड़ा के तहत सभी स्‍तरों पर कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये। गांवों की सफाई के लिए 104279 युवा क्‍लबों ने स्‍वच्‍छता अभियान चलाया इसमें 872813 युवाओं ने भाग लिया। 195545 युवाओं की भागीदारी से 8237 रेलवे स्‍टेशनों, बस स्‍टैंडों, बाजारों व ऐतिहासिक स्‍थलों की साफ सफाई की गई। स्‍वच्‍छता पखवाडे के अंतर्गत 929737 कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये गये। इसमें 5974990 युवाओं ने भाग लिया।Youth-Affairs-Swachhta-Pakhwara_indianbureaucracy-1024x731


    स्‍वच्‍छता ही सेवा अभियान – एनवाईकेएस ने युवा कार्यक्रर्ताओं, क्‍लबों व स्‍थानीय युवाओं की सहायता से लोगों को अपने आस पास की स्‍वच्‍छता के लिए जागरूकता कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये। 20384 युवा क्‍लबों में गावों में स्‍वच्‍छता कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये। कुल 38495 कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये गये। इसमें 205154 युवाओं ने भाग लिया।


    स्‍वच्‍छ संकल्‍प से स्‍वच्‍छ सिद्धि – स्‍वच्‍छ भारत मिशन में आम लोगों की भागीदारी सुनिश्चित करने के उद्देश्‍य से निबंध लेखन, लघु फिल्‍म निर्माण प्रतियोगिता जैसे कार्यक्रम जिला, राज्‍य और राष्‍ट्रीय स्‍तर पर आयोजित किये गये। विजेताओं को नकद पुरस्‍कार राशि और प्रमाण पत्र दिया गया।


    केंद्रीय युवा एवं खेल राज्‍य मंत्री स्‍वतंत्र प्रभार कर्नल राज्‍यवर्धन राठौर ने प्रथम, द्वितीय व तृतीय विजेताओं को पुरस्‍कार प्रदान किये।

    प्रधानमंत्री ने सुश्री रमन दीप कौर को निबंध लेखन में प्रथम स्‍थान तथा श्री संगेत लाल पीएस को लघु फिल्‍म निर्माण में प्रथम स्‍थान प्राप्‍त करने के लिए 2 अक्‍टूबर 2017 को विज्ञान भवन में आयोजित एक कार्यक्रम में पुरस्‍कार प्रदान किये।

    विशेष उपलब्धि हासिल करने वाले 152 युवा क्‍लबों को पुरस्‍कृत किया गया।


    विशेष कार्यक्रम

    चम्‍पारन सत्‍याग्रह के 100 साल पूरे होने के अवसर पर बिहार सरकार की सहायता से मोतिहारी में 15 से 19 अप्रैल 2017 तक कार्यक्रम आयोजित किया गया। एनवाईकेएस के 768 युवाओं ने कार्यक्रम में हिस्‍सा लिया।

    एनवाईकेएस ने गुवाहाटी में 23 मई 2017 को युवा सम्‍मेलन आयोजित किया।

    एनवाईकेएस ने रायपुर में 25 मई 2017 को युवा सम्‍मेलन आयोजित किया।

    एनवाईकेएस ने कोझीकोड में 15 जून 2017 को युवा सम्‍मेलन आयोजित किया।

    एनवाईकेएस ने गंगटोक में 04 जून 2017 को युवा सम्‍मेलन आयोजित किया।

    नमामि गंगे कार्यक्रम के तहत एनवाईकेएस ने गंगा किनारे स्थित गांवों में स्‍वच्‍छता के लिए जागरूकता कार्यक्रम आयोजित किया।

    गंगा निरीक्षण यात्रा – (26 मई से 9 जून 2017)

    गंगा दशहरा समारोह – (3 और 4 जून 2017) एनवाईकेएस ने 4 राज्‍यों – उत्‍तराखंड, उत्‍तर प्रदेश, बिहार और पश्चिम बंगाल के 53 ब्‍लॉकों में समारोह आयोजित किये।

    गंगा वृक्षारोपण शपथ – 25 जुलाई से 31 जुलाई 2017

    एनवाईकेएस ने उत्‍तराखंड, उत्‍तर प्रदेश, बिहार, झारखंड और पश्चिम बंगाल के 30 जिलों के गंगा तट पर 112246 पौधे लगाए।

    पर्यटन पर्व –   एनवाईकेएस ने 5 से 25 अक्‍टूबर 2017 तक पर्यटन के महत्‍व से लोगों को जागरूक करने के लिए कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये। वित्‍त मंत्री ने युवा व खेल मंत्रालय तथा एनवाईकेएस को पुरस्‍कृत किया।

    आदिवासी युवा कार्यक्रम – एनवाईकेएस ने 7 राज्‍यों (छत्‍तीसगढ़, झारखंड, ओडिशा, महाराष्‍ट्र, आंध्र प्रदेश, तेलंगाना और बिहार) के 10 स्‍थानों पर कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये।

    पूर्वोत्‍तर युवा कार्यक्रम – एनवाईकेएस ने 4 स्थानों (हिसार, तिरूअनंतपुरम, जम्‍मू व पुणे) पर कार्यक्रम आयोजित किये। इसमें 8 पूर्वोत्‍तर राज्‍यों के 1 हजार युवाओं ने भाग लिया।

    एक भारत श्रेष्‍ठ भारत – एनवाईकेएस ने अंतरराज्‍यीय युवा आदान – प्रदान कार्यक्रम के तहत 15 राज्‍यों की सहभागिता से कार्यक्रम आयोजित किए।

Year-End Review, 2017: Department of Youth Affairs

The major achievements of Department of Youth Affairs (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) During 2017 

Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS)

NYKS, with about 3.15 lakh youth enrolled through 1.42 lakh youth clubs, has beennyks logo.jpg working all over the Country to develop the personality of the youth and to engage them in nation-building activities. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of NYKS are as follows:

  • 7.93 lakh saplings were planted by NYKS volunteers.
  • 10,166 units of blood were donated by NYKS volunteers.
  • 2,327 skill up-gradation training programmes were organised, involving 69,597 women & men youth.
  • 280 training programmes on youth leadership and community development were organised, involving 12,301 youth.
  • 1854 Youth Club Development Programmes organised, involving 1,55,873 youth.
  • 1331 Sports Meets at Block and District level were organised, involving 1,67,605 youth.
  • 8054 Programmes held to celebrate days of national and international significance, involving 11,19,587 youth.
  • 240 District Youth Conventions were organised, involving 1,36,734 youth.
  • Swachhta Programme was conducted at 1,04,279 locations involving  8,72,813 youth  for cleaning of  8,825 Schools / colleges, 7,720 Hospitals and 19,437 statues. A total of 9,29,737 Programmes, Activities and Events were organized with the involvement of 59,74,990 youth.
  • Water Conservation – 13,000 awareness creation programmes were conducted by involving 3.8 lakh youth, 2260 new water bodies were created and 3139 water sources were maintained.
  • Indradhanush Programme – 52,317children were immunized with the help of service providers through Indradhanush Programme
  • National Unity Day and Run for Unity Programme was conducted by district Nehru Yuva Kendras in India wherein 2.5 lakh youth were involved.
  • Constitution Day and Quami Ekta Diwas and Pakhwada observed across India by district Nehru Yuva Kendras.
  • Delhi Slum Andolan – ”Social Building and developing less serviced Urban Area/Slums of Delhi ensuring youth participation” is being carried out in Delhi. 12 Slum Yuva Dauds, preparatory meetings & launching function of Slum Yuva Andolan have been conducted in Delhi.
  • International Day of Yoga:  NYKS actively participated in celebration of International Day of Yoga, at all levels.  14 State level events were organised with participation of 34,007 youth. At District level, programmes were organised in 384 Districts in which 2,55,474 youth participated. At village level, 37,286 youth clubs organised yoga demonstrations in which 10,44,518 youth participated.
  • Celebration of Swatchhta Pakhwada : NYKS organized a nation-wide intensive campaign under Swachhta Pakhwada from 1st  to 15th  August, 2017 through district Nehru Yuva Kendras by involving National Youth Volunteers, affiliated Youth Clubs, local youth and other key stakeholders in the districts. They were involved and motivate to devote some hours out of their daily works towards cleanliness of their surroundings.
  • 1,04,279 Youth Clubs carried out cleanliness drives in their villages in which 8,72,813 youth took part. 8,237 Railway Stations, Bus Stands, Market Places and Historical Places were cleaned with the involvement of 1,95,545 youth. Overall under the Swachhta Pakhwada,  a total of 9,29,737 Programmes, Activities and Events were organized with the involvement of 59,74,990 youth.
  • Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign : NYKS organized a nation-wide intensive campaign under Swachhta Hi Sewa’ by involving National Youth Volunteers, affiliated Youth Clubs, local youth and other key stakeholders in the districts. They were involved and motivate to devote some hours out of their daily works towards cleanliness of their surroundings.
  • 20, 384 Youth Clubs carried out cleanliness drives in their villages involving villagers from all sections of the society. Created Awareness and motivated youth & villagers in 20,384 villages across India on ODF and Swachhta as well as Distribution of IEC material were undertaken. A total 38,495 programmes were conducted with a participation of 2,05,154 youth participated.
  • Swachh Sankalp Se Swachh Siddhi – In order to generate mass involvement in Swachh Bharat Mission and related issues and making swachhta a people’s movement and to test the knowledge of the participants beyond academics, essay writing and short film making competitions were organized at district, state and national level. The winners of the competitions were given cash prize and certificate of merit.
  • First, Second and Third prize winners of both the competitions at national level were honoured by Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, ACSM, Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C), MoYAS.
  • Prime Minister honoured Ms. Ramandeep Kaur and Shri Sangethlal P.S., National level First Prize Winners of Essay writing and Short Film Making Competitions on 2nd October, 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • During current year, IEC–Media and Publicity component of the Scheme has been implemented by NYKS to create awareness/ motivation about Shramadaan in 220 districts. Shramadaan activities are going on. In order to reward outstanding work done under the programme, awards have been given to 152 Youth Clubs.

Special Projects

  • Commemoration of 100 years of Champaran Movement, Bihar in collaboration with Govt. of Bihar at Motihari w.e.f. 15th to 19th April 2017.  Approximately 768 youth from NYKS participated in the programme.
  • Youth Conclave at Guwahati- NYKS organised State level Youth Conclave at Guwahati on 23rd May 2017.  The programme highlighted on youth development issues.  900 youth participate in the programme.
  • Youth Convention at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) NYKS organised State level Youth Convention 25.5.2017 at Raipur Chhattisgarh in which 1359 youth participated.
  • Slum Yuva Daud- NYKS organised Slum Yuva Daud on 26th May 2017 at Delhi for motivating the people from Slum areas of Delhi to join the national mainstream & providing them awareness & education on various Govt. Schemes. About 5000 youth from Slum areas of Delhi participated in the programme.
  • Youth convention at Kozhikode- NYKS organised Youth Convention at Kozhikode, Kerala on 15th June 2017.  The theme of the convention was youth India vision- 2000.  More than 300 youth & volunteers participated in the programme.
  • State level Youth Convention at Gangtok (Sikkim)- NYKS organised State level Youth Convention at Gangtok (Sikkim) on 4th June 2017.  About 1500 youth from NYKS participated in the programme.
  • Youth Involvement in Namami Gange Programme– NYKS is working with National Mission for Clean Ganga to spread awareness for cleanliness & sanitation in villages along Ganga River.  NYKS various activities for cleaning of River Ganga viz.


  • Ganga Nirikshan Yatra (26th May to 9th June 2017)
  • Ganga Dussehra Celebration (3rd & 4th June 2017)- NYKS organised the prgoramme organise in 53 selected blocks of 4 States of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.  A total of 7601 youth participated in the programme.
  • Ganga Vriksharopan Saptah (25th July to 31sst July 2017)- NYKS organised the programme in 30 districts in the State of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal along river Ganga in which 1,12,246 sapling were planted by 8894 youth & 2299 spearhead team member were participated.
  • Swachh Delhi NCR Project-NYKS has also undertaken youth Led Swachh Delhi NCR Project with the support of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.  502 locations has been selected in 2 ULBs of Faridabad and Gurugram & 157 Spearhead team member have selected in 3 ULBs so far.


  • Paryatan Parv– NYKS organised Paryataran Parv w.e.f. 5th to 25th Oct 2017 across the country with the objective of encouraging people to know about importance of tourism. Finance Minister awarded MoYAS & NYKS for exemplary work done during Paryatan Parv.
  • Tribal Youth Exchange Programme (TYEP)- TYEP is being organised in 10 location of the country with participation of 2000 youth from 29 LWE affected districts from 7 States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana & Bihar.
  • North East Youth Exchange Programme- NYKS has been sanctioned programme at 4 venues viz. Hissar, Tiruvananthapuram, Jammu and Pune for 1000 North Eastern Youth participants from eight North East States with the support of Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India.
  • Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat– NYKS is organizing Inter State Youth Exchange Programme (Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat) in  15 pairing States.  So far 4 such programme have been completed in the states of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Odisha with the participate of 402 youth from pairing States.


  • Nationwide Declamation Contest on Patriotism and Nation Building– NYKS is organizing Nationwide Declamation Contest on Patriotism and Nation Building at Block, District, State and National level to augment the passion of youth towards patriotism and National Building as part of Republic Day celebration, 2018.

National Service Scheme (NSS)

NSS, with about 3.86 million student youth enrolled in 41,442 NSS units spreaddownload.png over through 396 Universities/ +2 Councils, 16,331 Colleges/ Technical Institutions and 28,621 Senior Secondary Schools across the country, has been working for development of personality and character of student youth through voluntary community service. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of NSS during the year are as follows:

  • NSS has been restructured as a Central Sector Scheme w.e.f. 01.14.2016. The Scheme was a CSS upto 2015-16.
  • NSS volunteers have been actively participating in Swachh Bharat Mission activities across the country. During the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada, NSS volunteers cleaned 3,611 Hospitals, 2,616 Dispensaries, 1,481 Community Centres, 1,096 Old Age Homes, 2,252 Historical Places, 1,062 Orphanages, 176 Centres for Disabled, 949 Railway Stations, 6,961 Bus Stops, 2,282 Statues and 654 Archeological Sites and Tourist Places. Sh. M. Vishnu, an NSS volunteer won the 2nd Prize in film making competition organised by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation during ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ programme.
  • On the occasion of International Day of Yoga (21.06.2017), about 22.16 lakh NSS Volunteers participated in various yoga programmes across the country.
  • 33.54 lakh saplings were planted by NSS volunteers.
  • 3.96 lakh units of blood was donated by NSS volunteers.
  • 4.50 lakh children were immunized by NSS volunteers under Mission Indradhanusha.
  • 17,134 Health/ Eye/ Immunisation camps were organised, in which 9.93 lakh NSS volunteers participated.
  • 50,355 awareness programmes/ rallies/ campaigns were organised on issues of relevance to the community, in which 36.05 lakh NSS volunteers participated.
  • 148.71 lakh volunteer-hours of Shramadaan was undertaken by NSS volunteers during the year.
  • 2.33 lakh NSS volunteers were imparted Training on Self Defence.
  • Awareness on GST and Digital Payment were organised by NSS units throughout the country.
  • 3 North East Youth Festivals were organised in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Tripura in which 300 NSS volunteers each from every north eastern state participated.

Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)

RGNIYD, located at Sriperimbudur (Tamilnadu), is a premier institution for training,Rajiv_Gandhi_National_Institute_of_Youth_Development_Logo.png research, extension and outreach initiatives on youth issues. RGNIYD has been declared as an “Institute of National Importance” through enactment of RGNIYD Act, 2012. Some significant initiatives/ achievements of RGNIYD during the year are as follows:

  • RGNIYD brought out the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017 which is a pioneering attempt made by the Institute in 2010 and followed it up with the India Youth Development Index in 2017.The publication was released by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on 13th November 2017 at New Delhi.
  • 210 training of trainers /capacity building programmes were conducted involving 14433 youth functionaries and youth through SIMPLE and SMART model throughout the country on various themes in line with National Youth Policy 2014.
  • To inculcate trade skills among the SC/ST and North Eastern Region Youth, RGNIYD along with Ni-MSME organises capacity building training programmes to reach 700 youth in seven states.
  • RGNIYD, in collaboration with IIE organises ToT on Life Skills, Entrepreneurship Development and Business Incubation training programmes for the North Eastern Region.
  • In the Academic Programmes 190 Students enrolled for the academic year 2016-17 and 2017-18 where most of the states are represented.
  • 26 projects proposed by renowned research organisations, were funded by RGNIYD. 8 projects were undertaken by the internal faculty members of RGNIYD.
  • B.Voc. Programme on Apparel Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship and Fashion Design and Retail started in collaboration with Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC), Ministry of Textiles, GoI is being run in 19 ATDC Centres with total 513 students enrolled in these Centres.
  • RGNIYD launched another unique one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Youth Development in the academic year 2016-17 which was continued in 2017 with 51 students.
  • Embryonic Social Business Incubation Centre is being set up by RGNIYD.
  • Centre for Excellence in Political Leadership and Management to be set up at RGNIYD.
  • Centre for GIS in Good Governance sponsored by IISR/ISRO is set up in RGNIYD through which Diploma in Political Leadership will be offered.
  • Initiated Orientation Programme on Empowering Youth on Governance and Development with support from Members of Parliament.
  • RGNIYD has signed a MoU with the Training and Research Wing of the Election Commission of India, India International Institute of Democracy & Election Management (IIIDEM) on 13th November 2017to promote Voter Education among Youth
  • RGNIYD has signed a MoU with the National Council of Rural Institutes (NCRI) an institution functioning under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India on 1st November 2017 to cooperate in the broad areas of training, field engagement, joint publications, teaching-learning and research, on various aspects of rural India.
  • RGNIYD’s Faculty members and Student Participation in National/International Programmes.
Sl. No.                 Name of the Programme No. of Students/Faculty members
1. Indian Youth Delegation to Sri Lanka from 13th to 21st January, 2017 2 students
2. Workshop on Evidence-based Policies on Youth Development in Asia – Promoting the Sustainability of the Youth Policy Toolbox in Asia-Pacific was held from 29 May – 1 June 2017 at United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand. 1 Training Officer
3. International Youth Exchange Program to China from 9-16 July, 2017. 16 students + 1 Faculty member
4. 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting at Kampala, Uganda (Africa) from 29th July to 3rdAugust 2017. 1 Faculty member
5 Indian Youth Delegation to Palestine  from 14th to 21st September, 2017 4 students
6 19th World Festival of Youth and Students at Russia from 14th October 2017 to 22nd October 2017 2 students +1 Faculty member
7 Indian Youth Delegation to Egypt from 4th to 9th November, 2017 1 students
8 Indian Youth Delegation to Sri Lanka from 11th to 27th December 2017 6 students

International Cooperation

The Department seeks to operate international youth exchange programmes with various countries to develop international perspective among the youth and also to collaborate with various international agencies on youth development. Some significant achievements during the year are as follows:

April, 2016
  •  Visit of 10 – member Vietnamese Youth Delegation to India.
  •  Visit of 50 – member Nepalese Youth Delegation to India.
  •  Visit of 4 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Bharain to attend International Youth Conference.
May, 2016


  • Visit of 34 – member Indian Youth Delegation to South Korea.
  •  Visit of 49 – member Palestine’s Youth Delegation to India.
  •  Visit of 10 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Vietnam.
June, 2016
  • Visit of 196-member Indian Youth Delegation to China.
July, 2016
  • Visit of 46 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Russia.
  • Visit of 10 – member Indian Youth Delegation to China to attend BRICS Youth Summit.
  • Visit of 6 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Kampala, Uganda to attend 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Meeting.


September, 2016
  • Visit of 30 – member Sri Lankan Youth Delegation to India.
  • Visit of 31 – member of Indian Youth Delegation to Palestine.
October, 2016
  •  Visit of 121 – member Indian Youth Delegation to Russia to participate in the World Youth Festival.
  •  Visit of 3 Young Parliamentarians from India to attend BRICS Young Parliamentarians Forum, St. Pittsburg, Russia.
  • Visit of 34 – member South Korean Delegation to India.
November, 2016
  • Visit of 195 – member Chinese Youth Delegation to India.

A Project on “Strengthening of NYKS and NSS” is being implemented in collaboration with UNDP/ UNV. The Project is to be implemented over 4-year period at a total cost of about Rs.14 crores. The Project manpower has been recruited, trained and deployed in the field. The implementation of the Project is going in full swing.

National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development (NPYAD)

NPYAD is an umbrella scheme for providing support to Government/ non-Government organisations for undertaking activities for adolescent and the youth. Some significant achievements of NPYAD are as under:


  • During Financial Year 2017-18, financial assistance has been given to 15 voluntary organisations including All India Level organisations.
  • The 5th North East Youth Festival was organised at Gangtok, Sikkim from 28th October to 30thOctober, 2017.
  • The 22nd National Youth Festival is scheduled to be held at Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur, Rajsthan during 12th to 16th January, 2018.
  • This year Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award, 2016 was conferred on 4 Awardees for adventure in Land, Water and Life Time Achievements.

National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)

In pursuance to the Budget announcement during 2014-15, a new Scheme, namely, ‘National Young Leaders Programme (NYLP)’ was launched in December, 2014 in order to develop leadership qualities among the youth. Some significant achivements during the year are as follows:

  • Neighbourhood Youth Parliament Programmes are being organized by involving NYKS-affiliated Youth Clubs with the objective of developing leadership qualities of the youth by involving them in debate/ discussions on contemporary issues. During current year, 2,047 Block level Programmes were organised, with participation of 1.76 lakh youth. In addition, 23,255 village-level neighbourhood youth parliament programmes involving 2.92 lakh youth. The Programmes organised during the first quarter of 2017-18 were effectively leveraged for Yoga Awareness and Training, in addition to other themes, which played a key role in effective participation of NYKS in Yoga programmes across the country on the 21.06.2017, i.e., the International Day of Yoga.
  • Youth for Development: The Programme is being organized, to develop leadership qualities of the youth by involving them in Shramadaan activities. Awards are given to youth clubs doing outstanding work.

Youth Hostels

Youth Hostels are built to promote youth travel and to enable the young people experience the rich cultural heritage of the country. The construction of the Youth Hostels is a joint venture of the Central and State Governments.  Youth Hostels provide good accommodation for the youth at reasonable rates. A total of 83 Youth Hostels have been constructed across the country and one more Youth Hostel at Roing (Arunachal Pradesh) is in advanced stage of construction. Six Youth Hostels, namely, Agra (Uttar Pradesh), Dalhousie (Himachal Pradesh), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Mysore (Karnataka), Panaji (Goa) and Puducherry have got the ISO 9001:2008 Certification.

Achievements and Initiatives of the Department of Sports during 2017

The major achievements of Department of Sports (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) During 2017 

1. Training Center for Para Athletes

Sports Minister laid the Foundation Stone at Gandhinagar, Gujarat for the first ever training center dedicated for Para Athletes on 5th February, 2017. The center is proposed at an estimated cost of over Rs. 50 crores. It will have the World Class facilities where Para athletes will be trained for various International Competitions including Asian Games, Common Wealth Games and Olympic Games. The center will have the following facilities for Para athletes:


         (i)         Indoor Hall (64m x 42m) fully AC

        (ii)        Elite Hostel (100 bedded) fully AC

       (iii)       VIP Accommodation for Foreign Guest (20 nos) AC.

       (iv)       Open land for warmup.

2. International Boxing Academy

The Secretary, (Sports), Shri Injeti Srinivas with the representatives of Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) and Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA), at the signing ceremony of an agreement between Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) and Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA), in New Delhi on March 01, 2017.

A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) involving International Boxing Association (AIBA), Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) was signed on 1st March 2017 in New Delhi to set up boxing academy at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi and Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, Rohtak.

3. High level committee to resolve the grievances and complaints of women sports persons


The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports organized a conference on ‘Women and Sports in India’ in New Delhi on the occasion of International Women Day on 8th March, 2017 to deliberate upon various issues for encouraging more and more women to take up sports. A committee under the chairmanship of AS & FA with representatives from athletes, an advocate and a senior officer of MYAS and a sports journalist (all women) has been constituted for this purpose.

4. Successful conduct of 22nd Asian Athletic Championship, 2017

India conducted successfully 22ndAsian Athletic Championship, 2017from 06 – 09 July, 2017 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.  India topped in the medal tally by winning 29 medals (12 Gold, 5 Silver, 12 Bronze).

5. Grameen Marathon


Ministry organized the first Grameen Marathon on 6th August for the youth of rural area in Delhi (Nizampur village) with around 15,000 participants. It involved boys and girls from rural areas of Delhi and helped spread the message of sports and physical activity as way of life. Objective of such sporting events is also to provide a platform to talented youngsters from rural and tribal regions and to help them grow and provide us a chance to train them further so that they can represent India at world stage.

6. Rural Games

The first edition of Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsavwas organized between 28th August to 3rd September, 2017 in Nizampur village in Delhi.


The Rural Games aimed at popularising the indigenous games like wrestling, athletics etc. and also had fun games like Matka Race, Tug of War for senior citizens to add the fun element in the games to convey the message that every age category needs to take up and practice sports.

7. Launch of Sports Talent Search Portal

Sports Talent Search Portal was launched to spot the best talent from among the young population of the country, by the Vice President of India Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu at a function at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on 28th August, 2017 in the presence of the MoS(I/C) YAS, Arjuna awardees and thousands of school children.


The portal will provide a transparent platform for talented youth to upload their achievements. Shortlisted applicants will undergo selection trials and those who pass the trials will be offered admission to SAI schemes.

8. India Australia Sports Partnership

During Australian Prime Minister’s visit to India, Mr. Malcolm Turnbull, five Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between Government of India and Government of Australia were signed on 10th April, 2017 at New Delhi for developing the relation in the field of sports between both countries.


Further, India and Australia on 12thApril, 2017 launched sports partnership in Mumbai aimed at increasing cooperation in sports. The partnership will advance India-Australia cooperation in four areas- Athlete/Coach training and Development, Sports Science, Sports Governance & Integrity and Grass-root participation.

9. Empowered Steering Committee (ESC)


The Ministry has approved the constitution of an Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) based on the recommendations of the Olympic Task Force, which was constituted in January 2017 for preparation of a comprehensive action plan, including short-term and medium to long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020 (Tokyo), 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (Los Angeles).

10. Financial assistance to Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust


The Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 5 crore to AbhinavBindra Foundation Trust (ABFT) to setup a state-of-the-art high-performance facility for rehabilitation, fitness-training and sports science (“Facility”) at the Centre at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence, Bengaluru. The Facility will be named as the “Sports Authority of India (SAI)-AbhinavBindra Targeting Performance Centre”.

11. Stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to the elite athletes


On the recommendation of the Olympic Task Force, the Ministry has on 15.9.2017 decided to give stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to all the athletes selected under Target Olympic Podium Scheme to meet pocket expenses during their preparation for participation in international sports events.

12. Revamped Khelo India Programme

The Union Cabinet has approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs.1,756crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the Programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.


The revamped Khelo India Programme would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.

13. National workshop on “Sports for All”

A national workshop on “Sports for All” was organized on 26.9.2017 at New Delhi with the participation of about 80 representatives from State Governments, National Sports Federations, Indian Olympic Association, Department of Sports, Sports Authority of India, National Observers, etc.

Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore addressing at the inauguration of the National Workshop on “Sports for All’’, in New Delhi on September 26, 2017

One of the key objectives of the workshop was to bring about convergence among all the stakeholders and create a shared vision in order to harness the multiple benefits that sports offer. Experts from Sport England made presentation on community sports and gender equality. The Head of Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) of the UK made a presentation on talent identification and development system. Presentations on community sports were made by Magic Bus and Isha Foundation (NGOs)

14. Successful conclusion of FIFA U-17 World Cup

The 17th edition of the FIFA Under -17 World Cup was successfully held from  6th  to 28 October 2017.  First time in history, India hosted such a big  international football competition.


The Venues of the competition  were JLN Stadium-  New Delhi, PJN Stadium, Fatorda- Goa, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium- Kochi , Indira Gandhi Athletics  Stadium- Guwahati,  VivekanandYuva Bharti Krirangan, Salt Lake- Kolkata, DY Patil Stadium-   Navi Mumbai. Twenty Four Teams from across the world participated in the tournament.  The Final Match  was played  between England and Spain  before  a packed YubabharatiKrirangan Stadium, Salt Lake at Kolkata on 28th October, 2017  in which England were declared FIFA U-17 World Cup Champions.

15. Mission XI Million

Mission XI Million is a joint programme, of this Ministry, All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) to popularise football across the country.


The programme targets to reach 11 Million boys and girls across the country for promotion of football by 30th September 2017. Government of India has allocated around Rs. 12.55 crores towards the said programme and an equal amount will be spent by AIFF/ FIFA. Around 11 Million children have already been covered under the said programme.  The programe covered 11 Million students, parents, and coaches as part of Mission XI Million Programme played an important role to popularize football in the country.

16. National Sports University in Manipur

The proposal for setting up of National Sports University in Manipur was formally announced by the Finance Minister in his Budget Speech (2014-15) on 10 July 2014. NITI Ayog has conveyed in- principle approval for the project. This new Central Sector Scheme would be implemented in five years.  Tentative cost of the project will be more than  Rs.500 crores. The training programe of the proposed Sports University would be organized under Four Schools: School of Sports Science and Sports Medicine, School of Sports Management and Technology, School of Sports Education and School of Interdisciplinary Studies.  The Four Schools would have Thirteen Departments under them.

The Government of Manipur has provided the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports with land measuring 325.90 acres West Imphal District of Manipur, for the proposed University on 29.12.2016. Hindustan Steelworks Construction Limited (HSCL), the Project Management Consultant for setting up the proposed University.

To ensure that the proposed University conforms to the best international standards and practices, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the Universities of Canberra and Victoria have been signed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in April 2017. Pending finalization of NSU Bill, National Sports University Society established under the Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1989, will function as the university till such time the bill is passed. BPES and B.Sc. (Sports Coaching) courses will start from the KhumanLampak Sports Complex which will be the Head Quarters of the National Sports University Society.  The plan is to take initially 60 Students each for the two courses. It is proposed to appoint one Officer on Special Duty (OSD) and one Finance Officer for the same apart from 16 Faculty Members to run the courses.

17. Olympic Task Force (OTF)

An Olympic Task Force (OTF) was set up in January, 2017 to prepare a comprehensive Action Plan for effective preparation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo, 2024 & 2028.  The Task Force was entrusted with the preparation of an overall strategy for sports facility, training selection procedure and other related matters. The OTF has submitted its report in August, 2017.

Members of the ESC will be Hony. Chairperson (Selection by the Government  through search committee process);IOA representative (President, IOA as Member and Secretary General, IOA as an alternate Member); 03 eminent athlete representatives who have retired from active sports, preferably from 3 sports disciplines having strong medal prospects at Olympic level, to be selected by the Government from amongst National Observers; One elite coach from a High Priority sport to be selected by the Government from amongst the existing Chief Coaches or High Performance Director on rotational basis; 1 Sports Scientist and 1 Sports Medicine Director (selection by the Government through search committee process); One representative from Government and one from the Sports Authority of India; One High Performance Director (to be appointed by Government following search committee process); One Chief Executive Officer (to be appointed by Government following search committee process); The ESC can co-opt upto two experts at a time on  need basis.

Indian Panorama 2017

IFFI 2017 -  48th International Film Festival of India

Indian Panorama 2017 announces its final selection of Feature & Non-Feature films to be screened in Goa at 48th International Film Festival of India, 2017.

The Jury for Feature Films was headed by acclaimed film director, actor and screenwriter, Shri Sujoy Ghosh. The Jury previewed 153 eligible entries. The Jury was comprised of the following Members:

  1. Shri Suresh Heblikar, Filmmaker, Director & Actor
  2. Shri Rahul Rawail, Film Director
  3. Satarupa Sanyal, Film Director, Producer, Actress, Poet &Social Activist
  4. Ms Gopi Desai, Film Director & Actress
  5. Shri Nishikant Kamat, Filmmaker
  6. Shri Gyan Correa, Film Director
  7. Shri Merlvin Mukhim, Actor & Producer
  8. Shri Nikkhil Advani, Film Producer, Director & Screenwriter
  9. ShriApurva Asrani, Film Maker, Film Editor & Screenwriter
  10. Shri HariViswanath, Film Director, Screenwriter & Producer
  11. Shri Sachin Chatte, Film Critic
  12. Ruchi Narain, Film Director & Screenwriter

As per Clause 8.6 of the India Panorama 2017 Regulations the Best Feature Film of 64th National Film Awards 2016, titled “Kaasav” directed by Sumitra Bhave & Sunil Sukthankar is included in Indian Panorama 2017 by virtue of direct entry.

The Opening film of the feature film section of Indian Panorama is Pihu directed by Vinod Kapri. In addition to this, five Mainstream films are also selected under Indian Panorama Section of 48th International Film Festival of India, 2017.

26 Feature films selected for the Indian Panorama 2017 is as follows:



The Non – Feature Film Jury was chaired by well-known film director and screen writer Shri Sudhir Mishra. The Jury previewed 154 eligible entries. The Jury comprised of the following Members:

  1. Shri Tuhinabha Majumdar, Film Director and Film Writer
  2. Shri Shankhajeet De, Film Maker
  3. Shri Mithuchandra Chaudhari, Film Director
  4. Shiny Jacob Benjamin, Film Producer, Film Director and Writer
  5. Tinni Mitra, Film Editor
  6. Shri K.G Suresh, Journalist & Columnist
Indian Panorama Section, 2017 at  48th International Film Festival of India

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As per Clause 8.6 of the India Panorama 2017 Regulations the Best Non-Feature Film of 64th National Film Awards 2016, titled “Fireflies in the Abyss” directed by Chandrasekhar Reddy is included in Indian Panorama 2017, by virtue of direct entry.

The Opening film of the non-feature film section of Indian Panorama 2017 is Pushkar Puran directed by Kamal Swaroop.

16 Non – Feature films selected for the Indian Panorama 2017 is as follows:


Source: IFFI Goa Blog

Pablo César’s film on Rabindranath Tagore to close IFFI 2017

IFFI 2017 -  48th International Film Festival of India

The Indo- Argentine film by Filmmaker Pablo César’s set to be the closing movie of IFFI 2017. The film Thinking of Him, which revolves around the relationship of legendary poet and intellectual Rabindranath Tagore, played by Victor Banerjee, will be screened at IFFI on the 28th of November.The film captures the magic of Rabindranath Tagore’s relationship with Argentine feminist, writer and activist Victoria Ocampo in a brilliant manner.


The movie has scenes in both B&W and Colour. The black and white scenes portray the life of Tagore and his time spent with Ocampa who is played by the talented Eleonora Wexler. The color portions of the movie follows Felix, a geography teacher who becomes fascinated by Tagore’s work and travels to Shantiniketan to learn more about him.

Hector Bordoni plays Felix while Raima Sen plays Kamali, a young woman whom Felix meets on his journey.

“This film is not about what you and I think of Tagore. It is about what she [Ocampo] thought of Tagore and what Argentine people think of him,” Victor Banerjee had said in an interview in 2016. Pablo César conceived the idea of making the film back in 2008.


This is not director Pablo César’s first time at IFFI. In 1994, he was invited to screen his 3rd feature film ‘Grey Fire’. For this years edition of IFFI, he is coming back with his 11th film that is close to the heart of every Indian. The film will be screened after the red carpet closing ceremony on the 28th of November.

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Source: IFFI Goa Blog


‘Beyond the clouds’ by Majid Majidi to open IFFI 2017 on 20th November

IFFI 2017 -  48th International Film Festival of India

The film by legendary Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi is set to be the curtain raiser at the 48th International Film Festival of India in Goa on the 20th of November, 2017. The two hour Indian Masterpiece was also Nominated for the Best Film Award at the London Film Festival 2017. Apart from marking the official debut of the young talent Ishaan Khattar into the world of cinema, this film is also the first Indian film by Majid Majidi. Beyond the Clouds also features the South Indian actress, Malavika Mohanan in one of the lead roles.

This might perhaps be the first time that an international film maker of repute and acclaim, has shot and produced his entire film in India with an Indian producer and a complete Indian cast & crew.


Beyond The Clouds revolves around the adoration of love, life and human relationships between a brother and sister  which takes place  the ever bustling city of Mumbai. This particular film, is a trilingual one, i.e. it will have dialogues in three languages which are English, Tamil and Hindi. Bollywood veteran and seven time National Film Award winner Vishal Bhardwaj handled the scripting for the hindi dialogues. He is known for working on scripts for some acclaimed films like Talvar, Kaminey and Haider in the past. He applauded Mr Majid’s understanding of cinema and respect to the language.

Majid Majidi is a prominent Iranian film director who has an illustrious career with a long list of awards and nominations like the 1998 Oscar nomination for the best film and the Grand Prix Des Ameriques award at the 25th Montreal Film Festival, 2001. His movie, The Song of Sparrows won the Special Award for Best Foreign Language Film National Board of Review, New York 2008. Other than these, he is best known for films like Children of Heaven & Children of Paradise which are loved by crowds all over.

Oscar winner A.R Rahman was roped in to compose the music for the film. Rahman and Majid have worked together previously on the film ‘Muhammad: The Messenger of God’, which won the Cinematographer-Director Duo Award at the The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography Camerimage 2015.

The film will be have its India premiere post the Inaugural ceremony on the 20th of November. Majidi, along with the lead actors, Oscar winning music director A.R. Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj is expected to attend the premiere on November 20th .

Celebrate Films, Celebrate Goa, Celebrate IFFI 2017

Courtesy: IFFI Goa Blog

A Year After Demonetisation

Arun Jaitley arun1

November 8, 2016 would be remembered as a watershed moment in the history of Indian economy. This day signifies the resolve of this Government to cure the country from “dreaded disease of black money”. We, the Indians, were forced to live with this attitude of “chalta hai” with respect to corruption and black money and the brunt of this attitude was faced particularly by the middle class and lower strata of society. It was a hidden urge of the larger section of our society for a long period to root out the curse of corruption and black money; and it was this urge which manifested in the verdict of people in May 2014.


 Immediately after taking up responsibility in May 2014, this Government decided to fulfil the wish of the people in tackling the menace of black money by constituting SIT on black money. Our country is aware that how even a direction from the Supreme Court on this issue was ignored by the then Government for number of years. Another example of lack of will to fight against black money was the delay of 28 years in implementation of Benami Property Act.

This Government took decisions and implemented the earlier provisions of law in a well-considered and planned manner over three years to meet the objective of fight against black money. These decisions span from setting up of SIT to passing of necessary laws for foreign assets to demonetisation and to implementation of GST.

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 When the country is participating in “Anti-Black Money Day”, a debate was started that whether the entire exercise of demonetisation has served any intended purpose. This narrative attempts to bring out positive outcomes of demonetization in short-term and medium-term with respect to stated objectives.


RBI has reported in their Annual Accounts that Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) of estimated value of Rs.15.28 lakh crore have been deposited back as on 30.6.2017. The outstanding SBNs as on 8th November, 2016 were of Rs.15.44 lakh crore value. The total currency in circulation of all denominations as on 8th November, 2016 was 17.77 lakh crore.

One of the important objective of demonetisation was to make India a less cash economy and thereby reduce the flow of black money in the system. The reduction in currency in circulation from the base scenario reflects that this intended objective has been met. The published figure of “currency in circulation” for half year ending September, 2017 is Rs.15.89 lakh crore. This shows year on year variation of (-) Rs.1.39 lakh crore; whereas year on year variation for the same period during last year was (+) Rs.2.50 lakh crore. This means that reduction in currency in circulation is of the order of Rs.3.89 lakh crore.

Why should we remove excess currency from the system? Why should we curtail cash transactions? It is common knowledge that cash is anonymous. When demonetization was implemented, one of the intended objectives was to put identity on the cash holdings in the economy. With the return of Rs.15.28 lakh crore in the formal banking system, almost entire cash holding of the economy now has an address. It is no more anonymous. From this inflow, the amount involving suspicious transactions based on various estimates ranges from Rs.1.6 lakh crore to Rs.1.7 lakh crore. Now it is with the tax administration and other enforcement agencies to use big data analytics and crack down on suspicious transactions.


 Steps in this direction have already started. Number of Suspicious Transaction Reports filed by banks during 2016-17 has gone up from 61,361 in 2015-16 to 3,61,214; the increase during the same period for Financial Institutions is from 40,333 to 94,836 and for intermediaries registered with SEBI the increase is from 4,579 to 16,953.

Based on big data analytics, cash seizure by Income Tax Department has more than doubled in 2016-17 when compared to 2015-16; during search and seizure by the Department Rs.15,497 crore of undisclosed income has been admitted which is 38% higher than the undisclosed amount admitted during 2015-16; and undisclosed income detected during surveys in 2016-17 is Rs.13,716 crore which is 41% higher than the detection made in 2015-16.


Undisclosed income admitted and undisclosed income detected taken together amounts to Rs.29,213 crore; which is close to 18% of the amount involved in suspicious transactions. This process will gain momentum under “Operation Clean Money” launched on January 31, 2017.

 The exercise to remove the anonymity with currency has further yielded results in the form of

  • 56 lakh new individual tax payers filing their returns till August 5, 2017 which was the last date for filing return for this category; last year this number was about 22 lakh;
  • Self-Assessment Tax (voluntary payment by tax payers at the time of filing return) paid by non-corporate tax payers increasing by 34.25% during April 1 to August 5 in 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016.

With increase in tax base and bringing back undisclosed income into the formal economy, the amount of Advance Tax paid by non-corporate tax payers during the current year has also increased by about 42% during 1st April to 5th August.


The leads gathered due to data collected during demonetisation period have led to identification of 2.97 lakh suspect shell companies. After issuance of statutory notices to these companies and following due process under the law, 2.24 lakh companies have been de-registered from the books of Registrar of Companies.

 Further actions were taken under the law to stop operation of bank accounts of these struck off companies. Actions are also being taken for freezing their bank accounts and debarring their directors from being on board of any company. In the initial analysis of bank accounts of such companies following information has come out which are worth mentioning:

  • Of 2.97 lakh struck off companies, information pertaining to 28,088 companies involving 49,910 bank accounts show that these companies have deposited and withdrawn Rs.10,200 crore from 9th November 2016 till the date of strike off from RoC;
  • Many of these companies are found to have more than 100 bank accounts – one company even reaching a figure of 2,134 accounts;

Simultaneously, Income Tax Department has taken action against more than 1150 shell companies which were used as conduits by over 22,000 beneficiaries to launder more than Rs.13,300 crore.


Post demonetization, SEBI has introduced a Graded Surveillance Measure in stock exchanges. This measure has been introduced in over 800 securities by the exchanges. Inactive and suspended companies many a time are used as harbours of manipulative minds. In order to ensure that such suspicious companies do not languish in the exchanges, over 450 such companies have been delisted and demat accounts of their promoters have been frozen; they have also been barred to be directors of listed companies. Around 800 companies listed on erstwhile regional exchanges are not traceable and a process has been initiated to declare them as vanishing companies. Demonetization appears to have led to an acceleration in the financialisation of savings.

In parallel, there is a shift towards greater formalisation of the economy in the near term aided by the introduction of Good and Services Tax (GST). Some of the parameters indicating such shift are given below:

  • Corporate bond market has started reaping the benefits of additional financial savings and transmission of interest rate reduction. The corporate Bond market issuance grew to Rs. 1.78 lakh crore in 2016-17, the year on year increase was Rs.78,000 crore. With other sources of issuance in capital market the incremental variation is almost Rs.2 lakh crore in 2016-17 while that was Rs.1 lakh crore in 2015-16.
  • This trend is further substantiated by the surge in primary market raising through public and rights issues. There were 87 issues of public and rights for raising equity involving amount of Rs.24,054 crore during FY 2015-16; in the first six months of 2017-18 itself there are 99 such issues amounting to Rs.28,319 crore.
  • Net inflow into Mutual Funds during 2016-17 increased by 155% during 2016-17 over 2015-16 reaching 3.43 lakh crore; Net inflows in mutual funds during November 2016 to June 2017 was about Rs.1.7 lakh crore as against Rs.9,160 crore during the same period in the year before;
  • Premia collected by life insurance companies more than doubled in November 2016; the cumulative collections during November 2016 to January 2017 increased by 46 per cent over the same period of the previous year. The premium collections witnessed 21% growth for year ending September 2017 over the corresponding period of previous year.

With a shift to less cash economy, India has taken a big leap in digital payment during 2016-17. Some of the trends are given below:

  • 110 crore transactions, valued at around Rs.3.3 lakh crore and another 240 crore transactions, valued at Rs.3.3 lakh crore were carried out through credit cards and debit cards, respectively. The value of transaction for debit and credit card was Rs.1.6 lakh crore and Rs.2.4 lakh crore respectively during 2015-16.
  • Total value of transaction with Pre-Paid instruments (PPIs) have increased from Rs.48,800 crore in 2015-16 to Rs.83,800 crore in 2016-17. Total volume of transactions through PPIs have increased from about 75 crore to 196 crore.
  • During 2016-17, National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) handled 160 crore transactions valued at Rs.120 lakh crore, up from around 130 crore transactions for Rs.83 lakh crore in the previous year.

With higher level of formalisation, it has brought out related benefits to workers who were denied of social security benefits in the form of EPF contribution, subscription to ESIC facilities and payments of wages in their bank accounts. Large increase in opening of bank accounts for workers, enrolment in EPF and ESIC are added benefits of demonetisation. More than 1 crore workers were added to EPF and ESIC system post-demonetisation which was almost 30% of existing beneficiaries. Bank accounts were opened for about 50 lakh workers to get their wages credited in their accounts. Necessary amendment in Payment of Wages Act was done to facilitate this.

The reduction in incidences of stone pelting, protests in J&K and naxal activities in LWE affected districts are also attributed to the impact of demonetisation as these miscreants have run out of cash. Their access to Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) was also restricted. During 2016-17, the detection of FICN for Rs.1000 denomination increased from 1.43 lakh pieces to 2.56 lakh pieces. At the Reserve Bank’s currency verification and processing system, during 2015-16, there were 2.4 pieces of FICNs of Rs.500 denomination and 5.8 pieces of FICNs of Rs.1000 denomination for every million pieces notes processed; which rose to 5.5 pieces and 12.4 pieces, respectively, during the post-demonetisation period. This shows almost doubling of such detection.


In an overall analysis, it would not be wrong to say that country has moved on to a much cleaner, transparent and honest financial system. Benefits of these may not yet be visible to some people. The next generation will view post November, 2016 national economic development with a great sense of pride as it has provided them a fair and honest system to live in.


Shri Arun Jaitley is the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Government of India

Patel: Life, Message and His Eternal Relevance

“Work is worship but laughter is life. Anyone who takes life too seriously must prepare himself for a miserable existence. Anyone who greets joys and sorrows with equal facility can really get the best of life.”

i2017103014 *Guru Prakash

This statement can easily be mistaken as a thoughtful musing of a spiritual saint who has renounced the world, and has dedicated his life to a greater cause. It is difficult to believe that the aforementioned is one amongst many non-political quotes of the iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.


Born as one amongst five brothers and sisters in a peasant family of Ladbai and Jhaveribhai Patel in village Nadiad in Kaira district of Gujarat, Vallabhbhai was set for a far greater cause of independence and integration of independent India. In his formative years, his mother has had a profound impact on his psychology. Like in a normal rural setting, the mother would gather all her children and narrate stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata.  While it impacted the spiritual quotient of young Patel, it was his father who introduced him to the world of peasantry. Young Vallabhbhai used to accompany his father to the fields and eventually became an expert in land tilling and cattle tending, two important aspects of cultivation. Such was his affection to his peasant ancestry that once an American journalist asked him about his cultural activities, to which he retorted, “Ask me another. My culture is agriculture”.


The first spate of struggle that brought Patel to public life was primarily his journey as a peasant leader. His foray into public life and eventually into the freedom movement was possible through successful satyagrahas in Barod and Kheda, wherein he through his exceptional skills in leadership and consensus building brought the British government on knees to agree to the demand for the withdrawal of exorbitant increase in revenue.

 Statesmanship and Political Acumen

Sardar Patel belongs to the legion of leadership who effectively contributed both to the freedom struggle, and guided the project of national reconstruction following independence.

We worked hard to achieve our freedom; we shall have to strive harder to justify it”.


Patel was clearly conscious of the fact that independent India needed a steel frame to run its civil, military, and administrative bureaucracy. His faith in institutional mechanisms like having an organized command based army and a systemized bureaucracy proved to be a blessing. It was Patel who sent Indian navy to the port of Lakshadweep at an appropriate time, as Pakistan was equally keen to occupy the strategically important islands. One can only imagine what would have been the plight had our neighbours succeeded in her plans. He also pre-empted the relevance of Independent Tibet as a buffer state between India and China, as can be found in his correspondence with Pt. Nehru.

 RSS and Sardar Patel

In a letter dated July 16th, 1949 to TR Venkatarama Sastri, Sardar Patel says, “I was myself keen to remove the ban at the earliest possible opportunity…. I have advised the RSS in the past that the only way for them is to reform the congress from within, if they think the congress is going on the wrong path”.

789_Sardar_PatelIn another correspondence the second sarsanghachalak of RSS MS Golwalkar writes to Sardar Patel, “I have decided to meet friends like Venkatarama ji etc. After meeting him and after attending to preliminary details with regard to our work, I shall do my best to call on you. I have learnt with sorrow that there has been some deterioration in your health. This indeed has given me much anxiety. The country is in so much need of your able guidance and service. I pray god to grant you long and healthy life. I hope till the time I shall be able to meet you; you would have much improved in your health. Some innermost feelings of heart are inexpressible through the medium of language. I am having such experience while I am writing this letter to you.

The communication establishes the fact that Sardar was open to the idea of ‘conversation without confrontations’. There is a pertinent need to move beyond rhetoric; which can only be made possible through independent research on the subject.


“Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is perhaps the only pragmatist in the Gandhi, Nehru, Patel trio who were the most important people especially in the run-up to independence and immediately afterwards. Most Indians do not realize that the map of India would not look anything like it does today had Patel not contributed to it. Without him, large chunks of India would have broken away through malicious intent. He almost single-handedly prevented this balkanization from happening. The one place where Patel could not entirely implement his wise policies is Kashmir, and we are paying the price for that even today. Next to Gandhi, and sometimes even better than the Mahatma, Patel understood the grassroots ethos and culture of India. If he would have lived even for a decade after independence, possibly many of India’s persistent issues would have been resolved”, observes Hindol Sengupta, author of the upcoming Patel biography The Man Who Saved India.



* The author is working as a Senior Research Fellow at India Foundation, New Delhi. Views expressed in the article are author’s personal.

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