UPSC 2017-18: PIB Summary and Analysis Aug 14

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan calls on the Vice President of India

In news

  • The present trade between India and Turkmenistan is at USD 100 million which is below potential, and India is keen to improve bilateral trade.
  • India has a stable and affective government and Turkmenistan is rich for its natural resources and both should go hand-in-hand for the benefit of the two nations.
  • India has been the Healthcare destination for several countries including Turkmenistan, and get maximum benefit out of it.
  • Recently, Turkmenistan government has adopted Yoga.


85 lakh milk producing animals identified and their data uploaded on INAPH data base

  • Pashu Sanjivni component under National Mission on Bovine Productivity scheme was initiated by the Government in November 2016.
  • 88 million milk producing animals out of 300 million cattle and buffaloes are being identified using polyurethane tags with 12 digit unique identification (UID) number.
  • Data of the identified animals is being uploaded on Information Network on Animal Health and Productivity (INAPH) data base. As on date 85 lakh milk producing animals have been identified and their data has been uploaded on INAPH data base.

Prelims Fact

Pashu Sanjivni

The Pashu Sanjivni is crucial for control and spread of animal diseases, scientific management of animals, enhanced production and productivity, improvement in quality of livestock & livestock products, increase in trade of livestock and livestock products by meeting out sanitary and phtyosanitory issues.

In order to improve productivity and enhance milk production, thereby making dairying more remunerative to the farmers, some of the projects by the government are as below:

  • Pashudhan Sanjivani : an Animal Wellness Programme; encompassing setting up of Emergency Help Lines, provision of Animal Health cards (‘Nakul Swasthya Patra’) along with UID identification and a National Data Base;
  • Advanced breeding Technology:  including Assisted Reproductive Technique to improve availability of disease free female bovines;
  • Creation of “E- Pashudhan Haat”: an e- market portal for bovine germplasm for connecting breeders and farmers of indigenous bovine breeds and
  • National Genomic Centre (NGC): Establishment of National Genomic Centre for enhancing milk production and productivity of indigenous breeds.


President’s Address to the Nation on the eve of India’s 71st Independence Day, 2017

Brief summary

Highlighted the importance of Whether caring and sharing in villages and cities. This would make us a gentler and happier society and help us understand each other with greater empathy.

This spirit of empathy and of social service and volunteerism is very much alive in India. There are so many people and organisations that work quietly and diligently for the poor and the disadvantaged.

To ensure that the benefits of government policies reach all sections of society, the partnership between citizens and government remains essential:

  • The government has started the Swachchh Bharat campaign – but it is for each of us to ensure a Swachchh Bharat.
  • The government is building toilets or helping build toilets – but it is for each of us to use those toilets and make India open-defecation free.
  • The government is enabling communication infrastructure – but it is for each of us to use the Internet for the right purposes: to bridge knowledge gaps, create opportunities, and enhance educational and information access
  • The government is promoting the idea of Beti Bachao–Beti Padhao – but it is for each of us to ensure that our daughters are not discriminated against and get the best education
  • The government can frame laws and strengthen law enforcement – but it is for each of us to be a law-abiding citizen. And to build a law-abiding society
  • The government is pushing transparency and eliminating corruption in public recruitment and procurement – but it is for each of us to answer to our inner conscience in everyday life
  • The government is implementing GST to eliminate multiple taxes and simplify transactions – but it is for each of us to make this an essential part of our everyday transactions and business culture.
  • In the year 2022, our country will complete 75 years of Independence. It is our national resolve to attain certain desired milestones for a New India by then.

Concept of New India

  • Some parameters – like a house for every family, power on demand, better roads and telecom, a modern railway network, rapid and sustained growth.
  • Apart from this, New India must include that integral humanist component that is in our DNA, and which has defined our country and our civilisation. New India must be a society rushing towards the future, but also a compassionate society.
  • A compassionate society where the traditionally disadvantaged, whether SCs, STs or OBCs, are part of our national developmental process.
  • A compassionate society where populations in our frontier areas and states, who may sometimes feel a sense of alienation, are embraced as our brothers and sisters.
  • A compassionate society where the deprived child, the aged and the ailing senior citizen, and the poor and the under-privileged are always in our thought – not an afterthought. And where we take special care to ensure that our divyang brothers and sisters get equal opportunities in all walks of life
  • A compassionate and egalitarian society that does not discriminate on gender or religious background.
  • A compassionate society that enriches our human capital and equips our young people by promoting accessible, affordable and world-class educational institutions. And where quality health-care and nutrition are not a challenge.

It is only with all this that we will build the New India we can cherish – where every Indian is equipped to fulfil his or her potential and do so in a manner that leaves each one of us content and happy. And helps each of us contribute to society and our country.

UPSC Mains Practice Question

GS Paper 1

  1. It is only with compassionate society that we can build the New India we can cherish – where every Indian is equipped to fulfil his or her potential and do so in a manner that leaves each one of us content and happy. Comment

GS Paper 3

  1. In order to double the farmer’s income by 2022, we need to improve productivity and enhance milk production, thereby making dairying more remunerative to the farmers. Critically examine the statement.



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