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Vice President’s visit to Serbia, Malta and Romania
Some key outcomes:
- India’s aspiration to be on UNSC and for taking forward UN reforms was supported.
- India’s stand on terror and support for early adoption of United Nation’s Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism was endorsed.
- Strong support for resuming EU-India trade agreement after Romania assumes Presidency of EU.
- Business Forums generated a good deal of enthusiasm among the industrialists and businessmen in every country as they got to know about India’s transformative initiatives. The growth story and the reports from World Bank, IMF quoted by Vice President enhanced awareness.
- Romania showed a special interest in Space and Aerospace. Malta expressed its desire to join the International Solar Alliance.
- The vice President underscored the growing importance of India on the world stage and drew attention to four key features that need to be recognised. He called them 4Ds – Democracy, Demographic dividend, Demand and Diaspora.
- The address to the Serbian Parliament was very well received and the admiration for India as the largest democracy and a vibrant, well-functioning polity was more than evident in the standing ovation the Vice President received at the end of his address.
- MOUs entered into related to plant protection, tourism, air services, oil research, diplomatic training and maritime cooperation.
- In all the three countries, there was considerable interest in Yoga and Ayurveda and in Romania, the Vice President launched two books on Ayurveda and inaugurated an Ayurveda Information Centre.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana
- The Prime Minister will launch the scheme on September 23 but effectively it will become operational from September 25 on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
- With the launch by the Prime Minister, 26-27 states and UTs are likely to immediately commence the PMJAY.
- The mega healthcare scheme provides medical cover of up to Rs. 5 lakh to over 10.74 crore poor and vulnerable families, constituting 40 per cent of India’s total population.
- Paryatan Parv 2018 is being organized with the objective of drawing focus on the benefits of tourism, showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing the principle of “Tourism for All”.
Components of Paryatan Parv are:
- Dekho Apna Desh: To encourage Indians to visit their own country. There are several activities to be organised across the Country like Photography contest covering tourism attractions and experiences, promotion on Social Media, Tourism related Quiz, Essay, Debate and Painting Competitions for Students. General public engagement for the event will be promoted through the MyGov platform.
- Tourism for All: Tourism Events at sites across all States in the country are being organised. The activities at these sites will include illumination in and around the Sites, Cultural Programmes of Dance, Music, Theatre, Story Telling, Sensitisation Programmes for Stakeholders around the Sites, Tourism Exhibitions, Showcasing Culture, Cuisine and Handicrafts / Handlooms, Guided Heritage Walks, etc.
- Tourism and Governance: Interactive Sessions and Workshops with Stakeholders on varied themes will be organised across the Country.
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