Floods in India – Relief efforts and details of the Control Room and Help Lines

The rescue and evacuation of marooned and stranded people in flood hit Kashmir valley is continuing for the 7th Day under the coordinated efforts of National Disaster Response Force teams of Government of India with active participation by Armed forces, India Railways, IOC etc. The Govt. of India is constantly monitoring the situation and according to the Home Minister 30000 – 35000 people have already been rescued as on 3.48 pm today.
The NDRF has opened a page

NDRF page

, in its website where real time information is provided regarding missing people. As for relief up to 1300 hrs today, 5 tonnes of relief material has been distributed.
To assist the victims of this natural disaster, actively monitor and coordinate the rescue and relief operations, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of the Government of India has set up control rooms in Delhi and in the state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). Contact numbers of these control rooms are as follows:
MHA control room numbers for help and assistance in J&K:
0091-11- 23093054, 23092763, 23092923, 23092885, 23093566, 23093563.

Flood Control Rooms:
• Jammu & Kashmir House, New Delhi: 0091-011-24611210 and 24611108
• Srinagar: 0091-194-2452138
• Jammu: 0091-191-2560401
• National Disaster Relief Control Room, Delhi: 0091-11-26107953; mobile 09711077372; Email ndrfhq@nic.in for J&K relief and rescue.
In addition Consulate General of India has designated a local hotline number 050 7347676 for assistance related to information on affected members of the flood.
The Government of India has not sought any assistance in dealing with the situation, however, those interested in making voluntary contributions to assist the victims are advised to contribute directly either by Cheque / Demand Draft made in favour of “Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF)” and send it to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in New Delhi, or make online contribution to the PMNRF on PMO’s website

PMNRF page

. Cheque/Demand Draft made in favour of PMNRF could also be sent to the Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi (addressed to Ambassador of India) or the Consulate General of India in Dubai (addressed to Consul General of India), which would be forwarded to the PMO in Delhi. Please note contributions in kind will not be accepted in the Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi or Consulate General of India in Dubai.

“Helplines for seeking assistance pertaining to flood crisis in Jammu and Kashmir”

From the Consulate information is provided through:
Email: kashmirhelpline@cgidubai.com
Mobile: 050 – 7347676

Home Ministry’s control room in New Delhi, the telephone numbers for which are:

(011) 23093054, 23092763, 23093564, 23092923, 23092885, 23093566, 23093563.

For information and assistance, these helpline numbers can also be contacted:

Delhi J&K House – 011 24611210 and 24611108;
Srinagar – 0194-2452138;
Jammu – 0191-2560401

Delegation visit from state of Gujarat,India,led by Hon’ble Minister Shri Saurabh Patel, 8-10 Aug,2014

A 5 member delegation from Government of Gujarat (GoG), headed by Shri Saurabh Dalal , (Minister for Finance, Energy and Petrochemicals, Mines Minerals, Cottage Industries, Salt Industries, Printing and Stationery, Planning, Tourism, Civil aviation, Labour and Employment) visited Dubai from 8 – 10 August, 2014.
The other members of the delegation consisted of:
1. Shri. Sudhir Mankad: Chairman, Gift City
2. Dr. Hasmukh Adhia: Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department, GoG.
3. Shri. Ramakant Jha: MD & Group CEO, Gift City
4. Shri Dipesh Shah: VP, Business Development, Gift City
The main objective of the delegation’s visit was to study the infrastructural, legal, financial and other necessary frameworks that support the successful operation of more than 25 free zones in Dubai. This comes in the backdrop of Gujarat’s efforts to initiate a project called the GIFT (Gujarat International Financial Tech) city, near Ahmadabad, (in partnership with IL&FS). GIFT city, a globally benchmarked Global Financial Hub with International Financial Service Centre (IFSC) is implemented as a Smart City, a first of its kind in India, designed to be at or above par with globally benchmarked financial centers such as Shinjuku, Tokyo, Lujiazui, Shanghai, La Defense, Paris, London Dockyards etc. GIFT City is the vision of India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the GIFT City committee is implementing the vision envisaged by the great leadership.
The Hon’ble Minister along with the Consul General of India and the delegation members met the top level officials from Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC). He also interacted with the Indian businessmen based out of Dubai and met the members from the Indian community. The Minister and the delegation not only held the growth story of Dubai in high regard but also appreciated the warm hospitality they received from the Dubai authorities and the affection shown by the Indian community.

“Your Best Vacation in India” contest

Have you ever spent a memorable vacation in India?
Then here is your chance to win exciting gift vouchers!

India – a land of people, colours, cultures, food, vast landscapes : a perfect combination for a perfect vacation.. Tell us, show us, write to us about what India has offered to you during your vacation in India.

This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners. Contest is open to all individuals from Dubai and Northern emirates who have vacationed in India. The best three entries will be rewarded with gift vouchers apart from being published on the Consulate’s Facebook page.


1. Complete a write-up in not more than 100 words describing your best vacation in India in your email (and not as an attachment) and please send in photographs taken during that vacation.
Email to culture@cgidubai.com with subject as “My Best Vacation in India”
2. Please remember that all photos submitted should not be larger than 2MB. Photos must be preferably in JPEG format. You are required to provide a unique title & description for each image submitted.
3. Please include the following details in your mail:
(a) Full Name
(b) City of Residence and Nationality
(d) Contact Details (Mobile)
(e) Date of Birth

4. Last date for Submission is 10 September 2014. So hurry!!!

Rules of the contest:-

The winning entries will be CGI’s property. CGI decision on winners will be final. Entries sent after 10th September will not be entertained.

Visit of delegation led by HE Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Hon’ble Chief Minister of MP, 20-22 Aug,2014

A 10 member high level delegation from the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) led by HE Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Hon’ble Chief Minister of MP visited UAE from 20 – 22 August,2014.
Objective of the visit: The delegation that included senior ministers from the state such as HE Ms Yashodhara Raje Scindia , Minister of Industries and Commerce, HE Sh Kailash Vijayvargiya, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Administration & Housing-Envrionment and HE Mr. Umashanker Gupta, Minister of HRD , and other senior bureaucrats were on a road-show to promote the upcoming Global Investors Summit that is scheduled to happen from 8 – 10 October, 2014 at Indore and to attract investments to Madhya Pradesh.

On 20th August, the delegation, along with the Consul General Sh Anurag Bhushan visited the Emirates HQ where an MOU was signed between GoMP’s investment arm MPTRIFAC and Emirates Airlines regarding Emirates’ interest in commencing cargo carriers from Indore. The delegation was also briefed regarding the upcoming mega infrastructural projects related to Dubai Expo 2020 and the world’s first aerotropolis being currently constructed in Dubai. Later, the delegation visited the Nakheel Properties at Palm Jumeirah where they were given a presentation regarding Nakheel’s most famous ‘The Palm’ project. This was followed by a meeting between the delegation and the authorities at SMART city, where they explored the possibility of developing highly developed clusters in Madhya Pradesh in the likes of the ones in Dubai.

During the course of the day, the delegation reached out to the investors and the Indian community in Dubai during a networking lunch and dinner that was organized by Gulf Petrochem and IBPC respectively.
On 21 August, the delegation, accompanied by Ambassador of India to UAE, Shri T.P. Seetharam, visited Masdar City in Abu Dhabi wherein they received a comprehensive briefing about the establishment and ongoing development of Masdar city and its role in advancing renewable energy adoption from senior members of Masdar city’s management. During the meeting, and subsequent tour of Masdar city, the two sides explored the scope of cooperation in the development of such city in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Masdar city visit was followed by a brief presentation to the visiting delegation on development and operation of Abu Dhabi-based Ferrari World’s indoor park by its General Manager in the Indian Embassy premises. During interaction-cum-lunch, hosted by Indian Ambassador, the delegation met with leading investors of UAE and explored the opportunities of investments in MP. Later on, in the interactive session with members of Indian Businessmen and Professional Group and representatives from UAE’s leading financial institutions and ICAI, Abu Dhabi chapter, held in the Indian Embassy, the delegation gave a brief presentation on investment opportunities in MP and provided information on upcoming Global Investors Summit 2014 in the State.

On 22nd August, the delegation visited DMCC where they interacted with the authorities and members of DMCC, who briefed them regarding the various aspects in commodity trading, especially in diamonds. It is worth mentioning here that Madhya Pradesh is the only diamond producing state in India. Following DMCC, the delegation held brief meetings with the authorities of EMAAR group who have been responsible for construction of landmark buildings such as Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Apart from these meetings, the delegation had a networking Lunch with investors hosted by the Videocon Group and High-Tea with members of the Bohra community.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister and the delegation not only held the vision of the Rulers and the growth story of UAE in high regard but also appreciated the warm hospitality they received from the several authorities in UAE and the affection shown by the Indian community.

Government of Madhya Pradesh signed an MoU with Emirates Airlines on 20 August 2014, in the presence of Hon’ble CM Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Mr Adnan Kazim of Emirates Group, Cabinet Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Consul General Mr. Anurag Bhushan.

Hon’ble CM Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan with Mr. Sanjay Manchanda, CEO Nakheel Properties during a site visit of Nakheel Properties on 20th August 2014.

Hon’ble CM Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Cabinet Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Consul General Mr. Anurag Bhushan with Mr. Adnan Kazim, Divisional SVP, Emirates Group

Hon’ble CM Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Cabinet Ministers of Madhya Pradesh with HE Abdullatif Al Mulla, CEO of Smart City at SMART city office on 20th August,2014

Hon’ble CM Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan addressing a gathering at a networking lunch organised by Gulf Petrochem, Dubai on 20th August 2014

Hon’ble CM Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan addressing an Investors meet organised by Indian Business & Professional Council (IBPC), Dubai on 20 August 2014.

Guidelines for travelers returning from West African countires effected with Ebola Virus Disease

The guidelines and FAQ’s regarding Ebola Virus disease is available at the link below

Ebola Virus Disease

H.E. Consul General Anurag Bhushan hoisting the national flag on the occasion of Independence day

Dance performance by Maayavi group on the occasion of Independence Day

Ms. Shobana Chandramohan and her team rendering the patriotic songs on the occasion

H.E. Consul General Anurag Bhushan with the performers on the occasion of Independence Day celebrations


Fellow citizens:

On the eve of 67th anniversary of our Independence, I extend warm greetings to you and to all Indians around the world. I convey my special greetings to members of our armed forces, paramilitary forces and internal security forces. I also congratulate all our sportspersons, who have participated and won laurels in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow.

1. Freedom is a celebration; independence is a challenge. In the 68th year of freedom, we have reaffirmed the power of our individual and collective liberties by electing through a remarkably peaceful electoral process, a stable government with a clear majority for a single party, after three decades. The increase in voter turnout to 66 per cent from the last election’s 58 per cent shows the vitality of our democracy. This achievement has given us an opportunity to take up the challenge of governance by reforming the policies, practices and systems of governance so that the enormous aspirations of our people can be fulfilled with vision, commitment, integrity, speed and administrative capability.

2. Stagnant minds create immobile systems which become roadblocks to growth. India demands creative thinking in governance that enables fast-track development and ensures social harmony. The nation has to be placed above partisan impulses. The people come first.

3. In a democracy, good governance is exercise of power for efficient and effective management of our economic and social resources for the well-being of the people. This power has to be exercised within the framework of the Constitution through the institutions of state. With the passage of time and changes in the eco-system, distortions do appear making some institutions dysfunctional. When one institution does not function in the manner expected of it, phenomenon of overreach sets in. While some new institutions might become necessary, the real solution lies in re-inventing and restoring the existing ones to serve the purpose of effective government.

4. Good governance is critically dependent on rule of law, participatory decision-making, transparency, responsiveness, accountability, equity and inclusiveness. It calls for wider involvement of the civil society in the political process. It calls for deeper engagement of the youth with the institutions of democracy. It calls for quick dispensation of justice to the people. It calls for ethical and responsible behaviour from the media.

5. A country of our size, heterogeneity and complexity calls for culture-specific governance models. It calls for cooperation in the exercise of power and assumption of responsibility, by all stakeholders. It calls for constructive partnership between the state and the citizen. It calls for taking a responsive administration to the door step of every hut and habitation in the land.

Fellow Citizens:
6. The decisive challenge of our times is to end the curse of poverty. The focus of our policies now has to move from alleviation of poverty to elimination of poverty. The difference is not mere semantics: alleviation is a process; elimination is a time-defined objective. In last six decades, the poverty ratio has declined from over 60 per cent to less than 30 per cent. Even then, nearly one-third of our population still lives below the poverty line. Poverty is not a mere statistic. Poverty has a face, which becomes unbearable when it scars the visage of a child. The poor cannot, and will not, wait for yet another generation to see the very essentials of life – food, shelter, education and employment – being denied to them. The benefits from economic development must percolate down to the poorest of the poor.

7. In the last decade, our economy grew at an average rate of 7.6 per cent per year. Though the growth rate was subdued at below 5 per cent during the last two years, I sense renewed vigour and optimism in the air. Signs of revival are visible. Our external sector has strengthened. Fiscal consolidation measures are beginning to show results. Notwithstanding occasional spurts, inflation has started moderating. However, food prices still remain a matter of serious concern. Record food grains production last year helped agriculture sector to grow at a healthy 4.7 per cent. Employment has increased by an average of about 4 per cent per year in the last decade. Manufacturing sector is on the rebound. The stage is now set for our economy to move on a high growth trajectory of 7 to 8 per cent, which is essential to ensure the availability of adequate resources for equitable development.

Fellow Citizens:
8. Economy is the material part of development. Education is the essential part of it. A sound education system is the bedrock of an enlightened society. It is the bounden duty of our educational institutions to provide quality education and inculcate the core civilizational values of love for motherland; compassion for all; tolerance for pluralism; respect for women; performance of duty; honesty in life; self-restraint in conduct, responsibility in action and discipline in young minds. By the end of the Twelfth Five Year Plan, we would have achieved a literacy rate of eighty per cent. But would we be able to say that we have provided quality education and skills to our children to be good citizens and successful professionals?

Fellow Citizens:
9. Our thoughts are influenced by our environment. “Yadrishi Bhavana Yasya; Siddhir Bhavati Tadrishi”. It means, “Whatever are one’s thoughts, so will be the outcomes”. Clean environment breeds clean thoughts. Cleanliness is a mark of self-respect. Ancient travellers like Megasthenes in the 4th Century BC, Fa Hien in the 5th Century AD and Hiuen Tsang in the 7th Century AD, when they came to India, have written about the efficient administrative systems, with planned settlements and good urban infrastructure. What has gone wrong with us now? Why can’t we keep our environment free of filth? The Prime Minister’s call to honour the memory of Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, by making India a clean country by 2019 is commendable, but it can be achieved only if each Indian converts this into a national mission. Every road, every path, every office, every home, every hut, every river, every stream, every particle in the air around us can be kept clean, if we but cared just a little. We must nurture nature, so that nature continues to nurture us.

My fellow citizens:
10. Though an ancient civilization, India is a modern nation with modern dreams. Intolerance and violence is a betrayal of the letter and spirit of democracy. Those who believe in the poison drip of inflammatory provocation do not understand India’s values or even its present political impulses. Indians know that progress, economic or social, is difficult without peace. This may be the appropriate moment to recall the great Shivaji’s letter to Aurangzeb when the latter imposed jizya. Shivaji told the emperor that Shah Jehan, Jehangir and Akbar could also have levied this tax “but they did not give place to bigotry in their hearts, as they considered all men, high and low, created by God to be examples of the nature of diverse creeds and temperaments”. This 17th century epistle of Shivaji carries a message, which is universal. It must become a living testament that guides our behaviour today.

11. We can least afford to forget this message at a time when an increasingly turbulent international environment has sparked off rising dangers in our region and beyond, some clearly visible, and some crawling out of the debris of unprecedented turmoil. Across parts of Asia and Africa, attempts are being made by radical militias to redraw the maps of nations to create a geography for theocratic ideology. India will feel the heat of blowback, particularly as it represents the values that reject extremism in all its manifestations. India is a beacon of democracy, equilibrium, inter-and-intra faith harmony. We must defend our secular fabric with vigour. Our security and foreign policies must combine the steel of strength with the velvet of diplomacy even as we persuade the like-minded as well as the hesitant to recognise the substantial dangers that breed within indifference.

Fellow Citizens:
12. Our Constitution is a consequence of our democratic culture, which reflects our ancient values. It pains me to note that this great national asset is becoming increasingly vulnerable to rash excess. Our right to freedom continues to flourish, and may that always be the case, but what about our duty to the people? I sometimes wonder: has our democracy become too noisy? Have we lost the art of contemplation and calm thinking? Is it not the time to restore the grandeur and glory of our institutions that have sustained and nourished our beautiful democracy? Should not Parliament again become the great hall of sombre thought and well-debated legislation? Should not our courts of law become temples of justice? This calls for collective action by all the stakeholders.

13. A nation is very young at 68. India has the will, energy, intellect, values and unity to claim the 21st century. The vision to win the battle of freedom from poverty is set; the journey will seem formidable only to those without conviction. As an old saying goes, “Sidhir Bhavati Karamja”, which means, “success is born of action”.

14. Now is the time for action!
Jai Hind.

Live streaming of Independence Day celebrations in India

Doodrashan will be live-streaming the Independence Day celebrations and the Prime Minister’s address from the Red Fort on 15th August 2014 from 06:25 AM (IST) onwards till the end of the ceremony.

The ceremony will be live-streamed on YouTube channel of Doordarshan
i.e. www.youtube.com/DoordarshanNational

The live link is Doordardhan Youtube Page

Independence Day Celebration – 2014

All Indians and friends of India are invited to join the Independence Day Celebrations on Friday, 15th August 2014 from 0820 hrs to 0930 hrs at the Consulate General of India, Al Hamriya Diplomatic Enclave, Dubai. The flag hoisting will be at 0830 hrs, followed by a brief cultural programme.

Hon’ble Minister Shri Saurabh Patel with Mr. Gautam Shahshittal, CEO of DMCC

Hon’ble Minister Shri Saurabh Patel, H.E Anurag Bushan, Consul General of India and delegation members interacting with H.E Ahmed Sulayem Executive Chairman, DMCC

Hon’ble Minister Shri Saurabh Patel, H.E Anurag Bhushan, Consul General of India and other delegation members at investors lunch hosted by Bank of Baroda and Consul General of India

Hon’ble Minister Shri Saurabh Patel with H.E Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of RTA

Travel guide of banned items & Guidelines for bringing medicines & drugs to the UAE

Banned items by Dubai Customs include

1. All kinds of Narcotic drugs (Hashish, Cocaine, Heroin, Poppy Seeds, Hallucination Pills, etc.).
2. Goods intended to be imported from boycotted countries.
3. Goods from Israeli origin or bearing Israeli trademarks or logos
4. Crude Ivory and Rhinoceros horn.
5. Gambling tools and machineries.
6. Three layers fishing nets.
7. Original engravings, prints, lithographs, sculpture and statues in any material.
8. Used, reconditioned and inlaid tires.
9. Radiation polluted substances.
10. Printed publications, oil paintings, photographs, pictures, cards, books, magazines stony sculptures and mannequins which contradict Islamic teachings, decencies, or deliberately implying immorality or turmoil.
11. Any other goods, the importation of which is prohibited under the authority of U.A.E. customs laws or any other laws in the country.
12. Forged and duplicate currency.
13. Cooked and home-made foods.
Source: Dubai Customs.

Guidelines for bringing medicines & Drugs in UAE

1. As certain chemicals and drugs are banned in UAE, it is essential to check and ensure that the medicines which someone is carrying does not contain a banned or restricted substance. List of drugs and medicines banned in UAE are available on the website: www.uaeinteract.com/travel/drug.asp
2. If for medical or emergency reasons one needs to carry any medicines, it should be ensured to have a medical prescription from a UAE licenced doctor. If treatment was undertaken outside UAE, one must carry both a doctor’s prescription as well as detailed medical report, both of which should be suitably attested.
3. Residents and non-resident patients can bring into the UAE a maximum of 3 month supply of prescription medicine, for their personal use.
4. Psychotropic medicines can be brought by non-residents to cover their personal consumption for a maximum of 3 month period.
5. Psychotropic medicines can be brought in by resident in a quantity sufficient for 1 month consumption. However, residents can bring a maximum 3 month supply if the medicine is not available in the UAE provided that they obtain the prior approval of the Drug Control Department
6. Resident and non-resident patients should not bring narcotic medicines into the country without the prior approval from the Ministry of Health. Each case will be studied and approved. A valid prescription and medical report from the concerned hospital or department will be required.
7. Medicines that arrive in the country via postal courier cannot be released to the patient unless the above requirements are fulfilled.
8. For more information related to restrictions on carrying of medicines, drugs and chemicals into UAE, one must check Dubai Customs website or www.dubai.ae beforehand.
9. Be careful of carrying in poppy seeds which are banned, so avoid accidentally carrying bakery products that might contain such seeds. Also banned is qat leaf, betel leaf or nuts, niswar, gutkha, which while admissible in some countries is not permitted in the UAE.

Consul General at the Scholar Badge Ceremony of Delhi Private School, Dubai on June 10, 2014

Consul General, Mr. Anurag Bhushan calling on H.H. Sheikih Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Mnister of Finance on April 23, 2014

Consul General, Mr. Anurag Bhushan calling on H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid al-Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman on February 11, 2014

Consul General inaugurating the Samarpan Concert at the Consulate Auditorium on June 13, 2014

Presentation of credentials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dubai on January 7, 2014

Consulate will remain closed on Monday, July 28, 2014 on account of Eid-Al Fitr

Consulate will remain closed on Monday, July 28, 2014 on account of Eid-Al Fitr

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Security situation in Iraq

  1. The Government of India is deeply concerned with deteriorating security situation in Iraq, resulting out of recent attacks and taking over of some cities, including of Mosul and Tikrit by terrorist outfits since 8 June 2014, which is a direct threat to the security and territorial integrity of Iraq. The Government of India strongly condemns such attacks and firmly stands by the Government and the people of Iraq in their fight against international terrorism and in their efforts to preserve the unity and territorial integrity of the friendly country of Iraq.
  2. India remains strongly committed to the emergence of a stable, peaceful, united and democratic Iraq, which is in the interest of regional and global peace and security.
  3. The safety and security of the Indian nationals currently in Iraq remains a matter of serious concern for the Government of India. An advisory has been issued on 15 June, 2014 giving the details of a 24 hour helpline set up by the Indian Embassy in Baghdad for assistance of Indian nationals there.

New Delhi
June 16, 2014

Travel Advisory for Indian nationals in Iraq

In view of the precarious security situation prevailing in Iraq, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all travel to Iraq, until further notification.

Indian nationals in Iraq may consider leaving the country by commercial means if it is safe to do so. Our nationals living in areas affected by the ongoing armed conflict are advised to stay indoors as far as possible and are advised to remain in contact with our Embassy in Baghdad for necessary advice and updated information on the evolving security situation. Those nationals who do not have travel documents or need other consular services are advised to seek assistance from the Indian Embassy in Baghdad.

The Indian Embassy in Baghdad has set up a 24 hour helpline which can be accessed for information or assistance as per contact details given below:

Tel. No. +964 770 444 4899+964 770 444 4899 (Mobile)

Tel No. +964 770 484 3247+964 770 484 3247 (Mobile)

Email: amb.baghdad@mea.gov.in




Website: www.indianembassybaghdad.in

Swearing-in ceremony of the Prime Minsiter & Union Council of Ministers

Live streaming of swearing-in ceremony of the Prime Minister of India and the Union Council of Ministers will be available on May 26, 2014 (Monday) from 1730 hrs IST onwards on Ministry of External Affair’s YouTube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/MEAIndia and Ministry of External Affairs website www.mea.gov.in

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Know India Programme 2014-2015

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) is planning to conduct the 28th and 29th editions of the ‘Know India Programme (KIP),’ for the year 2014-15. Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are the partner states for these two editions. The KIP is a 3-week orientation programme for diaspora youth conducted with a view to promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields e.g. economic, industrial, education, Science & Technology, Communication & Information Technology, culture.

The content of the programme broadly includes the following:

a. Presentations on the country, political process, developments in various sectors,
b. Interaction with faculty and students at a prestigious University/College/Institute,
c. Presentation on the industrial development and visits to some Industries,
d. Visit to a village to better understand the typical village life,
e. Exposure to Indian media,
f. Interaction with NGOs and organizations dealing with women affairs,
g. Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments,
h. Taking part in Cultural programmes,
i. Exposure to yoga,
j. Call on high dignitaries, which may include President of India, Chief Election Commissioner of India, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, and Ministers in-charge of Overseas Indian Affairs, Youth Affairs and Sports.

It may be noted that KIP is open only to People of Indian Origin (PIO) from all over the world, in the age-group of 18-26. The Applicant shall either be a graduate or a student of graduation. The Applicant shall be able to converse in English, either studied English in High School or had English as a medium of instruction in an undergraduate course. Participants of previous KIPs or Internship Programme for Diaspora Youth of the MOIA would not be considered.

The application form for KIP is available in the MOIA website link http://moia.gov.in/writereaddata/pdf/Application_Form.pdf. Duly filled application form with a passport size photograph and a medical fitness certificate may be deposited at the Indian Diplomatic Mission/ Consular post that covers the area of residence of the applicant. The participants would be selected based on the recommendations received from Heads of Indian Missions/Posts abroad.

List of selected participants will be communicated a month before the commencement of the programme. The selected participants would be offered full hospitality in India during the programme but they are required to purchase air ticket for their journey from the country of residence and back, as per the schedule prescribed by the Ministry. The concerned Indian Mission / Post would reimburse 90% of the total cost of air ticket (at lowest economy excursion fare), to the participants on successful completion of the programme. They will also be granted a Gratis visa by Indian Missions/ Posts. Each Participant should have medical insurance before the visa is granted to them.

If participants are found guilty of misconduct or indiscipline, they may be asked to leave the programme. Such participants and those who leave the programme on their own would have to meet the entire cost of their air travel.

Tentative dates for the  29th KIP are 29th August -18th September, 2014.

The last date for receipt of nominations in MOIA for the 29th KIP will be 10th July 2014 .

Soft copy of the filled-in applications may be sent to:

Mr. M. K Pandey
Under Secretary (DS),
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs,
Diaspora Services Division
Akbar Bhavan, Chankyapuri,
New Delhi, 110011
Email: usds2@moia.nic.in
Tel: (011)24197926
Fax: (011) 24197942

The application form in original may be subsequently sent to the same address by diplomatic bag/Speed post.

Details of the KIP are also are available on the link: http://moia.gov.in/services.aspx?id1=42&id=m4&idp=42&mainid=23

Invitation for Global Expression of Interest (EOI) on consultancy for ‘Parcel Network Optimization Project’, Department of Posts, Government of India

Department of Posts, Government of India invited a global Expression of Interest (EOI) on consultancy for its ‘Parcel Network Optimization Project’. Details of the project are available on the Central Public Procurement Portal of the Government of India, i.e., https://eprocure.gov.in/eprocure/app.

The tender id for the same is 2014_DOP_5370_1. The last date for submission of EOI applications is 7th March 2014

Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana

Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has introduced a Pension and Life Insurance fund scheme called Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) for the Overseas Indian workers having Emigration Check Required (ECR) passports.

The objective of MGPSY is to encourage and enable the overseas Indian workers by giving government contribution to:

  • Save for their Return and Resettlement (R&R)
  • Save for their old age,
  • Obtain a Life Insurance cover against natural death during the period of coverage.

The government contribution available under the MGPSY is for a period of five years or till the return of subscribed worker back to India, whichever is earlier.

The main attractions of MGPSY are:

  • Government contribution of Rs.1,000 per annum in line with Swavalamban platform for all MGPSY subscriber who save between Rs.1,000 and Rs.12,000 per year in NPS-Lite.
  • An additional government contribution of Rs.1,000 per annum by MOIA for the overseas Indian women workers who save between Rs.1,000 to Rs.12,000 per year in NPS-Lite.
  • A special government contribution of Rs.900 by MOIA towards Return and Resettlement (R&R) of the overseas Indian workers who save Rs.4,000 or more per annum.

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Notification to Online Visa Applicants

It has come to this mission’s notice that a website with the heading of Online Indian Visa Application Form and with URL address https://india-visa.co/index.php is available on internet. This website claims to have expertise in Indian tourist, business and long term entry visa. The website instructions ask users to pay service fee of 55 Pounds or 90 US Dollar or in equivalent Euros/Indian Rupees. This website is only charging service fees and is asking applicants to pay visa fee later when applying at the visa center. This mission has been informed that a few applicants have turned at difference BLS International centers after filling up the online visa application on this website and having made the payment for service fee. It seems that some unscrupulous elements are creating a website similar to the Online Visa Application website of Govt. of India and are deceiving people to pay service fee. The original authentic website for online visa application has URL address Click here Applicants are advised not to make any online payments for any visa service.

President’s Address To The Nation On The Eve Of Republic Day 2014

My Fellow Citizens:

On the eve of 65th Republic Day, I extend warm greetings to all of you in India and abroad. I convey my special greetings to members of our Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces and Internal Security Forces.

2. The Republic Day commands the respect of every Indian. On this day, sixty four years ago, in a remarkable display of idealism and courage, we the people of India gave to ourselves a sovereign democratic republic to secure all its citizens justice, liberty and equality. We undertook to promote among all citizens fraternity, the dignity of the individual and the unity of the nation. These ideals became the lodestar of the modern Indian State. Democracy became our most precious guide towards peace and regeneration from the swamp of poverty created by centuries of colonial rule. From within the spacious provisions of our Constitution, India has grown into a beautiful, vibrant, and sometimes noisy democracy. For us, the democracy is not a gift, but the fundamental right of every citizen; for those in power democracy is a sacred trust. Those who violate this trust commit sacrilege against the nation.

3. Some cynics may scoff at our commitment to democracy but our democracy has never been betrayed by the people; its fault-lines, where they exist, are the handiwork of those who have made power a gateway to greed. We do feel angry, and rightly so, when we see democratic institutions being weakened by complacency and incompetence. If we hear sometimes an anthem of despair from the street, it is because people feel that a sacred trust is being violated.

Fellow Citizens:
4. Corruption is a cancer that erodes democracy, and weakens the foundations of our state. If Indians are enraged, it is because they are witnessing corruption and waste of national resources. If governments do not remove these flaws, voters will remove governments.

5. Equally dangerous is the rise of hypocrisy in public life. Elections do not give any person the licence to flirt with illusions. Those who seek the trust of voters must promise only what is possible. Government is not a charity shop. Populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance. False promises lead to disillusionment, which gives birth to rage, and that rage has one legitimate target: those in power.

6. This rage will abate only when governments deliver what they were elected to deliver: social and economic progress, not at a snail’s pace, but with the speed of a racehorse. The aspirational young Indian will not forgive a betrayal of her future. Those in office must eliminate the trust deficit between them and the people. Those in politics should understand that every election comes with a warning sign: perform, or perish.

7. I am not a cynic because I know that democracy has this marvellous ability to self-correct. It is the physician that heals itself, and 2014 must become a year of healing after the fractured and contentious politics of the last few years.

My Fellow Citizens:
8. The last decade witnessed the emergence of India as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The slowdown of our economy in the last two years can be some cause for concern but none for despair. The green shoots of revival are already visible. The agricultural growth in the first half of this year has touched 3.6 per cent and rural economy is buoyant.

9. 2014 is a precipice moment in our history. We must re-discover that sense of national purpose and patriotism, which lifts the nation above and across the abyss; and back on to the road of prosperity. Give the young jobs and they will raise the villages and cities to 21st century standards. Give them a chance and you will marvel at the India they can create.

10. This chance will not come if India does not get a stable government. This year, we will witness the 16th General Election to our Lok Sabha. A fractured government, hostage to whimsical opportunists, is always an unhappy eventuality. In 2014, it could be catastrophic. Each one of us is a voter; each one of us has a deep responsibility; we cannot let India down. It is time for introspection and action.

11. India is not just a geography: it is also a history of ideas,
philosophy, intellect, industrial genius, craft, innovation,
and experience. The promise of India has sometimes been mislaid by misfortune; at other times by our own complacence and weakness. Destiny has given us another opportunity to recover what we have lost; we will have no one to blame but ourselves if we falter.

Fellow Citizens:
12. A democratic nation is always involved in argument with itself. This is welcome, for we solve problems through discussion and consent, not force. But healthy differences of opinion must not lead to an unhealthy strife within our polity. Passions are rising over whether we should have smaller states to extend equitable development to all parts of a state. A debate is legitimate but it should conform to democratic norms. The politics of divide and rule has extracted a heavy price on our subcontinent. If we do not work together, nothing ever will work.

13. India must find its own solutions to its problems. We must be open to all knowledge; to do otherwise would be to condemn our nation to the misery of a stagnant mire. But we should not indulge in the easy option of mindless imitation, for that can lead us to a garden of weeds. India has the intellectual prowess, the human resource and financial capital to shape a glorious future. We possess a dynamic civil society with an innovative mindset. Our people, whether in villages or cities, share a vibrant, unique consciousness and culture. Our finest assets are human.

Fellow Citizens:
14. Education has been an inseparable part of the Indian experience. I am not talking only of the ancient institutions of excellence like Takshashila or Nalanda, but of an age as recent as the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, our higher educational infrastructure consists of over 650 universities and 33,000 colleges. The quality of education has to be the focus of our attention now. We can be world leaders in education, if only we discover the will and leadership to take us to that pinnacle. Education is no longer just the privilege of the elite, but a universal right. It is the seed of a nation’s destiny. We must usher in an education revolution that becomes a launching pad for the national resurgence.

15. I am being neither immodest, nor beating a false drum, when I claim that India can become an example to the world. Because, the human mind flourishes best when it is, as the great sage Rabindranath Tagore said, free from fear; when it has the liberty to roam into spheres unknown; in search of wisdom; and when the people have the fundamental right to propose as well as oppose.

My Fellow Citizens:
16. There will be a new government before I speak to you again on the eve of our Independence Day. Who wins the coming election is less important than the fact that whosoever wins must have an undiluted commitment to stability, honesty, and the development of India. Our problems will not disappear overnight. We live in a turbulent part of the world where factors of instability have grown in the recent past. Communal forces and terrorists will still seek to destabilize the harmony of our people and the integrity of our state but they will never win. Our security and armed forces, backed by the steel of popular support, have proved that they can crush an enemy within; with as much felicity as they guard our frontiers. Mavericks who question the integrity of our armed services are irresponsible and should find no place in public life.

17. India’s true strength lies in her Republic; in the courage of her commitment, the sagacity of her Constitution, and the patriotism of her people. 1950 saw the birth of our Republic. I am sure that 2014 will be the year of resurgence.

Jai Hind!

Notification for all non-Machine Readable Passport holders

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From 25th November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling with a non-MRP passport.

2. All handwritten passports with pasted photos earlier issued by Government of India are considered non-MRP passports. All 20year validity passports will also fall in this category. The Government started issuing MRP passports since 2001. All new Indian passports are ICAO-complaint MRP passports.

3. Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding handwritten passports as well as 20-year passports with validity beyond the 24th November 2015, should, therefore, apply for re-issue of passports and obtain MRP passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining foreign visa or immigration problem.

4. For more details related to passport services, Passport website (www.passportindia.gov.in) or the National Call Centre (toll free number 1800-258-1800) may be accessed.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – 2014

The 12th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) with the theme “Engaging Diaspora: Connecting Across Generations” is scheduled to be held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from 7-9 January, 2014. It is hosted by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
The objectives for PBD – 2014 are as listed below:

• To strengthen Diaspora’s engagement with India’s growth story and provide an invigorating platform to network and exchange views and perspectives

• To enhance linkages and synergies for Diaspora across the spectrum: economic, social and cultural

• To foster Diaspora innovations and strides in science and technology

• To deepen engagement with young Diaspora and facilitate new perspectives

• To recognize Diaspora’s contribution to the Indian growth and development

The program schedule and registration details are available at Click here

Holiday Announcement

Consulate General of India, Dubai will remain closed on November 3, 2013 on account of Diwali. IVS Global will also remain closed on November 3, 2013. BLS International will remain closed on November 2, 2013 and resume work on November 3, 2013.

Know India Programme 2013-2014

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) is planning to conduct the 26th edition of the ‘Know India Programme (KIP),’ for the year 2013-14. Orissa is the partner state for this edition. The KIP is a 3 week orientation programme for diaspora youth to promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields. The programme broadly includes the following:
• Call on high dignitaries, which may include President of India, Chief Election Commissioner of India, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Ministers in-charge of Overseas Indian Affairs, Youth Affairs and Sports.
• Presentations on the country, political process, developments in various sectors.
• Interaction with faculty and students at a prestigious University/College/Institute.
• Presentation on the industrial development and visits to some industries.
• Interaction with NGOs and organizations dealing with women affairs.
• Visit to a village to better understand a typical village life.
• Visit to places of historical importance/monuments.
• Taking part in Cultural programmes.
• Exposure to Indian media.
• Exposure to yoga.
Tentative dates of the programme is given below:
KIP Edition Tentative Dates Partner State Last date for receipt of nominations in MOIA
26th KIP December 23, 2013-January 12, 2014 Orissa October 30, 2013

The following may be noted in this regard:
i. This programme is open only for diaspora youth in the age group of 18-26. NRIs are not eligible to apply for this programme.
ii. It is open to PIOs from all over the world.
iii. Only those nominations may be forwarded to the Ministry which are in accordance with the prescribed guidelines.
iv. Nominations are required to be duly recommended by Head of Mission/Head of Post at the given column in the application form.
v. Nominations may be sent by e-mail or fax by the prescribed last date and the originals could be followed by bag/post. Nominations received in the Ministry after the prescribed last date would not be considered.
vi. List of applicants who have been selected for a particular Know India Programme would be communicated at least a month before its commencement.
vii. Selected participants would be required to purchase air ticket for their journey from the country of residence to India and back, as per the schedule prescribed by the Ministry. Concerned Indian Missions/Post would reimburse 90% (ninety percent) of the total cost of air ticket (at lowest economy excursion fare) to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them. They will also be granted a Gratis visa by Indian Missions/ Posts. Each Participant should have medical insurance before the visa is granted to them. If participants are found guilty of misconduct or indiscipline, they may be asked to leave the programme. Such participants and those who leave the programme on their own would have to meet the entire cost of their air travel.
The application form for KIP is available on the MOIA website link http://www.moia.gov.in/writereaddata/pdf/Application_Form_KIP_new.pdf. Duly filled application form with a passport size photograph and a medical fitness certificate may be deposited at the Indian Diplomatic Mission/ Consular post that covers the area of residence of the applicant. Participants would be selected based on the recommendations received from Heads of Indian Missions/Posts abroad. Applications for KIPs may be sent to:
Under Secretary (DS-1),
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs,
Akbar Bhavan,
New Delhi, 110011
Email: usds2@moia.nic.in
Fax: (011) 24197926/27
The application form in original may be subsequently posted to the same address.
Details of the KIP are also available on the link: http://www.moia.gov.in/services.aspx?id1=42&id=m4&idp=42&mainid=23

Helpline numbers

Renovation work at the Consulate may temporarily disrupt our helpline numbers listed on the Consulate website for couple of weeks.

Enquiries on passport, visa, labour and consular issues may kindly be forwarded to us by email addresses listed below:

Passport Section: consulpassport@cgidubai.com, vcppt@cgidubai.com
Visa Section: consulvisa@cgidubai.com, vcvisa@cgidubai.com
Labour Section: consullabour@cgidubai.com, vclabour@cgidubai.com
Consular/Marriages: consulcons@cgidubai.com, vccons@cgidubai.com

Notification from the Election Commission of India

India Trade Promotion Organisation’s Calendar of Events 2013-14

Change in timings of Attestation Services

The attestation services of the Consulate General of India, Dubai at IVS Global Services Private Limited located at the Business Atrium, No. 201 – 202, 2nd Floor, Oud Mehta, Dubai has revised their timings from 8 AM to 3 PM from Sunday to Thursday.

‘2nd Study India’ Programme

The Study India Programme initiated by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs is envisaged as a means of enhancing engagement with the Diaspora youth. The objective of the Scheme is to enable overseas Indian youth i.e. foreign citizens of Indian origin in the age group of 18-26 years to undergo short term courses of 4 weeks to familiarize them with the art, culture, heritage, history and social and economic development of India. The Programme will be organized in partnership with Symbiosis centre for International Education(SCIE), Pune. Such short term courses shall aim at providing an opportunity to the overseas Indian youth to better understand and appreciate contemporary India, foster closer ties with the land of their ancestors and enhance their engagement with India.

2. The following may be noted in this regard:

(i) This programme is open only for Diaspora youth in the age group of 18-26 years. NRIs are not eligible to apply for this programme.
(ii) It is open to PIOs from all over the world.
(iii) Only those nominations may be forwarded to this Ministry which are in accordance with the prescribed guidelines. Applications for the SIP are to be sent to Under Secretary (DS ), Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Akbar Bhawan, New Delhi – 110011; e-mail: usds2@moia.nic.in; fax: (011) 24197942. The application form in original may be subsequently sent by diplomatic bag to Under Secretary (DS).
(iv)Nominations are required to be duly recommended by Head of Mission/Head of Post at the given column in the application form.
(v) Nominations may be sent by e-mail or fax by the prescribed last date and the originals could be followed by bag/post. Nominations received in the Ministry after the prescribed last date would not be considered.
(vi)List of applicants who have been selected for the SIP would be communicated at the earliest before its commencement.
(vii) Selected participants would be required to purchase air ticket for their journey from the country of residence to India and back, as per the schedule prescribed by the Ministry. Concerned Indian Mission/Post would reimburse 90% of the total cost of air ticket (at lowest economy excursion fare) to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them.

3. Guidelines and Application form for the programme are available at the link


The tentative dates for the Study India Programme 2012-13 are 23rd September- 19th October, 2013 and the last date for receipt of nomination in MOIA is August 31, 2013.


On August 14, 2013

Fellow citizens:
1. On the eve of the 66th anniversary of our Independence, I extend warm greetings to you and to all Indians around the world.

2. My thoughts turn first towards the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who shaped our liberation struggle and the martyrs who made supreme sacrifice for the freedom of our country and great patriots whose relentless struggle liberated our motherland from the colonial rule of nearly two hundred years. Gandhiji sought freedom from both foreign rule as well as the indigenous social chains that had imprisoned our society for long. He launched every Indian on a path of self-belief and hope for a better future. Gandhiji promised Swaraj- self-rule based on tolerance and self-restraint. He promised freedom from want and deprivation. For nearly seven decades now we have been masters of our destiny. This is then the moment to ask: are we heading in the right direction? Gandhiji’s vision cannot be turned into reality if we spurn the very values that were compulsory to his cause: sincerity of effort, honesty of purpose and sacrifice for the larger good.

3. Our founding fathers created the first oasis in the desert of a colonized world nourished by democracy. Democracy is much more than the right to vote every five years; its essence is the aspirations of the masses; its spirit must influence the responsibilities of the leaders and duties of the citizens every day. Democracy breathes through a vibrant Parliament, an independent judiciary, a responsible media, a vigilant civil society, and a bureaucracy committed to integrity and hard work. It survives through accountability, not profligacy. And yet we have allowed unbridled personal enrichment, self-indulgence, intolerance, discourtesy in behavior and disrespect for authority to erode our work culture. The biggest impact of the decay in the moral fiber of our society is on the hopes and aspirations of the young and the poor. Mahatma Gandhi had advised us to avoid, and I quote, “politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice”, (unquote). We have to pay heed to his advice as we work towards building a modern democracy. The ideals of patriotism, compassion, tolerance, self-restraint, honesty, discipline and respect for women have to be converted into a living force.

Fellow citizens:
4. Institutions are a mirror of national character. Today we see widespread cynicism and disillusionment with the governance and functioning of institutions in our country. Our legislatures look more like combat arenas, rather than fora that legislate. Corruption has become a major challenge. The precious resources of the nation are being wasted through indolence and indifference. It is sapping the dynamism of our society. We need to correct this regression.

5. Our Constitution provides a delicate balance of power between various institutions of the State. This balance has to be maintained. We need a Parliament that debates, discusses and decides. We need a judiciary that gives justice without delays. We need leadership that is committed to the nation and those values that made us a great civilization. We need a state that inspires confidence among people in its ability to surmount challenges before us. We need a media and citizens who, even as they claim their rights, are equally committed to their responsibilities.

Fellow citizens:
6. A re-ordering of the society can be brought about through the educational system. We cannot aspire to be a world class power without a single world class university. History records that we were the cynosure of the world once. Takshashila, Nalanda, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri comprised the ancient university system that dominated the world for eighteen hundred years beginning Sixth Century BC. They were a magnet for the finest minds and scholars in the world. We must seek to regain that space. A university is the banyan tree whose roots lie in basic education, in a vast network of schools that build the intellectual prowess of our communities; we have to invest in every part of this knowledge tree, from seed, root and branch to the highest leaf.

Fellow Citizens:
7. There is a direct relationship between a successful democracy and a successful economy, for we are a people-driven nation. People serve their interests best when they participate in decision- making at the level of panchayat and other forms of local government. We have to rapidly empower the local bodies with functions, functionaries and finances to improve their performance. Faster growth has given us the resources, but larger outlays have not translated into better outcomes. Without inclusive governance, we cannot achieve inclusive growth.

8. For a developing country of more than 1.2 billion people, the debate between growth and redistribution is vital. While growth builds the scope for redistribution, redistribution sustains growth over time. Both are equally important. A disproportionate emphasis on any one, at the expense of the other, can have adverse consequences for the nation.

9. The last decade has seen India emerge as one of the fastest growing nations in the world. During this period, our economy grew annually at an average rate of 7.9 per cent. We are today self-sufficient in food grains production. We are the largest exporter of rice and second largest exporter of wheat in the world. The record production of 18.45 million tonne of pulses this year augurs well for our march towards self-sufficiency in pulses. This was unthinkable just a few years ago. This momentum has to be sustained. In a globalized world, with increasing economic complexities, we have to learn to cope better with adversities, both external and domestic.

Fellow citizens:
10. At the dawn of our Independence, we lit the glowing lamp of modernity and equitable economic growth. To keep this lamp aflame, our highest priority has to be the elimination of poverty. Though a declining trend in the poverty rate is clearly visible, our fight against this scourge is far from over. India has the talent, ability and the resources to overcome this challenge.

11. Reforms that have enabled us to come this far have to be pursued at all levels of governance. Favorable demographic changes over the next two decades can pay us handsome dividends. It requires industrial transformation and rapid creation of employment opportunities. It also requires an orderly urbanization process. Several initiatives taken by the Government in the recent past including the New Manufacturing Policy, the renewal of urban infrastructure and the ambitious skill training programme will need close monitoring in the coming years.

12. We have given our citizens entitlements backed by legal guarantees in terms of right to employment, education, food and information. We now have to ensure that these entitlements lead to real empowerment for the people. We need robust delivery mechanisms to make these legislations work. New benchmarks of efficient public service delivery and accountability have to be established. The Direct Benefits Transfer Scheme, launched earlier this year, will bring in greater transparency, enhance efficiency and eliminate wastage of precious resources.

Fellow citizens:
13. In our race for development, we must be careful not to disturb the balance between man and nature. The consequences of such imbalance can be disastrous. My heartfelt condolences to the many who lost their lives, and the innumerable who suffered in Uttarakhand; and my salutations to those brave personnel of our security and armed forces, government and NGOs who did so much to alleviate suffering. This tragedy owes as much to the avarice of human nature as to the rage of Mother Nature. This was nature’s wake-up call. And it is time to wake up.

Fellow citizens:
14. We have seen in the recent past grave challenges to our security, internal as well as external. The barbaric face of Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh led to a loss of many innocent lives. Despite India’s consistent efforts to build friendly relations with neighbours, there have been tensions on the border and repeated violations of the Ceasefire on the Line of Control, leading to tragic loss of lives. Our commitment to peace is unfailing but even our patience has limits. All steps necessary to ensure internal security and protect the territorial integrity of the nation will be taken. I applaud the courage and heroism of our security and armed forces who maintain eternal vigilance and pay homage to those who have made the supreme sacrifice of the most precious gift of life in the service of the motherland.

15. There will be a general election in our country before I have the privilege of addressing you again on the eve of our next independence day. This great festival of democracy, is an opportunity for us to elect a stable government which will ensure security and economic development. Every election must become a crucial milestone in our nation’s journey towards greater social harmony, peace and prosperity.

16. Democracy has given us an opportunity to re-create another golden age. Let us not squander this extraordinary opportunity. The journey ahead calls for wisdom, courage and determination. We must work on across-the-board revival of our values and institutions. We must realize that rights go with responsibilities. We must re-discover the virtue of self-scrutiny and self-restraint.

17. Let me conclude by quoting from the great classic Bhagvad Gita where the Teacher propounds his views and then says, and I quote, “ÿatha icchasi tatha kuru” “even as you choose, so you do. I do not wish to impose my views on you. I have presented to you what I think is right. Now it is for your conscience, for your judgment, for your mind to decide what is right.” (unquote)

On your decisions rests the future of our democracy.
Jai Hind