Release Function of a Postage Stamp Commemorating Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala, the Great Buddhist Thinker and Visionary from Sri Lanka.Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications & IT has brought out a Commemorating Postage Stamp on Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala, the great Buddhist thinker and visionary from Sri Lanka.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee released the commemorative postage stamp at a function attended by the Minister for Communications & IT and Law & Justice, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, Member of Parliament Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, Foreign Secretary, Secretary, Department of Post and other distinguished guests and dignitaries at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Speaking on the occasion, the President stated that historically, India and Sri Lanka have remained natural allies and stamp release to commemorate the achievements of one of the apostles of Buddhism, Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala, will further add depth to the cultural ties between the two nations.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that Indian bureaucrats need constant re-orientation because they are faced with new challenges every day, the expectation level is high, the conditions across the country are heterogeneous and above all, they are expected to develop the skill of adjusting with every new political dispensation under which they work. The Minister was addressing a group of senior IAS officers at the “Curtain Raiser” programme of the Mid-Career training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, here today.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the IAS officers attending today’s programme are drawn from the 1985-87 batches and hold high positions of Joint Secretary at the Centre or Principal Secretaries in the State and therefore, they are themselves also capable of providing valuable educative inputs from their personal experience to the budding bureaucrats at LBSNAA. These officers are now going to get elevated to the highest rungs of bureaucracy and decision making in the government where they would be called to conceptualize new policies for 21st century and hence it is this lot of bureaucrats who will be playing the historic role of being the architects of India emerging as a world power in the next few years, he added.
Describing as misnomer the description that “IAS” is a replica or legacy of the erstwhile Indian Civil Service (ICS) of British Raj, Dr. Jitendra Singh pointed out that the basic scientific difference between the two is that while an ICS officer was expected to collect revenue and hence called a District Collector, an IAS officer, on the other hand, is expected to generate revenue and hence called District Development Commissioner.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the Narendra Modi government at the Centre has taken upon itself the task of ensuring good governance which would be, at the same time, people-friendly and development-oriented and therefore, certainly it is the bureaucrat’s responsibility to translate this dream into a reality.
The Union Cabinet Secretary Shri Ajit Seth, Union Secretary Personnel, Shri Sanjay Kothari and Director LBSNAA, Shri Rajiv Kapoor also spoke on the occasion.
Team Modi time of celebration as his colleague from RSS non-jat, Punjabi took over the Haryana , Mr Manohar Lal Khattar today 11.23 AM the auspicious time is sworn in as Chief Minister of BJP’s first government in the state.
The ceremony was a mega event at Panchkula with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Union Ministers. CMs of BJP ruled states attended the function.Chief ministers of BJP, Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vasundhara Raje from Rajasthan and Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel were present on the occasion further the Chief Ministers of Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal too graced the occasion.
Those from federal, Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, , attended the ceremony,Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Shipping and Transport Krishan Pal Gujjar, Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, Minister of State of External Affairs V K Singh and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar were present.
Khattar and his ministerial colleagues were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at a ceremony at Panchkula which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, party old guards and veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
Those sworn-in as Cabinet Ministers were: Ram Bilas Sharma, Capt Abhimanyu, O P Dhankar, Anil Vij, Rao Narbir Singh and Kavita Jain.
Those who took oath as Ministers of State were: Vikram Singh Thekedar (Independent), Krishan Kumar Bedi and Mr Karan Dev Kamboj. BJP created history by coming to power for the first time in the history of Haryana since its inception in 1966 at its own. The 90 member Haryana Assembly, BJP bagged 47 seats.
A unique RSS propounder ,Khattar,the one chose to remain a bachelor to work as RSS ‘pracharak’, is the tenth chief minister of the state.This is the first time that the state has got a BJP chief minister. He will be the fifth non-Jat Chief Minister of Haryana.
Khattar, 60, who won the Assembly polls from Karnal, in his maiden electoral appearance, administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at around 1120 hrs at the ceremony held at HUDA Ground in Panchkula near Chandigarh.
Considered close to the Prime Minister, Khattar, a Punjabi, has been an active RSS pracharak for more than 40 years. He had joined the BJP about two decades back.