PIB News: January 28, 2021

PM addresses WEF’s Davos Dialogue

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the World Economic Forum’s Davos Dialogue today via video conferencing. He spoke on the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution – using technology for the good of humanity’. Prime Minister also interacted with the CEOs during the event.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that he has brought the message of confidence, positivity and hope from 1.3 billion Indians amidst these times of apprehension. The Prime Minister told the gathering that despite the initial misgivings about the India’s capacity to handle the pandemic, India moved forward with proactive and pro-participation approach and worked on strengthening the COVID specific health infrastructure, trained its human resource to tackle the pandemic and used technology massively in testing and tracking of the cases.

  • He said that India has maintained economic activity by starting infrastructure projects worth billions of rupees and initiating special schemes for employment.
  • The Prime Minister asserted that India is working on all the four factors of Industry 4.0- connectivity, automation, artificial intelligence or machine learning and real-time data.
  • India is among the countries where data charges are the cheapest and mobile connectivity and smart phones have reached far and wide.
  • India’s automation design expert pool is vast and the country has made a mark in the field of AI and machine learning.
  • Growing digital infrastructure has made digital solutions everyday part of life in India.
  • The Prime Minister said that today 1.3 billion Indians have universal ID- Aadhar which is connected to their account and phone. In December itself there has been 4 trillion rupees worth of transection through UPI.
  • India could transfer 1.8 trillion rupees worth of assistance through direct benefit transfer to the accounts of 760 million Indians during the pandemic.
  • Digital Infrastructure  has made public service delivery efficient and transparent.  India has started a campaign for providing easy access to health care by giving Unique Health ID to its citizens, informed the Prime Minister.
  • The Prime Minister assured the forum that India’s Aatamnirbhar Bharat movement is committed to global good and global supply chain as India has capacity, capability and reliability to strengthen global supply chain. Its massive consumer base will further grow and help global economy.
  • Structural reforms during Corona times have been supported by production linked incentives. India offer ease of doing business as there is a predictable and friendly environment from tax regime to FDI norms. And to top it all India is matching its growth with the goals of climate change, said Shri Modi.
  • The Prime Minister cautioned that technology should become a tool of ease of living not a trap, we have to keep this in mind as Corona crisis has reminded us of value of humanity, concluded the Prime Minister. 

National Marine Turtle Action Plan launched

Considering the need to have a conservation paradigm for marine mega fauna and marine turtles, the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has released ‘Marine Mega Fauna Stranding Guidelines’ and ‘National Marine Turtle Action Plan’ in New Delhi today.

  • India has rich marine biodiversity along a vast coastline of over 7,500 km. From colorful fish, sharks, including Whale Sharks, turtles and big mammals like whales, dolphins and dugongs to bright corals, marine habitats not only harbor diverse species but also provide resources essential for human wellbeing.
  • Millions of people depend on these resources ranging from maritime trade and transport, food, mineral resources, cultural traditions, spiritual values and inspiration that draws tourists from around the world.
  • Despite the immense economic, ecological and cultural values of marine habitats in India, marine mega fauna species and marine turtles face a wide variety of challenges including stranding and entanglement. Managing such challenging situations requires coordination, action and people’s participation which would help in the  long-term conservation of marine species and their habitats.
  • The documents launched today contains ways and means  to not only promote inter-sectoral action for conservation but also guide improved coordination amongst the government, civil society and all relevant stakeholders on the response to cases of stranding, entanglement, injury or mortality of marine mammals and also conservation of marine turtles.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

January 30, 2021 will mark the second annual World Neglected Tropical Diseases  (NTD) Day, highlighting the global community’s commitment to ending Neglected Tropical Diseases that cause immeasurable suffering among the world’s most marginalized communities. 

  • India joins the world to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases. On this day the Qutub Minar will be lit up along with other landmarks across the world.
  • On World NTD Day, on 30th January 2021, more than 50 landmarks representing 25 nations across the world will be lit up to celebrate how far we have come together in beating NTDs.
  • India too will proudly join these countries, by illuminating UNESCO world heritage site Qutub Minar.    
  • 1 in 5 people around the world are affected by NTDs.
  • India is home to the world’s largest absolute burden of at least 11 of these major neglected tropical diseases.
  • These diseases debilitate, disfigure, and can even be fatal to those affected.