Policy Watch – September 28th, 2017

Important policy updates from 22nd September 2017 – 28th September 2017

Rural & Tribal Affairs

Promotion and Reach of TRIFED

The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India, that works towards promoting tribal culture through its art and craft, intends to scale up its operations for the greater benefit of tribal artisans. This expansion plan includes steps such as opening exclusive outlets dealing in handmade products, organising exhibitions and handicraft fairs and encouraging sales by organising Youth Entrepreneur Development Program. A ‘Tribal Craft Mark’ hologram will be used on all the products.

For more information: PIB Release

Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana

The Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana, which is a Rs. 6.3 crore project, has been envisaged for the social and economic development of 60 villages in Uttarakhand. The initiative is slated to give a boost to reviving and renewing rural technologies for ensuring a sustainable model of development in clusters of villages in Uttarakhand. This three-year project will be supported by Dehradun-based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology and Forest Research Institute along with NGOs.

For more information: Deccan Herald

Infrastructure

‘Brain Centres’ of Smart Cities

With a view to enhanc monitoring of smart city facilities, plans to set up a digitally integrated control centre has been proposed. These centres will receive its information and other inputs through sensory equipments – ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ installed in the smart cities, ensuring coordinated work of different urban local body agencies.

For more information: The Asian Age

Interest Subsidy on Affordable Housing Loans Extended

The Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme, under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, benefitting Middle Income Groups by providing an interest subsidy of 4% and 3% for loan amounts up to Rs. 9 lakh and Rs. 12 lakh respectively, was to remain applicable till December, 2017. The scheme has now been extended by 15 months till March, 2019, helping beneficiaries avail of the same for a longer duration.

For more information: Live mint

Neighborhood Action Plan

In a bid to address the issue concerning solid waste management in Delhi and other cities, the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation announced the launch of Neighbourhood Action Plan, to be spearheaded in all cities form the 2nd October, marking the third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The plan formulates fixing and treating garbage prior to being sent to the dumping grounds and enabling a better waste-to-compost and waste-to-energy plants performance.

For more information: Financial Express

Health

PENCIL- To Eliminate Child Labour

A Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour has been launched. The online portal seeks to provide for an integration at two levels; at the enforcement level of existing legal provisions and for the implementation of National Child Labour Project efficiently.

For more information: Financial Express

201 Districts – Open Defecation Free

The rigorous campaign promoting cleanliness in the form of Swachhta hi Seva, has led to a total of 201 districts in the country to be declared as Open Defecation Free. A wide range of activities were undertaken by various Ministerial departments and organisations to clean their surrounding areas and workplaces, while extending full support to the campaign.

For more information: PIB Release

“Jan Sampark” Program to facilitate adoption.

The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Ministry of Women & Child Development has started a monthly “Jan Sampark” program to enable the public to have interaction with its officials and staff for seeking information related to Adoption as well as flagging their concerns.

The first of its kind programme was held in New Delhi yesterday. Nearly 150 Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs), Adoptive Parents and representatives of agencies participated in the session, which lasted for more than four hours.

For more information: PIB Release

Energy

Saubhagya Launched

A scheme has been launched – ‘Saubhagya’ for free electrification of around 4 crore households in rural as well as urban areas. The total outlay of the project is Rs. 16,320 crore and the Gross Budgetary Support is Rs. 12,320 crore, with beneficiaries being identified on the basis of the Socio Economic and Caste Census, 2011 data.

For more information: Financial Express

Agriculture

Krishi Unnati Mela

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare organised a four-day Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Centenary Krishi Unnati Mela. The fair will witness participation of entrepreneurs involved in fields such as horticulture, agriculture, animal husbandry, dairy, fisheries, from almost 18 states.

For more information: PIB Release

Innovation

Hunar Haat

The Union Minister for Minority Affairs inaugurated Hunar Haat, a platform for craftsmen and artisans to display and sell their handicrafts and handloom products, in Puducherry. Artists from 16 states participated with products on exhibit and sale such as Hyderabadi pearl, wood carving, Kantha embroidered bag, handloom sheets, handmade painting, marble items and traditionally printed fabric. Stalls were also put up offering various types of delicacies from different parts of the country.

For more information: The Hindu

National Tourism Award

With a view to promote tourism, national tourism awards have been awarded since the early 1990s, to states, union territories, classified and heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators and other private organizations. A new category of award has been added this year, called the ‘swachhta award’, as part of the cleanliness drive aimed at making India clean.

For more information: Business Standard

Divyang Sarathi

The Centre launched a mobile application, ‘Divyang Sarathi’ for the benefit of persons with disabilities. The app will host a wide array of information on scholarships, employment opportunities, schemes in place, institutional system made available to them and more such relevant information available only a click away. It also intends to cater to the needs of maximum people as its information is available in both English and Hindi.

For more information: India Today

Defence

Project Yash Vidya

Based on a MoU signed between Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar and the Vice Chancellor of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, a Bachelors degree programme has been designed for the army personnel. This project endeavors to provide special recognition to in-service training and other army courses that have been completed. The concerned courses, have been designed specifically by keeping in mind their relevance and usefulness, on a subsidised fee, and will better enable the careers of army personnel with important qualifications.

For more information: Business Standard

Textiles

Deendayal Hastkala Sankul

A major trade facilitation centre, the Deendayal Hastkala Sankul, has been inaugurated in Varanasi by the Prime Minister. The centre-cum-museum, along with offering an opportunity to weavers for showcasing their works globally and improving their economic prospects, also boasts of being one of the best state-of-the-art centres of the country.

For more information: The Statesman

Sports

Sports for All

The Union Sports Minister inaugurated a workshop on ‘Sports for All’, highlighting the concept of Khelo India School Games, claimed to be the best ever initiative in sports at the school level. This will provide a platform to budding sportspersons to showcase their talent, amongst whom 1000 will be selected to receive resource support worth 5 lakh rupees per year, for a period of eight years. A thousand such athletes will be presented this opportunity every year.

For more information: The Hindu