Tribal affairs ministry launches Capacity building programme of ST representatives in LSG & ‘1000 Springs Initiatives’ in Bhubneshwar ,Odisha
February 28, 2020

Shri Arjun Munda ,the Union Tribal Affairs Minister has launched the “Programme for Capacity Building of Scheduled Tribe (ST) Representatives in Local Self Governments (LSG)” in Bhubhaneswar, Odisha in the presence of Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Navin Patnaik and Smt. Renuka Singh Saruta, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs.

Arjun Munda also launched “1000 Spring Initiatives” and an online portal on GIS (Geographic Information System)-based Spring Atlas with hydrological and chemical properties of the Springs during the event.

Key Points:

i.The event also saw the release of a short documentary film on FRA in Odisha (Odisha’s Journey in FRA) and FRA (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 Atlas of Odisha.

ii.Capacity Building program: The primary aim of Capacity Building program was to empower the tribal people representatives through promoting their decision making capabilities at local government level (LGL).

This initiative also aims to boost tribal development , constitutional and legal provisions that protect and promote the rights and welfare of the tribal population.

The above said programme  witnessed the participation of  ST representatives in planning, execution and monitoring of policies and programmes launched by the government.

Over 70 young tribal youths from the rural areas of 3 districts of Odisha namely, Kalahandi, Khandamal and Gajapati have been trained Under this program to enhance their knowledge for identification and mapping of springs, and undertaking rejuvenation and protection measures in their habitations.

iii.1000 Spring Initiatives: This flagship Initiative aims to improve tribal communities, who are living in difficult and inaccessible part of rural areas in the country to get access to safe and adequate water (including better infrastructure for piped water supply for drinking; provision of water for irrigation; community-led total sanitation initiatives; and provision for water for backyard nutrition gardens, generating sustainable livelihood opportunities for the tribal people).

iv.Online portal on GIS-based Spring Atlas: It aims to provide better accessibility of Spring data easily from an online platform.At present, over 170 springs data have been uploaded on the Spring Atlas,which was developed by Odisha Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI).

NCAER releases 1st edition of land records and services index 2020: MP emerges as top performer, Ladakh at bottom
February 28, 2020

According to the 1st edition of  NCAER Land Records and Services Index (N-LRSI 2019-20) released by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) , Madhya Pradesh (MP) emerged as the best performing state in terms of digitising land records with the score of 74.9.It was  followed by Odisha (67.5points) and Maharashtra (65.3 points).

While Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh ranked at bottom at 33rd position with a score of 2.0.

Key Points:

i.The Index has been released during a half-day programme held in New Delhi by NCAER under the aegis of the NCAER Land Policy Initiative (NLPI), supported by the Omidyar Network, India.

ii.The Index ranked 33 states and Union Territories (UT) based on data collected over 2019-20 on 2 tools of the supply of land records-the extent of digitisation of land records and the quality of these land records.

The 1st tool aims to ensure all state has made all its land records digitally available to people & oversees 3 main areas namely-the text of the land records (also called the record of rights), the official map associated with a land record (also called cadastral maps), and the property registration process.

The 2nd tool aims to ensure all the land records are comprehensive ,reliable and type of land use, land area on the record and on the map, landlords details are updated as soon as a sale happened, etc.

NCAER Land Record Services Index (N-LRSI)  2019-20 ranking:

Rank State/Union Territory Score
1 Madhya Pradesh 74.9
2 Odisha 67.5
3 Maharashtra 65.3
33rd Ladakh 2.0

Government approves Rs 162 crore under Operation Green Scheme
February 28, 2020

The government approved Rs 162 crore under Operations Green(OG) Scheme which was announced in 2018-19 budget with an outlay of 500 crore to stable the supply of TOP crops( Tomato, Onion & Potato) & to confirm their availability throughout the year without price volatility.The Ministry of Food Processing Industries(MoFPI) launched the scheme.The aim of the scheme is to enhance TOP Crops value chain & promote Farmer Producers Organizations (FPOs), agri-logistics, processing facilities and professional management.

Key Points
  • Totally 5 projects have been sanctioned under OG scheme with a total cost of Rs 426(425.83) crore & the grant to be given is Rs 162(161.17) crore.
  • The sanctioned 5 projects are-Andhra Pradesh(AP)Food Processing Society(Chittor, Anantapur,AP), Nedspice Dehydration India (Bhavnagar, Gujarat), Hindustan Agro Co-op Ltd &, Khemanand Dudh & Krishi Producer Company Ltd (Ahmednagar, Maharashtra), Banaskantha District Coop Milk Producers Union LTd (Banaskantha, Gujarat).
  • The Sanctioned  projects will benefit more than 50,000 farmers & create 10,000 jobs, daily processing capacity of  over 3.64 Lakh tonne & storage of over 90,000 will also be created.

Strategies of OG Scheme
There are two strategies which are decided by MoFPI namely;

i.Short term Price Stabilisation Measures
The NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India) is a nodal agency to implement price stabilisation measures.MoFPI will provide 50% of the subsidy to transportation of TOP Crops from production to storage & hiring  of appropriate storage facilities.The grants- in-aid will be given at the rate of 50% of the eligible project cost in all areas, & eligible to maximum Rs 50 crore per project.

ii.Long Term Integrated value chain development projects
For long term the government will assist in capacity building of Farmer Producer Organisation(FPOs), quality production, post-harvest processing facilities, agri-logistics, development of markets & creation & management of e-platform for demand and supply management of TOP crops.

Atal Innovation Mission partnered with Nasscom to launch AI-based module in 5000 ATLs
February 28, 2020

NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has collaborated with Nasscom (National Association of Software and Services Companies) to launch the artificial intelligence (AI) based module including AI kits across 5000 Atal Tinkering Labs in the country from February 27, 2020 so that students can get for better knowledge of AI.  Additionally, an AI Step-up Module is under development that is to be launched as next step.

  • This curriculum will make available technologies to school students from one of the top partner companies including Adobe, SAP Labs, Microsoft, Wipro and Nasscom among others.

Need for AI Learing
It has been estimated that by 2030, the global market in AI is likely to be in the range of 15 to 15.5 trillion dollars, out of which India’s share will be close to a trillion. Also, India can add 1.3% to its GDP on an annual basis through the use of machine learning and AI.

What is AIM?
It is Government of India’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. Its objective is to develop new programs for fostering innovation in different sectors and to create an umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country.

What are ATLs?
Established under AIM in schools across India, its objective is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds. ATL is a work space of 1200-1500 square feet for school students from Class 6 to Class 12, allowing them to work with tools and equipment to understand the concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). These labs are set up through grant-in-aid of Rs. 20 Lakh to each school by AIM.

  • Apart from ATL there are Atal Incubation Centres (AICs), Atal New India Challenge (ANIC), Mentor of Change Program, Atal Community Innovation Center, and Atal Research & Innovation for Small Enterprises (ARISE) (Coming Soon) under AIM foster innovation.

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