Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 06 February 2021

Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 06 February 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Mahila e-Haat.
  2. One-Stop Centres.

1. Mahila e-Haat

News Summary

The State wise list of women entrepreneurs registered at “Mahila E-haat” was given in a written reply by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Women and Child Development in Lok Sabha on 5th February 2021.

Prelims GS – Governance

Mahila e-Haat:
  • “Mahila E-haat”, is an online marketing platform for women entrepreneurs.
  • It is an initiative for women across the country as a part of ‘Digital India’ and ‘Stand Up India’ initiatives.
  • The platform has been set up by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India under Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK).
  • It is aimed at providing a marketing platform by leveraging technology for showcasing products made/manufactured/sold by women entrepreneurs/ SHGs/ NGOs as also showcasing services reflecting their creative potential.
  • The major advantage of this online marketing platform is that it facilitates direct contact between the vendor and buyer.
  • It is easy to access as the entire business of E-haat can be handled through a mobile.

Click here to know more about Mahila e-Haat.

2. One-Stop Centres

News Summary

733 One Stop Centres (OSCs) have been approved for 730 districts, out of which. 700 have become operational in 35 States/ UTs.This information was given by the Minister of Women and Child Development in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on 5th February 2021.

Prelims GS – Governance

OSC/Sakhi:
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), has formulated a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for setting up One Stop Centres across the country also known as Sakhi.
  • One-Stop Centres (OSC) are intended to support women affected by violence, in private and public spaces, within the family, community, and at the workplace.
  • Women facing physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and economic abuse, irrespective of age, class, caste, education status, marital status, race, and culture will be facilitated with support and redressal.
  • Aggrieved women facing any kind of violence due to attempted sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, honor-related crimes, acid attacks, or witch-hunting who have reached out or been referred to the OSC will be provided with specialized services.
The major objectives of the Scheme are:
  • To provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces under one roof.
  • To facilitate immediate, emergency, and non – emergency access to a range of services including medical, legal, psychological, and counseling support under one roof to fight against any forms of violence against women.
Other facts about OSC:
  • The OSC will support all women including girls below 18 years of age affected by violence, irrespective of caste, class, religion, region, sexual orientation, or marital status.
  • The Scheme will be funded through Nirbhaya Fund.
  • The Central Government will provide 100% financial assistance to the State Government /UT Administrations under the Scheme.
  • As per scheme guidelines, for the smooth functioning of the centers, the responsibility of appointment/ recruitment/ selection of impaneled agencies/ individuals to provide legal counseling/ Medical aid/ psycho-social counseling, etc. lies with the district administration of the respective States/ UTs.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Governance/GS1 – Women Empowerment

Services offered through OSC:
  • Emergency Response and Rescue Services
  • Medical assistance
  • Assistance to women in lodging FIR /NCR/DIR
  • Psychosocial support/counseling
  • Legal aid and counseling
  • Shelter
  • Video Conferencing Facility

Click here to view the detailed account of each service of OSC in the official document.

 

 

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