In Today’s News:
- CSIR Aroma Mission
- National Archives of India.
- NABARD 40th Foundation day.
1. CSIR Aroma Mission
CSIR’s Lavender has been taken stock by the Director-General of CSIR in CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine’s (CSIR-IIIM). CSIR IIIM has been implementing the CSIR Aroma mission.
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Prelims GS – Governance
CSIR Aroma Mission:
- CSIR Aroma Mission helps in Catalyzing Rural Empowerment through Cultivation, Value Addition, and Marketing of Aromatic Plants.
- The CSIR Aroma Mission is envisaged to bring transformative change in the aroma sector through desired interventions in the areas of agriculture, processing, and product development for fuelling the growth of the aroma industry and rural employment.
- The mission will promote the cultivation of aromatic crops for essential oils that are in great demand by the aroma industry.
- It is expected to enable Indian farmers and the aroma industry to become global leaders in the production and export of some other essential oils on the pattern of menthol mint.
- This is expected to provide substantial benefits to the farmers in achieving higher profits, utilization of wastelands, and protection of their crops from wild and grazing animals.
Mains GS2 – Governance
Significance of Aroma Mission:
The mission aims to achieve the following:
- Bring about 5500 ha of the additional area under captive cultivation aromatic cash crops particularly targeting rain-fed /degraded land across the country
- Provide technical and infrastructural support for distillation and values-addition to farmers/growers all over the country
- Enabling effective buy-back mechanisms to assure remunerative prices to the farmers/growers
- Value-addition to essential oils and aroma ingredients for their integration in global trade and economy
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2. National Archives of India
The Union Culture and Tourism Minister Shri G. Kishan Reddy visited the National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi today along with Union MoS for Culture Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi and took stock of record management, preservation & digitalization activities.
Prelims GS – Governance
National Archives of India:
- The National Archives of India is the custodian of the records of the enduring value of the Government of India.
- Established on 11 March 1891 at Calcutta (Kolkata) as the Imperial Record Department, it is the biggest archival repository in South Asia.
- It has a vast corpus of records viz., public records, private papers, oriental records, cartographic records, and microfilms, which constitute an invaluable source of information for scholars-administrators and users of archives.
- The National Archives of India is the repository of the non-current records of the Government of India and is holding them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars.
- It is located at the heart of New Delhi.
- The Department functions as an Attached Office of the Ministry of Culture.
Click here to view the official website of the National Archives of India.
3. NABARD 40th Foundation Day
The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar addressed a webinar on the 40th foundation day of NABARD.
Prelims GS – Governance/Economic Development
- National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) was approved by the Parliament through Act 61 of 1981.
- NABARD came into existence on 12 July 1982 by transferring the agricultural credit functions of RBI and refinance functions of the then Agricultural Refinance and Development Corporation (ARDC).
- It was dedicated to the service of the nation by the late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi on 05 November 1982.
- Set up with an initial capital of Rs.100 crore, its’ paid-up capital stood at Rs.14,080 crore as of 31 March 2020.
- Consequent to the revision in the composition of share capital between the Government of India and RBI, NABARD today is fully owned by the Government of India.
- The mission of NABARD is to promote sustainable and equitable agriculture and rural development through participative financial and non-financial interventions, innovations, technology, and institutional development for securing prosperity.
Click here to know more about NABARD on the official website.
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