1. Business Incubator for Fisheries
Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying launched the country’s first-of-its-kind fisheries business incubator in Gurugram at a cost of Rs 3.23 crore to promote startups in this sector.
- The business incubator, known as LINAC- NCDC Fisheries Business Incubation Centre (LIFIC), in Gurugram is set up to nurture fisheries startups under real market-led conditions.
- The incubation unit will provide handholding such as training, converting entrepreneurial ideas into business models, and doling out seed money to the new as well as existing business entrepreneurs.
- To begin with, the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), an implementing agency for the LIFIC, has identified the first batch of 10 incubates from Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.
- Out of them, six are from newly-created Fish Farmers Producer Organisations with the support of the financial grant under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY)
Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana
- It is a flagship scheme for focused and sustainable development of the fisheries sector in the country with an estimated investment of Rs 20,050 crore.
- The investment of Rs 20,050 crore under PMMSY is the highest ever in the fisheries sector.
- Out of this, an investment of about Rs 12,340 crore is proposed for beneficiary-oriented activities in marine, inland fisheries, and aquaculture and about Rs 7,710 crore investment for fisheries infrastructure.
- PMMSY is designed to address critical gaps in the fisheries value chain from fish production, productivity, and quality to technology, post-harvest infrastructure, and marketing.
- It aims to modernize and strengthen the value chain, enhance traceability and establish a robust fisheries management framework while simultaneously ensuring the socio-economic welfare of fishers and fish farmers.
- The PMMSY will be implemented as an umbrella scheme with two separate components a central sector scheme and a centrally sponsored scheme.
2. Pochampally Village
- Pochampally, a village in Telangana made famous by its eponymous handloom weaved ‘Ikat’ sarees, was declared by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as one of the best tourism villages in the world.
- Frequently referred to as the Silk City of India, the Pochampally Ikat received a Geographical Indicator status in 2004.
- The award for which will be presented to the government at the UNWTO General Assembly on December 2 in Madrid, Spain.
- Pochampally’s unique weaving styles and patterns received special focus through ‘Vocal for Local’ as part of the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ mission.
- The Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO Pilot initiative awards outstanding rural destinations that showcase good practices and seek to support villages in enhancing their rural tourism potential through training
- The tourism ministry had recommended three villages for the UNWTO Best Tourism Village entry from India — Kongthong in Meghalaya, Ladhpura Khas in Madhya Pradesh, and Pochampally in Telangana.
- Promote sustainable, responsible, and universally accessible tourism.
- Special attention towards the development of sustainable tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
- Promoting the potential of tourism in fighting poverty.
- Successfully implemented Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Tourism (COAST), a tourism project in Africa.
- Work towards mainstreaming tourism on the international agenda and championing the tourism sector as a driver of economic and social development.
- Improving competitiveness in the tourism industry worldwide.
- Work towards aiding the tourism industry contributes towards the eradication of poverty.
- The World Tourism Organization is headed by its Secretary-General.
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3. Duare Ration scheme
- West Bengal launched an ambitious “Duare Ration” scheme for providing food grains under the public distribution system at the doorstep for the entire population of the State.
- This Duare Ration scheme will help 10 crores, people of the State, by providing food grains at doorsteps
- The vehicles will carry ration in a particular street or lane and employees of ration dealers will make the food grains available to the people near their residence.
- The state would provide around 21,000 ration dealers with the financial assistance of 1 lakh each to purchase vehicles for delivering ration to people in this manner.
- A similar scheme of delivering food grains was started by Aam Admi Party (AAP) Government in Delhi which has been contested by the Centre.
- The Union Government has urged the Delhi government to follow provisions of the National Food Security Act passed by the Parliament for delivering foodgrains.
4. World Toilet Day
As part of the ‘World Toilet Day celebrations, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is launching a week-long awareness campaign on SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge (SSC) from November 14th to 20th November 2021 to the run-up to the ‘Swachh Amrit Diwas’, an award ceremony to recognize the role and efforts of the states, cities, ULBs and Cantonment Board in Swachh Survekshan 2021, and Garbage Free Star Rating certification on 20th November 2021
- A total of 246 cities are participating in SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge (SSC) which is being conducted across the country.
- Through this challenge, it is aimed to encourage cities to mechanize their sewer and septic tank cleaning operations in order to prevent deaths and fatalities of sanitation workers from ‘hazardous entry’.
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched the Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge (SSC) on the occasion of World Toilet Day with the objective of eradicating the practice of hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks and promoting mechanized cleaning of the same.
- On the launch of Swachh Surveskhan 2022, MoHUA also flagged off the field assessments for the SSC.
- As per the timelines for the Challenge it was launched with a toolkit on 19th November 2020 and the preparatory period for it was from 20th Nov 2020 to 30th Sep 2021 and the evaluation was done in October 2021.
- MoHUA has also designed standard uniform designs for different categories of sanitation workers across urban India.
- These include Swachhata Commandos, Safaimitras, and Swachhata Supervisors/ Operators.
- The designs have been developed with support from NIIFT, Mohali and NIFT Gandhinagar and specifications have been rolled out to States and ULBs to prepare and distribute the uniforms as per the approved designs.
5. Issues revised guidelines
In a bid to enable the replacement of fossil fuel-based energy by renewable energy under the existing power purchase agreements (PPAs), the Centre has issued revised guidelines providing for thermal generation companies to set up renewable energy generation capacity either by themselves through developers by open bids and supplying it to the consumers under the existing PPAs.
- The development comes in the light of India’s goal of achieving 500 GW of non-fossil fuel capacity by 2030.
- As the cost of renewable energy is less than the cost of thermal energy, the gains from the bundling of renewable energy with thermal will be shared between the generator and distribution companies/other procurers on a 50:50 basis.
- As renewable energy will be balanced with thermal energy, therefore, the DISCOMs will now not need to acquire any separate capacity for balancing renewable energy.
- The distribution companies will be able to count the renewable energy supplied under the scheme towards their renewable purchase obligation and this will be without the financial burden of separate PPA.
6. Bhumi Samvaad
Bhumi Samvaad is a National Workshop on Digital India Land Record Modernisation Programme (DILRMP) that was held recently at India Habitat Centre here in the national capital.
- Under the scheme, a 14-digit identification number will be issued to every plot of land in the country.
- It is being described as “the Aadhaar for land” a number that would uniquely identify every surveyed parcel of land and prevent land fraud, especially in rural India, where land records are outdated and disputed.
- The identification will be based on the longitude and latitude of the land parcel and is dependent on detailed surveys and geo-referenced cadastral maps.
- The benefits of ALPIN are multitudinous.
- The single source of information can authenticate the ownership and in turn, it can end the dubious ownership.
- It will help identify the government lands easily and protect the land from shabby land transactions.
7. Purvanchal Expressway
- The infrastructure project, which is one of the biggest completed by the Uttar Pradesh government and cost an estimated Rs 22,496 crore, has been billed as the “carrier of development” to the underdeveloped Purvanchal region.
- The expressway starts from Chandsarai village in the district of Lucknow located on the Lucknow-Sultanpur road and ends at Haidaria village on National Highway 31 in Ghazipur district.
- It is currently a six-lane wide highway and can be expanded to eight-lane in the future.
- The 341-kilometer-long expressway will reduce the travel time between Lucknow to Buxar in Bihar from seven hours to nearly four hours.
- Once it is opened to the public, the travel time from Lucknow to Ghazipur will be reduced from 6 hours to 3.5 hours.
- It establishes a direct link between the NCR and eastern Uttar Pradesh till almost the Bihar border.
- The Yamuna Expressway connects Noida to Agra while the Lucknow-Agra Expressway goes up to the state capital. The Purvanchal Expressway will end about 18 km from the UP-Bihar border.
- There are 18 flyovers, seven railway over bridges, seven long bridges, 104 minor bridges, 13 interchanges, and 271 underpasses on the highway that covers the districts of Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Ayodhya, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau, and Ghazipur.
- The government has developed land banks along the expressway and the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority has been authorized to develop industrial hubs along the highway.
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that the Purvanchal Expressway will be the backbone of the economy of the state’s eastern region.
- This expressway will prove to be the backbone of Eastern UP.
- Its inauguration will be in a grand way, accompanied by an air show as a three-and-a-half-km long stretch near Sultanpur has been developed as an airstrip for emergency landing of aircraft.