The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched an online shopping portal for sale of authentic tribal products that will seek to create a ‘niche’ market for indigenous artisans.
About the e-commerce portal
- This online portal is initially open for only Indian shoppers and for international buyers later.
- Features 69 tribal products viz. textiles, metal artifacts and jewellery, etc.
- Launched by Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Raj V Kishore Chandra Deo.
- Objective: To provide branding, source certification and developing standards for products.
- Shawls, stoles and mufflers will be in available in Angora, sheep wool and Pashmina material from states viz. Orissa, Assam, etc.
- Paintings from four states and dokra metal artifacts and jewellery from states viz. Nagaland and Himachal Pradesh will also be available.
- Detailed write- ups of the products will also be available.
- The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) is making special efforts to promote the sales of handicrafts.
Future Plans: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has plans to launch a new website for the minor forest produce viz. honey and tamarind.
Rajasthan scrapped the approval given by the previous Congress government for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retailing. After Delhi, Rajasthan became the second state, to withdraw approval for FDI in multi-brand retail following a change of government after the assembly elections held in November-December.
Recently, the Aam Admi Party Government in Delhi had repealed the decision to allow FDI in retail and told the Centre that it would not allow foreign supermarkets in the Capital as they would destroy the local markets and close down neighbourhood shops and kirana stores.
The Union Government of India extended the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 to the States of Karnataka and Chhattisgarh. Now, the act has taken off in seven states and union territories – Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh. Uttrakhand and Chandigarh are also expected to join this group soon.
- The Government of India has also decided to protect existing allocation of each state in case the allocation under the proposed legislation is lower than its current allocation. It will be protected up to the level of average off take during last three years, at prices to be determined by the Central Government.
National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013
- Grains like wheat, rice and coarse grain will be distributed at the price of 3 Rs. 3, Rs. 2 and Rs. 1.
- Identified beneficiary will get 5 kg of grains.
- Pregnant women and lactating mothers and children are entitled to get meals under the prescribed nutrition by MDM and (ICDS. The age group would be 6 months to 14 years.
- NFSA 2013 will provide high nutrition food to the age group of 6 years.
- Pregnant women and lactating mothers will be entitled to get maternity benefit of not less than Rs. 6,000.
- Working to empowering for women
If an identified beneficiary is poor of the poorest than he will entitle to get 35 kg of grains under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY).
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the extension of the special package of industrial incentive for Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand till March, 2017. However, there was no extension in the key tax incentives under the excise and income-tax holiday scheme.
Benefit: It will help to generate employment, especially for rural youth and will give a boost to manufacturing and the Small and Medium Enterprises in the two States.
Other decisions by CCEA:
- Clearance to a proposal to reserve 30% of procurement orders by BSNL and MTNL for Indian Telephone Industries (ITI). This will enable ITI survive in the competitive environment of telecom manufacturing.
- Approval to a Rs. 761-crore road project in Odisha under its flagship, the National Highways Development Project and gave nod to four-laning of Jharpokharia-Baripada-Baleshwar section of NH-5 in the state. The project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in Odisha and reduce the time and cost of travel on the Jharpokharia-Baripada-Baleshwar route.