About M-Pesa service
- A mobile money transfer and payment service that allows customers to transfer money to any mobile phone, remit money to any bank account, make utility payments, recharge of mobile, DTH payment and earn interest on deposits.
- Empowers the un-banked and under-banked sections of the population gain access to financial services through the mobile phone.
- This service will now be available across 202 Tehsils, 24 Districts through 1350 specially trained authorized agents including 73 Vodafone exclusive stores in Odisha.
Apart from Odisha, ‘M-Pesa’ has been rolled out in Delhi, Mumbai, West Bengal, Punjab, UP East, UP West, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Assam & North East and Haryana. It will be made available across the country in a phased manner.
The Minister for Minority Affairs Mr. K Rehman Khan inaugurated India’s first Minority Cyber Village in Chandoli in Alwar district of Rajasthan. Ministry of Minority Affairs has targeted villages with substantial population of minorities for this project. Minority people will be benefited more from this cyber village concept.
About India’s First Minority Cyber Village
- Objective: To provide computer education to the people of 15 to 59 age group.
- Chandoli has been selected as the first village for the pilot project as it holds more than 80% of minority population and also because the minorities of the Mewat region is still backward in education.
- Under this project, experts will provide training of commuter skills to the people of chandoli.
Future plan: Government pondering to open special schools on the pattern of Kendriya Vidyalayas for minority community and planning to come up with 200 new colleges in minority dominated areas and the areas viz. Laxmangarh, Tijara, Kishengarhbas and Ramgarh.
Evaluation studies of RGGVY (Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana) commissioned by Rural Electrification Corporation have revealed that the programme has empowered the rural women.
Affect of electrification under RGGVY scheme on some states:
- Rajasthan: 75% of women are able to work in the fields after electricity reached their homes.
- Madhya Pradesh: 85% of the villagers, in particular, women and children feel more secure and protected against wild animals, venomous reptiles and robbers due to electrified households and street lights.
- Uttar Pradesh: 43% people are surveyed and reported that they have started using mobile phones after electrification since it became possible to charge the mobile sets.
- Bihar: As detected by the beneficiary households, the most important use of electricity is for illumination (94.9%), security (89.9%), and communication through cellular phones (42.1%), accessing information and entertainment (52.1%) and comforts by running fans (18.4%).
- J&K: Most people feel that security & standard of life has increased. Villagers are able to get the treatment in the night. In some of the villages, it was found that the villagers use electrical appliances for crop processing.
Positive impact of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana(RGGVY) programme
- 96% of un-electrified villages have been electrified across the country.
- Intensive electrification of 80% villages has been completed while free electricity connections have been provided to 77% BPL households under the flagship programme.
- People are able to establish small scale activities in homes viz. weaving, tailoring, grocery shops, etc.
- Students in all the states are able to study for longer hours and also save money & time which they had to spend on kerosene lamp. They also feel more comfortable during summer days due to the fans in the class.
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.