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Union Government launches Pehchan identity cards for artisans

Union textile Minister Smriti Irani launched a scheme of ‘Pehchan’ identity cards to artisans in Ahmedabad. She also inaugurated thematic handicrafts exhibition.

The upgraded ‘pehchan’ cards were distributed to artisans from five clusters of Gujarat namely Jamnagar, Naroda, Surendranagar, Amreli and Kalol.

Besides, minister also announced that to give tool kits and safety equipment women and BPL artisans for metal craft for free of cost in a bid to encourage women.

What is Pehchan cards scheme?

  • Pehchan cards scheme was launched as part of the Pehchan’ initiative of Union Textile ministry to register and provide Identity (ID) cards to handicraft artisans and link them to a national database.
  • It is a new upgraded ID card for artisans that will be linked with their Aadhar numbers and bank accounts so that they can receive direct cash transfer benefit.

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India, Tunisia sign two MoUs for co-operation in handicrafts and IT sector

India and Tunisia have signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in Information Technology (IT) and promotion of traditional handicrafts.

These MoUs were signed in the presence of Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid in Tunis.

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari visited Tunisia on the final leg of his two- nation trip after visiting Morocco.

Key facts

  • MoU on traditional handicraft promotion: Under it, both countries will promote each other’s traditional handicraft.
  • MoU in IT sector: Under it, both countries will increase mutual cooperation in the IT and related sectors, including digital economy

Besides singing MoUs, both countries also decided to enhance co-operation in counter terrorism. Discussion on bilateral ties focused on economic partnership and adding new areas of collaboration in IT and education were also held. India also appreciated Tunisia’s support to India’s candidature to the expanded United Nations Security Council.

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