Government Schemes in India Current Affairs - 2020

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MSME Minister launches ‘Khadi Rumal’ stitched by militancy affected women of J&K

Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari launched the sale of ‘Khadi Rumal’ stitched by militancy affected women of Nagrota town of Jammu and Kashmir. The aim is to provide employment to the women in the terrorist affected areas as  well as create employment opportunities for militancy affected families of J&K.

Key Highlights

Iin 2016, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) started a napkin stitching centre at Nagrota for the families of militancy-affected areas in Valley, with a view that if people living in rural areas are provided job opportunities then they would not need leave their homes in search of jobs.

In the initial phase a ‘Rumal’ costs Rs.50, and the plan is to do production of 5 crores such Rumals. Currently, the turnover of village industries in India is Rs.75000 crore and by March 2020, the aim is to increase this turover by Rs.1,00,000 crore.

At the event, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) also signed an agreement with Paytm to facilitate the sale of 2 crore pieces of Rumals through their portal. MSME Ministry also annnouced 50% increase in remuneration of women workers to Rs 3 per piece from Rs 2 per piece presently.

Facts Box: Accessible India Campaign

Recently GoI extended the deadline for Accessible India Campaign to March 2020. The main objective of the campaign is to make public spaces friendly for persons with disabilities.

About the campaign

The campaign is also called Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan. The scheme was launched by Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The initiative is in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to which India signed in 2007. The scheme was also launched under Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995. Under the act, the scheme comes under the jurisdiction of sections 44, 45 and 46 that provides equal opportunities and protection of rights in transport sector to those who are physically challenged.

Targets of the campaign

The campaign aims at making at least 50% of government owned buildings as disabled-friendly. It was aimed at doing in three phases. In phase 1, the campaign focused on making international airports disabled-friendly by 2016. In phase 2, it aimed at making 25% of public transport vehicles disabled-friendly by 2017. In phase 3, it aimed at making 50% of government buildings disabled-friendly.