Government Schemes & Projects Current Affairs - 2019

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GeM signs MoU with Union Bank of India

Government e-Marketplace (GeM) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Bank of India (UBI). Through this partnership, UBI will be able to offer array of services including transfer of funds through GeM Pool Accounts (GPA), advising of Performance Bank Guarantees (e-PBG) and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) to the registered users on the GeM portal. It will also facilitate cashless, paperless and transparent payment system on GeM portal and will create an efficient procurement system for government entities.

Background

Online integration for payments and various banking services is one of the priorities for GeM. So far, GeM has signed MoU with 14 Public Sector and private banks to enable this. It is also working with others banks, TReDs, and SIDBI to provide invoice financing and Bill Discounting to MSMEs registered on GeM. This will help MSMEs access easy credit and do better business with Government Departments.

About Government e-Marketplace (GeM)

It is an online marketplace launched by Union Government in 2018 to facilitate procurement of goods and services by various Ministries and agencies of the Government. It offers online, end to end solution for procurement of commonly used goods and services for all central government and state governments departments, public sector units (PSUs) and affiliated bodies. Its main aim is to enhance transparency, efficiency and speed in public procurement of goods and services and eliminate corruption. It provides tools for Direct Purchase, bidding and reverse auction in a transparent manner for government departments.

POSHAN Atlas to map crops

In order to tackle malnutrition, GoI is planning to develop an atlas to map crops and food grains grown all over the country. The initiative was launched by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani during the fifth National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges

Aim of the initiative

This is done to promote regional cropping pattern and nutritious protein rich food in local areas. It is being developed and implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The initiative will aid Poshan Abhiyan that is focusing on ensuring nutrition of women, children and pregnant mothers. The atlas is to be developed along with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Deenadayal Research Institute.

Outcomes of the Council meet

  • A system of ranking is to be introduced to acknowledge the unsung heroes of Poshan Abhiyan. It includes Anganwadi workers and ASHA workers who work tirelessly and selflessly. The ranking will be based on health and nutritional parameters and is to be developed by NITI Aayog
  • The council discussed about the challenges faced by aspirational districts that are lagging behind
  • The Anganwadi workers are to be trained in use of smart phones, tools to upload data, etc
  • The Ministry submitted its report of POSHAN Maah that was observed in September 2019

National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges

The National Council was established under Poshan Abhiyan. The key role of the council is to coordinate and review convergence among ministers. This is to help them providing policy directions to address nutrition challenges in India.

Objectives of the council
  • It provides policy directions through coordinated inter – sectoral action
  • The Council reviews programs for nutrition on quarterly basis.
  • It also reviews and coordinates convergence among ministries.

Nutrition Challenges in India

According to World Bank Global Nutrition Report, 2018, malnutrition costs around 10 billion USD annually in India. According to National Family Health Survey – 4 (2015 – 16), 48% of undernourished children suffer from stunting, 19.8% of undernourished children suffer from wasting and 42.5% of undernourished children suffer from underweight.

According to NITI Aayog, the problem of under nutrition was predominant in the states of Maharshtra, Goa, Karnataka, UP and Rajasthan.

Poshan Maa

The entire month of September was celebrated as Rashtriya Poshan Maah. The Theme of 2019 Poshan Maa was “Complementary Feeding”. The purpose of celebrating Poshan Maa is to take the message of importance of nutrition to every nook and corner of the country. Also it aims to create awareness on complimentary food, treatment and prevention from infections in children.