States Current Affairs – 2018

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MoUs worth Rs 4.28 lakh crore inked at UP Investors Summit

The Uttar Pradesh government signed 1,045 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) amounting to proposed investments worth Rs 4.28 lakh crore at UP Investors Summit 2018 in Lucknow.

The summit was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and gave 4-P mantra: Potential, policy, planning and performance which leads to progress. It witnessed presence of business leaders such as Mukesh Ambani, Kumar Mangalam Birla, N Chandrasekaran, Gautam Adani, among others. They announced investment plans in UP over the next three to five years.

Key Facts

The mega event was organised to bring together heads of states and governments, ministers, leaders from corporate world, senior policy makers, heads of international institutions and academicians from around world to further cause of economic development in Uttar Pradesh and promote cooperation to pave way for better investments.

PM Narendra Modi announced setting up of defence industrial corridor in Bundelkhand region along with Defence Investors’ Cell will be set under Defece Ministry to ensure speedy development of the corridor.

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries announced that Jio will invest another Rs 10,000 crore over next 3 years. Gautam Adani, chairman of Adani Group announced investment of Rs 35,000 crore over next 5 years.

Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran announced setting up new campus for 30,000 people in state along with opening IT centre in Varanasi. Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla announced investments of Rs 25,000 crore over next five years, spread across group’s multiple businesses in state.

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Maharashtra Government to launch Asmita Yojana to provide affordable sanitary pads

Maharashtra government will roll out Asmita Yojana on the International Women’s Day (March 8, 2018) to provide affordable (subsidised) sanitary pads to school girls and women. Under the scheme, schoolgirls studying in Zilla Parishad schools will get sanitary napkin packet at Rs 5 while rural women can avail it at subsidised rate of Rs.24 and Rs.29.

Asmita Yojana

The state government has appointed “Umed’, the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission, as a nodal agency for effective implementation of the scheme. Under the scheme, beneficiary girls will be given Asmita Cards. Participating Self Help Groups (SHGs) will be entrusted with the task of supply and sale of sanitary pads and counselling the girls and women.

The SHGs will procure sanitary napkins from suppliers by registering on Asmita mobile application and distribute them to rural women and girls as per requirement and demand. The SHGs concerned will earn Rs 5 in profit per sanitary packet.

Background

There is very little awareness about menstrual hygiene during periods among girls in the age group of 11 to 19 years and women in general in rural areas of Maharashtra. Only 17% of them use sanitary napkins. The main reasons for such low usage of sanitary napkins are high costs of pads, their unavailability in rural areas and awkwardness among women to purchase them from male chemists.

Significance

The scheme will promote menstrual hygiene and increase awareness among young girls on usage of sanitary pads. It will help to reduce school absenteeism i.e. boost school attendance among school girls. Similarly, it will help to create employment opportunities for women in rural areas and create awareness about health and education.

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