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PM Inaugurates International Rice Research Institute’s South Asia Regional Centre

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC) in Varanasi. It is the sixth campus of IRRI SARC. The institute will complement the government’s effort to double farmer’s income by 2022.

IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (IRRI SARC)

The components of the IRRI SARC are:

  • The education and training arm of IRRI SARC will educate scientists and agriculture leaders about the latest technologies and innovations for sustainable farming.
  • The IRRI SARC will house laboratories for digital crop monitoring and assessment.
  • IRRI SARC will house demonstration fields for testing various varieties of rice.
  • IRRI SARC will also house  Centre of Excellence in Rice Value Addition (CERVA), which would be a suite of modern laboratories where rice grains are assessed for quality and nutritional value and sensory evaluations for grain taste, texture and aroma are conducted on-site facilities.

International Rice Research Institute

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a dynamic and rapidly evolving organization which focuses on solving complex global problems through vibrant, rice-based agri-food systems. It is headquartered in Los Baños, Laguna in the Philippines.

Benefits of the IRRI SARC

The IRRI SARC centre will aid in the following ways:

  • It will serve as a hub for rice research and training in South Asia and SAARC region.
  • The IRRI SARC will aid in improving crop production, seed quality and the nutritional value of rice.
  • The centre will work with national partners to enhance farmers’ knowledge and income and deliver advanced research, teaching and services in the connection.
  • IRRI SARC aims to improve livelihood and nutrition, abolishing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition among those countries which depend on rice-based agri-food systems.
  • The Centre will help in utilizing the rich biodiversity of India to develop special rice varieties which will help India to achieve higher per hectare yields and improved nutritional contents.
  • The Centre will support in adopting a value chain based production system in the country by reducing wastage, adding value and generating higher income for the farmers.

Together with giving impetus to Indian agriculture the centre will catalyze South-South collaboration, strengthen the research expertise and capacity of rice-growing countries in the region, and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

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Proposals for implementation of Mahila Police Volunteer Scheme approved

The proposal from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh for the implementation of Mahila Police Volunteer Scheme has been approved by the union government.

Haryana was the first state to adopt the initiative of Mahila Police Volunteer at Karnal and Mahindergarh District on a pilot basis under the Nirbhaya Fund during the financial year 2016-2017.

Mahila Police Volunteer Scheme

The Mahila Police Volunteer was initiated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs. The salient features of the scheme are:

  • A Mahila Police Volunteer could be any woman who is socially and voluntarily committed towards empowerment of women and girls, willing to raise her voice against gender-based violence and support the police in creating a gender just society free from violence.
  • A Mahila Police Volunteer should be minimum 21 years of age and possess at least 12th pass certificate.
  • A Mahila Police Volunteer must be from the same geographical area and conversant with the local dialects.
  • No criminal proceedings must have been instituted against her and she must not have been convicted or imprisoned for the violation of any criminal law.
  • A Mahila Police Volunteer should not be a member of any political party.
  • The Mahila Police Volunteers in the States/UTs will act as a link between police and community and help women in distress.
  • There will be one Mahila Police Volunteer per Gram Panchayat.
  • Mahila Police volunteers will directly report to the Circle Inspector in the Police Thana.
  • The Mahila Police volunteers are required to mobilize the community to form Mahila and Shishu Rakshak Dals (MASRD) to act as community watch groups.
  • The broad mandate of the Mahila Police Volunteer is to report incidences of violence against women such as domestic violence, child marriage, dowry harassment and violence faced by women in public spaces.
  • A Mahila Police Volunteer is an honorary position and they are paid an honorarium of Rs 1,000 per month.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has requested Chief Secretaries of all States and UTs to adopt this initiative in their respective States.

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