Current Affairs – March, 2015

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Union Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana

The Union Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) to provide skills training to youth across the country.

Decision in this regard was taken in the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

About Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)

  • The PMKVY Scheme will be implemented by the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship through the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
  • It will provide skills training to youth, including class 10 and 12 drop outs and aims to cover about 24 lakh people.
  • The target for skilling under the scheme will be associated with Union Government’s flagship programmes such as Make in India, Digital India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and National Solar Mission.
  • The skill training will involve soft skills, good work ethics, personal grooming, behavioural change for cleanliness etc.
  • Inspection of training under PMKVY will be done by Sector Skill Councils and the repective State Governments.
  • The skill training will be undertaken on the basis of demand assessed on the basis of skill gap studies conducted by the NSDC for the period 2013-17.
  • Fund Allocation- The scheme will be implemented with an outlay of 1, 500 crore rupees.
  • Of the total 1,500 crore rupees, about 1,120 crore rupees will be spent on skill training of 14 lakh youth.
  • 150 crore rupees allocated for training of youth from the North-East region.

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Bard of Maharashtra Shahir Krishnarao Sable passes away

Bard and Marathi folk legend Krishnarao Ganpatrao Sable passed away on 20 March 2015 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was 92.

He had brought Maharashtra’s folk singing and theatre traditions to the centre stage and his songs enriched Maharashtra’s culture.

About Krishnarao Ganpatrao Sable

  • He was popularly known as Shahir Sable and was born in a small village Pasarni, in the Wai taluka of Satara district, Maharashtra in 1923.
  • Shahir Sable was an accomplished singer, writer, playwright, performer, Loknatya (Folk Theater) producer-director.
  • Singing career- He was trained under the guidance of Shahir Shankarrao and had changed the traditional form of ‘Lok Natya’ (folk theatre) and created a new form called ‘Mukta Natya’ (free drama).
  • He had penned the evergreen patriotic song ‘Garjaa Maharashtra Majha, Jai Jai Maharashtra Majha’
  • Shahir Sable was President of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Sammelan (1990) held in Mumbai and President of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Shahir Parishad (1990), Mumbai.
  • Participation in Freedom struggle- Apart from folk singing he had actively participated in various freedom movements such as the ‘Quit India’ movement, Goa liberation struggle and Hyderabad ‘liberation’ and the Samyukta Maharashtra movement.
  • He also had fought for social causes such as anti-liquor campaigns, financial welfare of folk artists and rejuvenation of folk music.
  • Awards- He was conferred with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1984), Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar (1990), Padma Shri award (1998) for his dedication in the field of Arts.

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