Social Justice Minister T C Gehlot launches MIS portal under Accessible India Campaign

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar chand Gehlot launched a Management Information System (MIS) under Accessible India Campaign in New Delhi. The launch was in presence of Secretaries of various nodal ministries including Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Union Ministry of Railways, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

About MIS Portal

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PwD), under Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has developed a Management Information System (MIS) for stakeholders of Accessible India Campaign.

MIS portal will bring all the nodal ministries and States and Union Territories (UTs) on a single platform for monitoring the progress being made against each target of Accessible India Campaign (AIC).

The portal is made fully accessible for Divyangjans.

It will be useful in maintaining all the function on digital platform and capture data on a real-time basis. Also, the monitoring of places being made accessible will become more effective as the portal has a provision of uploading images of such features.

About Accessible India Campaign

Accessible India Campaign also known as Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan, was launched by PM Modi on 3 December 2015, on the occasion of International Day of People with Disabilities (PwD). It was launched as a nation-wide campaign for achieving universal accessibility for PwDs.

The campaign aims to serve PwDs in country and create an accessible physical environment that benefits everyone, not just PwDs.

Several measures undertaken under programme includes- eliminating obstacles and barriers in indoor/outdoor facilities such as schools, medical facilities, workplaces and transport system. The programme also covers places like footpaths, curb cuts and other obstacles that block the flow of regular pedestrian traffic.

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Cabinet approves promulgation of Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Ordinance 2019

Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Promulgation of Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement) Ordinance, 2019. The decision is being seen as a major health and wellness initiative for the country.

Key Highlights

Upon promulgation of Ordinance-

Any manufacturing, production, import, export, transport, distribution or advertisement (including online advertisement), sale (including online sale) of e-cigarettes shall be a cognizable offence punishable.

Committing the offence might lead to an imprisonment of up to 1 year or fine up to Rs.1 lakh or both for 1st offence and imprisonment of up to 3 years and fine up to Rs.5 lakh for a subsequent offence. Storing of e-cigarettes shall also be punishable with an imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs.50,000 or both.

On the date of commencement of Ordinance, the owners of existing stocks of e-cigarettes will have to suomoto declare as well as deposit these stocks with nearest police station.

Under the Ordinance, Sub-Inspector of Police has been designated as Authorized Officer to take action. However, Central or State Governments may also designate any other equivalent officer(s) as Authorized Officer for enforcement of provisions of Ordinance.

What are Electronic-cigarettes?

E-Cigarettes are battery-operated devices that produce aerosol (mist) (commonly called as vapor) by heating a solution containing nicotine. This nicotine is the addictive substance in combustible cigarettes. E-Cigarettes include all forms of Heat Not Burn Products (HNBP), Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), e-Hookah and other similar devices.

These novel products come with attractive appearances and multiple flavours to attract their potential customers especially youth and children. Thereby, their use has increased exponentially especially among youth and children and has acquired epidemic proportions in developed countries as well.

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