Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Current Affairs - 2020

Defence Minister approves admission of girls in Sainik Schools from 2021

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal for admission of girl children in Sainik schools across the country. These admissions will start from next academic session (2021-22) in a phased manner. For the smooth implementation of this directive, Defence Ministry has directed all concerned authorities for ensuring availability of necessary infrastructure as well as sufficient female staff in Sainik schools.

Key Highlights

The decision has been taken following the success of pilot project that was started by Union Ministry of Defence for admission of girl children in Sainik School Chhingchhip in Mizoram two years ago.

This decision is in line with Government’s objective towards gender equality, greater inclusiveness and enabling greater participation of women in Armed Forces. It also strengthens the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ motto, propagated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

About Sainik Schools

These are a system of schools in India established and managed by Sainik Schools Society under Union Ministry of Defence. These schools were conceived by V. K. Krishna Menon (then Defence Minister) in 1961. The objective behind establishing these school was to rectify the regional and class imbalance amongst Officer cadre of Indian Military, and to prepare students for entry into National Defence Academy (NDA) in Khadakwasla, Pune and Indian Naval Academy. As of now there are 27 sainik schools running and proposed for future covering all the Indian states.

NALCO to get President’s award for excellent CSR in social development

National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), an Odisha-based Navaratna Company has been selected for President’s award for utilisation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund in social development. NALCO was selected for its Aliali Jhia Scheme.

About Aliali Jhia

In 2015 NALCO started a scheme called Aliali Jhia. The scheme was on the line of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to adapt and promote the poor and talented girls for education.

It aimed to promote the education of Girls of BPL (Below Poverty Line) families.

Under this scheme, NALCO adopted 416 girls from BPL families of 66 villages in Anugul and Koraput districts of Odisha. These girls are reading in 45 different schools and under this scheme Company is bearing all expenditure for education and promotion of talent from 8th to 10th class.

Scheme is now joined by employees of the company.

About National Aluminium Company Limited

NALCO is a Navratna CPSE (Central Public Sector Enterprises) under Union Ministry of Mines. Centre Government holds 52% equity of NALCO.

It was established in 1981, with its registered office at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

It is one of the largest integrated primary producer of Aluminium in Asia.

It encompasses entire vale chain from bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting and casting, power generation, rail and port operations.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

CSR is funding and grants process undertaken by corporate sector under which they provide financial and other support to Non-Profit Organisations (NGOs). Under Companies Act, 2013 it is a mandatory provision for companies to provide a contribution of 2% of average of their net profits.