Divyangs Current Affairs - 2020

“Innovate for Accessible India” Campaign launched by NASSCOM along with Microsoft

The NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies) recently launched the “Innovate for Accessible India” campaign along with Microsoft India. The other partners of the initiative include Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

About the Initiative

The Initiative aims to sort out issues of Divyangs (physically challenged) with the help of Artificial Intelligence and Microsoft Cloud and other technologies. The initiative will cover 21 disabilities. These 21 disabilities are according to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Some of the key areas that are to be focused by the initiative includes e-governance, livelihood, health and skilling.

Significance

According to 2011 Census, 2% of the India population are disabled. The National Policy for disabled people looks at them as valuable human resources and therefore seeks their protection and full participation in the society.

NASSCOM

NASCOM is a non-profit organization that was set up in 1988. In 2013, NASSCOM initiated “10,000 startups” in the country. The main aim of the initiative is to launch 10,000 startups in the country by 2023.

The NASSCOM under its supervision operates National Institute of Smart Government and Data Security Council of India

Data Security Council of India

It was established in 2008. It aims at making cyberspace safe and secure. It also frames standards and initiatives for maintaining privacy and other cyber security standards. It also arranges conferences and creates common platforms for the industries, think tanks and other leaders of data protection industry to come together.

EKAM Fest: Event to Promote craftsmanship and products of Divyang entrepreneurs

A week-long festival called “EKAM FEST” was organized to promote the products of Divyang artisans and entrepreneurs. More than 80 Divyang entrepreneurs and artisans participated in the event.

Highlights

The event focuses to promote knowledge and entrepreneurship of Divyang Community. It also aims to market their opportunities. The event was organized by NHFDC (National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation). The NHFDC also launched the NHFDC Swavalamban Kendra (NSK), an initiative to establish micro skill training centre for Divyangs

NHFDC

The NHFDC operates under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. It was established in 1997. The Company provides financial assistance to divyangs and persons with disabilities. Currently it is implementing Vishesh Microfinance Yojana

Vishesh Microfinance Yojana

Under the scheme, NHFDC finances income generating schemes of Disabled persons. This is being done by signing agreement with Public Sector Banks, Regional Rural Banks and other financial institutions. The main objective of the scheme is to reach out unbanked population and promote inclusive livelihood.