DPIIT Current Affairs - 2020

June 9: World Accreditation Day

Every year, the World Accreditation Day is celebrated on June 9. The initiative of celebrating the day was launched by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

This year the day was celebrated under theme

Theme: Accreditation, Improving Food Safety

India

In India, the day was celebrated by the Quality Council of India. Also, the National Accreditation Board for Testing and calibration Laboratories and the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies conducted webinars.

According to FSSAI, the following are the current requirements in India regarding accreditation

  • Proficiency Testing
  • Developing Rapid Test Kits
  • The number of accredited reference material producers should be increased
  • Integrated system for information exchange
  • Rapid Test kits for food analysis
  • Accreditation Scheme to certify products
  • India also needs to institutionalize virtual assessments.

Quality Council of India

The Quality Council of India was established in 1997. The main objective of QCI is to establish quality standards all over social and economic sectors in the country. It was set up as a public private partnership based on the Netherlands model. It was set up by the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal trade (DPIIT).

The key promoters of QCI are CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry).

DPIIT revises Public Procurement Order to encourage Make in India

The Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) recently revised Public Procurement Order in order to provide preference to Make in India initiative.

Highlights

According to the order, DPIIT has prescribed minimum of 60% procurement of local content for the year 2020-21, 70% for the years 2021-23 and 80% for the years 2023-25. This is applicable to chemicals and petrochemicals. DPIIT has identified 55 chemicals and petrochemicals that are eligible to bid for more than Rs 5 lakhs of procurement.

Significance

The step will help to boost Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan that was launched by PM Modi during lock down 4.0. Also, it will help to increase domestic production. Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, GoI allocated Rs 20,000 lakh crores. The fund allocated is being used in MSME, Agriculture, MGNREGA, fisheries, street vendors, Dairy sector, etc. The fund is 10% of country’s GDP. The 10% contribution was decided by the meet of several international countries and members at the United Nations.

The Defence Sector is also placing indents in Ordnance Factory in Medak of Telangana to boost Make in India.