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Government launches intensive program to train Elected Women Representatives of PRIs

The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) launched intensive training program for Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Master Trainers in New Delhi.

It is capacity building program organized by National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD) of WCD Ministry. It aims to train approximately twenty thousand EWRs covering nearly 50 EWRs from each district by March 2018.

Key Facts

It is for first time ever initiative of this scale has been taken up to train EWRs who will go out and administer villages professionally. The training two lakh women sarpanches across country under this program will help to bring important changes such as to create model villages. It also will help prepare women as political leaders of future. The training will also include simple engineering skills to give them insight into women’s issues as well as focus on education and financial matters.


The Capacity building of EWRs is critical to empower women to participate effectively in governance processes. This program will help them assume leadership roles expected of them and guide their villages towards a more prosperous future.  .

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Government to launch AGRI UDAAN-Food and Agribusiness Accelerator 2.0 programme

The Union Government is going to launch AGRI-UDAAN Food and Agribusiness Accelerator 2.0 programme in an attempt to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture. It will mentor startups and help them connect with potential investors. 

Key facts

The programme will help convert innovative ideas from India’s rural youth into viable businesses startups and help them connect with potential investors. It aims to attract the youth from rural India and elsewhere, and train them so they can add value to the farmers’ produce.

It is managed by ICAR-NAARM’s (Indian Council of Agricultural Research-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management) technology incubator, a-IDEA along with IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation.

Under the programme, start-ups will get incubation space to run their businesses and have access to research laboratories and libraries. It will also help the selected start-ups with regulatory services like company registration and environmental compliances.

In the first round of the programme 40 start-ups will be shortlisted who will pitch their ideas to a panel of evaluators. Out of these, 8 to 12 start-ups will be selected for the final capacity building workshop. Following an intensive training lasting six months, the new start-ups will be connected to investors for funding.

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