Government Initiatives Current Affairs
The Ministry of Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises launched Udyam Sakhi Portal (www.udyamsakhi.org) for women entrepreneurs on the occasion of International Women’s Day. It was unveiled by Minister of State (Independent Charge) of MSME, Giriraj Singh, in a program held at Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi.
Udyam Sakhi Portal
The portal is network to nurture entrepreneurship and create business models for low cost products and services in order to empower women and make them self-sufficient and self-reliant. It will provide assistance to women entrepreneurs through its platform for entrepreneurship learning tools, training programs for fund raising, incubation facility, provide mentors, one-on-one investor meet, provide market survey facility and technical assistance. It will cater needs of around 8 million women from across country who have started and are running their own businesses and playing vital role in the growth of Indian economy.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is going to launch pilot project of Pay as you use tolling on the Delhi Mumbai national highway to study implement ability of system in the country.
The pilot project involves implementing a satellite based electronic toll collection system running on GPS/GSM technology for around 500 commercial vehicles on selected national highway for one year.
The proposed tolling system will work on combination of mobile telecommunications technology (GSM) and satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS). It will be able to deduct money from vehicle account, credit money to concessionaire within one day and open toll gate. In case of failed transaction it will be able to alert toll operator to collect payment manually and not open the gate.
The pilot project will look at ways to integrate new solution with existing pre-paid wallet account offered under FASTag program by NHAI. It will also draw comparison between distance based tolling and existing tolling system, as also between virtual tolling and normal tolling.