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KVIC distributes more than 1 lakh Bee-Boxes under ‘Honey Mission’

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) distributed more than one lakh bee-boxes among farmers and unemployed youths across India in less than two years under its ‘Honey Mission’ initiative. This is the first time such mass scale distribution of honey bee boxes has taken place in country.

About Honey Mission

  • It was launched in August 2017 in line with PM Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Sweet Revolution’ (revolution in production of honey to increase its production) in 2016 while introducing Banas Honey project at Deesa in Gujarat.
  • Under this mission KVIC provides beekeepers
    • Practical training about examination of honeybee colonies.
    • Acquaintance with apicultural equipments.
    • Identification and management of bee enemies and diseases.
    • Honey extraction and wax purification.
    • Management of bee colonies in spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons.
  • So far, KVIC have created more than 10,000 new jobs and around 25,000 additional man days through fabrication of bee boxes and honey extractors.
  • KVIC would provide loans for setting up processing units, packaging units and labelling units for honey.
  • Importance: Production of healthy honey and wax, ands bee-keeping would open many job opportunities for unemployed youths and also for saspiring young entrepreneurs.
  • Under mission till date about 246 metric tonnes of honey has been extracted through these bee-boxes valuing over Rs 4 crore.
  • Earlier on 21 May 2018 on occasion of World Honey Bee Day, KVIC distributed 1,000 bee-boxes among 100 Mishing tribe in Kaziranga forest area in Assam and created a new world record of distributing maximum number of bee boxes in a single day.

About Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)

  • It is a statutory body formed under ‘Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956’ by Government of India.
  • It is an apex organisation under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
  • It is nodal implementation agency of Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) at national level.
  • PMEGP is a major credit-linked subsidy programme being implemented by MSME Ministry since 2008-09 and will Continue till 2019-20. It aims to generate employment in India’s rural and urban areas.

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Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) extended to all poor households

The central Government has decided to extend the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to all poor households in the country.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is the government’s flagship programme to provide free cooking gas (LPG) connections. The PMUY scheme targets to reach out to provide free LPG connections to 80 million families by 2020.

With the expansion of the PMUY scheme, all the poor households can avail the benefit from PMUY and it will not be mandatory to be part of the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) list or the seven identified categories under the programme to be eligible for the scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched in May 2016. The initial target set for the scheme was to provide 50 million LPG connections to below poverty line (BPL) families by 2019, by giving financial assistance of Rs 1600 per family. Till now, Under PMUY schemes 58.5 million connections have been given across 715 districts. As per the government data, About  80 per cent of the beneficiaries come back for a second refill and about 45 per cent take three or more refills annually. The government has also recently launched LPG Panchayats to promote the PMUY scheme.

The vision behind the scheme: The successful implementation of the scheme will ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in India, which will help in women empowerment and also will protect their health. The time spent on cooking and drudgery will reduce. Additionally, it will also generate employment for youth in the rural areas in the supply chain of LPG.

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