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HRD Ministry launches National Digital Library of India

Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has launched National Digital Library of India project under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT). The project seeks to develop framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility.

About National Digital Library of India project

Objective: To make quality digital educational resources available to all citizens of the country to empower, inspire and encourage learning.

Implementing agency: It has been developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

Features:

It is a single window platform that collects and collates metadata from premier learning institutions in India and abroad, as well as other relevant sources. It is digital repository containing textbooks, articles, videos, audio books, lectures, simulations, fiction and all other kinds of learning media. It is a 24×7 knowledge resource platform that is accessible to anyone with internet access.

It can hold content of any language and provides learning and research interface support for leading Indian languages. As of now, it has more than 3 crore digital resources available in over 200 languages. Its contents cover almost all major domains of education and all major levels of learners.

It has more than 50 lakh registered students and about 20 lakh active users. It allows users to access digital library anytime and anywhere absolutely free of cost. It has been integrated with UMANG App and users can register through www.ndl.gov.in or through the mobile app.

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Government to prepare roadmap for distribution of fortified rice

Union Government has decided to prepare detailed roadmap for nationwide distribution of fortified rice through ration shops. Instructions also have been given to Department of Food and Public Distribution to implement distribution fortified rice. Decision in this regard was taken in meeting between Union Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan reviewed and NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar for reviewing progress of rice distribution

Pilot Scheme: Fortification of Rice and its Distribution under Public Distribution System

Union Government (Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution) in February 2019 had approved centre-sponsored pilot scheme on “Fortification of Rice and its Distribution under Public Distribution System”. This Pilot Scheme was approved for period of three year beginning 2019-20.

Under this scheme rice is fortified with Iron, Vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid. Currently, it focuses on 15 districts preferably 1 district per State during initial phase of implementation. The operational responsibility for implementation of this pilot scheme is of states which fortifies rice for distribution through Public Distribution System (PDS).

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