North East Development Current Affairs - 2020

First Mega Food Park of Mizoram inaugurated

On July 20, 2020, the Minister of food Processing Industry Harsimrat Kaur Badal e-inaugurated the first Mega Food Park in Mizoram.

Highlights

The Zoram Food Park (non-governmental) inaugurated in Mizoram is to provide employment to 5,000 persons and will benefit 25,000 farmers in primary processing centre and core processing centre.

The park is expected to bring an annual turn over of Rs 450-500 crores in about 30 food processing units.

Mega Food Park Scheme

The Zoram Food Park has been established under Mega Food Park Scheme of Government of India. There are 18 mega food park projects that are under implementation and 19 mega food parks have become functional. Around six of these functioning mega food parks are in North East.

Under the Mega Food Park Scheme, the Government of India will provide financial assistance of Rs 50,000 crores per mega food park project.

Significance

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries are promoting Mega Food Parks to give a major thrust to the Make in India initiative. This is expected to become a major contributor towards India’s target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

United Nations: India’s KHUDOL declared one of Top 10 Global Initiatives to fight COVID-19

On May 22, 2020, the United Nations listed the KHUDOL initiative of Manipur as one of the top 10 global initiatives to fight against COVID-19.

Highlights

KHUDOL is an initiative of a NGO called Ya_All. Under the initiative, the NGO provides food, hygiene and health of LGBTQ community, daily wage workers, people with AIDS.

The organization mobilized network of 100 volunteers. Through the volunteers the organization distributed 1000 health kits, 1500 condoms and 6500 sanitary pads.

Transgender measures of Manipur

Manipur has been creating inclusive safe space for the transgender community. The state has been taking extra care towards the transgenders as compared to other states. Separate rooms and toilets were established for the transgender community.

North East Region

When compared to other states, the north east region had been showing vast improvements in reducing the spread of COVID-19. This included Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland. Also, the GoI had successfully implemented the North East Model to contain the disease in the region.