PIO Current Affairs - 2019
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Know India Programme (KIP) is a flagship initiative for Diaspora engagement. The programme aims to familiarize Indian-origin youth (18-30 years) with their Indian roots and contemporary India.
Features of the Programme
The important features of the Know India Programme are:
- Know India Programme is a three-week orientation programme for diaspora youth.
- The programme aims to promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields e.g. economic, industrial, education, science & technology, communication & information Technology and culture.
- The programme provides a unique forum for students & young professionals of Indian origin to visit India, share their views, expectations & experiences and to develop closer bonds with contemporary India.
- The programme has been in existence since 2003 and is open to PIO youth from all over the world.
- The programme is open to youth of Indian origin (excluding non-resident Indians) with preference to those from Girmitiya countries (Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, T&T, Jamaica etc).
- The programme mandates a minimum qualification of graduation or being enrolled for graduation to be part of the scheme.
The programme incorporates following aspects to familiarise Youths about Indian Society and culture:
- Understanding of India’s political system, economy, society, and developments in various sectors etc.
- Visiting places of historical, cultural, religious importance.
- Familiarisation with art, music and culture of India.
- Visiting industrial sites.
- Visiting a village.
- Interaction with non-profit organizations.
- Meetings with senior leadership/officials in India.
- Visiting a select state in India for 10 days.
The Ministry of External Affairs implements the programme in association with the chosen partner state.
Union Government has decided to allow Aadhaar enrollment of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).
It was announced by Union Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh in written reply to Lok Sabha.
This move will help all persons on the Indian soil (including resident Indian, OCI/PIO, NRIs and visa holding visitors) to authenticate their identity digitally.
In this regard Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is working on the policy for Aadhaar enrolment of NRIs, PIOs and OICs as per directions from the government. However, no time frame has been formulated at this stage for achieving the goal.
Presently, UIDAI is providing Aadhaar number all residents including Indian national and foreigners with valid visas who are enrolling for it.
About Aadhaar number
- Union Government had established UIDAI in January 2009 to issue Aadhaar numbers to all citizens which can be verified digitally using the database.
- Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identity number which helps enrolled persons in availing various services and benefits provided by the government.
- It is considered the world’s largest national identification number project.
- It is also valid as know your customers (KYC) document for various services including banking, cooking gas subsidy, government scholarships, telecom, vehicle registration and driving licence, public distribution system and pension.
- It should be noted that UIDAI was earlier attached to Planning Commission of India and now it is attached to the NITI Aayog. So far it has allotted around 89.43 Aadhaar numbers to Indian citizens.