Rural Development Current Affairs - 2020

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Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana: PM distributes aids and devices to Divyangjan and Senior Citizens

On February 29, 2020, PM Modi is to distribute assistive aids and devices to senior citizens and Divyangjan. This is the biggest ever distribution camp.

Highlights

The distribution camp of assistive aids and devices for senior citizens and Divyangjans by PM Modi is being organized by the Ministry of Social Justice. The objective of the event is to propagate information to senior citizens and Divyangjan belonging to Below Poverty Line category about how to face their challenges in day-to-day life.

Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana

The RVY was launched in 2016 at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. Since then 137 of these device distribution camps have been conducted.

The main aim of the scheme is to provide assisstive aids and devices to senior citizens and Divyangjans.

Significance

According to Census 2011, there are 10.38 crores of senior citizens. And of these, more than 70% of them live in rural areas. Therefore, it is essential to take special care towards them through these camps organized under Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana.

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Human Resources Development Ministry presents Vishwakarma Awards

On February 24, 2020, the Union Minster Ramesh Pokhriyal presented the Vishwakarma awards for the year 2019. Around 23 groups were awarded Chatra Vishwakarma Awards and 6 institutes were awarded with Utkrisht Santhan Vishwakarma Award.

Highlights

This year the theme of competition of the award is as follows

Theme: How to Enhance the income of a village

Around 2,372 teams submitted their solutions. There were three stages of evaluation and 117 teams were selected. The teams will exhibit their prototypes at the National Convention and Exhibition.

About Vishwakarma Awards

The awards were instituted by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) since 2017. They are being awarded every year for the growth of the society. The Chhatra Vishwakarma awards are Class I awards and are presented for highly progressive staff. The Utkrisht Sansthan Vishwakarma Awards are Class II awards that are presented to excellent institutional intervention.

AICTE

The All India Council for Technical Education is an advisory body that gained statutory status in 1987. It accredits graduate and post graduate programmes. The body is assisted by 10 other statutory boards such as Technical education, architecture education, vocational education, pharmaceutical education, etc

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