Smriti Irani Current Affairs - 2020

GoI allocates Rs 1,480 crores to National Technical Textiles Mission

On March 19, 2020, the Minister of Textiles Smt Smriti Irani presented the details of National Technical Textiles Mission at Rajya Sabha. The GoI has allocated Rs 1,480 crores for the mission

National Technical Textiles Mission

The Mission aims to improve technical textiles in India. The mission is to be implemented for a period of 4 years between 2020-21 and 2023-24. It is to be implemented by the Ministry of Textiles.

What are Technical Textiles?

The technical textiles are a non-aesthetic product where function is its primary purpose. Basically, they are used in 12 applications namely Geotech, Indutech, Military textiles, packing, agro, buildings, Geotech, medtech, autotech, smartech, sportech and clothtech. They are functional fabrics that are used in civil engineering, automobiles, agriculture, construction, healthcare, personal protection, etc. For instance, a technical textile can be used in gloves for high temperature environment, in astronauts and fire fighters’ suits, etc.

The Government of India has planned to use technical textiles in highways and ports to create robust infrastructure.

 Govt to set up anti-human trafficking units in all districts with Nirbhaya Fund

Union Ministry of Women and Child Development will be setting up anti-human trafficking units in all districts of the country with the help of Nirbhaya Fund. The announcement in this regard was made by Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani.

Key Highlights

Besides these anti-human trafficking units, women help desks will also be set up in all police stations across the country using Nirbhaya Fund. The initiative is an example of interdepartmental cooperation leading to effective governance in the country.

The recommendation to set up anti-human trafficking units and women help desks (WHDs) was given by the Empowered Committee (EC) under Nirbhaya framework chaired by WCD Secretary Rabindra Panwar on 22 October 2019.

All the anti-human trafficking units and women help desks will be set up at a cost of Rs.100 crores each which will be fully funded by the centre.

This initiative will strengthen women safety as well as will instill a greater sense of security among them. The step will also go a long way in addressing women and children safety in the country.

About Nirbhaya Fund

The fund was announced by the Centre in 2013 to support the initiatives of government and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) working towards the safety of women.

The fund is a corpus of Rs. 10 billion and is administered by Finance Ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs (DEA). While the Women and Child Development Ministry, along with several other concerned ministries, will work out details of structure, scope and application of Nirbhaya fund.