1)Steps foe Textile Sector :
i)Amended Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme(ATUFS) is being implemented to upgrade technology/machineries of textile industry with onetime capital subsidy for eligible machinery. Segments which have higher employment and export potential such as Garmenting and Technical Textiles are eligible for capital subsidy at the rate of 15% subject to cap of Rs. 30.00 crore. Segments such as weaving for brand new Shuttle-less Looms (including preparatory and knitting), Processing, Jute, Silk and Handlooms shall get subsidy at the rate of 10% subject to a cap of Rs. 20 crore.
ii)Scheme for Production and Employment Linked Support for Garmenting Units (SPELSGU):
Ministry of Textiles has also notified the Scheme for Production and Employment Linked Support for Garmenting Units (SPELSGU) under ATUFS to incentivize production and employment generation in the garmenting sector.
iii)Scheme for Integrated Textile Park (SITP): Government provides 40% subsidy with a celling limit of Rs. 40 crore for setting up textiles parks for infrastructure creation and additional job generation. 59 sanctioned textiles parks are under various stages of implementation
iv)National Handloom Development Programme, Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme, Handloom Weaver Comprehensive Welfare Scheme and Yarn Supply Schemes under which financial assistance is provided for raw material purchase, looms and accessories, design innovation, product diversification, infrastructure development, skill upgradation, marketing of handloom products & loans at concessional rate. for enhancing production and boost the textile sector. Under NHDP, financial assistance up toRs.2.00crore per BLC for various interventions such as skill upgradation,
2)Targets of Skill India Mission:- The National Skill Development Mission (NSDM) was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 15th July, 2015 on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day to provide a strong institutional framework to implement and scale up skill development efforts across the country and to train a minimum of 300 million skilled people by the year 2022.
To achieve the objective of Skill India Mission, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) are running various schemes/programs to impart skilling to the youth through long term and short term training.
3)Skill Development Training for Minority Communities and North Eastern Region:- Under Skill India Mission, the Ministry of Minority Affairs is implementing various schemes for skill development of youth belonging to minority communities on pan India basis namely “Seekho aur Kamao”- a placement linked Skill Development scheme for minorities, Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/ Crafts for Development (USTTAD) for preservation of traditional crafts/arts and “Nai Manzil” to integrate education with skills for economic empowerment of minority communities.
The major schemes are Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), Capacity Building scheme for North Eastern Region (NER) and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (2016-20).
PMKVY 2016-20 scheme also provides additional incentives for participation of youth in training from NE region. For incentivising the youth, there is a provision of monthly travel allowance and post placement support for candidates of NE States.
4)India to Host 36th International Geological Congress in March 2020:- India is gearing up to host the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in the capital during the first week of March next year. The theme of the forthcoming conference is ‘Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Development’. Popularly described as the Olympics of Geosciences, the IGCs are a prestigious global geoscientific events held once in four years and participated by around 5000-6000 geoscientists from all across the world.
It may be noted that India is the only Asian country to host the event twice. In 1964, India had hosted it for the first time, which was the 22nd IGC. The event was inaugurated by the then President of India Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
The IGC is making a comeback to the Indian soil after 56 long years much to the enthusiasm of the entire geoscientific community. The event is being funded by the Ministry of Mines (MoM) and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) with the support of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the national Science Academies of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Geological Survey of India is the nodal agency for organizing the event.
6)National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management :- The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has set up the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), Chennai to undertake studies and research in the area of Coastal Zone Management including coastal resources and environment.
The aims and Objectives of the Center are:
(i) Strive for being a World Class Knowledge Institution related to coastal zones, environment, resources and processes,
(ii) To promote integrated and sustainable management of the coastal and marine areas in India for the benefit and wellbeing of the traditional coastal and island communities, and
(iii) Advice the Union and State Governments and other associated stakeholder(s) on policy, and scientific matters related to Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM).
7)The Seventh Economic Census was launched in the National Capital Territory of Delhi on Friday. The Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI) has tied up with Common Service Centre (CSC), an SPV under Ministry of Electronics and IT, to carry out the 7th National Economic Census.
“For the first time the entire Census is being conducted on a digital platform by the use of an application which will ensure high accuracy and data security.