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Current Affairs Date: 21 April 2022

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Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme

⇒ National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) to develop a sustainable model for promoting entrepreneurship at the grass roots by initiating the Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP).

National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) is an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

Key points:
    • SVEP is a sub-component of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) of the Ministry of Rural Development.
    • It aims to support entrepreneurs in rural areas to set-up enterprises at the village-level in non-agricultural sectors.
    • The partnership will enable the rural community by helping them set up their trades and provide complete support till they are stabilized.
    • Under the partnership rural entrepreneurs will be able to access banking systems for receiving financial support for starting their enterprises, including support from MUDRA bank.
    • Integrated ICT techniques and tools will also be provided for training and capacity building along with enterprise advisory services to augment the entrepreneurship ecosystem in India’s villages.

'Kanya Shikhsa Pravesh Utsav' campaign

⇒ The Ministry of Women and Child Development, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF, launched a landmark campaign ‘Kanya Shikhsa Pravesh Utsav’ on 07 March 2022.

Objective:

» The campaign has been launched with the objective of enhancing enrolment and retention of girls between 11-14 years of age in school.

    • The campaign is to bring back out of school adolescent girls in India to the formal education and/or skilling system.

» The initiative intends to build on the existing schemes and programmes like Schemes for Adolescent Girls (SAG), BetiBachaoBetiPadhao (BBBP) and National Education Policy (NEP) to work on a comprehensive system for out of school girls.

» The campaign will be rolled out under the umbrella of MoWCD’s BBBP initiative by targeting more than 400,000 out of school adolescent girls as primary beneficiaries.

‘Stree Manoraksha Project’

⇒ The Ministry of Women and Child Development celebrated International Women’s Day week from 1st to 8th March, 2022.

As a part of the week-long celebrations, on day 2, Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani launched “Stree Manoraksha Project” on 02 March 2022.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) launched the ‘Stree Manoraksha Project’ in collaboration with NIMHANS Bengaluru.
Key Points:
    • The project is aimed at extending mental health training to 6000 One Stop Centre (OSC) functionaries across India.
    • The project would emphasise on the psychosocial well-being and aim to improve the mental health of women in India.
    • The project would focus on building on capacity building of OSC functionaries on the tools and techniques as to how to handle the cases of women approaching the One Stop Centres particularly the women who have suffered violence and distress with due sensitivity and care.
    • The project also focusses on self-care techniques for OSC staff and counselors.

Special Entrepreneurship Promotion Drive for Women -"SAMARTH"

⇒ On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2022, Union Minister for MSME, Shri Narayan Rane along with Minister of State for MSME, Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma launched a Special Entrepreneurship Promotion Drive for Women -“SAMARTH” at New Delhi.

Implemented by:

A Special Entrepreneurship Promotion Drive for Women -“SAMARTH” has been implemented by the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises to provide them an opportunity to be self-reliant and independent by undertaking self-employment opportunities.

Under the Samarth initiative of the Ministry, following benefits will be available to aspiring and existing women entrepreneurs:
    • 20% Seats in free Skill Development Programs organized under skill development schemes of the Ministry will be allocated for Women. More than 7500 women will be benefitted.
    • 20% of MSME Business Delegations sent to domestic & international exhibitions under the schemes for Marketing Assistance implemented by Ministry will be dedicated to women owned MSMEs.
    • 20% Discount on annual processing fee on NSIC’s Commercial Schemes.
    • Special Drive for registration of women-owned MSMEs under Udyam Registration.

Important Day

International Women’s Day 2022

⇒ International Women’s Day week

The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated the week-long celebrations of the International Day of Women on 01 March 2022 in New Delhi.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development celebrated the International Women’s Day week from 1st to 8th March, 2022 as a part of nationwide celebrations of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

The ‘International Women’s Day’ week celebrations marked an occasion to celebrate the progress made towards achieving gender equity, equality and women’s empowerment but also to critically reflect on accomplishments and strive for a greater momentum towards gender equality.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year 8 March around the globe.

International Women’s Day is meant to celebrate and rejoice the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world.

Theme:

The United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day 2022 was “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.

    • The theme of IWD 2022 aims to recognise women who are working to build a more sustainable future.
History:
    • In 1909, the first Women’s Day was observed across the United States.
    • International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975. The day became mainstream after it was adopted by the United Nations in 1977.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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