PM inaugurates Integrated Check Post at Moreh, other infrastructure projects at Imphal
- The PM inaugurated the Integrated Check Post at Moreh. He also inaugurated the Dolaithabi Barrage Project, the FCI Food Storage Godown at Sawombung, and projects related to water supply and tourism.
- He recalled that undivided India’s first interim government had been established at Moirang in Manipur. He also recalled the support that the Azad Hind Fauj had received from people in the North East. Manipur has an important role to play in New India’s growth story.
- Integrated Check Post at Moreh will facilitate custom clearance, foreign currency exchange, immigration clearance etc.
- Dolaithabi Barrage project had been conceived in 1987.
- The PM explained how the PRAGATI system set up in the PMO enables monitoring of stalled projects through video conferencing.
- The PM said Manipur has also been a front-runner in the field of women empowerment. Mentioning the sporting icon Marykom, who hails from Manipur, the Prime Minister said that the North-East has a key role to play in making India a sports superpower.
Relaxing Lending Norms to MSMEs
- An online portal www.psbloansin59minutes.com withmajority ownership of 6 PSBs / Financial Institutions (FIs) along with their associated companies, has been launched which facilitates in principle approval for loans to MSMEs upto Rs.1 crore within 59 minutes from PSBs.
Key features of the portal include
- Enabling borrowers to connect with multiple banks without visiting the branch,
- Financial technology (FinTech) based architecture with high level of information security,
- Analysis of data from various data points,
- Loan products in line with scoring models and assessment methods within approved credit policies,
- Prima facie eligibility check for credit guarantee from CGTMSE (Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises), etc.
Government and RBI have taken several steps to ensure access of credit to MSMEs such as
- Advice to all SCBs to achieve a 20% year-on-year growth in credit to MSEs,
- Allocation of 60% of the MSEs advances to the micro enterprise accounts,
- A 10% annual growth in number of micro enterprise accounts,
- Additional working capital limit to meet the requirements arising due to unforeseen/seasonal increase in demand,
- Oerationalising at least one specialised MSME Branch in every district,
- Simplified computation of working capital of MSE units to make it minimum 20% of the projected annual turnover of the unit for borrowal limits upto Rs.5 crore,
- Setting up of Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) to solve the problem of delayed payment of MSMEs, etc.
- The Partners Forum 2018 was hosted by the Government of India from 12th to 13th December 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
- The theme was “Power of Partnership” to bring different constituencies together for cross-sectoral action for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.
Steps being taken to improve Maternal and Child Health:-
- Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), a demand promotion and conditional cash transfer scheme to encourage institutional deliveries.
- Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK) aims to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses for pregnant women and for treatment of sick neonates.
- Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) to provide fixed-day assured comprehensive and quality antenatal care universally to all pregnant women on 9th of every month.
- LaQshya- Labor room Quality improvement Initiative for improving quality of care around birth and ensure respectful maternity care.
- Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Wings are being established at high caseload facilities to improve quality of care.
- Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR) at facilities and in community to take corrective action for averting maternal deaths.
- Operationalization of Comprehensive Abortion Care Services and services for Reproductive Tract Infections and Sexually Transmitted Infections (RTI/STI) at health facilities.
- Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) and Mother and Child Tracking Facilitation Centre (MCTFC) to monitor timely and quality ANC services, JSY benefit, Immunization etc.
- Home Based New born Care (HBNC) and Home-Based Care of Young Children (HBYC) by ASHAs to improve child rearing practices.
- Early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding and appropriate Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices are being promoted
- Mass media campaigns and capacity building of health care providers under Mothers’ Absolute Affection (MAA) programme for improving breastfeeding practices.
- Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) is being supported to provide vaccination to children against various life-threatening diseases.
- Government has launched Mission Indradhanush to reach the target of 90% Full Immunization Coverage through covering unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children and pregnant women in pockets of low immunization coverage in hard-to-reach areas.
- Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs) at public health facilities to manage children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) admitted with medical complications.
- National Deworming Days (NDDs) are being organised in the country to de-worm children aged 1-19 years using platforms such as AWCs and Schools by administering Albendazole tablets.
Steps being taken to improve to improve Adolescent Health:-
- The Government is implementing Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakaram(RKSK) under NHM to improve health of adolescents in the country.
RKSK includes following interventions:
- Weekly Iron and Folic acid Supplementation (WIFS) programme to provide weekly Iron and Folic Acid tablets to in-school boys and girls and out-of-school girls and biannual anti-helminthic Albendazole tablets for prevention of iron and folic acid deficiency anaemia covering government aided and municipal schools and Anganwadi centres.
- School Health Program under Ayushman Bharat to strengthen health promotion and disease prevention interventions for school children.
- Scheme for Promotion of Menstrual Hygiene for rural adolescent girls to increase awareness and hygienic practices among adolescent girls related to Menstrual Hygiene.
- Peer educators in the community are conducting participatory sessions on adolescent health issues.
- Adolescent Health Day (AHD) is being organized in community for reaching out to adolescents and their parents/ care givers and community leaders.
- Adolescent Friendly Health Clinics (AFHCs) at Government health facilities with Medical Officers, ANMs and Counselors trained in Adolescent Friendly Health Services for adequate and appropriate care to adolescents.
- Mission Indradhanush has been selected as one of the 12 best practices globally and has been featured in a special issue of the British Medical Journal titled ‘Improving vaccination coverage in India: lessons from Intensified Mission Indradhanush, a cross-sectoral systems strengthening strategy’.
- Mission Indradhanush was showcased during the ‘Partner’s Forum’ held at New Delhi on 12th-13th December 2018 which was attended by around 1200 international and national delegates working on Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health.
- Started on 25 December 2014 i.e. Good Governance Day.
- The Mission Indradhanush, depicting seven colours of the rainbow, aims to cover all those children by 2020 who are either unvaccinated, or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases which include:
- Diphtheria, Whooping cough, Tetanus, Polio, Tuberculosis, Measles and Hepatitis B
- 4 vaccines are given in selected areas:
- Japanese Encephalitis (JE) (in endemic districts), Rotavirus, Rubella, Polio (injectable), Haemophilus influenzae type B
All the 640 districts (as per census 2011) of the country covered under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme
- BBBP, launched on 22nd January 2015, addresses the declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and related issues of women empowerment and aims to change mindsets to value girl child. Towards this purpose, multi-sectoral interventions are carried out in selected BBBP districts.
- To improve declining Child Sex Ratio in the country and to change the mindset is a long-term challenge. CSR is calculated on decadal basis by Registrar General of India through census.
- It is a triministerial effort of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development.
- Multi-sectoral action includes effective enforcement of Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act, Pre-Natal/ Post Natal care of mother, improve enrolment of girls in schools, community engagement/ training/ awareness generation etc.
- Since 2018-19, all 640 districts (as per census 2011) of the country have been covered under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme. Out of 640 districts, 405 districts are covered through Multi -sectoral intervention, Media & Advocacy and 235 districts covered through alert Media & Advocacy outreach.
The 6th Women of India Organic Festival
- The Ministry of Women and Child Development will be hosting the 6th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ from 12th to 14th January 2019, at Leisure Valley in Chandigarh, to celebrate and promote women farmers and entrepreneurs in the organic sector from the remotest parts of India.
- The festival aims to encourage Indian women entrepreneurs and farmers to connect with more buyers and thus, empower them through financial inclusion, while promoting organic culture in India.
- The Festival will showcase over 1,000 varied organic products, including fabric, wellness, grains, seeds, jewellery, bakery items and a lot more. Visitors to the festival will also get to visit the food court, which promises to offer a wide variety of sumptuous delights.
- The Women of India Organic Festival has been held annually in New Delhi since 2015 and makes its debut in Chandigarh this year.