eCourts Services through Common Service Centres
- The Government of India had initiated second phase of the eCourts project as one of the National e-Governance projects, in August 2015 with an outlay of Rs.1670 crores.
- The eCourts project has made significant progress under the guidance of e-Committee of Supreme Court in computerizing district and subordinate courts of the country through installation of case information software, hardware and local area network in courts.
- eCourts services have now been successfully rolled out through SMS, email, web, mobile app etc. benefiting millions of litigants and advocates.
- In order to provide efficient and time-bound access to the Courts services to litigant public, Department of Justice has decided to deliver eCourts services to them through around 2 lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs).
- The rural reach of the CSC’s is extensive, envisaging a minimum of one CSC in each Gram Panchayat, thus enabling eCourts services to reach all corners of the country.
- The collaboration between Department of Justice and Common Service Centers would thus mean that litigants can access easily, and readily case status information available on eCourts database from any CSC.
- To ensure affordability, Department of Justice has decided not to charge any fee from the customers for eCourts related services delivered through CSC’s.
DAY-NRLM – Reducing Poverty through Livelihood Diversification
- The pace of reduction of poverty in India has speeded up in recent years as per the Global Multi-dimensional Poverty Index 2018.
- The Deendayal Antodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission
- DAY-NRLM is aimed at alleviation of rural poverty through building sustainable community institutions of the poor.
- It seeks to mobilize about 9 crore households into SHGs and link them to sustainable livelihood opportunities by building their skills and enabling them to access formal sources of finance, entitlements and services from both public and private sectors.
- It is envisaged that the intensive and continuous capacity building of rural poor women will ensure their social, economic and political empowerment and development.
Progress during April 2014-November 2018
- Community Institution Building
- Between April 2014 and November 2018, more than 3 crore rural poor women have been mobilized into 26.9lakh Self Help Group (SHGs) across the country.
- Financial Inclusion
- The loan outstanding to SHGs have increased from Rs. 32,565 crores in March 2014 to Rs. 76,591 crores in October 2018.
- Financial Services in Remote Areas
- During this period, steps have also been taken to promote alternate models for delivery of financial services.
- About 3050 SHG members have been deployed as Banking Correspondents Agents (BCAs) to provide last mile financial services including deposit, credit, remittance, disbursement of old age pensions and scholarships, payment of MGNREGA wages and enrolment under insurance and pension schemes.
- As of November 2018, over 16 lakh transactions amounting to Rs. 185 crores had been completed.
- Mahila Kisan Shashaktikaran Pariyojana and Value Chain Initiatives:
- In order to promote agro-ecological practices that increase women farmers’ income and reduce their input costs and risks, the Mission has been implementing MKSP.
- During April 2014 to November 2018, about 3 lakh additional women farmers have been covered under MKSP bringing the total coverage to 35.92 lakh women farmers under the project.
- Since FY 2015-16, DAY-NRLM has also made significant efforts on creating value chain development interventions to enhance market linkages.
- The idea is to develop a complete business model to provide primary producers with end-to-end solutions from creating producer organizations to building marketing linkages.
- The Mission has approved proposals to support 2 lakh SHG members under value chain development interventions.
- Community Livelihood Professionals
- Apropos to the directions given by NITI Aayog in 2016, profiles of more than 1.99 lakh community membershave been digitised.
- The CRPs have been trained and deployed to provide support to the community institutions in a variety of themes, such as book keeping, training and capacity building, financial services etc.
- Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme
- DAY-NRLM has been promoting SVEP to promote and strengthen rural start-ups in the non-farm and off-farm sector.
- The strategy is to promote knowledge about business feasibility, management and to provide access to loan finance for start-up as well as scaling-up the existing enterprise.
- Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY) was launched in August 2017 to provide safe, affordable and community monitored rural transport services to connect remote rural villages.
New reforms, guidelines to strengthen Jan Shikshan Santhans (JSS)
- In a bid to boost skill training and entrepreneurship in the remotest corners of the country, government announced comprehensive reforms for Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS).
- JSSs can play an important role in bridging information asymmetry between skill training and market opportunities thereby giving an impetus to the creation of a workforce equipped in technology-driven skills, including in areas like health & wellness, tourism, e-commerce, retail and trade.
- JSS guidelines have been reformed keeping in mind the diverse stakeholders engaged in running these institutions, and will bring in greater flexibility, transparency and uniformity.
- Formerly under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Jan Shikshan Sansthan has been transferred to the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship in 2018.
- JSS has been instrumental in skill training and introducing avenues of entrepreneurship among the socio-economically backward and educationally disadvantaged groups such as neo-literates, semi-literates, SCs, STs, women and girls, slum dwellers, migrant workers.
- By bringing them under the aegis of the national skill framework, the agenda of today’s event was to align all skilling activities to a common cause of skill development at the district and gram level.
Key highlights of the guidelines are:
- Alignment of JSS course and curriculum to National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) to standardize training
- Decentralization of powers for JSSs- giving more accountability and independence to district administration
- To identify and promote traditional skills in the district through skilling / upskilling;
- Evidence based assessment system
- Easy Online certification
- Linking JSS to PFMS (Public Finance Management system) maintaining transparency and accountability of the ecosystem
- Creating livelihood linkages
- Training of Trainers to develop the capacity through NSTIs (National Skills Training Institutes)
Ministry of Women & Child Development Celebrates National Girl Child Day in the Capital
- The MWCD celebrated National Girl Child Day (NGCD) today 24th January 2019 at New Delhi.
- The celebrations also marked the anniversary of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme.
- The theme of this NGCD is Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow and celebrating with objectives of generating awareness on the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and create a positive environment around valuing the girl child.
Bureau of Indian Standards in Collaboration with Indian Air Force Releases New Standard for Bio-Jet Fuel
- To use bio-jet fuel on all military and civilian aircraft, BIS has in collaboration with IAF, research organisations and the industry brought out a new standard for Aviation Turbine Fuels.
- These specifications will align Indian standards with current international standards.
- An Indian Standard IS 17081:2019 Aviation Turbine Fuel (Kerosene Type, Jet A-1) containing Synthesised Hydrocarbons, has been formulated.
- This standard would enable the oil companies to manufacture bio-jet fuel for the Indian aviation industry.
- Given the advent of Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) by 2027, this is a significant development which could reduce the carbon emissions and help India become a green fuel production hub.