IASCLUB PIB News Summary : 01 October 2019

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FM administers Swachhata Pledge to officials of Finance Ministry, resolves to eliminate ‘Single Use Plastics’ from all spheres of life

Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. NirmalaSitharaman,  administered the ‘Swachhata Pledge’ to the officials of the Ministry of Finance, reaffirming commitment of the Government and Ministry of Finance employees to be facilitators and enablers of this massive campaign to eliminate ‘Single Use Plastics’ both in the official and personal sphere of life.

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  • The ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign 2019 was held by the Ministry of Finance from 11th September – 2nd October 2019 with the theme – to create awareness and make India free of ‘Single Use Plastics’.
  • The Hon’ble Prime Minister in his 15th August 2019, Independence Day speech called for a campaign to make India free of single use plastics from 2nd October 2019, which is the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He shared this resolve in his address to the UN General Assembly on 27th September 2019.
  • the steps taken by the five Departments under the Ministry of Finance to minimize and eliminate ‘Single Use Plastics’ in its’ day-to-day functioning which inter alia include:

Single-use plastics:

  • Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging.
  • We produce roughly 300 million tons of plastic each year and half of it is disposable! World-wide only 10-13% of plastic items are recycled. The nature of petroleum based disposable plastic makes it difficult to recycle and they have to add new virgin materials and chemicals to it to do so. Additionally there are a limited number of items that recycled plastic can be used.
  • Petroleum based plastic is not biodegradable and usually goes into a landfill where it is buried or it gets into the water and finds it’s way into the ocean. Although plastic will not biodegrade (decompose into natural substance like soil,) it will degrade (break down) into tiny particles after many years. In the process of breaking down, it releases toxic chemicals (additives that were used to shape and harden the plastic) which make their way into our food and water supply.
  • These toxic chemicals are now being found in our bloodstream and the latest research has found them to disrupt the Endocrine system which can cause cancer, infertility, birth defects, impaired immunity and many other ailments.
  • We produce hundreds of millions of tons of plastic every year, most of which cannot be recycled. It’s obvious that we need to use less plastic, move towards environmentally sustainable products and services and come up with technology that recycles plastic more efficiently.

AIM, NITI Aayog’sAtal Tinkering Labs and UNICEF India launches ‘The Gandhian Challenge’

On the 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, AIM, NITI Aayog’sAtal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and UNICEF India, including Generation Unlimited, have launched ‘The Gandhian Challenge’.

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  • This innovation challenge provides a platform for every child across India to ideate innovative solutions for a sustainable India of their dreams, using Gandhi’s principles.
  • The winners of The Gandhian Challenge will be awarded in New Delhi by NITI Aayog’sAtal Innovation Mission (AIM) and UNICEF on the occasion of Children’s Day in November.
  • The problem statement for the Gandhian Challenge is: “Share your innovative solutions/ideas to create a futuristic and sustainable world of your dreams, following Gandhi’s principles.”
  • The most innovative, sustainable solutions/ideas will be showcased as a symbol of a larger movement by children taking root in every district of India. Children across India can access to more than 8000 Atal Tinkering Labs across all districts to support their innovative ideas.

About AIM:

  • AIM is the Government of India’s flagship initiative to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.
  • AIM’s objective is to develop new programmes and policies for fostering innovation in different sectors of the economy, provide platform and collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders, create awareness and create an umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country.

Six major initiatives of AIM:

  • Atal Tinkering Labs-Creating problem-solving mindset across schools in India.
  • Atal Incubation Centers-Fostering world class start-ups and adding a new dimension to the incubator model.
  • Atal New India Challenges-Fostering product innovations and aligning them to the needs of various sectors/ministries.
  • Mentor India Campaign- A national Mentor network in collaboration with public sector, corporates and institutions, to support all the initiatives of the mission.
  • Atal Community Innovation Center- To stimulate community centric innovation and ideas in the unserved /underserved regions of the country including Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.
  • ARISE-To stimulate innovation and research in the MSME industry.

About UNICEF India and Generation Unlimited:

  • UNICEF, an integral part of the United Nations, works with governments, communities, civil society organizations, the private sector, and other partners worldwide to advance children’s rights, and is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Generation Unlimited is a new UNICEF-led global partnership that aims to ensure that every young person age 10-24 is in some form of school, learning, training, self-employment, or age-appropriate employment by 2030.
  • It aims to co-create and scale up proven solutions related to secondary age-education, skills for learning, employability and decent work, and empowerment, with a focus on girls.

President of India will Confer “VayoshreshthaSamman – 2019”

The President of India Shri Ram NathKovind will confer the “Vayoshreshtha Samman-2019” on the eminent senior citizens and institutions in recognition of their services towards the cause of the elderly persons to mark ‘International Day of older Persons’ at a function organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 3rd October, 2019.

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  • International Day of Older Persons is celebrated every year on 1stOctober since the year 2005.

VayoshreshthaSamman:

  • VayoshreshthaSamman is a Scheme of awards instituted by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (D/o Social Justice & Empowerment) and gradually upgraded to the status of National Awards, for institutions involved in rendering distinguished service for the cause of elderly persons especially indigent senior citizens and to eminent citizens in recognition of their service/achievements.
  • These awards are presented as part of the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on 1st 
  • The National Awards are intended to show case the Government’s concern for senior citizens and its commitment towards them with the aim of strengthening their legitimate place in the society.
  • It is also intended to provide an opportunity to the younger generation to understand the contribution of the elderly in building of the society and the nation.
  • The awards are intended to be conferred on eminent senior citizens and institutions involved in rendering distinguished services for the cause of elderly persons especially indigent senior citizens.
  • The recipients are drawn from diverse fields.  The Awards are given to institutions/organisations/individuals from any part of the country. Nominations are invited from Governmental and Non-Governmental Agencies.
  • As per the Scheme, nominations are invited from Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and their autonomous organisations; State Governments/UT Administrations; past recipients of Padma Award; VayoshreshthaSamman and other National Awards in both individual and institutional categories; Members of the National Council for Senior Citizens; Renowned Apex Chambers like FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, NASSCOM, PHDCCI etc.

CATEGORIES OF THE AWARD

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY:

  1. 1Best Institution for Research in the field of Ageing: For institutions with a record of outstanding work in research and dissemination of knowledge in the field of ageing.  The award carries a citation, memento and cash award of Rs.5 lakhs
  2. 2Best Institution for providing services to Senior Citizens and Awareness Generation: For institutions with a record of providing services to the elderly, especially indigent senior citizens.  The award carries a citation, memento and cash award of Rs.5 lakhs.
  3. 3Best District Panchayat in providing services and facilities to Senior Citizens:To the district Panchayats, which have done outstanding work for senior citizens.   The award carries a citation, memento and cash award of Rs.10 lakhs.
  4. 4Best Urban Local Body in providing services and facilities to Senior Citizens: To municipal bodies, which have done outstanding work for senior citizens.  The award carries a citation, memento and cash award of Rs.10 lakhs.
  5. 5.  Best State in implementing the Maintenance and Welfare of parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, and providing services and facilities to Senior Citizens:To the State or Union Territories which has taken a lead in implementing various provisions of the Act and has highest percentage of settlement of claims of maintenance or best security programme for elderly.  The award carries a Citation and a Memento.
  6. 6Best Private Sector Organisation in promoting the wellbeing and welfare of Senior Citizens: Corporate Houses, addressing the problems of elderly either by providing them gainful employment, or utilising their skills and experience to the benefit of the society or creating infrastructure in geriatric medical care or any other similar step for the benefit of senior citizens as a community.  The activities undertaken for benefit of senior citizens should be away from the mainline business of the organization.  The award carries a Citation and a Memento.
  7. 7.  Best Public Sector Organisation in promoting the wellbeing and welfare of Senior Citizens: Public Sector Undertakings undertaking service to the community through activities under corporate social responsibility and also through programmes for retired employees.  The award carries a Citation and a Memento.

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY

  1. Centenarian Award:For renowned individuals who are above ninety years and are still physically active, independent and contributing to the society.  The award carries a citation, memento and cash award of Rs.2.5 lakhs.
  2. Iconic Mother Award:For women senior citizens who in the face of great odds, brought up their children and supported them in being high achievers in the field of their choice.  The award carries a citation, memento and cash award of Rs.2.5 lakhs.
  3. 10.  Lifetime Achievement AwardTo senior citizens, preferably above seventy years, who have worked in the field of ageing and made significant contribution in the field.  The award carries a citation, memento and cash award of Rs.2.5 lakhs.
  4. Creative Art Award:For winners of national/international acclaim for their contribution to literature, theatre, cinema, music, dance, painting, sculpture, photography, etc. and who continue to be active in their field well into their old age.  The award carries a citation, memento and cash award of Rs.2.5 lakhs.
  5. Sports and Adventure Award(one each for Male and Female): To senior citizens who have won international acclaim and who continue to contribute in the field of sports and adventure.  The award carries a citation, memento and cash award of Rs.2.5 lakhs.
  6. Courage & Bravery Award(one each for Male and Female): To senior citizens who have displayed extra ordinary courage in the face of grave danger.  The award carries a citation, memento and cash award of Rs.2.5 lakhs. Normally, the Awards are not presented posthumously.  However, if the death occurs subsequent to nomination having been submitted, the award may be presented posthumously.

 

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