UPSC 2017: Best of PIB - March 24

Zilla Swachh Bharat Preraks (ZSBPs)
  • In his “Mann Ki Baat” address on September 25th, 2016, the Prime Minister made an appeal to the corporate sector to sponsor young professionals who would provide support district administration in the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission
  • The Tata Trusts (one of the country’s leading philanthropic organizations) has collaborated with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and has offered to provide 600 Zilla Swachh Bharat Preraks (ZSBP)
  • These will be one for each district and for a period of one year
  • The ZSBPs will be provided with rigorous 3-day training programme. Which will include special modules on Swachh Bharat Mission Guidelines, fund flow in SBM, MIS-based monitoring of SBM progress, Centre-State coordination, Technical Training in Sanitation, leadership and management training modules etc.


Schemes and Measures to Strengthen Jute Sector 
  • The GoI specifies the commodities and the extent of packaging using the Jute material under Jute Packaging Materials (Compulsory Use in Packing Commodities) 1987. At present, a minimum of 90% of food grains and a minimum of 20% of sugar are to be compulsorily packed in jute sacking. Under this, the government provides financial support to the tune of ₹5500 Cr
  • Whenever the market price of raw jute falls below a certain level, the Jute Corporation of India (JCI) procures raw jute at Minimum Support Price (MSP). This MSP is fixed on the basis of recommendation of the commission for Agricultural Cost and Prices (CACP). Government of India has sanctioned ₹204 crores for four years starting from FY15 for this
  • Incentive Scheme for Acquisition of Plants and Machinery (ISAPM)
    • GoI has launched ISAPM (Incentive Scheme for Acquisition of Plants and Machinery) for Jute Industry and Jute Diversified Products Manufacturing Units from 1st October 2013
    • The aim of this scheme is to facilitate modernization of existing and new jute mills and up- gradation of technology in existing jute mills
    • To provide assistance to a large number of entrepreneurs to manufacture value added biodegradable Jute Diversified Products (JDP) and for modernization Jute up-gradation of technology
  • Jute-ICARE (Improved Cultivation and Advanced Retting Exercise)
    • Pilot project was launched in 2015
    • It is aimed at addressing the difficulties faced by the jute cultivators by providing them certified seeds at subsidized rates, seed drills to facilitate line sowing etc
  • The National Jute Board implements various schemes for market development, workers’ welfare and promotion of diversification and exports
  • Government in its notification of 5th January, 2017 imposing Definitive Anti-Dumping Duty on jute goods originating from Bangladesh and Nepal. Based on the current level of imports, the industry has estimated that this is likely to generate up to 2 lakh MT of additional demand for jute goods to be met by the Indian Jute industry



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