UPSC 2017 IAS Exam: PIB Summary and Analysis - July 08

First Edition of WINGS 2017 – “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”- Expanding Regional Connectivity 
Hosted in New Delhi
  • The First edition of WINGS 2017 – “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”- Expanding Regional Connectivity was hosted in New Delhi yesterday by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Role of states

  • The State Governments being one of the key stakeholders in the Aviation market and is keen to develop its Aviation sector and enhance air connectivity in the region and beyond.
  • This event proved to be an ideal platform for States to project themselves as a viable Aviation market and showcasing the strength and opportunities in the Aviation sector to the potential airlines.

India’s potential

  • India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets and currently the ninth largest civil aviation market in the world.
  • It is projected to be the third largest aviation market by 2020. The 33 unserved airports are being added for scheduled flights in one year as compared to 75 operational airports during last 70 years.
  • The Airport Authority of India (AAI) plans to revive and operationalize around 50 airports in India over the next 2 years to improve regional and remote air connectivity.


The State of Jammu and Kashmir joins GST today making the GST truly a “ one nation, 
one tax” regime
  • On July 8, the State of Jammu and Kashmir has become part of the GST regime, making GST truly a “ one nation, one tax” regime.
  • Because of the special provisions applicable to the State of Jammu and Kashmir extra steps had to be taken before the State could join the GST fold.


Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal addresses Industrialists and Business Leaders from 
Punjab & Haryana in Chandigarh
  • Haryana will be the partner state for World Food India
  • India has a vast scope in food processing sector and offers tremendous investment and employment opportunities.
  • Setting up of 42 Mega Food Parks will lead to direct employment for up to 5 lakh and benefit 25 lakh farmers.
  • It is desirable that every farmers gets together as self-help group to progress.
  • The aim of these Mega Food Parks and SAMPADA scheme is to double farmers’ income.
  • The SAMPADA scheme being implemented now promises to benefit from small farmers to an affluent one.
  • Food sector will expand three times by 2020.
  • The world is looking towards India and through a platform like World Food India 2017, and all international markets are looking to India to source.

About World Food India 2017

  • The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is organising, in collaboration with the Confederation Indian Industry (CII), World Food India in New Delhi from 3rd to 5th November, 2017.
  • World Food India 2017 is the platform for showcasing the food processing strength of India and an opportunities to connect with international and Indian key players in food processing and allied sectors.
  • World Food India will be the largest gathering of investors, manufacturers, producers, food processors, policy makers, and organizations from the global food ecosystem. It will provide opportunities for both investment and trade in the food processing sector for both domestic and international companies.
  • Italy has confirmed to be a Focus Country and Haryana and Andhra Pradesh will be Partner States of World Food India.


  • SAMPADA is an umbrella scheme incorporating ongoing schemes of the Ministry like Mega Food Parks, Integrated Cold Chain and Value Addition Infrastructure, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Infrastructure, etc. and also new schemes like Infrastructure for Agro-processing Clusters, Creation of Backward and Forward Linkages, Creation / Expansion of Food Processing & Preservation Capacities.
  • The SAMPADA is a comprehensive package to give a renewed thrust to the food processing sector in the country.
  • It includes new schemes of Infrastructure for Agro-processing Clusters, Creation of Backward and Forward Linkages and Creation / Expansion of Food Processing & Preservation Capacities aim at development of modern infrastructure to encourage entrepreneurs to set up food processing units based on cluster approach, provide effective and seamless backward and forward integration for processed food industry by plugging gaps in supply chain and creation of processing and preservation capacities and modernization/ expansion of existing food processing units.



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