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‘One District One Product’ (ODOP)
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- A State Conference was organized on 21st January, 2022 by the Department of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry to promote products under the ‘One District One Product’ (ODOP) initiative in collaboration with the Center and the State.
- It detailed the ‘changing nature of manufacturing sector in Jammu and Kashmir’ by Jammu and Kashmir and discussed the work of ODOP initiative in Jammu and Kashmir, especially for trade facilitation for walnuts and apples.
- The representation of Jammu and Kashmir at Dubai Expo 2020 also highlighted the facilitation and successful buyer-seller meeting of the ODOP initiative as well as the focused business discussions held therein. Rest of the states will also be given the facility to participate in the programs at the international level soon.
- The ODOP model of the state of Uttar Pradesh caught everyone’s attention with its remarkable success. Under this, incentives and assistance have been provided to the artisans and producers of all the districts of the state under One District One Product (ODOP).
- Uttar Pradesh has provided a model to other states to successfully implement the goal of promoting economic development of each district through its product.
- In this Invest India highlighted some of the current stories of economic empowerment through business facilitation, capacity building and product development.
- Some prominent examples include design training for molela artisans in Rajsamand district, Rajasthan.
- Skill training for Muga silk weavers from Kamrup, Assam, long term trade facilitation of Lakdong turmeric from West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya and promotion of ODOP products across districts and categories in international events like Dubai Expo 2020.
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- Budget session of Parliament is going to start from 31st January 2022. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget 2022 in the Parliament on February 01, 2022. The budget session of Parliament will start from January 31 and will continue till April 8, 2022.
- Amidst increasing cases of Corona, it will be a big challenge for the government to hold a session of Parliament.
- The session will begin with President Ram Nath Kovind’s address.
- The President will address the joint sitting of both the houses. Let us tell you that the Union Budget will be presented on February 1.
- The general budget will be presented on February 1. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the budget.
- President will address both the houses
- Earlier this session will start from 31st January and will run till 11th February. Then it will continue from March 14 to April 8. The President will address both the houses simultaneously on January 31 at 11 am.
- President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Appropriation (No. 5) Act, 2021 which authorizes the government to spend an additional Rs 3.73 lakh crore during the current financial year.
- Recently more than 400 staff members of Parliament have come positive for Corona virus. In such a situation, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha reviewed the situation and directed both the houses to prepare a plan for the smooth functioning of the budget session during the Kovid-19 epidemic.
- Bi-monthly monetary policy
- RBI in its latest bi-monthly monetary policy review has projected GDP growth at 9.5 per cent in 2021-22.
- The government has projected a fiscal deficit of 6.8 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
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National tourism day
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- National Tourism Day in India is celebrated every year on 25 January by the Ministry of Tourism.
- Tourism Day is celebrated to make people aware about the importance of tourism for the country’s economy. Tourists from all over the world keep their eyes on the tourist places of India.
- National Tourism Day is celebrated every year on 25 December for the promotion of tourist places of India.
- The Government of India decided to celebrate Tourism Day to make them aware about the importance of tourism for the country’s economy.
- Through tourism day, the historicity, beauty, natural beauty and culture of India is spread to the country and abroad.
- There is an important purpose of celebrating this day at the national level. National Tourism Day was started with the aim of making people aware of the importance of tourism and its role in the Indian economy.
- The day is celebrated to raise awareness among global communities about the importance of tourism and its social, political, financial and cultural value.
- In the year 1958, the government realized the importance of oncoming tourist traffic to India and created a separate department of tourism.
- The main objective of creating the department was to preserve our national heritage and take care of tourist places to maintain their beauty while making them tourism friendly.
National tourism day
- National Tourism Day is celebrated on 25 January to keep the culture alive and promote tourism. Each year a new theme is chosen for this day.
- The day is significant as it creates awareness about the importance of tourism and its economic aspects.
- National Tourism Day has a deep impact on India’s GDP. Throughout the year people from all over the world come to see the philosophical places of India. This increases the economic status of India.
- The tourism here reflects the culture and civilization of India. Its publicity is spread to foreign countries.
- About 7.7 percent of the people in India are earning their livelihood from tourism. It also provides employment.
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National Voter’s Day
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- National Voter’s Day is celebrated every year on 25 January in India.
- The main objective of celebrating National Voters’ Day is to make the youth aware of voting.
- Voting is the right of every responsible citizen as every single vote decides the fate of the new government and democracy.
- Voting Day was started in view of the decreasing trend of people regarding voting in India.
- On the day of National Voters’ Day, various speech competitions, campaigns, distribution of voter IDs to new voters, photography of voters, etc. are organized. The main objective of celebrating Voter’s Day is to make people aware of the vote.
- Every year the celebration of National Voters’ Day revolves around different dedicated themes. The theme of National Voters’ Day 2022 is ‘Electoral Literacy for Strong Democracy’.
What happens on Voters’ Day?
- This day is dedicated to voters. On the day of National Voters’ Day, awareness is spread among the voters.
- New voters are encouraged to enroll their names in the voter list. New voters are also honored on this occasion by giving them voter cards.
- The purpose of starting the National Voters’ Day is to add more and more voters to the list, to motivate them to vote.
- The Election Commission of India was established on 25 January 1950. National Voters’ Day was celebrated for the first time on 25 January 2011.
- It was the 61st Foundation Day of the Election Commission. National Voters’ Day is celebrated on 25 January every year since 2011.
- The age limit of 18 years has been fixed for voting in India. Any Indian citizen of 18 years enjoys the right to vote in all types of democratic elections in India.
- Voter’s Right in India
- The Election Commission provides an identity card to the voters. It is also called voter ID card. A person can vote only if his/her name is included in the electoral list.
- If for any reason the name has been removed from the voter list, then the voter cannot cast his vote even if he has a voter ID card.
- Even if a person becomes a citizen of another country, he will lose his right to vote in India.
Election Commission of India: At a Glance
- Indian Commission is an autonomous constitutional organization for conducting Union and State elections in India.
- It conducts elections to the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Legislative Assemblies in India and the offices of President and Vice President in the country.
- The Election Commission of India was established on 25 January 1950.
- It manages the location for polling and counting centres, fixing of polling stations for voters, all kinds of necessary arrangements in polling and counting centers and other allied functions.
- It gives recognition to political parties and allots election symbols to them along with settling disputes related to them.