Island Development Agency
- Rajnath Singh has chaired the third meeting of Island development agency
Island Development Agency:
- IDA was set up in June 2017 following Prime Minister’s review meeting for the holistic development of islands.
- The meetings of the agency are chaired by the Union Home Minister.
- Members of IDA include:
- Cabinet secretary
- Home secretary
- Secretary(environment, forests and climate change)
- Secretary (tourism)
- Secretary (tribal welfare)
- As many as 26 islands have been identified for development, of which plans are ready for nine while suitable projects shall be conceived for 17 others.
- These 9 islands include:
- Four in Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Smith, Ross, Long, Avis)
- Five in Lakshadweep (Minicoy, Bangaram, Thinnakara, Cheriyam, Suheli)
- An investment of Rs 650 crore is expected from private companies in tourism, MSME and IT sectors in these islands.
Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
- There are ongoing talks of expansion of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan by MHRD
- Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India.
- Their mission is conceptualised as a movement to address the development challenges of rural India through appropriate technologies.
- It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between the society and an inclusive university system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors.
Second Stage of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan:
- The second stage of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is set to take off with a much wider spread than its first stage.
- It is a scheme of the Centre aimed at making higher education institutions provide solutions for problems of villages.
- While just 143 premier institutions like IITs and NITs took part in the first stage, UBA 2.0 will see open and much wider participation from many higher educational institutions.
- Both technical and non-technical institutions have been invited to build systems in villages as per their strengths.
- The idea is to have a coordinated approach where the government and institutions work together to facilitate rural development.
- It is expected to be a two-way learning process, where institutions share their knowledge with villages and also learn from the wisdom and commonsense of rural folk.
The key points include:
- Helping villages achieve 100% school results
- Creating 25 jobs each in four sectors in each village where work would take place
- Increasing rural incomes
- Providing drinking water and sanitation to villages
- Disposing village garbage, etc