Zonal Cultural Centres, the Power of Ideas 2010 and Mission Olympics, Indian Army

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Zonal Cultural Centres

The aims and objectives of the Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs) are to preserve, promote and disseminate the arts, especially folk/tribal arts of the country. The ZCCs endeavour to develop and promote the rich diversity and uniqueness of various parts of the Zone and to upgrade and enrich consciousness of the people about their cultural heritage. There are only seven ZCCs in the country.

The Power of Ideas 2010

  • The initiative, launched on June 22, 2010 is India’s largest entrepreneurial platform that encourages, nurtures and groom’s business ideas by connecting them with relevant mentors, incubators and investors. It’s a public-private-academia partnership. The department of Science and Technology, GoI is offering guaranteed funds worth Rs 5 crore for the initiative.

  • It was first launched by The Economic Times in 2009. Working alongside will be the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

  • Tagline: Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Mission Olympics, Indian Army

Mission Olympics in Army was launched in 2001, which presently caters for ten sporting disciplines, grouped under five sports nodes. It aims at training army personnel to represent India at Olympics.

Capacity Building and Technical Assistance for North Eastern Youths

The Capacity Building and Technical Assistance programmes administered by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) primarily aims to provide skills and competencies for self employment and employability and also assist in providing any other specialized inputs required for Human Resource Development in various sectors. It follows from this that the responsibility of the Ministry is holistically directed towards imparting training for better governance and skill development of educated youth of the region.

Total Sanitation Campaign

TSC is a comprehensive programme to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas with broader goal to eradicate the practice of open defecation. TSC gives strong emphasis on information, education and communication (IEC), capacity building and hygiene education for effective behaviour change with involvement of NGOs. It follows a principle of ‘low to no subsidy’ where a nominal subsidy in the form of incentive is given to rural poor households for construction of toilets. Key intervention areas a household latrines and community toilets.

National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP)

  • Launched: 2006

  • The NAIP is to facilitate accelerated and sustainable transformation of Indian agriculture in support of poverty alleviation and income generation by collaborative development and application of agricultural innovation by the public research organizations in partnership with the farmer’s groups, the private sector, the civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

National litigation policy under the mission aims to reduce the cases pending in various courts in India from average pendency time of 15 years to 3 years.

National Green Tribunal Bill

Provides for setting up of ‘Green Benches’ for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment. It will have same powers as a civil court.

Millennium Development Goals

  • MDGs are eight international development goals that all the UN member states ( and at least 23 international organizations) have agreed to achieve by 2015. The goals are

  • To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, Achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality rate, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases, ensure environment sustainability, develop a global partnership for development.

Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY)

It is a centrally sponsored scheme implemented in all states (except Delhi and Chandigarh) since 1999. It is primarily designed to promote self-employment-oriented income generating activities for the BPL households in the rural areas. Woven around the mechanism of Self-Help Groups (SHGs), the SGSY was designed to break the financial, technical and market constraints that the individual BPL households face to cross the threshold of poverty line.

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