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Contents

  1. Khelo India State Centres of Excellence (KISCE)
  2. Indian Tri-service: 75th Victory Day Parade of WWII
  3. KVIC taps Indian Palm Industry

KHELO INDIA STATE CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE (KISCE)

Focus: GS-II Social Justice

Why in news?

The Sports Ministry is all set to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence (KISCE) under the ministry’s flagship, Khelo India Scheme.

Details

  • One KISCE will be identified in each state and union territory, with an effort to create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country.
  • The aim is to scale up the best sporting facilities available in each state in India into academies of world-class standard, where athletes from all over the country will want to train.
  • The support extended will be to Olympic sports, though support can be extended in sports science and allied fields in other sporting disciplines being run in the centre.

Khelo India Scheme

  • The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in India at the grass-root level by building a strong framework for all sports played in our country.
  • It is implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • Under the scheme, the talented players identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels (by the High-Powered Committee) will be provided annual financial assistance of INR 5 lakh per annum for 8 years.

Khelo India Scheme has four objectives:

  1. Conduct structured annual sports competition and encourage Mass participation of youth.
  2. Identify talent through these competitions.
  3. Guidance and nurturing of the talent through the existing and new infrastructure
  4. Creation of Sports infrastructure at various levels.

Khelo India Scheme has four components:

  1. Competition: Sports competition would be held at Block/District/State and National level.
  2. Sponsorship: Under Khelo India Scheme, the funding for sports promotion and development has switched from centrally aided scheme to Central Sector Scheme.
  3. Talent: Talented sportspersons among the participants form the competitions conducted are identified and are eligible for scholarships or admission into SAI (Sports Authority of India) Centres and Sports Academies. Sporting talent selected for Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) receive financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh per annum.
  4. Infrastructure: Infrastructure is being developed both in the existing SAI Centres as well as identifying new spaces for sports infrastructure.

KVIC TAPS INDIAN PALM INDUSTRY

Focus: GS-II Social Justice

Why in news?

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has rolled out a unique project to produce Neera and Palmgur which has huge potential to create employment in the country.

Details

  • KVIC distributed tool kits for extraction of Neera and making palmgur aiming at promoting Neera as a substitute to soft drinks while also creating self-employment to Adivasis and traditional trappers.
  • This project is an initiative of Ministry of MSME.
  • The KVIC has prepared a detailed project report on production of Neera and Palmgur (jaggery).
  • It is proposed to start standardized collection, processing and packing of Neera under controlled conditions so as to prevent it from fermentation.

Neera and the Potential

  • Neera, extracted from the palm trees before sunrise, is a nutrient-rich health drink consumed in many Indian states.
  • Due to lack of institutionalized market technique, the commercial production and large-scale marketing of Neera has not commenced yet.
  • A wide range of products like candies, milk chocolates, palm cola, ice-cream and traditional sweets can be produced from Neera if properly marketed. Palm industry can be a major employment generator in India.
  • Neera has high export potential as it is also consumed in countries like Sri Lanka, Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar.
  • Once fermented, neera becomes (palm wine) toddy (also known as kallu, pathaneer, taadi, sendi) with 4% alcohol.
  • In some areas of India, palm wine is evaporated to produce the unrefined sugar called (palmgur) jaggery.

India has an abundance of palm fields in states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar that can make India a leading producer of Neera globally.

Click Here to read more about KVIC (1st Article)


INDIAN TRI-SERVICE: 75TH VICTORY DAY PARADE OF WWII

Focus: GS-II International Relations

Why in news?

  • On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War, there will be a military parade in Moscow to honour the heroism and sacrifices made by the Russian and other friendly people.
  • Defence Minister of Russia has invited an Indian contingent to take part in the Victory Day Parade.

Recently in news:

Europe and the United States marked 75 years since the end of World War II on 8th May 2020.

Click Here to go through some information about WW-II

Since it is the 75th anniversary, it becomes important for UPSC Aspirants to read about the Second World War in static syllabus.

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