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PIB Summaries 24 February 2024

  1. NaViGate Bharat Portal
  2. National Ayurvedic Health Project for Tribal Students


Recently, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting launched four portals — Press Sewa, National Register for LCOs, CBC, NaViGate Bharat.


GS II: Government Policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. NaViGate Bharat Portal: Bridging Information Gaps
  2. Press Sewa Portal: Streamlining Periodical Registration
  3. Other Portals in Information Domain

NaViGate Bharat Portal: Bridging Information Gaps

Development and Purpose:

  • Developed by the New Media Wing of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • National Video Gateway of Bharat (NaViGate Bharat) is a unified bilingual platform.
  • Hosts videos covering Government’s development-related and citizen welfare-oriented measures.

Features and Functions:

  • Empowers citizens through a single interactive platform.
  • Enables searching, streaming, sharing, and downloading videos related to various Government schemes.
  • Offers an advanced search option with filters for precise information retrieval.
  • Serves as a one-stop platform, eliminating the need to search multiple sources.

Press Sewa Portal: Streamlining Periodical Registration

Under PRP Act, 2023:

  • Developed under the Press and Registration of Periodicals Act, 2023 (PRP Act, 2023) by the Press Registrar General of India (PRGI).
  • Aims to simplify the registration procedures prevalent under the colonial PRB Act, 1867.
Key Features:
  • Online Application: Publishers can apply for title registration online using Aadhar-based e-signatures.
  • Probability Meter: Indicates the likelihood of title availability.
  • Real-time Tracking: Users can track application status through an intuitively designed dashboard.
  • Dedicated DM Module: Allows District Magistrates to manage applications in a centralized dashboard.

Other Portals in Information Domain:

National Register for Local Cable Operators (LCOs):

  • Initiates centralization of LCO registration currently with Post Offices.
  • A web form collects information from local cable operators for the National Register.

Central Bureau of Communication (CBC):

  • Established on December 8, 2017, through the amalgamation of DAVP, DFP, and S&DD.
  • A vital unit within the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.


The Ministry of Ayush, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and ICMR-National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH) Jabalpur, has launched a joint project. Aimed at health screening and management through Ayurvedic interventions, the initiative targets over 20,000 tribal students at the national level.


GS II: Government policies and Intervantions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Health Initiative for Tribal Students in Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs)
  2. About Eklavya Model Residential Schools:

Health Initiative for Tribal Students in Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs)

Scope of the Initiative:

  • Targeting children aged 10-18 in 55 identified EMRS across 14 states.
  • Joint collaboration between the Ministry of Ayush, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, and ICMR-NIRTH Jabalpur.

Focus Areas for Ayurvedic Interventions:

  • Addressing malnutrition, anemia, sickle cell diseases, hemoglobinopathies, and tuberculosis.

Holistic Approach to Health:

  • Instilling healthy lifestyle practices based on Ayurvedic principles.
  • Aiming to enhance overall health, well-being, and disease prevention.

Integrated Disease Management:

  • Adopting an integrated approach to manage various health issues effectively.

Background on EMRSs:

  • Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) cater to Scheduled Tribes (ST) children in remote areas.
  • Emphasis on holistic development, including education, sports, skill training, and healthcare.
  • Facilitating access to higher education and employment opportunities for tribal students.

About Eklavya Model Residential Schools:

  • EMRS started in the year 1997-98 to impart quality education to ST children in remote areas in order to enable them to avail of opportunities in high and professional education courses and get employment in various sectors.
  • Across the country, as per census 2011 figures, there are 564 such sub-districts out of which there is an EMRS in 102 sub-districts.
  • As per revised 2018 scheme, every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons, will have an EMRS by the year 2022.
  • These schools will be on par with Navodaya Vidyalayas and will have special facilities for preserving local art and culture besides providing training in sports and skill development.
Objectives of EMRS:
  • Comprehensive physical, mental and socially relevant development of all students enrolled in each and every EMRS. Students will be empowered to be change agent, beginning in their school, in their homes, in their village and finally in a larger context.
  • Focus differentially on the educational support to be made available to those in Standards XI and XII, and those in standards VI to X, so that their distinctive needs can be met,
  • Support the annual running expenses in a manner that offers reasonable remuneration to the staff and upkeep of the facilities.
  • Support the construction of infrastructure that provides education, physical, environmental and cultural needs of student life.
Features of EMRS
  • Admission to these schools will be through selection/competition with suitable provision for preference to children belonging to Primitive Tribal Groups, first-generation students, etc.
  • Sufficient land would be given by the State Government for the school, playgrounds, hostels, residential quarters, etc., free of cost.
  • The number of seats for boys and girls will be equal.
  • In these schools, education will be entirely free.

April 2024