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DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2019

The DNA Technology Regulation Bill seeks to regulate the use and application of DNA technology for the purpose of establishing the identity of specific categories of persons which include offenders, victims, suspects, undertrials, missing individuals and unknown deceased person and related matters.

The bill has the potential of wide application in the justice delivery systems in civil and criminal cases. In case of criminal cases, the bill helps in the investigation of crimes through biological evidence which includes semen evidence in cases of rape, blood evidence in cases of murder cases, saliva evidence in the identification of the source of anonymous threat letters etc. In civil matters, it helps in the investigation related to victims of disasters like air crash, cyclone, etc. It helps in the misuse or improper use of DNA analysis that can harm individuals.

Objectives

  • The bill aims to regulate the laboratories for DNA testing and analysis by providing for their accreditation
  • It helps establish national and regional DNA Data Banks to store and maintain DNA profiles and a DNA Regulatory Board for governance

DNA Regulatory Board

The Board will comprise experts in the field of forensic, biological sciences, and legal matters. It will be headed by a secretary-level officer and will have representatives from various police and investigating agencies.

Functions of the Board

  • Advising governments on issues related to establishing DNA labs and data banks
  • Laying down standards, guidelines, and procedures for the functioning of the labs and banks
  • Granting accreditation to DNA labs
  • Assisting investigation agencies in the country and outside in criminal matters
  • Making recommendations for privacy protection in access, use and analysis of DNA samples

No court will have jurisdiction to entertain a proceeding or suit in matters where the Board is empowered.

DNA Data Bank

The bill provides details to establish a National DNA Data bank and Regional Data Bank for each state or two or more states. The laboratories will have to share DNA data prepared by them with the National and Regional DNA Data Banks. The bank will have to maintain indices for data which includes a crime scene index, a missing suspects’ index, an offenders index, a missing person’s index and an unknown deceased persons’ index.

DNA Laboratories

A laboratory taking DNA testing will need to obtain accreditation from the Board. The board can revoke accreditation for reasons including failure to:

  • Undertake DNA testing
  • Comply with conditions attached to the accreditation

Every laboratory should follow standards for quality assurance in case of collection, storing and analysis of DNA samples. After depositing the profile for criminal cases, the laboratory will have to return the sample to the investing officer. In other cases, the sample should be destroyed.

Collection of DNA

When preparing a DNA profile, bodily substances of persons can be collected by investigating authorities. It is essential to obtain consent for collection in specific situations. In the case of arrested individuals , authorities will be required to obtain written consent if the offense carries a punishment of up to seven years. For more than seven years of imprisonment or death, consent is not necessary. Additionally, if the individual is a victim or a relative of a missing person, or a minor or disabled person, the authorities will have to obtain written consent of the victim, or parent, or relative, or guardian of the small or disabled individual. When consent is not provided, the authorities can approach a Magistrate who can order taking the bodily substances of such individuals.

Use of DNA Data

As per the bill, DNA testing is allowed only in case of a few matters that are listed in the Schedule to the Bill. It includes offenses under Indian Penal Code, 1960 and civil matters like paternity suits. The schedule also includes DNA testing for matters which are related to the establishment of individual identity. DNA testing is allowed to facilitate the identification of a person in connection with matters that are listed in the Schedule of the Bill like (a) criminal offenses under the Indian Penal Code where DNA testing is useful for investigating offenses, (b) offenses in special laws relating to immoral trafficking, sex selection, medical termination of pregnancy, civil rights violation, domestic violence and atrocities against ST and SC , (c) civil matters like pedigree issues, paternal disputes, transplantation of human organs, assisted reproductive technologies, immigration/emigration and establishment of individual identity, and (d) cases like identifying unidentified human remains and abandoned children, medical negligence etc.

Protection of Information

The Board ensure that the information relating to DNA profiles, DNA samples and any records thereof, forwarded to, or in custody of, the National DNA Data Bank or the Regional DNA Data Bank or a DNA laboratory or any other person or authority under this Act, are secured and kept confidential.

Removal of Profile

The bill allows the removal of DNA profile through a written request for an individual who is neither a suspect or an offender but whose DNA profile is entered in the crime scene index of the Data Bank.

Offenses

For offenses like unauthorised disclosure, obtaining, use and access of DNA samples or results, there will be imprisonment up to three years and a fine up to Rs.1 lakh. Destruction, contamination, alteration or tampering with biological evidence will lead to five years of imprisonment and a fine up to Rs.2 lakh.

The exact release from the Government of India can be accessed below:

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2019.pdf

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Bamboo Nurseries and Tissue Culture Laboratories

Bamboo Nurseries and Tissue Culture Laboratories

With a view to expand the cultivation of bamboo plantations and enhance the post-harvest management and marketing activities of the bamboo-based products, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has implemented the Authorisation of Bamboo Nurseries , Tissue Cultural Laboratories and Certification of Quality Planting Materials Programme. The programme aims at increasing the cultivation of bamboo by supplying Quality Planting Materials and encouraging the industries to set up new nurseries and boost the growth of the already ones. Agroforestry Centers of ICAR like State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), All India Coordinated Research Projects (AICAR), ICAR and ICFAR initiate to supply certified seeds and planting materials of both vegetative and tissue culture to the States to establish accredited nurseries to provide Quality Planting Materials to the farmers and industries.

Objective of the Program

The program which is implemented through the National/State Bamboo Mission  aims at achieving the following objectives:

  • Framing out an organisational framework to ensure the availability of certified planting materials of various bamboo species.
  • Establishing accredited bamboo nurseries with advanced infrastructure, quality control measures, and technical skill
  • Setting up procedure for the documentation of complete information about the planting stocks such as the name of the species, clonal identity, geographical descent and demonstrated quality lineage
  • Expanding the quality planting materials accredited in the nurseries
  • Educating Quality Product Material producers and farmers about the quality elements of the planting materials
  • To evaluate, assess and accredit the planting materials with paper trails right from the production of the mother plant to the supply of planting materials to the farmers and the industries.
  • Supervising the operations of the accredited nurseries and quality of planting materials through consistent inspections and renewal of accreditation of the nurseries
  • Encouraging the accredited nurseries to utilise the superior clonal material produced through advanced and multiple techniques

Activities Covered under the Program

The activities covered under the program are as follows:

  • Accreditation of Tissue Culture Laboratories involved in Micropropagation of bamboo plants
  • Accreditation of Nurseries engaged in the production of Quality Planting Materials which are ready for use by the farmers
  • Certification of planting materials bred in the accredited nurseries

 Accountabilities of the Bamboo Nursery Owners

The National and State Bamboo Mission  has set out predetermined principles for the accredited nursery members and the other agencies involved in the production of Quality Bamboo Stock. They are as follows:

  • Recognition of bamboo species and clones

    • Identifying the superior bamboo species with the introduction of DNA barcoding techniques
    • Collecting the certified specimens of Quality Bamboo Materials such as leaves sheath, inflorescence and seedlings
    • Involving the experts in recognising and selecting the superior clones of bamboo plant stocks
    • Depositing the best-found specimens at the authorised herbariums and research organisations.
    • Coordinating with the executives of the State Bamboo Mission in obtaining geo-tagging the plus clumps and species-wise locations of the clusters
    • Maintaining a proper record of geotagged species as determined by GPS instruments and marking on a map with the recognisable landmarks
    • Being a part of the quality control process by undergoing genetic fidelity tests for the Tissue Culture plants
    • Obtaining Intellectual Property Rights for the species in order to avoid the mixing up of clones and
    • Increase the mother stock of the clones
  • Clonal planting material
    • Maintaining vital details of the parent plus clumps to set up species identity of the accredited nursery stock and keeping up the chain of ownership of the documents prepared
    • Labelling all the nursery stocks carefully to avoid mixing up of the batches
    • Establishing genotypic stability for the nursery stocks and get the materials tested for clonal trials at multiple locations
  • Maintenance of Clonal Banks
    • Preserving the mother plants in the clonal banks from any kind of disease and infections under the phytosanitary settings
    • Maintaining the Nursery Log Book to record the treatment schedules and supervise the progress
    • Ensuring the quality of the bamboo stock during the certification process
  • Quality of Planting Materials
    • Following a determined process in the nurseries to guarantee the quality of bamboo stocks
    • Cultivating the healthy planting materials with the developed rhizomes and tillers with green and healthy leaves
    • Religiously following the rules laid down by the National Certification System for Tissue Culture Plants (NCS-TCP) of the Department of Biotechnology while determining the quality of shoots, rhizomes and root system in the nursery
  • Micro-propagation of Tissue Culture
    • Specifying the mode of plantlet regeneration approved by the Tissue Culture Lab
    • Properly recording the batch sizes of the planting stock and the number of cycles after which it was regenerated
    • Undergoing the Genetic Fidelity Testing for the Tissue cultured plantlets through any recognised Government Institutions
    • Maintaining the Documentation of Nursery on Chain of Custody (CoC)
    • Maintaining the transparent record of the transfer of the planting materials from the source nursery to the plantation sites
    • Obliging Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) as per the guidelines of the (NCS-TCP).

State Level Accreditation Committee (SLAC)

The Ministry has set up the SLAC in all States to monitor and support the activities  of the Government and private agencies involved in the Micro-propagation and nursery operations for the production of certified quality planting materials. The committee comprises of:

  • Head of the State Bamboo Mission from the concerned States
  • Representative of PCFF of the State
  • Representative of State ForestResearch Institute (SFRI)/ Horticulture
  • Two technical experts, one each from the Taxonomy and Propagation with skills and knowledge in bamboo research
  • Farmers’ representative and
  • Members secretary elected by the State Level Executive Committee (SLEC)

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirement, as stated by the Ministry, is as follows:

  • Any Tissue Culture Production Facility, which is producing Tissue Culture Plants on a commercial scale with a minimum capacity of 5 lakhs (0.5 million) plants/year either for export or domestic market and fully operational
  • The production facility could be from the public sector, private sector or not for profit organisation
  • Application for Recognition of Tissue Culture Production Facilities may be submitted at any time of the year, and the assessment process for recognition will take 8 -12 weeks
  • The laboratory should be fully functional in terms of in vitro multiplication as well as cultivation of plantlets for further assessment by the expert committee during the site visit.

Application Procedure

The stakeholders can apply for the establishment of Nurseries should follow the simple steps listed below:

  1. Login to the NCS-TCP web portal
  2. Fill in the required form available on the portal to generate an online account
  3. Fill in the self-assessment form by logging into the provided credentials and paying the application fee as cited by the department
  4. The fee structure for the registration of Tissue Culture Production Facilities are as follows:
    • For the small scale companies with the capacity of cultivation of 1–10 million plantlets per annum, the registration fee of Rs.4000, inspection and report preparation fee of Rs.4000 and Processing and a Certification fee of Rs.10000 must be paid by the stakeholders at the time of submission of the online application form
    • For the Medium scale companies with the annual cultivation of 1–3 Million plantlets, the registration fee of Rs.4000, Inspection and Report preparation fee of Rs.12000 and Processing and a Certification fee of Rs.10000 should be paid
    • For the Large scale companies with the annual cultivation of more than 3 Million plantlets, the registration fee of Rs.4000, Inspection and Report preparation fee of Rs.15000 and Processing and a Certification fee of Rs.10000 should be paid.

A copy of the signed and stamped application form should be presented to the NCS-TCP Management Cell at the below-mentioned address:

Dr. Shiv Kant Shukla,

  • Principal Investigator,
  • NCS-TCP Management Cell

Dy. General Manager,

The details of the NCS-TCP, criteria for Recognition of Production Facility for submitting applications, application form and detailed guidelines are posted on www.dbtncstcp.nic.in  for the benefits of the stakeholders.

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Centre for Trade and Investment Law

Centre for Trade and Investment Law

The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) is administered by the Government of India (GoI) to provide inputs on legal issues. The legal issues are connected with international trade and investment law. The CTIL was established in 2016 by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The CTIL functions as a research-oriented organisation within the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). The CTIL consists of a dedicated team of legal experts who provide inputs relating to various aspects of international economic law. These inputs are used by the Central Government to develop trade policies to strengthen India’s domestic commerce and industry and to enhance India’s participation in International Trade.

Aim of the CTIL

To be a global leader in all the domains of international economic law. It includes laws governing international investments, economic integration and issues connected with the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Mission of the CTIL

To provide innovative ideas and perspectives to influence the global discourse on the various international laws governing trade, commerce and economics.

Objectives of the CTIL

  • Provide continuous support to various governmental and entrepreneurial stakeholders in the form of knowledge-based inputs, in the subjects of trade , economic and commercial law
  • Maintain a database of changes in economic trends affected by legislative changes that are taking place in the industrial scenario
  • Enhance the education for interns and provide a platform to learn law related to treaties and applicability

Interaction With Stakeholders

The CTIL regularly interacts with various stakeholders whose functioning is affected by changes in laws relating to industrial matters. The stakeholders include various state governments, private think-tanks and research centres, national law schools, other institutions involved in providing legal education and other private institutions connected with the industry. This ensures that a continuously updated portal of information regarding the impact of commercial legal provisions is always available at hand.

Functions of CTIL

  • Undertaking original research on global trade and investment issues
  • Promoting discourse on trade and commerce in the international arena
  • Analysing on how to avoid conflict of interest between regulatory interests of governmental agencies and business interests of entrepreneurs
  • Anticipating how to deal with emerging issues in trade, commerce and industry, and laws dealing with these issues
  • Promoting debate on policies that have an impact on trade and investment
  • Providing an intellectual framework for future trade policy initiatives of the government
  • Providing advice relating to how trade agreements should be drafted in the best interests of the Indian economic scenario
  • Suggesting the measures which should be undertaken in case there is any breach in any international agreement
  • Promoting awareness about trade, investment and industrial issues among trade organisations and the general public

Steering Committee

All academic activities conducted by the CTIL are monitored and guided by the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee of the CTIL is its apex body and serves the functions of:

  • Approving the plan of work proposed by the members of the CTIL
  • Analysing and sanctioning the budget of the CTIL
  • Defining the scope of the functions of the CTIL
  • Overall monitoring of the activities of the CTIL

The Steering Committee is convened at least two times each year. A minimum of one-third of the total number of members is required to attend any meeting of the Steering Committee.

The CTIL can receive funds only through the IIFT. Funds can be received only from sources approved by the Steering Committee. Details of expenditure incurred by the CTIL should be submitted to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry annually, after approval by the Steering Committee.

Availability of Internship Opportunity

CTIL also provides internship opportunities for law students for LLB or LLM programmes. The internship will enable the candidate to obtain practical experience in areas connected with international commerce, trade and investment. The internship offered by the CTIL will help the candidate to acquire exposure to international laws and applicability.

CTIL offers two kinds of internships, the regular internship programme and the flagship internship programme. The regular programme is conducted exclusively by the CTIL, and the flagship programme is offered in association with Centre for WTO Studies, Department of Commerce, Government of India. Preference for Shortlisting of candidates for the internship will be given for those who have studied international trade and investment law as a subject in their law programme.

Role of the CTIL in Industrial Development

  • The CTIL regularly analyses modifications made to the legal corpus in India, relating to the fields of commerce and economics. It attempts to predict the impact of any particular legislation will be on the industry as a whole, or any particular industry segment, and provides gives inputs to the government on how the industrial growth can be promoted.
  • The CTIL maintains an independent database or knowledge bank which includes access to several academic content-warehouses. This facility provides data instantly from a wide variety of international journals. As a result, research scholars enrolled at the CTIL can have access to information relating to the industry in the format required by them.
  • Future models can also be constructed for industrial trends, using present and past data. Thus, the CTIL is able to provide forecasts to the government and private entrepreneurs economic, and these can be used by the government in arriving at important policy decisions affecting industries.
  • The database available with the CTIL can be used to determine the performance of India’s role in relation to the various multilateral treaties and with the WTO. CTIL shall provide inputs on the trade agreements in case of any modifications. Upon necessary modification, the GoI communicates with the other country to take necessary action. Through these reviews, the GoI takes a balanced view of import and export marketing policies.
  • The CTIL maintains a repository of trade and investment-related information. This includes regular updates on various international trade negotiations and disputes. In the case of allegation of non-compliance with any treaty, a detailed analysis may be made, and the relevant observations are reported. This facility helps the government to frame better agreements in the future.

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Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kissan Yojana

Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kissan Yojana

The Government of Himachal Pradesh has proposed the Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kissan Yojana to promote natural farming in the State. The scheme intends to provide subsidy with the financial assistance of Rs. 50,000 to encourage farmers for natural farming. In this article, we look at the Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kissan Yojana in detail.

Objectives

The objectives of the Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kissan Yojana are given below:

  • To lessen the cost of cultivation and to make natural farming a sustainable livelihood option.
  • To enhance crop production and earn better prices for their produces in the market.
  • To create awareness among farming community about natural farming.
  • To minimise the usage of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

Eligibility Criteria

Any farmers residing in the State of Himachal Pradesh are eligible to participate under the Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kissan Yojana.

Scope of the Scheme

The scheme will cover the activities being implemented by the department for the promotion of organic farming, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), Pramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) or any other scheme were related to natural farming are being implemented.

Nodal Department

The Department of Agriculture would act the nodal agency for implementing Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kissan Yojana under zero budget natural farming system.

State Level Committee

The State Level Committee under the Directorate of Agriculture is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring of the zero budget natural farming. Along with the State Level Committee, the District units will monitor and implement the scheme at District level and will function under the control of Deputy Director of Horticulture or Agriculture.

Incentives to Farmers

The following are the incentives offered under the Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kissan Yojana:

Financial Assistance 

Each farmer in the cluster would be provided assistance for establishing infrastructure for zero budget natural farming inputs. The maximum assistance would be finalised by the State on organic and natural farming based on the proposal submitted by State zero budget natural farming unit.

Prakritik Kheti Sansadhan Bhandar

Under the scheme, one-time assistance would be provided to the shop owner for obtaining external inputs, equipment, packing, containers, drums, rent etc.

Lining of Cattle Sheds

Zero Budget Natural Farming will be provided assistance for the lining of cattle sheds. The rate of assistance and norms would be worked out by the State Zero Budget Natural Farming unit and approved by the State task force.

Pest Control

The Department of Agriculture would provide assistance with the farmers for purchase of bio-pesticides, sticky traps, pheromone traps etc.

Fertility Management

Zero budget naturing farming would be implemented in a phased manner, and 100% of farmers will not be covered in the first instance. In order to facilitate other farmers who are practising organic farming, financial assistance would be provided on organic inputs approved by the certification bodies.

Organic Certification

Organic Certification is required to sell the produce in the market and assistance for such Certification would be provided to the group of farmers who are already certified. The new zero budget natural farming clusters will be considered for certification programme as per the availability.

Work Plan

The annual work plan is prepared every year by district units. The District plans would be implemented by the State unit, and State task force on natural farming will approve the work plans. The work plan will focus on covering the entire State under Natural Farming in a phased manner.

Approval of Work Plans and Financial Norms

The State task force on organic and natural farming under the Cheif Secretary would approve proposals regarding implementation of zero budget natural farming. The proposals for assistance would be executed after the concurrence of the State Finance Department.

Financial Norms under the Scheme

The financial norms under the Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kissan Yojana are specified below:

Digital Media

Digital media would be used, and technological packages in the digital format will be developed and utilised for technology dissemination.

Farmer Motivators

For motivation and dissemination of technology, the farmer from the group will be selected. In addition to the above, another farmer will also be selected for monitoring and providing support to farmers of other groups.

Capacity Building of Extension Staff

The zero budget natural farming is a new concept developed in the State of Himachal Pradesh and hence training to extension workers is necessary, and extension staff would be trained in zero budget natural farming.

Training to Farmers

The farmers eligible would be trained in zero budget natural farming or any other related concept of natural farming. The training will be conducted in National, State, District level as per ATMA guidelines .

Mass awareness Campaign

Under this scheme, an awareness programme for the farmers would be organised by the involving experts.

Kisan Goshthis

To promote natural farming, Kisan Goshthis will be organised at the District and Block level.

Assistance to Farmers

The farmers will be incentivised for the development of basic infrastructure and off-farm inputs on the following cost norms:

  • The assistance to the extent of 80% would be provided for the lining of cattle sheds.
  • The assistance to the extent of 75% will be given to the farmers for providing drums. The maximum of three drums will be provided to individual farmers.
  • The third-party certification would be adopted to facilitate marketing of the products under the Zero Budget National Farming.
  • The farmer in each village would be assisted to open shop for the supply of zero budget natural farming inputs at simple rates. The maximum assistance of Rs. 50,000/- per shop will be given for three years. Also, such farmers will be eligible for other incentives available under the scheme.

Administrative Expenses

The new project at District and State level for promotion of zero budget natural farming will be set up. Thus new infrastructure is required to operate the programme.

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National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS)

National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS)

The Government of India has launched the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) to provide job opportunities for the majority of the people and to achieve economic growth in the country. The programme’s focus is on providing skill training and placement in the formal sector and also includes vocational training in private institutions. Let us look in detail about the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) in this article.

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Objectives of the Scheme

The following are the objectives of the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS).

  • To promote skill development and to bridge the gaps in providing the Skill of fresh graduates, diploma holders in engineering & technology and +2 vocational passâ€outs that they do not acquire during their study in colleges.
  • To facilitate the employers to develop disciplined & regulated skilled manpower to face the future manpower terms that will help to meet the challenges of technology extension in the industries at the competitive cutting edge in the global market.
  • To provide skill training for generating sustainable livelihood opportunities for the marginalized groups and align them towards mainstream job opportunities, with the preference given to the women and to the persons who are involved in the traditional professions.
  • To create self-employment and job opportunities for the youths by catalyzing the innovation ecosystem that enhances the productive entrepreneurship germinates, sustains and leads to the betterment of wage and self-employment opportunities for the particular target group.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) with subject to the specific provisions of the scheme, all the applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • The applicant’s age limit to be above 16 years, as on the date of application as per the age criteria that are prescribed are eligible for the skill development programme of NATS.
  • Applicant must hold a degree/diploma certificate to apply for this scheme
  • The applicants who are already trained under any other Government training programme of skill development are not eligible under this scheme.
  • The applicant should not be self-employed
  • The applicant must not be a dismissed Government employee.

Documents Required

The applicant should furnish the following documents/records to apply for the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS).

  • Identity Proof: PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, Driving License, Voter ID Card, etc.
  • Address Proof: Aadhar Card , Valid Passport, Utility bill, Property tax  bill, Telephone bill, etc. 

Salient Features of NATS

  • This scheme facilitates one year lead me to observe the apprentices performance before providing regular employment.
  • NATS enhances the establishment of productivity and provides financial support to the industries by way of reimbursing 50% of Government prescribed minimum spend paid to the apprentices.
  • Apprenticeship training scheme ensures continuous availability of trainees in the establishment.
  • The scheme helps the establishments to develop human resources for their present and future manpower requirements.
  • No obligation towards providing permanent employment to the apprentices
  • Under this scheme, the subject fields have been designated for the category of Graduate/Technician Apprentices and Technician (Vocational) Apprentices, in addition to that optional trades are also available.
  • Establishment operating the business through different regions of India can implement the scheme from any one of the Boards under PAN India basis.
  • The establishments can pay the amount greater than or equal to the minimum allowance amount fixed by the Indian Government to the apprentices.
  • After the successful Apprenticeship, the training certificate will be provided by the relevant department.
  • The apprentices are dictated solely by the Apprentices Act, 1961.

NATS Online Application

Kindly follow the below steps to get registered under the NATS programme.

Step 1: All eligible entrepreneurs can visit the official NATS web portal in a browser 

Step 2: Click on the “Register†button that is visible on the home page.

Step 3: Now, select the establishment and click the register option.

Step 4: Select the category as “Establishment†under the enrolment type. 

Step 5: Fill all the details. Hence all communication will be sent to the place of training eâ€mailâ€id. A unique eâ€mailâ€id will be provided to the applicant for login and it cannot be changed 

Step 6: Fill manpower, infrastructure for imparting training and apprentices requirement details 

Step 7: Before declaration ensure all the details entered are correct & click submit button

Step 8: After the completion of 7 steps, the system will generate a user name, eâ€mailâ€id and password 

Step 9: Enrolled establishment can log in to the portal.

Step 10: Establishment can see training & placement, job fair and contract details in the Home page.

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National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA)

National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA)

National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) is a network project of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The project is aiming to enhance the resilience of Indian agriculture to climate change and climate vulnerability through strategic research and technology demonstration. The research for adaptation and mitigation covers crops, livestock, fisheries and natural resource management. The project consists of four components, and they are Strategic Research, Technology Demonstration, Capacity Building, and Sponsored/Competitive Grants.

Climate change is an important area of concern for the whole world and to India as well. Ensuring food and nutritional security for the growing population like India is challenging as the primary source of food is through agriculture. India is predicted to yield less between 4.5 & 9% due to change in the climate. Since agriculture makes up around 16% of India’s GDP, a 4.5 to 9% negative impact on agri production implies a cost of climate change to be roughly up to 1.5% of GDP per year. Hence, the Government of India has favoured high priority on research and development to withstand climate change in the agriculture sector .

Objectives

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has launched a Project entitled, National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) with the below objectives:

  • To enhance the resilience of Indian agriculture which covers crops, livestock and fisheries to climatic variability and climate change through the development of technologies
  • To demonstrate site-specific technology packages on farmers’ fields
  • To enhance the capacity building of scientists and other stakeholders in climate-resilient agricultural research and its application

Components of the Project

Both short term and long term outputs are expected from the new and improved varieties of crops, livestock breeds, management practices which helps in adaptation & mitigation and inputs for creating a policy on climate-resilient agriculture in the developmental planning. The overall outcome has improved the resilience of agricultural production to climate variability in vulnerable regions. The project is comprising of four components:

  • Strategic research on adaptation and mitigation
  • Technology demonstration on farmers’ fields with present climate variability
  • Sponsored and competitive research grants to fill research
  • Capacity building of stake-holders

Strategic Research

The research and development have been planned at leading research institutes of ICAR covering crops, horticulture , livestock, natural resource management and fisheries sectors. The project is focusing on major crops like banana, wheat, rice, pigeonpea, groundnut, maize, tomato, mango and cattle, buffalo and small ruminants among livestock and both marine and freshwater fish species of economic importance. The major research themes are:

  • Assessment of major production zones
  • Linking weather-based agro-advisories
  • Assessing the impacts and evolving varieties which are tolerant to climatic disturbances like drought, heat, frost, flooding, etc. in food and horticulture crops
  • Effective monitoring of greenhouse gases
  • Evolving adaptation and mitigation plans through enhancing water and nutrient use efficiency and conservation agriculture
  • Studying environmental changes in pests, pest/pathogen-crop relationships and solutions with new pests and pathogens under climate change.
  • Adaptation of strategies in livestock through nutritional and environmental initiatives

Technology Demonstration

The technology demonstration component deals with demonstrating technologies for adapting crop and livestock production systems to climate variability. This component is implemented in selected districts of the country through location-specific interventions by Krishi Vigyan Kendras in a participatory model. The project is implemented in 100 districts covering over one lakh families across the country. The selection of districts are done on the following criteria:

  • Drought proneness
  • Cyclone proneness based on the frequency
  • Flood proneness
  • Vulnerability to the heat wave and cold wave
  • Actual incidence of floods and droughts

The interventions in the village panchayats are finalised following a participatory approach through the Village Climate Risk Management Committee (VCRMC) based on the climate-related problems in the village survey. The program was launched in all the villages by involving the state departments and leaders of the panchayats. This is to ensure local ownership from the beginning and convergence of related schemes currently in operation in the panchayat. The interventions are made in the following four areas:

  • Natural resources
  • Crop Production
  • Livestock and Fisheries
  • Institutional Interventions

Sponsored and competitive grants

The critical issues like impact on plant pollinators, fisheries in esturian habitats, hail storm management, hill and mountain eco-system, small ruminants and socio-economic aspects of climate change etc. are provided with grants to undertake research.

Capacity Building

As climate change is an emerging area of science, capacity building of young scientists on simulation modelling, phenotyping, greenhouse gasses measurement, etc. is being taken up through training programs organised in India and sponsoring scientists abroad. Similarly, more than 100 training programs have been organised across the country, covering 50000 farmers to create awareness on climate change and variability.

Approach of the Scheme

The unique features of the Scheme to be implemented are:

  • Strengthening the net-work research on adaptation and mitigation with more infrastructure and capacity building
  • Setting up of phenotype platforms and temperature, CO2, ozone gradient facilities at locations/institutions
  • Strengthening research on crops like cotton, maize, sugarcane, onion, etc. which are sensitive to climate
  • Water availability at the basin level and participatory action at a large number of sites through water-saving technologies
  • Planning for a national level pest and disease monitoring system to assess the changing pest dynamics under changing climate
  • Strengthening crop simulation and down-scaling modelling capabilities
  • Piloting the operationalisation of the district/block level agromet advisory services during droughts and floods
  • Expanding the technology demonstration and dissemination to the selected 130 vulnerable districts of the country

Contact

For further information regarding the project, please contact:

Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management)
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan–II
Pusa Road
New Delhi.
Phone: +91-11-25848364

Director (A)
ICAR-CRIDA
Santoshnagar,
Saidabad P.O., Hyderabad-500059. Telangana
Phone: +91-40-24530177,
Fax: +91-40-24531802
E-mail: director.crida@icar.gov,in, nicra1.crida@gmail.com

For activities of participating ICAR Institutes and KVKs, you may contact either Principal Investigators/Directors of respective institutes or Zonal Project Directorates (ZPD).

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Establishment and Modernisation of Rural Slaughterhouses

Establishment and Modernisation of Rural Slaughterhouses

Meat sector in India has great potential to drive revenue and bring in more employment opportunities in the country yet gotten limited attention over the years. With the implementation of Food safety Act 2006,  the standard of the industry and hygiene of the slaughterhouses were improved. The Ministry of Food processing has launched yet another credit linked scheme for the establishment/modernisation of slaughterhouses in the rural areas. The scheme focuses on the small and marginal slaughterhouses in the rural areas and helps the animal owners in improving their livelihood by providing direct linkages to the market. The scheme encourages entrepreneurs in rural areas to take up the activities in the slaughterhouse and turn them into a successful enterprise.

Objective of the Scheme

The scheme targets on achieving the following goals:

  • Setting up a new structure for the slaughter of livestock
  • Establishing link of cold chain and distribution of livestock on a profitable basis
  • Involving private small and medium entrepreneurs from rural and semi-urban areas with a population of less than 50,000 in forming slaughterhouses
  • Assisting the livestock owners in the rural areas in securing better income through value addition to the products and minimising the wastage of products obtained from the slaughterhouses
  • Guaranteeing hygiene in meat production through the establishment of cold chain and distribution system. Reducing illegal slaughtering and creating a pollution-free environment

Targeted Areas under the Scheme

The Ministry of Food Processing launches the scheme during the XI Five Year Plan Period mainly in the areas of three main states; Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya and Uttar Pradesh on a first come first serve basis.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligible beneficiaries who can apply and get benefitted under the scheme are as follows:

  • Small and Medium entrepreneurs
  • Any public, private or partnership organisation and NGOs from the rural and semi-urban areas who are interested in setting up or renovate the already existing slaughterhouses.

Prerequisites

The conditions on which the beneficiaries can apply under the scheme are as follows:

  • They should have obtained the approval from the authorities of their respected municipal or rural local bodies.
  • Each beneficiary or entrepreneur can obtain benefits for two of their units in the state and can prolong up to a maximum of four groups.
  • The eligible applicants should prepare a detailed project report for the formation of new slaughterhouses or for the upgradation of the already existing ones. The report should contain all the details regarding the value of the land purchased/borrowed by the entrepreneurs for the utilisation of the projects.
  • Eligible entrepreneurs should provide the details of the veterinary doctors performing antemortem and postmortem of the animals brought for slaughter.
  • The slaughterhouses should have a slaughter disposal and treatment plants.
  • They should have obtained clearance certificate from local administration and pollution control board.

Assistance Allocated under the Scheme

The credit limit subsidy for the beneficiaries or the entrepreneur are scheduled into the following forms:

  • Establishing Small, Medium Large slaughterhouses
  • The newly identified slaughterhouses are provided with the maximum capital subsidy under the scheme as per the guidelines and the models established below:
    • Under Model I, for the slaughterhouses up to 50 small ruminants with the total financial project cost up to Rs.66 lakhs, 50% of the expenditure or the maximum amount of Rs.30 Lakhs is reimbursed as the back ended subsidy to the beneficiaries.
    • Under Model II, for the slaughterhouses up to 25 large ruminants and 50 small ruminants with the total financial project cost up to Rs.99 lakhs, 50% of the project expenditure or the maximum amount of Rs.45 Lakhs is reimbursed as the back ended subsidy to the beneficiaries.
    • Under Model III, for the slaughterhouses up to 50 large ruminants and 200 small ruminants with the total financial project cost up to Rs.483 lakhs, 50% of the project expenditure or the maximum amount of Rs.200 Lakhs is reimbursed as the back ended subsidy to the beneficiaries.
    • For the poultry dressing units, 50% of the total project expenditure or the ceiling amount of Rs.200 Lakhs is allocated as a back-ended subsidy under the scheme.
  • Upgradation of existing facilities – 50% of the total financial project cost or the maximum amount of Rs.200 Lakhs is disbursed as the back ended subsidy to the beneficiaries for the modernisation of the already existing slaughterhouses.
  • Byproducts operation plants – 50% of the total financial project cost or the maximum amount of Rs.30 Lakhs is disbursed as the back ended subsidy to the beneficiaries for the upgradation of the by-product facilitation centres. The total financial cost may vary depending upon the capacity of the by-products used.
  • Cold storage and cold chain
  • 50% of the total financial project cost or the maximum amount of Rs.30 Lakhs is disbursed as the back ended subsidy to the beneficiaries for the establishment/upgradation of the cold storage and cold chain facilities in the slaughterhouses. The total project cost may vary depending upon the capacity of the cold storage.
  • Certification on quality – Rs.2 Lakhs per unit is disbursed as a subsidy to the beneficiaries to acquire the quality certification for their slaughterhouses.

Funding Arrangement

The slaughterhouses with higher capacities and outlays covered under the scheme are subjected to their achievability and capability. The fund allocated is shared as per the following pattern:

  • Entrepreneurs supply 25% of the total project expenditure
  • 50% of the amount is offered as a back-ended capital subsidy by the Ministry
  • The remaining 25% of the total project amount should be contributed by the entrepreneurs or can be obtained in the form of loans from any of the following eligible financial institutions,
  • Commercial Banks
  • Regional Rural Banks
  • State Cooperative Banks
  • State Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Banks and
  • Other Financial Institutions which are eligible for refinancing from NABARD

Monitoring Committee

The Central Monitoring Committee reviews the progress of the projects on a half-yearly basis, and the SLSMC committee reviews the performance of the project on a quarterly basis. Banks would conduct the inspections of the units on a regular basis and generate a report to be submitted to NABARD and therein to the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

Implementation Procedure

Projects submitted by the eligible applicants are evaluated and approved as per the following procedures:

  • The Detailed Project Reports (DPR) prepared by the entrepreneurs should be forwarded to the banks for verification and sanction.
  • Banks, after the verification of the projects, would approve and sanction the loan for the entrepreneurs, if found eligible. It forwards the sanction letter, appraisal report and the project to the respective Regional Office of NABARD for the disbursement of the subsidy.
  • NABARD sets up the meeting with the State Level Sanction and Monitoring Committee (SLSMC) and the respective banks to review the progress of the scheme.
  • SLSMC reviews the projects presented from the banks and sanctions the projects with the cost of Rs.2 Crores, and in case of projects exceeding the costs, it is forwarded to the National Level Monitoring Committee through NABARD Head Office .
  • The Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) at National Level reviews the projects submitted by the SLSMC and authorises the banks to release the first instalment of the loan to the entrepreneurs and approach the respective Regional Office of NABARD for the release of the first instalment of the grant.
  • NABARD releases the 50% of the advance subsidy to the respective banks to be reserved in the Subsidy Reserve Fund A/c on receiving the claim form.
  • NABARD team, local animal husbandry department and the financing bank would conduct a field observation of the project and submit the report for the final disbursement of the subsidy.
  • Banks submit the Utilisation Certificate to NABARD to acknowledge the receipt of final instalment and utilisation of the subsidy.
  • The capital subsidy disbursed under the scheme is back-ended with a minimum of 3 years lock-in period and would be adjusted against the last few instalments of bank loan.
  • It should be refunded by the entrepreneurs if the account becomes an NPA.

Repayment of the Loan

  • Entrepreneurs should repay their loans within 5-9 years or as per the time duration fixed by their banks depending upon the activities involved in their projects.
  • Repayment is made on the total amount of the loan, including the subsidy in such a way that the subsidy amount is altered after closing of net bank loan, excluding subsidy.

Other Conditions

  • The projects should be completed within 9 months from the date of release of the first instalment of bank loan and can be extended for 3 more months in case of vindication from the financial institutions.
  • If the entrepreneur fails to complete the project within the stipulated time, he/she will not be entitled to obtain subsidy under the scheme, and the advance subsidy amount from the Subsidy Reserve Bank A/c must be returned by the respective banks to NABARD.

A display board stating “Assisted by Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India through NABARD†should be presented in front of the unit.

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National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency

National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency

The National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE) is a mission under the National Plan Action on Climate Change. The mission aims to strengthen the market for energy efficiency by building a policy regime which will help in developing innovative and sustainable models for the energy sector.

Initiatives of NMEEE

The mission has the following four initiatives in energy-intensive industries:

Perform, Achieve and Trade Scheme – The initiative helps in the implementation of a market assisted compliance mechanism in order to accelerate the implementation of cost-effective improvements in the sector in large energy-intensive industries. It includes the below-mentioned steps:

  • Goal setting – Setting a specific energy consumption target for each plant, based on the level of energy intensity of the plant. The target will specify by which percentage a plant needs to improve its energy intensity from the baseline value within a period of three years.
  • Reduction Phase – The designated consumers will try to reduce the energy intensity based on the target.
  • Trading Phase – The consumers who exceed the target will be credited tradable energy permits. This permit will be sold to designated consumers who failed to meet their target. The consumers who do not achieve their target will have to compensate for the failure by buying permits, and if they fail to do so, they will have to pay penalties.

Market Transformation for Energy Efficiency – The initiative aims to accelerate the shift towards energy-efficient appliances in a specific application through innovative measures so as to make the products affordable. An accelerated change to energy-efficient appliances in designated sectors will be enabled through these measures. Products will become more affordable, and the target will be achieved by DSM measures. It includes the below-mentioned steps:

  • National CDM Roadmap
  • Programmatic CDM: CDM Program of activities for several sectors like lighting, SME sector , Agricultural DSM, Municipal DSM, Commercial building sector and for distribution transformers will be carried out.
  • Standards and Labeling: Step by step notification for mandatory labelling of equipment and appliance for the domestic sector, office equipment, hotel equipment, transport equipment and industrial products.
  • Public procurement: Amendment of rules for procurement to mandate the purchase of energy efficiency products for all public entities.
  • Technology program : Replacement of inefficient appliances by efficient products like ballasts, efficient lighting, AC, refrigerators in the domestic sector.
  • Energy Conservation Building Code: The maximum energy consumption norms will be specified for new commercial buildings and existing buildings.
  • Capacity building and information: Building a pool of trained manpower across states, government agencies, banks and financial institutions. Continuing the training of Energy Managers and Energy Auditors.

Energy Efficiency Financing Platform – The EEEP initiative facilitates the financial institutions to invest in energy efficiency programs and projects.

Framework for Energy Efficient Economic Development – The FEEED initiative helps in the development of financial instruments so as to leverage financing for energy efficiency through mitigation of risk. There are three initiatives under the same:

  • Partial Risk Guarantee Fund for Energy Efficiency (PRGFEE)– This fund will support banks and investors offering loans for the implementation of energy efficiency projects. It guarantees a risk cover of 50% of the loan amount or Rs. 10 crore per project, whichever is lower.
  • Venture Capital Fund for Energy Efficiency (VCFEE) to promote energy efficiency – The fund is intended towards promoting equity financing in the energy efficiency sector and helps in the reduction of the impact of non-availability of debt financing to small-sized companies. It provides equity support for the successful implementation of energy efficiency projects. It is equal to Rs. 2 crores or 15% of the total equity, whichever is lower.
  • National Energy Conservation Award and Painting Competition

Implementation Agencies

  1. BEE – Bureau of Energy Efficiency.
  2. EESL – Energy Efficiency Services Limited

Financing of Energy Efficiency

 This initiative focuses on the creation of mechanisms that help finance demand-side management programs in different sectors by capturing future energy savings. It includes tax exemptions for the profits and gains made from energy efficiency projects by Venture Capital Funds and ESCos. There is a revolving fund which helps promote carbon finance and a partial risk guarantee fund which provides commercial banks with partial coverage. The fund will charge a nominal fee on all projects that see the risk guarantee, and it is aimed to enhance energy efficiency in power plants.

Other initiatives

Set up energy efficiency services Ltd: A public sector company is planned to be set up in order to facilitate the progress and to address all the issues that impede investments in energy efficiency projects. The company will be an implementing agency and BEE will focus on its quasi-regulatory role. The company will also function as a consultancy organisation and a resource centre.

Power Sector Technology Strategy

  • Strengthening of State Designated Agencies: The scheme aims to build institutional capacity of newly built SDAs to perform the regulatory and facilitative functions in respective states.
  • Strengthening of BEE: Government funding is essential for infrastructure creation in order to implement the new projects and schemes across the country.
  • Awareness Programs: There will be information campaigns in industry, schools, commercial, domestic and agriculture sector. Energy award, National painting competition and publication of manuals and codes for energy efficiency etc.

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Electronic Hardware Technology Park

Electronic Hardware Technology Park

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, has launched the Electronic Hardware Technology Park Scheme to encourage the entrepreneurs in establishing manufacturing units of the electronic hardware equipment. The scheme focuses on promoting entrepreneurs in setting up Hardware Technology Parks anywhere in India to export their produced electronics goods. Several benefits and assistances are provided under the export-oriented scheme to enhance the production and export of electronics goods and services.

Objectives of the Scheme

The scheme targets on accomplishing the following objectives:

  • To encourage entrepreneurs in establishing Electronic Hardware Technology Parks in India (EHTPI)
  • To enhance the production and exportation of electronics goods and services
  • To increase the revenue of the country with the capital investment from foreign entrepreneurs
  • To generate more employment opportunities

Benefits of the Scheme

The Electronic Hardware Technology Park Scheme is implemented with the following features:

  • The Central Government, State Government, Public or Private sector undertakings or an individual can establish the technology park in any part of India.
  • The scheme encourages foreign investment and provides provision for 100% Foreign Equity investment through automatic route
  • Capital goods, raw materials, components and other such goods can be procured and imported with Duty-free services under the scheme
  • As per the provisions Under Section 10A/10B of Income Tax Act, the eligible entrepreneurs can obtain the Income Tax exemption from the export profits.
  • The EHTP units are discharged from the payment of corporate income tax for five years in the first eight years of its commercialisation.
  • The Net Foreign Exchange (NFE) obtained by the unit can be merged with the NFE of its head or associate company in the Domestic Traffic Area (DTA). It would benefit the parent or associate company in obtaining the Export House/Trading House/Star Trading House status.
  • EHTP units can get 100% Foreign Equity benefits under the scheme.
  • The units can import all the goods required for the manufacturing from bonded warehouses in the Domestic Tariff Area (DTA) for Duty-free under the Export-Import (EXIM) Policy.
  • Entrepreneurs can claim Refundable Central Sales Tax for their units.
  • DTA Sales, DTA sales permissible up to 50% of FOB value of exports, subject to fulfilment of positive NFE, on payment of concessional duties (50% of basic customs duty and full excise duty). DTA sales beyond this entitlement are permissible against payment of full duties provided the unit has achieved positive NFE.
  • Approvals are provided under the single window clearance system
  • The project cost with the minimum value of100 million is approved speedily by the authorities.
  • Outsourcing between EOU/STP/EHTP/EPZ is approved under the scheme.
  • CST charges paid by the entrepreneurs can be reimbursed under the scheme.

Eligible Beneficiaries

The eligible beneficiaries under the scheme are as follows:

  • Micro, Small and Medium entrepreneurs with an aim to expand production and exportation of electronic  goods and services
  • Any public and private sector undertakings

Implementing Authority

The scheme is monitored by the Department of Electronics, Government of India, New Delhi. A separate Inter-Ministerial Standing Committee (IMSC) is set up under the Chairmanship of the Secretary, Department of Electronics, to review and process the applications submitted by the entrepreneurs.

Prerequisites

The preconditions which the eligible beneficiaries should fulfil in order to get the benefits under the scheme are as follows:

  • Enterprises should meet the Minimum Export Performance standards, which are one million USD or threefold CIF value of imported goods, whichever is more.
  • Positive Net Foreign Exchange Earnings against the Export Earnings must be attained over the duration of five years.
  • The EHTP units should be a Net Foreign Exchange Earner. Supplies of ITA-1 items produced by such units in the Domestic tariff Area (DTA) would be considered under the scheme.

Documents Required

The applicants must submit the following mandatory documents while applying for the benefits under the scheme,

  • Application Form
  • Detailed Project Report of the unit
  • A copy of Board Resolution document
  • Memorandum and/or Articles of Association
  • Export Order or Memorandum of Understanding
  • The name and other details of the Board of Directors
  • Exporter and Importer code number
  • Address proof of the Technology Park location.
  • Verified data communication proof such as Payment receipt, Service acceptance report etc.

Application Procedure

The applicants can apply for both automatic and manual registration to claim the benefits under the scheme. The eligible applicants can follow the below procedures to apply for the scheme:

  • Application form duly filled in and signed by the applicant should be submitted to the Director of EHTPI. The application form must be stamped on each page.
  • A Demand Draft of Rs.2,500 in favour of Director, EHTPI within their respective jurisdiction of the unit should be enclosed with the application form.
  • The Detailed Project Report including the details of the promoter’s background, units’ area of expertise, services offered, marketing strategy and arrangements, manpower plan of the unit and other relevant documents should be provided.
  • The Director verifies the application and documents. Then, acknowledges the receipt and provides a reference number to each of the applicants.
  • The applicants should demonstrate the presentation about their project in the EHTPI office and
  • The Letter of Permission is offered to the applicant by the Director on the approval of the project

Approval Procedure

The criteria under which the projects are approved are as follows:

  • The LoP issued by the Director, EHTPI would be considered as the license for all activities under the scheme, including the purchase of raw materials. All the specifications related to the project such as manufacturable items, amount of imported capital goods , project export report for the last 5 years, location of the unit, working period, rejects in the DTA and sales report of the finished products.
  • The entrepreneur should agree to the terms and conditions of the EHTPI and send an acceptance letter to the Director.
  • The applicant should then perform the Legal Undertaking with the Director, EHTPI and the procedure to perform legal undertaking are as follows:
    • A stamp paper of Rs.50 purchased from the Civil court should be stamped, signed and submitted by the applicant.
    • A copy of the Board resolution document duly authorised and signed by the Board of Director should be enclosed.
    • The copy of the legal undertaking must be produced by the beneficiary to the Customs Office at the time Customs Bonding to claim the benefits.
    • The applicant should obtain Private Bonded Warehouse License from the Customs and Single all-purpose bond and produce it before the Assistant Commissioner of Customs for the clearance under the exemption notification.

Other Terms and Conditions

The unit, while applying for the legal undertaking, should pay three-year advance services charges or a minimum fee of Rs.50,000 or as per the following norms:

  • Export Projection Service Charges for the exports up to Rs.50 Lakhs per year should pay the service charges of Rs.15,000 per year
  • For the exports more than Rs.50 Lakhs but up to Rs.300 Lakhs per annum, the service charge of Rs.50,000 per annum should be paid.

For the exports more than Rs.300 lakhs per annum, the service charge of Rs.1,00,000 per annum should be paid. In case of failure of payment, the unit should pay the custom and excise duty on Plant, Machinery, raw materials, components and other such goods.

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Shilpi Samriddhi Yojana (SSY)

Shilpi Samriddhi Yojana (SSY)

The National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC ) has initiated the Shilpi Samriddhi Yojana to provide financial support for the small income generation activities. It aims to finance for the economic empowerment of people belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) families those who are living below the poverty line and also ensures their skill upgradation. The scheme intends to cover the income-generating activities to the target group through state Channalising Agencies. Let us look in detail about the Shilpi Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) in this article.

Objective

The objective is to support the projects tended to be small scale, underfunded and isolated from mainstream development.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for coverage of beneficiaries under the Shilpi Samriddhi Yojana would be as follows:

  • The applicant must be belonging to the Scheduled Castes.
  • The annual income of the family must be below the poverty line limit as prescribed timely. In rural areas, the income limit should be up to Rs.81000 and in rural areas, it is limited to Rs.103000 in urban areas.
  • The age of the applicant to be between 18 to 50 years to apply for this loan.
  • All applicants registered under this scheme who must meet the conditions as per above-given conditions that would also be eligible for loans under the Scheme.

Note: The eligible candidates can avail financial assistance under any of NSFDC’s Schemes as per unit cost prescribed for those Schemes.

Provision for Finance

  • Project Cost: Maximum Rs.50000
  • Subsidy: 50% of the project cost and Rs.10000 whichever is less
  • Margin Money Loan: Nil
  • Term Loan : Nil
  • Rate of Interest: 5% per annum.

Unit Cost

The applicants who are eligible can avail the financial assistance under any of NSFDC’s Schemes as per unit cost prescribed for the Schemes.

Quantum of Assistance

Shilpi Samriddhi Yojana is for providing financial assistance for small income generation activities where project costing is up to Rs.2 lakhs. The NSCFDC will provide a loan of up to 90% of the unit cost, and the remaining 10% will be provided by the promoter. The NSCFDC would accord the loans based on conditions, in consideration with the NSFDC Term Loan Lending Policy, the promoter’s contribution including the margin money granted by the SCA’s. The margin money will be provided by the SCAs and subsidy provided only to the Below Poverty Line (BPL)  beneficiaries those who are under the Central Sector Scheme of Special Central Assistance to the Special Component Plans for Rs.10,000 or 50% of the unit cost, whichever is less. The beneficiaries those who are covered under the Scheme would be eligible to avail the further assistance given for the expansion of business after 2 years of availing the first loan provided only if the repayment is regular.

Interest Rates

The NSFDC may charge a moderate interest from the applicants under Shilpi Samriddhi Yojana (SSY) ranging from 2% and 5% from beneficiaries per annum.

Repayment Period

The repayment of the loan is to be completed within 6 years from the date of all disbursement including a moratorium term of 6 months. The loan repayment will be taken by paying the quarterly instalments.

Application Procedure for the Shilpi Samriddhi Yojana :

Step 1: Firstly, the applicant must visit the National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation portal online.

 Step 2: Then click on the schemes option which is available at the menu bar on the home page.

Step 3: Now, click on the name of the scheme “Shilpi Samriddhi Yojana (SSY)” from the page that redirects.

Step 4: Read all the details carefully and then apply for the loan after checking the eligibility.

Step 5: After that, submit the loan application form to District Offices of the State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs). The SCAs will forward these applications to their head office after scrutiny.

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