In news- 75 “Hunar Haat” to be organized under “Amrit Mahotsav” of 75 years of India’s Independence.
About Hunar Haat-
- ‘Hunar Haat’, the flagship initiative by the Minority Affairs Ministry to generate employment for master craftspeople under USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) scheme.
- It provides a market and opportunity to master artisans and craftspeople from remote areas of the country.
- Hunar Haat is an exhibition of handicrafts and traditional products made by artisans from the minority communities.
- According to the Minister for Minority Affairs, a target has been set to provide employment and employment opportunities to 7 lakh 50 thousand artisans, craftsmen through 75 “Hunar Haat”.
- These Hunar Haats will be organized with the resolve of “Vocal for Local” in all parts of the country, where artisans, craftsmen from every region of the country will exhibit and sell their handmade indigenous products.
- There will also be a section “Bawarchi Khana” of traditional culinary experts in the “Hunar Haat” where the people will enjoy traditional cuisines and dishes from different regions of the country.
- Various cultural programmes will also be performed by renowned artists of the country every evening in the “Hunar Haat”.
Amrit Mahotsav Parks-
- The minister also announced that 75 “Amrit Mahotsav Parks” will also be constructed on the vacant Waqf lands across the country under “Waqf Taraqqiati Scheme” and “Pradhanmantri Jan Vikas Karykram” (PMJVK) of the Union Minority Affairs Ministry.
- These “Amrit Mahotsav Parks” will also depict, in an artistic manner, the history of role played by that particular region in the freedom struggle.
- These parks will also have facilities for yoga, exercise, walk, play area for children, green area and also common service centre.
Qaumi Waqf Taraqqiati Scheme(QWBTS)-
- Also called as Computerization of the Records of State/UT Waqf Boards(earlier name), it was launched by the Ministry of Minority Affairs ,Govt. of India in December 2009.
- It was launched on the recommendation of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Waqf.
- It is a Central Sector Scheme.
- The scheme has now been further extended upto 2020-21.
- The Central Waqf Council, New Delhi is the Nodal Agency for implementation of the Scheme.
Pradhanmantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) –
- PMJVK is a Scheme designed to address the development deficits of the identified Minority Concentration Areas.
- The Ministry of Minority Affairs implements the PMJVK, in the identified Minority Concentration Areas (MCAs) of the country.
- It seeks to provide better socio economic infrastructure facilities to the minority communities particularly in the field of education, health & skill development which would further lead to lessening of the gap between the national average and the minority communities with regard to backwardness parameters.
- The erstwhile Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) has been restructured and renamed as Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram for effective implementation since 2018.
- Under PMJVK, 80% of the resources would be utilized for projects related to education, health and skill development of which at least 33-40% will be earmarked for creation of assets/facilities for women/girls.
- It is implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.