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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

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GIS One District One Product (ODOP) Digital Map

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The central government has recently virtually inaugurated the capacity building component of the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises scheme (PM-FME Scheme) and launched the GIS One District One Product (ODOP) digital map of India.

 Background: 

  • There are about 2.5 million unregistered, unorganised food processing enterprises which contribute to 74% employment in the food processing sector.
  • Two-thirds of them are in rural areas and 80% of them are family-based enterprises supporting livelihood rural households and minimizing their migration to urban areas.

About the Scheme: 

  • It is an all India “Centrally Sponsored scheme” to be implemented over a period of five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25 with an outlay of Rs 10,000 crore.
  • The expenditure under the scheme would be shared in 60:40 ratio between Central and State Governments, in 90:10 ratio with North Eastern and the Himalayan States, 60:40 ratio with UTs with the legislature and 100% by Centre for other UTs.
  • It will provide financial, technical and business support for up-gradation of existing micro food processing enterprises.
  • Under the PM FME scheme, micro-enterprises will get 35% subsidy on eligible project cost, with a maximum ceiling of Rs.10 lakh per unit.
  • Support for marketing & branding would be provided to develop brands for micro-units and groups with 50% grant at State or regional level which could benefit large numbers micro-units in clusters

Significance– The Scheme would generate a total investment of Rs 35,000 crore and generate 9 lakh skilled and semi-skilled employment and benefit 8 lakh units through access to information, training, better exposure and formalization.

  • It will reduce food wastage, increase farmers’ income, push for investments in the food processing sector and create employment opportunities.

Implementation:

  • The Scheme adopts One District One Product (ODODP) approach to reap benefits of scale in terms of procurement of inputs, availing common services and marketing of products.
  • The States would identify food products for a district keeping in view the existing clusters and availability of raw material.
  • The ODOP product could be a perishable produce based product or cereal-based products or a food product widely produced in a district and their allied sectors.
  • The Scheme focuses on waste to wealth products, minor forest products and Aspirational Districts

 

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