Initiatives under Inclusive Development

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Overview:

The Central Government listed 7 priorities – called ‘Saptarishi’ in Budget 2023- inclusive development, Last mile delivery, Infrastructure, Green growth, Youth power, Unleashing potential, and Financial inclusion.

Key Initiatives under Inclusive Development:

 

Agriculture:

Digital Public Infrastructure for Agriculture:

  • It will be built as an open source, open standard, and inter-operable public good.
  • Aim: To enable inclusive farmer-centric solutions through relevant information services for crop planning and help improve access to farm input, credit, and insurance, help for crop estimation, market intelligence, and support for the growth of the agritech industry and startups.

 

Agriculture Accelerator Fund:

  • It will be set up to encourage agri-startups by young entrepreneurs in rural areas.
  • The Fund will aim at bringing innovative and affordable solutions for challenges faced by farmers.
  • It will also bring in modern technologies to transform agricultural practices and increase productivity and profitability.

 

Atmanirbhar Horticulture Clean Plant Program:

  • It will be launched to improve the availability of disease-free quality planting material for high-value horticultural crops. 
  • The total outlay on the project is estimated at ₹2,200 crore.

 

Agriculture Credit:

  • The agriculture credit target will be increased to 20 lakh crore with a focus on animal husbandry, dairy, and fisheries.
  • It helps to provide higher farm loans at subsidized rates to the farming community.

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Global Hub for Millets: ‘Shree Anna’:

  • India is the world's largest producer and second-largest exporter of ‘Shree Anna (Millets)’.
  • The Indian Institute of Millet Research, Hyderabad will be supported as the Centre of Excellence for sharing best practices, research, and technologies at the international level.
  • New sub-scheme of PM Matsya Sampada Yojana:
  • This sub-scheme would enable activities for fishermen, fish vendors, and micro & small enterprises while also helping them expand markets.

 

New sub-scheme of PM Matsya Sampada Yojana:

  • This sub-scheme would enable activities for fishermen, fish vendors, and micro & small enterprises while also helping them expand markets.
  • It will have a targeted investment of  6,000 crores.

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Health, Education, and Skilling

Sickle Cell Anaemia Elimination Mission:

  • Target: To eliminate sickle cell anaemia by 2047.
  • The mission will entail awareness creation, universal screening of seven crore people in the 0-40 years age group in affected tribal areas, and counseling through collaborative efforts of central ministries and state governments.

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National Digital Library for Children and Adolescents:

  • It will be set up to facilitate the availability of quality books across geographies, languages, genres, and levels and device agnostic accessibility.
  • States would also be encouraged to set up physical libraries at panchayat and ward levels and provide infrastructure for accessing the National Digital Library resources.
  • The National Book Trust, Children’s Book Trust, and other sources will be encouraged to provide and replenish non-curricular titles in regional languages and English to these physical libraries.
  • Users can access educational materials ranging from elementary to post-graduate levels.

 


Q1) What is meant by inclusive development?

 Inclusive development promotes fair opportunities for all, regardless of social and financial standing, with advantages accruing to each and every segment of society.

Source: Union Budget 2023: Here Are "Saptarshi" - The 7 Priorities Of Union Budget​​​​​​​