Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade. Current Affairs - 2019

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DPIIT to launch Plastic Waste Management Campaign

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry,  is set to launch Plastic Waste Management Campaign on 11 September 2019. The campaign will be launched under Swachhta Hi Sewa 2019 which is beginning from 11 September.

Key Highlights

As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to action for Plastic Waste Management, during his Independence Day speech the theme of this year’s Swachhta Hi Sewa 2019 is ‘Plastic Waste Management’.

DPIIT is playing a critical two-fold role for success of campaign as mandated by Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation under Ministry of Jal Shakti. Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation has also requested DPIIT to mandate the use of plastic waste by cement kilns and DPIIT will ensure that all collected plastic waste may be recycled in cement kilns by Diwali 2019.

About Plastic Waste Management Campaign

Under the PWM campaign DPIIT will-

  • First ensure recycling of plastic waste collected on 2 October 2019 (Birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi) in cement kilns, and
  • Secondly ensure collection of plastic waste on and around industrial areas all across country through nationwide shramdaan on 2nd October 2019.

For this DPIIT has urged all State Governments and Union Territories (UTs) to mobilise Industrial Parks in States and UTs for collection of plastic waste across all Industrial Estates, Industrial Areas, Parks, Nodes and Corridors for Swachhta hi Sewa 2019.

DPIT has also requested state governments to sensitize Industrial Parks by focusing on Plastic Waste Management on a sustained and continuous basis. State and UTs Governments will monitor the campaign through their nodal teams to be set up by them.

GI Tag accorded to three new products

Geographical Indications Registry under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has accorded Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Tirur betel leaf from Kerala, Tawlhlohpuan fabric and Mizo Puanchei shawl/textile from Mizoram. GI product is recognised as originating from specific geographical origin possessing qualities or reputation related to its origin. This tag is exclusive and similar item originating from different location is not allowed to use it.

Key Facts

Tirur betel Leaf (Kerala): It is mainly cultivated in Tirur, Tanur, Tirurangadi, Kuttippuram, Malappuram and Vengara block panchayaths of Malappuram District of Kerala.  It is valued both for its mild stimulant action and medicinal properties. Though it is commonly used for making pan masala for chewing, it has many medicinal, industrial and cultural usages. It is considered as a remedy for bad breath and digestive disorders.

Tawlhlohpuan (Mizoram): It is compactly woven fabric from Mizoram. It is known for warp yarns, warping, weaving and intricate designs that are made by hand. It holds high significance in Mizo society. It is produced throughout Mizoram, especially in Aizawl and Thenzawl town which are main centres of production.

Mizo Puanchei (Mizoram): It is colourful Mizo shawl considered essential by most women from State and common costume in Mizo festive dances and official ceremonies. It is made by weavers by inserting designs and motifs by using supplementary yarns while weaving to create this beautiful and alluring textile.