Ministry of Minority Affairs Current Affairs - 2019

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Government launches Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 in Mumbai

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has launched Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 in Mumbai, Maharashtra under the Jiyo Parsi scheme.

The Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 aims at containing the declining trend of population of the Parsi community and reverses it to bring their population above the threshold level.

About Jiyo Parsi scheme

Jiyo Parsi scheme is a Central Sector Scheme for containing population decline of Parsis in India. Its main objective is to reverse the declining trend of Parsi population by adopting a scientific protocol and structured interventions. It aims to stabilize and increase the population of Parsis in India. It has two components: Medical Assistance and Advocacy (Counselling). The first phase of the scheme was launched initiated in 2013.

Hunar Haat inaugurated at 2016 India International Trade Fair

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs for the first time had inaugurated Hunar Haat (Skill Haat) at India International Trade Fair (2016) at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

It is aimed at promoting and supporting artisans from Minority communities and providing them domestic as well as international market for display and sell their products.

Key Facts

  • The Hunar Haat exhibition has been organised by the National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) under “USTTAD” scheme
  • In it about 184 master artisans from across the country are showcasing their traditional art and skills at about 100 stalls at the international platform.
  • It seeks to provide an excellent platform to artisans belonging to Minority communities from across nation to display their art and skills before domestic and international visitors.

About USTTAD scheme

  • USTTAD stands for Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development. It was launched by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  • The scheme aims at preserving and promoting the rich heritage of the traditional arts & crafts of the Minority communities.
  • In the light of globalisation & competitive market, these crafts have gradually lost their employability.
  • It also envisages at boosting the skill of craftsmen, weavers and artisans who are already engaged in the traditional ancestral work.