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Union tribal affairs ministry receives Skoch Gold Award

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Jamshedpur, Jan 16: The Union tribal affairs ministry  under the able leadership of senior BJP leader and former chief minister Arjun Munda was today awarded the country’s best ministry. The ministry got the Skoch Gold Award for its “Empowerment of Tribals through IT enabled Scholarship Schemes” project.

The project was launched to show the Government of India’s commitment to realize the dreams of Digital India and bringing transparency as well as ease in the delivery of services.

Ministry of Tribal Affairs ( MoTA) integrated the five scholarship schemes with DBT Portal under the guidance of DBT Mission in order to align with the larger vision of ‘Digital India’. The 66th Skoch- 2020 Competition was held with name “India Responds to Covid through Digital Governance.”  

Munda this evening shared the achievement of his ministry while  interacting with media at his Ghorabandha residence in Jamshedpur.

He said that in order to fully assimilate ‘Digital India’ and realize the goal of e-governance, the Ministry has integrated all 5 scholarship schemes with the DBT portal under the guidance of DBT Mission. The data of all the beneficiaries is available online and 19 states / UTs send data using web services and 12 national scholarship portal. All 5 scholarship schemes have been digitized according to the DBT mission mandate. 13 schemes are on the ministry’s dashboard; 6 planning efforts are on the -PMO dashboard. The online process of issuing the scholarship has enabled 64- lakh beneficiaries to receive scholarships directly through DBT to their accounts. Health and Nutrition Knowledge Management is carried out in the Health Mission run under the Center of Excellence (COE) established by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. This is the only solution presenting the health and nutritional status of India’s tribal population. It provides information and data collected from different parts of India as well as innovative research, case studies and best processes to facilitate the exchange of evidence, expertise and experiences. 
Referring to the project, Munda said that this is such a unique project – which is being run to solve the water problem caused by climate change in Ladakh region. It is a method of storing frozen water in winter that can be used during the sowing season. The structure consists of locally found materials, which have a large water holding capacity, which looks like a stupa. In 2019-20 26 such ice stupas were set up, in which around 60 million liters of water was collected. More than 35 villages have already benefited from this. The project is owned by the community and efforts are on to include more 25 stupas.

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