NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation launch ‘Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan’ | Daily Current Affairs 2021

NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation launch ‘Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan’

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NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation recently launched Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan in 112 Aspirational Districts.

Key Highlights:

  • Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan aims to assist district administrations in providing home-care support to Covid-19 patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
  • It will provide covid home-care support to 20 lakh citizens by educating caretakers to follow COVID protocols, provide psychosocial support, etc.
  • The Abhiyaan is a part of a special initiative, Aspirational Districts Collaborative, in which local leaders, civil societies and volunteers work with district administrations to address emerging problems across key focus areas of the Aspirational Districts Programme.
  • It will be led by district magistrates in partnership with over 1000 local NGOs, which will enlist and train over 1 lakh volunteers to connect with patients through inbound and outbound calls.
  • This campaign will also be supported by Piramal Foundation. It will work with district magistrates to support the training of NGOs and volunteers.

Significance:

  • The significance of the initiative is that it will provide long-term support to India’s poorest communities in Aspirational Districts by addressing impact of COVID-19.
  • It will play a key role in district preparedness to manage nearly 70 percent of COVID cases at home which in turn will reduce pressure on health system.
  • It will also carry capacity building of citizens for correct usage of Oxygen concentrators supplied to these districts.

Background:

  • In keeping with PM Modi’s vision of a New India by 2022, the Government of India launched the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ in January 2018.
  • Its main objective is to transform some of the most underdeveloped districts of the country.
  • As of March 2020, NITI Aayog is working with stakeholders in 112 aspirational districts as West Bengal is not participating in this exercise.

About NITI Aayog:

  • NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India (GoI).  NITI refers to the National Institution For Transforming India.
  • It was established on 1 January 2015 with an objective to foster cooperative federalism through structured support initiatives and mechanisms with the States on a continuous basis, recognizing that strong States make a strong nation.
  • The Governing Council of NITI, with The Prime Minister as its Chairman, comprises Chief Ministers of all States and Lt. Governors of Union Territories (UTs).
  • The current CEO of NITI Aayog is Amitabh Kant.

About Piramal Foundation:

  • Piramal Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Piramal Group.
  • It was founded in 2006.
  • The foundation undertakes projects under the four broad areas – healthcare, education, livelihood creation and youth empowerment.
  • These projects are rolled out in partnership with various communities, corporate citizens, NGO’s and government bodies.
  • Ajay Piramal who is one of India’s leading industrialists and philanthropists is the Chairman of the Piramal Group.

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