The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development is considering to establish National Women Entrepreneurship Council (NWEC) .It wil be an influential organization for socio-economic gender parity, financial inclusion and economic empowerment of women in India and to promote entrepreneurship among women. The National Women Entrepreneurship Council (NWEC) will give advice to government on issues related to entrepreneurship.
Female entrepreneurship and the formation of female-owned business networks is steadily rising, there are a number of challenges and obstacles that female entrepreneurs face. One major challenge that many female entrepreneurs face is the effect that the traditional gender-roles society may still have on women.
Key Points: National Women Entrepreneurship Council (NWEC)
- The National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) is a parastatal body which operates under the aegis of this Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare since 1999.
- The NWEC or The National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) acts as a promoter and facilitator in empowering women entrepreneurs as India got lower opportunities for women to engage in entrepreneurial activities, assume leadership roles or participate in workforce.
- Main Objectives of the Council:Identify actions and projects which will promote entrepreneurial activities of Women, Establish Training Programs, aimed at improving the skills and management aptitudes of Women Entrepreneurs and also to Evaluate and assess the needs of Women Entrepreneurs.
- Economically empowered women promote development. National Women Entrepreneurship Council (NWEC) will give advice to government on issues related to entrepreneurship in women as current business chambers are largely “male-dominated.
- Minister of State for Women and Child Development Dr Virendra Kumar stated that the government is considering to establish National Women Entrepreneurship Council, NWEC. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, the Minister said NWEC or National Women Entrepreneurship Council will help promote women entrepreneurship.
Bihar Government has banned sale of loose cigarettes in the state under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act. This decision of the Bihar Government aims to be deterrent to kids and youngsters who start smoking by buying loose cigarettes. Bihar is the 12th state in the country to enforce such a ban.
A notification to this effect was issued on Friday by state health department under Section 20 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003 by secretary Lokesh Kumar Singh , who is also the executive director of the State Health Society.
About – Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act
It is an Act of Parliament enacted in 2003 to prohibit advertisement of and to provide for regulation of trade and commerce in and production, supply and distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products in India.
Section 20 of COTPA, 2003, already states that sale, distribution, purchase, display and advertisement of tobacco products without the essential pictorial warnings make a punishable offence
- The Bihar government has banned sale of loose cigarettes into the state.This decision has been taken by the Bihar Government to prevent teenagers from taking loose cigarttes and also to reduce the consumption of cigarettes as Large number of state population is dependent on loose cigarettes, including teenagers.
- The Socio-Economic and Educational Development Society (SEEDS), which is engaged in anti-tobacco movement in the state, has hailed the ban. As per Global Adults Tobacco Survey (GATS), 53.5% adults consume tobacco in one or other form in Bihar while 9% of this 53.5% are addicted to cigarette.
- A notification to this effect was issued under Section 20 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) regarding the ban on the sale of loose cigarettes.
District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police of concerned districts have been instructed to act as per the Tobacco Control Act under which anyone selling loose cigarettes would be liable for fine.
- The executive director of Socio, Economic and Educational Development Society (SEEDS), Deepak Mishra stated “A good population is dependent on loose cigarettes, including teenagers. The decision would not only save children from cigarette consumption but it would also deal a major blow to cigarette companies”.