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One District One Product (GS-2 Welfare Schemes)

Current Affairs

Context

A State Conference was held recently by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry as a major boost to Centre and State collaboration in promoting products under the One District One Product (ODOP).

About ODOP

  • It was launched by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • ODOP is basically a Japanese business development concept, which gained prominence in 1979. It is aimed at promoting a competitive and staple product from a specific area to push sales and improve the standard of living of the local population. Over time, it has been replicated in other Asian countries as well.

Objective

  • It is to convert each District of the country into an Export Hub by Identifying products with export potential in the District.
  • Supporting Local Exporters/manufacturers to scale up manufacturing, and Find potential buyers outside India with the aim of promoting export.
  • The programme aims to promote local indigenous specialised products and the crafts of each district through various development initiatives, including providing loans to local production units, artisans, and farmers; establishing common facility centres; helping market these products at a global level; etc.

Under the initial phase of the ODOP programme, 106 Products have been identified from 103 districts across 27 States.

There may be more than one cluster of ODOP products in one district. There may be a cluster of ODOP products consisting of more than one adjacent district in a State.

Significance

It will help in resolving the issues of economic difference and regional imbalance by providing opportunities for local employment with the benefit of preserving local art and craft thus taking us toward the goal of Atam Nirbhat Bharat. 

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