Shri Dharmendra Pradhan & Shri Anurag Thakur to address the Yuva Samvad “India@2047” tomorrow

Union Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Anurag Thakur will address the Yuva Samvad “India@2047” on 12th August  being organised in Akashwani Rang Bhawan, New Delhi. Minister of State Shri Nisith Pramanik will also grace the event. Around 400 youth including National Youth Awardees and Youth delegates, who have been sent by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports to various countries to represent India as a part of International Youth delegations, will participate in the event.

Under the inspiration and guidance of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, India is celebrating Azadi Ka Amarit Mohotsav @ 75th year of Independence and the glorious history of her people and achievements.  The iconic week as a part of AKAM, allotted to Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is 8 -14 August, 2022. 

This event will provide an opportunity to the participating youth to express their views on various issues of National and International importance. Moreover, the event will provide them a platform to connect with each other and share their thoughts. Motivational speakers/youth icons will also grace the ceremony of the “Yuva Samvad” and share with the Youth their vision for a resurgent India, which will also greatly boost morale of youth and inspire them to vigorously join the task of volunteering their services for Nation-Building.



(Release ID: 1850979)
Visitor Counter : 614

ECI hosts virtual Asian Regional Forum meet on “Making our Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative”

The Election Commission of India (ECI) hosted a virtual meet of the ‘Asian Regional Forum’ on the theme “Making our Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative” at Nirvachan Sadan today. The Regional Forum meet was a precursor to the “Summit for Electoral Democracy” to be hosted by the National Electoral Institute of Mexico in the coming month.

Chief Election Commissioner of India Shri Rajiv Kumar, in his keynote address said that democracy and democratic institutions flourish when all groups of people are fully represented. No democracy can ever be meaningful and aspirational, unless it is Inclusive for all citizens, Accessible without fear or favor and Participative despite differential social, political, economic vulnerabilities.

CEC exhorted all Election Management Bodies (EMBs) for a continuous self-evaluation and strengthening of their systems, to meet the rising expectations from citizens and deal with the emerging challenges during the electoral process. He added that the framework for assessment and so-called ranking of democracies by global evaluating agencies should be objective and contextual, factoring in the magnitude, socio, cultural & geographical context in which each country and EMB functions. Welcoming the idea for this global ‘Summit for Electoral Democracy’, Shri Rajiv Kumar said that integrity of elections and democracy go hand-in-hand and generate global peace, prosperity and stability.

Shri Rajiv Kumar in his address said that Inclusion must cover all manner of marginalized communities – those marginalized by region, geography, literacy, language, ethnicity, economy, gender, disability among others to ensure their voices are heard and they are able to express their voting rights. Access must be provided to these communities to ensure the entire process of casting a vote becomes easy and comfortable. Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and senior citizens grapple with attitudinal bias, lack of access to information, infrastructural barriers and many more issues. He added that whenever a new technology is designed or a new service is adopted by the EMB, accessibility should be part of the design itself and not added on later as an afterthought. He further extended support to desiring EMBs in designing and strengthening various technological, legal and regulatory architecture.

CEC Shri Kumar while highlighting the daunting task of conducting elections in India, said that the Commission undertook a far sighted reform during the Covid-19 period by introducing the Postal Ballot facility for 80+ senior citizens, persons with disabilities and those who were COVID positive/suspect. He mentioned that over 7.7 million PwD voters and 15 million 80+ voters have been mapped by ECI for targeted interventions and meaningful outreach. ECI is constantly striving towards achieving 100 percent mapping of all PwD and senior citizen voters. The participation of women in the first Indian election was 78 million i.e. 45%. Over seven decades and 17 national elections later, women’s participation has exceeded that of men and the gender gap has not only closed but reversed to +0.17% in 2019. India has witnessed a 235.72% increase in female electors since the 1971 election.

Shri Rajiv Kumar cautioned the EMBs about the opportunities and challenges emerging from ever increasing outreach through social media which also assumes criticality in terms of legal, regulatory framework and limitations across geographies to address fake news/narratives and surrogate advertising.

Complimenting the EMBs for various initiatives taken by them for Accessible & Inclusive elections, CEC said that there is scope to explore the possibilities of remote voting for inclusion of migrant voters as well as marginalized voters to end barriers in the electoral processes more effectively.

Election Commissioner, Shri Anup Chandra Pandey, in his address said that issues of accessibility are universal and most marginalized groups face barriers to their participation in elections which has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. He urged all EMBs to make sustained efforts to engage and involve women, third gender, PwDs, senior citizens and other marginalized groups in the election process.

While emphasizing that electoral practices need to be inclusive, Shri Pandey mentioned noteworthy initiatives taken by the Election Commission of India over the years to ensure “No Voter is Left Behind” including ‘Basic Minimum Facilities’ at polling stations, All-women managed polling stations, separate queues & toilets for women, postal ballot facility, Braille EPIC, wheel chair facility with volunteers, transport to and from the polling station, a mobile app for Persons with Disabilities, recognizing transgender as third gender and creating an Accessibility Division within ECI among others.

Shri Pandey in his concluding remarks commended the Asia Regional Forum platform and participants for sharing their suggestions and innovative initiatives taken by respective Election Management Bodies towards participative, inclusive and accessible elections.

Welcoming the participants, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Shri Dharmendra Sharma, said that ECI is proud to be associated with this forum. Across the globe, initiatives have been taken by EMBs to ensure inclusive, transparent and ethical elections. This forum provides an opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other.

A recorded message from Mr. Lorenzo C. Vianello, President, National Electoral Institute (INE) of Mexico was also shared with the participants. Representatives from Election Management Bodies of Mexico, Mauritius, Philippines, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Maldives, International IDEA, Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) participated in the meet. Senior officials from Election Commission of India were also present during the meet. 

This Asian Regional Forum (ARF) meet had two sessions. The first session on ‘Inclusive Elections: Enhancing Participation of Youth, Gender and Citizens in Remote Areas’ was co-chaired by the Chief Election Commissioner from Mauritius and Nepal. The second session on ‘Accessible Elections: Enhancing Participation of Persons with Disabilities & Senior Citizens’ was co-chaired by the Commissioner, COMELEC, Philippines and CEC of Uzbekistan.

As part of this ‘Global Summit for Democracy’, five Regional Forums namely Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and countries of the Arab States have been created. India hosted the Asian Regional Forum meet of the EMBs to reflect upon the changing geo-politics, emerging technologies and their use in election management in view of the challenges presented by COVID-19 pandemic.



(Release ID: 1850989)
Visitor Counter : 568

Housing for a Healthy California Program (HHC) Awards $11.6M to Non-Profit Sponsor Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation

In the ongoing effort to address California’s housing affordability and homelessness challenges, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded two CEDC developments with funding from the Housing for a Healthy California Program (HHC) to preserve and build new affordable homes.

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is the largest developer of affordable homes in Ventura County and is best known for providing comprehensive, well-designed affordable housing services and community economic development activities in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Village Senior Apartments, Buellton (awarded $3.9M) These funds will aid in the creation of 49 affordable housing units for seniors in the City of Buellton, County of Santa Barbara.

Village Senior Apartments is a new construction development to be built in Buellton, CA. When completed, Village Senior Apartments will offer a total of forty-nine new units of permanent supportive housing reserved for Seniors and Senior-Veterans. The gated community will offer residents a social services delivery area, recreation room, a central courtyard for outdoor activities, and a community garden.

“All forty-nine units will be affordable to individuals earning less than 50% AMI, with 24 units reserved for those earning less than 30% AMI,” said Margarita H. de Escontrias, Chief Executive Officer at Cabrillo EDC. “We are proud to say that the units of permanent supportive housing reserved for Senior-Veterans will be for those soldiers who are currently experiencing homelessness.”

Camino de Salud, Ventura (awarded $7.6M) These funds will aid in the creation of 49 affordable housing units, in the County of Ventura.

Camino de Salud is a new construction development in the unincorporated area of Ventura County. The development will offer 49 units of permanent supportive housing. 24 units will be for the Housing for a Healthy California (HHC) funded population at 30% AMI and the remaining 24 units at 50% AMI for low-income households. The HHC program creates supportive housing for individuals who are recipients of or eligible for health care provided through the California Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal program.

 “We are thrilled, and honored, that our two properties were selected in this competitive funding application,” said Victoria J. Brady, Chief Financial Officer Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation. “These two housing communities will provide safe, affordable housing for many years to come, and Cabrillo is proud to partner with the California Department of Housing and Community Development to continue to provide much needed housing in California.”

About Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation  

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has been making dreams come true, one home at a time, since 1981. Proud to be the largest developer of affordable homes in Ventura County, Cabrillo’s success is the result of decades of passion, dedication and vision. With a mission of providing comprehensive housing services and community economic development activities, Cabrillo facilitates self-sufficiency for individuals and families who are most lacking in opportunity. At Cabrillo, home is more than a place to live – it is the cornerstone of the community’s economic, environmental and social wellbeing. 

For more information, please visit and the Housing for a Healthy California program webpage


MobiFin to be at Fintech Summit Latam 2022 as Platinum Sponsor Mexico

Fintech Summit Latam 2022 will explore how banks and mobile operators in Latin America are adopting digital financial services. This event also focuses on financial technology (fintech) and the telecom industry, addressing The Evolution and Consolidation of the Fintech Ecosystem.

To know more about:


The ISO 21401 Certified Auditor Training Course Has Recently Introduced by Punyam Academy

The certified ISO 21401 Internal Auditor Training Course is designed to provide the formal training and certification required to become a certified ISO 21401 internal auditor for Sustainability Management Systems of Tourism Accommodation Establishments. ISO 21401 is a versatile tourism industry standard that applies to all types and sizes of accommodation establishments in any geographical location. As a result, hotels of any class, motels, resorts, guest houses, lodges, hostels, cottages, tourist camps, chalets, and other tourist accommodation providers can implement the ISO 21401 Sustainability Management System and obtain ISO 21401: 2018 certification.

Participants in this course will be awarded an ISO 21401 Internal Auditor certificate. The online internal auditor training covers all of the requirements of the international standard ISO 21401:2018, including environmental, social, and economic requirements for implementing a sustainability management system in accommodation establishments. The online ISO 21401 Internal Auditor Training course also provides a comprehensive overview and understanding of the ISO 21401:2018 standard, as well as the benefits of implementing and certifying to the ISO 21401 standard. Participants will also learn about the auditing process, audit records, risk management, and documented information relevant to a Sustainability Management System.

The ISO 21401 training course is advantageous, particularly for those who prefer to learn the auditing process and techniques from the comfort of their own home or office and become certified as an ISO 21401 Internal Auditor. ISO 21401:2018 Internal Auditor Training, which includes online lectures with audio-visual presentations, handouts, an ISO 21401 audit checklist, and online exams, will be extremely beneficial to all those who wish to qualify as a certified Internal Auditor for ISO 21401 audits of Sustainability Management Systems of lodging establishments anywhere in the world. Participants who complete this online ISO 21401 Internal Auditor training course will be awarded an ISO 21401 Internal Auditor certificate as trained internal auditors.

Anyone who wants to become a certified ISO 21401 Internal Auditor for Sustainability Management Systems can enroll in the course, including the owner/management of any accommodation organization in the tourism sector, as well as employees of accommodation organizations in the tourism sector. This course can also be important for professionals, students who want to make a career in the hotel/tourism industry, or anyone who wants to learn about the Sustainability management system for lodging establishments. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the training course, but having a basic understanding of and interest in sustainable development practices and lodging establishments will be beneficial. To know more about the training course, visit here:

About Punyam Academy

Punyam Academy is a globally recognized training provider company, which offers various types of ISO training courses and conducts classroom training along with webinars for online certification. It is a leading name in E-learning, training, and certification on ISO standards and all other types of management system standards. Punyam Academy specializes in a complete range of courses on awareness, auditor and lead auditor courses on Food safety officer training, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 22000, ISO 27001, ISO 45001, ISO/IEC 17025, ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, FSSC 22000, ISO 27001, ISO 50001, ISO 13485, ISO 20000, ISO/IEC 17024, ISO 17034, ISO 18788 and more.