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Tamil Nadu Launches 'Smart Cards' for Startups

On 7Th February, 2024, Tamil Nadu's Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister introduced 'Smart Cards' for startups, offering a range of subsidized products and services tailored to support early-stage businesses.

Key Points

  • Comprehensive Support for Startups: The Smart Card initiative, launched by Tamil Nadu Startup and Innovation Mission (StartupTN), provides startups with access to a diverse array of products and services at subsidized rates, aimed at facilitating their growth and development during the initial stages of business.
  • Collaborative Efforts: StartupTN has partnered with various organizations to offer essential resources and support across six categories, including legal and compliance, marketing/business consulting, finance and insurance, human resources, smart workspace, and software/IT services.
  • Implementation of Policy: The rollout of the Smart Card aligns with the objectives outlined in the Tamil Nadu Startup and Innovation Policy 2023, reflecting the government's commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the state.
  • Support for Marginalized Communities: As part of the event, sanctioned equity investment totaling ₹9.05 crore to four startups led by entrepreneurs from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities under the Tamil Nadu SC/ST Startup Fund.
  • Launch of Open Innovation Portal: The minister also inaugurated the Open Innovation portal, which aims to bridge the gap between corporates/government agencies and innovators, startups, and researchers.
  • Through this platform, problem statements and challenges posted by corporates and government agencies can be addressed with innovative solutions from the startup ecosystem.
  • Empowering Entrepreneurs: These initiatives reflect the state government's commitment to supporting and empowering entrepreneurs across various sectors, fostering innovation, and driving economic growth through startup development and collaboration.

Operational Framework for 'Ungalai Thedi, Ungal Ooril' Scheme Unveiled

Recently, the Tamil Nadu government has introduced comprehensive guidelines for the implementation of the 'Ungalai Thedi, Ungal Ooril' scheme, aimed at enhancing service delivery and accelerating scheme implementation.

Key Points

  • Monthly Review by Officials: Collectors and senior district-level officials will dedicate 24 hours on the fourth Wednesday of every month for the scheme.
  • Inspection of Public Facilities: Officials will inspect primary health centers, ration shops, cooperative societies, schools, and government offices during the forenoon.
  • Teams will be formed to cover multiple locations within the taluk efficiently.
  • Feedback and Review Meeting: A review meeting is scheduled between 2.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. to discuss observations and feedback from the visit.
  • From 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m., officials will engage with the public, receiving representations and addressing concerns.
  • Pre-Visit Public Interaction: A week prior to the taluk visit, officials from various departments will be deployed to all firkas to collect public representations.
  • Evening Inspection of Facilities: From 6 p.m., officials will inspect facilities managed by the Social Welfare Department, bus stands, public toilets, and other essential services.
  • Morning Review of Civic Amenities: The next morning, officials will review basic civic amenities by inspecting different villages.
  • Uniform Coverage across Districts: Collectors are instructed to create an annual calendar to ensure uniform coverage of all taluks in the districts.

Kazhuveli Wetland becomes 16th Bird Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu

  • The Kazhuveli wetland located near Villupuram in Tamil Nadu has been declared a bird sanctuary by the Environment, Climate Change and Forest Department, and will henceforth be called the ‘Kazhuveli Birds Sanctuary’.
  • Kazhuveli is the second largest brackish water lake in South India located in Tindivanam taluk of Villupuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu.
  • The sanctuary lies adjacent to the Bay of Bengal along the east coast.

Silambam Practitioners to get 3% Sports Quota for Govt., PSU Jobs

On 18th November 2021, the Government of Tamil Nadu designated ‘Silambam’ as one of the games to be included for the 3% sports quota recruitment in government departments and public sector undertakings (PSUs).

About Silambam

  • It's an ancient weapon-based martial art.
  • The Tamil Sangam literature has the early records of Silambam.
  • Silambam is a popular variant of martial arts which is performed with the aid of some specific weapons, primarily with bamboo sticks.
  • It is widely performed in the regions of Tamil Nadu (India) which is also the birthplace of the game, where it emerged in around 1000 years BCE.
  • The word Silambam etymologically means "staff from the hills" with the word meaning of "Silam" being "hills" and "Kambu" being "staff or sticks".
  • The game is usually played on an even hard surface where the players use a bamboo stick with its length equivalent to their heights.
  • Overall, there are 16 forms of footwork present in this martial art.

Initiatives to promote Silambam


  • Recognised as a State Sports: The Government of Tamil Nadu had recognised it as one of the State sports.
  • Quota in Admission to Professional Courses: Silambam was also included as one of the sports disciplines for consideration under sports quota for admission into professional courses like medical, engineering, law etc.
  • Courses in PET Course: Postgraduate diploma, diploma and certificate courses in Silambam have been included in the curriculum of the Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University.
  • Inclusion in state-level School Games: It was included as one of the sports disciplines in State-level school games and has been recognised by the School Games Federation of India as one of its competitions.

Central Govt.

  • Inclusion in Khelo India Scheme: The Government of India has also approved the inclusion of Silambam under the component of ‘Promotion of Inclusiveness through Sports’ of the New Khelo India Scheme.

India’s First Food Museum inaugurated in Thanjavur

  • Thanjavur, which is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, will now be showing the agricultural history of India with the first food museum of India has been established here.
  • The food museum has been co-developed by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museums, Bengaluru.
  • Thanjavur is the birthplace of FCI where its first office was inaugurated on January 14, 1965.
  • The museum showcases the evolution of man from the nomadic hunter groups into the settled agriculture procedures leading to the beginning of civilization. It also displays various ancient grain storage methods, both global and indigenous, challenges in storage, food grain production scenarios across the world as well as in India.
  • The museum also digitally display informative content about the journey of FCI, its present operations and the journey of the food grains from farm to plate through FCI.

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TN Govt. to constitute an Economic Advisory Council

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to constitute an Economic Advisory Council to the Chief Minister, comprising leading experts, including Nobel laureate Esther Duflo, to chalk out a path for rapid and inclusive economic growth in the State that is facing in the midst of a serious economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noted Members of the Council

  • Nobel laureate Esther Duflo (from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Raghuram Rajan ( Former Reserve Bank of India Governor)
  • Arvind Subramanian (Former Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India)
  • Jean Drèze (Development Economist)
  • S. Narayan (former Union Finance Secretary)

TN Forms Commission For Caste Census

  • The Govt. of Tamil Nadu has formed a Commission to go into the modalities on the gathering of quantifiable data for a caste census, based on the present circumstances, and file a report.
  • The Commission will be headed by former High Court judge A Kulasekaran.
  • Several political parties and social organisations had been demanding at various points of time for a caste-wise census and such a statistics was required to ensure that the government schemes reached all sections of society.
  • The caste-wise quantifiable data was also needed to argue the cases pending in the Supreme Court relating to the 69 per cent reservation followed in the State.
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