A & C Act- Order cannot be in operation when it is stayed by SC: HC (See 'Legal Desk') IBC - There is no need to interfere in order of NCLT as interest of Financial Creditor is already fully protected: NCLAT (See 'Legal Desk') SEBI - Doctrine of equality can be applied to guilty persons while determining quantum of penalty: SAT (See 'Legal Desk') IBC - Adjudicating/appellate authority can interfere only on limited issue of procedure and legal compliance, i.e., enumeration u/s 30(2) r.w. secs. 31 and 61(3): NCLAT (See 'Legal Desk') IBC - SCN can be disposed if contentions are because of ignorance of provisions of IBC and is procedural: IBBI (See 'Legal Desk') IBC - CIRP can't be stalled by equity shareholder until One Time Settlement is complete: NCLT (See 'Legal Desk') Asha Parekh to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award, 2020 (See 'Corp Brief') SARFAESI - Designated authority is not required to adjudicate dispute between borrower, creditor and/or between any other third party in exercise of powers u/s 14: SC (See 'Legal Desk') PMLA - Bail cannot be provided for applicant whose previous conduct regarding investigation is not proper: HC (See 'Legal Desk') Competition Act - Investigation for unfair trade practice cannot be ordered without proper evidence: CCI (See 'Legal Desk') IBC - Claim of pre-existing dispute cannot be allowed merely by showing counter claim: NCLT (See 'Legal Desk') Trademarks Act - Appointment of grievance officer is necessary for implementation of urgent orders: HC (See 'Legal Desk') IOCL first OMC to market AVGAS 100 LL in country (See 'Corp Brief') A&C Act - Debt not covered by resolution plan cannot be considered extinguished automatically: HC (See 'Legal Desk') Trademarks Act - Quia timet suit by party who is under threat of infringement is maintainable in case of genuine apprehension: HC (See 'Legal Desk') IBC - CIRP can be initiated against Corporate Debtor after limitation period if there is acknowlegment from time to time: NCLT (See 'Legal Desk') IBC - Creditors must provide proper supporting documents while filing their claims: NCLAT (See 'Legal Desk') CIL to ink MoU with 3 PSUs for Coal to Chemical Products (See 'Corp Brief') MoS says decarbonizing of buildings should be highest priority (See 'Corp Brief') IBC - Approval of resolution in respect of one borrower cannot discharge a co-borrower: SC (See 'Legal Desk') IBC - There is no reason why applicant for CIRP, should not be allowed to withdraw its application once its disputes is settled: SC (See 'Legal Desk') Royal Society of Chemistry, CSIR to work together to support chemistry in schools (See 'Corp Brief') IBC - Contraventions of RP can be excused if it is done during initial period of insolvency regime where there was no proper developed practices and actions were done on good faith: IBBI (See 'Legal Desk') IBC - Operational creditor can initiate CIRP for non-payment of dues after completing all obligations in agreement: NCLT (See 'Legal Desk') CEA brings out Draft Resource Adequacy framework for reliable power supply (See 'Corp Brief') Trade Marks - Opposition for trademark application can be allowed if it is not within time-limit: HC (See 'Legal Desk') Arbitration Act - Order of tribunal can be set aside if it is erroneous: HC (See 'Legal Desk') MOD inks deal for dual role Surface-to-Surface BrahMos missile with BAPL (See 'Corp Brief')

Fishery: Women as catalyst for change: Experts

Published: Aug 11, 2022

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, AUG 11, 2022: WOMEN constitute nearly half of the employed fisheries' workforce globally, with Indian fisherwomen population accounting to about 44% of the total fisher popultaion. Women engage in various types of fish harvesting activities, small-scale near-by shore fishing activities and seaweed cultivation, fish cleaning, drying, salting and industrial processing. However fisheries, traditionally, has been a male-dominated sector where women's contributions go unrecognised and their income are highly undervalued. Therefore, empowerment and upliftment of 1.24 crore women workforce engaged in fisheries activities is expected to hugely boost sectoral growth.

Keeping in view the above critical aspects, Department of Fisheries (MoFAHD) organised a webinar 'Women as catalyst for change' that brought forth discussion on the need to narrow the gender gap in the fisheries sector. The webinar was chaired by Dr. (Smt.) Suvarna Chandrappagari, IFS, Chief Executive (CE), National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad and was graced by the presence of Dr. V. Krippa, Member Secretary, Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA), esteemed panellists Ms. Veenu Jaichand, Partner - Skill Development & Entrprnuership, Ernst & Young, Dr. Sriparna Baruha, Head, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIIE), Assam and Dr. S. Glory Swarupa, Director General, National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hyderabad.

The event started with the Welcome address by Joint Secretary (Inland Fisheries), Dept of Fisheries. In his address JS (IF) highlighted the current scenario in the sector and requested the guest panlelists to share methodologies, ideas and initiatives that can encourage women to join the mainstream work in the fisheries sector. To set the context for the webinar, Dr V Krippa highlighted on-ground issues faced by  women across the fisheries value chain and posed the question if the endeavours and initiatives being currently taken up are sufficient to empower women. Through her own experience during visits to States/UTs, Chairperson, Dr Suvarna highlighted issues where drudgery, hardship and gender biasness are prominently faced by women daily. NFDB's role as an instrumental agency in training and capacitating women in the fisheries sector was also highlighted.

Further the guest panelists put forth their views on different solutions and opportunities that can resolve and bridge the gender gaps. Ms Jaichand emphasised on the need to scale up skilling and capacity building of women where state governments/UT administrations play a major role by coming forward and capacitating women. She also urged that the stakeholders should ensure that appropriate job roles are created to match the appropriate skill sets.

Dr. S Baruha shared the success story of women led cluster in the handloom industry in the North East Region where 'social mobilisation' and 'collaboration amongst value chain stakeholders' played a key role. It was recommended that the cluster-approach thus plays a critical role in restricting migration of youth from rural to urban areas to ensure sustainability.

Dr. G Swarupa highlighted the need of customised strategies for encouraging women to take up entrepreneurial opportunities through policy reforms, granting access to credit, loans and decision making. The outcome of creating a supportive ecosystem is expected to reduce vulnerability and enhance credibility and confidence amongst women.