VOCAL FOR LOCAL INITIATIVE (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Govt Scheme)

News-CRUX-10     14th March 2024        
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Context: NITI Aayog recently launched the 'Vocal for Local' initiative as part of its Aspirational Blocks Programme.

Vocal for Local Initiative

  • About: The initiative consolidates indigenous local products from 500 Aspirational Blocks under the brand 'Aakanksha', promoting self-reliance and sustainability.
  • Empowering through E-commerce: A dedicated window on the GeM portal facilitates the promotion and sale of products from Aspirational Blocks, supported by technical and operational assistance for e-commerce onboarding.
  • Capacity Building: Partnerships provide support in various areas such as financial literacy, documentation, and skill enhancement, strengthening the local economy and ensuring the sustainability of the Vocal for Local initiative.
  • Economic Empowerment: By fostering a conducive environment for local businesses, the initiative aims to empower communities and drive inclusive growth, ultimately leading towards self-sufficiency.


  • About: It is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Union Government, providing both directional and policy inputs.
  • Establishment: In 2015 via an executive resolution by replacing the Planning Commission of India
  • Objective: To develop a common vision for both the Central and State governments, recognizing that robust states are the foundation of a robust nation.

oTo encourage an ongoing environment of competitive and cooperative federalism among the states.

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