29.07.21 Daily HPSC Current Affairs.

HARYANA

Haryana cancelled 2.91 lakh ration cards in last 3 yrs, Punjab 2.87 lakh

 

Haryana has cancelled 2.91 lakh ration cards of ineligible beneficiaries in the region in the last three years. Its neighbour Punjab has annulled 2.87 lakh such ration cards while the hill state of Himachal Pradesh found 59,435 ration card holders not entitled to enjoy the benefits of the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) from 2018 to 2020.

Minister of state in the ministry of rural development and consumer affairs, food and public distribution Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti shared this information during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament on Tuesday. She said that under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), Aadhaar seeding of ration cards ensures uniqueness of beneficiaries in the public distribution system, avoiding duplicate or bogus ration cards. So far, more than 92% ration cards, at least one member of household, have been Aadhaar seeded at the national level. A total of 30 states and Union territories have completed the Aadhaar seeding of ration cards under NFSA, said the minister.

The TPDS is operated under the joint responsibilities of the central and the state/UT governments in which the operational responsibilities, such as identification of beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act, issuance of ration cards to them, allocation of foodgrains to all fair price shops, distribution to beneficiaries, licensing and monitoring of fair price shops, grievance redressal of beneficiaries lies with the concerned state or UT government.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Philippines Got Approval for Golden Rice

 

The Philippines has become the 1st country in the world to get approval for the commercial production of genetically modified golden rice. Golden rice is a variety of rice enriched with various nutrients that will helpful in reducing childhood malnutrition.

Highlights:

♦ The Golden rice is developed by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rice Research Institute in partnership with the International Rice Research Institute, after contributing nearly two decades. It is named Golden Rice because of its bright yellow colour.

♦ One cup of golden rice can give as much as 40 per cent of vitamin A which is essential for children aged 6 months to 5 years, to combat childhood blindness & save lives in the developing world.

♦ Golden rice is the first genetically modified rice approved for commercial propagation in South and Southeast Asia.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Anniversary of MyGov

 

MyGov is celebrating its 7th anniversary. MyGov, the citizen engagement platform, has been in operation for seven years.

Highlights:

♦ It was launched in 2014 with the idea of using an online platform to bring the government closer to ordinary people, creating an interface for ordinary citizens and experts to exchange ideas and opinions in a healthy way, with the goal of contributing to the social and economic transformation of India.

♦ MyGov has grown into a robust citizen engagement platform that is used by nearly all government departments to enable participatory governance.

 

Gharib Nawaz Employment Scheme – Minority Affairs

 

The Gharib Nawaz Employment Scheme is being carried out by the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

About Gharib Nawaz Employment Scheme:

In 2017-18, the Ministry of Minority Affairs launched the scheme to provide short-term job-oriented skill development courses to youth from minority communities in order to prepare them for skill-based employment.

This scheme is carried out in accordance with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship’s (MSD&E’s) common standards by empanelled Program Implementation Agencies (PIAs).

The scheme is implemented by the Maulana Azad  Education Foundation, which is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

As part of this scheme, ‘Garib Nawaz’ skill development centres are run to help minority youth develop their skills.

 

National River Conservation Plan – NRCP

 

♦ It is a government-sponsored scheme administered by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.
♦ It all started in 1985 with the Ganga Action Plan (GAP).

♦ It was expanded in 1995 as the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) to include the country’s other major rivers.

♦ The aim of the National River Conservation Plan is to reduce pollution loads in rivers by implementing various pollution abatement projects, thereby improving water quality.

♦ The implementation of this scheme is supervised by the NRCD.

 

Coastal States have RoPax and Water Taxi Services

 

The Ports, Shipping and Waterways Ministry under the Sagarmala program has carried out  Ro-Ro/Ro-Pax  projects on multiple routes.

Highlights:

♦ The Shipping Ministry launched Ro-Pax, a roll-on-roll-off cum passenger ferry service.
♦ It is a water transportation service project.
♦ It improves connectivity between centres while also helping to reduce pollution associated with road transportation.
♦ In comparison to road/rail transportation, water transport services are less expensive and more environmentally friendly. It is a less expensive option for people, as well as a more time-saving option, as it can reduce travel time into half.
♦ It has a significant impact on the logistical needs of the region’s small-scale industries.

 

Circulation of Draft Indian Ports Bill

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways had circulated the draft Indian Ports Bill 2020 in the course of new legislation, seeking input from all stakeholders.

Highlights:

♦ It aims to facilitate the structured growth and long-term development of ports in order to attract investments in the port sector.

♦ The proposed Bill will include measures to facilitate port conservation, taking into account the current situation with regard to the large number of non-operational ports.

♦ It will encourage more investment in the Indian maritime and ports sector by developing improved, comprehensive regulatory frameworks for the development of new ports and the management of existing ports.

 

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