By: D.K Choudhary
Cabinet Approvals on March 6, 2017
i. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the proposal for revival of 50 un-served/under-served airports/airstrips of the State Governments, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Civil enclaves on March 6, 2017
ii. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has also approved the Revised Cost Estimate-I of 400 MW Koteshwar Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Uttarakhand.
iii. The Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Portugal on cooperation in the field of IT&E which was signed on January 6, 2017 in New Delhi
iv. The Cabinet has also given its approval for India’s accession to the Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) and for completion of necessary procedures for ratification, for its entry into force.
v. The Cabinet also gave its ex-post facto approval for signing of the Definitive Agreement on Oil Storage and Management between Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Ltd (ISPRL) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) of UAE
vi. Besides, the government also gave its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the India’s National Productivity Council and Al Etihad Energy Services, UAE to provide various services in the field of energy management and conservation.
National conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan begins in New Delhi
A day long National conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan was inaugurated by Sushri Uma Bharti, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in New Delhi on March 7, 2017
♦ The conference was organized by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
About Jal Kranti Abhiyan:
i. Jal Kranti Abhiyan was launched on June 05,2015 by Uma Bharti
ii. Objective: To strengthening grass root involvement of all stakeholders including Panchayati Raj institutions and local bodies for Participatory Irrigation Management.
iii. Four important components of Jal Kranti Abhiyan :
Jal Gram Yojana, Development of Model Command Area, Pollution Abatement and Mass Awareness Programme.
iv. Till today 726 such villages have been identified against the total target of 828. Integrated Water Security Plan for 180 Villages have been prepared and 61 of them have been approved.
High Court Declares Over 4 Month Long Economic Blockade in Manipur as Illegal
i. The High Court of Manipur on March 3, 2017 declared the economic blockade in Manipur called by United Naga Council (UNC) as illegal.
ii. The order was passed by a bench of three judges Chief Justice R R Prasad, Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Kh Nobin Singh on public interest litigation.
iii. Besides, the court has also directed the authorities to deal with those supporting the blockade according to the law.
iv. The high court ruled out that the persons and organisation imposing the economic blockade is violating the fundamental rights of the citizens.
v. The UNC is charged with imposing indefinite economic blockade in the state since November 1, 2016 causing hardships to the people.
vi. The Centre has been trying to bring about a negotiated settlement between the UNC and the Manipur government by holding tripartite talks.
vii .The UNC called the blockade to protest against the creation of seven new districts. According to the UNC, the creation of new districts out of Naga territory without their consent suppressed the rights of Nagas in the state.
PM Narendra Modi releases Special Commemorative Postage Stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a special commemorative postage stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math on March 7, 2017
Yogoda Satsanga Society:
i. Aim : To reveal the complete harmony, basic oneness, and common foundations of all true religions.
ii. Dakshineswar based Yogoda Satsanga Society is a non-profit religious organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1917.
iii. Paramahansa Yogananda is most noted for his book Autobiography of a Yogi which became an international bestseller and featured in the 100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century by Harper Collins
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Presents Rs 76,032 crore Budget for 2017-18
The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh presented the annual budget of Rs 76,032 crore for 2017-18 in the state legislative assembly on March 6, 2017.
♦ The main focus of the budget is on digital inclusion and infrastructure development and on welfare of poorest of poor and inclusive growth.
Salient Features of the Budget 2017-18
i. The estimated expenditure is 7.58 percent higher than the revised estimate of 2016-17.
ii. The revenue surplus is estimated at Rs 4,781 crore, the Gross fiscal deficit is estimated at Rs 9,647 crore, which is 3.49 percent of the GSDP.
iii. The budget allocates 36 percent of expenditure for the development of scheduled tribe sector and 12 percent for the scheduled caste sector.
iv. The social sector expenditure is estimated at 41 percent and economic sector expenditure is 38 percent of the total expenditure.
v. Allocation for agriculture has been increased by 26 percent to Rs. 10,434 crore.
vi. Irrigation facilities: Rs. 5243 crore
vii. Organic Farming Mission: Rs. 25 crore.
viii. Divyang (specially-abled people) college at a cost of Rs 2.56 crore will be set up at Raipur for educational upliftment of special children
Allocations for Schemes
♦ Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana: Rs. 1605 crore (urban) and Rs. 2841 crore (rural)
♦ Suchna Kranti Yojna (SKY): Rs. 200 crore for 2017-18. Under the scheme, 45 lakh smartphones will be provided to family belonging to below poverty line (BPL) and college students. The beneficiaries would also get SIM cards along with the phone.
♦ Tourism: Rs. 100 crore, to develop 14 tourists place in 7 districts.
♦ Saur Sujala Yojana: Rs. 554 crore for solar powered irrigation scheme.
♦ Chhattisgarh Food Security Act: Rs. 3500 crore
Indo-Nepal joint Military exercise ‘Surya Kiran-Xi’ begins in Uttarakhand
i. The two-week long India-Nepal joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran-Xi‘ begins in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand on March 7, 2017
ii. Aim: To train both the troops in the area of various counter insurgency operations over a prolonged period.
iii. It will also focus on other important aspects such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and environmental conservation.
iv. The Surya Kiran series of exercises are being conducted biannually, alternatively in India and Nepal. Surya Kiran-X was held in Nepal in December 2016.
First smart tribal village Habbi inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmir
i. Jammu and Kashmir’s first smart tribal village Habbi has inaugurated by Ch ZulfkarAli,
J & K Minister for food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Ch ZulfkarAli on March 6 2017 in J & K.
ii. Habbi village is located in Kotranka in Rajouri District of Jammu and Kashmir.
iii. The smart village is developed by the rural development department. The village has been introduced with smart classes in the schools, better roads, electricity and water facility.
J & K
♦ Assembly and Council seats – 89+36 (Bicameral)
♦ Lok sabha seats – 6
♦ Rajya sabha seats – 4