Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare released the National Health Profile (NHP)-2018 and National Health Resources Repository (NHRR)
On June 20, 2018, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda released the National Health Profile (NHP)-2018 prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI).
i. He also launched the National Health Resource Repository (NHRR) – Country’s first ever national healthcare facility registry of authentic, standardized and updated geo-spatial data of all public and private healthcare establishments.
It will help in monitoring the progress of the health care schemes of the government and further help in forming better laws.
About National Health Profile (NHP)-2018:
i. The National Health Profile covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, along with comprehensive information on health infrastructure and human resources in health.
ii. According to the report India has shown impressive gains with 22% reduction in Maternal Mortality since 2013.
iii. Uttar Pradesh with 30% decline has topped the chart in the reduction of Maternal Deaths.
About NHRR Project:
i. It will be a robust, standardized and secured IT-enabled repository of India’s healthcare resources.
ii. Over 20 lakh healthcare establishments like hospitals, doctors, clinics, diagnostic labs, pharmacies and nursing homes would be enumerated capturing data on over 1,400 variables.
iii. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the project technology partner .
iv. Information of both, Private and Public healthcare establishments including Railways, ESIC, Defense and Petroleum healthcare establishments.
v. It will show the distribution pattern of health facilities and services between cities and rural areas.
v. It will help in establishing new health facilities keeping in view the population density, geographic nature, health condition, distance, etc.
Implementing the Indian National Strategy for Standardization was announced in 5th National Standards Conclave in New Delhi
On June 20, 2018, To boost standardization of products, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu announced Implementing the Indian National Strategy for Standardization in the 5th National Standards Conclave in New Delhi on June 19-20 2018.
About the Conclave :
i. Commerce Secretary, Ms. Rita Teaotia and Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, Sudhanshu Pandey were also present during this occasion.
ii. Two reports were also released by the Minister, Indian National Strategy for Standardization (INSS) and CII-ASL Study on TBT/SPS Notifications.
iii. This would boost both exports as well as domestic economic growth by realizing their value in arket.
i. INSS is the result of the combined efforts of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Consumer Affairs and industry stakeholders.
ii. Objective is to achieve the highest quality standards in production and distribution of goods and services.
iii. The INSS report addresses four broad pillars of Quality Ecosystem: (i) Standards Development (ii) Conformity Assessment and Accreditation (iii) Technical Regulations and SPS Measures (iv) Awareness and Education.
Chief Ministers Subgroup Constituted to Coordinate Policy Approaches for Agriculture and MGNREGS to double farmers income by 2022.
On June 20, 2018, Government has set up a Chief Ministers Subgroup to Coordinate Policy Approaches for Agriculture and MGNREGS.
Members in the Committee :
i. It has the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh as the Convener .
ii. The members in the committee are : CMs of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim along with the Member NITI Aayog, Shri Ramesh Chandas its members.
To work in coordination for realizing PM’s vision towards Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022.
i. Decision taken at the 4th meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog on 17thJune,2018.
ii. It would come out with approaches with emphasis on pre-sowing and post-harvest interventions using MGNREGS to further improve the thrust on incomes, water conservation and waste to wealth.
iii. This will improve thrust on Water Conservation, individual Beneficiary Schemes, Construction of Rural Haats, Vermi-Composting etc.
iv. The Committee will submit its report within three months from its date of constitution.
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme(MGNREGS):
National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005. National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (or, NREGA No 42, later renamed as the “Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act“, MGNREGA), is an Indian labour law and socialsecurity measure that aims to guarantee the ‘right to work‘.
Women bear uneven burden of family planning through sterilisation: NHM report
On 18th June 2018, the 11th report of the Common Review Mission of the National Health Mission (NHM) was released and it has stated that, women bear uneven burden in family planning with women accounting for more than 93 per cent of sterilisations in India.
11th report of the Common Review Mission (CRM) of the National Health Mission:
i. The report also states that male sterilisation services still remain inadequately available in India.
ii. The data has been cited from the Health Management Information System (HMIS) where states upload data on different parameters of NHM.
iii. As per HMIS in 2017-18 (till October) out of the total 14,73,418 sterilisation procedures only 6.8 % were male sterilisation and 93.1 % were female sterilization.
iv.This is a very slight improvement from previous years when women accounted for 98 per cent of the total sterilisations.
v. Out of 41,41,502 sterilisations in India in 2015-16 under government programmes, 40,61,462 were tubectomies.
vi. In 2014-15, out of 40,30,409 sterilisations, 39,52,043 were tubectomies. It is said that, the reluctance of Indian men to undergo sterilisation arises from history, social taboo and logistical limitations.
vii. Vasectomy or male sterilisation involves cutting or tying the vas deferens that carries the sperm from the testes to the urethra. It is easier than female sterilisation or tubectomy that is clamping or blocking the fallopian tubes so eggs do not reach the uterus.
viii. Also, in most states sterilisation services were provided only in fixed places on fixed days. Exceptions are Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Nagaland and Manipur.
ix. As per the CRM, 13 years after the health mission was launched, the out of pocket spend is still high.
Nick names of some Indian cities:
♦ Nagpur, Maharashtra – City of Orange
♦ Kolhapur, Maharashtra – City of Wrestlers
♦ Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra – Manchester of Maharashtra
3 MoUs signed and 6 at an advanced stage and 31 more under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme :Culture Ministry
On June 20, 2018, Under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme, 3 MoUs have already been signed and 6 are at an advanced stage and 31 more Adarsh Monuments are enlisted for coverage under the scheme.
About Adarsh a Heritage Scheme:
i. The Ministry of Culture launched a report on Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme of the Government of India .
ii. The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India.
iii. The project primarily focuses on providing basic amenities that includes cleanliness, public conveniences, drinking water, ease of access for differently abled and senior citizens, standardized signage, illumination and advanced amenities such as surveillance system, night viewing facilities, tourism facilitation center.
iv. This will be achieved through development, operation and maintenance of world-class tourist infrastructure and amenities at ASI/ State heritage sites and other important tourist sites in India.
Visva-Bharati University setting up ‘Yoga Gram’ with central grant
On 19th June 2018, the Visva-Bharati University received Rs 5 crore central grant for setting up a ‘Yoga Gram’ in the university campus, in Kolkata.
i. Prof Samiran Mondal, Head of Department of Yogic Art and Science, said that, small ‘yoga’ themed cottages with tiled or straw roofs will be made in the ‘Yoga Gram’. Even tourists can participate in sessions conducted there.
ii. Work for the first phase of the project has started. Work is done on 15 acres of land in the compound of the ‘Vinay Bhavan’, the Institute of Education of the university.
iii. Books and audiovisual aids will also be available on the 2000-year-old yoga culture.
iv. The first phase of the project is funded by the Ministry of Human Resources. The fund was allotted after project details were submitted before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
v. In the second phase of the ‘Yoga Gram’ project, the Dinbandhu Andrews Hospital, will be renovated. This hospital was established by Tagore to offer non-allopaethic medicine to the poor at low cost.
vi. An ayurvedic garden with medicinal plants will also be set up near the hospital.
vii. The AYUSH ministry has been approached to offer funds for the second phase of the project.
Some important dams in India:
♦ Ukai Dam – Tapi River
♦ Upper Aliyar Dam – Aliyar River
♦ Aruna Dam – Aruna River
Haryana government gives star rankings to panchayats on seven parameters
Haryana government has decided to provide star rankings to its panchayats based on 7 social parameters under Haryana’s 7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow scheme.
Haryana government gives star rankings to panchayats:
i. Nearly 1,120 villages of Haryana have obtained the rankings under Haryana’s 7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow scheme, launched in January 2018.
ii. Information regarding this was announced by Haryana Agriculture minister O P Dhankar at a State level Panchayat Performance Assessment Committee (SPPAC) meeting at Chandigarh on 19th June 2018.
iii. The panchayats will be judged based on sex ratio, education, hygiene, environment preservation, governance and social participation.
iv. The chosen villages will be honoured at an award ceremony that will be held in Panchkula, Gurugram and Rohtak in July 2018.
v. The villages will be awarded Rs 1 lakh for achieving each parameter. The villages with equal or more girl population will be awarded Rs 50,000 as bonus along with their reward money.
vi. Villages that adopt Swachhta Mission will be offered additional Rs 50,000.
vii. Also, an online portal has been created for obtaining claims of panchayats, for evaluation and verification.
viii. Ambala topped the star ranking with 407 stars. It was followed by Gurugram with 199 stars and Karnal with 75 stars.
Some National Parks in Haryana:
♦ Sultanpur National Park
♦ Kalesar National Park
KVIC adopts Jagatpur village in Delhi for Swachhata Abhiyaan
Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has adopted Jagatpur village in Delhi for its Swachhata Abhiyaan.
KVIC adopts Jagatpur village in Delhi for Swachhata Abhiyaan:
i. The sanitation drive of KVIC started with a plantation drive and ended with cleanliness drive in the bank of river Yamuna.
ii. Also, KVIC is setting up 20 park benches on the bank of river Yamuna. Under KVIC’s Swachhata Mission, the next cleanliness drive will start in Juhu Beach of Mumbai.
About Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC):
♦ Chairman – Vinai Kumar Saxena
♦ Headquarters – Mumbai
Shillong (Meghalaya) gets selected as the 100th Smart City under Smart City Mission
On June 20, 2018, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation announced Shillong,capital city of Meghalaya as the 100th Smart City .
i. With the selection of Shillong, the total proposed investment in the finally selected 100 cities under the Smart Cities Mission would be Rs.2,05,018 crores.
About Smart Cities:
i. Earlier 99 smart cities had been selected in four rounds of competition under the Smart Cities Mission.
ii. 20 cities were selected in January 2016, 13 cities in May 2016, 27 cities in September 2016, 30cities in June 2017 and 9 cities in January 2018.
About Smart Cities Mission:
Smart Cities Mission, sometimes referred to as Smart City Mission, is an urban renewal and retrofitting program by the Government of India with the mission to develop 100 cities across the country making them citizen friendly and sustainable. It was launched in 2015.