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States Current Affairs 01.08.2017
RAJASTHAN

  • State collects 151 cr through ‘gau seva’ cess.
  • The Rajasthan government has collected 151.60 crore in 2016-17 for “gau seva” by imposing 10% surcharge levied on stamp duty for cow conservation and propagation in the year 2016-17.
  • Of the total income earned from the surcharge, until now the state government has spent 138.67 crore on “=conservation and propagation of cow and its progeny and maintenance of cow shelters.
  • Rajasthan is among the leading state, which has taken innovative steps for the development and maintenance of bovine and cow shelters. The state is the first to constitute a “gaupalan” or cow protection department in the country.

 Ajit Singh appointed as DGP Rajasthan.

  •  Ajit Singh, a 1982 batch Indian Police Service officer is appointed as the director general of police by the Rajasthan government. Singh replaced outgoing Manoj Bhatt who retired from the service on 31st August.
  • Ajit Singh was instrumental in leading talks with Rajput leaders during the crucial hours of Anandpal Singh encounter agitation which unfolded in Nagaur last month and took violent turn. Himself from Rajput community, Singh was sent to violence hit Sawarda village of Nagaur as the government's emissary to find a common ground with protesters.

GUJARAT

  • Flood fury causes Rs 70 crore loss to Gujarat's dairy sector

  • The devastating floods that ravaged north Gujarat have resulted in losses of Rs 70 crore to the state's flourishing dairy sector with Banaskantha alone accounting for Rs 44 crore loss.
  • This is the highest ever loss incurred by the dairy sector due to a natural calamity in Gujarat, said R S Sodhi, managing director of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) - the apex body of all dairy unions of Gujarat that markets brand Amul.
  • Banas Dairy, the largest in Asia, was the worst hit, followed by Mehsana's Dudhsagar Dairy, Sabarkantha's Sabar Dairy, Rajkot's Gopal Dairy and Anand-based Amul Dairy

Maharashtra

  • Maharashtra government seeks 15 day extension of crop insurance scheme.
  • State agriculture minister Pandurang Phundkar told the state council on Monday that he has asked the Centre for a 15 day extension for applications from the state for the Prime Minister's crop insurance scheme. The deadline ended on July 31st.
  • Phundkar said if banks were not cooperating on the scheme, the state would inquire against them. "There has been a good monsoon this year so the applications for the crop insurance scheme have reduced. But the government is trying to ensure that the deadline is extended.
  • Maharashtra tops all states in signing up for RERA.

  • Maharashtra has taken the lead among states and Union Territories for the number of registrations under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), with the regulator here receiving applications for 9,687 real estate projects. About 7,200 real estate agents in the state have also applied for registration. Monday, July 31, was the deadline for signing up.
  • Maharashtra government to form panel to probe techie layoffs.

  • The state government is to form a committee to probe the alleged illegal and mass-scale layoffs in the information technology (IT) sector.
  • A few employees have also come together and are in the process of establishing a formal union - to take up such causes formally.

Madhya Pradesh

  • Centre appoints agency for MYH maintenance.
  • The Centre reached a decision on the agency that will be assigned the responsibility to conduct maintenance of medical equipment, including the oxygen supply system, at MY Hospital and five other medical facilities attached to government medical colleges of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The decades-old centralised oxygen and nitrous oxide supply system recently came under the scanner after over a dozen patients at MY Hospital had died on the night of June 21 due to alleged disruption in oxygen supply.
  • The state government had already given its nod to appoint a biomedical engineer to monitor MYH's machinery including the gas supply system, but the post is still vacant.

Chhattisgarh 

  • Chhattisgarh to start ambulance service for cows, announces CM Raman Singh
  • The Chhattisgarh government will begin an ambulance service for cows, chief minister Raman Singh said, joining a number of BJP-ruled states to put a stronger focus on protection of the animal that is considered sacred by Hindus.
  • The service will be started in ten districts in the next few months, Singh said, addressing a programme organised by the state’s commission for protection of cows at Pandit Ravi Shankar University on Sunday.
  • Protecting cows and promoting products derived from them has been in focus since the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party with the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi three years ago, at times being seen as a factor that has emboldened vigilante ‘gau rakshaks’ who have killed and attacked people.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government announced a similar service, as did a particular district in Madhya Pradesh over the last year.

Bihar

  • Bihar education minister warns of action against ‘ghost’ schoolteachers.
  • State education minister Krishna Nandan Verma has warned that action would be taken against "ghost" (absentee) teachers if they do not mend their ways.
  • "Those who are in the job of teaching just to get salary should change their mindset or face the axe," Verma said after taking charge at his office at Vikas Bhawan on Monday.  He said the DMs and district education officers would have to ensure teachers attended school — and on time.
  • The minister said his focus would be to improve education scenario and up attendance of students in schools.                                                                 
  • Bihar looks to Odisha board for reform guidance
  • They intend to restructure their existing examination system. They are making a study of the best practices of various examining bodies in India and abroad. They have selected our board for the study and have sought our guidance and cooperation

 Jharkhand

  • Jharkhand church set to get 1st woman general secretary.
  • The Gossner Evangelical Lutheran (GEL) Church in Ranchi is set to get its first woman general secretary (GS), since the church was set up by German missionaries 172 years ago.
  • Originally from Ranchi, 60-year-old Sujaya Kujur currently serves as the general manager (HR) at Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd in Mumbai. She would be the first woman to breach the all-male central committee of the GEL as its GS, after her superannuation from NPCIL on August 30.

 Uttar Pradesh

  • Breastfeed eludes 33L UP infants.
  • Three out of five mothers in the state could be starving their babies because 60% mothers in UP do not breastfeed them exclusively for the recommended six months. The startling fact, which relates to over 33 lakh newborns every year, came to the fore ahead of the world breastfeeding week that begins on 1st Aug.
  • The fact has been noted in the recently released fourth edition of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) which shows that only 41% babies in the state were breastfed exclusively for six weeks. Practice of babies feeding on mother's milk has declined by 10% since NFHS-3.

Uttarakhand

  • Chinese troops transgress into Barahoti in Uttarakhand.
  • Even as the Indian and Chinese troops are in a standoff along the Sikkim border, Indian officials have reported a transgression by the Chinese border troops along the Uttarakhand border.
  • By the time the local people alerted nearby Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) troops and they reached the spot, the Chinese troops had gone back, they said.
  • Barahoti is one of the rare areas in the Middle Sector that sees regular transgressions because of difference of perception over the border between the two sides.

 Himachal Pradesh

  • HP to bring 2,00 hectares under organic farming, develop 200 bio-villages.
  • Himachal Pradesh is set to bring 2,000 hectare of additional land under organic farming besides developing 200 bio-villages. Nearly 22,000 hectare of land has already been brought under organic farming in the state and 40,000 farmers have got themselves registered under the scheme.
  • A senior official from agriculture department said, to encourage farmers towards organic farming, state government has announced attractive prizes for the farmers with excellent work in organic production. He said that first, second and third prizes of Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively would be given to progressive farmers adopting organic farming.
  • He said, ambitious Rs 321 crore project is being implemented in the state for diversification of agricultural activities under which the agrarian community is being motivated to adopt organic farming and produce cash crops.
  • Chemicals are least used in Himachal Pradesh in comparison to other states and there is immense potential of organic agriculture in the state," he said. According to an agriculture survey, there is scanty use of chemicals in the state that is 158g as against 381g per hectare on an average in the country.
  • 'Vermiculture' is the key component in promoting organic farming and farmers are being providing 50% subsidy for installing vermicompost unit and 1.5 lakh such units have been established in the state so far. A target of installing 20,000 more such units have been fixed for this fiscal so as to ensure adequate availability of vermin compost to the farmers.

 Andhra Pradesh

  • State stands second in human trafficking in India.
  • Andhra Pradesh stands second in the country in human trafficking with 14.73% of sex workers operating in about 12 States and territories across the country, according to a recent survey conducted by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
  • West Bengal was in top position with more than 15% of girls and women being supplied to different States across the country.
  • According to the data, 144 anti-human trafficking cases were registered in the State in 2014, 145 in 2015, 138 last year and 32 cases were booked in the last six months this year.
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