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States Current Affairs 08.08.17


Mahuwa gets Digital vigil.

  • Digital surveillance has got a boost in Mahuwa assembly constituency in Dausa district with the installation of 500 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at key places, such as government offices, schools and police stations.
  • 50 Atal Sewa Kendras were electronically connected to the office of the block development officer (BDO), making it easy for officials sitting in Jaipur to keep tabs on the goings-on in the panchayats.
  • Rural development and panchayati raj minister Rajendra Rathore inaugurated CCTV cameras at the kendras in 50 panchayats and announced that the experiment would be replicated across Rajasthan.


Antwerp port bets big on Rajkot engineering industry

  • Port of Antwerp, Europe's second biggest port, is betting big on Rajkot's famed engineering and auto components sector.
  • A delegation of Port of Antwerp Authority led by Luc Arnouts, its international working director, will hold its first roadshow-cum-seminar in Saurashtra commercial capital in a bid to hard sell the port as the preferred gateway to Europe for exports.
  • Rajkot engineering cluster has around 1,100 units, mostly small and medium enterprises, with an estimated turnover of nearly Rs 1,500 crore.
  • Gujarat is an important trading partner for the Port of Antwerp. Mundra port specifically contributes to the highest volumes of maritime traffic between Antwerp and India.


Education department orders student data compilation across Maharashtra.

  • The state education department has ordered compilation of details of schools that have less than 50% student enrolment.
  • The order comes after the Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court rapped the state government and asked it to initiate stringent action against schools accused of inflating number of students.
  • In a latest communication issued to divisional and district level authorities, the education department has stipulated format using which desired details can be compiled.
  • The compilation of data of schools having less than 50% enrolment was asked in the light of latest directives from the court as well as action contemplated earlier as per the RTE Act. The rap from the judiciary will speed up the work of compilation of necessary data.

Madhya Pradesh

A decade of darkness ends for Dalit villagers.

  • A day before rakshabandhan, Maroop villagers of Ashoknagar district got an exciting gift from the power department, as it restored the electricity supply to the village after a gap of 10 years. For the poor villagers, the occasion was no less than Diwali, and they celebrated the development with great enthusiasm.
  • Maroop is located barely 4 kms from the district headquarter of Ashoknagar. Seeing that the villagers were living in a lantern age, some youngsters of Maroop started collecting money for restoration of power. It can be a perfect example for youths to make power independent their respective villages.


Calling cows ‘gau mata’ isn’t enough; we must treat them well: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh

  • Addressing a workshop regarding cow protection in Raipur, Raman Singh said, "Had we kept cows at home, people need not have carried them on trucks. We call cows 'Gau Mata' but we must see how we treat them."
  • Singh further said from now onwards we will inspect cow sheds and top-ten cowsheds will be provided with extra Rs 10 Lakh every year.
  • "We will deploy 10 ambulances to cater to cows and will initiate this from ten districts first, "Chhattisgarh CM.
  • The Chief Minister concluded saying that the suggestions obtained today will soon be implemented.


Centre launches legal aid scheme in Bihar.

  • Remuneration of paralegal volunteers (PLVs) working with different state legal services authorities and district legal services authorities across the country has been doubled. Paralegal refers to a person trained in subsidiary legal matters but not fully qualified as a lawyer.
  • The PLVs across the country would now be paid remuneration of Rs 500 per day against the existing Rs 250 per day for providing legal assistance to needy litigants.
  • Justice was addressing the PLVs after launching 'Tele-Law', a central government's project, along with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, at S K memorial hall here.
  • The announcement of hike in remuneration was cheered by hundreds of PLVs, who had gathered from across the state to witness the first-ever launch of Tele-Law in Bihar. Bihar is the fourth state after Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh, where Tele-Law has been launched.
  • Tele-Law is a project of Government of India in association with NALSA to provide legal aid services through common services centres (CSCs) at the panchayat level. Under the scheme, a portal called Tele-Law will be available across the CSCs network. The portal will enable people to seek legal advice from legal aid lawyers through video-conferencing at the CSCs located at a remote village.
  • Union minister said there are 2.7 lakh CSCs in the country, including 19,500 in Bihar. To begin with, the Tele-Law facility will be available at 500 centres in Bihar. The CM, however, requested for expanding the facility at more centres.
  • The main purpose of Tele Law scheme is to take legal aid to the doorsteps of the poor and marginalized community through CSCs.


Project Johar moves forward,gets Rs 40 crore for implementation.

  • Jharkhand government has approved Rs 40 crore for implementation of the World Bank sponsored Project –Jharkhand’s Opportunities for Harnessing Rural Growth(Johar).
  • The fund is planned to be used for implementation of the project Johar during 2017-18.This decision was taken by the state Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Raghubar Das.
  • In fact,the World Bank will support the Government of Jharkhand in enhancing and diversifying household incomes in the farm and non-farm sectors of Jharkhand.
  • Nearly 200,000 rural households and some 3500 farmer producer groups are expected to benefit from the project with women as principal actors in production, processing and marketing. Women SHG members, including from scheduled castes and tribes, and smallholder and landless households from 17 districts and 68 blocks of rural Jharkhand are expected to benefit.
  • Sixty percent of farmers in Jharkhand are marginal and small farmers, practicing rain-fed, single-cropped farming and are highly vulnerable to climate change. Recent droughts had resulted in 40 percent crop losses in the state. The $100 million Johar is expected to help the state develop climate-resilient agriculture by focusing on year-round cultivation of vegetables and diversifying into new high-yielding varieties of pulses and oil-seeds.
  • The project plan is meant to demonstrate resilient technologies for improving productivity and reducing climate risk in paddy, promote community-based micro irrigation and support the producer groups to move into value added sectors like livestock, fisheries, and non-timber forest produce.  

Uttar Pradesh

76% UP districts fall flat in population control programmes

  • More than three fourth of UP's 75 districts score poorly on the population control front. Numbering 57, these districts have a high number of couples not using family planning methods.
  • This is evident in the high total fertility rate (TFR) of these districts or the number of children born to a woman in the reproductive age span (15-49 years). A TFR of 3 or more is considered to be high while that of 2.1 is ideal. UP's TFR is 3.1 while that of India is 2.3.
  • The four UP districts of Shravasti (5.5), Bahraich, Balrampur (both 4.9) and Siddhartnagar (4.8) account for the highest TFR in the country.
  • It is for this that these districts have found a place in the Union government's intensified population control programme called Mission Parivar Vikas. This covers 145 high-fertility districts across seven states: UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Assam.
  • The state of affairs clearly suggests that the health machinery has failed to undertake population control programmes effectively, as shown by the national family health survey data-4.
  • Health officials who have recognized that myths, misconceptions and fear of complications or side effects are barriers to family planning now bank on Mission Parivar Vikas for improvement in the scenario.


Uttarakhand to set up think tank on the lines of Niti Aayog.

  • The Uttarakhand government is in the process of setting up a think tank in the state on the lines of the Niti Aayog with the objective of bringing together experts from various domains under a single roof. Officials said that the aim behind setting up the body was to put in place "a robust academic approach to policy-making for all departments." According to sources, the state finance department has been appointed as the nodal body for setting up the think tank, tentatively named Centre for Public Policy and Good Governance, and coordinating with all the stakeholders.
  • According to sources, the state government has already cleared the proposal to set up the new body in the recently held cabinet meeting and the road map for the centre was being chalked out currently. It is expected to be be functional in almost 3 months' time.
  • Currently, the state government doesn't have a body which looks at the big picture in terms of carrying out comprehensive research and planning activities. 

Himachal Pradesh

70 cricket centers to come up in HP on 70th Independence Day

  • Former BCCI chief and director of Himachal Pradesh Cricket association (HPCA), Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur has said that on 70th year of Indian Independence his association has planned to open 70 cricket sub centers across the state, besides launching a talent hunt program and inter-club tournament at district level.
  • The aim is to discover raw talent from rural areas and also to take the game of cricket in the hill-state to next level.
  • For proper implementation of this project, the state will be divided into four zones with one chief coach and 70 sub-centers under the four zones. "The four zones will have a chief coach and one coach each at 70 centre.

Andhra Pradesh

Government identifies three sports cities in AP.

  • Minister for Sports Kollu Ravindra on Monday said that the State Government has selected Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Amaravati as the future sports cities of Andhra Pradesh.
  • These cities will get the best of infrastructure to meet the sporting requirements of each region. “Ten academies are also coming up at various cities and towns by August 15. Among the ten four water sports academies are also coming up.
  • a new look to all the indoor and outdoor stadiums in Vijayawada as both Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh and Vijayawada Municipal Corporation will discuss and come out with a plan in the next months.


Violation of PF law by small tea growers.

  • With small tea growers and bought leaf factories shying away from providing social security benefits to their workers, the Assam Tea Employees Provident Fund Organisation (ATEPFO) has started wielding the big stick.
  • Besides issuing a notice to small and medium tea growers, the ATEPFO has also asked the bought leaf factories and other big gardens not to purchase green leaf from growers who do not comply with The Assam Tea Plantations Provident Fund and Pension Fund and Deposit Linked Insurance Fund Scheme Ac
  • Only a handful of such small and medium gardens have complied with the Act so far. According to the ATEPFO, there could be nearly 2,000 small tea gardens which have plantation areas of over 50 bighas.
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