States Current Affairs 24.08.17
Govt gives reservation to Jats of Bharatpur-Dholpur under OBC.
- The state government on Wednesday gave reservation to Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur districts under the other backward classes (OBC) category.
- The notification for the same was issued on Wednesday.The notification stated that Jats of the two districts have been included in the list of OBC category immediately following a cabinet decision.
- Jats in Rajasthan were enjoying the quota benefit under the OBC category, except in the two districts.
- The central government through a notification in 1999 included Jats in the OBC list and following the centre the state too included them in 2000.
- However, the notification was challenged in the Rajasthan high court, which quashed the quota to Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur in 2015.
MP says no to lions from Gujarat.
- With Gujarat showing no signs of parting with its lions in the wild to be translocated to Kuno Palpur despite a 2014 Supreme Court order, the Madhya Pradesh government has made a move to source lions from zoos across India for the newly prepped sanctuary spread over 344 sq km.
- Ironically, the neighbouring state has underscored it does not want lions from Gujarat zoos.
- In a proposal to the Centre, the MP forest department has sought lions from various zoos across the country barring Gujarat. The proposal cites that the MP forest department wants Asiatic lions from various zoos in order to create a separate gene pool of lions which is distinct from Gujarat lions.
- Gir in Gujarat is the last abode of Asiatic lion with 523 lions as per 2015 census. The idea behind the Kuno-Palpur project was to raise a buffer population of wild lions as an insurance against epidemics or natural disasters wiping out the Gir lions. To substantiate their claims of releasing zoo big cats in wild, MP has stated that they have the experience to reintroducing orphaned tiger cubs in the wild after raising them and making them expert hunters.
Maharashtra government to set up village child development centres in non tribal areas.
- The state government has decided to set up village child development centres (VCDC) even in the non-tribal areas in the state. The decision to extend the service was taken by the state cabinet on Tuesday.
- A VCDC is a centre where malnourished children are admitted and given six nutritious meals a day for one month. These centres were started to provide assistance to moderately acute malnourished (MAM) and severely acute malnourished (SAM) children in tribal areas.
- The scheme was suspended for nearly 15 months after the central government were not giving grants. However after uproar from activists and failing health of many children from the tribal areas the government re-started these centres in tribal areas since last October.
- The government has decided to start 30,348 VCDC's in 20 districts of the state.
Solar power capacity to increased soon in the state.
- The state has an ambitious objective cut out for itself. It is working on a plan to install rooftop solar power plants of 50,000 kilowatt capacity this year. With this, it aims at reducing 86,500 tons of carbon emissions in the environment.
- Official sources say with solar power plants of 10,000 KW capacity have been installed on buildings across the state and another 10,000 KW are near completion. The rooftop solar plants are not only good for environment.
- The renewable power generation capacity of state has gone up by more than 20 times in past six years.
Chhattisgarh panel to govt: Purchase cow urine to stop people from abandoning cows.
- Chhattisgarh’s official body for bovine welfare has a recommended buying cow urine from cattle owners to discourage the people from abandoning their livestock.
- Many people abandon their cows after the animals stop giving milk or turn infirm due to old age, often leading to bovine deaths due to hunger and illness.
- The cow commission has estimated Chhattisgarh’s cow population to be 92 lakh bovines. It also runs 115 cowsheds in different parts of the state.
- Chhattisgarh and Gujarat are the only states which have enacted laws making cow slaughter punishable by life imprisonment.
Suvidha Kendra opens to facilitate entrepreneurs.
- Experts will be available at the centre located at the pollution control board office to explain how to submit proposals and projects online and get them approved by the PCB.
- Many small and medium entrepreneurs from small cities and suburbs are not very familiar with environmental laws and rules.
- At the kendra, such people will get all facilities and guidance. The Suvidha Kendra experts will even update applicants about issues raised by the PCB and help them get things cleared.
New pass port seva kendra in more districts in the state.
- The Jharkhand Postal Circle is all set to start post office passport seva Kendra in 13 districts of the state in different phases.
- The objective is to ease the burden of theRegional Passport Office (RPO), Ranchi which receives more than 500 applications every day from across the state.
- It will be easier for people living in these districts to apply for passports, as the new offices will start in the head offices of the postal department.
In a first for UP, Burmese python reported from Hastinapur wildlife sanctuary
- The reptile found a mention in the August 21 edition of Reptile Rap, newsletter of the South Asian Reptile Network (SARN).
- According to officials, Burmese pythons are found in tropical south and South-east Asia including Eastern India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam. Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) officials said the finding in UP adds a new dimension to the biodiversity of Hastinapur wildlife sanctuary as the presence of this species here speaks volumes about the healthy ecosystem of this sanctuary.
- The Burmese python is in the Red List (vulnerable category) of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Cabinet meet gives nod to setting up Uttarakhand Road Safety Fund.
- To ensure that tourism-related activities are being conducted according to the guidelines of the National Green Tribunal, the Uttarakhand cabinet on Wednesday decided to include an area of 1km on each side of the banks of Ganga from Rishikesh to Kaudiyala under the Haridwar-Roorkee Development Authority (HRDA). The 40km stretch passes through districts of Dehradun, Pauri and Tehri.
- The green panel in March lifted its ban on camping in Ganga allowing 25 beach camp sites to operate on the stretch. The camps were ordered to be set up 100 metres from the middle of the river to either sides.
- Guest houses and hotels will be registered with the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB). They were earlier registered under the Sarais Act, 1867.
Ruckus in House on Day 1
- The opening day of the monsoon session in the Himachal Pradesh assembly witnessed chaotic scenes on Tuesday with the opposition members demanding discussion on the adjournment motion moved by them on the `deteriorating law and order situation' in the state. When Speaker B B L Butail did not allow the discussion, BJP legislators trooped into the well of the house and started raising slogans against the Congress government. They also rushed to the podium of the Speaker to register their protest.Amid slogan shouting, Butail adjourned the house for the day.
Capital city: Israeli team lauds State’s initiative.
- A delegation of the Israeli Embassy, led by First Secretary and Political Affairs Advisor Adva Vilchinski, met AP-Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA).
- Addressing the participants, Ms. Vilchinski said her country was keen on extending cooperation in the planning and implementation of the proposed non-motorised transport system and water conservation projects in Amaravati, and lauded the Andhra Pradesh government for pooling land on a massive scale for construction of the capital city.
Assam appeals China for sharing Brahmaputra data.
- Assam on Wednesday appealed to China to share hydrological data of Brahmaputra river, which flows through Tibet, with India to help state prepare for the oncoming disaster in advance.
- The two countries have two agreements signed in 2013 and 2015 on sharing of hydrological data of Brahmaputra river during monsoon every year, between May 15 to October 15. The data share by upper riparian state, China, to lower riparian states, India and Bangladesh is essential every monsoon to allow anticipation of the flow of the water and take necessary measures to deal with flooding