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States Current Affairs 29.08.17
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates to nation 11 completed highway projects in Rajasthan
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation 11 completed highway projects in Rajasthan, covering a total length of about 873 kilometers.
- During his visit to Udaipur, he laid the foundation stone of national highway projects worth around 15,000 crore rupees in the state.
- He mainly focuses on his Government project is timely completion of projects.
- The 11 projects include a 6-lane Cable Stayed Bridge across river Chambal at Kota. These are at Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Pali, Nagaur, Barmer, Sikar, Churu, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Barmer.
- In addition, he also performed bhoomi poojan for six NH projects of about 556 km.
- PM hails Jamiat for cleaning 22 flood-hit temples in Gujarat
- Prime Minister Modi hailed Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind, a leading Islamic organisation, for cleaning 22 temples and two mosques affected by recent floods in Gujarat.
- The PM lauded JUH volunteers' service and said they set a "fine and inspiring" example of unity for cleanliness as he appealed to people to start 15-20 days campaign 'Swachhta hi Sewa' (cleanliness is service) prior to Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary on October 2.
- He also urged NGOs, schools, colleges, social, cultural and political leaders, collectors and sarpanches to create an environment of cleanliness at least 15 days ahead of Gandhi Jayanti and to celebrate it as 'Clean 2nd October'.
- Govt to finally hire for forensic labs
- Seven months after being criticised by the Bombay high court for not filling up the vacant posts, the state home department has started the recruitment process for seven forensic laboratories in Maharashtra.
- More than 3,4000 samples were yet to be cleared by eight forensic laboratories in the state. The reason for delay was 40% staff shortage, including vacancies in important posts such as deputy and additional directors, chemical analysers and scientific officers.
- Hoardings review petition: HC upholds its previous order
- The Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court, while hearing a review petition filed by Indore municipal corporation (IMC) over roadside hoardings, has upheld its previous order stating that no licence will be granted to anyone to put hoardings on roadside.
- Bench of court has upheld that roadside hoarding are hazardous and are disturbance to the traffic movement, directing the IMC to remove all hoardings irrespective of its kind.
- IMC had filed a review petition seeking clarification on the court's previous order on whether all the hoardings, which disturb traffic, need to be removed or solely the ones on roadside.
- PMO asks ED to probe Chhattisgarh minister for disproportionate wealth
- Prime Minister's Office has directed Enforcement Directorate, department of financial services of the Ministry of Finance and Chhattisgarh government to take appropriate action into the complaints regarding alleged disproportionate assets of state's panchayat and rural development minister Ajay Chandrakar. Last week, Chhattisgarh High Court had dismissed a petition seeking a probe into the complaint of corruption and into the properties owned by the minister.
- SC refuses more time to liquor companies to remove stock from Bihar.
- In a big blow to liquor manufacturers, the Supreme Court rejected their plea for more time to transport stocks out of Bihar, the deadline for which ended on July 31 after a new law on prohibition was enacted by the Nitish Kumar government in October last year.
- The SC, which had last year stayed the Patna high court's order striking down the prohibition policy, had permitted liquor manufacturers to move their stocks outside the state by March 31. It later extended the deadline to May 31 and again to July 31.
- Jharkhand to target major fish production
- Jharkhand is all set to to join the club of surplus fish production states of the country this year with the target of 2 lakh metric ton.
- The fisheries department has directed its agencies to prepare stock of different varieties od fish seeds to cater to the requirement of ponds, watter bodies and cage culture.
- With the better mansoon this year, the target has set to high.
- In Jharkhand, fish is being supplied from Andhra Pradesh through Jharkhand caters fish requirement of Bihar's three distrcts-Aurangabad, Gaya and Rohtas.
- Besides increasing fish producton, the state government has also kick started a project for enhancing living standards of fishermen with construction of 3000 houses in 24 districts.
- After e-cash halts PDS fraud, 200 UP dealers quit.
- At least 200 ration dealers across Uttar Pradesh have resigned after EPoS (electronic point of sale) machines were installed at PDS centres. Authorities have said that the resignations came as the dealers were unable to earn an extra buck from their PDS centres due to the foolproof machines, a charge some of the dealers have admitted.
- EPoS machines have been set up in urban areas while installation work is in progress in rural areas. Dealers can’t cheat people anymore. In Bijnor alone, 10 dealers have quit. Five others have gone on medical leave.
- Health department hires 70 former Army doctors
- To improve healthcare facilities, Uttarakhand health department has hired 70 ex-Army doctors.
- At present, out of the 2,400 sanctioned posts in the health department only 1,100 are occupied and majority of them have been filled by contractual doctors.
- Sources said that majority of Army doctors who have applied belong to non-clinical branch. So most of them would be posted in government medical colleges in the state. The existing doctors in these colleges are likely to be transferred to hospitals which require doctors.
- The ex-Army doctors were hired after Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Army chief General Bipin Rawat met in June.
- Himachal Pradesh University students declare ‘Shiksha Bandh
- In fear of health complications when Shimla police forcibly took away 2 protesting students of department of interdisciplinary studies (DIS) from Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) campus, who were sitting on hunger strike till death from the last 3 days, the students launched complete 'Shiksha Bandh' in HPU alleging that HPU authorities are not listening to their demands and now they are suppressing their voices.
- HPU's students unions- National Students Federation of India (NSUI) and Students Federation of India (SFI) too supported the DIS Samiti as over 300 SFI students also launched protest demonstration in campus.
- Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to speed up allocation of staff
- With the pending allocation of government employees between the two Telugu speaking states to be completed only after the finalization of seniority lists, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have agreed to expedite the process and submit the revised seniority lists by September end.
- The issue related to reallocation of gazetted and non-gazetted officers and Group IV employees still remains unresolved.
- Apart from the pending distribution, there are nativity issues. Nearly 2,000 Group IV employees working in Telangana wanted to move to AP citing the nativity issue. Similarly, 635 Group IV employees working in AP wanted to move to Telangana cadre. There are also about 120 state cadre posts in which the nativity issue has to be resolved.
- Assam slowest in ease of doing of business
- A NITI Aayog-IDFC Institute joint survey to find out whether the ease of doing business in India was actually making life easier for the manufacturing business has brought out the sorry state of affairs in Assam.
- It's not just the sluggish process to get land permits, environment clearance and labour permits to set up a business in the state, the slowest in the country, there isn't enough power supply to keep the manufacturing units running without power cuts.
- The country's average number of days for getting construction permit was 112 days. While it takes around 41 days in Madhya Pradesh and 43 days in Bihar, it would take 270 days in Assam to get the permits.
- Similarly, the average time taken for labour approvals and renewals ranges was found to be 74 for the country, it takes on average 103 days in Assam and Goa to get all labour related permits but only 20 days in Himachal Pradesh and 28 days in Chhattisgarh