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States Current Affairs 31.08.17

 

RAJASTHAN

  • Rajasthan: Cleanliness drive in schools from September 1
  • The education department is going to hold a cleanliness drive in all government schools of the state from September 1-15. During the 15-day drive, schools will celebrate nail-cleaning day, hand wash day and toilet awareness day. Principals have been directed to clean water tanks and premises during the drive and involve community in the programme.
  • On the first day of the drive, students along with teachers will take oath of cleanliness. Teachers will arrange meetings with parents and make them aware about cleanliness at their homes. There will be quiz, debate and essay writing competitions on the issue. During assembly, there will be a lecture on cleanliness.
  • During the drive, teachers will look after the repairs in school, cleaning of water tanks and toilets, kitchen and midday meal.

 

GUJARAT

  • Manoj Das appointed as Principal Secretary to Gujarat CM
  • Manoj Das, 1990 batch senior IAS, Principal Secretary Industry and Mines department has been appointed as Principal Secretary to the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
  • Das who has vast experience of working on the important assignments in the Government of India and key assignments in the Gujarat government so considering his experience he has been selected for the key post.

 

Maharashtra

  • Maharashtra tops in GST earning at Rs 13,400 crore
  • Maharashtra has topped in GST collections, mopping up more than Rs 13,400 crore in July -the first month after the new tax came into force.
  • Figures released by the government said the state collected Central GST (CGST) of Rs 3,467 crore, with Rs 4,809 crore coming to its kitty as State GST (SGST). The state has also collected cess of Rs 846 crore, which will be used to plug the shortfall on account of shifting to the new taxation regime.
  • The GST constitutes CGST and SGST, which are the centre and state's share respectively . Apart from this, there is IGST, which is the tax collected by a state in which good or services are supplied.For example, if Maharashtra supplies an item to Gujarat, the latter will gets its share in the form of Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST).
  • Karnataka stands second in terms of total GST at Rs6,904 crore. As for CGST, Tamil Naduimmediately follows Maharashtra.

 

Madhya Pradesh

  • Shape up in one month or face music, Madhya Pradesh CM tells babus
  •  Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has given one month time to officials to improve their performance by adopting an effective, prompt, result-oriented style of working in the interest of public welfare.
  • The district collectors and SPs should develop speedy and result-oriented work culture in areas of government priority. 
    He said officials should file monthly work report and non-performers will have to face the music.
  • The chief minister's warning came in view of recent complaints lodged by MLAs and BJP workers during BJP president Amit Shah's three-day visit to Bhopal.
  • Instruction were also issued to eradicate poverty from 5500 gram panchayats by 2019, establish entrepreneurship schemes, custom processing and hiring centres for children of farmers and plan farmer conventions in blocks to initiate a communication between farmers and scientists. The chief minister also instructed police officials to keep a strict vigil in their areas during festivals, build a strong communication and information network

 

Chhattisgarh

  • Chhattisgarh: Four tribal students die at government hostels in Bastar
  • At least four tribal students have died in last ten days at residential schools and porta-cabins in Bastar division raising serious concern on negligence of their health and care at the government run hostels yet again.
  • Parents and students organizations in Sukma have demanded for departmental inquiry in the case and have also demanded for deployment of a nurse at hostel to attend emergencies. 
  • The Gond tribal community has agitated saying that they would stage massive protest if the action isn't taken in the case. 

 

Bihar

  • Bihar govt approves outer ring road project for Patna.
  • The state capital will soon have an outer ring road which will cross through Kanhauli (near Bihta), Naubatpur, Lakhna, Daniyawan, Fatuha and Kachchi Dargarh.
  • CM Nitish Kumar, while reviewing works of the road construction department (RCD), approved alignment for the proposed outer ring road. 
  • The ring road project is part of the special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore announced for Bihar by PM Narendra Modi during the 2015 state assembly elections. The package include Rs 1,500 crore for a 65km ring road.
  • Besides the outer ring road, the meeting also approved the alignment of the proposed additional four-lane bridge parallel to the Mahatma Gandhi Setu on river Ganga.

 

Jharkhand

 

  • Niti Aayog felicitates Jharkhand Green woman 'Lady Tarzan'.
  • Jharkhand's Jamuna Tuddu, popular known as 'Lady Tarzen' for her endeavours to protect trees and forests in tribal state, was among the six womanachievers felicitated by the Niti Aayog i New Delhi.
  • In 2013, She was felicitated by then rural development minister Jairam Ramesh. In 2014, Kapil Sibal honoured her with Philips Bravery Award.Film Director Subhash Ghai gave her Stree Shakti Samman in Mumbai in 2014.

 

Uttar Pradesh

 

  • HC seeks explanation from UP govt over delay in formation of Tiger Protection Force.
  • The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court  sought explanation from the principal secretaries of the forest and home departments on delay in constitution of Tiger Protection Force (TPF) in Uttar Pradesh.
  • The court also expressed serious concern on the construction of broad gaze railway line through Dudhwa National Park and asked the petitioner to make the railways as an opposite party in the petition.
  • The court was informed that due to existing meter gaze railway line in the park, two tigers, two elephants and 38 dears have been killed in the past few years.
  • Taking notice of the facts, the court asked the petitioner to add railways as a party in the petition. The court fixed September 9 as the next date of hearing.

 

Uttarakhand

  • Centre lauds Uttarakhand's swachh initiatives, urges other states to imbibe them
  •  Uttarakhand's Urban development initiatives of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan have been identified as "Best Practices" by the government of India and are being circulated to all the other states for replication. V K Jindal, joint secretary (Swacch Bharat Mission) has written a letter to the Mission Directors (across the country) for Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and asked them to follow the initiatives undertaken by the Uttarakhand to keep their cities clean.
     
  • Of the four major initiatives started by the BJP government of the Himalayan state is that Uttarakhand is aiming for at least 5 of their best urban local bodies under top-50 cities in the Swachh Survekshn-2018 ranking. The government is giving a cash reward of Rs Rs 75 lakh, Rs 50 Lkah and Rs 25 lakh to the cities, which obtain the top three positions in the cleanliness list.
  • A senior officer said, "The CM instructed for some innovative and positive measures to boost Swachh Bharat campaign in Uttarakhand. The state has already achived ODF state status for rural areas and we plan to achieve ODF status for urban areas by March 2018."


Key initiatives

  • Drive to get three cities in top 50 list of Swachh Survekshn-2018
  • Clearing anti-littering and anti-spitting bill
  • Linking ACR report of officers with Swachh Survekshn-2018
  • Roping in district collectors to keep cities clean

 

Himachal Pradesh

  • Government website misleading public in Chamba.
  • The official website of the Chamba district administration of Himachal Pradesh is providing wrong information to the public. Since long the website has not been updated which has caused inconvenience to many. The website contains the details of about hundreds of officials, many related to emergency services and others from administration wing. In a major flaw, a CBI officer has been mentioned as Additional District Magistrate (ADM) in the website. Chamba is one of the rural districts of India.
  • Chamba district has five assembly constituencies and one Lok-Sabha constituency. This district is also known for maintaining well documented history since 500 AD. It is located around 350 KMs from hill capital Shimla.

 

Andhra Pradesh

  • Infra development projects coming up in Amaravati soon
  • Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday put the seal on infrastructure development projects in three zones of the capital region under the Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM). There will be development of roads, bridges, drinking water, sewage and power in each zone.
  • Naidu reviewed the activities of APCRDA with officials.
  • Under HAM the progress of a project is linked to both physical and financial milestones that ensure on-ground development. It will take three years to complete the projects and the developers will be responsible for maintenance for seven years.

ASSAM

  • Assam Cabinet approves state population policy bill.
  • The state cabinet on Thursday approved the state population policy bill that proposes confining family size to two children but has shifted the focus from enforcement by the government to getting the job done by women by empowering them.
     
  • Assam's average family size is 5.5 which is above the national average that has pushed the state's population by almost one crore to 3.12 cr between 2001 and 2011 census while the population density is 398 as per 2011 census as against 340 in 2001.
  • The cabinet nod paves the way for tabling of the bill in the state legislative assembly next week, over four months after the government announced its plans to bring a legislation to incentivize families to limit the family size and allowing them the freedom to aspire for higher standard of living and thereby keep the state's fast growing population within the critical limit and achieve a stable population size by 2045.
  • The cabinet has approved the Assam State Population Bill which focuses more on women empowerment.
  • The key goal of the government, according to the draft bill, is to achieve gender equality in the truest sense and focus on enhancing women's role and status as equal partners with men, especially through providing equal access to education and employment.
  • The government proposes to offer incentives to those who stick to two-children norm, which include government employment. Those who decides otherwise may be barred from participating in panchayat and municipal body elections.
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