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GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND SCHEMES - January 2020

Jan 2020

Jan 08, 2020

Punjab Government Sanctions Rs 650 Crore Rejuvenation Plan For Budah Nallah In Ludhiana

  •  Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has approved Rs 650 crore for the rejuvenation of highly polluting Budah Nallah.
  • The Chief Minister has also asked the local government department to ensure the timely completion of the project, within two years.
  • Presiding over a high-level meeting, Amarinder directed Sanjay Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary of local government, to take all necessary steps for the rejuvenation of Budah Nallah, having a total length of 47.55 km, of which 14 km passes through Ludhiana city.

Jan 06, 2020

Kolkata Police to start third edition of 'Sukanya' project

  • Kolkata Police will start the third edition of its 'Sukanya' project to provide girls studying in schools and colleges in the city with self-defence training. The third batch of 'Sukanya' will start I  January, 2019 at 100 city-based schools and colleges situated in Kolkata Police jurisdiction.
  • Girl students of VIII, IX, XI and girls studying in the first year at educational institutions in this area will be part of it.
  • Sukanya is an initiative of the Kolkata Police's Community Policing Wing to provide self-defence training to girl students of city-based schools, colleges and universities.
  • The initiative is funded by Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Department of the state government.

WB Govt to provide holy water of Ganga Sagar through an app

  • West Bengal Government has decided to provide holy water of Ganga Sagar on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.
  • The District Magistrate of South 24 Paraganas and Mela officer P Ulganathan told Newsmen that people who desire to have holy water may apply through the designated app of the Mela.
  • The only courier charges will be taken for this purpose. Mr Ulganathan launched an app for the pilgrims of Ganga Sagar to cater to various information to the devotees.
  • The Ganga Sagar Mela will take place on the 14th of January this year. West Bengal Government has also decided insurance coverage of pilgrims this year.

Won't separate children from families for now: Centre to SC on Assam NRC

  • Parents who have been included in Assam's register of citizens but their children have not will not be separated for now, the Centre's top law officer KC Venugopal promised the Supreme Court.
  • The top court was hearing a request filed by a non-profit that complained there were 60 children in detention centres because their citizenship was yet to be established. In these 60 cases, one or both parents had made it to the citizens' register but the children were detained because they could not clear the citizenship test.
  • "I cannot conceive children being sent to detention centres. Where parents have been given citizenship through National Register of Citizens, the children will not be sent to detention centres for now," Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court.
  • A bench led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde told the government to file an affidavit in four weeks.
  • A child born in India after 2004, when the citizenship law was amended, is considered an Indian citizen only if both his parents are citizens. In case only one of the parent is an Indian, the child will be considered a citizen if the other is not an illegal migrant at the time of his birth.

SC upholds constitutionality of Bengal's Madrasah Service Commission Act

  • The Supreme Court upheld the West Bengal Madrasah Service Commission Act, 2008, clearing the way for appointment of teachers in madrassas in the state.
  • The top court also upheld the appointment of teachers made by commission constituted under the Act.
  • A bench of justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit set aside a Calcutta High Court verdict which had held the legislation as unconstitutional and the appointments made by the madrassa management committees till now will also remain valid in the larger interest.
  • It upheld the constitutional validity of the West Bengal Madrasah Service Commission Act, 2008 which mandated that the appointment of teachers in madrassas was to be decided by a commission.
   

CM Jagan Mohan Reddy inaugurates Aarogyasri scheme

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy inaugurated Dr YSR Aarogyasri scheme at Eluru in West Godavari district.
  • He added that a total of 2,059 medical ailments will be covered under the scheme.
  • He also added that YSR Aarogyasri scheme is applicable to people having an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh and the eligible people will be given Aarogyasri cards.
  • The scheme will be applicable to those people whose treatment amount crosses Rs 1,000.
  • Adding that the government will distribute 1.42 crores cards with QR codes all over the state, the free treatment will be given to cancer patients.

Jan 05, 2020

Chhattisgarh CM Constitutes Panels For Rs 2500 Paddy Price

  •  Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel set up a committee under agriculture minister Ravindra Choubey to ensure the payment of Rs 2500 per quintal to farmers against procurement of paddy on minimum support price.
  • Tribal development minister Premsai Tekam, forest minister Mohammad Akbar and food minister Amarjeet Bhagat will be its members.

Gujarat Government Employees Now Get DA At Par With Central Govt Employees

  •  In a New Year gift for over nine lakh state government employees and pensioners, the Gujarat government hiked the dearness allowance (DA) by five percent.
  • With this, the DA would be 17 per cent, on par with Central government employees. 
  • It will benefit 5.11 lakh employees and 4.5 lakh pensioners.

MEA Sets Up Emerging Technologies Division

  •  The external affairs ministry announced the setting up of new, emerging and strategic technologies (NEST) division. The development comes close on the heels of the government allowing all network equipment makers, including Huawei, to participate in 5G trials.
  • NEST will act as the nodal division within the ministry for issues pertaining to new and emerging technologies. It will help in collaboration with foreign partners in the field of 5G and artificial intelligence.

Jan 04, 2020

Fellowship Scheme for Theatre Artists

  • The Delhi government launched a fellowship for street performance and theatre artists at Dilli Haat in Janakpuri. The scheme, which was put in the budget two years ago, was made available for people to apply in August 2019. Applications were invited from individuals working in the fields of acting, direction, scriptwriting, dance, music and other forms of street performance.
  • An individual fellow will be provided with Rs. 5,000 per month and an additional Rs. 4,000 will be provided for group leaders of the individual groups for logistical arrangements per show. Performances will take place across the city.
  • The fellowship received around 3,000 applications, of which around 1,400 were shortlisted for interviews. Thousand fellows have been selected for the scheme. They will be divided into 100 groups, each having a maximum of 10 artists.
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