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NATIONAL AFFAIRS - March 2020

Mar 2020

Mar 31, 2020

Jharkhand Govt launches Pragyaam App for Essential Deliveries

  • Jharkhand Govt has launched the Pragyaam app to issue e-passes to those working in essential services. Jharkhand CM, Hemant Soren launched this app on March 30, 2020. The District Transport Officers will be responsible to issue e-passes to the vehicles carrying the essentials.
  • Pragyaam is an android app that can be easily downloaded from Google play store. The locally-designed app will issue passes to those associated with medical supply services, banking, regular supplies, and other essential services.

Team Trifed Van Dhan India shows the way 'Work From Home'

  • Continuing working from home, located in 27 States of the country, a group of over 500 officials from TRIFED, an organisation under the M/o Tribal Affairs, have unleashed the power of Webinars to keep in touch with each other and keep moving and working.Working on their computers from home, they have raised the bar very high, achieving unbelievable results.
  • Braving all odds, "The Tech for Tribals", a project to train tribal entrepreneurs at 16 premier IITs &IIMs of the country, was launched on line on 19 March 2020. This scheme will link almost 3.5 lakh tribal entrepreneurs living in villages to the premier institutions of the world.
  • The Trifed VanDhan GIS based website, the future medium of communication for 50 lakh tribal gatherers was launched on line for testing with 27 State teams participating, on 27 March 2020. TRIFED is arranging atleast 2 team meetings every day and the Team is reaching out to partners to keep moving forward.

Indian Army Prepares to Assist in Virus Response Measures

  • Amid a nationwide lockdown in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID–19) pandemic, the Indian Army has started training personnel to participate in assisting state authorities in enforcement efforts. India's lockdown, affecting some 1.3 billion people, is the largest national policy response of its type to the ongoing pandemic in the world.
  • The Indian Army has started training troops on how they might collaborate with law enforcement authorities to make sure that lockdown rules are followed. 

Mandatory for Cable Operators to Carry 25 DD, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha TV Channels

  •  The government asked cable operators to mandatorily broadcast 25 Doordarshan channels and Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha TV, saying "non-carriage" of these channels is liable for action under the law.
  • The Information and Broadcasting Ministry said action against cable operator could be taken under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.
  • The ministry has notified 25 DD and Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels that are to be mandatorily carried by the multiple system operators (MSOs) and cable operators on their networks.

Mar 30, 2020

PM addresses 10th Episode of 'Mann Ki Baat 2.0'

  •  Addressing the 10th Episode of 'Mann Ki Baat 2.0', Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi apologized for taking tough decisions, reiterated that the battle against COVID 19 required some tough decisions.
  • He said it was important to keep the people of India safe and expressed confidence that together India will defeat COVID-19.
  • "The Lockdown will keep the people as well as their families safe and those who are not following the rule of isolation will be in trouble" he cautioned.

Nagaland CM Launches Self Declaration COVID-19 App

  • Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio launched the Self Declaration COVID19 Nagaland App at Kohima. Mr. Rio in a tweet said, the app will be mandatory for any person who entered Nagaland after March 6, 2020. He added that the app is crucial for tracking and surveillance of high-risk cases.
  • The app can be downloaded from the website nagalandhealthproject.org. User will be directed to click the menu button and select the nCOVID-19 App. For any technical difficulty in using the app, anyone can contact the phone numbers 9774656952 or 8794944850. 

PMO Sets Up High-Level Panels To Deal With Situation Post Lockdown; Restore Normalcy

  • The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) constituted 10 different high-level committees to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track, reduce pain and misery of people as quickly as possible post 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. These committees looking after various aspects will work under the overall guidance of P K Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.
  • The initiative is being viewed as pro-active step by the government to deal with multiple challenges, which the outbreak of pandemic COVID-19 has posed and made the country to deal with emergency situation, they said, adding these groups will also work on strategy for restoring normalcy in their respective sectors, including healthcare, in the shortest possible time frame.

Mar 28, 2020

Govt Exempts Procurement Agencies, Mandis, Farming Operations, Farm Workers From Lockdown Rules

  •  To ensure that farmers do not face problem in harvesting of rabi crops in the coming days, the Centre exempted mandis, procurement agencies, farm operations, agri machinery hiring centres as well as intra- and inter-state movement of farm implements from the lockdown rules.
  • The government has also exempted farm workers as well as manufacturing and packaging units of fertilisers, pesticides and seeds from the lockdown order, according to the latest directive issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust Donates Rs 51 Crore To Combat COVID-19

  •  Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust donated Rs 51 crore to Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The Central and state governments are fully prepared to fight the coronavirus which has caused havoc all over the world. The ad hoc committee of the Trust has decided to pay Rs. 51 crore to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

Mar 27, 2020

IIT Madras to host India's first 'Global Hyperloop Pod Competition'

  •  Indian Institute of Technology Madras is organizing India's first Global Hyperloop Pod Competition to increase awareness and enthusiasm about Hyperloop in India. The competition is open globally and the final round will take place in the IIT Madras campus in July 2020.
  • Called the 'Indian Hyperloop Pod Competition' the objective is to encourage student teams in India and abroad to develop a Hyperloop Pod and compete to build the fastest, most innovative and efficient design and prototype of the relevant technologies in the field. This competition is open to all the engineering colleges across the world, to ideate, design and implement their ideas for the Hyperloop Pods.

Ten key announcements by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman amid COVID-19 lockdown

  •  An insurance cover worth Rs. 50 lakh per person for sanitation workers, ASHA workers, doctors, nurses and paramedics who are on the frontlines of the corona battle.
  • Each household will receive 5 kg of rice or wheat per month free of cost, in addition to the existing 5 kg ration. They will also get 1 kg of preferred dal free of cost for the next three months.
  • Farmers will get first installment of  Rs. 2,000 of PM Kisan in the first week of April. The measure will benefit around 8.69 crore farmers.
  • MNREGA wages will be increased from Rs. 182 to Rs. 202 which is likely to benefit 5 crore families.
  • Women holding Jan Dhan account holders will get an ex-gratia amount of  Rs. 500 per month for the next three months.
  • Free LPG cylinders will be given to Ujjwala beneficiaries for three months which in effect will benefit 8.3 crore BPL families.
  • Under the Deen Dayal National Livelihood Mission, women self-help groups (SHGs) will be provided collateral-free loans up to Rs. 20 lakh from previous benchmark of  Rs.10 lakh.
  • For the organised sector, the government will pay provident fund contribution of both the employer and the employee, amounting to 24 per cent together, for the next three months. This is for the establishments with up to 100 employees, of which 90 per cent receive a salary of less than Rs. 15,000 per month.
  • The EPFO regulation will be amended so that workers can withdraw up to 75 per cent of the amount for their contingency expenditure. This will benefit 4.8 crore workers.
  • For 3.5 crore construction workers, state governments have been directed to use the welfare fund for building and construction labourers which has about Rs. 31,000 crore to help those who are facing economic disruption due to the lockdown.

Maharashtra To Use Indelible Ink To Mark People Suspected Of Coronavirus

  •  The state government of Maharashtra has decided to stamp the left hand of those who have been kept under quarantine amid coronavirus scare in the country. Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of cases of COVID-19.
  • According to the state health minister Rajesh Tope, the left hand of those under home quarantine will be stamped to identify them easily.

Commerce Ministry Sets Up Help Desk To Resolve Import, Export Issues

  • The commerce ministry has set up a help desk to resolve export- and import-related issues arising due the coronavirus outbreak.
  • It was operationalised by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).
  • It said all issues related to the Department of Commerce or DGFT can be forwarded at this help desk.
  • In this regard, it said a proforma spreadsheet listing coronavirus-related import and export issues can be sent to ''dgftedi@nic.in''.
  • Exporters and importers can also call at toll-free number 1800-111-550.

Mar 26, 2020

NPR, First Phase Of Census Postponed Due To The 21-Day Lockdown

  •  The updating of the National Population Register (NPR) and the first phase of the Census 2021 have been postponed due to the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Both the exercises were supposed to be carried out from April 1 to September 30.
  • In a statement, the home ministry said Census 2021 was scheduled to be conducted in two phases -- house listing and housing census during April-September and population enumeration during February 9 to 28.
  • The updating of NPR was also proposed to be done along with the Phase I of Census 2021 in all the states and union territories, except Assam.

NPR, First Phase Of Census Postponed Due To The 21-Day Lockdown

  •  The updating of the National Population Register (NPR) and the first phase of the Census 2021 have been postponed due to the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Both the exercises were supposed to be carried out from April 1 to September 30.
  • In a statement, the home ministry said Census 2021 was scheduled to be conducted in two phases -- house listing and housing census during April-September and population enumeration during February 9 to 28.
  • The updating of NPR was also proposed to be done along with the Phase I of Census 2021 in all the states and union territories, except Assam.
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