Daily : November 1, 2017

Global Clubfoot Conference by vikalp

Global Clubfoot Conference

Question: At which of the following places the Global Clubfoot Conference is being organised on 1st November, 2017?
(a) Jaipur
(b) New Delhi
(c) Vadodara
(d) Pune
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On November 1st, 2017, Global Clubfoot Conference is being organised in New Delhi.
  • The conference is being organised by the CURE India in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the conference.
  • Clubfoot is a complex, Congenital anomaly of the foot also known as ‘congenital talipes equinovarus’ (CTEV) caused by the abnormal development of a baby’s bones, ligaments and muscles whilst in the womb.
  • It can cause permanent disability if not treated early.
  • This affects the child’s mobility and confidence. Inevitably, education and schooling suffer – and the child cannot fulfill his or her potential.
  • According to WHO, Every year, around 100,000 babies worldwide are born with a clubfoot.
  • Annually, 50,000 in India children born with clubfoot.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=173126
http://www.who.int/surgery/challenges/esc_congenital_nomalies/en/

Cabinet approves ongoing Centrally Sponsored Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

Cabinet approved continuation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana

Question: For how much years Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the continuation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) as Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana- Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR)?
(a) Two year
(b) Three years
(c) Five Years
(d) One years
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On November 1st, 2017, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the continuation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) as Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana- Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR).
  • This continuation will be for three years i.e. 2017-18 to 2019-20.
  • The financial allocation of the scheme will be Rs. 15,722 crore with the objective of making farming as a remunerative economic activity through strengthening the farmer’s effort, risk mitigation and promoting agri¬business entrepreneurship.
  • This will also strengthen farmer’s efforts through creation of agriculture infrastructure that help in supply of quality inputs, market facilities etc.
  • This will further promote agri-entrepreneurship and support business models that maximize returns to farmers.
  • RKVY-RAFTAAR funds would be provided to the States as 60:40 grants between Centre and States, as:
    A. Regular RKVY-RAFTAAR (Infrastructure & Assets and Production Growth) with 70% of annual outlay to be allocated to states as grants based for the following activities:
  • Infrastructure and assets with 50% of regular RKVY-RAFTAAR outlay.
  • Value addition linked production projects with 30% of regular RKVY-RAFTAAR outlay.
  • Flexi-funds with 20% of regular RKVY-RAFTAAR outlay. States can use this for supporting any projects as per the local needs.
  • B. RKVY-RAFTAAR special sub-schemes of National priorities – 20% of annual outlay;
  • C. Innovation and agri-entrepreneur development through creating end-to-end solution, skill development and financial support for setting up the agri-enterprise -10% of annual outlay including 2% of administrative costs.
  • It is noteworthy that Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) is a continuing scheme under implementation from XI Five Year Plan.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=173139

Approval of Amendment in the NCTE Act

Approval for Introduction of NCTE Act’s Amendment Bill

Question: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has given its approval to amendment in National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993. Till which year the amendment seeks to grant retrospective recognition to the Central/State/Union Territory funded Institutions/Universities conducting Teacher Education Courses without NCTE recognition?
(a) 2017-2018
(b) 2017-2019
(c) 2018-2021
(d) 2017-2021
Answer: (a)
Related Facts:

  • On November 1st, 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of a Bill in Parliament to amend the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993.
  • The amendment seeks to grant retrospective recognition to the Central/State/Universities who are found to be conducting teacher education courses without NCTE permission.
  • The amendment allows retrospective recognition till the academic year 2017-2018.
  • It is noteworthy that earlier, NCTE wrote to all Central Universities and /State Obvernrnents / State Universities / District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) informing them about the legal provisions making it mandatory to seek prior permission for starting Teacher Education Courses.
  • NCTE had given time till 31-03-2017 to aforesaid institutes to inform NCTE if any such Institution/University is running a course without permission of NCTE, for a one-time resolution of past issues.
  • Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development has brought about this amendment.
  • The retrospective recognition is being given as a onetime measure so as to ensure that the future of the students passed out/enrolled in these institutions is not jeopardized.
  • The amendment will make students studying in these Institutions/Universities, or already passed out from here, eligible for employment as a teacher.
  • It is notable that The NCTE Act, 1993 came into force on 1st July, 1995 and is applicable throughout the country, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The main objective of the Act Is to provide for the establishment of a NCTE to achieve planned and coordinated development of the teacher education system, regulation and ensure proper maintenance of norms and standards in the system.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=173128

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