सामयिक विषय: Commission & Committee

Minorities Commission to study minority status to Hindus in eight states

Committee for giving minority status to Hindus

Question: Recently Under whose chairmanship, the National Commission for Minorities constituted a three-member committee in the eight states to give minority status to Hindus?
(a) Manjeet Singh Rai
(b) George Kourien
(c) Ajay Kumar
(d) Sulekha Kambre
Answer: (b)
Related facts:

  • On December 6, 2017, the National Commission for Minorities constituted a three-member committee to give minority status to Hindus in eight states.
  • The Deputy Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities George Kourien will be chairman of the committee.
  • Other members of the Committee are from the Commission itself; include Sulekha Kambre and Manjeet Singh Rai.
  • The Additional Secretary of the Commission Ajay Kumar will be the Secretary of the Committee.
  • This committee will study issues related to the number, status and other aspects of Hindus in eight states viz: Jammu, Kashmir, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Lakshadweep.
  • Apart from this, the committee will consider the practical and constitutional possibilities of giving minority status.
  • The committee will submit its report in three months.

Reference:
https://www.aninews.in/news/national/general-news/minorities-commission-to-study-minority-status-to-hindus-in-eight-states201712062319060002/
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/minority-tag-for-hindus-ncm-forms-committee-4971500/

HRD-DEEMED UNIVERSITY-PANEL

Committee for the study of Deemed University

Question- Who amongst the following is the chairman of a three-member committee constituted by union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to examine the working of deemed universities and the regulatory mechanism?
(a) Anil Kakodkar
(b) Justice L. Narasimhan Reddy
(c) Sukhbir Singh Sandhu
(d) Justice Shiv Kirti Singh
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On December 5, 2017, The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) set up a three-member committee to examine the working of deemed universities and also to suggest an “oversight” and “regulatory mechanism”.
  • The committee is headed by a former Chief Justice of Patna High Court L. Narasimha Reddy.
  • The two other members are Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Additional Secretary in HRD Ministry and Anil Sahasrabuddhe, chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • The committee will also consider whether ‘more institutions are running programs without approval’.
  • The committee will submit its report for these Institutions within four months.

Reference:
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/hrd-deemed-university-panel/article21269850.ece
http://indianexpress.com/article/education/hrd-ministry-sets-up-three-member-panel-to-suggest-regulatory-mechanism-for-deemed-universities-4968034/

Village climate resilient committees

Village Climate Prostrate Agricultural Management Committee

Question: By How much money, the Maharashtra government in November, 2017 decided to set up ‘Village Climate Resilient Agricultural Management Committee’ (VCRMCs)?
(a) 4000 crores
(b) 3000 crores
(c) 2000 crores
(d) 5000 crores
Ans: (a)
Related facts:-

  • On November 7, 2017, under ‘Nanaji Deshmukh Krishi Sanjeevani Project, the decision was taken by the Maharashtra government to set up ‘Village Climate Resilient Agricultural Management Committee.
  • The committees will be set up with a sum of Rs. 4000 crore.
  • The project will be funded by the World Bank.
  • Under the project the most vulnerable 4210 villages of the state prone to climate change have been selected.
  • Apart from this, 932 villages of the state, which are facing changes in the salinity of water, have also been included in the project.
  • A 13-member committee will be constituted for all the selected villages to adopt new agricultural practices, rational use of water, and soil inspection.

Related Links:-
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/maha-govt-to-set-up-village-climate-resilient-committees/1/1084938.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/maha-govt-to-set-up-village-climate-resilient-committees-117110800572_1.html

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