सामयिक विषय: Commission & Committee

Committee to make drugs more affordable

Committee to make drugs more affordable

Question: Drug Price Control Orders (DPCO) are issued by the Government in accordance with
(a) Essential Commodities Act, 1955
(b) Consumer Protection Act, 1986
(c) Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940
(d) None of the above
Ans: (a)
Related Fact :

  • On August 8, 2017, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L. Mandaviya informed the Lok Sabha that a committee of joint secretaries has been set up for ensuring enhanced affordability, availability and accessibility of drugs for the citizens.
  • The committee is designed to suggest ways to make pricing policy in favour of poor patients.
  • It will also suggest ways to make existing mechanisms for collection of market based data on prices of medicines more robust and stream lined.
  • The committee would also review the scope of Drugs (Price Control) Order 2013 (DPCO 2013) and suggest ways for strengthening the regulatory provisions of the order.

Resource links:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/govt-forms-panel-to-make-drugs-more-affordable/article19450593.ece

Govt. Appoints Committee Headed By Justice Srikrishna To Recommend Data Protection Framework For India

Formation of expert group on data protection framework

Question- The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, has set up an expert committee on data protection under the chairmanship of …
(A) Justice R.M. Lodha
(B) Justice B.N. Sri Krishna
(C) Justice T. S. Thakur
(D) Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On July 31, 2017, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, constituted an expert committee headed by former Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice B. N. Shrikrishna on data protection.
  • This committee comprises members of the government, academia and industry.
  • This committee has been entrusted with the responsibility of identifying key data protection issues and recommend ways to address them.
  • Simultaneously, the committee will also suggest a draft of the Data Protection Bill.
  • The preservation of data is expected to give a boost to the digital economy in the country.

Related Links:-
http://meity.gov.in/writereaddata/files/MeitY_constitution_Expert_Committee_31.07.2017.pdf
http://meity.gov.in/writereaddata/files/Press_Brief_Data_Protection_1Aug17.pdf
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/justice-bn-srikrishna-to-head-committee-for-data-protection-framework/articleshow/59866006.cms
http://www.livelaw.in/govt-appoints-committee-headed-justice-srikrishna-recommend-data-protection-framework-india

Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha constitutes committee to prepare report on farmers suicide

Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria committee

Question: To review and prepare report onwhich of the following issues a committee under the chairmanship of Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria has been constituted by Speakar Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rana KP Singh?
(a) Farmers suicide
(b) Drug de-addiction
(c) Agricultural debt (loan) relief
(d) Health
Answer- (a)
Related facts:

  • On July 7, 2017, Speakar of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Rana KP Singh constituted a committee to review and prepare report on Farmers’ Suicide in Punjab.
  • Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria was appointed as the chairman of committee, while Mr. Nathu Ram MLA, Mr. Kuljit Singh Nagra MLA, Najar Singh Manshahaia MLA and Mr. Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra are members of this committee.
  • Committee will meet families of Farmers who had committed suicide to probe the reasons behind suicide and would subsequently prepare comprehensive report with suggestions and recommendations to curb such kind of incidents.

Reference:

http://punjab.gov.in/web/guest/key-initiative?view=show&pp_id=18571

 

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