सामयिक विषय: Commission & Committee

High Level Committee on Scouts and Guides Submits Report to Vijay Goel, Suggests Constitution of an Enquiry Committee

Report of High Level Committee on Scouts and Guides

Question: A seven-member High-Level Committee on Scouts and Guides recently submitted reports to Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. This committee was constituted under the chairmanship of-
(a) Deepak Malhotra
(b) Harsh Malhotra
(c) Abhinav Bindra
(d) Deepak Gupta
Answer- (b)
Related facts:

  • On May 22, 2017, a seven-member high level committee headed by Harsh Malhotra submitted its report to Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goya.
  • The Committee has found a number of irregularities and anomalies in the management and financial management, which has been audited by the Chartered Accountant.
  • The committee stressed the need for streamlining the organisational set up of Bharat Scouts and Guides and Hindustan Scouts and Guides. It has further recommended that there should be a permanent monitoring Committee, which will periodically assess the activities of both the organisations and submit report to the Ministry.
  • The committee has also recommended that there should be government nominees on the Boards of both the organizations.
  • It is notable that a seven-member High Level Committee on Scouts and Guides was set up in October, 2016 under the chairmanship of Shri Harsh Malhotra in context of the complaints received from various sections of the societies against the Bharat Scouts and Guides and Hindustan Scouts and Guides.
  • These two organizations have been recognized by the Ministry for conducting scouting and guiding activities all across the country. The Ministry also gives them grant-in-aid for conducting the scouting/guiding activities.


Chitale Committee recommends several measures for De-siltation of Ganga

Chitale Committee recommends several measures for De-siltation of Ganga

Question: Chitale committee was constituted by …
(a) Home Ministry
(b) Finance Ministry
(c) Defence Ministry
(d) Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry

  • Chitale committee on De-siltation of Ganga has recommended a variety of measures for de-siltation of the river.
  • The committee was constituted in July 2016 by the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to prepare guidelines for de-siltation of river Ganga from Bhimgauda (Uttarakhand) to Farakka (West Bengal).
  • Shri Madhav Chitale (Expert Member, NGRBA) was appointed as Chairman of the committee.
  • The committee suggests that de-siltation works can improve hydraulic performance of the river and this itself can justify undertaking de-siltation, these have no direct role in improving environment flow in the river. On the other hand, indiscriminate de-silting or sand mining would cause adverse impacts on river e-flow.
  • De-siltation along the preselected channel to deepen and attract the flow could be tried to guide the main course of flow.
  • Efforts should be made to provide silt continuity along the weirs and barrages.
  • Embankments, spurs and river training measures provided to protect the banks should not encroach upon the flood plains and delink the lakes, flood plains and other riverine environment from the river.
  • The proposed de-silting of any river reach need to be justified bringing out clearly the flooding caused due to siltation along with technical comparisons of the alternative flood mitigation measures.
  • Reservoirs in main river Ganga and its tributaries, particularly in upper reaches, should be operated in such a manner that first floods, having high silt load, are allowed to pass through without storage and river flows in later phases of the monsoon are only stored for use during non-monsoon season.
  • Agricultural practices along the river flood plains should be such that it does not disturb the passage of flood by increasing the resistance to flow causing aggradations.
  • The committee suggests that shoals formed close to Farakka Barrage may be de-silted/dredged by taking care of the river training works around it.
  • The Ganga Flood Control Commission, headed by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation with the Chief Ministers of Ganga river basin States and Member, NITI Ayog may be entrusted with additional mandate to carry out necessary studies with regard to sediment management in river Ganga and incorporate sediment management strategies in their comprehensive plans prepared for all sub-basins of river Ganga.


Sebi sets up panel on strengthening cyber security

SEBI sets up panel on strengthening cyber security

Question: SEBI’s four-member committee on cyber security would be chaired by-
(a) H Krishnamurthy,
(b) Madhabi Puri Buch
(c) S V Murali Dhar Rao
(d) Ajay Tyagi
Related facts:

  • On May 02, 2017, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) set-up a high-level panel on cyber security to suggest measures to safeguard the capital markets from such attacks.
  • The four-member committee would be chaired by Madhabi Puri Buch, a whole time member at Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
  • The other members are S V Murali Dhar Rao, Executive Director at SEBI; Sanjay Bahl, Director General at Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and H Krishnamurthy, Principle Research Scientist at IISC Bangalore.
  • The panel will oversee and provide overall guidance on cyber security initiatives to SEBI and for the entire capital market.
  • Besides, it will advise SEBI in developing and maintaining cyber security and cyber resilience requirements aligned with global best practices and industry standards in accordance with the need of Indian capital market structure.
  • It will also identify measures to improve cyber resilience and related business continuity and disaster recovery process in Indian securities market.


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