सामयिक विषय: Planning & Project

Govt launches ‘SHe-box’ portal for sexual harassment complaints

Sexual Harassment Electronic-Box (SHE-Box)

Question:-According to the census of 2011, the percentage of central government women employees is …
(a) 10.05 percent
(b) 10.93 percent
(c) 10.98 percent
(d) 11.25 percent
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On July 24, 2017, Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launched an online complaint management system called Sexual Harassment Electronics-box (SHE-box) to register complaints related to sexual harassment at work place.
  • This system has been developed to ensure the effective implementation of sexual harassment of women (Prevention, Prohibition and Diagnosis) Act, 2013 at the workplace.
  • Women employees of Central Government can file complaints related to their harassment at the workplace on this portal.
  • This portal will soon be made available to women employees working in the private sector also.
  • The Women and Child Development Ministry will conduct an all-India survey to assess the size of the problem related to sexual harassment of women at the workplace.
  • Significantly, according to the census of 2011, the number of women employees is 10.93 percent (3.37 lakh) of the total number of regular employees of the Central Government.

Related Links:-
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=168892
http://icds-wcd.nic.in/wcdact/womenactsex.pdf
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/govt-launches-she-box-portal-for-sexual-harassment-complaints/article19342828.ece

Jaitley releases National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

Question: The National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP) was released by …
(a) Ministry of Consumer Affairs
(b) Ministry of Finance
(c) Ministry of Commerce and Industry
(d) Ministry of Company Affairs
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On July 20, 2017, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan in New Delhi.
  • The National Action Plan aims to transform cross border clearance ecosystem through efficient, transparent, risk based, co-ordinated, digital, seamless and technology driven procedures which are supported by state-of-the-art sea ports, airports and land borders.
  • The objectives to be achieved by National Action Plan are improvement in ease of doing business by reduction in cargo release time and cost, move towards paperless regulatory environment, transparent and predictable legal regime and improved investment climate through better infrastructure.
  • The Action Plan covers many activities in the areas of infrastructure augmentation, particularly the road and rail infrastructures leading to ports and the infrastructure within ports, airports, ICDs, Land Customs stations that cuts across all stakeholders for which various ministries like Shipping, Civil Aviation, Railways, Road transport and Highways, Home Affairs, Finance, Commerce etc have been assigned specified targets.
  • This Action Plan gives a time bound map, not only for implementing TFA, but also for India’s initiatives for trade facilitation and Ease of Doing Business which goes beyond TFA.

Related Links:-
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=168777
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=168849
http://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/jaitley-releases-national-trade-facilitation-action-plan-today/story/256834.htm

Mobile App for Road Maintenance “Aarambh” launched

Mobile App ‘Arambh’

Question: “Arambh” mobile app was recently launched for …
(a) registration for elementary education.
(b) the maintenance of roads.
(c) information on central government projects.
(d) information related to agriculture.
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On July 24, 2017, Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Narendra Singh Tomar and Deputy Labor Director General (Policy) of ILO, Deborah Greenfield launched mobile app ‘Arambh’ for road maintenance.
  • This Mobile Phone App aims at use of GIS based mapping for making road inventories, condition surveys, and producing cost estimates and other relevant data for preparation and monitoring of annual road maintenance plans.
  • Its usage would greatly enhance the service delivery of the state level institutions in planning and implementing performance based rural roads maintenance contracts.
  • In addition, Mr. Tomar also launched Concept Note and Guidance Note “Mobilizing Funds for Maintenance of Rural Road”.
  • This Concept Note outlines innovative ways which can be adopted by the state Governments for mobilizing additional funds for road maintenance and presents some international best practices worldwide.

Related Links:-
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=168904
http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/how-the-ilo-works/departments-and-offices/WCMS_247561/lang–en/index.htm

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