सामयिक विषय: Planning & Project

Rapid Reporting System for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls launched by Ministry of Women and Child Development today

Rapid Reporting System for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls

Question: Nutritional support at which of the following rates /beneficiary/day for 300 days in a year is aim of the Rapid Reporting System for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls?
(a) 8.0 rupees
(b) 8.50 rupees
(c) 9.0 rupees
(d) 9.50 rupees
Answer- (d) 
Related Facts:

  • On January 24th, 2018, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Shri Rakesh Srivastava launched the Phase -1 i.e. the beneficiary module of the Rapid Reporting System for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls – a web based on line monitoring for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls in New Delhi
  • The RRS will facilitate the monitoring of the scheme and taking corrective measures by ensuring faster flow of information, accurate targeting of the beneficiaries and reduction of leakages.
  • This Portal has been developed in collaboration with National Informatics Centre (NIC).
  • The URL for the portal is http://sag-rrs.nic.in.
  • The Government on 16.11.2017, realizing the multi-dimensional needs of out of school adolescent girls (11-14 years) owing to the onset of second growth spurt during this period and with a aim to motivate these girls to join school system, approved continuation of the Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) for out of school girls in the age group of 11-14 years.
  • The scheme aims at providing them nutritional support @ Rs.9.50/beneficiary/day for 300 days in a year, motivating out of school girls to go back to formal schooling or skill training under non-nutrition component of the scheme.
  • Government has also approved expansion and universalisation of the Scheme for Adolescent Girls in a phased manner i.e. in additional 303 districts in 2017-18
  • In remaining districts it will be in 2018-19 with the simultaneous phasing out of Kishori Shakti Yojana.
  • Presently, MWCD is implementing the Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG) in selected 508 districts across the country.
  • SAG aims at empowering out of school adolescent girls of 11 to 14 years by improving their nutritional and health status, upgrading their skills. In addition to the nutritional support under the scheme, the girls are equipped with information on health, hygiene and guidance on existing public services.
  • The Scheme aims to mainstream out of school girls into formal education or non-formal education.
  • Scheme for Adolescent Girls is a centrally sponsored scheme, implemented through Centre and State share in the ratio of 50:50, for nutrition component 60:40 for the rest of the activities for State and UTs with legislation, 90:10 for NE and three Himalayan States and 100% for UTs without legislation.

Reference:             
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=175842
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintHindiRelease.aspx?relid=70312

Arun Jaitley, Union Finance and Corporate Affairs minister, launches National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal in Delh

Launching of National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal

Question: By whom National CSR Data Portal and Corporate Data Portal were launched recently?
(a) Suresh Prabhu
(b) Arun Jaitley
(c) Jayant Sinha
(d) Rajiv Kumar
Answer: (b) 
Related Facts:

  • On January 19th, 2018, Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs launched the National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal.
  • During launching Shri P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Corporate Affairs and Law & Justice was also present.
  • Shri Arun Jaitley said that the initiative is a significant step towards driving accountability and transparency for corporate India.
  • By making the portals accessible to general public, it will ensure high level of compliance and also in institutionalizing and consolidating the CSR activities.
  • The dual launched had created a landmark in bringing about 100 percent transparencies in corporate governance by making public over 4-crore filings of nearly 1.2 million companies.
  • Also the two portals would promote corporate transparency and accountability to public at large and also facilitate social audit of CSR projects, besides bringing together CSR contributors, implementers and beneficiaries and aligning CSR activities with national development goals.
  • The National CSR Data Portal will capture information on CSR activities carried out by eligible companies, filed on the MCA21 registry in their financial statements.
  • The filed information provides a snap shot of CSR activities carried out by companies.
  • The CSR portal contains all filed information, which can generate pre-defined reports with respect to expenditure across states, districts, development sectors, etc.
  • The Portal also provides for feedback on projects to be given by registered users.
  • The open access to data is expected to help researchers, improve quality of data filed by companies, as well as involve intended beneficiaries in giving valuable feedback to companies.
  • While the Corporate Data Portal aims at making all the financial and non-financial information of the companies available in a user friendly format to the general public.
  • It also has facility to generate pre-defined reports and also customized reports.

Reference: 
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=175763
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintHindiRelease.aspx?relid=70256

NITI Aayog initiates the first course on Sustainable Urban Planning using Remote Sensing and GIS at IIT Kanpur’s Outreach Center in NOIDA

First course on Sustainable Urban Planning

Question: In the outreach center in NOIDA of which of the following Indian Institute of Technology The First Global Initiative on Academic Network GIAN course on Sustainable Urban planning using remote sensing and Geographic Information System, GIS has been launched recently?
(a) Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
(b) Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
(c) Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
(d) Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Answer: (c) 
Related Facts:

  • On January 15th, 2018, the First Global Initiative on Academic Network GIAN course on Sustainable Urban planning using remote sensing and Geographic Information System, GIS has been launched at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur’s outreach center in NOIDA.
  • Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog, Ratan P. Watal, inaugurated the course at a function.
  • This course is being conducted under the Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) Program of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and actively supported by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • This course aims to give participants state-of-the-art remote sensing and GIS skills which will allow them to rise to the challenge of managing the rapidly changing urban environment of Indian cities. Focus will be on issues such as water resource management, water pollution and strategic emplacements for water treatment facilities.
  • The course is being coordinated by Professor Rajiv Sinha from the Department of Earth Sciences at IIT Kanpur and Dr. Patrice Carbonneau from the Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK.
  • Participants from several Government departments such as ISRO, AP Remote Sensing Application Centre, National Mission on Clean Ganga and students from different engineering colleges and universities across the country are attending the course.
  • In his inaugural address, Mr. Wattal emphasized the need to harness the potential of GIS and Remote Sensing technology to address the challenges of urbanization.
  • He urged the participants to come forward with smart solutions for smart cities.
  • Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Shiv Das Meena, was the Guest of Honour on this occasion.
  • This course is expected to contribute significantly to build trained manpower for the Smart Cities Mission launched by the Government on 25th June 2015 with an objective to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions.

Reference:                         
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/mbErel.aspx?relid=175653
http://consciousnesstimes.cmhglobal.in/India-/NITI-Aayog-initiates-the-first-course-on-Sustainable-Urban-Planning-using-Remote-Sensing-and-GIS-at-IIT-Kanpur%E2%80%99s-outreach-centre-at-Noida/TC8529632159
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/niti-aayog-offers-course-on-sustainable-urban-planning/article10036150.ece

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