सामयिक विषय: Planning & Project

Bengaluru Metro Phase –I Project dedicated to the people of Karnataka

Bengaluru Metro Phase –I Project dedicated to the people of Karnataka

Question: Metro Rail was first started in 1984 in …
(a) Delhi
(b) Kolkata
(c) Bhopal
(d) Amritsar
Ans: (b)
Related Fact :

  • On June 17, 2017, President Pranab Mukherjee dedicated the last section of the first phase of Bengaluru Metro Rail Project, popularly known as ‘Namma Metro’ to the city residents.
  • The project was jointly implemented by the Union and the Karnataka governments. It aims to providing efficient and environment-friendly transport option to the residents of Bengaluru.
  • The project was started in 2008 covering a total stretch of 42.3 kilometre in length. It’s been built at a cost of Rs. 13,845 crore.
  • Besides Union and Karnataka governments, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and AgenceFrancaise De Development (AfD) — Francis also contributed to the project.
  • A sum of Rs. 300 crore was raised by floating bonds, which is a first in the metro history of the country.

Reference:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/prez-inaugurates-new-line-of-bengaluru-metro/article9729483.ece
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=165725

Tele-Law through CSCs To Mainstream Legal Aid in Rural India

Launch of Tele-Law System

Question- The Government of India has launched the ‘Tele-Law’ programme in an effort to make legal aid easily accessible to the marginalized communities and citizens living in rural areas. The programme is being launched on a pilot basis in …
(a) Uttar Pradesh, Bihar
(b) Haryana, Punjab
(c) Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh
(d) Odisha, West Bengal
Ans: (a)
Related facts:-

  • On June 11, 2017, the government of India launched the Tele-Law programme to facilitate easy legal aid accessible to the marginalized communities and citizens living in rural areas.
  • The program will be jointly organized by the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • The legal aid services will be provided through Common Service Centres (CSC) at panchayat level, spread across the country.
  • In the first phase, the ‘Tele-Law’ scheme will be tested as a pilot across 500 Common service Centres (CSC) in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to understand the challenges and make necessary corrections to before rolling it out across the country.
  • A portal called ‘Tele-Law’ will be also launched which will be available across the Common Service Centre (CSC) network.
  • This portal will link citizens with law service providers with the help of a technology-enabled platform.
  • Through Tele-law, people can get legal assistance from lawyers at Common Service Centers through video conferencing.
  • Additionally, law school clinics, District Legal Service Authorities, voluntary service providers and Non-Government Organisations working can also be connected through the CSCs anywhere and anytime, in order to strengthen access to justice for the marginalized communities.
  • The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) will provide a panel of lawyers from State capitals, who will be available through video conferencing to provide legal advice and counselling to the applicants, across the 1000 Common Service Centres (CSC).
  • Under this program, a para legal volunteer will be appointed on every Common service center, which will be the first point of contact for rural citizens and help them understand the legal issue.

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http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=165554
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintHindiRelease.aspx?relid=65432

Dr Jitendra Singh announces “Hill Area Development Programme” for Northeast

Hill Area Development Program

Question- In which of the following states will the ‘Hill Area Development Program’ be started on an experimental basis?
(a) Tripura
(b) Manipur
(c) Assam
(d) Mizoram
Ans :(b)
Related facts:-

  • On June 5, 2017, the Minister of State for Development of North East Region, Dr. Jitendra Singh announced the ‘Hill Area Development Program’ for the North-Eastern States.
  • The Hill Area Development Programme, aimed at giving a focused attention to the lesser developed hilly areas, will be initiated on a pilot basis in the hilly districts of Manipur.
  • Under this program, special focus will be given to areas like Manipur, Tripura and the hilly areas of Assam (backward areas in socio-economic development) for developing infrastructure, roads, quality, health, education etc.
  • The purpose of this program is to focus on the development of less developed hilly areas.

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http://pib.nic.in/newsite/hindirelease.aspx?relid=63348
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=164421

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