Kerala, Haryana top sanitation survey

Kerala, Haryana top sanitation survey

Question:- In which of the following states access to toilets was lowest according to the Sanitation survey by Quality Council of India (QCI) during May and June 2017.
(a) Jharkhand
(b) Bihar
(c) Uttar Pradesh
(d) Haryana
Answer:-(b)
Related facts:-

  • On August 08, 2017, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation released the findings of the survey of 1.4 lakh rural households, undertaken by the Quality Council of India (QCI) during May and June 2017.
  • The survey covered 4626 villages across all States and Union territories. According to the survey 62.45% of the households had access to a toilet.
  • The survey also pointed that 91.29% of the people who had access to a toilet also used it.
  • The survey found that Haryana and Kerala had the maximum toilet coverage at 99%, followed by Sikkim at 97%. Access to toilets was lowest in Bihar at 30 %, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand at 37 %.
  • Northeastern States of Sikkim, Manipur and Nagaland were top performers with 95% rural households covered by toilets.

Resource links:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala-haryana-top-

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

NITI Aayog to partners with 6 states to transform Health & Education

NITI Aayog to partners with 6 states to transform Health & Education

Question: Who among the following is the chairman of the NITI Ayog?
(a) The Prime Minister
(b) The Finance Minister
(c) The Union Home Minister
(d) The President
Ans: (a)
Related facts:-

  • On August 8, 2017, NITI Aayog announced partnership with three States each to radically transform their Health and Education sectors.
  • NITI Aayog has selected Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Karnataka to improve healthcare delivery and key outcomes in these States.
  • In Education, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Jharkhand have been selected for support to better learning outcomes.
  • The six States have been chosen after a rigorous competitive process based on comprehensive metrics to determine potential for impact and likelihood of success.
  • The chosen States have committed to time-bound, governance reforms in both sectors. A Program Management Unit to push for efficiency and efficacy in governance structures and service delivery will now be available in the six chosen States for a period of 30 months.

Resource links:-
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=169758

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