Uttarakhand has staggering outstanding debt of Rs 73,000 crore, shows CAG report
The state finance audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (for the year ended March 31, 2021), tabled in the state assembly on Friday, has pointed out that the total outstanding debt on the Uttarakhand government at the end of 2020-21 is a staggering Rs 73,751 crore.
Internal debt, which is primarily market borrowings, accounts for 56% of the total outstanding debt. The breakup shows that Rs 53,302 crore is the outstanding amount of internal debt, Rs 16,636 crore is public accounts liability and Rs 3,813 crore is owed to the Union government.
Moreover, the report said that Rs 44,583 crore was the loan in 2016-17, Rs 51,831 crore in 2017-18, Rs 58,039 crore in 2018-19, while it was Rs 65,982 crore in 2019-20.
UNESCO Recognition for Use of ICT in PM eVidya
“Use of ICT in PM e-Vidya scheme” by Ministry of Education won UNESCO’s recognition, called King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize recently.
PM eVIDYA programme was launched by Ministry of Education, as part of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan’ by in May 2020. The programme unifies all efforts associated to digital, on-air, online education, in order to enable multi-mode access for imparting education using technology to minimise learning losses.
Major initiatives of PM eVidya scheme include:
- DIKSHA (one nation, one digital platform)-It is India’s digital infrastructure to provide quality e-content for school education in states or UTs and QR coded Energized Textbooks for grades.
- SwayamPrabha TV channel (one class, one channel)– one earmarked channel for each class from 1 to 12.
- Extensive use of Community radio, Radio, and CBSE Podcast- Shiksha Vani.
- Special e-content for visually and hearing impaired. It has been developed on Digitally Accessible Information System (DAISY) as well as in sign language on YouTube/NIOS website.
World Competitiveness Index 2022
Institute for Management Development recently compiled and released the annual World Competitive Index.
India’s witnessed a six-position rise from 43rd to 37th rank, due to gains in economic performance.
Denmark has been ranked at top position, among top 63-nation list. It was ranked at third position in 2021.
Switzerland dropped from the top position to second position.
It is followed by Singapore at third position, which was ranked at fifth, position.
Indian economy witnessed significant improvement in competitiveness, after stable and stagnant five years because of gains in economic performance. It experienced a rise from 30th to 9th position in one year. The labour market in India has moved from 15th to 6th position. Labour market is a key sub-factor in business efficiency parameter and business attitudes.
Konkan Railway Electrified Network
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to dedicate 100% electrification of the Konkan Railway (KR) route to India. He will flag off trains on electric traction from Ratnagiri, Margao and Udupi through video conferencing.
Konkan Railway had electrified its 741km route from Roha, near Mumbai to Thokur in Mangaluru in March 2022.
The 741-km network was certified for operating trains on March 28, 2022.
It marked an important step towards green transportation of India’s biggest stretches of railway electrification.
Konkan Railway being one of India’s biggest railway routes on Indian Railway network. On this route, train operations with electric traction will be implemented in a phased manner.
India’s Coastal clean-up campaign
The clean-up drive is one of its kind initiatives and it is going to be the longest-running drive with highest participation and spreading awareness. It is one of the reasons for the campaign called ‘Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar’.
Coastal Clean-up drive will start from July 3 and will conclude on September 17, 2022.
This year, September 17 will also mark the ‘International Coastal Clean-up Day 2022’.
The International Coastal Clean-up Day is observed on third Sunday of September, every year. In year 2022, this day will be observed on September 17. The day promises to bring purity and cleanliness to nature as a whole.
The 75 days drive is going to be most extended clean-up in India.
First train under ‘Bharat Gaurav’ scheme’
First Train under the “Bharat Gaurav Scheme” started from Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) to Shirdi (Maharashtra) by Indian Railways’ Southern Railway zone.
Bharat Gaurav Train started on June 14, 2022 from Coimbatore North to Sainagar Shirdi. It will reach Sainagar Shirdi on June 16, 2022.
1100 passengers boarded the round-trip service from Coimbatore to Shirdi.
Private service is offered by Registered Service provider for itinerary comprising of five days.
This scheme was launched by Indian Government to tap the huge potential of Tourism in India.
Under it, trains have a third segment for tourism. Before this scheme was launched, Railways had goods segments and passenger segments.
These trains are not regular trains, and will run according to timetable.
It will run on the lines of Ramayana Express, which is being run by the IRCTC.
Scheme was announced under theme-based tourist circuit trains.
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