U’khand MLAs fail to spend over Rs 220 crore from their funds
The members of Uttarakhand assembly failed to spend over a quarter of the money kept under the MLA Local Area Development (MLALAD) Funds between April 2017 and December 2020. The representatives received Rs 940 crores in the period but could only spend around Rs 705 crore, an RTI reply has revealed.
As the name itself suggests, the funds under MLALAD are used by the elected representatives for various development-related works in their constituencies. The reply revealed that each representative could sanction projects worth Rs 13.25 crore in the period. However, at least nine of the 71 MLAs (70 elected and 1 nominated) could not even spend 60% of the amount meant for their constituencies.
The performances of state ministers are as follows — Arvind Pandey used 82% of the money, followed by Rekha Arya (80%), Harak Singh Rawat (78%), Subodh Uniyal (73%), Satpal Maharaj (65%), Madan Kaushik (65%), and Dhan Singh Rawat (56%).
Under the MLALAD scheme, each Uttarakhand MLA can recommend development programmes involving spending of Rs 3.75 crore in his/her constituency every year. The amount is intended to be utilised for small but essential projects/works based on the felt needs of the local public.
Ghana becomes 1st country to receive Coronavirus vaccines through Covax vaccine-sharing initiative
The western African country Ghana has become the first country to receive Coronavirus vaccines through the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative.
Around six lakhs doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and produced by the Serum Institute of India arrived in Ghana’s Capital Accra.
Covax is aiming to deliver about two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by the end of the year.
The World Health Organization (WHO) led COVAX programme aims to deliver tools to fight the coronavirus pandemic to 92 low and medium-income nations.
PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Second Edition of ‘Maritime India Summit’ in March 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the virtual Maritime India Summit (MIS) 2021, from March 2 to 4, 2021.
The ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’ is the flagship initiative of the Union Ministry of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW), Government of India.
FICCI is the industry partner for the summit.
The theme of the event is “Exploring the potential business opportunities in Indian Maritime sector and making Aatmanirbhar Bharat”.
Around one lakh delegates and 40 partner countries are expected to participate in the event.
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates the world’s largest stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad
President Ram Nath Kovind formally inaugurated the world’s largest Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cricket Stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad Gujarat.
The President Kovind is expected to watch the third cricket test match between India and England for some time with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah soon after the inauguration ceremony.
Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium at Motera in Ahmedabad is all set to make history by hosting the day-night pink ball test match between India and England.
The newly built world’s largest Motera Cricket Stadium is equipped with all modern technologies and facilities necessary for present day cricket.
National Technology Awards 2020 – Innovative Indigenous Technologies
A total of 12 companies have been selected for the 2020 National Technology Awards to successfully commercialize innovative indigenous technologies. Highlights:
They were selected into three categories: indigenous technologies, MSME, and start-ups. ♦
Every year, in order to strengthen its responsibilities, the Technology Development Board (TDB) seeks prestigious National Awards for commercialization of technologies in these three categories.
After a comprehensive review by well-known technicians and a strict two-level evaluation procedure, the winners were selected from a total of 128 applications.
Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries – MSME
Union Minister for MSME & Road Transport & Highways hosted the unveiling ceremony of 50 artisan-based Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) clusters, which are located in 18 states. Highlights:
In the 50 clusters opened, at least 42,000 artisans have been supported, including traditional muslin, khadi, coconut coir, handcraft, handlooms, wood crafts, leather, pottery, carpet weaving, bamboo, agricultural processing,Tea and other traditional fields.
The Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India has provided about 850 million rupees for the development of these 50 clusters.
The Ministry of MSME is implementing the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) to organize traditional industries and craftsmen into clusters to make them competitive and increase revenue.
Labour Bureau All India Surveys
The Labour Bureau organized trainings of trainers for five All-India Surveys. Highlights:
The Chandigarh Labor Bureau organized five trainings for survey trainers across India. These surveys covered employment generated by domestic workers, migrant workers, professionals, employment generated by the transportation sector, and employment surveys based on quarterly institutions across India.
The back-to-back training course is part of a three-day comprehensive training course that will be provided to officers/officials of the Labour Bureau, officials of the seven regional offices of the Labour Bureau, and officials of various states.
These trainings are the predecessors of training, and these trainings will eventually be delivered to field officers who will eventually conduct surveys across the country. About the Labour Bureau:
Labour Bureau is an affiliated office of the Ministry of Labor and Employment, and has been at the forefront in meeting the data needs of various stakeholders in the labor and employment field since 1920.
Skill Development Centre (SDC) for Fire Safety Training
Raksha Mantri established DRDO Skill Development Centre for Fire Safety Training. About the SDC:
The Skill Development Center (SDC) of the National Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for fire safety training is located in Pilkhuwa, Uttar Pradesh.
The facility was created by the DRDO laboratory Center for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) located in Delhi to develop trained human resources, fire safety technology and products to save precious human lives and valuable assets.
SDC is the first case in India. It uses the most advanced technology and establishes a simulation system to verify firepower on a realistic scale to meet challenges and enhance the skills of Defence Fire Service Personnel and combatants from the Armed Forces.