Budget Highlight: First Pillar – Health and Well Being
Budget outlay for Health and Well Being (1st Pillar) has been increased significantly. As compared to the previous year’s budget outlay for health, an increment of 137% has been registered.
The increment is due to the following steps:
- Covid-19 Vaccine:
- Total Rs. Thirty-five thousand crores have been allotted for the Vaccine.
- Pneumococcal Vaccine has been rolled out across the country.
- Health Systems:
- In addition to the National Health Mission, Pradhan Mantri AatmaNirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana to be launched.
- Nutrition: Focus on the nutritional aspect has been noted as Mission Poshan 2.0 is expected to be launched in 112 districts across the country.
- Safe Water Supply: Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) to be launched to provide safe and non-contaminated water supply to households, which will benefit more than 2.80 Crore households.
- Clean Air and Surrounding: To strengthen the cleanliness drives
MoU signed for Geothermal Energy Development in Ladakh
A historic Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Administration of Ladakh Union Territory and ONGC to establish the first-ever Geothermal Project in India at Puga, Leh.
Why is it important?
- It will allow to reduce the carbon footprints and make Ladakh India’s first Carbon Neutral Union Territory.
- The project will also help Ladakh to attract tourists and researchers.
The next step would be the establishment of a Megawatt pilot project at Puga. According to ONGC Director-General, the project will pave a route for 24*7 electric supply and space heating by using hot water from the spring. Hot water swimming pools can also be used as a tool to attract tourists to the region.
The project will be completed in three phases:
Phase 1: It comprises the establishment of 1 Megawatt Powerplant and supplying of 100% free power to the public.
Phase 2: Deeper and Lateral Exploration of Geothermal Reservoir by establishing high capacity dem plants and drilling the wells’ optimal number.
Phase 3: Commercialize discovered capacity
About ONGC Centre:
Director-General – Dr. Sanjiv Katti
Safe Internet Day
The 18th edition of Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on 09th Feb 2019.
- The theme for the day is, ‘Together for a better Internet.’
- The day brings all stakeholders to come together to make the internet secure, safe, and a better place for all, especially for children and young people.
- It was first celebrated in 2004.
- At present, it is being celebrated in over 170 countries in the world.
- Aim: It aims at making virtual space risk-free by spreading awareness and educate people especially, users who are in the initial phase of learning and working on the internet, of emerging online issues and current concerns. It aims to safeguard users from cyberbullying.
How can we celebrate?
The day gives an opportunity for the celebration to each and everyone, from students to educators, from children to older, to person belonging to any industry which has a role to play in to create and maintain a better online world.
Asom Mala Project
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched, Asom Mala Project worth rupees 8210 crores while laying down the foundation stone to construct two medical colleges and hospitals in Biswanath and Charaideo.
The project aims to improve state highways and major districts’ roads network in the state. It will also seamlessly connect remote areas of Assam with mainstream India as it also comprises the construction of quality interlinkage roads that connect National highways and State Highways by making a network of roads to facilitate inter-modal transportation.
Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
National park: Manas, Dibru-Saikhowa, Nameri, Kaziranga, Orang, etc.
The government of Madhya Pradesh launched SAANS Campaign.
SAANS stands for ‘Social Awareness and Action to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully,’ a health program launched by Madhya Pradesh to reduce infant mortality due to pneumonia. Medical Staff of hospitals, especially rural and remote area hospitals, will be trained to handle the situation. Over 4000 health and wellness centers have been established to achieve the targets under the campaign.
About Madhya Pradesh
Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chauhan
Governor: Anandiben Patel
National Parks: Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Satpuda, Pench, Kuno, Etc.
Where India stands in Infant Mortality Rate?
According to NITI Aayog, Madhya Pradesh is the worst state as far as the Infant Mortality rate is concerned. In every 1000 live births, 48 children die. Kerala is the best performing states with an Infant Mortality rate restricted under 10, a single digit, i.e., 7.
Where India stands in Maternal Mortality?
According to World Health Organisation, since 1990, India has reduced the maternal mortality rate by 77%. In 1990, in every 100,000 live births, 556 infants used to die, the situation has improved as the death numbers reduced to 130 per 100,000 in 2016.
India aims at achieving the Millennium Development Goal under the Sustainable Development Goal 2030.
Sridhar Vembu & DK Sharma is appointed to the National Security Advisory Board
The founding person of Zoho, Sridhar Vembu, has been appointed to the National Security Advisory Board. He is one of the Padma Shri Awardees represented by the Government of India. Other members in the lists are DK Sharma, K Radhakrishnan, Anshuman Tripathy, and Arun Singh.
The board consists of eminent national security experts outside the government, usually senior retired officials, civilians, military leaders, and distinguished civil society members.
K Radhakrishnan was Former ISRO Chief, Anshuman Tripathy is a faculty of IIM Banglore, Arun Singh is the Diplomat who has served in France and the USA, and Devendra Kumar Sharma chairman of Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regularity Commission (hperc).
What is National Security Board?
It is a group led by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the key advisor to Prime Minister Modi and the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). The NSA receives consultations on six verticals, Defence, Internal Security, External Affairs, Intelligence, Space, Nuclear Affairs (also known as Strategic Affairs), economic affairs, etc., from the board members.