Policy Watch – December 28th, 2017

Important policy updates from 22nd December 2017 – 28th December 2017.

Infrastructure

Ganga Gram Project

The Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry has launched the Ganga Gram project, aimed at undertaking an integrated development of all the 4470 villages along Ganga river. The project was launched at the Ganga Gram Swachhta Sammelan, which witnessed over 1400 participants, including 500 village sarpanches from states around the river.

For more information: PIB Release

Recategorization of Railway Stations

The Ministry of Railways has introduced a major revision to the manner in which stations are categorised. This step will ensure that passenger amenities are provided in a more specific and effective manner, depending on criteria of account earnings, passenger footfalls and strategic importance. Based on the type of stations, they have been further grouped under categories of non-suburban, suburban and halt. Based on the category that the stations fall under, they will be entitled to receive an uplift and better amenities.

For more information: PIB Release

Innovation

Regional Conference on Good Governance and Best Practices

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, along with Assam’s Administrative Reforms Department organised a conference on good governance and best practices. Various technical sessions were held for the purpose of discussing an array of issues.

For more information: The Assam Tribune

Gram Panchayats Ranked under Mission Antyodaya

With the aim to make 50,000 villages poverty free by 2019, the Rural Ministry has completed ranking of 50,000 Gram Panchayats. Grading the Panchayats on various parameters will help the Government in identifying the gaps that exist in the system as a whole and rectify accordingly.

For more information: Financial Express

New Initiatives Marking Good Governance Day

The Union Minister for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, launched multiple initiatives marking Good Governance Day. These measures include an overhaul of the DoPT website, making it citizen friendly, a launch of e-service books so that a fully automated Human Resource Management System can be in place, and making it mandatory to file appraisal reports and Immovable Property Returns online.  

For more information: PIB Release   

Spot the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Logo Contest

With the intention to highlight the amount of progress made by the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme, and to promote and engage as many people in its idea as possible, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched ‘Spot the BBBP logo contest’. As part of this, participants are expected to upload a picture of the BBBP logo along with a tagline, with the winning entry receiving a cash prize.

For  more information: PIB Release

Agriculture

$318 Million Loan Agreement to Support Climate Resilient Agriculture

The Central Government, Government of Tamil Nadu and the World Bank have signed an agreement to promote climate resilient agricultural technologies, increase market opportunities available for small and marginal farmers, along with improving water management, under the Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Project. Improved and modernized tank irrigation systems are expected to benefit about 500,000 farmers.

For more information: Business Standard

Education

Atal Tinkering Labs in 1500 more Schools

Under NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission, 1500 more schools will have Atal Tinkering Labs. The labs are a part of the Atal Innovation Mission, which possesses state of the art technologies such as 3D printers, Internet of Things, and miniature electronics, to create an ecosystem for innovation in schools. This has now taken the number of beneficiary schools under the programme to 2441, since its inception in 2016.

For more information: Financial Express