Policy Watch – October 12th, 2017

Important policy updates from 06th September 2017 – 12th October 2017

International Relation

India & South Africa mark 20 years of Cooperation in Science & Technology

An Indian delegation led by the Union Minister for Science and Technology will participate in the celebration of 20 years of cooperation between India and South Africa in the field of science and technology. The focus will be on cooperating and developing renewable energy alternatives, along with launching a program called ‘Mandela-Gandhi Grassroots Innovation Programme’, to develop solutions for problems facing the common masses at the grassroots level.

For more information: PIB Release


India Water Week

The Union Water Resource Ministry organised the fifth edition of India Water Week on 10th October. Major issues deliberated upon include water, food, and energy security as an essential requirement for sustainable development and water for the purpose of inclusive growth. Along with a multidisciplinary conference, an exhibition, showcasing the best of technologies and solutions created to meet existing challenges was also arranged. A number of states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, and Gujarat participated as sponsors for the event.

For more information: Times of India

Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav

The city of Ahmedabad will play host to the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, from 7th to 9th October. The Ministry of Culture has been organizing this fest since 2015, with the intention to showcase the rich cultural and traditional heritage of India, in the form of her Handicrafts, Painting, Sculpture, Cuisine, etc. The festival will also witness to the performance by various artists.

For more information: PIB Release

Health & Family Welfare

Intensified Mission Indradhanush

A major immunization drive has been launched by the Prime Minister in Gujarat. The Intensified Mission Indradhanush has been initiated in order to reach every child below 2 years of age and pregnant women, yet to be covered under the Scheme. A seven-day drive will be undertaken every month, till January 2018, in 173 districts across 24 states.

For more information: Live mint

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Week

The Ministry of Women and Child Development will celebrate the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao week from 9th – 14th October, signifying International Girls’ Day on 11th October, on the theme “The Daughters of New India”. Mass awareness campaigns with the intent to sensitize communities and reinforce gender equality will be undertaken.

For more information: Business Standard

Rs. 100 crore Clean Water Initiative

The President of India launched a Rs.100 crore clean water initiative, led by Mata Amritanandamayi Math, in Kerala. The ‘Jivamritam’ filtration system, which seeks to provide clean drinking water to 10 million villagers across the country, was inaugurated, and the first phase of its installation will be completely funded by the Math.

For more information: Economic Times

Upgradation of ESIC Hospital in Guwahati

The Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment laid the foundation stone for the upgradation of the ESIC Model Hospital in Guwahati, which is slated to be immensely useful for beneficiaries of the Employees’ State Insurance Scheme in the North East. The hospital will provide facilities such as OPD, ICU, operation theatre, radiology, physiotherapy, etc. The upgradation of the hospital into a 100-bed hospital will benefit around 7 lakh families in the region.

For more information: The Assam Tribune

First Conference with NGOs

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has organised the first-ever conference with partner NGOs working on policies related to women and children. Many significant issues will be discussed, such as challenges faced at the implementation stage at the grassroots level, sharing of insights on existing women and child development schemes, etc. This will pave the way to analyze drawbacks in the current scenario and based on constructive criticism, formulate better mechanisms to implement the schemes, in consultation with concerned NGOs.

For more information: PIB Release


Over Rs. 7 Crore Approved for Clean Ganga

Eight projects worth over Rs.7 crore have been approved by the National Mission for Clean Ganga. Four of these projects include the establishment of Sewage Treatment Plants in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The rest include three bio-remediation projects treating wastewater and one concerning monitoring of river Ganga.

For more information: The Hindu Business Line

Value Engineering Programme for Highways

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, in a move towards giving impetus to use of new technology, materials, and equipment in highway projects, will implement ‘Value Engineering Programme’. This step will promote the use of new technology, to cut down costs of projects and at the same time, making them environment-friendly. An experts’ panel will also be in place to review matters involving new technologies and other technical issues that may arise.

For more information: Economic Times