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UP banned plastic bags

UP government has banned the use of polythene bags and other commonly used items of plastic from 15 July. Allahabad High Court in 2015 directed the state government to issue a notification for a complete ban on the sale of polythene. Recently in March 2018 Maharashtra government also banned the manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of plastic materials.

Do not appoint police officer as acting DGP

The Supreme Court restricted the choice of State governments to appoint their Directors General of Police. Instead, State governments should henceforth send their proposals for DGPs to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) three months before the incumbent is due to retire. The UPSC will prepare a panel of officers fit to be DGP in the State concerned and send them back.

‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was conferred the ‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award for her remarkable work in e-governance. The award was given to her at the 52nd Skoch Summit held in New Delhi. Efforts of the chief minister and state government were appreciated in implementing the prime minister’s Digital India campaign for benefitting the common man.

Fadnavis visited Virgin Hyperloop test site

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visited one of Virgin Hyperloop One’s test sites in the US, earlier this week. The visit follows the MoU signed by the state government with the Virgin Group to build the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop at an estimated cost of ?20,000 crore. The Hyperloop is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities to 25 minutes.

Odisha announced health care assistance

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced that the state government would launch a new scheme which will provide health care assistance of Rs 5 lakh per family in government hospitals to around 3.5 crore people. CM announced that the “Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana” will be launched on August 15. It will provide health care benefits to around 3.5 crore people from over 70 lakh families in the state.

NIC launched fourth data centre in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar has become the fourth National data centre of National Informatics Centre (NIC) after Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune. The new cloud-enabled National Data Centre aims to offer round-the-clock operations with secure hosting for various e-governance applications of Central and State Governments. Almost all Indian-government websites are developed and managed by NIC.

MHA creates new division for women safety

Ministry of Home Affairs has created a new division to deal with all issues of women safety in coordination with relevant ministries, departments and state governments. Punya Srivastava has been appointed as the Joint Secretary to head this division. The division will deal with all schemes under NIRBHAYA fund and Crimes against women, SCs & STs, children & elderly persons among others.

Digitisation of dying languages

Centre and State Governments are working along with start-ups to provide regional language-related products and services. Languages like Ol Chiki script of Santali which is also one of the 22 official languages of India and Gondi language are gaining popularity due to this measure. The not-for-profit organisation ‘Indic Project’ has developed open source tools for language digitisation.

Ola to introduce 10,000 EVs

App-based cab aggregator Ola plans to introduce 10,000 e-rickshaws and electric autorickshaws in India in the next 12 months.The ride-hailing company is in talks with state governments, OEM partners and electronic vehicle innovators to speed up the introduction of EVs in India. Ola aims to bring one million electric vehicles on the road by 2021.

Virgin group & Mah govt. to build Hyperloop

The Virgin Group has signed an ‘intent agreement’ with the Maharashtra State govt to build a hyperloop transportation system between Mumbai and Pune.The first hyperloop route will link central Pune with Mumbai and the proposed Navi Mumbai international airport. The hyperloop is expected to reduce travel time between the cities to 20 minutes, from the present three hours.

Odisha launches e-Hospital system

On Jan 19, Odisha State Government launched Odisha e-Hospital Management Information System.It is an online platform which hosts all clinical parameters of patients and reporting of performance criteria of hospitals. Through OeHIMS, patients can be registered online. Besides, individual electronic health records can be viewed and downloaded online through web portal or mobile application.

Bengal Global Business Summit

JSW Group will make fresh investments of Rs 10,000 crore in Bengal, Sajjan Jindal chairman of the steel, cement and power conglomerate announced.The 4th Bengal Global Business Summit was held from 16-17 January. The State Govt. is committed towards inclusive and sustainable development, providing increasing employment opportunities.

Mahavitaran to buy 1000 MW solar power

Mahavitaran, the power transmission company of the state government, is planning to purchase 1000 MW solar power in 2018.At present, the solar power generation in Maharashtra is only 1,000 MW out of which 300 MW is produced by MahaGenco. Under the Chief Minister’s Solar Agri Feeder programme, solar power pumps with the capacity of 7000 MW will be set up for the agriculture purpose.

TIHCL Gets RBI Nod to Operate as NBFC

Telangana Industrial Health Clinic Ltd (TIHCL), a State government initiative, has got RBI clearance to register and function as a non-banking finance company (NBFC).It will be the first State promoted and co-financing NBFC. It had won the SKOCH Platinum Award in September 2017 under the smart governance category in the MSME segment.

Army, Rajasthan govt sign MoU

Indian Army has signed a memorandum of understanding with Rajasthan State Government to improve infrastructure for their posts near the Indo-Pak border.As per the terms of the MoU, Indian Army will be able to use an airstrip in Lalgarh-Jatan area in Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan for 10 years. Rajasthan State Government has sanctioned funds for this airstrip.

Odisha launches Fish Pond Yojana

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Fish Pond Yojana’. Aim of this scheme is to boost fish production in Odisha. The scheme has been launched with a budgetary provision of Rs 96 crore. Under the scheme, additional 2200 hectare of freshwater aquaculture farming will be created, for which farmers will be given 50% financial assistance from state government.

SHB proposes building Ram Temple

UP Shia Central Waqf Board, unveiled a proposed solution for an out-of-court settlement of the Ram janma bhoomi-Babri Masjid case: a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and a mosque in Lucknow. Ram Temple in disputed Ayodhya land and mosque in Lucknow. Shia Board said the state government may, in turn, allot one acre of land for a mosque for Shia Muslims in Lucknow’s Husainabad area.

Climate resilient committee: Maharashtra

The Maharashtra state government has decided to set up a committee for the implementation of a Rs.4,000-crore project on climate resilience agriculture in 5,000 villages of 15 districts in the state. The project would be funded by the World Bank. The programme aims to reduce farmers’ dependence on unpredictable weather cycles and enhance the resilience of agriculture to climate change.

Lifetime Pensions for Hindi Satyagrahis

The state government of Haryana has announced lifetime monthly pension of Rs 10,000 for ‘Hindi Satyagrahis’ and those from the state who were jailed during the Emergency. The state government also announced that it would be providing enhanced financial assistance to World War-II veterans and their widows. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was the Chief Guest for the occasion.

MSME Samadhaan

2 : Shri Giriraj Singh launched MSME Delayed Payment Portal – MSME Samadhaan ( It will empower micro and small entrepreneurs across the country to directly register their cases relating to delayed payments. The Portal will give information about the pending payment of MSEs with individual CPSEs / Central Ministries, State Governments, etc.

Vrindavan, Barsana declared sacred sites

Uttar Pradesh State Government issued an order notifying Vrindavan and Barsana towns in Mathura district as “pavitra teerth sthals” (sacred pilgrimage sites). No meat and liquor shops will be allowed in these towns. These are first two places to be notified as teerth sthal in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, a similar order was passed to notify Haridwar as ‘teerth sthal’.

MP to shift to Jan-Dec fiscal format

Madhya Pradesh State Government has shelved off its plan to switch to January-December financial year format from 2018. In May 2017, Madhya Pradesh was the first state to announce that starting from 2018, it will switch to January-December financial from the existing April-March cycle. This decision came after Modi’s speech at NITI Aayog’s governing council meet in April 2017.

UP doubles ex-gratia amount for police

Uttar Pradesh State Government under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced to double the ex-gratia amount for police officials martyred on duty. Post this announcement, the ex-gratia amount for Police officials martyred on duty stands, revised to Rs. 40 lakh from Rs. 20 lakh earlier. Adityanath made this announcement at the Police Commemoration Day Parade in Lucknow.

Karnataka needs its own flag

Chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah has invoked Kannada pride, saying the government is firm on Karnataka having a state flag. Some activists had urged the government to design a separate flag for Karnataka and accord statutory standing for that. Following this, the Karnataka State government had constituted a nine-member committee to study and submit a report.

Gujarat 1st state to slash VAT on fuel

Ahead of the state assembly elections, Gujarat government has cut value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel, making it the first state to follow the Centre’s directions to do so. Recently, the union government cut basic excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 a litre. Centre asked state governments to cut VAT on petrol and diesel to ease rates.

Rajnath Singh launches PENCIL Portal

Rajnath Singh has launched a web portal called ‘PENCIL’ for effective implementation of National Child Labour Project. PENCIL, Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour, developed by Labour Ministry, is an electronic platform for no child labour. PENCIL portal has 5 components – Child Tracking System, Complaint Corner, State Govt, National Child Labour Project & Convergence.

Centre to exit 3 ITDC hotels

Centre has decided to exit 3 ITDC hotels including Jaipur Ashok and handover them to the state govts concerned. The cabinet approved transfer of Hotel Jaipur Ashok & Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore, to govts of Rajasthan and Karnataka, respectively. The policy has been formulated in line with the view that running & managing hotels is not the job of govt or its entities.

Singapore to set up Skill Center

The Government of Singapore will set up a Skill Center at Guwahati which will cater to the entire North-Eastern region. The Skill Center is proposed to be set up at Guwahati by the year 2019 and the Ministry of DoNER will coordinate in this initiative. An MoU for the same has already been formalized between Singapore and the State Government of Assam.

APEDA’s new app

Hortinet is an integrated traceability system developed by APEDA for providing Internet based electronic services. It will allow farmers to apply on-line to facilitate their farm registration, tracking the status of application & approvals by State Government and Lab sampling. This mobile app initiative is expected to increase the accessibility and reach of the Traceability software system.

Now, you can text your grievance

Telangana State govt has launched the ‘Janahita’ grievance redressal system. Developed by the State Information Technology, E&C department, ‘Janahitha’, an integrated grievance redressal management system aims at expediting complaint resolution through continuous monitoring at a centralised cell. The District Revenue Officer will head the monitoring cell.

Training programme COMMIT launched

Training programme “Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training” for State Govt officials has been launched by Dr Jitendra Singh. It’s Objective is to improve public service delivery mechanism & provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with citizens on day-to-day basis. It has been developed by DoPT in collaboration with UNDP

War room set up to deal with GST crises

A “mini war room” has been set up in the finance ministry to deal with crises related to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax. It will act as a quick resource centre for Central and State government officials to address their queries on GST. A team of tech-savvy young officers will be manning the “war room” to assist officials in resolving their GST-related queries.

Arunachal Pradesh raises retirement age

Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to increase the retirement age of regular state government employees to 60 years with effect from January 1 2018. This has been done in order to do away with differential retirement age for regular employees serving under the same government. The state government has raised the retirement age from existing 58 to 60 years.

24/7 helpline launched for women

To address problems faced by women in Manipur, state govt has launched a toll free 24/7 helpline number ‘181’ for women in the state. The helpline will provide 24 hour telecom service to women affected by violence seeing support and information. The helpline will also provide information about appropriate support services, govt schemes and programmes available to women affected by violence.

SATH program launched by NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital with State Govt. The vision of the program is to initiate transformation in the education and health sectors. SATH aims to identify and build three future ‘role model’ states for health systems. The program will be implemented by NITI along with McKinsey & Company and IPE Global consortium

India’s first bicycle sharing scheme

A public bicycle sharing system, Trin Trin was launched by chief minister Siddaramaiah in Mysuru. It is India’s first bicycle sharing scheme. A total of 450 bicycles can be borrowed for a nominal fee from 48 automated docking stations. Smart card will be used to take a bicycle from a docking station. World Bank, Global Environmental Fund and state govt have jointly funded the initiative

First digital village in Arunachal

Nirjuli village-1 in Papum Pare district was declared as the first digital village of Arunachal Pradesh. Digital village aims at cashless transactions even in sabji mandis to make payment through mobile. The state government also promised to promote V-set linked customer service point (CSP) for digitalisation.

First mock exercise on forest fire held

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducted a first-of-its-kind State-level mock exercise on forest fire in Uttarakhand. The mock exercise, aimed at assessing the efficacy of integrating the preparedness and response mechanisms of the forest department with those of the district administration, has been conducted in collaboration with the State Government.

Nabard extends Rs 9,241 cr to banks

NABARD has extended Rs 9,241 crore as refinance support to cooperative banks and regional rural banks (RRBs) in Gujarat. The loan has been given for providing crop loans to farmers during 2016-17. NABARD has provided ` 2,274 crore to the state government for irrigation projects under rural infrastructure development fund (RIDF).

Haryana launches e-sewa app

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched a mobile application to inform people about various welfare schemes and programmes of the state government. In the first phase, information about more than 250 schemes and programmes of 30 different departments has been made available on the e-Sewa mobile app. Other information such as fees, documents for various schemes are also there.

State govt. will not allow imposition of Sanskrit, Hindi

The draft new education policy of the Central government, which has been flayed by various political parties and others in the State, came up for discussion in the State Assembly on 9th August. Higher Education Minister K.P. Anbazhagan and School Education Minister P. Benjamin on 9th August asserted in the Assembly that the State government would not allow imposition of Sanskrit and Hindi at any time and that the interests of the minorities would be protected.

SBI launches cheaper home loan schemes for public sector undertaking employees and Defence personnel

India’s largest public sector bank, State Bank of India (SBI) has launched 2 new schemes of loans for the employees of central as well as state government, public sector undertaking employees and Defence personnel. The bank has introduced ‘Privilege Home Loan’ for government employees and ‘Shaurya Home Loan’ for Defence Personnel with pensionable service. Under the new schemes, loans will be available without any processing fees. The interest rates will be 0.05 % less than current interest rates on home loans. According to officials, the borrowers will enjoy cheaper interest rates and the extended installment tenure up to 75 years of age.

Punjab becomes first state to issue Soil Health Cards to farmers

Punjab has become the first state in India to issue Soil Health Cards (SHCs), a Union Government initiative to all farmers in the state. In this regard, every district of state has been assigned mobile soil testing lab. These labs will take soil sample from every farm and issue a digitalised soil health details. Presently, state government has 66 such laboratories and has capability to test 3.5 lakh soil samples annually. State government also has made mandatory for these labs to check soil health on quarterly basis. It will help farmers in maintaining the balanced health structure of the soil and educate them to use right quantity of fertilisers in order to prevent soil from becoming arid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had formally launched the nationwide ‘Soil Health Card’ Scheme in Februrary 2015 in Suratgarh, Rajasthan.

3 lakh pattas in 7 months – is government going too far?

Exceeding the target set for distribution of free house site ‘patta’ documents for three successive years, the State government has fixed an ambitious target for this fiscal – of which only seven months are left. While about 4.7 lakh free house site patta documents were given in the last three years, the target this year is three lakh. It is possible, say revenue authorities, as they had distributed 2.17 lakh documents last fiscal. Still, doubts linger as the government order was issued about 10 days ago following an announcement made by Revenue Minister R.B. Udhayakumar in the Assembly a month ago. Now that the government order has been passed, the authorities have begun working out district-wise targets under two categories – one-time regularisation scheme and the regular scheme.