State government

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.