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Punjab Current Affairs for PCS 2018 PDF (January to March)

Delhi and Punjab richest states, Jain wealthiest community: National survey
➢ People in Delhi and Punjab are the richest, with more than 60% of their households in the top wealth quintile According to wealth index released (by ministry of health and family welfare) on basis of data from fourth round of National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-4).
➢ It classifies all households into five wealth quintiles.
➢ Bihar is poorest state half of its households in the bottom           quintile.
➢ Rajasthan has most equitable wealth distribution.
➢ Religious communities: Jains are the most prosperous religious community in India with 70% of its population in the top quintile. Only 1.5% of Jain households fall in lowest.Sikhs follow next, with 59.6% of their people in the top wealth quintile. Hindus and Muslims have similar wealth distribution.
➢ Rural vs Urban: Poverty is predominantly a rural phenomenon in India. 29% of rural India belongs to bottom quintile, while it is just 3.3% for urban India.

Punjab Government launches Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojna

➢ On 26th January 2018, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh launched the ‘Mahatama Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana’ aimed at the inclusive growth of the distressed sections of society.
➢ Its purpose is to benefit 18 marginalized sections living in rural areas of state.
➢ It will provide benefit of welfare schemes for debt stressed farmers, poor families that have woman as sole bread earner, out-of-school children, martyred soldiers, families of AIDS patients, differently-abled, abandoned old persons, drug addicts etc.
➢ The Scheme carries No Financial Implications, (no financial help would be provided to concerned people).
➢ The goal of SVY is to identify such people and ensure that they get due benefits under various government schemes and programmes

Punjab inks MoU with IOC to set up biogas, bio-CNG plants

➢ On January 15, 2018, Punjab State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)
➢ The MoU with IOC was signed by Punjab Bureau of Industrial Promotion (PBIP) and Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA).
➢ This agreement is in line with Punjab State Government’s efforts to find sustainable solutions to paddy straw burning, which has emerged as a major cause of air pollution in North India.

Punjab Government bans sale of 20 insecticides

➢ The Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare of the Government of Punjab yesterday issued order banning the sale of 20 pesticides (including Endosulfan) in the state with immediate effect, which is harmful to humans and environment.
➢ This decision was taken based on the recommendations of Registration Committee, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Punjab State Farmers’ Commission (PSFC).
➢ Pesticides banned: Some among the 20 pesticides banned by the Punjab Government include Phosphamidon, Methomyl, Phorate, Triazophos and Monocrotophos, which are considered Class I pesticides and are further categorized as “extremely hazardous
(Class- IA)” and “highly hazardous(Class-IB)”.
➢ India still allows the use of several Class I pesticides.
➢ The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, based on a 2015 review by the Anupam Verma Committee, through an order of December 2016, planned to ban only three out of these and that too starting from 2021.


Punjab Government makes super straw management mandatory

➢ Punjab government has decided to make use of Super Straw Management System while using the combine harvester machines mandatory for harvesting the paddy (rice) crop in an attempt to check the dangerous trend of stubble burning.
➢ The instructions have been issued under section 31 A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
➢ Super straw management system, attached to self propelled combine harvesters, cuts the paddy straw into small pieces and spreads the same.Due to this farmers are not required to burn the paddy straw, before sowing the next crop.
➢ Burning the paddy straw, before sowing the next crop (referred to as stubble burning), has been identified as a major cause of air pollution in North India during winter months.

Punjab govt sets up revenue commission for a relook at the existing land Acts

➢ Punjab government on Tuesday notified a six-member revenue commission to be headed by (Retd.) Justice SS Saron of Punjab and Haryana High Court
➢ It aims to bring greater efficiency and accountability in functioning of the Revenue Department.
➢ The commission will examine the need for new acts or the amendment of existing laws to legalize land lease practices in order to provide a firm basis for a modern high value agriculture and horticulture in place of current monoculture of wheat paddy.
➢ With a term of one-year, the commission would submit its report on the issues referred to it from time to time.
➢ The Punjab Land Records Society (PLRS) advisor N S Sangha will be its member secretary.

NABARD launches Rs 1918 cr area development plan for Punjab

➢ The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) announced area development plans worth Rs 1,918 crore for Punjab to supplement farmers' income.
➢ Announcement in this regard was made by NABARD Chief General Manager (Punjab), Deepak Kumar.
➢ Under this plan, the activities like dairy, vegetable cultivation, bee keeping, mushroom growing will be promoted in order to provide income to farmers at sustainable basis

Government awarded former DG of Kapurthala science city Raghbir Singh Khandpur

➢ The Centre awarded Raghbir Singh Khandpur on National Science Day (February 28) for his contribution to science and his efforts to make the Science City in Punjab's Kapurthala into an international-level facility.
➢ He has been selected for a national award for his contribution in the field of science, technology and communication.
➢ He is also the founder director of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in Mohali.
➢ Khandpur has served as a scientist for 24 years at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, as head of the Medical Instruments Division and also as the head of the Electronics Division.
➢ He has published over 60 research and review papers.
➢ He has authored 10 books of international repute and is a holder of seven patents for innovative designs.

MARCH 2018

CCEA approves Rs 1,151 crore Scheme for in-situ management of crop residue to fight air pollution
➢ The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved Rs. 1,151 crore Central Sector Scheme for in-situ management of crop residue in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi.
➢ The fund will primarily be used to subsidise machinery required for in-situ management of the crop residue.
➢ Establishment of ‘Farm Machinery Banks’ for custom hiring of in-situ crop residue management machinery will be a component of the scheme.
➢ Government will provide 80% financial assistance of project cost to cooperative societies of farmers, FPOs, SHGs, registered farmers societies or farmers groups, private entrepreneurs and group of women farmers.
➢ The central fund will also be used to create awareness among farmers. The activities will involve mass awareness campaigns through short and long films, documents, radio and TV programmes, demonstration camps etc.

Punjab Inks MoU With Nnilekani's E-Gov to provide Citizen  Centric services

➢ Punjab Government has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with e-Governance Foundation (e-Gov) of Nandan Nilekani regarding the managing of electronic governance of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) throughout Punjab.
➢ Total 67 services have been grouped under 12 modules: property tax, complaints and grievance, water and sewerage management, licensing, fire service, birth and death,verification, ULB web portal, state and ULB dashboards, mobile application, payroll and financial accounting.

Hockey Punjab wins 8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2018 (A Division)

➢ The Final of the 8th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2018 (A Division) took place at the Padma Shri Mohammad Shahid Synthetic Hockey Stadium in Lucknow,
Uttar Pradesh.
➢ Hockey Punjab defeated Petroleum Sports Promotion Board 2-1 in the finals.

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