11th June 2019 Daily Current Affairs Analysis:
PM Modi reconstitutes NITI Aayog: Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh appointed as ex-officio members
- Prime Minister has reconstituted NITI Aayog, dropping full-time member Bibek Debroy and including Home Minister Amit Shah as ex-officio member.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 6, 2019 approved reconstitution of government’s policy think tank NITI Aayog, including Home Minister Amit Shah as ex-officio member and dropping full-time member Bibek Debroy.
- Along with Home Minister, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar have also been included as ex-officio members of Niti Aayog.
- The Prime Minister has retained other full-time members including V K Saraswat, Ramesh Chand and V K Paul.
- NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar will also continue to hold his post.
- Bibek Debroy, who has been dropped from the panel this time, was appointed as a full-time member when NITI Aayog was formed.
- NITI Aayog is the premier policy think tank of the central government and it provides both directional and policy inputs to the government.
- The policy think tank was set up in 2015, replacing the planning commission. NITI Aayog provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and states and designs strategic and long-term policies and programmes for the central government.
Modi to meet Xi, Putin at SCO
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, at Bishkek, Kyrgystan.
- Uzbekistan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov is also scheduled to hold a bilateral discussion with the Prime Minister.
- Issues related to terrorism, Afghanistan, regional security, multilateral dialogue and global scenario would be part of the discussion at the summit.
- Sources indicated that Prime Minister Modi was expected to reiterate his invite to President Xi to visit India for an informal summit later in 2019.
- The first informal summit was held in Wuhan in 2018.
- India was satisfied with the participation of the country in the Regional Anti-Terror Structure (RATS).
- India has been participating in tactical drills and counter-terror cooperation with other SCO member countries under the RATS, which has its headquarters in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
- In August 2018, India joined Pakistan in a tactical military exercise under the SCO’s RATS.
- India is expected to participate in a military exercise in Russia under the RATS.
India trains 1000 civil servants of Maldives:
- India’s leading civil services training institution, National Center for Good Governance (NCGG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maldives Civil Services Commission for capacity building (training) of 1,000 civil servants of Maldives over next five years.
- This agreement was signed during PM Modi’s recent visit to Male.
- In April 2019, NCGG had trained 28 Maldives civil servants, thus this successful engagement encouraged two countries to enter into an agreement and take their capacity building collaboration forward.
- Other than Maldives, NCCG had also successfully conducted training programmes for civil servants of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Gambia.
- As per the MoU, NCGG will be nodal institution for designing and implementation of customised training modules that will be undertaken during training, and it must take into account all requirements of Maldives Civil Services Commission.
- The training programme areas will include: public policy and governance, public administration, information technology (IT), e-governance and service delivery, agro-based practices, best practices in fisheries in coastal areas, urban development and planning, self-help group (SHG) initiatives, ethics in administration and challenges in implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Civil Services Training Institute, a subsidiary of Maldives Civil Services Commission, will get the required assistance from NCGG, for developing training programmes and materials and also for organising exchange of experts as needed by Commission.