12th August 2019 Daily Current Affairs:
Statehood for Jammu & Kashmir will be restored: PM
- Two days after both Houses of Parliament cleared the reading down of Article 370 and the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir into two separate Union Territories, PM Modi, in a televised address to the nation, said it was a historic move and a new beginning for Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh.
- He also unveiled measures that would follow this change.
- Modi stressed that the U/T status for Jammu and Kashmir, from being a full State, was a “temporary” measure and that at some point, statehood would be restored. Ladakh, he added, would remain a Union Territory.
- He also said that the Assembly election, held in a transparent manner and with a process that had integrity, would take place soon, and that MLAs and the Chief Minister would be from among the people of the Union Territory.
- The Prime Minster pointed out that while the country took justifiable pride in its democratic process of law-making, many of these laws, including the Right to Education, the Minimum Wages Act and Acts to prevent atrocities on Dalits, were not applicable in the State in the past.
- He also pointed out that those who had settled in Jammu and Kashmir after Partition could only vote in the Lok Sabha elections and not in the Assembly or local bodies elections. With the reading down of Articles 370 and 35A, this was now over, he said.
- Modi urged political parties who had opposed the Bills in Parliament to put national interest front and centre going forward on this path.
- He said the Union Territory status for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh also meant that the State police and the administrative staff would get pay parity with the staff in other Union Territories. All vacancies in government jobs at both the Central and State levels would be filled soon.
- The Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme would also be extended further, he said.
- Recruitment for the Indian armed force and paramilitary from the two union territories would also be pushed, he said.
- Urging the 130 crore Indians to consider the trials and triumphs of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as their own, Mr. Modi said some of the restrictions could be eased by Id next week.
- He assured people that jobs through public sector units and private sector would also make their way to the two Union Territories.
- He called for investors, film industry in particular, to generate business in the State, delineating tourism, horticulture and handicrafts as the mainstay of the economy there.
Kishan Mann Dhan Scheme:
- Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has rolled out registration for the PM Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana to provide old age pension cover to farmers.
- It is new Central Sector Scheme envisioned with an aim to improve life of small and marginal farmers of the country.
- It is first of its kind pension coverage scheme since independence that s has been envisioned for farmers.
- It is voluntary and contributory for small and marginal farmer in entry age group of 18 to 40 years and whose cultivable land is 2 hectares or less.
- Beneficiaries on attaining the age of 60 years will get monthly fixed pension of Rs. 3000.
- Beneficiary farmers are required to make monthly contribution of Rs.55 to Rs.200, depending on their age of entry, in Pension Fund till they reach the retirement date i.e. the age of 60 years.
- Central Government will also equal contribute as contributed by the eligible farmer to Pension Fund. Farmers can opt to allow his/her monthly contribution to this scheme to be made from his benefits drawn from PM-KISAN Scheme directly.
- Spouse of farmer is also eligible to get separate pension of Rs.3000 upon making separate contributions to this pension fund.
- Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) will be Pension Fund Manager and also responsible for Pension pay out to farmers.
BCCI comes under NADA:
- The BCCI after years of opposition has finally agreed to come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
- The BCCI stated in writing that it would adhere to NADA’s anti-doping policy.
- Till now, the BCCI had opposed NADA’s doping tests and the cricketers were kept out of it.
- The BCCI claimed that it is an autonomous body and not a National Sports Federation and does not rely on government funding.
- The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is the national organisation responsible for controlling and monitoring the use of dopes in the all sports in India.
- NADA deals with adoption and implementation of anti-doping rules and policies as per the rules made by the World Anti-Doping agency (WADA). NADA includes representatives and scientists from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
- National Anti Doping Agency is committed to make Indian sports totally dope free and to promote education & research and create awareness among sports persons.
- Implement anti doping code to achieve compliance by all sports organizations in the Country.
- Coordinate dope testing program through all participating stakeholders.
- Promote anti doping research and education to inculcate the value of dope free sports.
- Adopt best practice standards and quality systems to enable effective implementation and continual improvement of the program.