Current Affairs April 2013

Expert committee: “exact co-relation between radiation of communication towers and health of wildlife is so far not established”

In August 2010 an expert committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Asad Rahmani (Director Bombay Natural Society) was constituted by Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to study the probable effects of communication towers on wildlife including Birds and Bees.

The Expert committee submitted it report to the MoEF. The key findings of the report were as follows:

  • The report confirmed that the EMRs (Electro-Magnetic Radiations) from the mobile phone and communication towers have an adverse effect on the health of human beings.
  • The precise co-relation between EMR and health of wildlife is so far not established.
  • Albeit existent literature describes undesirable effects of EMR on the biological systems of living beings, more research is called for to evaluate the proper affects of EMR on free-living floral and faunal species, including birds and bees in India.

Revised schemes of RAY, ISHUP (revamped as RRY) and AHP being figured out

Mr. Ajay Maken, Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) held the following updates on RAY and RRY Schemes in Rajya Sabha:

‘Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY)’ scheme:  The on-going housing scheme of Govt of India in the urban slum area was carried out under original phase during the XI – Five Year Plan period. With the understanding benefitted during the original phase, refreshed scheme of RAY is being figured out for execution during XII – Five Year Plan period.

Interest Subsidy Scheme for Housing the Urban Poor (ISHUP) scheme: Under original phase during XI Five Year Plan period is being refreshed for launch as Rajiv Rinn Yojana (RRY) with raised credit limits and targets. Apart from reservation of 20-25% of developed land for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) / Low Income Group (LIG) housing in every new public / private residential development projects, Ministry of HUPA via its two schemes namely Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP) and Rajiv Rinn Yojana (RRY) ideates promoting private builders to build houses for urban poor.

NULM Scheme to be launched in 12th Five Year Plan

A “National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM)” has been proposed to be launched by The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation  in 12th Five Year Plan. The NULM will replace the existing Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY).

Objective: Focus on the primary issues concerning to urban poverty such as bestowing skill training, enabling entrepreneurship development, furnishing wage employment and self-employment opportunities to the urban poor.

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