States Current Affairs – 2017

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Maharashtra government planning to revamp Jeevan Amrut Yojana

Maharashtra Government is planning to revamp the Jeevan Amrut Yojana (blood-on-call) scheme to make it more beneficial to people.

State government is seeking to strengthen the network of blood storage units in rural areas instead of current mechanism of transporting blood through motorcycles.

About Jeevan Amrut Yojana

  • It is first of its kind scheme in the country, launched in 2014.
  • It aimed at facilitating blood supply to patients scheduled to undergo surgeries and medical procedures in remote areas.
  • The patients, who need the blood, have to pay 450 rupees towards the cost of blood and 50 rupees to 100 rupees as transportation cost depending on the distance after the request (for blood) is placed by the hospital concerned.
  • Upon receiving the call, the required blood and blood components are transported on motorcycle to hospitals and nursing homes, in specially fitted cold storage boxes.


Haryana government launches e-registration of properties

Haryana government has launched e-registration of properties in all tehsils and sub-tehsils of the state.

It was launched by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to mark the completion of 100 days of his government.

Previously in January 2015, pilot project of this system was implemented successfully in eight tehsils.

About Haryana’s e-registration of properties system

  • Under the new system, documents for land registration will be submitted at e-Disha centres.
  • At e-Disha centres, a helpdesk will provide information regarding stamp duty and collector rates.
  • Then help desk will fix the appointment date of applicants with tehsildars for registration of sale deed.
  • Thus, e-registration project seeks to bring transparency and curb corruption in tehsils of state.


Madhya Pradesh gets 10th national award for excellent work in MGNREGA

Madhya Pradesh has been awarded the 10th national award for excellent work in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).

Union Rural Development Minister Virendra Singh presented the award to state’s Panchayats and Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava at the MGNREGA summit held on the occasion of MNREGA Divas (observed on 2 February) in New Delhi.

Madhya Pradesh was chosen for this award for convergence of MGNREGA scheme and other schemes, which led to permanent construction of assets and providing opportunities for earning permanent income.

MNREGA Implementation in Madhya Pradesh

  • In Madhya Pradesh, there are 1 crore 2 lakh MGNREGA job-card holder families.
  • State also has topped in construction of permanent assets through MGNREGA convergence in the country.  It accounts for 74 percent construction of permanent assets.
  • State also has implemented Electronic Fund Management System, in order to ensure transparency in accountancy and immediate payment of wages to labourers.

About Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

  • MGNREGA is social security measure that aims to guarantee the right to work and create durable assets (such as roads, canals, ponds, wells).
  • Objective: To ensure livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
  • Initially, it was started in 200 districts on 2 February 2006, since then it has covered all the districts of India from April 2008.