The Punjab Cabinet approved the Backward Class (BC) status for the Jat and Jat Sikhs of the State. Now, Jats and Jat Sikhs are the 69th and 70th community to be included in the category.
As per the Punjab Cabinet decision
- Quota benefit will also be extended to economically weaker persons from the general category.
- These reservations would be in addition to the quota already in place and would not affect the existing quota sections.
- A commission will be set up to work out modalities for the implementation of the Cabinet decision.
- The grant of BC status to the Jats and Jat Sikhs will enable them to get reservation in government jobs.
Note: Recently, the Union Cabinet decided to extend OBC status to Jats of Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Delhi. Though, Jats and Jat Sikhs of Punjab had been left out of the Union Cabinet’s decision because the Punjab government had failed to bring the community in the State BC list.
About M-Pesa service
- A mobile money transfer and payment service that allows customers to transfer money to any mobile phone, remit money to any bank account, make utility payments, recharge of mobile, DTH payment and earn interest on deposits.
- Empowers the un-banked and under-banked sections of the population gain access to financial services through the mobile phone.
- This service will now be available across 202 Tehsils, 24 Districts through 1350 specially trained authorized agents including 73 Vodafone exclusive stores in Odisha.
Apart from Odisha, ‘M-Pesa’ has been rolled out in Delhi, Mumbai, West Bengal, Punjab, UP East, UP West, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Assam & North East and Haryana. It will be made available across the country in a phased manner.
The Union Ministry of Tourism declared Sikkim as the best State in the implementation of rural tourism projects. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Shashi Tharoor presented the National Tourism Award 2012-13 to Sikkim’s Tourism Minister Bhim Dhungel in New Delhi.
- As per the Union Tourism Ministry, Sikkim is the perfect destination to experience warm hospitality, rich culture and scenic natural beauty.
- The tourism department of Sikkim had tied up with states viz. Kerala, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa for tourist flow from these states to Sikkim.
- To ensure international tourism flow in the state, the department is also negotiating with countries viz. Bhutan and Nepal.
To boost tourism in Sikkim
- The Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling, launched an ambitious Rs.140 crore project for developing various tourism convenience facilities, view points, halting points, conferences, retiring units and other infrastructural facilities project in the state.
- Sanctioned Rs.50 crores for setting up facilitation centres in Gangtok and various other important tourist destinations of the state.
- A total 20 facilitation centres will be set up in the state for strengthening tourism facilities, and added that capacity building, training, marketing, manpower and human resources will be strengthened under these facilitation centres.
- The main facilitation centre will be set up in Gangtok at a total cost of Rs.40 crores, while the other facilitation centres in small towns and major tourist destinations will be constructed at a cost of Rs.50 lakh each. All facilitation centres will start to function by the year 2015.
The Indian-American professionals from many IT companies viz. Microsoft, Cisco, Apple, eBay, Oracle, etc. set up the first NaMo tea stall in Silicon valley, USA.
Objective: To extend their support to BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for the Lok Sabha polls.
To make use of latest technology to cut power transmission losses in India, fully computerizing the process of government tenders and providing technological aid to Indian farmers. They will compile all the suggestions discussed and send them to a team formed by BJP in India.
These professionals met at Indian tea-stall in Ortega Park in Sunnyvale as part of the volunteer group – “I Care for India”. There they discussed the role of technology in solving Governance issues in India. Such as:
- Use the latest technology to cut power transmission losses in India
- Fully computerize the process of government tenders and provide technological aid to Indian farmers.
All these suggestions would send to a team formed by BJP in India to support BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Note: NaMo Tea stalls or ‘Chai pe charcha’ programmes are to interact with the public of India and to take suggestions from the public on the various issues related to the progress of the country viz. good governance, etc. This mega outreach programme is a part of Mr. Narendra Modi’s (BJP’s prime ministerial candidate) election campaign for the Lok Sabha elections due by May, 2014.