Jharkhand Current Affairs

Rural Sanitation Initiatives for Ganga Rejuvenation launched in Jharkhand

The Union Government has launched nine projects initiatives for rural sanitation initiatives for conservation of river Ganga in Jharkhand.

It was launched by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti under Namami Gange Programme in Sahibganj, Jharkhand.

Key facts

  • Under this programme, villages located on the entire 83 Km. stretch of Ganga River in Jharkhand will be covered to improve the health and quality of life.
  • It will be carried out under the overall guidance of the Ministry with the support from UN Development Programme (UNDP), community organizations and NGOs.
  • The programme initiatives will contribute to improved, sustainable liquid and solid waste management in the identified 78 villages along the Ganga River.
  • It will also reduce contamination in the Ganga River from rural sources including agriculture. UNDP will provide technical assistance.
  • Eight village-level crematoriums, 32 bathing ghats and 40 community toilets will be constructed under the Programme.
  • This programme will focus on three significant interventions (i) Promotion of safe, individual hygiene practices to ensure open defecation free status of all villages along the river.
  • (ii) Promotion of cost-effective, appropriate local, easy to manage technologies to ensure improved access and maintenance of infrastructure created for effective management of liquid and solid waste.
  • (iii) Strengthening of local institutions including village level sanitation committees, panchayats, and self-help groups (SHGs) to manage, maintain and , enhance facilities established for improved sanitation in the villages and also integrated and a holistic livelihood approach.

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Jharkhand Government launches Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana for widows

Jharkhand Government has launched Bhimrao Ambedkar Awas Yojana for widows to create equality and harmony in society, ensuring all round development enshrined in the Constitution.

It was launched by Chief Minister Raghubar Das on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar.

Key facts

  • The scheme (Yojana) aims at building 11000 units (houses) for widows in 2016-17 financial year with the budgetary allocation of 80 crore rupees.
  • Under it, beneficiaries would get an amount of 75000 rupees to build a house in hilly terrains districts and 70000 rupees in plains area.
  • The amount would be distributed among the beneficiaries in three installments directly in their bank accounts. Under it widows will also get pension.

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Union Government gives nod for issuance of UDAY bonds to four states

The Union Finance Ministry has approved the proposal of four states for the issuance of Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) bonds.

These four states are Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. These states account for around about 35 per cent or around 1.5 lakh crore rupees of the outstanding loans of State electricity distribution utilities in the country.

These bonds will be issued by these states as per the UDAY Scheme which allows state governments to take over 75 per cent of power distribution companies (DISCOMs) debt and pay back lenders by issuing bonds.

The scheme also provides that remaining 25 per cent of the debt to be paid back through discom-issued bonds. Total discom debt in the country amounts to Rs.4.3 lakh crore.

So far total 16 states have agreed to join UDAY Scheme and last one to join were Manipur and Tripura. Six states have signed the UDAY contract with the Union Government.

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