Madhya Pradesh Current Affairs

Madhya Pradesh High Court terms reservation in promotions in the State as unconstitutional

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has termed reservation in promotions in the state as unconstitutional.

Ruling in this regard was given by HC division bench chaired by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar on the petitions filed several employee associations and social organisations.

Petitioners had challenged the rules of the state government which provided reservation in promotion for Scheduled Castes and Schedule Tribes.

HC Ruling

  • Stated that the reservation to underprivileged during appointments is logical but reservations in promotions frustrate talented people.
  • Giving priority to reserved categories over general classes in promotions is not justice.

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World’s first White Tiger Safari opens in Madhya Pradesh

World’s first White Tiger Safari was inaugurated at Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh.

It was inaugurated and opened to public by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The first of its kind safari is situated adjacent to the Mukundpur Zoological Park. It is spread over an area of 25 hectares and has been built at cost of 50 crore rupees.

The safari houses three white tigers, including two females named Vindhya and Radha and one male named Raghu.

Background

The first white tiger in Madhya Pradesh’s was spotted in Vindhya region in 1915. However, the rare breed of the big cat spotted for first time died in 1920.

In 1951, a white tiger cub named Mohan was captured by Rewa Maharaja Martand Singh. Later the cub later became the progenitor of all known white tigers in the world after the Maharaja arranged for its breeding.

White Tigers in India: It is a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger. They have been reported in the wild from time to time in the Indian states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar.

These tigers have white fur because lack of the pigment pheomelanin, which is found in Bengal tigers with orange colour fur.

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India inks $35 million loan agreement with WB for MP project

India has signed loan agreement of 35 million dollars with the World Bank for Madhya Pradesh citizen access to responsive services project.

The loan has been sanctioned by the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm International Development Association (IDA).

Key facts

  • The project size is 50 million dollars, of which 35 million dollar will be financed by the World Bank and the remaining amount will be funded out of State Budget.
  • The objective of the project is to improve access and quality of public services in the state through implementation of the Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act, 2010.
  • It is expected to deliver key results in terms of improving access to services and citizen outreach, performance management, simplification of government services and strengthening the capacity of implementing agencies. The duration of the project is 5 years.

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