Uttar Pradesh Current Affairs

IIT-Kanpur adopts five villages under Namami Gange programme

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur has adopted five villages in Uttar Pradesh under the Namami Gange programme.

These five villages are Ramel Nagar, Khoyra Katree, Pratapur, Hari Hindpur, and Katri Ladhva Khera.

Key Facts

  • Under the initiative, IIT-Kanpur will use its expertise to restrict the flow of sewage into the River Ganga. The task will be undertaken by the institute’s civil engineering department.
  • It will ensure that sewage water is not disposed of in the river, and also keep a check on quality of drinking water and sanitation.
  • IIT-Kanpur is one of the 13 educational institutes directed by the Union Government to adopt villages and turn them into role models in sanitation for others to replicate.

About Namami Gange programme

Namami Gange Programme is an ambitious integrated Ganga Conservation Mission that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2015. The programme integrates the efforts to clean and protect the Ganga River in a comprehensive manner.


Ex-CMs not entitled for government accommodation for lifetime: SC

The Supreme Court has held that former Chief Ministers are not entitled for government accommodation for lifetime.

The judgment of the apex court came on a plea filed by Uttar Pradesh-based NGO Lok Prahari which had sought a direction against allotment of government bungalows to former CMs.

The apex court pronounced its verdict on a 2004 plea and rule that any such government accommodation should be vacated within two to three months.

What is the case?

  • The petitioner had alleged that despite the direction of Allahabad High Court, Uttar Pradesh Government had framed ex-Chief Minister’s Residence Allotment Rules, 1997 (non-statutory) for allotting bungalows to successive former-chief ministers.
  • The NGO had also contended that the rules for allotment of government bungalows to ex-chief ministers were unconstitutional and illegal.
  • It had alleged that ex-chief ministers occupying government bungalows were unauthorised occupants under purview of UP Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act.
  • It also had alleged that retention of government accommodation by chief ministers after demitting office was against the Provisions of UP Ministers (Salaries/allowances and other facilities) Act.


PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of AIIMS and fertiliser plant in Gorakhpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and revival of fertilizer factory plant in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

The fertilizer factory plant belongs to the Fertiliser Corporation India Ltd (FCIL) and was lying idle since 1990s. It would be revived through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of public sector units (PSUs) at an estimated cost of 6,000 crore Rupees.

NTPC, Coal India Limited (CIL) and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) have formed a joint venture in this regard. The plant is expected to offer 3,000-4,000 jobs to skilled workforce in the state and will also ensure easy availability of urea to farmers.


  • The establishment of new AIIMS in Gaurakhpur will serve the dual purpose of providing super-specialty health care to the population.
  • Besides, it will also create a large pool of doctors and health workers that can be available for primary and secondary level facilities being created under National Health Mission (NHM).
  • The hospital at AIIMS will have a capacity of 750 beds and will also include emergency or trauma and AYUSH sections.
  • The AIIMS will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) which aims at correcting the regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable tertiary level healthcare in the country.
  • PMSSY also seeks to augment facilities for quality medical education in backward states.