Government Schemes in India Current Affairs - 2020

Latest Government Schemes Current Affairs 2019 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. This category comprises current affairs related to various government schemes, government policies, projects, and government campaign launches such as portal, apps etc. also.

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Ayushman Bharat: School Health Ambassador initiative launched

On February 12, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare introduced School Health Ambassador initiative. Under the initiative, two teachers in every school are to be made as Health and Wellness ambassador.

Highlights

The initiative is to be linked with other initiatives such as Eat Right Campaign, Fit India Movement and Poshan Abhiyan. 11 themes have been identified for the initiative. It includes growing up healthy, interpersonal relationships, emotional well-being, values and responsible citizenship, nutrition, health, gender equality, promotion of healthy lifestyles, HIV prevention, safety and security against violence and promotion of safe use of internet.

The 2 ambassadors appointed under the scheme will work on the above themes. They will focus on health promotion and prevention component.

Training

The ambassadors are to be trained by the National Resource Group that was constituted by the NCERT.

Implementation

The initiative in the first phase is to be implemented in upper primary and secondary schools in aspirational districts. The remaining districts are to be included in the second year of the initiative.

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Best Performing Smart Cities paired up with least performing to work as SISTER CITIES

The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has paired up 20 best performing smart cities with least performing cities. They will work as “sister cities”.

Highlights

The best performing cities include Tiruppur, Nagpur, Bhopal, Ranchi, Kanpur, Surat, Indore, Vellore, Vishakhapatnam, Varanasi, Vellore, Nashik, Vadodara, Pune, Kota, Davangere, Dehradun, Udaipur, Amaravati and Agra.

The programme to join a least performing city with the best performing city has been named 20-20 formula. The sister cities under the programme will sign MoUs. For instance, Ranchi has been paired with Pune, and Shimla with Dharmsala and so on.

The pairing has been done based on culture and region.

Cities in India

According to Census 2011, cities in India accommodate more than 31% of population of India. They contribute 63% of GDP. It is expected that their contribution towards GDP is to increase by 75% by 2030. Therefore, it is important make sustainable developments in the urban sector adopting innovative technologies.

One such most crucial part of smart city programme is city extension and city renewal. In these areas, it is essential to make sure the development is environmentally feasible.

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