States Current Affairs - 2020

Current Affairs 2019-2020 of all States with latest updates. Current Affairs will list latest developments, issues in all states and may be useful for State PCS / Civil services examinations of various states of India.

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Rapid spread of Dengue fever in Telangana

In the last 10 days, around 1,700 cases of Dengue were reported in multiple districts of Telangana. The state received rains for few days that washed away the mosquito larvae collected in dumps and stagnant water.

Causes

Changes in rainfall pattern, rise in humidity level and long spell of warmer temperatures are the main reasons for the recent outspread of Dengue in Telangana. The state is urbanizing at a faster rate after the partition, the construction projects like Amaravati (the capital city being built) have increased. The state Government estimates over 50% of the Telangana population will reside in urban areas by 2023

With unplanned construction projects dumping of discarded objects and stagnation of water have made Telangana conducive for spread of dengue and Chikungunya.

What is Dengue?

Dengue is a vector borne disease transmitted by female Aedes mosquito according to WHO. It is caused by the Dengue virus that belongs to the Flavivirus.

Strains of Dengue

There are 4 strains of Dengue namely DEN – 1, DEN – 2, DEN – 3, DEN – 4. When a person becomes infected with one strain and treated, he becomes immune to that particular strain of virus. However, there are possibilities for him to get infected by other strains.

Occurrence

The virus is present in India, south east Asia, China, South America, Africa, Pacific Islands, Mexico and Caribbean. At the rest of the world, Dengue has been eliminated.

Measures of India to control Dengue

  • The disease is monitored, controlled and treated under the program National Vector Borne Disease Control Program. The program covers the following
    • National Anti-Malaria program
    • Japanese Encephalitis Control Program
    • Kala – Azar Control Program
    • National Filaria Control Program
    • Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic fever
  • National Dengue Day is observed on May 16 every year by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

YSR Vahana Mitra scheme: launched in Andhra Pradesh

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched YSR Vahana Mitra scheme which provides Rs.10,000 allowance to self-employed drivers of the state. This latest scheme which is available only in Andhra Pradesh is the fulfilment of an election promise made by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy during his 3,648 km padayatra.

About YSR Vahana Mitra Scheme

Under the scheme an allowance of Rs.10000 would be given every year to the beneficiaries. It will provide Rs.50,000 to self-employed drivers in 5 years. This amount will be credited into bank accounts directly while processing will be done in a transparent manner.

Beneficiary includes: Self-Employed driver-cum-owners of autos, taxis and maxi cabs of the state.

The annual allowance would be provided to meet the recurring expenses such as insurance premium, licence fee and maintenance of vehicle to procure fitness certificate.

Implementation:

The state government issued a GO in this regard on September 9 to frame guidelines for eligibility criteria. The government also allocated a budget of Rs.400 crore in annual budget for implementation of welfare scheme. Of the total amount the SCs would get Rs.68 crore, STs Rs.20 core and remaining amount is for others.

Out of the 1,75,352 applications received by government 1,73,102 were cleared and the allowance amount was directly credited into their respective bank accounts. Within the state, Visakhapatnam tops the list of beneficiaries followed by Krishna with and East Godavari.

Those people who could not make it on time can apply till month-end and their applications would be considered.