States Current Affairs - 2019

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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AP launches ‘Village Volunteers System’ on Independence Day

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched his government’s flagship programme called ‘Village Volunteers System’ aimed at providing government services at doorsteps of people. The announcement in this regard was made during CM’s Independence Day address in Vijayawada.

About Village Volunteers System

The scheme would be officially launched on 2 October 2019, which also marks 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

It is aimed at providing governance services at doorsteps of people. Basic idea behind implementing scheme is to infuse confidence among people in government and to see that their basic needs are met at their door-steps.

Village secretariats would be set up in each village to deliver governance to people in 72 hours. These Village secretariats would also be launched from 2 October by making volunteers a bridge between government and people of state.

Volunteers: The scheme will involve more than 2.8 lakh volunteers. Under it, 1 volunteer will cover 50 families in each village. Identity cards will be given to each volunteer and they would get an allownace of Rs.5000 per month.

Telephone No.: Toll-free telephone number 1902 would be set up at call centre in Chief Minister Office (CMO) to receive grievances of people.

Volunteers will 1st identify beneficiaries, get to know their problems, and then describe and outline schemes being provided by government for them.

Significance: The scheme will be able to reach poorest of poor and make all villages self-sufficient.

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RACE: Rajasthan’s New Higher Education Model

State government of Rajasthan has launched a new higher education model titled- Resource Assistance for Colleges with Excellence or RACE, for distribution of faculties and movable assets among government colleges at district level so as to rationalise availability of resources.

Resource Assistance for Colleges with Excellence (RACE)

RACE model will create a pool for sharing of facilities which will benefit colleges that lack infrastructure.

Need: Even though sanctioned posts of teachers in government colleges are 6,500, at present the posts falls short by about 2,000 teachers. Therefore until additional posts are created and new appointments made, RACE is expected to help channelise resources and ensure quality education.

Working: Colleges in need will submit their requirement to nodal college in district, which will send teachers on deputation, if needed, and provide facilities like projectors, digital libraries, equipment and technicians.

Benefits:

With the adoption of this new model, all colleges would get equal opportunities for imparting quality education.

RACE will give autonomy to small colleges and help them find solutions to their problems at local level. It will also help colleges situated in small towns facing shortage of faculties and infrastructure.

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