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.

Haryana Government sets minimum qualification for candidates in Panchayati Raj polls

Haryana Assembly has passed Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015 that seeks to fix matriculation as minimum educational qualification for elections to Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs).

With this Haryana became second state in India after Rajasthan to fix educational and other qualifications for the candidates contesting Panchayat elections.

Key provisions of bill

  • General candidates contesting the Panchayat elections should have class X certificates i.e. matriculation as essential qualification.
  • For Women (general) and Scheduled Caste candidates’, class VIII mark-sheet is mandatory. The educational qualification for SC candidates for the post of ‘panch’ is class V.
  • Mandatory for the candidates contesting PRI elections to have functional toilets and payment of power bills.
  • Candidates should not have been charge-sheeted by any court of law and must not be loan defaulters.


State government has taken this decision to improve the quality of leadership and governance in PRIs. The amendment bill will also enable elected representatives of PRIs to be more accountable to people, as they would no longer be able to cite illiteracy as an excuse.

Haryana Government bans gutka, pan masala

Haryana government has completely banned the gutka, pan masala and other similar products containing tobacco in the state for one year from September 3, 2015.

In this regard State Food and Drugs Administration has issued notification in the interest of public health.

The ban includes manufacturing, distribution, storage and sale of gutka, pan masala, flavoured or scented tobacco, kharra and other similar products containing tobacco. The ban also includes mix of other ingredients such as heavy metals and anti-caking agents.

These substances were banned due to presence of Nicotine which already has been added by state government in the list of poisons substances notified under Haryana Poison Possession and Sales Rules, 1966.

Addition of Nicotine in this list means that it is mandatory to follow the same rules which were applicable on those indulged in possession and sales of already notified poisons.