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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Arundhati Scheme of Assam

The government of Assam has announced a new scheme called Arundhati to provide gold at free of cost to the brides.

Arundhati Scheme

The important features of the scheme are:

  • Under the scheme, the government of Assam aims to provide 1 Tola Gold, at about Rs 38K as on today, to brides belonging to all such communities of Assam where it is customary to provide gold at the time of the wedding.
  • The government has set aside Rs 300 cr has been for the implementation of the Arundhati Scheme.
  • The scheme is named after Arundhati, wife of great sage Basistha.
  • Arundhati considered an epitome of chastity and conjugal bliss and the government t wants to wish the bride with joy and happiness of that of Arundhati.
  • The benefit under Arundhati scheme can be availed upon formal registration of marriages under Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954 & the gold will reach beneficiaries right in time for the social marriage.
  • The scheme is limited for economically weaker sections, whose annual income is below Rs 5 lakh.

Gold forms an inherent part of Indian weddings. With the introduction of the Arundhati Scheme, the government wants to stand with those fathers who cannot afford to gift a set of gold ornaments to their daughters and would to resort to borrowings and put themselves in the vicious cycle of debt.

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Delhi to Launch Zero Fatality Corridor

Delhi Government has launched Zero Fatality Corridor with an aim to curb the number of accidents. The announcement was made by the Minister of Transport, Delhi during the opening ceremony of the Road Safety Week.

About the Zero Fatality Corridor

The important facts related to the Zero Fatality Corridor are:

  • A 3km stretch between Bhalswa chowk and Burari chowk on the outer ring road has been chosen as a case study in this regard.
  • The selected stretch has four blackspots namely Burari chowk, Bhalswa chowk, Mukundpur chowk, and Jahangirpuri bus stand.
  • This 3km stretch will be observed for scientific assessment of accidents, road engineering, road-user engagement.
  • Experts will also ensure that safety and security measures such as police enforcement and rapid emergency care are made available on this stretch.
  • The initiative is a collaborative approach of the transport, health, education, public works department, together with Delhi traffic police to ensure that road fatalities in Delhi are reduced.

Data shows that around 67 fatal road accidents occurred on this road over a span of two years starting 2016. The Zero Fatality Corridor project aim is to reduce the fatalities to near zero levels on this particular stretch. After evaluating the impact of the initiative, the government aims to replicate this model in other parts of the city. The initiative is part of the plan of action to reduce fatalities due to road crashes by 30 per cent by 2020.

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