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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Union Government denies introduction of ILP in Meghalaya

The demand to create Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in Meghalaya has been rejected by the Union Government on grounds that the Constitution does not provide for extending the special provision to new areas.

The Government clarified that it was bound by Article 19 (D) of the Constitution which allows any Indian citizen to move freely throughout the territory of the country.

What is Inner Line Permit (ILP)?

ILP is an official travel document issued by an empowered State government to permit inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected or restricted area for a limited period. It is mandatory for Indian citizens from outside those specific States to get permit for entering the protected State.

Why Inner Line Permit (ILP) is issued?

The ILP system empowers the government to regulate movement to certain areas located near the international borders. It is issued under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873. At present, ILP is active in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.

In context of Meghalaya, various organizations in the state have been demanding ILP system claiming the demography of the State is changing due to the intense inflow of people.

Uttarakhand to get $450 million loan from World Bank and ADB

A loan of $450 million has been approved by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank for post-disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation in Uttarakhand. The WB and the ADB will provide $250 million and $200 million, respectively. Both the banks are working on identification and implementation of the project components on which the $450 million will be spent.

How these funds from WB and ADB will be utilized?
Utilization of WB Funds:

Loan from the WB will be used to build bridges and village roads that were damaged during the calamity. A significant portion of funds will also be spent towards strengthening of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) by capacity building. The State disaster management system will conduct river morphology studies and will also install an early warning system and disaster risk mitigation system. A part of WB funds will be spent on housing projects. It will fund rebuilding of houses that were damaged during disaster.

Utilization of ADB Funds:

The ADB funds will be used for four components:

  1. Reconstruction of State highways and major district roads.
  2. Reconstruction of properties belonging to the tourism department which were damaged in the disaster.
  3. Construction of a helipad network in the State as helicopters helped in saving thousands of lives during the disaster.
  4. Restoration of the urban drinking water supply which was disrupted after the disaster.