Current Affairs - April, 2020

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Inter-Ministerial Committee constituted by Government of India

On April 24, 2020, the Government of India constituted Inter-Ministerial Committee to assess violations of lock down in the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana.

Highlights

The Government of India has constituted inter-ministerial teams, 2 for Gujarat, one for each Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Maharashtra. The teams will make on-spot assessment of violations of lock down in the country.

The committees are to focus on range of issues that includes implementation of lock down measures under Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The Union Government had formed inter-ministerial committee for the same purpose six days ago. The committee formed then is to report violations in the state of Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

Legislation

The committees have been constituted under the Section 35 of Disaster Management Act, 2005. Section 35 (1) empowers the Union Government to take all measures that it feels is important.

The act empowers the Union Government to deploy military or paramilitary force in order to enforce guidelines issued under Disaster Management Act. The section empowers the arrest of state official if he or she does not cooperate with to comply with the directives.

April 24: National Panchayati Raj Day

Every year, Indian Government celebrates April 24 as National Panchayati Raj Day. The day is also called National Local Self Government Day.

Highlights

The National Panchayati Raj Day was first declared by the then PM Manmohan Singh in 2010. The day is being marked every year by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

2020

In the year 2020, on the eve of National Panchayati Raj Day, PM Modi launched the E-Gram Swaraj application and portal. Also, he launched the Swamitva scheme to integrate lands and reduce land disputes. The scheme was launched in 6 states. The portal and application were launched to develop the villages in the country.

Also, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj presented the following awards for the best performing Panchayats

  • E-Panchayat Puraskar
  • Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar
  • Gram Panchayat Development Plan Award
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar
  • Child friendly Gram Panchayat Award.

Why April 24?

The 73rd Constitutional Amendment came into effect on April 24. The amendment gave constitutional status to the Panchayati Raj System

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