Current Affairs - April, 2020

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HCARD: Robot to assist COVID-19 frontline warriors

On April 29, 2020, the robotic device HCARD, Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device was launched to help frontline health care workers. The robot will help them in maintaining physical distance from the COVID-19 infected persons.

Highlights

The HCARD was developed by CSIR laboratory located in Durgapur. The device is capable of working in both automatic and manual mode. It can be monitored and controlled using a control station or a nursing booth. The cost of the device is Rs 5 lakhs and it weighs 80 kilograms.

About HCARD

The HCARD works on war footing mechanism to reduce the impact of COVID-19 through technological interventions. The device has drawers that will provide food to patients. The device will also collect samples from patients.

Significance

The device is important to save the public and help in optimal use of Personal Protective Equipment. With the robot being employed at hospitals, the chances of medical professionals such as lab technicians, nurses or doctors meeting or interacting with the patients decreases and so does the usage of PPEs. Also, the medical professionals working in the frontline, with direct contact with the COVID-19 infected patients shall remain safe.

The device also helps in maintaining social distancing with the patients.

Common Service Centres of GoI to take over E-Commerce in rural areas

On April 29, 2020, the Government of India announced that the Common Service Centres will now take over village level online retail chain. The step is expected to reach more than 60 crores of people in rural region.

Highlights

The Common Service Centres are to take over the jobs of E-commerce Giants Flipkart and Amazon in the rural regions. The initiative is promoted by Government of India. The village-level online retail chains are being created to address the difficulties created by the restrictions imposed on mobility. GoI has plans to provide massive essential supplies through this initiative.

The outlets are to be set up and run by private individuals. However, they are to be monitored directly by the Ministry of electronics and IT.

Common Service Centres

The Common Service Centres are to supply essential commodities like milk, vegetables, fruits, pulses, etc. The consumers shall place their orders at these centres through special applications.

The Common Service Centres were established in 2006 under National E-Governance Plan. They were to provide cost-effective, high quality voice and data services in the areas of education, telemedicine, e-governance and entertainment.

The CSC were established to access information to all rural citizens. It also helps in skill upgradation to the youth in the rural.

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