Current Affairs - December, 2019

Jalsathi: Odisha Govt. launches programme to ensure supply of safe drinking water

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Jalsathi’ programme which will ensure supply of safe drinking water to all households in the state. During the programme launch, he distributed water quality testing kits and POS (point of sale) machines to women volunteers being called as- ‘Jalasathis’.

About ‘Jalsathi’ programme

Implementation: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Water Corporation of Odisha (WATCO) and women federations in Bhubaneswar (Odisha Capital) for implementation of ‘Jalsathi’ programme.

Coverage: Initially, the ‘Jalasathi’ programme will be implemented in as many as 8 wards of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) under the 5T initiative of Housing and Urban Development. The programme will be implemented in remaining wards of Bhubaneswar and other urban areas of state in next phases. The initiative will benefit abot 70 lakh people in urban areas.

Under ‘Jalsathi’ programme, about 5,000 women will be engaged for supplying safe drinking water. Earlier, the state government had also engaged women self-help groups (SHGs) under ‘Mission Shakti‘, for collection of power dues, paddy procurement, mid-day meal preparation activities. Therefore, the inclusion of woman volunteers from Mission Shakti for piped water supply where they will serve people as ‘Jalasathis’ will further boost their economic empowerment.

Jalasathis: The ‘Jalasathis’ will act as links between consumers and Public Health Engineering Organisation (PHEO) or Water Corporation of Odisha (WATCO). They  will be responsible for water quality testing, collection of water charges, facilitating new water connections, regularising connections, facilitating complaints redressal, reassessment of demands, meter reading, bill generation and bill delivery.

Braille Edition of Exam Warriors: Book written by PM Modi released

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot released Braille Edition of ‘Exam Warriors’, a book authored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The release of Braille version of ‘Exam Warriors’ took place at a time when Exams of Secondary and Higher Secondary Standards are fast approaching.

About Braille Edition of ‘Exam Warriors’

The Braille Edition of book will be available in Hindi and English. It has been printed by Braille Press of ‘Rajasthan Netraheen Kalyan Sangh’ in Jaipur.

The book contains a detailed-deion of animated picture as well as various yoga asanas which will let students imagine pictorial graphics with ease. With this Braille edition, millions of visually-impaired students of country who face mental stress will be able to derive motivation and mental strength during examinations. The book will also boost confidence level of these students and help them get success in various competitive exams.