Current Affairs – February, 2020

This section is a feed of Current Affairs February, 2020 comprising all Current Affairs National and International importance published in february, 2020 Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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February 29: World Rare Disease Day

Every Year, last date of February is observed as World Rare Disease Day. It was first launched by Eurordis in 2008. It aims to create awareness about the impacts of the disease. This year, it is observed on the theme

Theme: Reframe Rare for Rare Disease Day

Rare Diseases

The rare diseases include Thalassemia, Haemophilia, Sickle Cell Anaemia and primary immune deficiency according to WHO.

India

There are more than 70 million people that are affected by rare diseases in India. In order to fight against rare diseases, the Union Ministry of Health released National Policy for Rare Diseases.

National Policy on Rare Diseases

The National Policy on Rare Diseases aims to provide treatment up to Rs 15 lakhs. It proposes to set up a registry under ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research). The policy categorizes rare diseases into three categories namely disorders requiring long term or long-life therapy, disorders amenable to one-time treatment and incurable rare disease disorders that require lifelong supportive care.

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PM Modi launches 10,000 Farmer Producer Organizations

On February 29, 2020, PM Modi shall launch 10,000 Farmer Producer Organizations at Chitrakoot. The event is being organized to commemorate the successful completion of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.

Significance

There are more than 86% of small and marginal farmers that hold less than 1.1 hectares of land. They face challenges in buying fertilizers, quality seed, pesticides. The Farmer Producer Organization help farmers in addressing these challenges. They help farmers gain better access to market, technology and finance. Therefore, launching more and more of these organizations will help in betterment of life of the farmers.

This will also help GoI in achieving its target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Kisan Credit Card

The PM will also launch a saturation drive on Kisan Credit Card to the beneficiaries PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. The motive of the drive is to distribute 2 crore cards to the beneficiaries of the scheme. Today, over 6.5 crore cards have been issued under the scheme.

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