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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Eastern Zonal Council Meet to be held in Bhubaneswar

The Eastern Zonal Council meeting for the states of Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand is to be chaired by home Minister Amit Shah. The meeting is to discuss cases of rape against women, sexual offences, prevention of cattle smuggling in the India-Bangladesh Border, etc.

Highlights

The Home Minister will discuss with the Chief Ministers of all the 4 participating states. The minister will also review the status of the amendments of Code of Criminal Procedure. Under the amendment, the time limit of the completion of investigation of criminal cases were limited to two months. This was done through the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2018

Previous Councils

In the recent meetings of Western Zonal Council and Northern Zonal Council, the Home Minister directed the state police review pending cases as quickly as possible. The Council also instructed to update case details at Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences. It is an online portal that helps states to undertake real-time monitoring, managing and completion of cases, especially rape cases in 2 months.

Zonal Council

Zonal Councils are statutory bodies constituted under States Reorganization Act of 1956. According to the act, India is divided into 5 zones and a council has been set up for every zone. The zones include Northern, Eastern, Western, Southern and Central. In 1971, the North Eastern council was created.

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GoI to increase reach of banking in the North-East Tea Garden areas

On February 27, 2020, the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman announced that the banking in the North East Region is to be increased.

Highlights

The minister in a meeting with economists, trade and industry representatives and policy experts announced that the banking in the tea garden regions of the north east is to be increased. This is being done to cover greater population of the North East under Financial Inclusion.

Background

The main challenge in implementing Financial Inclusive schemes in the tea gardens of Assam or any other tea-based region is daily wages. The tea garden workers prefer cash in hand. This is mainly because most of the workers here are women and are illiterate.

In 2016, when digital India was being implemented widely all over India, discussions were held to direct Assam Gramin Vikas Bank and State Bank of india to overcome the problem of daily wagers and their demand for cash in hand. However, the results were not as expected. Therefore, the GoI has now decided to increase the banking services and infrastructure to increase banking in the region.

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