Chhattisgarh Current Affairs - 2019

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Fact Box: “ROSHNI” – A new programme launched by Rural Development Ministry in 24 naxal affected districts

The Ministry for Rural Development has launched a new skill development scheme called Roshni for rural youth from 24 most critical left-wing extremism affected districts in the country.

ROSHNI:

  • Aim: Skilling and Placement of 50,000 youth from 24 selected naxal affected districts.
  • Cost : Rs 100 crore over the next 3 years, will be shared jointly by the centre and state governments in the ratio of 75:25
  • Districts Targeted: Six districts each from Jharkhand and Odisha, five from Chhattisgarh, two from Bihar and one each from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • Monitoring and coordination of the programme will be done by national level agencies.
  • At least 50% of the candidates covered under the scheme shall be women and special efforts will be made to proactively cover Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups on a priority basis.
  • Beneficiaries aged b/w 18-35 years with requisite aptitude depending upon the trade or job requirements are to be selected as per the Participatory Identification of Poor.
  • Training will be imparted through public-private and public-public partnerships.
  • Educational institutions, corporate entities, entities that train and place for improved public service delivery, commercial and not for profit training providers will be roped in.
  • Four training models with duration ranging from 3 months to one year shall be taken up to meet the diverse needs of youth depending on their entry level qualifications.

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Telecom Ministry clears project for setting up mobile towers in Naxal-affected States

The government has swung into action to beef up security in Naxal affected States after top Chhattisgarh Congress leaders including several people were killed in recent Naxal attacks. In one such step, the telecom ministry has decided to fast-track the ambitious project of setting up 2,199 mobile towers in nine Naxal-affected States, a move that would give operational advantage to security forces while dealing with the menace of Left Wing Extremism (LWE). The project has been long delayed mainly due to costing issues.

The proposed towers will be set up in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Central armed police forces as well as State police have been demanding setting up of mobile towers to aid them in executing operations against the Naxals more effectively. The project is expected to commence within next few months by the State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). Of the total amount, Rs.1,469 crore would go for setting up of 2,199 cellular towers, while around Rs.1,600 crore would be spent on operating these towers over the next 5 years.

Month: Categories: Governance & Politics

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