Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Current Affairs - 2019

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‘Mukhya Mantri Dal Poshit Yojana’: launched in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched a scheme called ‘Mukhya Mantri Dal Poshit Yojana’ to provide state ration card holders two kilograms of two different varieties of pulses available at prices much lower than the market rate. During the launch CM distributed pulse packets among the beneficiaries.

About Mukhya Mantri Dal Poshit Yojana

Under the scheme State government will offer a subsidy of Rs.15 per kilogram on variety of pulses identified, including chana, malka and masur.

Each eligible beneficiary and ration card holders in state will get 2 kgs of pulses at subsidised rates every month under the scheme.

Pulses at subsidised rates to people will fulfill their protein requirement. The scheme will help in achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a healthy India.

23.32 lakh ration card holders of state will benefit from the scheme. They will get 2 kgs of Chana dal (chickpeas split) at rate of Rs.44 per kg in Septemver 2019. Currently, Chana dal comes at Rs.65-Rs 70 per kg in the open market.

India’s first-ever helicopter summit held in Dehradun

Union Ministry of Civil Aviation organised country’s first ever helicopter summit at Sahastradhara helidrome in Dehradun, capital of Uttarakhand. The summit was based on theme of expanding connectivity through helicopters.

Key Highlights of Summit

Organiser: The first-of-its-kind conclave, a Helicopter Summit- 2019 was organised jointly by Civil Aviation Ministry, Uttarakhand government and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI).

Indian Air Force (IAF) was also invited at the summit to talk on ‘Role of IAF helicopters in MEDEVAC i.e. medical evacuation at National level‘.

Participants: The conclave was attended by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat, Aviation Secretary P S Kharola, Joint Secretary in Aviation Ministry Usha Padhee, officials of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), state’s Chief Secretary and officials from all Indian helicopter operators were present.

Incentives announced: Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat announced that aviation firms offering helicopter services in areas identified under UDAN Yojana (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik), a Regional Connectivity Scheme will get an additional subsidy from Uttarakhand government in addition to the subsidy given by the Centre.

Significance: Considering geographical situation of Uttarakhand, helicopter services are very important for state as it may take up to 20 hours to reach border areas. As border areas of Uttarakhand were endowed with great scenic beauty the helicopter services will also make it easier for filmmakers to shoot their films in picturesque locations of state, which has emerged as one of country’s finest film shooting destinations in recent years.