Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Current Affairs - 2020

Cabinet Approval: Kolkata Port Trust renamed to Shyama Prasad Mukerjee Port Trust

On June 3, 2020, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved renaming of Kolkata Port Trust to Shyama Prasad Mukerjee port trust. The announcement of renaming of the port was given by PM Modi on January 11, 2020.

Highlights

The announcement was made by PM Modi while he attended the 150th anniversary celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust. The GoI has lately introduced several measure in the name of the legend

Other measures

In October 2019, the Chenani-NAshri Tunnel was renamed after Shyama Prasad Mukerjee. The tunnel is the longest of Jammu and Kashmir and is located on NH-44. It is bi-directional and reduces the distance between Srinagar and Jammu by 30 km. The travel time is reduced by 2 hours.

Dr Shyama Prasad Mukerjee

Mr Mukerjee founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh in 1951. The party was the predecessor of BJP (Bharatiya Janata PArty). He died in Jammu and Kashmir Police custody for entering the state without permit. He battled for Kashmir immensely contributing to National Integration.

Shyama Prasad Mukerjee Rurban Mission

The mission was launched on February 21, 2016 to commemorate fourth anniversary of the legend. The mission aims to stimulate local economic development. It focuses to develop 300 rurban clusters.

Fourth Anniversary of Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission celebrated

The Fourth Anniversary of Shyama Mukherji Rurban Mission is being celebrated all over India on February 21, 2020. It was launched on February 21, 2016. The mission aims at stimulating local economic development and create well planned Rurban Regions

Highlights

The mission aims to develop 300 Rurban clusters. The Niti Aayog has proposed that these clusters are to be extended to 1000 in 3 years.

The Mission

The mission aims to preserve the essence of rural community life. It was announced in the Union Budget 2014-15. The Budget allocated Rs 5,142 crores of rupees for the scheme. As 69% of rural population lives in the rural areas, the mission aims on the availability of amenities to the rural population.

The Plan

The Mission plans to develop Rurban clusters contiguously with the Gram Panchayats with a population of 25,000 to 50,000 in plains and 5,000 to 15,000 in desert and hilly areas.

Around 100 clusters were to developed in the first year. It is a joint venture with the state governments where the state governments had to identify the clusters. Therefore, the progress of the mission is slow.