Gram panchayats Current Affairs - 2019

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National Water Awards 2018 Presented

The Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development, and Rejuvenation presented 82 National Water Awards in 14 categories for the year 2018. The Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development, and Rejuvenation Arjun Ram Meghwal expressed his happiness over National Water Awards which have been resumed after a gap of 12 years and said that this is a very big step to spread awareness about water conservation. He urged the Ministry to hold National Water Awards every year.

National Water Awards

The National Water Awards were launched in the year 2007 by the Ministry of Water Resources. The objective of National Water Award is to encourage all stakeholder including the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Gram Panchayats, Urban Local Bodies, Water User Associations, Institutions, Corporate Sector, Individuals etc. for adopting innovative practices of groundwater augmentation by rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge, promoting water use efficiency, recycling & re-use of water and creating awareness through people’s participation in the targeted areas resulting into the sustainability of groundwater resources development, adequate capacity building amongst the stakeholders etc.

The awards are presented in 14 categories which include:

  • Best State Normal Category
  • Best State Special Category
  • Best District
  • Best Village Panchayat
  • Best Municipal Corporation
  • Best research/innovation/adaptation of new technology for water conservation
  • Best educative/mass awareness efforts
  • Best TV show for promoting water conservation
  • Best Newspaper
  • Best School
  • Best Institution for successful campus water usage
  • Best Resident Welfare Association (RWA)
  • Organizations for Best Religious/Recreational & Tourism Water Uses and
  • Best Industry for industrial water conservation.

The National Water Awards were instituted with the objectives of encouraging the stakeholders to adopt a holistic approach towards water resources management in the country.

Month: Categories: Awards & HonoursUPSC


7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow scheme: Haryana rank its panchayats on basis of 7 social parameters

Harayana Government has launched 7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow scheme to give star rankings to its panchayats on the basis of seven social parameters. Under this scheme, as many as 1,120 villages of the state have achieved rankings since its launch in January 2018. Ambala has topped star ranking followed by Gurugram and Karnal.

Key Facts

Under this scheme, seven social parameters under which panchayats will be judged are sex ratio, education, hygiene, environment preservation, governance and social participation. Stars of different colours (mentioned below) are awarded to panchayats depending upon their performance in each parameter.

Gram panchayats scoring maximum in all parameters will be recognized as Indradhanush Gram Panchayats. They will get special grants for development works from Development and Panchayats Department of the State Government depending upon their performance.

Villages winning six stars will be entitled to get additional developmental works worth Rs 20 lakh. Villages with 5 stars rating will get additional developmental works worth Rs. 15 lakh. Villages with 4 stars will get additional developmental works worth Rs 10 lakh.

Various Colour Stars

Pink star: It will be awarded to those panchayats that make outstanding performance in improving sex ratio.

Green star: It is for protection of environment, white star for cleanliness,

Saffron star: It is for crime-free villages.

Sky colour star: It will be awarded to village that will have no drop out.

Golden star: It is for good governance.

Silver star: It will be awarded for participation in development of villages.


Villages for achieving each parameter will be rewarded Rs 1 lakh. Villages having equal or more girl population will be given Rs 50,000 as bonus with their reward money. Similarly, villages which adopt Swachhta Mission will be given additional Rs 50,000 as reward.

Month: Categories: Government Schemes & ProjectsStates