Gram panchayats Current Affairs - 2019

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Atal Community Innovation Centre launched in New Delhi

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan launched Atal Community Innovation Centre in New Delhi. It aims to encourage spirit of innovation at community level.

About Atal Community Innovation Centre

Objective:

To encourage spirit of innovation through solution-driven design thinking to serve society.

To make innovation ecosystem socially inclusive and to ensure equitable distribution of infrastructure for innovation across India.

Need: In order to achieve target of 5 trillion dollar economy by 2025, Atal Innovation Mission has a key role to perform.

Features:

The Atal Community Innovation Centre initiative has been launched under Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), a flagship initiative of NITI Aayog. NITI Aayog is tasked upon to open innovation Centres in all Gram Panchayats of country to promote local innovation.

It has been launched to focus on 484 backward districts where innovation infrastructure is very weak. This will also help improve innovation environment in country.

It has been specifically designed for underserved, unserved regions of Tier 1 cities, Tier 2 cities and Tier 3 cities, North-East, Jammu and Kashmir, Smart Cities, Aspirational districts as well as rural and tribal regions of India.

About Atal Innovation Mission

AIM is an Innovation Promotion Platform in NITI Aayog. It has replaced National Innovation Council (NIC), a significant difference between two will be powers to disburse funds.

It involves academics, entrepreneurs and researchers and draw upon national/international experiences to foster culture of innovation, scientific research and Research & Development (R&D) in India.

It will promote a network of world-class innovation hubs and grand challenges for India as well as provide inputs to all central ministries on innovation and suggest a funding mechanism for result-oriented research.

Significance: It has brought radical transformation in Indian education system thereby government is promoting innovation in all rural, backward and aspirational districts to make India one of prominent innovative nations.

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.