Home Minister Amit Shah Current Affairs - 2020

Home Minister launches Nationwide Tree Plantation Drive of CAPFs

At the time of a global pandemic, India’s Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) is continuously working day and night to provide security to the nation, now the CAPFs has undertaken a mega Nationwide Tree Plantation Drive.

The tree plantation drive was inaugurated on 12th July 2020 with a target to plant 1.37 crore (13.7 million) saplings of long-lasting trees. The mega plantation drive was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Amit Shah from the campus of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Gurugam.

The Union Home Minister planted a sapling of a ‘Peepal’ tree to launch the nationwide initiative by the CAPFs.

About the Plantation Drive

The nationwide tree plantation drive was started by the CAPFs Forces back in February 2020 with the aim to plant more than 1.37 crore saplings across the country in the year 2020. The plantation drive was officially launched on 12th July.

During the official launch of the plantation drive on 12th July, about 10 lakh (1 million) saplings were planted throughout the country by the CAPFs. To date, more than 20 lakh (2 million) saplings have already been planted across the country by the CAPFs.

Based on their oxygen providing capabilities, a variety of long-lasting saplings of trees have been chosen such as Peepal, Jamun, Neem, Burgud, etc.

Jammu Kashmir Statehood to be restored soon

On March 15, 2020, at a political delegation Home Minister Amit Shah announced that statehood of Jammu and Kashmir is to be restored.

Highlights

While resuming statehood of the state, the GoI is to release people from detention, relax curfew and restore internet. Also, an industrial policy is to be created soon for rapid industrial development of the territory. This is the first political delegation that is being held after the Abrogation of Article 370.

How is a Union Territory different from state?

The concept of Union Territory was not under the original version of the Constitution. It was added under the 7th amendment of the Constitution. Unlike states that have their own governments, Union Territories are governed directly by the Central Government.

The President of the executive head of Union Territory and Governor is the constitutional head of the state. States have autonomous powers over state subjects and union territories do not have such powers.