Hospitality Sector Current Affairs - 2020

Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana: Coir Geo Textiles approved for rural road construction

Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, the Coir Geo Textiles are to be used in rural road development. This is to be done by the National Rural Infrastructure Development Agency.

Coir Geotextiles

They are made of coir and last up to 3 to 5 years. The coir geotextiles degrades into humus. This enriches the soil.

Geotextiles

Geo Textiles are permeable fabrics that have the ability to filter, separate, reinforce, drain and protect. They are made from polypropylene.

Geotextiles are used to protect fossil foot prints. In combination with steel wire fencing the geotextiles can contain explosive debris in building demolition. They help to strengthen soil at lower cost. Geo textiles are used to secure slopes.

Their main applications are in the civil engineering industry. They are used in airfields, embankments, reservoirs, canals, dams, silt fences, etc. They have widened uses in erosion control, especially in hill slopes.

Geo textile sand bags are also used in forming artificial reefs.

Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana III

The Phase III of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was launched in December 2019. It focuses on consolidation of 1,25,000 km of routes. It mainly includes major rural links. The aim is to connect the Gramin Agricultural markets, hospitals and higher secondary schools.

586 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals set up

The Government of India has set up 586 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals. The hospitals have capacity to accommodate more than 1 lakh isolation beds.

Highlights

The GoI has taken preemptive actions to identify COVID-19 hotspots in India. Apart from isolation beds, around 11,500 ICU beds have also been set up. According to Ministry of Health, in the absence of containment measures there should have been 41% more cases by April 15.

Other measures

The Government has also taken several other measures to increase hospital facilities in the country. More than 20,000 railway coaches were converted into hospital wards. The working personnel in the health care sector and sanitation sector were provided with insurance cover of Rs 50 lakhs per health care worker. Also, the wages of MNREGA workers have been increased to Rs 202 from Rs 182.

Ayushman Bharat Scheme was deployed in the forefront to fight against the disease. The beneficiaries of the scheme were to be tested for free.