Maneka Gandhi Current Affairs - 2019
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Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment informed the Lok Sabha that India’s forest cover has increased by 1% in last one year period and over 24.39% of India’s geographical area now constitutes of green cover.
Disputed Facts: Ms. Maneka Gandhi, BJP’s Member of Parliament disputed the fact presented by Environment Minister and cautioned him that satellite imagery could be misleading as it might have mistaken sugar cane crops for trees.
During Question Hour, Mr. Javadekar responded to supplementaries by stating-
For every one tree chopped for reason of development work, 3-4 were planted either in same area or elsewhere.
The satellite imagery were taken at regular intervals which rules out such inconsistencies and makes it highly unlikely that sugar cane crops were counted in forest cover.
As per a latest report, more than 24.39% of India’s geographical area now constitutes of green cover and government further plans to plant 125 crore trees along highways to increase green cover.
What is Question Hour?
It refers to 1st hour of Lok Sabha’s sitting session, which is devoted to questions that Members of Parliament (MPs) raise about any aspect of administrative activity.
The concerned Minister (to whom question is raised) is obliged to answer to Parliament, either orally or in writing, depending on type of question raised.
Union Ministry of Women and Child Development recently had inaugurated widows’ home ‘Krishna Kutir’ at Vrindavan in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Krishna Kutir is special home for 1000 widows set under Swadhar Greh scheme and is the largest ever facility of its kind created by government organization. It was constructed to mitigate the plight of widows living in pathetic condition in Vrindavan.
Its construction was funded by Central Government and will be managed by UP Government. It was constructed on 1.4 hectare of land allotted by UP Government through National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC). It has 100 rooms or dormitories with capacity of housing 1000 inmates at time. Its name was selected a month-long Vrindavan Ashram contest held on social media and entry of Sunita Katyal, Krishna Kutir, was adjudged as winning entry.
The design of this Home was prepared in consultation with Helpage India and is old age friendly. It consists of ground plus three floors with facilities of ramp, lifts, supply of adequate electricity, water and other amenities for meeting requirement of senior citizens and persons with special challenges. It is also equipped with large modern kitchen and skill cum training centre. It also has two dispensaries and physiotherapy facility to provide regular medical check-ups to inmates.
Swadhar Greh Scheme
It is implemented by Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. It aims to ensure economic and social security to women in distress or victims of difficult circumstances who are in need of institutional support for rehabilitation so that they could lead their life with dignity. It envisages providing shelter, food, clothing and health as well as economic and social security for these women.