Niti Aayog Current Affairs - 2019

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Odisha tagged with Maharashtra under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat

As part of Union Government’s ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ initiative, the state of Odisha is tagged with Maharashtra to organize different programmes to promote art, culture and tourism of their respective states.

Accordingly, a large contingent of Maharashtra will be hosted by Bhubaneswar (Odisha capital) to showcase the culture and art of Maharashtra. At the 4 day event Maharashtra’s cultural groups will perform traditional dances like Povada, Lavani, Tamasha and will also offer traditional songs, which will strengthen the ties between the citizens of two states. Similarly Odisha Government will hold a similar program in Maharashtra like as Cycle Rally will be undertaken from Nagpur to Puri.

What is Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat?

It is an initiative of Union Government to pay tribute to Sardar Patel, who played a key role in integrating the nation, for his great contributions to the nation. The exchange programme is being run at behest NITI Aayog.

The initiative seeks to build bonds between people of different states of India. The programme is giving boost to existing cultural connect between different parts of e country and enhancing interaction between people living in different states.

About Odisha’s Culture Heritage

Odisha is also known as Utkala which literally means ‘the land of excellent art and culture.’ The state has been a home for exemplary endeavour in t field of art, sculpture, craft, as well as architecture for more than 2000 years. The land is blessed with nature’s beauty and has encouraged many musicians, dancers, artists, and craftsmen to create their finest works.

Odisha boasts of a glorious history and rich cultural heritage and tradition with splendid varieties of art forms and enchanting monuments including ancient caves, sculptures and skillfully built temples. The Sun temple at Konark and Jagannath temple at Puri continue to remind the world of Odisha’s proud past.

Karnataka tops NITI Aayog’s India Innovation Index

As per the India Innovation Index (III) 2019 released by NITI Aayog, Karnataka emerged as the Most Innovative State among Major States. The index was released by NITI Aayog’s vice chairman Rajiv Kumar and CEO Amitabh Kant.

The India Innovation Index (III) 2019 was released by NITI Aayog along with Institute for Competitiveness as its knowledge partner. The index has been developed into lines of Global Innovation Index (GII). This is the first-ever India Innovation Index released by NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, a policy think tank of Indian Government.

Key Findings of Index

Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Telangana and Haryana secured 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th position respectively in innovation, followed by Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

In the list of 17 major states, Chattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand are at bottom of the index with Jharkhand finishing last.

Among North-Eastern & Hill States, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have occupied the top spot of Most Innovative State in index while among Union Territories Delhi, Chandigarh and Goa have topped the list.

About India Innovation Index (III)

The idea behind index is to analyse innovation at state level and promote competitiveness among the states. It seeks to move states from competitive populism to competitive good governance. The innovation index will also help to pursue interventions that play an important role in developing cooperative and competitive federalism.

It ranks the states based on their innovation capability, opportunities and challenges that lie for states and actions needed by policy makers to foster innovation.

The Index is based on seven pillars which include 5 enablers and 2 performance indicators such as human capital, knowledge workers, investment and knowledge output. It has been developed over a period of last 18 months.