Odisha Current Affairs - 2019
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The Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit presented the Sansad Ratna Awards in Chennai. The recipients under various categories include:
- MP from Cuttack, Odisha, Bhartruhari Mahtab was honoured for his performance in initiating debates.
- MP from Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, Anurag Singh Thakur received Jury Committee Special award in the Lok Sabha for his distinguished performance.
- Standing committee on finance headed by M Veerappa Moily was selected for outstanding performance among the Parliamentary Standing Committees.
- MP from Kollam, Kerala, N K Premachandran, was selected for his performance in initiating debates.
- MP from Baramati (Maharashtra) Supriya Sule was honoured in overall tally, questions and women MPs categories.
- MP from Godda, Jharkhand, Nishikant Dubey was awarded for his outstanding performance in private member bills.
- MP, Rajeev Shankarrrao Satav was chosen for his outstanding performance among the first-time parliamentarians.
- MP from Maval, Maharashtra, Shrirang Appa Barne was selected for his outstanding performance.
- MP from Kolhapur, Dhananjay Bhimrao Mahadik was selected for his performance under questions and overall tally category.
- Heena Vijaykumar Gavit who raised 1,059 questions in the Lok Sabha and holds an attendance of 82 per cent was selected for her outstanding performance.
- Rajani Patil was selected as the topper in overall tally among the retirees of Rajya Sabha.
- Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu, MP from Telangana was selected for debates among the retirees of the upper House.
Sansad Ratna Award
Sansad Ratna Award (“Gem of Parliament”) was established in 2010 by the Prime Point Foundation and e-magazine PreSense to honour “top performing” Members of the Indian Parliament, based on the suggestions given by Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India.
The awards are given on behalf of “civil society” through a transparent selection process by a Jury committee of eminent Parliamentarians, based on the data on various performance parameters.
The government of Odisha announced a hike of Rs 200 per month in the social security pension under Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY).
The Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) is a pension scheme under the Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for the disabled, old age persons in the state of Odisha. The Scheme was instituted by merging the two pension schemes i.e. namely, Revised Old Age Pension Rules, 1989 and Disability Pension Rules, 1985.
Beneficiaries of the Scheme
The Beneficiaries of the Madhu Babu Pension Yojana are:
- Person of 60 years of age and above.
- A widow (irrespective of age).
- A leprosy patient with visible signs of deformity (irrespective of age).
- A person of 5 years of age or above and unable to do normal work due to his/her deformity or disability being blind or orthopedically handicapped or hearing and speech impaired or mentally retarded or with Cerebral Palsy or with Autism or with mental illness or with multiple disabilities.
- A widow of AIDS patient (irrespective of age and income criteria)
- An AIDS patient identified by the State/District AIDS Control Society or district AIDS prevention control Unit.
- An unmarried woman above 30 years belonging to a BPL Family
Conditions for the Beneficiaries
The beneficiaries have to fulfil the following conditions in the absence of specific exemptions:
- Individual income from all sources not exceeding Rs.24,000/- per annum irrespective of the family income.
- Has family income from all sources not exceeding Rs. 24,000- per annum or included on the BPL list (Tahsildar concerned to certify).
- Is a permanent resident/domicile of Odisha.
- Has not been convicted of any criminal offence involving moral turpitude.
- Is not in receipt of any other pension from the Union Government or the State Government or any organisation aided by either Government.
The enhanced pension will come into effect from February 15, 2019, and would benefit 48 lakh elderly, disabled, widows and destitute women.