Puducherry Current Affairs - 2020
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The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of P V Ramesh appointed as the director-general of the National Archives of India. Currently, he is serving as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Rural Electrification Corporation.
National Archives of India
The genesis of National Archives of India can be traced to the traced to the report of Sandeman, the Civil Auditor who had stressed the need of relieving the offices of congestion by the destruction of the papers of routine nature and transfer of all valuable records to a ‘Grand Central Archive’.
In 1889 Professor G.W. Forrest of Elphinstone College, Bombay entrusted the job of examining the records of the Foreign Department of the Government of India made a strong plea for transferring all records of the administration of East India Company to a Central Repository
This led to the establishment of Imperial Records Department (IRD) on 11 March 1891 in the Imperial Secretariat Building at Calcutta (Kolkata).
In 1911 the IRD was shifted to Delhi. After the Independence, the government of India rechristened IRD as the National Archives of India with Director of Archives as its head and in the year 1990 the office of the Director of Archives was redesignated as Director General of Archives.
At present National Archives of India is an attached office under the Ministry of Culture and has a Regional Office at Bhopal and three Records Centres at Jaipur, Puducherry and Bhubaneswar.
Tags: Appointment Committee of the Cabinet • Bhopal • Bhubaneswar • Imperial Records Department • IRD
The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 560,695 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). The approval was given by the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. The details of the projects approved are listed below:
- Total of 1,243 projects with a project cost of Rs 33,873 crore with central assistance of Rs 8,404 crore has been approved.
- The approval of 560,695 more houses takes the cumulative number of houses sanctioned under PMAY(U) to 79,04,674.
State wise Allocation
- Uttar Pradesh: 179,215
- Andhra Pradesh: 110,618
- Maharashtra: 101,220
- Karnataka: 48,729
- Madhya Pradesh: 26,587
- Gujarat: 25,861
- Manipur: 13,715
- Tamil Nadu: 12,174
- Bihar: 10,084
- Odisha: 7,472
- Chhattisgarh: 7,067
- Kerala: 4,194
- Haryana: 4,019
- Rajasthan 3,601
- Jharkhand 2,165
- Assam: 1,419
- Meghalaya: 1,397
- Puducherry: 1,158
The allocation is part of the government’s commitment to ensure housing for all by 2022.
Tags: Affordable Housing • Andhra Pradesh [APPSC] • Assam • Bihar [BPSC] • Chhattisgarh