State Government Current Affairs - 2020

Monetary Policy Committee meets: Repo rate reduces to 4%

On May 22, 2020, the policy committee met in an emergency meeting to review the current economic outlook and impacts of COVID-19.

Highlights

The RBI has reduced the repo rate from 4.4% to 4%. It has reduced the reverse repo rate to 3.35%. The RBI also announced that the reduction in policy rate is to be provided as long as the economic growth in the country is to be mitigated.

Current Economic Scenario

The global trade is declining and the world is heading towards recession. The Indian Economic growth is also slowing down to a great extent in spite of GoI trying to infuse liquidity in to the market. The top six industrialized states that account to 60% of industrial production in the country now falls in red zone. This will affect India’s growth further as economic activities in red zones are not being operationalized to its fullest.

Challenges

The rural and urban demand has been falling down. The manufacturing activity in the country has fallen down by 21% post COVID-19. Also, the output from core industries has fell by 6.5%.

Measures of RBI

RBI has announced 4 major economic measures to boost the economy. This includes measures to improve functioning of markets, measures to ease financial stress, measures to support exports and imports and measures to ease financial constraints faced by the state governments.

The measures are as follows

  • RBI will provide another 90-day extension to offer loan facilities.
  • Rs 15,000 crore line of credit allocated to EXIM banks
  • RBI has increased export credit period from 12 months to 15 months.
  • The term loan moratium has been extended till August 31.
  • The group exposure limit of the banks has increased from 25% to 30%.
  • The rules of Consolidated Sinking Funds have been relaxed. This will enable states to meet 45% of redemption of their market borrowing.

MP, the First State to launch innovative Scheme “FIR Aapke Dwar Yojana”

On May 11, 2020, the Madhya Pradesh Government has launched “FIR Aapke Dwar Yojana”.

Highlights

The scheme has been launched in 23 police stations as a pilot project. This includes both rural and urban areas.

Features of the scheme

Under the scheme, a person need not go to the police station to dodge a complaint. The scheme has deployed the head constables to register the complaints from the people. The scheme will also enable on spot FIR registrations. When the complaints are serious, they will be forwarded to senior officers.

Along with the scheme, the Home Minister of the State also launched a helpline, “Dial 112”. This will provide in instant ambulance services, fire fighting services and also will enable to contact the police within a short period of time.

Other important Facts

Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country to launch such an innovative scheme on police subject. It is to be noted that Police is State subject. The scheme was launched by the Home Minister of Maharashtra Sr Narottam Mishra.

FIR

FIR is First Information Report. The concept of FIR is followed in South East and South Asian countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Singapore, etc.

Legality of FIR

The Constitution of India does not provide any rights over FIR. FIR and its legality is defined by the  Section 154 of The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.