Uttar Pradesh [UPPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

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Uttar Pradesh to establish 40 Yoga wellness centres

Uttar Pradesh has decided to establish 40 Yoga wellness centres in 40 districts across the state in the present financial year. Out of 40 centres, 23 will be set up at Ayurvedic hospitals, 12 at homeopathic and 7 at Unani hospitals and colleges. For setting up of wellness centres in the remaining 35 districts, the state government plans to get assistance from union government.

The state government has also planned to start post graduate courses at Government Ayurvedic college and hospital Varanasi, Unani college Allahabad, Government Homeopathy college Allahabad and TT college Lucknow. Besides, a first herbal garden of the state would be set up soon near the Government national Homeopathic college and hospital, Lucknow to encourage the farmers to cultivate herbal plants across the state.

Background

According to the Ministry of AYUSH in response to a Lok Sabha question in 2016, it was revealed that the five southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh together account for over 90% of all the registered yoga and naturopathy practitioners in the country. So, the government is working towards ensuring a more geographically balanced promotion of yoga across the country and bring non-south states at par with the southern states. With this aim, the Centre is implementing National AYUSH Mission as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

The International Yoga Day (IYD) is celebrated across the world on 21 June. The idea of celebrating the International Yoga Day was pitched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2014. The date 21st June was selected because it represents one of the two solstices and it is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere which has special significance in many parts of the world.

In December 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had formally inscribed Yoga in its representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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Uttar Pradesh signs “Power for All” agreement with Union government

The Uttar Pradesh government has signed “Power for All” pact with the Centre to provide 24×7 power supply to all the households in the State. With this signing of the agreement, Uttar Pradesh which was the only state in the country which did not join the central government scheme has finally joined in it. The previous government in the state did not show interest in joining the Power for All initiative of the central government.

As a part of energy efficiency measures, 10,000 energy efficiency solar- panel pumps will be distributed through Centre’s undertaking, Energy Efficiency Services (EESL). In addition, it has been agreed to distribute energy efficient bulbs, tube lights and fans at cheaper rates.

Separately, the state government has also launched ‘1912’ as the toll-free helpline for the consumers in rural areas to communicate their grievances pertaining to power and electricity.

Power for All scheme

‘Power for All scheme’ is a joint initiative of the central and state governments, with the objective of providing 24X7 electricity to all households, industry, commercial businesses and other electricity-consuming entities within the time span of four years. The government strives to provide 24×7 power across the country by 2019.

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