Behavioural Change & Citizen/Community Participation is Key to Sustained Management of Municipal solid waste
- Minister said that the Government has accorded the highest priority to rejuvenate the Ganga through its flagship program, Namami Gange.
- Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is supporting the Ganga towns in achieving ODF status and effective solid and liquid waste management through the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM -Urban) and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) respectively.
- Minister said a total of 44 Ganga towns have been certified as ODF with all towns aiming to achieve ODF status by March 2019.
- MoHUA has also deployed the Quality Council of India (QCI) as the third-party agency (TPA) for independent on-site assessment to evaluate the actual on ground situation in these towns.
- The TPA findings presented at the workshop covered several aspects of solid waste management in Ganga towns. These include –
- Putting up screens on nalasdischarging into Ganga, to stop solid waste – status & condition.
- River surface cleaning and waste disposal arrangements;
- Cleanliness condition of river banks – whether there are garbage dumps (Old) and garbage heaps (littering);
- Cleanliness condition of Ghats, sweeping, disposal and anti-littering measures;
- Availability of solid waste processing & treatment plants – their designed capacity, actual working capacity.
- Minister TPA is a very effective way of monitoring the performance and delivery of the Ganga Town administration in solid waste management (SWM).
- However, given that the challenge of pollution of the Ganga is being addressed by three different Missions – SBM Urban, AMRUT and NMCG, all three Missions need to work together in convergence to achieve the shared objectives.
Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance adopts E-Mobility Programme
- Marking the adoption of e-mobility, the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has signed an agreement with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an entity under the Ministry of Power for deployment of 15 Electric Vehicles for their officers.
- With the induction of these 15 vehicles being provided on lease basis for a period of 5 years, DEA is expected to save over 36,000 Litres of fuel every year besides leading to reduction of over 440 tonnes of CO2 annually.
- It also marks its participation in India’s e-mobility goal of 30 percent fleet electrification by 2030.
- Adoption of electric vehicles will reduce dependence on oil imports and promote power capacity addition in India thereby enhancing energy security of the country.
- It will further reduce GHG emissions from the transport sector and also positively impact the pollution level in the cities.
- Electric mobility is an attractive, sustainable and profitable solution to mitigate adverse impact of climate change and the threat to public health caused especially by vehicular emission.
- EVs have the potential to support India’s growth by enhancing manufacturing, job creation, and technical capabilities.
Launch of NCDC model for cooperatives as Modern banking unit will bring about financial inclusion of farmers in remote villages
- National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT) besides being responsible for training, awareness and evaluation programmes of employees working in the cooperative sector also facilitates the same for other stakeholders in the cooperative sector in the country.
- The main objective of the NCCT is to facilitate the human resource development in the cooperatives in the country.
- The Minister was addressing 2ndGoverning Council meeting of National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT) and launch of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC’s) model for cooperatives as Modern banking.
- Government is giving special emphasis on the rapid socio-economic development of the North Eastern States and Sikkim. NCCT is playing a vital role in the development of human resources in co-operatives in the North Eastern States.
- Modi government’s objective behind the Primary Agricultural Credit Co-operative Societies (PACS) computerization project is to provide a robust IT platform leading to automation of all activities of the PACS. For this, NCDC has taken a comprehensive step for strengthening of cooperative as Modern Banking Units.
- The model includes upgradation and new setup of IT and related infrastructure such as Data Centre, Enterprise Network and Security, Core Banking Solutions (CBS), ATMs, POS, e-Lobby, etc.
Web- Wonder Women Campaign
- The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, has launched an online campaign Web- Wonder Women.
- The Campaign aims to discover and celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have been driving positive agenda of social change via social media.
- Nominations have been invited in a large number of categories including Health, Media, Literature, Art, Sports, Environmental protection, fashion among others.