16.03.18 (GPSC) Gujrat Current Affairs


  • 80% of NRHM grants used in Gujarat


  • The state government in the last three financial years under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) has received a total grant of Rs 2179 crore of which only 80% of the grants is being utilized. The government in the written reply also admitted that the allocation of grants under NRHM has registered a drop.


  • In the year 2015-16 the state received a grant of Rs 774 crore an average little less than Rs 65 crore per month, while in the year 2016-17 the grant received was Rs 861 crore at an average of approximately Rs 72 crore per month. The government further said that in the current financial year the state as on December 31,2017 has received Rs 544 crore at an average of Rs 60 crore per month.


  • The government reply also stated that the grant which remains unutilised was added to the grant received for the next year financial. The grants under the NRHM are received to take action against communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases. The grants are received for National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, National Leprosy Eradication Programme, Integrated Disease Surveillance Project, National Programme for prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cadiovescular diseases and stroke, National Programme For Control of Blindness, deafness among others.



  • India ranks 78th on WEF energy transition index


  • India has been ranked at 78th, lower than its emerging market peers like Brazil and China, among 114 countries on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) energy transition index.


  • The report titled Fostering Effective Energy Transition, ranks countries on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability.


  • The overall list was topped by Sweden, followed by Norway at the 2nd position and Switzerland at the 3rd rank.


·        Oklahoma To Become first US State To Use Nitrogen Gas For Executions


  • Oklahoma plans to start using nitrogen gas for executions, in what would be the first such method of capital punishment in the United States.
  • The state is turning to nitrogen after it and other states became unable to acquire drugs required for lethal injections because of opposition from manufacturers to their products being used for capital punishment.
  • Nitrogen is an odorless and tasteless gas that makes up about 78% of the air humans breathe but causes death when inhaled without any oxygen.
  • Oklahoma has not carried out an execution since 2015.





  • LaQshya program for pregnant woman


  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recently announced the launch of program ‘LaQshya’, aimed at improving quality of care in labour room and maternity Operation Theatre (OT).
  • The Program will improve quality of care for pregnant women in labour room, maternity Operation Theatre and Obstetrics Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and High Dependency Units (HDUs).

  • The LaQshya program is being implemented at all Medical College Hospitals, District Hospitals and First Referral Unit (FRU), and Community Health Center (CHCs) and will benefit every pregnant woman and new-born delivering in public health institutions.


  • ‘LaQshya’ will reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality, improve quality of care during delivery and immediate post-partum period and enhance satisfaction of beneficiaries and provide Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) to all pregnant women attending public health facilities.



  • KUSUM Scheme – harnessing solar power for rural India


  • The Government of India is in the process of formulating a Scheme ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ which, inter alia, provides for Installation of grid-connected solar power plants each of capacity up to 2 MW in the rural areas.


  • Installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid.


  • Solarization of existing grid-connected agriculture pumps to make farmers independent of grid supply and also enable them to sell surplus solar power generated to DISCOM and get extra income; and


  • Solarization of tube-wells and lift irrigation projects of Government sector.


  • Atal Bhujal Yojana


  • The Government has proposed Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY) aimed at sustainable ground water management with community participation in select over-exploited and ground water stressed areas in seven States (Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh).


  • ABHY is designed as a Central Sector Scheme with a total outlay of Rs. 6,000 Crore and is proposed to be implemented with World Bank assistance.


  • MDWS Bags Award for best implementation of E-office


  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for implementation of e-office software.


  • The award was received by Shri SatyabrataSahu, Joint Secretary and Mrs Seemantinee Sengupta, Senior Technical Director, HOD, NIC-MDWS, on behalf of the Ministry at a function heldat the Ministry of Personnel, Grievances and Pension.


  • E-Office is one of the Mission-mode Projects under the Digital India programme.


  • The e-Office solution enables core operations of the Government at all levels to be performed in a ‘paper-less’ environment, including the E-leave,E-tour,Knowledge Management, Notice Board, Download Forms, Inventory Control etc.


  • The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has the distinction of making 100 percent use of e-Office.


·        NCRB Launches Citizen Services Mobile App


  • The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) launched a mobile app called ‘Citizen Services’ on the occasion of its 33rd Inception Day.
  • The application has been developed in-house by the NCRB. It will offer various essential police related services to the citizens.
  • The application comprises a bouquet of 9 police related services for the citizen.
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