Best of PIB: 13 Jan 2017

Indian Olympic Association (IOA)

  • The central government has revoked the suspension on the IOA
  • The ban was revoked after IOA reversed its earlier decision making Shri Abhay Singh Chautala and Shri Suresh Kalmadi, Life Presidents of IOA



  • The concerned of water resources has stated that the government is thinking of bringing water under the concurrent list
  • Central government is trying its best to convert the funding under Ken-Betwa link from existing 64:40 to 90:10 (centre: states). The work will begin in this quarter and the will be completed in seven years

About Ken-Betwa link

  • Aims at transferring the surplus water from Ken river to Betwa river
  • Will benefit Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh (Bundelkhand region)
  • A tripartite agreement has been signed between the central government, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh
  • Even the Supreme Court has given the green signal for the project
  • Recently towards the end of December 2016, this ILR project has been accorded the approval by NBWL (National Board of Wild Life) as there is a requirement of diversion of some forest land for the completion of the project (the proposed canal passes through Panna Tiger Reserve-Madhya Pradesh)


Expert Group on SECC submits report to MoRD

  • The central government had conducted the SECC (Socio Economic Caste Census) to identify the beneficiaries for various social welfare programs. Under this the households will be identified and prioritized
  • The central government had set up an expert group headed by former Finance Secretary Shri Sumit Bose to study the objective criteria for allocation of resources to States and identification and prioritization of beneficiaries under various programme using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) data
  • The committee submitted the report to Mistry of Rural Development today. During earlier meetings the group had given framework regarding identification of beneficiaries under the PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Rural) and Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM)

Some of the observations/recommendations of the group are

  • The efficiency of the interventions and its efficacy can be improved through the usage of SECC data and TIN (Temporary Identification Number)
  • There is a need for regular updating and revision of the SECC data
  • The SECC data can also be used for better budgetary planning and allocation of resources
  • The SECC data will play an important role in the core of a functioning Social Registry Information System (SRIS). The SRIS would lead to
    • Streamline programme administration
    • Reduce duplication of benefit and fraud
    • Saving on time and costs for both programme applicants and services providers
    • Monitoring the living standards of beneficiaries over time
    • Better targeting of vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society
    • Enable expansion of the coverage of the programmes


Inter-Session Meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Ministry of Agriculture

Info regarding Milk Production that was given in the article

  • India continues to hold the number one position among milk producing nations of the world since 1998
  • 70 million rural households are engaged in milk production
  • Milk contributes to one third of gross income of rural households
  • India has largest bovine population in the world (18.4 percent share)
  • The per capita availability of milk in India is 337 gram/day as compared to average world per capita availability of 229 gram/day
  • About 54 percent of milk produced in the country is surplus
  • The National Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development Programme (NPBBDD) has been started in 2014-15 converging four existing programmes. The programme has two components – National Bovine Breeding programme (NPBB) and National Dairy Development Programme (NPDD). The NPBB focuses on expanding field coverage for artificial insemination network, monitoring of programmes for indigenous breed development and conservation in the breeding areas

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