UPSC 2017 IAS Exam: Important PIB Articles - April 12

Committee Constituted to Prepare Draft Ganga Act Submits its 
Report Uma Bharti Calls it a Historic Day
  • The committee was chaired by Justice Shri Girdhar Malviya (Retd) 
  • The committee was appointed in July 2016

The committee

  • The committee has recognized demand in agriculture sector, industrial sector as enormous challenges being faced to maintain the wholesomeness (Nirmalta and Aviralta) of Ganga
  • It has also stated that on the other hand there is pressure on account of sustaining the religious faith, historical and social belief associated with the river
  • The draft Act addresses the critical issues pertaining to National River Gaga on its Cleanliness (Nirmalta) and uninterrupted e-flow (Aviralta) and provides corresponding recommendations
  • The committee has adopted certain stricter provision to increase accountability and responsibility for use of resources made available by National River Ganga
  • The option and provision made in suggestive bills available with National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) were also considered and discussed by the committee


Government constitutes an Inter- Disciplinary Committee chaired 
by Special Secretary (Economic Affairs) to examine the existing 
framework with regard to Virtual Currencies
  • The crypto/virtual/digital currency circulation has been of some concern to the government

The committee will

    • Take stock of the present status of Virtual Currencies both in India and globally
    • Examine the existing global regulatory and legal structures governing Virtual Currencies
    • Suggest measures for dealing with such Virtual Currencies including issues relating to consumer protection, money laundering, etc
    • Examine any other matter related to Virtual Currencies which may be relevant
  • The inter-disciplinary committee will submit the report in three months


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