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29 August 2019: PIB Summary & Analysis

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PM launches the Fit India Movement

Context

  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the Fit India Movement at a ceremony in New Delhi on the occasion of National Sports Day.
  • Launching the people’s movement on the birth anniversary of Major Dhyanchand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Major Dhyanchand, India’s sports icon who enthralled the world with his game and techniques.

About the movement

  • The Fit India Movement aims to encourage Indians to include fitness activities and sports in their daily lives to pave way for a healthy and fit lifestyle.
  • The Prime Minister during his speech on Fit India said that fitness is not just a word but a way to lead a healthy life.
  • The Prime Minister observed that the root cause of most lifestyle diseases are lifestyle disorders and there are many diseases that can be overcome by making small changes in our lifestyle
  • Lifestyle diseases like diabetes and hypertension are increasing in India. Hence, the Prime Minister said that Fit India should be seen as a household movement, a daily routine.
  • The movement is not just central government’s but of all state governments, panchayats and local bodies.

Campaign Angikaar & E-Course on Vulnerability Atlas

Context

  • Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs today launched “angikaar” a campaign for change managementand e-Course on Vulnerability Atlas of India.

About the campaign Angikaar

  • Angikaar has been launched for social behaviour change, focusing on issues such as water & energy conservation, waste management, health, tree plantation, sanitation and hygiene for beneficiaries of completed houses under PMAY (U)
  • This will be done through community mobilisation and IEC activities.For this purpose, the campaign will converge with schemes and Missions of other Ministries dealing with these subjects.
  • The convergence would especially focus on Ujjwala for gas connection and Ayushman Bharat for health insurance to the beneficiaries of PMAY (U).

E-course on Vulnerability Atlas

  • The e-course on Vulnerability Atlas is offered by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in collaboration of School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi and Building Materials & Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC).
  • It is a unique course that offers awareness and understanding about natural hazards, helps identify regions with high vulnerability with respect to various hazards (earthquakes, cyclones, landslides, floods, etc.) and specifies district-wise level of damage risks to the existing housing stock.
  • The e-course will be a tool for effective & efficient disaster mitigation & management in the field of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Urban & Regional Planning, Housing & Infrastructure Planning, Construction Engineering & Management and Building & Materials Research.

SKOCH Governance Gold Award

Context

  • Deendayan Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), a flagship mission under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has been conferred the prestigious SKOCH Governance Gold Award for its Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access (PAiSA).

About PAiSA

  • Launched in November 2018, PAiSA is a centralized IT platform which simplifies and streamlines release of interest subvention under the Mission.
  • It offers end to end online solution for processing, payment, monitoring and tracking of interest subvention claims from banks on a monthly basis.
  • Claims for subvention are uploaded by banks through their CBS (Core Banking Solution) in respect of the beneficiaries of the Self Employment Programme, which are verified and approved by the ULB and State concerned.
  • The approved claim amount gets credited directly to the beneficiary’s loan account through DBT mode.SMS is also sent to the beneficiary’s mobile number intimating the credit of subvention amount.

India-UK workshop

Context

A two days India-UK workshop on Science for Disaster and Emergency Risk Management was inaugurated.

About the workshop

  • The key objective of the workshop is to share the Indian and UK advise mechanisms and practices for using science and technology in the management of emergencies and disasters.
  • The interactions will focus on presenting both countries respective scientific and technological apparatus for mitigating disasters proactively with the aim to facilitate adoption of best practices by identifying new opportunities.
  • This will also help in building upon the existing Indo-UK collaborations on science and technology.
  • The selected risk areas of interest to both countries including case studies covering
    • Science for Disaster management
    • Risk assessment for resilience
    • Science for epidemic preparedness
    • Science for extreme weather events
    • Geophysical hazards including earthquakes and landslides
    • Civil nuclear safety including modelling of radiological release will be covered in the two-day dialogue.

Related Links:

UPSC 2020 Biological Disaster Management
National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) Hockey Legend Dhyan Chand

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