17 Mar 2021: PIB Summary & Analysis

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
2. Har Medh Par Ped
3. Stop TB Partnership
4. Kumbh Mela
5. National Steel Policy

1. International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Context:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the opening ceremony of the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure through a video conference.

Details:

  • Prime Minister of Fiji, Prime Minister of Italy, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom were present on the occasion. 
  • Participants from national governments, experts from international organisations, academic institutions and the private sector also participated in the conference.

Also read: Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)


2. Har Medh Par Ped

Context:

Sub-Mission on Agroforestry (Har Medh Par Ped) Scheme was launched in 2016-17.

About Sub-Mission on Agroforestry:

  • The scheme was launched to encourage tree plantation on farmlands along with crops/cropping system to help the farmers get additional income and make their farming systems more climate-resilient and adaptive.
  • It is being implemented with a funding pattern of 60:40 between Centre and State Govt. for all States excepting NE & Hilly states, where it is 90:10 and 100% in case of UTs & National Level Agencies.
  • Under the scheme, assistance to farmers is given through the state governments for nursery development, boundary plantation and block plantation of prominent tree species to promote, inter-alia, fruits bearing tree-borne oilseeds, medicinal & aromatic plants, silk & lac rearing host plants, in addition to timber species, so that farmers get early returns.

3. Stop TB Partnership

Context:

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan appointed as Chairman of ‘Stop TB Partnership’ Board.

Details:

  • The Union Health Minister will serve a three-year term, commencing July 2021, as the Chair of the Board of Stop TB Partnership.

About Stop TB Partnership:

  • Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership’s mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality diagnosis, treatment and care is available to all who need it.
  • Its partners include international and technical organizations, government programmes, research and funding agencies, foundations, NGOs, civil society and community groups and the private sector.
  • Its Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Geneva, Switzerland.

4. Kumbh Mela

Context:

Special Trains for Kumbh Mela.

Read more on the Kumbh Mela in CNA dated April 29, 2020.


5. National Steel Policy

Context:

The Union Minister for Steel stated in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that the per capita consumption of steel in India is 74.7 kg against the world average of 229 kg for the time period 2019-20.

Know more about the National Steel Policy in the linked article.

Read previous PIB here.

March 17th, 2021, PIB:- Download PDF Here

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