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Friday, November 15, 2019

Prelims booster(Micro notes), current affairs with static portions -14 November,2019

Chief Justice of India’s office under RTI Act

  •  The Supreme Court has held that office of the Chief Justice of India is a public authority under the transparency law, the Right to Information Act.
  • The landmark judgment was given by five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
  • Now citizens can file RTI applications to the SC, and the CPIO (Chief Public Information Officer) of the court cannot deny information saying it is held by the CJI’s office and not the registry.
  • The bench held that Increased transparency and accountability under RTI was no threat to judicial independence.
  • The Bench, however, agreed, that the right to know under RTI was not absolute,right to know and right to privacy of individual judges must be balanced
Swachh Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan
  • The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC)is undertaking a mass cleanliness-cum-awareness drive in beaches under the “Swachh – Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan”.
  • The identified 50 identified  beaches are in 10 coastal States/Union Territories (UTs) namely Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha
  • Objective is to make beaches clean and create awareness amongst about the importance of coastal ecosystems.
  • The cleaning drives are being undertaken, involving school/college students of Eco-clubs, district administration, institutions, volunteers, local communities and other stakeholders.
  • Collected waste will be processed as per extant Waste Management Rules, 2016.
Green Climate Fund
  • India has kicked-off a USD 43 million project to boost climate resilience in three coastal states in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • The project is funded by the Green Climate Fund.
  • The GCF was set up in 2010 under the UNFCCC’s financial mechanism to channel funding from developed countries to developing countries.
  • The Green Climate Fund will support projects, programmes, policies and other activities in developing country Parties using thematic funding windows.
Jal Jeevan Mission
Jal Jeevan Mission
  • The Union Jal Shakti Minister saying at the regional review of Jal Jeevan Mission in Southern States at Hyderabad,said that the Centre would give 50 per cent of funds for Jal Jeevan Mission and it would be implemented with community participation.
  • The Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) aims at providing Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTCs) in rural areas by 2024.
  • Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation is the implementing Department for the mission.
Benefits of Jal Jeevan Mission
  • Household pipeline water supply
  • Clean and drinkable water
  •  Recharge of ground water level
  • Better local infrastructure
  •  Less water wastage
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