Karnataka: ‘Cattle feed unit will generate jobs’
State cooperation and district minister ST Somashekhar highlighted the sale of 113 different types of Nandini milk products, including ghee, manufactured by the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) at pilgrimage places like Ram Mandir Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, as well as Lord Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati, in Andhra Pradesh.
As there is huge demand to relaunch Yashaswini health insurance scheme from farmers of both urban and rural cooperatives, the minister said it will be rolled out on November 1 simultaneously throughout the state marking its launch during Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations.
Over 30 lakh govt. officials will be trained in artificial intelligence by 2023: Union Minister Jitendra Singh
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on October 21 said more than 30 lakh Central and State government officials will be trained and exposed to emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and blockchain by 2023 for effective governance and service delivery at the grassroots.
He said there are 25 Central training institutions, 33 State-level administrative training institutions and other civil service training institutions, besides Capacity Building Commission and the Wadhwani Institute of Technology and Policy (WITP) which will jointly achieve this noble mission.
Set up tourist police, Union tourism ministry tells states & UTs
The Union tourism ministry has directed all states and Union Territories to implement the Tourist Police scheme, especially in places with high tourist footfalls, within the ongoing financial year.
States that have already rolled out the scheme have been instructed to scale up the scheme’s reach to cover more areas frequented by tourists, while those who are yet to start were given a lowdown this month on the best practices followed by states like Rajasthan, who have implemented the Tourist Police scheme successfully.
At present Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh have deployed tourist police in one form or another.
The Tourist Police scheme, meant to make a tourist’s experience in the country more hassle free, secure and seamless, was rolled out in 25 tourist destinations as a pilot project in 2019, but could not be implemented across the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Smart meters helping discoms improve revenue, cut losses
Rapid roll-out of smart meters for power consumers are leading to a sharp improvement in the financial parameters of discoms (distribution companies), initial reports on the implementation of the Centre’s Rs 3.3 lakh crore scheme in states show.
According to a power ministry presentation made at a recent brainstorming session of state power ministers, discoms showed a sharp improvement in billing efficiency, recovery of arrears and actual consumption getting recorded in states replacing old meters with smart meters in earnest.
Though Bihar leads in penetration of pre-paid meters at 92%, UP has installed the highest number of smart meters (post-paid category) at more than 11.5 lakh.
Bihar is a close second with 11 lakh smart meters installed, Rajasthan 5.5 lakh, Haryana 5.3 lakh, Assam 4.1 lakh and Delhi 2.5 lakh.
75% of TB patients find donors under ‘Ni-kshay Mitra’
All officers of the cabinet secretariat, including the cabinet secretary, have adopted Tuberculosis (TB) patients in various parts of the country under the ‘Ni-kshay Mitra’ initiative launched by the Centre recently.
One out of every four TB patients in the world is in India. In absolute numbers, it stands at 26. 9 lakh Indians, as per latest data. A huge majority of those TB patients are poor. TB treatment is free, funded by the government, which also provides some money for maintaining a proper diet. But this is a disease that hits the poor really hard because treatment calls for periods of rest and regular intake of nutritious food over a period of months, and both are often out of reach for those who live on modest daily incomes.
According to updates shared by the health ministry on nikshay. in, a portal that maintains real-time information on the status of the adoption scheme, of the 13. 5 lakh TB patients who are on treatment currently, 10. 6 lakh (nearly 75%) had consented for adoption under the Centre’s scheme.
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