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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: January 2017 Questions II

Jan 6, 2017 12:39 IST

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    IAS Preparation is the evolution of the perspective. It requires the macro analysis of the current affairs topics which affects the Socio-Economic condition of the nation. Here are Current Affairs based questions for January 2017.

    1.    Consider the following statements regarding PAN-India expansion of the Maternity Benefits Programme (MBP) recently announced by the Prime Minister of India:

    I. The programme was formulated by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development as per the provisions of Section 4 (b) of the National Food Security Act, 2013.
    II. The cash incentive of Rs 6000 is payable in three instalments for the first two live births.
    III. The initiative is for all pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW&LM), excluding the Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers who are in regular employment with the Central Government or State Governments or Public Sector Undertakings or those who are in receipt of similar benefits from the government.

    Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

    a. Only I
    b. I and II
    c. I and III
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the pan-India expansion of Maternity Benefits Programme (MBP) for the benefit of pregnant and lactating mothers across the country. The announcement was made by Narendra Modi while addressing the nation on 31 December 2016.
    The expanded programme will be effective from 1st January 2017.

    About Maternity Benefits Programme:

    • The programme was formulated by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development as per the provisions of Section 4 (b) of the National Food Security Act, 2013.

    • The cash incentive of Rs 6000 is payable in three instalments for the first two live births.
    • The conditional cash transfer scheme provides cash incentives to pregnant and lactating women
    • For the wage loss so that the woman can take adequate rest before and after delivery
    o To breastfeed the child during the first six months of the birth
    o To improve her health and nutrition during the period of pregnancy and lactation
    • It is applicable to all pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW&LM), excluding the Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers who are in regular employment with the Central Government or State Governments or Public Sector Undertakings or those who are in receipt of similar benefits from the government.

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    2. Consider the following statements regarding the Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative:

    I.  The Swachh Swasth Sarvatra is a part of the Union Government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission.
    II. The initiative focuses on the twin objectives of constructing toilets and enabling behavioural change along with achieving open defecation-free India by 2019.

    Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

    a. Only I
    b. Only II
    c. Both I and II
    d. Neither I nor II

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative has been launched to commemorate Good Governance Day. It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to achieve better health outcomes through improved sanitation and increased awareness and healthy lifestyles.

    The initiative includes following three components:

    • Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Open Defecation Free (ODF) blocks supported to achieve Kayakalp certification
    • Gram Panchayat of Kayakalp Primary Health Centres (PHCs) prioritised to become ODF
    • Training in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) of CHC/PHC nominees
    Under the programme, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare will provide a grant of Rs. 10 lakh to the Community Health Centre to ensure that the facility achieves the quality benchmarks for sanitation, hygiene and infection control with a minimum score of 70 under the Kayakalp assessment.

    3.    Recently, the Union Government has announced the roadmap for early completion of PMKSY & AIBP. Consider the following statements regarding the Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana:

    I. Under PMKSY the priority is accorded to conserving water, its management and also to expand the coverage of irrigation, which is aptly said as ‘Har Khet  Ko Pani’.
    II. The scheme was launched by the Union Government in 1996-97 to provide Central Loan Assistance (CLA) to states for executing irrigation projects.
    III. The primary objective of the programme is to accelerate the implementation of major and medium irrigation projects which were beyond the resource capability of the states or were in an advanced stage of completion.

    Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

    a. Only I
    b. I and II
    c. I and III
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    The Union Ministry of Water Resources recently has announced a roadmap for early completion of Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) and Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP).

    Highlights of Roadmap

    • The roadmap is aimed at early completion of 99 identified projects under PMKSY and AIBP.
    • Out of these 99 projects, 23 projects were categorised as Priority-I projects which will be completed by April 2017.
    • Another 31 projects were identified as Priority-II projects which will be completed by April 2018.
    • The remaining 45 projects were classified as Priority-III projects which will be completed by December 2019.

    • Out of the 99 AIBP projects, Maharashtra has 26 projects. While Andhra Pradesh has eight projects, Gujarat has only one project. In Andhra Pradesh, all the eight projects are in priority –II category. The projects are Gundlakamma, Tadipudi LIS, Thotapally, Tarakaram Teerta Sagaram, Musurumilli, Pushkara LIS, Yerracalva and Maddigedda.

    • The lone project in Gujarat is Sardar Sarovar which is in priority-III category. The project is likely to be completed by 2018.
    • Total funds required for completion of all the 99 identified projects have been estimated at Rs.77595 crore.
    • Seven projects of Maharashtra are - Waghur, Bawanthadi (IS), Lower Dudhna, Tillari, Lower Wardha, Lower Panzara and Nandur Madhmeshwar. They are in the priority-I category. The remaining 19 projects of the State are under the priority-II category.
    • Likely potential utilisation through these projects is estimated to be 76.03 lakh hectares.

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    4. The Union Health Ministry in collaboration with All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) to set up a National Death Registry, which encompasses data about deaths and their causes in all the hospitals across the country. Consider the following statements regarding the National Death Registry:

    I. The motive behind setting up of this registry is to have a nationwide database about the causes of deaths occurring in hospitals in various regions of India.
    II. The National Death Registry will help the policy makers in having a better understanding of disease outbreaks so as to optimise the resources and health care facilities in respective regions.

    Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

    a. Only I
    b. Only II
    c.  Both I and II
    d.  Neither I nor II

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The Union Health Ministry in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) will set up a National Death Registry encompassing data about deaths and their causes in all the hospitals across the country. The announcement was made on 27 December 2016.

    Highlights of the National Death Registry

    • The aim behind setting up of this registry is to have a nationwide database about the causes of deaths occurring in hospitals in various regions of India.
    • It will help the policy makers in having a better understanding of disease outbreaks so as to optimise the resources and health care facilities in respective regions.
    • AIIMS already implemented the pilot version of the death registry with the unique feature of having a coding system called the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED).
    • AIIMS will be the technical as well as the implementing partner of this programme.

    5. Which of the following countries has decided to assist India in making Chennai, Ahmadabad and Varanasi Smart cities?

    a. Singapore
    b. Japan
    c. USA
    d. Russia

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Japan has decided to assist India to develop three Smart Cities i.e. Chennai, Ahmadabad and Varanasi. A memorandum of the union has been signed between these two nations. Till date, leading countries have shown their interest to be associated with the development of 15 Indian smart cities. These include United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA) for Visakhapatnam, Ajmer and Allahabad, the UK for Pune, Amaravati and Indore, France for Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur and Germany for Bhubaneswar, Coimbattore and Kochi.

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    6. In which of the following states of India, the first transgender school Sahaj International opened?

    a. Andhra Pradesh
    b. Tamil Nadu
    c.  Kerala
    d. Karnataka

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Kerala has set up India’s first transgender residential school called Sahaj International in Kochi which will serve as a skill development centre to transsexual school dropouts. Students within the transgender community will be trained under the National Open School system. The country’s first transgender school will also guide students with examinations equivalent to class 10 and 12.

    The transgender community has been long subjected to social exclusion under the umbrella of the Indian Constitution. And the Indian Constitution provides equal rights and prohibits discrimination under Articles 14, 15 and 16.

    7. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has issued the notification of setting up of Indian Skill Development Services (ISDS). Consider the following statements in this regard:

    1) Indian Skill Development Services (ISDS) will be a Group ‘A’ service.
    2) Induction in this service will take place through civil Services Examination.
    3) The Academy for the training of the cadre will be National Institute of Skill Development.

    Choose the correct statement(s):

    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. 1 and 3
    d. All of the above

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has issued the notification of setting up of Indian Skill Development Services (ISDS). This service has been created for the Training Directorate of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

    With this service, the skill ecosystem is expected to get strengthened and modernised in line with the current scientific and industrial development in the country. ISDS will be a Group ‘A’ service where induction will take place through Indian Engineering Service Examination conducted by UPSC.
    The Training Directorate is involved in the implementation of various schemes. The Indian Skill Development Service (ISDS) will have 263 all India posts. The Academy for the training of the cadre will be National Institute of Skill Development.

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