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IAS Questions for Prelims: 26 September 2017

Sep 26, 2017 13:05 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 26 September 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 26 September 2017

    IAS questions provided in this article have been created with a view to the current pattern of IAS Prelims Exam and there is the higher possibility of asking such questions in IAS Prelims Exam 2018.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Recently, the Government has launched the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana also known as the Saubhagya Yojna aims to provide power to all homes.
    2. The States and Union Territories are required to complete the works of household electrification by the 31st of December 2018.
    3. The scheme will ensure electrification of all willing households in the country in rural as well as urban areas.

    Which of the following above statements is true?
    a. 1 and 2
    b. 2 and 3
    c. 1 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a new scheme Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana –“Saubhagya” to ensure electrification of all willing households in the country in rural as well as urban areas on 25 September 2017.

    The total outlay of the project is Rs. 16, 320 crores while the Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) is Rs. 12,320 crore. The outlay for the rural households is Rs. 14,025 crore while the GBS is Rs. 10,587.50 crore. For the urban households, the outlay is Rs. 2,295 crore while GBS is Rs. 1,732.50 crore. The Government of India will provide largely funds for the Scheme to all States/UTs. The States and Union Territories are required to complete the works of household electrification by the 31st of December 2018.

    The beneficiaries for free electricity connections would be identified using Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data. However, un-electrified households not covered under the SECC data would also be provided electricity connections under the scheme on payment of Rs. 500 which shall be recovered by DISCOMs in 10 instalments through electricity bill.

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    2. The 2nd Biennial Trade Ministers Forum (BTMF) meeting was recently held at New Delhi between delegations led by the Minister of Commerce and Industry of India and which of the following country?
    a. Japan
    b. Indonesia
    c. USA
    d. Myanmar

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The 2nd Biennial Trade Ministers Forum (BTMF) meeting was held at New Delhi between delegations led by the Minister of Commerce and Industry of India, Suresh Prabhu and the Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Enggartiasto Lukita. The meeting was preceded by a Senior Official’s meeting where ground work was done for the BTMF meeting. 

    Both Ministers agreed for convening an early meeting of the Working Group on Trade & Investment and the Working Group on Trade Facilitation & Remedies, to address the issues impeding trade and identifying means of facilitating trade and investment between India and Indonesia.  These Working Groups will also look into facilitation of services and areas of mutual interest between both the countries.

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    3. Recently, India along with her partnered country has reviewed the progress of CEPA. CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) is a free trade agreement between India and which of the following countries?
    a. South Korea
    b. North Korea
    c. Singapore
    d. Japan

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu visited the Republic of Korea from September 21-23, to participate in the 7th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Economic Ministers meeting and the 3rd Joint Ministerial Review of the India-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

    The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) is a free trade agreement between India and South Korea. The agreement was signed on August 7, 2009. The signing ceremony took place in Seoul and the agreement was signed by the Indian Commerce Minister, Anand Sharma and South Korean Commerce Minister, Kim Jong-Hoon. The negotiations took three-and-a-half years, with the first session being held in February 2006. The agreement was passed in the South Korean parliament on 6 November 2009. It was passed in the Indian parliament the next week.

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    4. Recently, the Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Produce has been launched nationwide. Consider the following statements regarding the Minor Forest Produce (MFP):
    1. Minor Forest Produce (MFP) is a major source of livelihood for tribals who belong to the poorest of the poor section of society.
    2. The importance of MFPs for the poorest section of the society can be gauged from the fact that majority of 100 million tribals depend on MFPs for food, fodder, shelter, medicines and cash income.
    3. The government of India has taken a number of initiatives for socio-economic development of tribals like introduction of Forest Rights Act, PESA Act and have been implementing schemes for development of MFP by providing financial support to State TDCCs and TRIFED for market development of MFPs.

    Which of the following above statements is true?
    a. 1 and 2
    b. 2 and 3
    c. 1 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    Minor Forest Produce (MFP) is a major source of livelihood for tribals who belong to the poorest of the poor section of society. The importance of MFPs for this section of the society can be gauged from the fact that majority of 100 million tribals depend on MFPs for food, fodder, shelter, medicines and cash income. It provides them critical subsistence during the lean seasons, particularly for primitive tribal groups such as hunter-gatherers, and the landless. Tribals derive 20-40% of their annual income from MFP on which they spend a major portion of their time. This activity has strong linkage to women’s financial empowerment as most of the MFPs are collected and used/sold by women. MFP sector has the potential to create about 10 million workdays jobs annually in the country.

    The government of India has taken a number of initiatives for socio-economic development of tribals like introduction of Forest Rights Act, PESA Act and have been implementing schemes for development of MFP by providing financial support to State TDCCs and TRIFED for market development of MFPs. Recognizing the critical importance which MFP hold for tribals and its potential to create large-scale employment opportunity thereby, helping in reducing poverty and increasing empowerment of tribals particularly women and poor people of the poorest and backward districts of the country, Govt. of India has now decided to introduce an ambitious scheme of providing fair price for the MFP collected by tribals through Minimum Support price (MSP).

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    5. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has constituted the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM). Which of the following is not true regarding the EAC?
    a. EAC can analyse any issue, economic or otherwise, referred to it by the Prime Minister and advising him thereon.
    b. The EAC-PM is an independent body to give advice on economic and related issues to the Government of India, not specifically to the Prime Minister but it will also advice other department or ministries of the Government.
    c. The EAC can address issues of macroeconomic importance and presenting views thereon to the Prime Minister. This could be either suo-motu or on reference from the Prime Minister or anyone else.
    d. It can attend any other task as may be desired by the Prime Minister from time to time.

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has constituted the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM). The five-member council consists of economists of high repute and eminence. The composition of the EAC-PM is as follows-

    1. Dr. Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog- Chairman

    2. Dr. Surjit Bhalla- Part-time Member

    3. Dr. Rathin Roy- Part-time Member

    4. Dr. Ashima Goyal- Part-time Member

    5. Ratan Watal, Principal Advisor, NITI Aayog – Member-Secretary

    Terms of reference of the EAC would be as follows:

    (i) To analyze any issue, economic or otherwise, referred to it by the Prime Minister and advising him thereon;

    (ii) To address issues of macroeconomic importance and presenting views thereon to the Prime Minister. This could be either suo-motu or on reference from the Prime Minister or anyone else;

    (iii) To attend to any other task as maybe desired by the Prime Minister from time to time.

    The EAC-PM is an independent body to give advice on economic and related issues to the Government of India, specifically to the Prime Minister.

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