State Current Affairs | April 2021

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State Current Affairs | April 2021

State Current Affairs - April 2021

26th April, 2021

Uttar Pradesh wins the e-Panchayat Puraskar 2021

Government of Uttar Pradesh has won the e-Panchayat Puraskar 2021 by securing 1st rank under Category I. Uttar Pradesh has been awarded for its efforts in successful implementation of e-applications developed by the Central as well as State governments. Assam and Chhattisgarh are the 1st runner-up followed by Odisha and Tamil Nadu at the 3rd position. The e-Panchayat Puraskar was instituted by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. Telangana was ranked 1st under the Category II whereas Karnataka was ranked 1st under the Category III.

25th April, 2021

Punjab shuts down operations in iron and steel plants; diverts them to oxygen production

Government of Punjab has shut down all the operations of the iron and steel industries in the state and diverted them to produce medical oxygen. This decision was taken by Punjab CM, Captain Amrinder Singh after 6 COVID-19 patients admitted in private hospital died due to scarcity of medical oxygen. The number of COVID-19 cases has rapidly increased across the state in the second wave of the pandemic leading to acute scarcity of medical oxygen in the State Healthcare System. The medical-oxygen produced by the iron and steel plants of Punjab will be supplied to the hospitals treating COVID-19 patients across the state.  

24th April, 2021

Andhra govt signs MoU with Microsoft for providing skill development training to the students

Government of Andhra Pradesh has signed first-of-its kind MoU with Microsoft for providing skill development training to the students and unemployed youth across the state. This will help around 1.6 lakh students in 300 colleges of the state. The initiative has been mainly focused on the graduates looking for enhancing their employability. Department of Higher Education will collaborate with Microsoft for providing access to 40 courses related to skill development.

UP government sets up Oxygen Monitoring System in Lucknow

Government of Uttar Pradesh has set up Oxygen Monitoring System at the Home Department in Lucknow. The Oxygen Monitoring System has been set up for real-time monitoring of medical-oxygen carrying tankers across the state from their refueling at the stations to delivery at the hospitals. This will help in efficient management of oxygen supply to the parts of the state badly hit by the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. The mismanagement of oxygen supply by the State Health Department is leading to unnecessary shortage of oxygen cylinders in the badly hit districts.

23rd April, 2021

Haryana Government launches ‘COVID Emergency Loan Scheme’ for Entrepreneurs supplying Oxygen

Government of Haryana has launched ‘COVID Emergency Loan Scheme’ for the entrepreneurs supplying medical grade oxygen and medicines to the COVID-19 patients across the state. A sum of INR 500 crores has been allocated under the scheme. Under the scheme the enterprises manufacturing medical oxygen, beds, ventilators etc will be provided with financial assistance. Under the scheme, government will bear the interest on loan taken by the medical enterprises for one year.

21st April, 2021

Jharkhand Government announces ‘Health Safety Week’ from 22nd to 29th April, 2021

Government of Jharkhand has announced ‘Health Safety Week’ from 22nd to 29th April, 2021 amidst the rampant increase in COVID-19 patients in the state. As part of the Health Safety Week, the state will observe a week long lockdown with fewer relaxations to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Activities like agriculture, construction, industry and mining will continue with proper safety measures. During the lockdown, essential and medical services will continue to function and the offices of central as well as the state government will remain open. Section 144 has also been imposed across the state prohibiting the gathering of 5 or more people at a place.

Uttar Pradesh govt. to provide free-of-cost COVID-19 vaccines from 1st May

Government of Uttar Pradesh has announced to provide free-of-cost COVID-19 vaccines to the resident of UP aged above 18 from 1st May, 2021. The decision was taken by the state cabinet headed by CM Yogi Aditynath. The expenses related to the free vaccination will be administered by the state government alone. CM has directed the Department of Health and Family Welfare of UP to prepare an action plan for conducting the large scale vaccination drive from 1st May, 2021.

20th April, 2021

Andhra Pradesh Government launches YSR Zero Interest Crop Loan Scheme

Government of Andhra Pradesh has launched YSR Zero Interest Crop Loan Scheme for the farmers across the state. It was officially launched by the CM of Andhra Pradesh, YSR Jagan Mohan Reddy. AP Government has already provided a financial assistance of INR 65,000 crores to the farmers of the state through various schemes. Under the newly launched scheme, INR 128.47 crores will be directly credited to the bank accounts of 6.27 lakh farmers who applied for crop loan of upto INR 1 lakh during the Rabi season of 2019-20.

17th April, 2021

Nagaland to prepare Indigenous Inhabitants’ Register for protecting its heritage

After consulting all the stakeholders, the Government of Nagaland intends to prepare register of indigenous inhabitants for protecting the rich cultural heritage of the state.  The proposed register will be named as ‘Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland’ (RIIN). It was officially announced by Nagaland CM, Neiphiu Rio while addressing a consulting meeting on RIIN with Tribal Hohos and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) held on 16th April, 2021. The citizens of Nagaland who settled in the state before 1st December, 1963 will be listed in the RIIN and will be issued a certificate of indigenous inhabitants.

16th April, 2021

Chhattisgarh Government invokes ESMA amidst rise in COVID cases

Government of Chhattisgarh has invoked Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) keeping in view the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases across the state. The ESMA order prohibits the refusal to work in essential services. As per the State Home Department, the order of ESMA will be applicable to the doctors, nurses and health workers as well. As per the current orders, refusal to work in sale, manufacturing and transportation of medical equipment and medicines, operation of ambulance services, water and power supply services will be prohibited until further orders.

Odisha bags approval for ROPAX jetty Project worth INR 110 crore

Central Government has approved all-weather (Roll-on, Roll-off Passenger) ROPAX jetty Project worth INR 110 crores for Odisha over Dhamra River. INR 50.30 crores will be sanctioned by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and the rest will be sanctioned by the Government of Odisha. The ROPAX jetty will connect Talucha of Kendrapara and Kaninali of Bhadrak in Odisha reducing the travel time by 5 hours. The project will also provide indirect employment to the locals.   

15th April, 2021

Delhi Government announces curfews on weekends

Delhi Government led by CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced ‘Weekend Curfews’ for controlling the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases across the city. As per the recent directives by the Delhi Government, Curfew Passes will be provided to the individual requiring essentials. Delhi Government has already ordered the gyms, spas, malls and auditoriums to remain closed in order to prevent gathering of people. Moreover, people are not being allowed in dine-in restaurants but they can order food directly to their home via online platforms.

9th April, 2021

Odisha CM launches 14-day ‘Mask Abhiyan’ for countering COVID-19 spread

Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik launched the 14-day ‘Mask Abhiyan’ across the state as counter-measure to stop the spread of coronavirus as there has been a surge in the number of active cases as well as the deaths due to COVID-19 implications. After the second wave of COVID-19 hit the state, counter-measures like night curfews and gathering restrictions have been imposed across all the districts of the state. Under the ‘Mask Abhiyan’, the Police will impose heavy fines on the people who will be caught without wearing a mask.

5th April, 2021

Uttar Pradesh Government launches scheme for encouraging COVID-19 vaccination

Government of Uttar Pradesh has launched a unique gift scheme for encouraging registrations for COVID-19 vaccination across the state. Under the schemes, the people who have received both the doses of the vaccine will be registered for a lucky draw for free and the winners of the draw will receive gifts from UP Government. The lucky dram will be conducted on 7th April, 2021 on the occasion of World Health Day. As per the government officials, around 25,000 names have been registered so far for the lucky draw.

4th April, 2021

Government of Telangana teams up with Wadhwani AI for helping the Cotton Farmers

Telangana Government has signed an MoU with Wadhwani AI (Artificial Intelligence) for helping the cotton farmers of across the state to protect the crops from the pests. The MoU has been signed between the Department of Agriculture and Wadhwani Institute of AI. Plant Protection solutions based on Artificial Intelligence has been developed by Wadhwani for helping the small and marginal cotton growers. The AI uses application for real-time localized surveillance and advisory. The app helps the farmers take preventive as well as curative measures for protecting the crops.

Government of Uttarakhand announces COVID-19 vaccination for journalists

Government of Uttarakhand announced COVID-19 vaccination for the journalists considering them as frontline workers during the pandemic. The journalists will be vaccinated irrespective of their age as they played a crucial role in the dissemination of important information during the lockdown. The announcement was made by Uttarakhand’s new Chief Minister, Tirath Singh Rawat. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Uttarakhand has 2,404 active cases of COVID-19 with 97,150 recoveries and 1,721 total deaths.

3rd April, 2021

Rajasthan sets up the 1st farm-based solar power plant under PM-KUSUM

The 1st farm-based solar power plant under Prime Minister- Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) has been set up in Jaipur’s Kotputli Tehsil. The solar power plant will be producing 17 lakh units electricity in a year. The 1 MW capacity project has been established over 3.5 acres of land in the Bhaloji Village. It is the 1st of the 623 proposed farm-based solar power projects to be undertaken by Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL). The company intends to generate 722 MW solar electricity in Rajasthan in the 1st phase of PM-KUSUSM.

Tulip Festival 2021 inaugurated in Jammu & Kashmir

Tulip Festival 2021 has been inaugurated by the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Manoj Sinha. The 5-day festival is being organized at the foothills of Zabarwan Mountains of Srinagar which is the largest tulip garden of Asia. Over 15 lakh flowers of 64 varieties are currently blooming in the Kashmir Valley. The world famous Dal Lake is also located in the foothills of Zabarwan Mountains. The Tulip garden will be open for the tourists from 3rd to 7th April, 2021.

2nd April, 2021

West Bengal tops in India in terms of collection from small savings schemes

West Bengal has topped among the States and Union Territories in terms of amount of money collected from small savings schemes like (National Savings Certificate) NSC and (Public Provident Fund) PPF. West Bengal has collected a sum of INR 90,000 crores followed by Uttar Pradesh with INR 69,660.70 crores. As per the National Savings Institute of Ministry of Finance, West Bengal alone accounts for 15 % of INR 5.96 lakh crores collected from the small savings schemes from India.

1st April, 2021

Rajasthan becomes the 1st state to announce health insurance for its residents

Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot announced health insurance for all the residents of Rajasthan under the Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana. The scheme offers a ‘mediclaim’ upto INR 5 lakhs to each and every family residing in Rajasthan. It is the biggest health scheme to be launched by the state government. Residents of Rajasthan can register their families for availing cashless treatment under this scheme. Ashok Gehlot made the announcement during the session of state budget for FY22.

Odisha observes its 86th Foundation Day

Odisha celebrated its 86th Foundation Day as ‘Utkala Divas’ on 1st April, 2021. Odisha became a separate state after separating from Bihar and Orissa Province on 1st April, 1936. Koraput and Ganjam from Madras Presidency were also added to the state of Orissa (presently known as Odisha) on this day. Odisha became the 1st independent state of India on the basis of language. The foundation day has been named as ‘Utkala Divas’ to commemorate the revolutionary leaders Utkala Gouraba Madhusudan Das and Utkala Mani Gopabandhu Das of Orissa.  

Punjab Cabinet announces free travel for women passengers in state-run buses

Punjab Cabinet headed by Capt. Amrinder Singh has announced free travel for women passengers in the state government-run buses from 1st April, 2021. This scheme will benefit around 1.3 crore females of Punjab. The newly launched scheme aims to empower women and girls of the state. A similar initiative was launched by Delhi government two years ago. Buses operated by PEPSU Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), Punjab Roadways Buses (PUNBUS) and City Bus Services will provided free of cost travel to the female passengers within Punjab state.