IASCLUB PIB News Summary : 04 June 2019

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Retired Officers Digital Records Archive (Rodra) Website

Due to lack of digitisation and non-availability of latest address and contact details of veterans, connecting with veteran officers/family pensioners and addressing their grievances was a major challenge. To overcome the same, a website Retired Officers Digital Records Archive (RODRA, https://rodra.gov.in) has been launched.

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  • The aim was to establish an interface between the custodian of officers’ Records i.e AG/MP 5&6 and veteran officers/Next of Kin (NOK) and to create a digital data repository in order to address documentation/pension related grievances and update on relevant policies.
  • Some of the facilities extended to veterans through website are updation of records. Registration and tracking of documents/ pension related grievances. Communicating with veteran officers/ NOK on various issues.
  • After the launch of RODRA website various types of Pension Payment Order (PPOs) issued by PCDA (P) from time to time to veterans has now been discontinued thereby saving of manpower, stationery and postal charges.  The PPOs are now uploaded on the website and veterans are able to download it from the website. Monitoring and management of grievances of veterans has been streamlined thereby improving satisfaction levels.
  • Automation of the records of serving officers is also in progress.  An application has been developed and is being launched on the internal Army Portal in Jun 2019. This would facilitate serving officers to view their service and other records online as well as interact with AG/MP 5&6 on various Records/documentation related issues.

 #selfiewithsapling campaign

Union Environment Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar launched a people’s campaign #SelfiewithSapling urging all to join and plant a sapling and post the selfie with the sapling on social media.

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  • World Environment Day 2019 urges governments, industries, communities and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy, green technologies and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.
  • The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.
  • World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June.
  • World Environment Day 2019 will be hosted by worldenvironmentday.global/Chinawith a theme of“Air Pollution”Air pollution is the biggest environmental health risk of our time.
  • Airborne pollutants are responsible for about one third of deaths from stroke, chronic respiratory disease, and lung cancer, as well as one quarter of deaths from heart attack. Air pollution is also fundamentally altering our climate, with profound impacts on the health of the planet.

Some Air Pollution Facts

  • 92 percent of people worldwide do not breathe clean air.
  • Air pollution costs the global economy $5 trillion every year in welfare costs
  • Ground-level ozone pollution is expected to reduce staple crop yields by 26 percent by 2030.

  National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

  • India has formulated and launched the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). This is a long term time bound national level strategy and tackle the increasing pollution problem across the country.
  • The objective of NCAP is comprehensive plan for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution besides augmenting the air quality monitoring network. The tentative national level target is reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 20% – 30% by 2024.
  • The focus of this year WED would be on the identified 102 Non attainment cities.

Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Program

The Government of India, Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) and the World Bank signed a $287 Million Loan Agreement for the Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Program.

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  • The Program aims to improve the quality of health care, reduce the burden of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), and fill equity gaps in reproductive and child health services in the State of Tamil Nadu.
  • Tamil Nadu ranks third among all Indian States in the NITI Aayog Health Index which is reflected in vastly improved health outcomes. The State’s maternal mortality rate has declined from 90 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2005 to 62 deaths in 2015-16 while infant mortality has declined from 30 deaths per 1000 live births to 20 in the same period.
  • A key contribution to these achievements has been the establishment of emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care Centers and the 108 ambulance service with previous support from the World Bank. These have ensured that no mother has to travel more than 30 minutes to access emergency obstetric and neonatal care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


  • Despite these impressive gains, certain challenges in health care remain, including quality of care and variations in reproductive and child health among districts. Tamil Nadu is also dealing with a growing burden of NCDs as they account for nearly 69 percent of deaths in the State.
  • The Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Program will support the State Government to:
  1. develop clinical protocols and guidelines;
  2. achieve national accreditation for primary, secondary, and tertiary-level health facilities in the public sector;
  3. strengthen physicians, nurses and paramedics through continuous medical education;
  4. Strengthen the feedback loop between citizens and the state by making quality and other data accessible to the public.

Gram Samriddhi Yojana with World Bank assistance to be launched soon

Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal informed the Media that Ministry was working on Gram Samriddhi Yojana with World Bank which is going to be launched soon.

More about the program:

  • The programme will focus on micro enterprises with capitalization of less than 10 lakh rupees.
  • The Ministry will aim to facilitate creation of 60 to 70 thousand such units within a short time. The pilot project will be done in four states and initiative will be expanded subsequently.

Swachh Survekshan 2020

Shri Hardeep S Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs will be launching Swachh Survekshan 2020 League at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), New Delhi on 6 June, 2019.

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  • Swachh Survekshan League 2020 will be a quarterly cleanliness assessment of cities and towns in India and will be integrated with Swachh Survekshan 2020, the 5th edition of the annual cleanliness survey of urban India to be conducted between January – February 2020 by MoHUA under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission- Urban (SBM-U).
  • The objective of the Swachh Survekshan (SS) survey, which is conducted by an independent third party, is to encourage large scale citizen participation, ensure sustainability of initiatives taken towards garbage free and open defecation free cities, provide credible outcomes validated by third party certification, institutionalize existing systems through online processes and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in.
  • Additionally, the survey also intends to foster a spirit of healthy competition among towns and cities to improve their service delivery to citizens, towards creating cleaner cities.


  • The first edition of the annual cleanliness survey, ‘Swachh Survekshan-2016’ survey for the rating of 73 cities was conducted in January 2016, followed by ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ conducted in January-February 2017 ranking 434 cities. The third round of Swachh Survekshan in 2018 was a quantum leap of scale – conducted across 4,203 cities in 66 days, and became the largest ever Pan India Sanitation Survey in the world, impacting around 40 crore people. The 4th edition, Swachh Survekshan 2019 covered 4237 cities in a record time of 28 days and was a fully digitized and paperless survey. While SS 2016 had seen Mysuru emerge as the cleanest city in India, Indore has retained the title of the Cleanest City in the last three years.
  • SS 2019 was not only significantly wider than the earlier editions in terms of scale but has also brought about substantial impact on the ground through a holistic citizen centric engagement.
  • Some of the key highlights of SS 2019 are as follows:
  • 90,000 residential/ commercial areas inspected
  • 64 lakhs citizen feedback collected
  • 18,000 Garbage Vulnerable Points transformed
  • 84,000 waste pickers integrated into Urban Local Bodies
  • Social media outreach of 4.5 crores
  • Participation of 1 crore citizens through Swachh Manch
  • Swachh Survekshan League 2020 (SS League 2020) has been introduced with the objective of sustaining the on ground performance of cities along with continuous monitoring of service level performance when it comes to cleanliness.
  • SS League 2020 will be conducted in 3 quarters, i.e. April- June, July – September and October- December 2019 and will have a weightage of 2000 marks for each quarter to be evaluated on the basis of monthly updation of SBM-U online MIS by cities along with citizen’s validation on the 12 service level progress indicators through outbound calls.
  • These two parameters will together determine the quarterly ranking of cities. Ranks will be assigned in two categories, namely, cities with population of one lakh and above and cities with population of less than 1 lakh.
  • The performance of cities in SS League 2020 will be crucial to their ranking in Swachh Survekshan 2020 due to the 25% weightage of the quarterly assessments to be included in the annual survey in January 2020.


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