IASCLUB PIB News Summary : 06 June 2019

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NITI Aayog reconstituted

Government has reconstituted NITI Aayog.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the re-constitution of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog as follows:

Chairperson                             Prime Minister

Vice-Chairperson                    Dr. Rajiv Kumar

Full-Time Members                 (i) Shri V.K. Saraswat, (ii) Prof. Ramesh Chand, (iii) Dr. V.K. Paul

Ex-officio Members:

  1. Shri Raj Nath Singh, Minister of Defence.
  2. Shri Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs.
  • Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
  1. Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agricultureand Farmers Welfare;Minister of Rural Development; Minister of Panchayati Raj.

Special Invitees

  1. Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  2. ShriThaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways; and Minister of Commerce and Industry.
  1. Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Planning.

Commerce Minister to Lead Indian Delegation for G20 Ministerial Meeting in Japan 

The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways, Piyush Goyal, is leading the Indian delegation for the G20 Ministerial meeting on Trade and Digital Economy being held on 8th – 9th June, 2019 in Tsukuba city, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.

More in news:

  • The Minister will discuss developments in the global trade situation, WTO matters and digital trade. He will also hold dialogue with other participating Trade Ministers on current international trade and investments.
  • Ever since G20 was formed India has been actively participating in the meetings. Although there are no binding commitments in G20, it sets the agenda for multilateral trade relations.
  • Over 50 Trade and Digital Economy Ministers will get together for the first time in G20 history in Tsukuba, Japan, to discuss how G20 economies can promote trade and investment and maximize benefits from the development of the digital economy and technologies to ensure sustainable growth of the global economy.
  • Digitalization is expected to continue to create benefits for our economies and societies as a whole and help achieve the inclusive, innovative and human-centred future society – “Society 5.0”.
  • The Trade and Digital Economy meeting is one of the 8 Ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven Ministerial meetings are Agriculture Ministers’, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ meeting, Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting, Tourism Ministers meeting, Ministerial meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, Health Ministers’ meeting and Foreign Ministers’ meeting

About G20

  • G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union(EU). The 19 countries are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • The G20 members represent two-thirds of the world’s people and 85 percent of its economy.

Hardeep S Puri launches Swachh Survekshan League 2020

Shri Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs has stated that in the Swachh Survekshan 2020(SS 2020) league, parameters pertaining to Wastewater treatment &reuse and fecal sludge management have been given special focus. 

  • Launching the SS 2020 League here today ,
  • There will be a quarterly cleanliness assessment of cities and towns in India.
  • This will be integrated with Swachh Survekshan 2020, the 5thedition of the annual cleanliness survey of urban India to be conducted from January – February 2020 by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission- Urban (SBM-U).

Why this?

  • Every year, the Swachh Survekshan is redesigned innovatively, to ensure that the process becomes more and more robust, with focus on sustaining the changed behaviours. However, one concern that was commonly voiced was that cities cleaned themselves up just before a survey and slipped down after that. This year, therefore, we are launching the ‘Continuous Survekshan’the SS 2020 League, where cleanliness assessments will happen throughout the year – similar to the continuous assessments that are followed in schools and colleges – and feed into the larger annual survey in January 2020”.
  • SS League 2020 has been introduced with the objective of sustaining the onground performance of cities along with continuous monitoring of service level performance when it comes to cleanliness.

The process of conducting the exercise:

  • 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 monthlyupdation 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.
  • The exercise will cover all ULBs that have come into existence on or before 31 December 2018.


  • 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.

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