IASCLUB PIB News Summary : 11 June 2019

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Cyclone Vayu – Ministry of Home Affairs issues detailed advisory to Gujarat and Diu

Following the High Level Review meeting taken by Union Home Minister on Cyclone ‘Vayu’, Ministry of Home Affairs has issued detailed advisories to the State of Gujarat and UT of Diu.

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  • Gujarat and Diu Administration have planned to evacuate about 3 lakh people from the identified vulnerable areas starting early morning of 12thJune, 2019. The evacuated people will be shifted to around 700 cyclone/relief shelters. In consultation with State Administration, 39 NDRF Teams are being pre-positioned in and Diu for helping the State/UT Administration in evacuation, search, rescue and relief operations. In addition, 34 teams of Army are also put on stand-by.
  • Union Home Minister is regularly reviewing the situation and Union Home Secretary will take a review meeting on 12thJune with the Central Ministries/Agencies and Chief Secretary/Adviser of Gujarat and Diu.

 Foreigners Tribunals 

The Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964 was issued by the Central Government under Section 3 of The Foreigners Act, 1946.

  • It is applicable to the whole country.
  • Major amendments in the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964 were undertaken in 2013. The last amendment was issued in May, 2019.
  • All these orders are applicable to the whole country and are not specific to any state. Therefore, there is nothing new in this regard in the latest amendment of May 2019.
  • The May 2019 amendment only lays down the modalities for the Tribunals to decide on appeals made by persons not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections filed against the NRC.
  • Since NRC work is going on only in Assam, therefore, the aforementioned Order, issued on 30th May, 2019 is applicable only to Assam as on date for all practical purposes.
  • This Amendment Order also provides for reference by District Magistrate to the Tribunal for its opinion as to whether the Appellant is a “foreigner” or not within the meaning of the Foreigners Act, 1946.
  • Since the Foreigners Tribunals under this order have been established only in Assam and in no other state of the country, this amendment in effect is going to be relevant only to Assam at present.

Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) enters into Tripartite Agreement with French National Railways (SNCF) & AFD, a French Agency

Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) entered a Tripartite Agreement with French Railways (SNCF) & AFD, a French Agency.

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  • Under this agreement, AFD a French agency, has agreed to provide in-kind grant financing up to 7,00,000 EURO, through French National Railways (SNCF)-Hubs and Connexions as a Technical Partner to IRSDC to support the Railway Station Development Program in India.
  • This will impose no financial liability on IRSDC or Indian Railways.

Ministry of Jal Shakti holds meeting with all States for water conservation, rural drinking water supply and Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen)

The Union Minister for Jal Shakti, held a review meeting with all State Ministers and State Principal Secretaries for Water Resources, Drinking Water and Sanitation and PHED in New Delhi today.

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  • The focus of the meeting was to review the steps taken and action plans made by various States for the drinking water and sanitation sectors in the country, especially their preparedness to conserve rainwater over the forthcoming monsoon months. 24 State Water and Sanitation Ministers joined the meeting to represent the sectors in their respective States.

Swachh Bharat Mission – Grameen (SBM-G)

  • With SBM-G in the last stage of implementation towards building an Open Defecation Free (ODF) India, the Minister set the agenda to achieve 100% sanitation coverage for all rural households at the earliest. He stressed that a Clean India is not a goal but a continuous process, adding that the Mission takes pride in having changed the sanitation behaviour of over 55 crore people. He also assured the States that there will continued support to sustain behaviour change.
  • Stress has been given on the need for solid and liquid waste management in rural areas, taking India from ODF to ODF-plus.
  • All State Ministers present at the meeting shared their State’s progress in sanitation and the future plans for post-ODF activities as well as water conservation and drinking water supply.



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