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    Current Affairs – 4th May 2022

    1.    TRANSFORMATION OF ASPIRATIONAL DISTRICTS

    • News: Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani has said that the ranking of Wayanad district under the Transformation of Aspirational Districts programme of the Centre should be improved in a time-bound manner.
    • About Transformation of Aspirational Districts:
      • Launched in January 2018, the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ initiative aims to remove this heterogeneity through a mass movement to quickly and effectively transform these districts.
      • The broad contours of the programme are Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts driven by a spirit of mass Movement. With States as the main drivers, this program will focus on the strength of each district, identify low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts.
      • The 115 districts were identified from 28 states, at least one from each state, in a transparent manner by a committee of Senior Officers to the Government of India, in consultation with State Officials using a composite index of key data sets that included deprivation enumerated under the Socio-Economic Caste Census, key health and education sector performance and state of basic infrastructure.
      • This programme is a policy priority of Government of India. NITI Aayog anchors the programme with support from Central Ministries and the State Governments.
      • While NITI Aayog is steering the initiative in 30 districts, various central ministries oversee 50 districts besides the Ministry of Home Affairs, which focuses on 35 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts.
      • The Government is committed to raising the living standards of its citizens and ensuring inclusive growth for all – “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”. To enable optimum utilization of their potential, this program focuses closely on improving people’s ability to participate fully in the vibrant economy.
      • Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure are this programme’s core areas of focus.

    2.    LOKPAL

    • News: Four years after the country’s first anti-corruption ombudsman to investigate complaints against public functionaries, including the Prime Minister, was appointed and almost a decade after the Act was passed by Parliament, the Lokpal of India will finally move into a swanky office at the World Trade Centre in Nauroji Nagar of south Delhi.
    • About Lokpal:
      • A Lokpal is an anti-corruption authority or body of ombudsman who represents the public interest in the Republic of India.
      • The current Chairperson of Lokpal is Pinaki Chandra Ghose.
      • The Lokpal has jurisdiction over central government to inquire into allegations of corruption against its public functionaries and for matters connected to corruption.
      • The Lokpal is responsible for enquiring into corruption charges at the national level while the Lokayukta performs the same function at the state level.
      • The age of Lokpal (chairperson or member) on the date of assuming office as the chairperson or a member should not be less than 45 years.
      • It consists of a chairperson and eight members, half of whom are judicial members who are or have been a Judge of the Supreme Court or a Chief Justice of a High Court and the other half being non-judicial members are people of impeccable integrity and outstanding ability having special knowledge and expertise of not less than twenty-five years in the matters relating to anti-corruption policy, public administration, vigilance, finance including insurance and banking, law and management.

    3.    GREEN HYDROGEN

    • News: India and Denmark on Tuesday agreed to further strengthen the Green Strategic Partnership with a focus on green hydrogen, renewable energy and wastewater management.
    • About Green Hydrogen:
      • Green hydrogen is hydrogen generated by renewable energy or from low-carbon power.
      • Green hydrogen has significantly lower carbon emissions than grey hydrogen, which is produced by steam reforming of natural gas, which makes up the bulk of the hydrogen market.
      • Green hydrogen produced by the electrolysis of water is less than 0.1% of total hydrogen production.
      • It may be used to decarbonize sectors which are hard to electrify, such as steel and cement production, and thus help to limit climate change.

    MCQ FOR PRACTICE

    1. Consider the following statements regarding Transformation of Aspiration Districts
    2. A total of 115 districts were identified from 28 states.
    3. NITI Aayog anchors the programme with support of central ministries and State governments.
    • It will help ensure better living standards for citizens of India

    Choose the correct option from below

    1. I and II
    2. II and III
    3. I and III
    4. All are correct
    5. Consider the following statements regarding Lokpal
    6. Lokpal is an anti-corruption authority which has jurisdiction over the central government only.
    7. Lokpal can also investigate against the Prime Minister of India

    Choose the Correct option from below

    1. Only I
    2. Only II
    3. Both I and II
    4. Neither I nor II
    5. Minimum age of Lokpal should be
      1. 45
      2. 40
      3. 35
      4. 60
    6. Green Hydrogen is produced from
      1. Crude Oil
      2. Renewable Energy
      3. Water
      4. Any of the above

     

     

     

    1 d 2 c 3 a 4 b