- GARIMA scheme launched by Odisha for Sanitation Workers The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik launched a new scheme named ‘GARIMA’ which aims to ensure the economic safety and social dignity of core sanitation workers in the state. Initially, the state government has allocated a corpus fund of Rupees 50 crore for the scheme. GARIMA Scheme will be implemented by state Housing and Urban Development Department in all the 114 Urban Local Bodies of Odisha. Around 20,000 crore sanitation workers and their families with about one lakh population will benefit from the scheme.
- India’s GDP to contract between 8-8.2% in FY21 projected by CARE Ratings Indian Rating Agency, CARE Ratings has projected the GDP of India to contract in the range 8-8.2% for 2020-2021 (Financial Year 21). This is more than its earlier projection of -6.4%. The forecast for GVA growth in Financial Year 21 is -7.7%.
- In Meghalaya, India’s largest ‘piggery mission’ launched The Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kailash Choudhary, launched India’s largest piggery mission in Meghalaya on 10th September 2020. The project is a step towards Atma Nirbhar (Self-Reliant) and would make the state self-sufficient in pork production, and thus attain self-sufficiency in food and nutrition security as well as augment farmer income. The overall cost of the project is estimated at Rupees 209 crores. It will be funded by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).
- Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework launched by MoHUA The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0. Main objective of this is to provide a clear roadmap for cities towards combating Climate Change while planning and implementing their actions, including investments. The initiative was launched by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs on 11th September in a virtual event organized by the Smart Cities Mission. The CSCAF 2.0 initiative will be implemented by the MoHUA, with support from the Climate Centre for Cities under National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).
- 73rd Session of Regional Committee meet of WHO South-East Asia Region attended by Harsh Vardhan The 73rd Session of WHO Regional Committee for South East Asia was held on 9th and 10th September 2020 via virtual platform. The Health Minister of all the 11 Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region participated in the two days event. The 73rd session was hosted by the Government of Thailand, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health of Thailand. From India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare attended the event. This was the first time the event was held entirely through virtual platforms due to COVID-19 pandemic.
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