09.07.21 Daily APPSC Current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

Andhra Pradesh targets Rs 5,000 crore from its retail parks policy

The state government declared retail parks policy 2021-26, anticipating targeted investment of RS 5,000 crore in the next five years. The government has proposed to encourage retail trade parks with a minimum investment of Rs 100 crore with 5,000 direct employments.

The state government issued orders  to attract investments in retail trade in the state. The government proposes to encourage development of retail parks in every district each park with focus on one particular trade, like pharmaceuticals, textiles, plastics, electricals, etc.

A nodal officer will be designated in every District Industries Centre (DIC) to facilitate the retail investment and promote retail parks to come up in the districts. The nodal officers would provide handholding for those who are interested in establishing the retail park. The nodal officer would help the investors get all clearances from the government.

The policy also provides infrastructure assistance from the state government for any park with an investment of Rs 100 crore or providing 5,000 direct employment. The government would provide the roads, water, sewerage, electricity and other facilities to such parks. However, these incentives would be extended to the investors only if they fulfil the mandated investment or employment target, the state government said.

The state government also proposes to encourage organised retailers to set up their warehouses/distribution centres within the designated areas in the park. The government proposes logistic policy to cover the required initiatives for encouraging setting up of world class warehouses on PPP basis.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

BHIMUPI Launched in Bhutan

 

In Bhutan, BHIM–UPI was launched. On the occasion, India’s Finance Minister stated that the services have begun in Bhutan as part of India’s “neighbourhood first” policy.

Highlights:

♦ BHIM UPI is one of the highlights of digital transactions in India during the COVID-19 pandemic and is also an achievement, having created more than 100 million UPI QRs in the past 5 years.

♦ BHIM UPI processed 22 billion transactions worth Rs 41 lakh crore in 2020-21.

♦ Bhutan is the first country to adopt UPI standards for QR deployment with this launch.

♦ RuPay cards are also accepted in Bhutan, where they will be officially launched during Prime Minister Modi’s visit in 2019.

♦ Therefore, Bhutan is also the only country that simultaneously issues and accepts RuPay cards and accepts BHIM-UPI.

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Matsya Setu App – Ministry of Fishery, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Ministry

 

The Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy Ministry have launched the Matsya Setu Mobile App.

About the Matsya Setu App:

This is an online course mobile application developed by ICAR-Central Freshwater Aquaculture Research Institute (ICAR-CIFA) in Bhubaneswar with funding from the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) in Hyderabad.

 

The app’s goal is to disseminate the most recent freshwater aquaculture technologies to the country’s aqua farmers.

The Matsya Setu application has a species/subject wise self-study online course module, in which famous aquaculture experts explain the fundamental concepts of breeding, seed production, and grow-out culture of commercially important fishes such as carp, catfish, scampi, murrel, ornamental fish, pearl farming, and so on. important commercial fish (such as carp, catfish, marine fish, mole, ornamental fish, pearl farming, etc.

The course platform also includes Better Management Practices for maintaining soil and water quality, feeding, and health management in aquaculture operations.

For the convenience of the learners, the modules are divided into small video chapters, along with additional learning materials.

 

 

Establishment of Ministry of Co-operation

 

The government established a separate “Co-operation Ministry” to realize the vision of “Sahkar se Samriddhi.”

 

This ministry will establish a separate administrative, legal, and policy framework to strengthen the country’s cooperative movement.

 

The Ministry will work to streamline processes for co-operatives to make it easier to do business and to facilitate the development of Multi-State Co-operatives (MSCS).

 

 

Beneficiary of Tele-Law programme

 

Tele-Law programme reached the 9 lakh beneficiaries.

About Tele-Law Programme:

To address cases at the pre-litigation stage, the Ministry of Law and Justice launched the Tele-Law programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in 2017.

It is a service that connects lawyers with litigants in need of legal advice via video conferencing and telephone services. This service seeks to assist those in need, particularly the marginalised and disadvantaged.

Under this program, the video conferencing smart technology and telephone/instant call facilities provided in the vast network of Panchayat-level common service centers are used to connect poor, oppressed, disadvantaged, and untouched groups and communities with group lawyers to seek timely and Valuable legal advice

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