States - 2019 FEBRUARY

February 1

Punjab government gave approval for ‘Smart Village Campaign’ worth of Rs 385 crores
The Punjab government approved a rural development scheme” ‘Smart Village Campaign” worth Rs. 384.40 crore to build village infrastructure and provide essential amenities.
Getting approved by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Reformation and implementation of the scheme would be financed with funds from the 14th Financial Commission and MGNREGA
The SVC is aimed at improving the condition of rural areas by supplementing the ongoing government schemes for building infrastructure and providing essential amenities.

February 2

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar presents Goa Annual Budget 2019-20
Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar who also holds the Finance portfolio presented the annual budget of Goa for 2019-20 in the Assembly. The annual budget increase from 17,123.28 crore in 2018-19 to 19548.69 crore in 2019-20 with an increase of 14.16% over previous year.
Mizoram govt bans import of pigs and piglets
The Mizoram Government issued an order to ban the import of pigs and piglets, because there is a possibility of outbreak of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). PRRS disease is also called as Swine Flu, the virus of this disease generally transmitted from pigs and affects both pigs and humankind.
Basically the pigs imported from Myanmar are in suspect point; pigs imported from other countries too have been banned as a move to prevent the outbreak of the PRRS in the state.

Unemployed to get Rs. 3,000 dole in Rajasthan from March 1
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot announced the monthly allowance scheme for educated unemployed youth from March 1st.
Through this scheme unemployed boys will receive Rs. 3000 while girls will get an assistance of Rs, 3500 as monthly unemployment allowance.

February 3

Sikkim, Microsoft ink pact for enhancing digital literacy
The MoU was signed between the state Human Resource Department RB Subba and Managing Director of Microsoft India Manish Prakash to boost digital literacy and new age technology knowledge in government schools.
This agreement will also help Sikkim to upgrade its state curriculum from class VI to class X with IT course.
AP CM initiated the 2nd phase of welfare pension scheme, Pasupu-Kumkuma.
2nd Phase of Pasupu-Kumkuma (Turmeric-Kumkum) scheme and welfare pensions was launched by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandrababu Naidu
94 Lakh DWCRA (Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas) women will be given Rs. 10000 in three installments under the Pasupu-Kumkuma scheme.

February 4

Kerala sets up drug price monitor
Kerala has become the first State to set up a Price Monitoring and Research Unit (PMRU) to track violation of prices of essential drugs and medical devices under the Drugs Price Control Order (DPCO).
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) proposed such a system for the States and the Union Territories.

February 5

325 children rescued under ''Operation Smile'' in Hyderabad
325 children including 11 girls have been rescued in Hyderabad under “Operation Smile” which was launched on 1st January 2019.
AIM of Operation Smile: The One month long programme aims to rescue child labourers and children engaged in begging
Apart from rescuing children from Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana, around 100 children from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal have been rescued under the mission.
Odisha launched Kalia scholarship scheme to boost education for farmers children
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the new 'KALIA Chhatravritti Yojana', which is a scholarship for the children of farmers who are the beneficiaries of Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme.
Other Projects launched:
Odisha Chief Minister also inaugurated 17 welfare projects worth Rs. 66 crore and laid the foundation stone for 47 projects worth Rs. 2,100 crore in Keonjhar.
Odisha Government has launched drinking water projects worth Rs. 1,050 crore to supply safe drinking water in the district.
Patnaik also launched Mission Shakti Conclave dedicated the development projects worth Rs. 45 crore.

February 6

5-Member Committee to Promote Dairy Farming was set up by Punjab to boost Farmers Income
punjab government headed by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh decided to constitute a 5 members high-powered committee to prepare a comprehensive action plan for boosting the dairy sector with the aim of supplementing the income of farmers in a result-oriented manner.
The committee will be comprised of including Chairman State Farmers Commission, Director Animal Husbandry, Director Dairy Development, a representative of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).
The role of the committee will be to recommend measures for promoting diversification of agriculture with the aim of enhancing farmers’ income from allied sources

World heritage centre to be set up at Mayapur, West Bengal
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has decided to set up Sri Chaitanya Cultural World Heritage Centre at Mayapur, the birthplace of Maha Prabhu, housing spiritual camps of 45 countries, at its headquarter Nadia district of West Bengal.
The Temple of Vedic Planetarium will come up at the first part of the World heritage center.
The camp of each country would reflect its culture, dress, lifestyle, food and ambiance.
The estimated cost of this project is 3000 crores.
First State Level Awareness Programme on Agri Export Policy Held in Pune
First State Level Awareness Programme on Agriculture Export Policy to create awareness among farmers and stakeholders was held in Pune, Maharashtra.
Suresh Prabhu informed that the Agriculture Export Policy has been prepared jointly with the state governments and will be implemented by the concerned state agriculture and horticulture departments.
Saudi Arabia has vast interest in providing cold chain and warehousing facilities for importing agro and processed food Products to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar.
Special postage stamp on kumbh released
Union Minister of State for Railways and Communication Mr Manoj Sinha released a special postage stamp of the Indian Postal Department on Kumbh Mela. Its cost is five rupees.
Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river. Traditionally, four fairs are widely recognized as the Kumbh Melas: the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela, Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha, and Ujjain Simhastha.
It is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
UP govt invokes ESMA in all departments, corporations for 6 months
The Uttar Pradesh government has invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) banning strikes in all departments and corporations under it for a period of six months.
A notification to this effect was issued by Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey.
The move comes in the wake of a strike call given by certain government organizations from February 6 demanding implementation of the old pension scheme.
The ESMA, as it is commonly known, gives the police right to arrest without a warrant anybody violating the Act's provisions.
NGT imposes penalty of Rs. 25 lakh on UP govt
The National Green Tribunal has imposed a penalty of Rs 25 lakh on the Uttar Pradesh government for its failure to stop discharge of dirty water into Upper Ganga canal.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said adequate steps have not been taken for proper waste management and its treatment.
The State government submitted that a sewage treatment plant in Niwari will be installed within six months. But it failed to do so. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also directed the Urban Development Ministry to deposit a performance guarantee of Rs. 35 lakh.
NGT is to handle the expeditious disposal of the cases pertaining to environmental issues.

February 7

UP govt forms SIT on Sikh riots of Kanpur in 1984
Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the circumstances that led to riots in Kanpur in 1984 following the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The four-member SIT will be headed by retired UP Director General of Police, Atul.
Other members of the team include retired District Judge Subhash Chandra Agarwal and retired Additional Director (Prosecution) Yogeshwar Krishna Srivastava. One serving police officer of SP orSSP rank will also be the part of the team.
About 2,800 Sikhs were killed across India during the pogrom that broke out after Indira Gandhi's assassination on October 31, 1984.
Haryana approves new MSME, pharma policies to boost development
Policies for MSME and pharmaceutical sector with a view to boosting the industrial growth and attracting investment in the state.
The state cabinet approved the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Policy 2019, which aims to create globally-competitive MSMEs in the state.
he policy also aligns itself with major national initiatives like Make In India, Skill India, Digital India and Start-up India and also takes cognizance of ease of doing business initiatives and reform measures taken by the Central and state governments.
Maharashtra government constituted a committee to review welfare schemes for tribal’s
The 17-member committee, headed by former MLA and Shramjeevi Sanghatnapresident Vivek Pandit, will undertake study of various works done for providing employment opportunities, minimum wages and proper livelihood to tribals.
The committee will hold its meetings every three months and submit its recommendations to the government.

February 8

Delhi government launches Zero Fatality Corridor
Delhi Government launched ‘Zero Fatality Corridor’ project under its annual road safety action plan to reduce the number of road accidents on the outer ring road stretch between Burari and Bhalaswa Chowk.
Delhi witnessed 1691 road accidents in Delhi and this project is aimed at reducing deaths to near zero level on the Outer ring road stretch.
The 3 km proposed stretch witnessed 67 deaths due to road accidents in 2016 and 2017. After scientific investigation of high number of accidents on this stretch, Zero Fatality Corridor was launched.

CM Khandu flags off Arunachal leg of startup India yatra
Startup Yatra van will travel across the state with two Boot camps and 4 van stops to provide a platform to entrepreneurs at grassroots to pitch their ideas in Arunachal Pradesh
The yatra will create awareness among the youths on government’s policy for startups, startup India and other schemes aimed at supporting the entrepreneurs.
Chief Minister hoped that the yatra would go a long way in motivating the youths to take up self-employment activities to help in creating jobs.

February 9

Bhupesh Baghel presents Chhattisgarh’s Annual Budget
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Bhupesh Baghel who also holds finance portfolio has presented the Annual Budget for 2019-2020 on the opening day of Budget session.
Annual budget has been amounted of Rs. 90,910 crore which is 11% more than the previous year’s budget.
Rs. 5000 crore has been marked for farm loan waiver. Core areas on which the Budget is focused are rural economy, middle class and Farmers.
Rs. 4000 crore had been marked for Mukhya Mantri Khadyanna Suraksha Yojana to provide 35 kg rice per ration card to BPL families.
Legislators Fund has been increased to Rs 2 crore from the existing Rs 1 crore.
Rs. 50 crore has been earmarked for the proposal of five new Food Parks to boost agricultural production in the state.
Rs. 400 crore allocated to provide 50 per cent rebate to people on domestic use of electricity.

Rs 1.32 lakh crore interim budget presented in Odisha
Odisha’s Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Beheraon presented a Rs. 56,921 crore vote-on-account for the first four months of 2019-20 fiscal while tabling the Rs. 1.32 lakh crore interim budget for the full year of 2019-20 in the Assembly.
Rs. 4,461 crore has been marked for KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme.
Rs. 2,935 crore allocated for Rural Water Supply - BASUDHA Sheme.
Rs. 2,120 crore has been allocated for Madhubala Pension Yojana.
Core areas on which the budget is focused are expenditure on payment of salary, pension, interest, scholarships, etc.
Rs. 800 crore allocated for interest subvention for farmers. Rs 400 crore marked to Ama Gaon Ama Bikash-PEETHA.

UP Government presented Rs. 4.79 lakh crore annual budget for 2019-20
The annual budget 2019-20 in Uttar Pradesh tabled by Yogi Adityanath government presents Rs. 4.79 lakh crore budget. The budget was read out by Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal.
The budget comprised of new schemes, worth 21,212.95 crore. The revenue receipt from State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) and Value Added Tax (VAT) is estimated to be Rs. 77640 crore while excise duty is to be Rs. 31517 crore in 2019-20.
Adequate funds are distributed for infrastructure, agriculture, health, education, energy, social welfare and flagship projects. Budget also contains provision for WiFi in universities and degree colleges.
The government has launched Kanya Sumangala Scheme for upliftment of women which would give handsome money to all girls in the state when they get married or pass graduation.

February 10

 J&K Government Grants Divisional Status to Ladakh Region
The State Government of Jammu and Kashmir issued a notification for creation of Ladakh as 3rd Division in the state.
Divisional status would facilitate this region in a great way to progress. Routine administrative clearances for Leh and Kargil can be obtained at Divisional headquarters in Leh.
Satya Pal Malik is the present Governor of Jammu & Kashmir.
Suresh Prabhu initiated two schemes in Mumbai for women SHG
Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu launched two schemes, the HirkaniMaharashtrachi and District Business Plan Competition in Mumbai.
Under HirkaniMaharashtrachi, women’s Self-help group (SHGs) will display their business plan at taluka level. Ten groups will be selected from each taluka and Rs. 50,000 will be given to each SHG to implement their idea. Five SHGs at district level will be selected and Rs. 2 lakh will be given to each SHG to take the idea forward.
Under District Business Plan Competition, competitors at district level will display ideas, out of which five ideas will be selected from agriculture, social service, education and Work order worth Rs. 5 lakh will be given to the 5 selected ideas to implement the same.
Kerala HC verdict that banks are liable for unauthorized withdrawals from customer accounts
The Kerala High Court Justice P B Suresh Kumar ordered that banks cannot be absolved of the liability for unauthorized withdrawals from their customers’ accounts.
This judgment has been released after the appeal made by SBI against a lower court’s order to compensate a customer who lost Rs 2.4 lakh due to unauthorized withdrawals.
While dismissing the appeal of SBI, the court clarified that SMS alerts cannot be the basis to determine the liability of a customer, as there would be account holders who do not check SMS alerts regularly.
Assam’s Finance Minister presented 1,193 crore Deficit Budget
Assam’s Finance Minister, HimantaBiswas has presented the fourth Deficit Budget of the state for the fiscal year 2019-20 in the legislative assembly which amounts to 1,193 crore.
The total revenue of the budget in comparison with previous has increased by 20% and the total expenditure has crossed 70,000 crore.
The budget mainly focuses on dimensions of social security and capital expenditure.
Brides will be given one tola gold belonging to families having income of less than Rs. 5 lakh per annum.
Students who pass in 12th class examination with first division will be given e-bike.
Widows below 45 years will be given immediate support of Rs. 25,000.
Rice would be sold at Rs.1 per kg to benefit poor families.

February 11

Yogi Adityanath inaugurates computerized mobile bus classroom
Yogi inaugurated a computerized mobile bus classroom HP world on wheels in Varanasi.
The computerized mobile bus classroom aims to drive education programs across regional, rural and remote areas of Varanasi by bringing new technologies and offering fully equipped digital tools to students.
The digital classroom on wheels will feature some of the latest technology, including mobile devices, 3D printers, digital blackboard and computer workstations.

February 12

Tourism Minister lays foundation stone for Spiritual Circuit in Kerala
Union Minister of State for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam laid the foundation stone for a spiritual circuit connecting Sivagiri Sree Narayana Guru Ashram, Arruvipuram, Kunnumpara Sree Subrahmania Swamy temple and Chembazhanthi Sree Narayana Gurukulam, at a function held at Sivagiri Mutt, Varkala near Thiruvananthapuram.
The circuit will have facilities like a craft bazaar, bus shelters and an audio-video virtual reality show.
The Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned seven projects to Kerala under the Swadesh Darshan and Prashad schemes at an approximate amount of Rs. 550 crore.

February 13

Kerala CM inaugurates ASCEND 2019
It is an ambitious initiative of the Kerala government to position the state as an investment hotspot. Union Minister of Commerce & Industries and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu was the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the day-long conclave, ASCEND 2019.
ASCEND 2019 aims to make Kerala a top investment destination and empower entrepreneurs to launch their enterprises in a speedy and hassle-free manner.
Invest Kerala Guid – a compendium of administrative and policy reforms were released by the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
K-SWIFT (Kerala Single Window Interface for Fast, Transparent Clearances) and IBPMS (Intelligent Building Plan Management System) were displayed on the conclave.
KSWIFT is an online clearance mechanism designed by the Kerala government to simplify and speed up the issuance of clearances from Departments/ Agencies for launching enterprises in the state.

February 14

Universal Old Age Pension scheme has been announced by Bihar Government
Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar announced an Universal Old Age Pension scheme, named Mukhya Mantri Vriddha Pension Yojana (MMVPY), irrespective for all caste, community, religion, except for those who are retired from government organizations.
The scheme facilitates the amount of Rs. 400 monthly pension for all in the state above the age of 60 years who are not getting pension from the government.
The scheme will come into its enforcement from 1st April, 2019.
Other than this scheme, Bihar’s government has also proclaimed a pension of Rs. 6,000 for journalists above 60 years of age, which will get implemented from 1st April, 2019.
Currently old age pension scheme is applicable to only the BPL category.
Rajasthan introduces 5% quota bill for Gujjars, 4 other castes
The Rajasthan government introduced a bill in the assembly to give a five per cent quota in jobs and educational institutes to Gujjars and four other communities agitating for it.
The government introduced the Rajasthan Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutes in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Amendment Bill, 2019, for giving reservation to Gujjars and the other castes.
The bill seeks to increase the backward classes' reservation from the present 21% to 26% with five per cent reservation to Gujjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadaria.
The Rajasthan Assembly passed two bills which seek to end the minimum education criterion for panchayat and civic polls candidates.
The House passed by voice vote the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Rajasthan Municipality (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The previous Vasundhara Raje led government had introduced education criterion in 2015 which required a candidate to pass class 10 for contesting zila parishad, panchayat samiti and municipal elections.
For contesting elections for Sarpanch of a panchayat in scheduled and other than scheduled areas, it was mandatory to pass class 5 and 8, respectively.

February 15

PM-Kisan scheme and Annadatha Sukhibhava scheme have been amalgamated by Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh has made a significant move by merging Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana with its own Annadatha Sukhibhava scheme. This move will further allow a fixed amount of Rs. 10,000 per annum to all farmers in the state, irrespective of the size of their land.
The benefits will be facilitated in 2 portions of Rs. 5000 before the Kharif and Rabi crop cycle.
As PM-Kisan scheme covers only marginalized farmers but, Annadatha Sukhibhava scheme also covers tenant farmers, who will be facilitated with Cultivation Certificates and Loan Eligibility Certificates to avail the benefits of scheme.
Other than Rs. 6000 per household which will be given under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, farmers will also receive Rs. 4000 from Andhra Pradesh government, which will further benefit 54 lakhs farmers.
Popular Front of India has been prohibited by Jharkhand
Jharkhand government has prohibited the Popular Front of India (PFI) in the state to prevent its anti-national tasks and activities, and for keeping alleged association with terror outfits like ISIS.
Popular Front of India has banned in the state with the immediate effect under Section 16 of the Criminal Law (amendment) Act, 1908.
This move to ban was after the review that its activities have elevated and is peril to the state and to nation as well. It also had the power to distort the peace, harmony and secular structure.
The Popular Front of India is an extremist and militant Islamic fundamentalist organization in India formed as a successor to National Development Front (NDF) in 2006.

February 16

Himachal Pradesh Assembly passes Bill to make Sanskrit second official language
Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed Official Language (Amendment) Bill 2019 to make Sanskrit as the second official language of the state. The first official language of Himachal is Hindi.
The Assembly also passed the Himachal Pradesh University of Health Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to rename the varsity after the name of former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee as ‘Atal Medical and Research University, Himachal Pradesh’ and enhance the retirement age of Vice-Chancellor of the University to 70 years.
The HP Bovine Breeding Bill, 2019 was also passed by the Assembly to promote indigenous species of cows in the state by setting up sperm stations and using frozen semen in artificial insemination.

February 17

Karnataka government set to make it a law to give priority for kannadigas in private sector jobs.
A decision has been made by the government of Karnataka to give 100% reservation to Kannadigans in jobs lying under the Group C and Group D category in the private companies that are getting support from the government.
It made amendments to the Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders), Rules, 1961 in order to implement the Sarojini Mahishi report.
Kannadiga is a person who has been the resident of the state since the past 15 years and can read, write and speak Kannada reasonably well.
Some of the effective implementation of Dr. Sarojini Mahishi are:
To get Karnataka’s rightful share in all the Indian jobs (See Chart of government of India survey).
To get the control of seat of power at Vidhana saudha, which is captured by migrant lobbies through deceit.
To get Kannadigas their OWN jobs in Karnataka government and other jobs in Karnataka.
To throw out forgers in seat of power who have used false migration certificates, false Kannada proficiency certificates etc apart from regular corruption in recruitment methods.

February 18

Patnaik inaugurates and lays foundation stones for Rs 2114 crore
Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, inaugurated and laid foundation stones for Numerous development projects amounting to Rs. 2,114 crore in Kalahandi district
Ret Medium Irrigation project which is constructed at a cost of Rs. 768.46 crore. The project is expected to benefit 79 villages by providing irrigation facility for 8500 hectares of agricultural land under the four blocks of Bhawanipatna, Kesinga, Narla and Lanjigarh in the district.
The chief minister also released Rs. 15,000 each to 11,122 women self-help groups as seed money, Rs. 25 lakh each to 14 block-levelMahasanghs, Rs. 3000 each to 9836SHGs as digital empowerment assistance under the ongoing Mission Shakti programme.

February 19

Mulugu and Narayanpet - 2 new Districts created in Telangana
With the creation of the two districts, total number of districts in Telangana has augmented to 33.
District Naraynpet and Muluguhave been carved out of the District Mahabubnagar and Bhupalapally districts respectively.

February 24

Union minister Smriti Irani launched the Integrated Large Scale Eri Farming in Arunachal Pradesh
Union textiles minister Smriti Irani, during her 2-day visit to the North-East, launched the Integrated Large Scale Eri Farming under North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh and will cover about one thousand acres land for Eri Farming in the chosen districts of the state.
5 districts of the state, namely, Papumpare, East Kameng, Siang, East Siang and West Siang, will be covered by the project initially.
Government has decided to provide financial assistance to 4000 beneficiaries under NERTPS and skill training will be imparted to eri silk farmers and weavers under the Samarth Scheme.
The Project aims to support Eri food plantations and also empower the tribal women of the state with employment opportunities and sustainable livelihood.

Odisha approved Rs. 466 Crore Sanitary Napkin Scheme for adolescent girls
Odisha government, in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, approved Khusi Scheme aimed at improving menstrual hygiene among adolescent girl students in the state, with an outlay of Rs. 466.08 crore over a period of 5 years.
Free sanitary napkins will be provided to 17.25 lakh adolescent girl students of Class 6 to 9 studying in government and non-government aided schools of the state. It will also cover Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawaharlal Navodaya Vidyalayas.
Each girl student will be provided with 18 beltless sanitary napkins per month.
Other objectives of the scheme include reducing in the expenditure of the parents towards health care of the girls, reduction in the dropout rate among girls, improved attendance in schools and increase in academic parameter
The cabinet also approved Kalia Scholarship for the education of farmers’ children, a scheme already announced by the chief minister with the objective of extending financial assistance to the children of the beneficiaries of the KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation).

UP CM announces increase in wages of Anganwadi workers and Launches Scheme for Adolescent Girls
In Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adotyanath has announced phenomenal increase in the wages of Anganwadi workers, Mini Anganwadi workers, Sahayikas and Prantiya Raksha Dal members. The salary increase will benefit around 4 lakh Anganwadi and helper workers.
He has launched a scheme for adolescent girls aged between 11 to 14 years, who have left their education and will take steps to provide them proper nutrition and special care.
UP Government decided to observe 8th of every month as Adolescent Girls Day, at Anganwadi Centres across the state, and Nutrition Campaigns will be organized for these girls on that day.

February 25

Bihar becomes the 1st state to deploy dog squad to check liquor smuggling
Bihar has become the First State to deploy Specially-Trained Dogs to check smuggling of liquor which continues to take place inspite of total ban imposed in the state for the last 3 years. 20 liquor-tracker dogs were trained rigorously for nine months in Hyderabad, Telangana.
They were trained at Hyderabad-based Integrated Intelligence Training Academy. Patna will witness deployment of 4 such dogs.
This action was taken after the seizure of more than three million liters of illegal alcohol since April 2016
Odisha launches boat ambulance service for remote areas
It would be used to transport patients to hospitals in remote areas. The cost of the project is Rs 5.40 crore.
The ambulance service can be availed by dialing ‘108’.
The First Boat Ambulance was introduced at Batighar in Kendrapara district.
Six boat ambulances have been added to the project out of which two boat ambulances have been assigned to Malkangiri and Kendrapara districts and one for each of Koraput and Kalahandi.
The project includes: 6 boat ambulances .60 jetties with walk way. The operational cost of each ambulance would be about Rs 90 lakh yearly.

February 26

Madhya Pradesh Government launched 100-day employment scheme for youths
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath launched the State Government’s flagship scheme ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’ that guarantees 100 days of employment every year to urban youth from economically weaker sections.
Under the scheme, Rs 4,000 stipend per month during 100 days of period would be given to the youth and they will also be given skill development training in order to become independent.
Each youth enrolled under the scheme will get total Rs. 13,500 for the 100 days period.
Only those youths, whose family’s annual income is less than Rs. 2 lakh and who are in the age group of 21-30 years, are eligible for the scheme.
1.5 lakh urban youths have so far registered themselves for this scheme.
Tamil Nadu CM launched the Virtual learning portal for rural students
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami launched a virtual learning portal ( to offer guidance to rural students preparing for competitive exams.
He also inaugurated a State Career Guidance Centre at Guindy, which has been established at a cost of Rs 1.31 crore, with an aim to offer proper guidance to job seekers.

February 28

Smriti Irani inaugurated Titanwala Museum at Bagru, Rajasthan
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the ‘Titanwala Museum‘ which showcases the Chhipa community’s art of traditional hand-block printing at Bagru, Rajasthan.
The initiative of setting up the museum was taken up by Suraj Narayan Titanwala, as an effort towards preserving the art of traditional Bagru block printing.
The Museum will exhibit traditional tools and materials used in block making, historical wood blocks, raw materials for dyes and mordants, wide range of traditionally printed fabrics and the actual process of preparing the dyes, the act of dyeing, printing, washing and drying will also be showcased.

PRANAM Commission launched by Sarbananda Sonowal
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Commission, a panel set up to look after the issues with respect to the PRANAM Bill brought in for protection of parents of state government employees at Guwahati, Assam.
According to the Bill, if the PRANAM Commission gets a complaint that parents of a state government employee is being ignored, and then 10% or 15% of the employee’s salary will be deducted by the government and paid to the parents or differently abled siblings. It is first-of its-kind Bill in India.
Private companies’ employees and central government employees in Assam would also be covered by the Bill at a later stage.
Chief commissioner V.B. Pyarelal and commissioners Dr. Alaka Desai Sarma and Jugabala Buragohain of the PRANAM Commission were handed their appointment letters by the CM.

Odisha Cabinet Approves State Film Policy 2019
With an aim to promote Odia films and create a Conducive eco-system for production of films in the region, Naveen Patnaik-led state cabinet gave its nod to the Odisha State Film Policy-2019. 
The policy will promote quality Odia films, facilitate film tourism in the state, establish Odisha as a destination for film shooting and improve screen density in the state.
Ganeshi Lal is the Present Governor of Odisha.