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CURRENT AFFAIRS - GOVERNMENT SCHEMES Gujarat government launches ‘Gyankunj Project ‘in schools | 08-Sep-2017 14:36

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has launched “Gyakunj e-class project” from Shahpur primary school in Gandhinagar announced on 4th Sept 2017.
Key Points:
i.Under this initiative, interactive e-class will be launched with smart board.
ii.In the first phase, 550 schools will be covered under the ‘Gyankunj Project’ and gradually standard 5th to 9th of every schools of the state will cover under the project.
iii.’Gyankunj Project’ covers under total worth of Rs. 35.85 crore.
iv.The objective of the project is to produce world-class students. The project is launched at expenditure of Rs. 222,000/- per school.
v.The state govt. has also mentioned that 1609 govt. primary schools are provided laptop, projector, infrared camera, smart board, speaker and with router facilities for 3173 class rooms of standard 7th and 8th.
vi.It is also noted that 10000 tablets are to be given to standard 7th and 8th students across 100 schools for free.
vii.Education for all courses in standard 5th to 8th will be given through e-content and internet.
About Gujarat     
Capital: Gandhinagar
Governor: Om Prakash Kohli
CM: Vijay Rupani

NITI Aayog launches National Nutrition Strategy | 08-Sep-2017 14:27

On 5th September 2017, Leader of the Green Revolution Dr.M.S.Swaminathan and Padma Shri Dr.H.Sudarshanlaunched the National Nutrition Strategy, along with Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog Dr.Rajiv Kumar and Member of Niti Aayog Dr.Vinod Paul.

Aim of the National Nutrition Strategy:

The National Nutrition Strategy aims to ensure that every child, adolescent girl and woman attains optimal nutritional status by 2022.

National Nutritional Strategy:

  1. The Integrated Child Development Services Mission would be expanded to form a National Nutrition Mission along the lines of National Health Mission under the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) according to the National Nutritional Strategy.
  2. steering group would be set up for monitoring the progress of the mission. This group will report directly toPrime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi. The steering group will be headed by WCD Minister Ms.Maneka Gandhi. Ministers from states with high burden districts will be made members on a rotational basis. Other members will include secretaries of WCD, members of finance ministry, health, panchayat raj, rural development, drinking water supply and food, state chief secretaries and five sector experts.
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  4. Under the National Nutrition Strategy the‘Nourishing India’ strategy proposes the use of tracking and targeting children from birth until they are three years old, Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog mentioned.
  5. The National Nutrition Strategy lays out a framework that will focus on improvement in health, food, drinking water, sanitation, income and livelihoods. Currently50% of pregnant women and 60% of children in the country are estimated to be anaemic.
  6. According to this Strategy thestates will be asked to create customised district specific action plans with greater role for rural and urban local bodies. The focus will be on de-centralised planning and local innovation. Nutrition outcomes will be monitored by Niti Aayog.

Leaders’ speech during the launch:

  1. Mr.Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog said thatmalnutrition among children is “India’s biggest governance failure”. He also added that one third of the world’s stunted children live in India.
  2. Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog Mr.Rajiv Kumar said “The document lays the roadmap for targeted action to address India’s nutritional needs. The Aayog has been tasked with monitoring the governance of the strategy”.

Other Static Information:

  1. Leader of Green Revolution in India is Dr.M.S.Swaminathan.
  2. The CEO of Niti Aayog is Mr.Amitabh Kant.
  3. The Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog is Mr.Rajiv Kumar.
Health Ministry launches two new contraceptives | 06-Sep-2017 15:21

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched two new contraceptives, an injectible MPA (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) under the ‘Antara’ programme and contraceptive pill ‘Chhaya’ in New Delhi.

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About the new contraceptives:

  1. The contraceptives are said to be safe and highly effective.
  2.  Antara(injectable) is effective for three months and Chayya (pill) works for one week.
  3. This will help to meet the changing needs of couples, especially women, to plan and space their pregnancies.
  4. Training of healthcare practitioners from all the states has been completed  also a pool of state and district level doctors and staff nurses have been trained to support the new release.

Availability of the new contraceptives:

  1. The new contraceptives have been launched in ten states — Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Haryana, West Bengal, Odisha, Delhi and Goa so far.
  2. The contraceptives are available forfree in medical colleges and district hospitals.
  3. To improve the supply and distribution of contraceptives, the Ministry has launched a software calledFamily Planning Logistics Management Information System (FP-LMIS), designed to provide information on the demand and distribution of contraceptives to health facilities and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs).

Other measures of the health ministry regarding family planning:

  1. The health ministry has also launched theMission Parivar Vikas, a central family planning initiative. Its key focus is improving access to contraceptives through delivering assured services, ensuring commodity security and accelerating access to high quality family planning services.
  2. The mission is being implemented in146 high focus districts with the highest total fertility rates in the country. These districts are in the seven high focushigh Total Fertility Rates (TFR) states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam, which constitute 44% of the country’s population.
  3. The main objective of this Mission is to bring down the Total Fertility Rate(TFR) to 2.1 by the year 2025.
  4. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare aims to achieve itsgoal of increasing modern contraceptive usageand ensure that 74% of the demand for modern contraceptives is satisfied by 2020.
  5. The Ministry remains its focus onincreasing awareness and demand through a holistic communications campaign that has simultaneously been rolled out across all states of India.

Other Static Information:

  1. TheMinister of Health and Family Welfare is Mr.Jagat Prakash Nadda.