Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 07 December 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. ASI puts up a barricade in Hampi chariot.
  2. PM Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana.

1. ASI puts up a barricade in Hampi chariot

News Summary

The Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) has put up a barricade in Hampi chariot, a UNESCO World Heritage site to prevent the people from damaging the chariot.

Prelims GS – Governance

  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is under the Ministry of Culture.
  • It is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation.
  • Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the ASI.
  • Besides it regulate all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.
  • It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.

2. PM Khanij Kalyan Kshetra Yojana

News Summary

Rat-hole mining in Meghalaya is a very common scene. But after the reforms made by the National Green Tribunal(NGT), Moolamylliang village in Meghalaya which was once polluted is now returning back to a clean area.

(Note: Here a scheme related to Mining has been elaborated.)

Prelims GS – Economic Development/Governance

PM Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana:

The Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) is a scheme by the Ministry of Mines, Government of India for the welfare of people & affected areas by using the funds accrued under District Mineral Foundation (DMF).

Overall Objective of PMKKKY:
  • To implement various developmental and welfare projects/programs in mining-affected areas that complement the existing ongoing schemes/projects of State and Central Government.
  • To minimize/mitigate the adverse impacts, during and after mining, on the environment, health, and socio-economics of people in mining districts
  • To ensure long-term sustainable livelihoods for the affected people in mining areas.
Implementation of PMKKKY:
  • It will be implemented by the funds generated by District Mineral Foundations.
  • At least 60% of the fund will be utilized for “High Priority Areas” like:
    • Drinking water supply
    • Environment preservation & pollution control measure
    • Health care
    • Education
    • The welfare of women and children
    • The welfare of aged & disabled people
    • Skill development
    • Sanitation
  • The rest of the fund will be utilized for “Other Priority Areas”
    • Physical infrastructure,
    • Irrigation
    • Energy & watershed development
    • Measures for enhancing environmental quality

Click here to know more about PMKKKY.



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