Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 19 February 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Delimitation Commission.
  2. Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge.

1. Delimitation Commission

News Summary

Delimitation Commission comprising of Chairperson Retd. Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, Ex-Officio Member Shri Sushil Chandra (Election Commissioner), and Ex-Officio Member, Shri K.K Sharma (State Election Commissioner, J&K) held a meeting in New Delhi with the Associate Members from Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, for seeking their suggestion/views on the process of delimitation in respect of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Prelims GS – Governance/Polity

Delimitation Commission:
  • Delimitation literally means the act or process of fixing limits or boundaries of territorial constituencies in a country or a province having a legislative body.
  • The job of delimitation is assigned to a high power body. Such a body is known as Delimitation Commission or a Boundary Commission.
  • In India, such Delimitation Commissions have been constituted 4 times – in 1952 under the Delimitation Commission Act, 1952, in 1963 under Delimitation Commission Act, 1962, in 1973 under Delimitation Act, 1972 and in 2002 under Delimitation Act, 2002.
  • Delimitation Commission is appointed by the President of India.
  • Chairperson is usually the Hon’ble Retired Judge of the Supreme Court.
  • The Delimitation Commission in India is a high power body whose orders have the force of law and cannot be called in question before any court.
  • These orders come into force on a date to be specified by the President of India on this behalf.
  • The copies of its orders are laid before the House of the People and the State Legislative Assembly concerned, but no modifications are permissible therein by them.

Click here to view the official Election Commission website.

2. Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge

News Summary

The Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, announced twenty-five(25) shortlisted cities for the ‘Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge’ cohort, in collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) and technical partner WRI India.

Prelims GS – Governance

Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge:
  • The  Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge is a 3-year initiative aimed at supporting early childhood-friendly neighborhoods under the government’s Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • The following cities have been selected for the ‘Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge’ cohort: Agartala, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Dharamshala, Erode, Hubballi-Dharwad, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Kakinada, Kochi, Kohima, Kota, Nagpur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Rohtak, Rourkela, Salem, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruppur, Ujjain, Vadodara, and Warangal.
  • The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge aims to incorporate a focus on early childhood development (0-5-year-old children) in the planning and management of Indian cities.
  • The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge is a 3-year initiative that aims to work with Indian cities and their partners to pilot and scale ways to improve public space, mobility, neighborhood planning, access to early childhood services and amenities, and data management across city agencies.
  • It will also build a platform for peer-to-peer learning and sharing best practices between cities.
  • The cohort will receive technical assistance, capacity building, and scale-up support to experiment, and implement trials and pilots over the next six months to demonstrate early wins, solicit citizen participation, and build consensus around their proposals.
  • 63 cities from across India submitted applications proposing neighborhood-level pilot projects in public space, mobility, and access to services to enhance the physical and psychological health of young children and their caregivers.
  • From the list of applicant cities, the evaluation committee chose 25 cities based on the strength of their applications.
  • Cities proposed a diverse array of pilot projects, including
    • creating toddler-friendly walking corridors in residential neighborhoods;
    • safer commutes to early childhood services for vulnerable young children and caregivers living in urban slums;
    • increasing opportunities for nature play and sensory stimulation; and
    • adapting underused open spaces within government school grounds into public play areas after school hours.

Click here to view the PIB Press Release and click here to view the official website.



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