Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 21 January 2021

Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 21 January 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. NITI AAYOG releases India Innovation Index.
  2. MoS Jal Shakti chairs a review meeting of the Central Water Commission

1. NITI AAYOG releases India Innovation Index

News Summary

NITI Aayog, along with the Institute for Competitiveness, released the second edition of the India Innovation Index in a virtual event. The report examines the innovation capabilities and performance of the states and union territories. The first edition of the index was launched in October 2019.

Prelims GS – Governance

The second edition of India Innovation Index-Data:
  • The India Innovation Index aims to create an extensive framework for the continual evaluation of India’s innovation environment.
  • The index aims to rank states and UTs based on their scores, recognize opportunities and challenges, and assist in tailoring government policies to foster innovation.
  • NITI Aayog, along with the Institute for Competitiveness, released the second edition of the India Innovation Index.
  • NITI Aayog, with its mandate of promoting ‘competitive federalism’ among all states and union territories, is committed to utilizing the India Innovation Index in catalyzing the innovation outcome of the nation.
  • In the ‘Major States’ category, Karnataka continued to occupy the top position, while Maharashtra ranked second and Tamil Nadu ranked third.
  • The innovation inputs were measured through five enabler parameters and the output through two performance parameters.
  • ‘Human Capital’, ‘Investment’, ‘Knowledge Workers’, ‘Business Environment’, ‘Safety and Legal Environment’were identified as enabler parameters.
  • ‘Knowledge Output’ and ‘Knowledge Diffusion’ was chosen as the performance parameters.

Click here to view the official press release PIB.

2. MoS Jal Shakti chairs a review meeting of the Central Water Commission

News Summary

The Minister of State (Jal Shakti) reviewed the progress of the Central Water Commission.

Prelims GS – Governance

(Note: Central Water Commission is responsible for flood control. There were many floods reported in the country in 2020. So the organization associated with the control of floods is important from Prelims point of view.)

Central Water Commission:
  • Central Water Commission is a premier Technical Organization in India in the field of Water Resources and is presently functioning as an attached office of the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India.
  • The Commission is entrusted with the general responsibilities of initiating, coordinating, and furthering in consultation of the State Governments concerned, schemes for control, conservation, and utilization of water resources throughout the country, for purpose of Flood Control, Irrigation, Navigation, Drinking Water Supply and Water Power Development.
  • It also undertakes the investigations, construction, and execution of any such schemes as required.
  • Central Water Commission CWC is headed by a Chairman, with the status of Ex-Officio Secretary to the Government of India.

Click here to view the official website of CWC.

 

 

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