Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 23 July 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Honey Mission Program
  2. Nirbhaya Fund.
  3. Microplastics in Ganga river.

1. Honey Mission Program

News Summary

Information on Honey Mission Program was given by Minister for Micro. Small and Medium Enterprises Shri Narayan Rane in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

Prelims GS – Governance

Honey Mission Program:
  • The Honey Mission program was launched by Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), under the Ministry of MSME, during 2017-18.
  • It is being implemented to promote Bee Keeping activities and provide self-sustaining employment opportunities among farmers, Adivasis, and unemployed youth in rural India, especially in economically backward and remote areas.
  • Under the program, beneficiaries are provided with Bee Boxes, live bee colonies, tool kits, and training.
  • To date, a total number of 15445 beneficiaries have been assisted under the program.

Click here to view the official PIB release.

2. Nirbhaya Fund

News Summary

Out of an allocation of Rs.6212.85 crore (including Rs. 500 crores allocated to Ministry of Women and Child Development in the year Financial Year 2021-22) till date, underNirbhaya Fund, a sum of Rs. 4087.37 crore has been disbursed/ released by the concerned Ministries/ Departments and a sum of Rs. 2871.42 crore has been reported to be utilized. This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. SmritiZubinIrani.

Click here to view the official PIB release.

Prelims GS – Governance/Economic Development

Nirbhaya Fund:
  • The Nirbhaya Fund Framework provides for a non-lapsable corpus fund for the safety and security of women.
  • Nirbhaya Fund is administered by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) of the Government of India.
  • The Ministry of Finance through DEA is the nodal Ministry for any accretion into and withdrawal from the corpus, and the Ministry of Women and Child Development is responsible to review and monitor the progress of sanctioned projects/ schemes in conjunction with the concerned Central Ministries/ Departments.
  • One-Stop Centre Scheme is one of the famous schemes funded through the Nirbhaya Fund.

Click here to view the Nirbhaya Fund guidelines.

3. Microplastics in the Ganga river

News Summary

Toxics Link, an NGO has conducted analysis in the stretches of the Ganga river and found the pollution by microplastics in the Ganga river

Prelims GS – Science & Technology/Environment

  • Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life.
  • They are mainly found in the oceans and deep-sea.
  • Microplastics can come from a variety of sources including larger plastic pieces that have broken apart, resin pellets used for plastic manufacturing, or in the form of microbeads, which are small, manufactured plastic beads used in health and beauty products.
Microbeads (2019 Prelims question):
  • Microbeads are also microplastics
  • They are less than 1mm in length
  • Microbeads are mostly found in cosmetic products, sun creams, etc.
  • They are harmful to the marine environment.

Click here to know more about Microplastics on the official NOAA website.






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