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

In Today’s News:

  1. Ken-Betwa River interlinking
  2. Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021.
  3. VVPAT.

1. Ken-Betwa River Interlinking

News Summary

A historic Memorandum of Agreement was also signed between the Union Minister of Jal Shakti and the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, in the presence of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, to implement the Ken Betwa Link Project, the first project of the National Perspective Plan for interlinking of rivers.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Governance

Interlinking of river projects:
  • Ken Betwa River Interlink Project is the first project of the National Perspective Plan for the interlinking of rivers.
  • The interlinking of the River (ILR) program is of national importance and has been taken up on high priority.
  • The mission of this program is to ensure greater equity in the distribution of water by enhancing the availability of water in drought-prone and rain-fed areas.
  • Under the National Perspective Plan (NPP) prepared by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, NWDA has already identified 14 links under the Himalayan Rivers Component and 16 links under the Peninsular Rivers Component for inter-basin transfer of water-based on field surveys and investigation and detailed studies.
  • Cauvery (Kattalai)-Vaigai-Gundar link (IBWT), Bedti-Varda link (IBWT), Damanganga (Ekdare)-Godavari link (Intra-State), Damanganga-Vaitarna-Godavari link (Intra-State), Damanganga-Pinjal and Par-Tapi-Narmada Link Projects, Alternative proposal of Diversion of Godavari waters up to Cauvery basin, Manas-Sankosh-Teesta-Ganga (MSTG) link and Integration of Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project with Parbati- Kalisindh-Chambal link are some of the other interlinkings of river projects.
  • Interlinking of river projects will help in utilizing water efficiently by equitable distribution of water resources and ensure all areas are provided with water and free from scarcity of water.

Click here to know more about the Interlinking of rivers on the official website.

2. Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021.

News Summary

The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced in Lok Sabha on March 15, 2021.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Governance

GNCTD Amendment 2021 bill- Key highlights:
  • The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) 1991 is an act to supplement the provisions of the Constitution relating to the Legislative Assembly and a Council of Ministers for the National Capital Territory of Delhi and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
  • The Bill provides that the term “government” referred to in any law made by the Legislative Assembly will imply Lieutenant Governor (LG).
  • The Act specifies that all executive action by the government, whether taken on the advice of the Ministers or otherwise, must be taken in the name of the LG.
  • The Bill adds that on certain matters, as specified by the LG, his opinion must be obtained before taking any executive action on the decisions of the Minister/ Council of Ministers.
  • In too, the act tries to give more powers to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to solve the administrative issues arising between the CM of Delhi and LG.
  • But there is a drawback that it may reduce the powers of the elected government slightly.

Click here to know more about the GNCTD Amendment bill on the Courtesy: PRS Website.


News Summary

As elections are announced in some states of India, there was a news article related to VVPAT.

Prelims GS – Governance

  • Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is an independent system attached with the Electronic Voting Machines that allows the voters to verify that their votes are cast as intended.
  • When a vote is cast, a slip is printed containing the serial number, name, and symbol of the candidate and remains exposed through a transparent window for 7 seconds.
  • Thereafter, this printed slip automatically gets cut and falls in the sealed drop box of the VVPAT.
  •  VVPATs with EVMs were used for the first time in a bye-election from 51-Noksen (ST) Assembly Constituency of Nagaland.

Click here to know more about VVPAT FAQs.



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