Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 26 August 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. PRAGATI meeting.
  2. SUJALAM campaign.

1. PRAGATI meeting

News Summary

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the meeting of the 37th edition of PRAGATI.

Click here to view the official PIB release.

Prelims GS – Governance

  • PRAGATI is an ICT-based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Centre and State governments.
  • PRAGATI is a unique integrating and interactive platform.
  • The platform is aimed at addressing the common man’s grievances and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programs and projects of the Government of India as well as projects flagged by State Governments.

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Governance(Good Governance)

Significance of PRAGATI:
  • The PRAGATI platform uniquely bundles the three latest technologies:
    • Digital data management,
    • video-conferencing and
    • geo-spatial technology.
  • It also offers a unique combination in the direction of cooperative federalism since it brings on one stage the Secretaries of the Government of India and the Chief Secretaries of the States.
  • With this, the Prime Minister is able to discuss the issues with the concerned Central and State officials with full information and the latest visuals of the ground-level situation.
  • It is also an innovative project in e-governance and good governance.
  • It is a three-tier system (PMO, Union Government Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries of the States)
  • Prime Minister will hold a monthly program where he will interact with the Government of India Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries through Video-conferencing enabled by data and geo-informatics visuals.

Click here to know more about PRAGATI.

2. SUJALAM campaign

News Summary

The Ministry of Jal Shakti began ‘SUJALAM’, a ‘100 days campaign’ as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations from 25th August, 2021.

Prelims GS – Governance

  • The Ministry of Jal Shakti began ‘SUJALAM’, a ‘100 days campaign’  to create more and more ODF Plus villages by undertaking wastewater management at the village level particularly through the creation of 1 million Soak-pits and also other Greywater management activities.
  • The campaign will not only build the desired infrastructure i.e. soak pit for management of greywater in villages but will also aid in sustainable management of water bodies.
  • The disposal of wastewater and clogging of water bodies in the villages or on the outskirts of the villages remain one of the major problems.
  • The Campaign would help in the management of the wastewater and in turn, would help to revive the water bodies.

Click here to view the Courtesy: PIB release.


News Summary

Start-up Accelerators of MeitY for Product Innovation, Development, and growth (SAMRIDH)” program, which was launched on 25.8.2021 by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology

Prelims GS – Governance

SAMRIDH program:
  • SAMRIDH program was launched to create a conducive platform for Indian Software Product start-ups to enhance their products and securing investments for scaling their business.
  • The program is being implemented by MeitY Start-up Hub (MSH).
  • The SAMRIDH Program will focus on accelerating the 300 start-ups by providing customer connect, investor, connect, and international immersion in the next three years.
  • Also, an investment of up to ₹ 40 lakh to the start-up based on the current valuation and growth stage of the Start-Up will be provided through selected accelerators. It will also facilitate equal matching investment by the accelerator/investor.
  • The program aims to further the Indian start-up growth which has seen the emergence of 63 Unicorns is now the third-largest Unicorn hub globally with a total valuation of 168 Bn USD.
  • The initiative will not only provide funding support to the startups but will also help in bringing skill sets together which will help them to become successful.

Click here to view the Courtesy: PIB release to know more about SAMRIDH.




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