Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 27 August 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Vultures
  2. SVEEP
  3. e-SHRAM portal

1. Vultures

News Summary

Vultures keep our environment free of carcasses and also help in controlling disease outbreaks as per an article.

Prelims GS – Environment

  • Vultures belong to the Accipitridae family.
  • They have excellent eyesight and a strong sense of smell.
  • They can detect the presence of dead animals from long distances.
  • Vultures cannot sing as they don’t have a voice box.
  • India has 9 species of vultures.
  • Vultures are mostly critically endangered.
  • The reason for the decline of the vulture population is the use of Diclofenac.
  • Diclofenac is a drug that is used to treat cattle and is a painkiller.
  • Diclofenac is very harmful to vultures.
  • This drug enters the vulture when the vulture feeds on the carcasses of the cattle.
  • It causes kidney failure in Vultures and is seen as a major cause of the decline of the vulture population.
  • This drug was banned in 2006, but still, it is available illegally.


News Summary

The Election Commission of India organized a two-day SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) Consultation Workshop on August 25-26, 2021.

Click here to view the official PIB release.

Prelims GS – Governance

  • Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation program, better known as SVEEP, is the flagship program of the Election Commission of India for voter education, spreading voter awareness, and promoting voter literacy in India.
  • SVEEP’s primary goal is to build a truly participative democracy in India by encouraging all eligible citizens to vote and make an informed decision during the elections.
  • The program is based on multiple general as well as targeted interventions which are designed according to the socio-economic, cultural, and demographic profile of the state as well as the history of electoral participation in previous rounds of elections and learning thereof.

Click here to view the SVEEP website.

3. e-SHRAM

News Summary

Minister for Labour and Employment, Shri Bhupender Yadav formally launched the e-Shram portal and handed it over to the States/UTs.

Prelims GS – Governance

e-SHRAM portal:
  • More than 38 Crore unorganized workers (UW) in the country, will be registered under one portal and the registration under the e-SHRAM portal is totally free and workers do not have to pay anything for his or her registration at Common Service Centres(CSCs) or anywhere.
  • Rs 2.0 Lakh Accidental Insurance cover is given to every registered unorganized worker on eSHRAM Portal.
  • If a worker is registered on the e-SHRAM portal and meets with an accident, he will be eligible for Rs 2.0 Lakh on death or permanent disability and Rs 1.0 lakh on partial disability, and the government is always committed to the welfare of the workers.

Click here to view the Courtesy: PIB release.





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