Daily Current Affairs – 2020
Topic: For Prelims and Mains
Why in News?
- The PM chaired the meeting of 35th edition of PRAGATI.
- It is the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Central and State governments.
- Ten agenda items were taken for review including nine projects and one program.
- Among the nine projects, three projects were from the Ministry of Railways, three from MORTH, and one project each from DPIIT, Power Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs.
- These nine projects have a cumulative cost of Rs. 54,675 crore concerning the 15 states.
- Up to the 34th edition of PRAGATI meetings, 283 projects having a total cost of 13.14 lakh crore have been reviewed.
- PRAGATI is an ICT-based platform for pro-active governance and timely implementation.
- It was launched in 2015.
- It is an interactive and integrated platform chiefly for addressing the grievances of the common man, while at the same time, monitoring government projects and programs/schemes.
- The platform was designed by the PMO in coordination with the National Informatics Centre.
The chief aims of PRAGATI platform:
- Project implementation
- Project monitoring
- Grievance redressal
The platform combines three technologies namely,
- Digital data management
- Video conferencing
- Geo-spatial technology
Features of PRAGATI:
- The system is a 3-tier system comprising of: PM; Secretaries of the GOI and State Chief Secretaries
- The PM holds monthly interactions with the secretaries and Chief Secretaries via this platform.
- The interaction takes place on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
- The day is called ‘PRAGATI Day’.
- The issues for discussion are picked out from the databases related to ongoing programs of the government, pending projects and public grievances.
Facts for Prelims :
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
- It is located in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu.
- It shares a border with Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) in the west and Bandipur Tiger Reserve (Karnataka) in the north.
- This reserve is part of the Eucalyptus Biosphere Reserve.
- Eucalyptus is the first biosphere reserve in India.
- It was declared a Biosphere Reserve in the year
- Fauna: tiger, elephant, Indian gaur, panther, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, common langur, Malabar Giant Squirrel, wild dog, weasel, wild cat, Hyena