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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

35th PRAGATI

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.

Details:

  • 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.

About PRAGATI:

  • 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:

  1. Project implementation
  2. Project monitoring
  3. Grievance redressal

The platform combines three technologies namely,

  1. Digital data management
  2. Video conferencing
  3. 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

 

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