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GS Paper II-Governance, Polity.

Arun Jaitley Releases National Trade Facilitation Action Plan.

Background

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on 21st July, 2017 released the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan and said the WTO-Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) coming into force on February 22, 2017 was a major milestone for the global trading system.
  • Jaitley further said India looks forward to ensuring compliance with the TFA, according to a Finance Ministry statement. Jaitley was speaking after releasing the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP).
  • Apart from activities under the ambit of TFA, the Action Plan also goes beyond to what has been defined as TFA Plus category. It covers many activities in the areas of infrastructure augmentation, particularly the roadways, railways and other Govt assets.

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Key Points Of The Development-

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP) on 21st July, 2017.
  • The Action Plan aims to transform cross-border clearance ecosystem through efficient, transparent, risk-based, co-ordinated, digital, seamless and technology driven procedures which are supported by advanced sea ports, airports, and land borders.
  • The NTFAP aims to achieve improvement in ease of doing business by reducing cargo release time and cost, promote paperless regulatory environment, transparent and predictable legal regime and improved investment climate through better infrastructure.
  • Jaitley said that with the release of this Action Plan, the government looks forward to ensuring compliance with the TFA and also, impetus to trade facilitation, while releasing the Action Plan.
  • NTFAP also awards specific responsibilities to all regulatory agencies like Customs, FSSAI, Drug Controller, Plant Quarantine, DGFT, etc to be completed in a time-bound manner.
  • This Action Plan gives a time bound map, not only for implementing TFA, but also for India’s initiatives for trade facilitation and Ease of Doing Business which goes beyond TFA.
  • All actions covered under the plan have been categorized by prioritizing the activities into short term, midterm and long term. The National Plan would be monitored by the Steering Committee (the operational arm of the NCTF) chaired by the Revenue Secretary and the Commerce Secretary. The plan would be reviewed by the Cabinet Secretary.
  • Earlier, a National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) headed by the Cabinet Secretary was constituted comprising of stakeholders from the Government and the private sectors including trade community. The NCTF has adopted 76 point National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP) which is a reflection of the Government’s commitment to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

Sources- Financialexpress, Businesstoday.

 

GS Paper III- Security, Technology.

GRSE Hands Over Second LCU Mark-IV Ship To Indian Navy.

Background

  • The second of eight Mark-IV Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessels, being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, was handed over to the Navy in the city on Thursday, 20th July, 2017.
  • The ship — L52 — was handed over by Rear Admiral V K Saxena (retd), chairman & managing director, GRSE, to Commander Kaushik Chatterjee, commanding officer of the ship. Brig S Y Deshmukh, chief staff officer (technical) of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, carried out final inspection of the ship before its acceptance.

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Key Points Of This Development-

  • The LCU Mark-IV is designed for multipurpose amphibious operations jointly carried out the Navy and Army to ensure maritime security of the Andamans and Lakshadweep.
  • The ship has 90% indigenous content. The first ship of the series was commissioned in 2016.
  • The ship measuring 62.8 x 11 metres has an endurance of around 1,500 nautical miles at 12 knots and is fitted with 2 x CRN-91 indigenous 30mm Guns.
  • During sea trials, L52 registered a speed of 15 knots. L52 also has the honour of having successfully completed her Weapon & Sensor trials prior delivery to the Navy. Normally this activity is undertaken after the ship is delivered. This ship has also been delivered with zero shipbuilders’ liabilities.
  • The L52 ship was handed over to the Commanding Officer of the ship Cdr Kaushik Chatterjee. Brigadier S Y Deshmukh, Chief Staff Officer (Technical) of Andaman and Nicobar Command, carried out final inspection of the ship before the handing over.
  • The LCU Mark IV ship is designed for multipurpose attack and rescue operations in remote waters in the Indian Ocean as well as the Bay of Bengal.

Sources- The Indian Express, The Times Of India.

 

GS Paper IV- Ethics, Integrity.

First Child-Friendly Police Station At Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, Another Coming Up In Rajasthan.

Background

  • In a bid to ensure that a better environment is provided to the complainants who visit the police station along with their children, the Delhi Police on 21st July, 2017 formally inaugurated a “Child-friendly” police station of the IGI Airport.
  • Inaugurated by the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, the three-storey building has been designed with excellent facilities for investigation to ensure maximum safety and workability of the airport.  The main idea behind the décor of the police station, which also houses the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport), is to facilitate a comfortable environment for the complainants.
  • In another similar gesture, Rajasthan’s first “child-friendly” police station will come up shortly in Dholpur, with the provision for spreading awareness about laws against child labour, child marriage and sexual offences and establishment of a colourful and attractive child cell.
  • Rajasthan’s State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights chairperson Manan Chaturvedi visited the Dholpur Sadar police station on Wednesday, 19th July, 2017 to take stock of preparations.

Child-Friendly Police Station In Delhi-

  • According to a senior police officer, the skill structure building has a conference hall, control room, separate care unit for women along with separate cells for men and women. A vividly designed juvenile welfare office is the specialty of the building. It also has a crèche. It is the first police station with a child friendly room. According to ASI Rajiv Gulati, the room ensures a friendly ambience and helps children to develop a friendly equation with the officers. The building has a beautiful artifact and is a perfect blend of modernisation and advancement.
  • The inauguration took place in the presence of senior officers like Special CP (Vigilance) TN Mohan, Sanjay Baniwal, Special CP (women safety, airport and modernisation), Ashok Kumar Singh, Joint CP/Planning and implementation and David Lalrinsanga, Joint CP/SPUWAC and Spunner. Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik said that it’s a special day as he is inaugurating the most modern building, equipped with excellent facilities. The ceremony ended with a vote of thanks by Special CP, Sanjay Beniwal.

Child-Friendly Police Station In Rajasthan-

  • The child protection unit in-charge would visit nearby schools for three hours every day to interact with children and improve their knowledge about their rights and entitlements.
  • A special focus will be laid on the out-of-school children residing in the area under the police station’s jurisdiction. State authorities have given special instructions for making efforts to get them enrolled in schools.
  • The child cell at the police station will be painted in pink and will have drawings, toys and reading material for children.
  • Besides, the child protection unit and the women’s unit will be merged for their unified and better functioning.
  • Ms. Chaturvedi, who also inspected the crime register at the police station, said only one case under the POCSO Act had been registered during the last one month.

Sources- The Hindu, Dailypioneer.Page 1