‘’Paper 3-GS-II, Topic: Important aspects of Governance & Important measures – its curtains for ITDC-run Janpath hotel

The prime property will now be used for setting up government offices. The Prime Minister gave ‘in-principle’ approval for the transfer of property of the hotel to the Ministry of Urban Development

    What you need to know:

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave ‘in-principle’ approval for the transfer of property of the hotel to the Ministry of Urban Development.
  • Hotel Janpath is located in a prime central location of the city. The property can be considered for construction of government offices and similar purposes which would save government funds spent in hiring of government offices,” an official statement said.
  • The decision to close down the hotel was taken by the government within a month of deciding to exit three ITDC hotels at Bhopal, Guwahati and Bharatpur.
  • The Committee of Secretaries, under the Cabinet Secretary, will take a decision on details of implementation of the project and land use.
  • The building of Hotel Janpath has to undergo major rehabilitation work since the building structure of Hotel Janpath has been found to be unserviceable, in distressed condition and deficit in the context of seismic requirements, according to the inspection report of IIT Roorkee,” the statement said.
  • The government has initiated the process of disinvestment of hotels/properties of the India Tourism Development Corporation as it feels that running and managing hotels on professional lines is not the work of the Government or its entities.

   Disinvestment policy:

  • As part of the disinvestment policy, it has been decided to lease/sub-lease the hotels/ properties jointly with the states concerned or return the properties to them, after fair valuation.
  • States would then have the option to upgrade and operate the Motels by involving the private sector or to utilise the properties as per their requirements. In the first stage, it was decided to disinvest three hotels – Hotel Lake View Ashok in Bhopal, Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok in Guwahati and Hotel Bharatpur Ashok.

   Source: Press Trust of India

‘’Paper 3-GS-II, Topic: Development of Services relating to Health sector – E-clinics for J&K farmers

Service launched to double farmers’ income by 2022


  • The J&K government on Wednesday launched an eclinics service for farmers with the aim to double farmers’ income by 2022.
  • The Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), has set up 15 plant clinics in Samba, Kathua and Jammu.

   Trained officials:

  • Under the ‘Plantwise’ programme of CABI, 22 officials have been trained as plant doctors to diagnose various plant diseases in the Jammu region.
  • These officialas will then upload the data on Plantwise Online Management System (POMS), which can be assessed by experts worldwide.

   Up-to-date with tech:

  • It’s is vital to keep the farmers abreast of advancements that are made in the agriculture sector to enhance production.
  • The establishment of these clinics will go a long way in protecting the crops from diseases, thereby, increasing the productivity and income of farmers,” said State Agriculture Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura.
  • The government is planning to set up more clinics in all parts of the State “with special focus on the farflung areas of the Valley and Ladakh”.
  • The establishment of these clinics will also help in achieving the goal of doubling the famers’ income by 2022, said Dr. K.S Risam, Director, Extension, SKUAST-Jammu.

   Strengthening system:

  • Director, Agriculture Jammu, Ashok Kumar Malhotra said the ‘Plantwise’ programme aims at “strengthening the plant health system by establishing and supporting sustainable networks of plant clinics for providing plant health advice to progressive farmers”.
  • There is need to reach out to the farmers and take the technological innovations and research to the field We have launched e-plant clinics It is vital that the farmers are kept well abreast with the advancements in the agriculture sector to enhance production.

    Source: Outlook India


‘’Paper 3-GS-II, Topic: Important International Institutions & their mandate – NATO gets ready for Trump

Counterterrorism and ‘burden sharing’ are on agenda

    What is important to know:

  • Brussels is bracing itself for the arrival of several heads of state and government, including Donald Trump, for the NATO summit.
  • On the agenda this year are presentations by NATO leaders as well as the unveiling of the new NATO headquarters, which has a sanctioned budget of €1.12 billion.
  • The summit will revolve around two main topics, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday.
  • The first will be a discussion on how NATO can combat terrorism and the second, “burden sharing”, or the distribution of financial and operational responsibilities across the 28-member alliance.
  • A theme that runs through the summit is the showcasing of NATO to Mr. Trump, who had called the alliance “obsolete” during his presidential campaign, although he reversed his position during Mr. Stoltenberg’s visit to the White House earlier this year.
  • Tomorrow’s meeting will demonstrate NATO’s ability to change as the world changes,” Mr. Stoltenberg said.

   New member:

  • While his stated position on the alliance’s efficacy may have changed, Mr. Trump has continued to maintain, as the U.S. establishment has in the past, that not all NATO members are pulling their weight.
  • Trump had also said Germany, which, in recent years, has spent 1.19% of its GDP on defence, owes NATO and the U.S. money. NATO will also welcome a new member this year — Montenegro.
  • Trump is also scheduled to meet Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and other leaders of the EU on Thursday morning.
  • The EU has had strained relationship with Mr. Trump who supported Brexit and at one point expressed doubts about the EU and said countries would follow Britain in leaving the union.
  • Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also expected to be in Brussels on Thursday, for meetings with NATO as well as with Mr. Tusk.
  • Erdogan and Mr. Tusk are expected to discuss the modernisation of the customs union, visa-free travel for Turkish citizens — the outcome of a deal struck with the European Union in return for Turkey holding refugees from West Asia within its borders, and issues around the Cyprus reunification talks, Demir Murat Seyrek, of the European Foundation of Democracy.

   Source: Today World