GS Paper II-Governance, Polity.

AAI, Uttarakhand Govt. Ink MoU On Aviation Development.

Background

  • Going ahead with its commitment towards the responsibility of creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in the country, Airports Authority of India (AAI), has signed an MoU with Government of Uttarakhand on 21st July, 2017 and joined hands with Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA).
  • The MoU was signed by S. Ramaswamy, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttarakhand and Anil Gupta, General Manager (Business Development), AAI in the presence of Dr. R Rajesh Kumar, ACEO, UCADA, Capt. Ashok Shetty, Head of Ops, UCADA, Sh. Chandra Shekhar, AGM (Business Development), AAI, Capt. Sandeep Soti, Chief Pilot, UCADA and Mr. G. Seetaiah, Chief Engineer, UCADA.

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Key Points Of The Development-

  • The scope of the MoU is to identify relevant factors influencing the development of civil aviation infrastructure in Uttarakhand, assessing commercial potential of various airports of the State, identifying technical considerations for airport operations in the State, evaluating site related technical and engineering parameters for development of projects, making estimate of the capital outlay for the future projects and development of master plan for existing and future civil aviation infrastructure in the state.
  • AAI will also assist UCADA in obtaining necessary clearances for airport operations starting with the upgraded airport at Pithoragarh and later at Chiniyalisaur.
  • Speaking on the occasion Chief Secretary Ramaswamy reiterated that the Government of Uttarakhand is determined to fulfil the long pending requirement of operational airports within the State.
  • These airports would also be part of the regional connectivity scheme and will boost tourism and air connectivity for the local public.

Sources- DNA.

 

GS Paper III- Security.

Women Employees Can Now File Harassment Complaints Online: Govt.

Background

  • Women employees of the central government can now lodge complaints of sexual harassment at workplace online.
  • Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi on 24th July, 2017 launched a web portal, ‘SHe-Box’ for this, saying its scope will soon be widened to enable women employees in private sector as well.
  • She also added that central government women employees can file complaints (at the portal). But, they are going to widen the ambit to include the private sector as well. The Govt just needs to make a few changes in the online interface. Once it is done, employees from private companies will also be able to lodge complaints.
  • The ministry will also soon set into motion a nationwide survey to assess and understand the extent and magnitude of the sexual harassment of women at the workplace.

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Highlights Of The Development-

  • The ministry decided to host an online complaint registration portal for women employees to ensure “effective implementation” of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Act, 2013).
  • The complaints to be lodged at ‘SHe-Box’ will immediately be forwarded to the internal complaints committee (ICC) of the respective departments of the central government for action as prescribed under the act. The complainant can track the status of her complaint on the portal.
  • Maneka instructed her officials to make the portal as “interactive” as possible. The portal should offer a list of follow-up details so that the employee gets to know the exact status of the complaint, she told the officials.
  • A ministry official said the idea behind hosting ‘SHe-Box’ is to ensure a speedy disposal of complaints of sexual harassment by the ICC of the respective departments.
  • Maneka said that if the ICC is working, then they are out of the picture totally, indicating that the WCD ministry will also closely monitor the progress made on the disposal of complaints.
  • Maneka said, after launching the portal that there are some surveys, which give the extent of sexual harassment of women at the workplace. However, the WCD ministry will carry out a national-level survey to assess and understand the magnitude of the problem.
  • ‘SHe-Box’, which stands for sexual harassment electronic box, is hosted on the website of the WCD ministry.

Sources- Deccan Herald.

 

GS Paper IV- Ethics, Integrity.

Kerala To Host Literary Fest With Tolerance As Theme.

Background

  • Kerala is getting ready to host a literary festival with tolerance as the core theme amid raging debate over intolerance in the country.
  • Creative writers, journalists, theatre and film personalities will deliberate on tolerance at the fifth edition of South India Writers Ensemble (SIWE), to be held at Chengannur, a sleepy town in coastal Alappuza district, from July 24, 2017.

 

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Key Points Of This Development-

  • Organised by People for Performing Arts and More, an art-cum-cultural outfit, the three-day annual literary gathering is aimed at bringing about an enriching interaction between writers from different languages and regions.
  • Noted Malayalam writer and director of the festival T R Rajeevan said every language has its own style of expression and the objective of SIWE is to explore the power of language and literature through the gathering of writers.
  • The writer also added that being a part of human sensibility, tolerance is an age old, much-cliched subject. But, in the present socio-political scenario, there is a need to discuss and ponder upon this topic. It is time to observe and acknowledge the changing perspectives.
  • Kannada writer and director of PAMPA, Kanaka HaMa said Hindi has been selected as the main language of this year’s ensemble and related writers and other personalities would take part in it.
  • Well-known Hindi author, Udayan Vajpeyi would inaugurate the festival on July 24, 2017, which would be concluded on July 26.

Sources- OneIndia.