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Daily Current Affairs Analysis I eKuhipath I June 7, 2021

GS M Paper III

Economy

  1. ‘Toycathon 2021’ to introduce Indian culture in toys

Why?

  • Despite India being the originator of world-renowned games like Chess, Ludo, Snakes, and Ladders, India is not one of the leading manufacturers of toys.
  • Most of the toys sold nationally, and globally, do not represent the Indian heritage, civilization, and value systems.

Atmanirbhar Bharat and Toy Industry:

  • Keeping this in mind, ‘Toycathon-2021’ has been conceived under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by Prime Minister.
  • Toycathon-2021 is an inter-ministerial initiative organized by the Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education in collaboration with
    • All India Council for Technical Education,
    • Ministry of Women and Child Development,
    • Ministry of Commerce and Industry,
    • Ministry of MSME,
    • Ministry of Textiles and
    • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

     Additional information

  • Its main objective is to develop the concept of games and toys based on Indian civilization, history, culture, mythology, and ethos, to challenge the innovative minds of the young citizens of India for innovation in the production of games and toys.
  • Toycathon-2021 is providing an opportunity for students, teachers, start-ups, and toy experts/professionals of India to present their innovative toys and game concepts.
  • Provisional prize money estimated at up to Rs 50 lakhs has also been designated for this scheme.

Intended Benefits:

  • Along with familiarizing Indian culture worldwide, the initiative will be able to add momentum to the innovative culture envisaged under the Make in India
  • It will boost the micro, small and medium industry in the process generating gobs.
  • In the long run, it will decrease import dependency on foreign-made toys {especially from China} and thereby decrease the trade deficit to some extent.

Energy:

  1. 20% ethanol blending: Target 2025, 5 years early
  • The Prime Minister has advanced the country’s target of 20 percent ethanol blending in petrol by five years to 2025, from 2030.
  • The Prime Minister said the increased focus on the use of ethanol as a fuel was positively impacting the environment as well as the lives of farmers.
  • Ethanol blending will also, to a large extent, solve the problem of agricultural waste as well as sugar rates plummeting due to excess production, therefore providing security to sugarcane farmers.
  • India is the world’s third-biggest oil importer, relying on foreign suppliers to meet over 85 percent of its demand.
  1. NTPC joins UN’s CEO Water mandate
  • NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power utility Under the Ministry of Power has become a signatory to the prestigious UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate. 
  • NTPC will imbibe the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) for water conservation and management while carrying out its core business activity of power generation.
  • NTPC is committed to proactively address water sustainability issues through implementing Water Policy, which will serve as a directive for establishing water management strategies, systems, processes, practices, and research initiatives.

CEO Water Mandate

  • The CEO Water Mandate is a UN Global Compact initiative to demonstrate the commitment and efforts of companies to better their water and sanitation agendas as part of long-term Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The CEO Water Mandate is designed to assist companies in the development, implementation, and disclosure of comprehensive water strategies and policies.
  • It also provides a platform for companies to partner with like-minded businesses, UN agencies, public authorities, civil society organizations, and other key stakeholders.

UN Global Compact initiative?

  • It is a non-binding United Nations pact launched in 2000 to encourage businesses and firms worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies and to report on their implementation.
  • Under the Global Compact, companies are brought together with UN agencies, labor groups, and civil society.
  • Cities can join the Global Compact through the Cities Programme.

GS M Paper II

Polity and Governance

Citizen’s Charter

  1. Union Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Releases A Model Panchayat Citizens Charter
  • A Model Panchayat Citizens Charter/ framework for delivery of the services across the 29 sectors, aligning actions with localized Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was released by Union Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar.
  • It is prepared by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) in collaboration with the National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR).

Significance

  • The Citizen Charter would ensure
    • transparent and effective delivery of public services for sustainable development and enhanced citizen service experiences;
    • Deepening inclusive and accountable Local Self Governments by incorporating diverse views while designing and delivering services.

About Citizens’ Charters:

  • The aim of establishing a Citizen charter is to provide services to the people in a time-bound manner, redressing their grievances and improving their lives.
  • This will help in making the citizens aware of their rights on the one hand, and to make the Panchayats and their elected representatives directly accountable to the people, on the other hand.
  • The concept was first articulated and implemented in the United Kingdom in 1991.

Prelims Bit:

  1. World Food Safety Day, 2021: 7th June
  • World Food Safety Day (WFSD) celebrated on 7 June aims to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable development.
  • This year’s theme, ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’, stresses that the production and consumption of safe food have immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet, and the economy.
  • It was celebrated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
  • The first-ever World Food Safety Day was celebrated on June 7, 2019.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

  • Established:-16 October 1945
  • Headquarter:- Rome Italy

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