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Current Affairs Date: 10 March 2022

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Good Governance Index 2021

⇒ Union Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation, Mr Amit Shah released the Good Governance Index 2021 prepared by DARPG (Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances) on Good Governance Day at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Sectors and Indicators:

Good Governance Index, GGI 2021 Framework covered ten sectors and 58 indicators.

The sectors of GGI 2020-21 are:
    1. Agriculture and Allied Sectors
    2. Commerce & Industries
    3. Human Resource Development
    4. Public Health
    5. Public Infrastructure & Utilities
    6. Economic Governance
    7. Social Welfare & Development
    8. Judicial & Public Security
    9. Environment
    10. Citizen-Centric Governance
The GGI 2020-21 categorises States and UTs into four categories, i.e.,
    1. Other States – Group A
    2. Other States – Group B
    3. North-East and Hill States
    4. Union Territories
Key Highlights:
    • Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa top the composite rank score covering 10 sectors.

» As per GGI 2021:

    • Gujarat registered 12.3 percent increase and Goa registered 24.7 percent increase over GGI 2019 indicators.
    • Uttar Pradesh has shown an incremental growth of 8.9 % over GGI 2019 performance.
    • Jharkhand has shown an incremental growth of 12.6 percent over GGI 2019 performance.
    • Rajasthan has shown an incremental growth of 1.7 percent over the GGI 2019 performance.
    • In the North-East and Hill States category, Mizoram and Jammu and Kashmir have registered an overall increase of 10.4% and 3.7% respectively over GGI 2019.
    • In the Union Territories category, Delhi tops the composite rank registering a 14 percent increase over the GGI 2019 indicators.
    • 20 States have improved their composite GGI scores over the GGI 2019 index scores.
    • Overall governance in the States of India is moving in the positive direction.
Top Ranking States in the Composite Rank Score covering 10 sectors are as follows:
    • Group A– Gujarat
    • Group B– Madhya Pradesh
    • NE & Hill States– Himachal Pradesh
    • UTs– Delhi

Book ‘Dr V L Dutt: Glimpses of a Pioneer’s Life Journey’

⇒ The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu released the book ‘Dr V L Dutt: Glimpses of a Pioneer’s Life Journey’ written by Smt V L Indira Dutt on 27 December 2021.

Shri Naidu complimented Smt VL Indira Dutt for sharing the memories and experiences of her beloved husband in the book.

Hydropower Projects in Himachal Pradesh

⇒ Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Mandi, Himachal Pradesh on 27 December 2021.

PM inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of hydropower projects worth over Rs 11,000 crore. Some of the hydropower projects are Luhri Stage 1 Hydro Power Project and Dhaulasidh Hydro Power Project.

About Hydropower Projects:
Renukaji Dam project:
    • Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of Renukaji Dam project.
    • The 40 MW project will be built at a cost of around Rs 7000 crore.
    • It will prove to be immensely beneficial for Delhi, which will be able to receive around 500 million cubic metre water supply per year.
Luhri Stage 1 Hydro Power Project:
    • Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the Luhri Stage 1 Hydro Power Project.
    • The 210 MW project will be built at a cost of over Rs 1800 crore.
    • It will lead to generation of over 750 million units of electricity per year.
Dhaulasidh Hydro Power Project:
    • Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of Dhaulasidh Hydro Power Project.
    • This will be the first hydropower project of Hamirpur district.
    • The 66 MW project will be built at a cost of over Rs 680 crore.
    • It will lead to generation of over 300 million units of electricity per year.
Sawra-Kuddu Hydro Power Project:
    • Prime Minister inaugurated the Sawra-Kuddu Hydro Power Project.
    • The 111 MW Project has been built at a cost of around Rs 2080 crore.
    • It will lead to generation of over 380 million units of electricity per year, and help the state earn revenue worth over Rs 120 crore annually.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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