The Pashu sakhi initiative of the Jharkhand government which was started in 2013, for last mile coverage of livestock management has shown successful ground results and is seen to be implemented in other rural areas.
Fund allocation: In 2017-18, the Jharkhand Opportunities for Harnessing Rural Growth (JOHAR) took the project under its wing and the World Bank began funding it.
A World Bank newsletter said that the pashu sakhi model under JOHAR had been selected by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Food Policy Research Institute as one of the top eight global best practice models for farmer service delivery.
Need of the initiative:
According to a new report by the United Nations (UN), the number of persons aged 65 years or older worldwide is expected to double over the next three decades.
India’s ageing population profile:
Policy challenges posed by increased population:
Why Elderly should be considered assets?
The elderly are assets not only for the family but also for the society and nation. It can be seen from their knowledge and experience in various domains below-
Measures for the elderly-
Considering the potential of the elderly as assets, various constitutional, legislative and social steps are taken in India for the benefit of the elderly and to prevent discrimination against them.
Article- 41: Right to work, to education and to public assistance in certain cases: The State shall, within the limits of economic capacity and development, make effective provision for securing the right to work, to education and to public assistance in cases of unemployment, old age, sickness and disablement, and in other cases of undeserved want.
Article- 46: The State shall promote with special care the educational and economic interests of the weaker sections of the people and shall protect them from social injustice and all forms of exploitation.
The Basmati rice, which has fluctuating prices and no MSP, offers hope as the best alternative to paddy and is seen as a commercial crop by the farmers in Punjab.
How much area could be increased under Basmati in Punjab?
Why do farmers prefer Basmati over paddy cultivation?
How Basmati is procured?
Benefits of basmati cultivation for Punjab farmers:
Suggestive measures for Government interventions:
Recently, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that the James Webb Space Telescope has discovered its first new exoplanet named LHS 475 b, of the same size as Earth.
The James Webb Telescope:
What are exoplanets?
The LHS 475 b exoplanet:
Why they are studied?
How they are discovered?
Saltie census 2023
According to the annual reptile census, the population of saltwater crocodiles in the water bodies of Bhitarkanika National Park and its nearby areas in Odisha’s Kendrapara district has marginally increased in 2023.
About the Census:
The saltwater crocodile:
Gandhi Smarak Bhawan
A day after lodging an FIR against Dev Raj Tyagi, the former in-charge of the Gandhi Smarak Bhawan in Punjab, and 12 others facing charges of registering a trust in the name of Gandhi Smarak Bhawan, and allegedly diverting the funds received in the name of the original trust to his individual trust.
Neelakurinji sanctuary stays on paper
Polity and Governance (GS-II)
India’s First Centre Of Excellence to be set up in Shillong
The sanctuary was announced in Idukki in 2006, but its demarcation is yet pending. After 16 years, the proposed sanctuary is still on paper.
Significance of the region:
The Centre has released country’s first Centre of Excellence (CoE) for online gaming would be set up in Meghalaya’s Shillong by March this year.
About the initiative:
The continuous attempts to break the democratic structure:
Verifying, please be patient.