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India's largest open air fernery

  • Published
    15th Sep, 2021


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India’s largest open air fernery was recently inaugurated at Ranikhet in Uttarakhand's Almora district.

  • The fernery has been developed by the research wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department over a period of three years under the Centre's compensatory afforestation scheme CAMPA.

Prelims question:

With reference to ferns, which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

  1. Ferns are non-flowering bryophytes i.e. they do not have any vascular tissues.
  2. Ferns help in cleaning the ecosystem by filtering heavy metals from polluted waters and are good nitrogen fixating agents.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Mains Question:

Strategic Disinvestment of Public sector undertakings and public assets is gaining pace in India, but it is argued that this will help only in reducing the fiscal deficit of the Government. Critically Analyze.  (250 Words)


  • In the introduction, provide a definition of Strategic disinvestment.
  • Enumerate the plausible negative outcomes of strategic disinvestment of public sector undertakings.
  • Enumerate the benefits of Strategic disinvestment. Give examples.
  • Provide the challenges faced by the Government in disinvestment of its assets.
  • Way Forward and Conclusion

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