National News-Daily Digest: 4 Key Updates
1. Haryana becomes first state in India to treat Hepatitis-C patients with oral medicine
Haryana is the first state to treat Hepatitis-C patients through oral medicine. The state has included oral medicine in government hospitals. This medicine would be provided free of cost to permanent residents of all categories at district level.
2. Union Cabinet approves continuation and Restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme
The Union Cabinet has accorded its approval for continuation and restructuring of National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). This restructuring will make it outcome-based, competitive and better monitored with increased focus on sustainability (functionality) of schemes to ensure good quality service delivery to the rural population.
Rs. 23,050 crore has been approved for the NRDWP programme for the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) period 2017-18 to 2019-20.
It will cover all the Rural Population across the country.
A new Sub-programme under NRDWP viz. National Water Quality Sub-Mission (NWQSM) which has been started by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in February 2017 will address the urgent need for providing clean drinking water in about 28000 Arsenic & Fluoride affected habitations (already identified). This is being funded from the allocation under NRDWP.
3. First power plant under PM Ladakh scheme commissioned in Drass
An 1.5-mw small hydropower plant in Biaras Drass of Kargil has become the first project to be commissioned under the Prime Minister’s Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative (LREI).
This Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will be funding this 17 crore project. The project has been developed by the Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) under the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council.
4. Northeast to get India’s first ever ‘Air Dispensary’
Northeast will get India’s first-ever ‘Air Dispensary’ based in a helicopter. The Union Ministry of Development of Northeast (DONER) has provided Rs. 25 crore as part of the initial funding for this initiative.
The helicopter will be based at two locations, namely Imphal in Manipur and Meghalaya in Shillong.