KAS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS – 24th March 2020

KAS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS – 24th March 2020

KAS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS – 24th March 2020

Daily Current Affairs March 24

Mains Topic – GS Paper III – Indian Economy and Issues relating to Planning, Growth, Investment etc.

 

  • INVEST INDIA BUSINESS IMMUNITY PLATFORM

 

Why in News?

Invest India, India’s national Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has launched the Invest India Business Immunity Platform (BIP).

About Invest India Business Immunity Platform

The platform, hosted on the Invest India website, is designed as a comprehensive resource to help businesses and investors get real time updates on India’s active response to COVID-19. This dynamic and constantly updating platform keeps a regular track on developments with respect to the virus, provides latest information on various central and state government initiatives, gives access to special provisions and answers and resolves queries through emails and on WhatsApp.

Key features

  • It is a platform for business issue redressal, operating 24/7, with a team of dedicated sector experts and responding to queries at the earliest
  • The platform includes frequently asked questions on important aspects like locations of COVID-19 testing, special permissions and other location specific information.
  • The portal maps and highlights the response mechanism put in place by leading Indian companies such as disabling biometric attendance systems, setting up of medical task force, business continuity plan, suspension of air travel, usage of video-conferencing and tele-conferencing, developing online solutions and other unique initiatives.
  • BIP shall help people get access to all the information they require while staying in their homes.
  • The platform also provides the ability to join the dots to find matching suppliers with required supplies and for innovators, startups and MSMEs to showcase their solutions 

Way Forward

With this platform, Invest India aims to bring facilitation at our doorsteps. It is a platform to hear from the experts on business strategies to be adopted during a tough time like this. 

 

Mains Topic – GS Paper III – Government Schemes; Inclusive Growth of Economy

 

  • MGNREGA

 

Why in News?

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme has been officially shut down in seven States, while it is effectively closed in many more, as COVID-19 lockdown comes into effect across the country.

About MGNREGA

  • The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is also known as Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).
  • The MGNREGA provides a legal guarantee for one hundred days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household willing to do public work-related unskilled manual work at the statutory minimum wage. 
  • The Ministry of Rural Development (MRD), Govt of India is monitoring the entire implementation of this scheme in association with state governments
  • This act was introduced with an aim of improving the purchasing power of the rural people, primarily semi or un-skilled work to people living below poverty line in rural India. Roughly one-third of the stipulated work force must be women.
  • The employment will be provided within a radius of 5 km: if it is above 5 km extra wage will be paid.

Key features of the Scheme

  • It increases the economic security of the rural households.
  • It decreases migration of labour from rural to urban areas.
  • It gives a significant amount of control to the Gram Panchayats for managing public works, strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions. Gram Sabhas are free to accept or reject recommendations from Intermediate and District Panchayats.
  • It incorporates accountability in its operational guidelines and ensures compliance and transparency at all levels.

Way Forward

A demand was put forward and sent to State and Central government representatives regarding the lock down. It demanded that MGNREGA be expanded beyond 100 days of guaranteed work in 2020-21, with full wages being paid during the lock down. And pending wages and material payments to be paid immediately. 

 

Mains Topic – GS Paper III – Indian Economy; Tourism Sector

 

  • AYURVEDA AND WELLNESS TOURISM

 

Why in news?

Rejuvenation therapy and wellness-based Ayurveda of Kerala Tourism has been dealt a crippling blow by COVID-19. Most resorts and hospitals offering services have pulled down shutters temporarily.

Wellness Tourism

Any kind of travelling or tourism entailed on account of health-related factors geared to the purpose of recovery comes under the purview of Wellness Tourism. As a five thousand-year-old practice with its roots in the tradition bound horizon of India, Ayurveda upholds a holistic system of cure on the principles of physiological balance and detoxification. With its naturopathic mode of treatment involving little side effects, Ayurveda has assumed significant preponderance in modern times with people from across the world seeking to come under its protective domains.

Ayurvedic Tourism in Kerala

  • Kerala is probably the only state in India where Ayurveda is used as a mainstream medicine. Here one can see many Ayurvedic medical colleges and hospitals across the state.
  • Ayurveda is the oldest healthcare system in the world.
  • Kerala Ayurveda is famous for its 5 prolonged treatment, named as Panchakarma. As part of this treatment medicated oil, herbs, milk, and special diet are used to cure all types of aliments.
  • A classic text on medicine, the Ashtangahridaya, is the foundation on which Ayurveda is based. Its author, Vagbhata was the disciple of a Buddhist physician. It is believed that a few Brahmin families were the original Ayurvedic physicians and their decedents still carry the honorific title of Ashtavaidyan. 
  • Kerala has the largest number of Ayurveda colleges and practitioners in comparison to any other place in the world.

Way forward

Ayurveda and Wellness therapy is a money spinner for Kerala Tourism and Kerala Economy. Ayurveda needs to be promoted in a big way in source markets once issues related to COVID-19 settle down.